A new National Law Journal op-ed by Demos’ Brenda Wright and the Democracy Fund’s Adam Ambrogi highlights the importance and value of using public agencies like DMVs to help citizens register to vote and maintain their voter records. It’s an effort that is already seeing results in some states – and is like to reach even more in 2016 and beyond.Read More
Outgoing Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s executive order restoring voting rights to thousands of individuals previously convicted of nonviolent felonies is generating support for its impact on those potential voters but also some pushback from lawmakers who believe the change should have been done legislatively.
Counting my blessings until next Monday, November 30.
A bill that will be considered next year in Utah would allow election officials to provide daily updates on post-election canvassing. The proposal, which has support of local election officials, would likely go a long way toward easing the pressure those offices feel from candidates and the media between Election Night and final certification.
San Mateo County’s November election – which featured mail ballots and a Colorado-style “ballot delivery” system – had a higher turnout than similar previous votes. Prepaid postage may have been a factor, but if the higher turnout numbers can be replicated elsewhere it could generate momentum for statewide adoption in California.