A standing-room-only crowd in Richmond yesterday debated a proposal by the Virginia State Board of Elections to eliminate eligibility checkboxes from the voter registration form. It’s a thorny policy issue that strikes right at the heart of the access vs. integrity divide – but one that may become less intense as more voters register online AND might benefit from a better approach to design.Read More
Alaska is currently considering whether to move forward with an initiative that would tie voter registration to Alaska Permanent Fund dividend applications. While the specifics are unique to Alaska, the plan is part of a new trend across America to link elections more closely to the everyday lives of current and potential voters.
Brian Newby’s latest ElectionDiary looks at a proposal by his colleague – Tabitha Lehman of Sedgwick County, KS – that would use a portion of political contributions to fund voting technology improvements. It’s a long shot, to be sure, but if nothing else it may kickstart a conversation about a problem that otherwise may run headlong into a fiscal buzzsaw of debt and taxpayer fatigue.
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is vowing to take his case all the way to the US Supreme Court after the state high court refused his request to overturn the remaining charges against him.
The Knight Foundation has announced the winners of its News Challenge on Elections, including 10 full project winners receiving at least $200,000 and another dozen prototype projects receiving $35,000 each. Congratulations to all the winners – including lots of familiar names – the result of all this work should be interesting to see!