President Obama has nominated former Nevada State Treasurer and 2014 SoS candidate Kate Marshall to be the fourth member (and second Democrat) at the EAC. The nomination is already stirring partisan rhetoric, which likely means it’s not likely to move – but if it did it would restore the agency to full strength at a time when (controversies aside) it has a large agenda to work through.Read More
Last week, Vermont became the latest state to adopt automatic voter registration. While automatic registration isn’t yet sweeping the nation like OVR has been for the last few years, it is getting enough of a foothold nationally that it will likely be on the radar of election officials and policymakers in other states.
The latest electionlineWeekly takes a look at accessibility upgrades to Washington State’s MyVote portal – changes that not only build upon a recent report offering critiques and techniques, but also took place on an expedited basis to make sure that all Evergreen State voters would have access to the tools and services they need to cast a vote this year.
The California Association of Clerks and Election Officials has a wonderful new resource, funded by the James Irvine Foundation, that tracks county spending on elections over time in several categories. It’s an incredibly important set of data – both in the general sense of illuminating the “white whale” of election costs but also now as the counties seek increased funding for next month’s primary and beyond.
Rokey Suleman has a long track record of work here in the US and internationally on election administration. His latest post is in the relatively new European country of Montenegro, where he is helping the state election commission prepare for its first election as a full-time agency. It’s a nice change from previous – and dangerous! – assignments elsewhere around the globe. He was gracious enough to answer a few questions about his experiences.