Utah Considers Special Election Options as Congressional Vacancy Looms

Utah is considering how to schedule a special Congressional election – its first since 1930 – after this week’s surprise announcement that Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not seek re-election and may be stepping down soon. The decision about how and when to hold the special election is obviously important politically, but it will also be important to local officials tasked with running the election.

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More Isn’t Always Better: WA Counties Wrestle with Requirements for More Ballot Drop Boxes

County election officials in Washington State are wrestling with a proposed new requirement that they increase the number of ballot drop boxes available to Evergreen State voters. They are concerned about cost, and it’s an uncomfortable position for local officials to be in: opposing measures that will improve access for some voters because of fears it will reduce the resources available to serve all voters.

Alabama Governor Moves U.S. Senate Special Election to 2017

The State of Alabama will be holding a statewide special election for the U.S. Senate later this year after the new Governor announced that the vote would no longer wait until November 2018. Given concerns about the original date, there appears to be widespread support for the change – making the Yellowhammer State that unusual place where everyone seems happy to be voting sooner than later.

NV SoS’ Voter Fraud Allegations Against DMV Stir Controversy

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s recent allegations, that the state Department of Motor Vehicles has allowed ineligible noncitizens to register to vote, are raising eyebrows and ire in the Silver State. The controversy is almost certainly related to the upcoming campaign for passage of an automatic registration (AVR) bill, which was recently vetoed but will go before voters in 2018 – and it could be a doozy.

Iowa Legislature Passes Voter ID, Sends to Governor

Late last week, the Iowa Legislature voted to approve a new voter ID bill and send it to Governor Terry Branstad for his expected signature. If the Governor does sign the bill, it will bring widespread changes to Iowa election law and present challenges for county auditors – both in implementing the law and tracking the inevitable resulting litigation – and it will undoubtedly will draw lots of attention in Iowa and nationwide.