“Preventable Human Error”: 1,816 Missing Ballots in Hays County, TX

Hays County (San Marcos), TX’s new elections administrator is putting new procedures in place after discovering that 1,816 votes were missed during the November 2016 election. The incident raises all kinds of issues, including the need for written procedures, discussions about the benefits of paper vs. electronic ballots and the importance of auditing.

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Dispute Over Montana All-Mail Election Raises Partisan, Cost Concerns

Very soon, Montana is is expecting a special election to replace its lone member of the House of Representatives, but the plans to do so using an all-mail election are generating a strong objection from a Republican leader – despite the fact that a fellow Republican is pushing the idea (with support from election officials) as a way to save taxpayers money.

NASS Approves Two Election Resolutions at Winter Meeting

Secretaries of State from across the nation were in Washington, DC this past weekend for the annual Winter Meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) – and before leaving town, the membership approved two resolutions registering NASS’ position on key issues (federal election legislation and critical infrastructure) in the ongoing struggle to balance federal and state control over elections.

Lone Star Loophole? Affidavits Reignite Debate Over Texas ID Requirement

The already simmering debate over Texas’ voter ID requirement has heated up again after reports that hundreds of voters took advantage of an affidavit requirement to cast a ballot despite possessing the necessary ID. Whether or not these otherwise eligible voters are subject to any further legal action remains to be seen – but either way voter ID is once again back on the front page in the Lone Star State.

Happy Presidents’ Day!

The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world. – George Washington | Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. – Abraham Lincoln
[Regular blog returns tomorrow.]