California’s Governor has signed a bill sought by the new Secretary of State that will use motor vehicle records to automatically add voters to the rolls. It sets up partisan fights but also implementation concerns – especially given California’s size and diversity and its new statewide voter file.Read More
This week’s electionlineWeekly looks at efforts nationwide to ensure that the growing list of OVR sites are accessible to all voters.
Rokey Suleman and Doug Lewis – two people with years of experience in elections and elections policy here and around the globe – have a new op-ed in The Hill calling on Congress to continue funding the EAC’s work assisting state and local election officials with the impending crisis in voting technology. Here’s hoping Congress can find it in their hearts (and wallets) to listen.
Virginia’s State Board of Elections is once again at the center of a debate after a policy change – sought by the GOP Speaker of the House – opened the door to electronic signatures on absentee ballot requests. Some Democrats have moved to embrace the change – but it is rekindling the traditional partisan argument about ease of access vs. the threat of fraud.
New Hampshire will be taking Polaroids of anyone without ID who casts an affidavit ballot. It’s a low-tech solution that avoids challenges with digital photography – but the reason for the photo (and how it will be used) isn’t entirely clear.