Investment or Overspending? Lynn Wrestles with New Election Job

In most communities across America, election officials are in the final stages of preparing for this fall’s vote, and likely aren’t thinking much beyond November 8. In the Massachusetts city of Lynn, however, a funding dispute over a new elections position has left the city with more than a little uncertainty over who’s in charge – and for how long.

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77 Days to Go: Election Litigation Update by Rick Hasen

Today marks seventy-seven days until Election Day on November 8 … and yet, as the big day draws near(er), there is still a lot of uncertainty about what will happen with election litigation in numerous states. Fortunately, UC-Irvine law professor Rick Hasen has a handy roundup in his (must-read) Election Law Blog.


NCSL’s Wendy Underhill on Poll Watching and Poll Work in 2016

There’s been a lot of talk (and concern) about the potential for for “poll watchers” during this fall’s elections – and Wendy Underhill, who heads up the elections team at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), has some thoughts on the roles of observers (and the need for poll workers) based on a joint report with the Carter Center and NCSL’s work with election officials nationwide.


New Report Discusses Risks to Secret Ballot, Encourages Voters to Take Precautions

A new report by three groups highlights risks to the secret ballot presented by the growth of online ballot marking tools and online transmission of voted ballots, and lays out steps that voters can take to minimize these risks. Just as election officials highlight the risk of late delivery associated with last-minute postal return of mail ballots, voters should know their secrecy risks when marking or returning a ballot online.


Let’s Make a Deal: Muscogee County Gets Upgraded Machines at Bargain Price

One underappreciated aspect of an election administrator’s job is the need to operate within a tight budget, meaning they are always on the lookout for ways to save money. In Muscogee County (Columbus), GA an employee’s relocation and some resourceful fundraising helped the election office get upgraded voting machines for next to nothing.

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