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Database Audit Puts Florida SoS Detzner On Defensive Again with County Officials

Florida’s Secretary of State is once again in hot water with county election officials after a recent audit revealed a number of issues with the state’s voter database. He has promised to improve communication – which he’ll need (and a lot else) to restore the faith of local officials still seething over his unsuccessful opposition to online voter registration.


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Alaska Makes a Change: Lt. Governor Replaces State Election Director

Alaska’s Lt. Governor, a Democrat, recently replaced the longtime state election director with a newcomer to elections, albeit one with local government experience and a background hailed by native Alaskan leaders currently engaged in litigation with the state. [UPDATED FROM ORIGINAL TO CORRECTLY IDENTIFY CURRENT AND FORMER GOVERNORS]


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FVAP Releases 2014 Post-Election Report to Congress

The Federal Voting Assistance Program at the Department of Defense has released its 2014 report, which shows some gains in participation by military and overseas voters but also highlights areas where the work continues to improve both voter-facing activities as well as data collection under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).


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Boxed In: Virginia Fight Erupts Over Removal of Check Boxes from Voter Applications

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.


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