Fairfax County’s general registrar is stepping down after asking not to be reappointed to another term. While her tenure was marked by complaints about management problems, the record suggests that the office itself is a problem to manage – which the county needs to address before another registrar is hired. Partisanship in one of the state and nation’s most Democratic counties may also have played a role.Read More
The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a case involving Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship law for voter registration means that a case challenging that law and the dual registration system set up to administer it can proceed – and that the larger constitutional dispute between states and the federal government over the nature of the Constitution’s Election Clause persists unresolved.
Two Ridgefield, CT high school students drafted and presented a report to their town government looking at strategies the town can use to improve voter turnout. It’s continued proof of the value of involving young people – who are the future of election administration – in efforts to learn about the nuts and bolts (and also the politics) of managing the nation’s election system.
Rhode Island’s Secretary of State is about to get control over voting technology purchasing, thanks to recently-passed legislation awaiting the Governor’s signature. That legislation seems to have surprised the State Board of Elections – though they had done little to address voting technology for several years.
A dispute over who gets to appoint election officials in one Tennessee county has resulted in resignations, hard feelings – and a huge question about the proper role of politics in the process.