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.

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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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A Day Late, 70 Ballots Short? Utah Candidate Seeks Recount Over Late Ballots

I’ve written about Ohio voters who were “mad as a wet hen in a thunderstorm” about vote by mail ballots that were mailed before Election Day but arrived late without a postmark and thus couldn’t be counted. You can add a veteran Utah legislator to that list, who is asking the Utah Supreme Court for a recount after he lost a recent primary by 9 votes with 70 late but unpostmarked ballots uncounted in the final tally.

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