With this weekend marking the unofficial end of summer, electionlineWeekly’s Mindy Moretti takes a look at a polling place at Los Angeles County’s Venice Beach … in a location where it’s almost always summer. [NOTE: Like most of you, the blog will be taking the day off on Labor Day. See you next Tuesday.]Read More
News of criminal charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran has led the legislature to begin steps to consider her impeachment – setting up a high-stakes political and legal drama just as state and local election officials need space and time to continue key preparations for the 2016 election.
A new story about Danvers, MA’s debate regarding consolidating precincts into a single location – at newly-renovated Danvers High – is a fantastic case study of the real-life issues election officials face in choosing and managing polling locations: turnout, traffic/parking and coordination with other local agencies. [UPDATED with info about police traffic details!]
A new report reveals that late-arriving mail has spiked almost 50% in recent years, due in large part to service reductions at the U.S. Postal Service. As we’ve seen, delivery delays can create major headaches for election officials and voters on and before Election Day. In short, the (admittedly huge and expensive) problems the USPS faces need a comprehensive solution – and soon.
Summit County, OH has an unusual problem: a GOP state senator wants to serve as a pollworker – and Democrats on the county board of elections are in favor while GOP members have concerns. As a result, the SoS will decide. The dispute rests on issues of partisanship and control over the process – but the prospect of an elected official seeing the Election Day experience first hand is kind of exciting.