Reinforcing the notion that “counting takes time”, the razor-thin race for Arizona Secretary of State has swung in recent days to the candidate who trailed by tens of thousands of votes on Election Night – but it’s still not over. Arizona’s count – which has proceeded without the kind of fireworks we’re seeing in Florida – is a reminder that close elections aren’t always a recipe for controversy.Read More
With everything else happening in the last week, you would be forgiven if you missed a major story that will likely have a significant impact on American elections: passage of a bill that would elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division to the agency level. Once the bill receives the President’s signature, it will allow the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to step up its presence in many sectors, including elections, where the need for information-sharing and coordination between election officials and players in the public and private sector grows every day.
A week ago, I said that anyone expecting (or hoping?) for post-election controversies should “prepare to be underwhelmed.” [That didn’t age well.] Now, as controversies rage about the tabulation process and the impact on countless razor-thin races across the country, I’m frustrated at the push to treat Election Night leaders as the presumed winners and anything to the contrary as suspicious. There are lots of reasons (good and bad) why counting takes time – and as a result everyone needs to slow the f___ down.
Election Day 2018 is past (if still far from over) and electionlineWeekly’s Mindy Moretti has a quick initial roundup of how the day went. There are many stories to discuss in the weeks and months ahead (recounts, new faces, new movement on old issues in Washington DC) but for now election officials almost everywhere can start finishing up and winding down Election 2018 and start thinking about what’s next … including the 2020 Presidential election, which is a little more than 100 weeks away.
Election Day 2018 is behind us in most of the country, but in two states – Georgia and Louisiana – the race for Secretary of State requires one more round of voting. The winners of both runoffs will have big jobs ahead of them, as Georgia faces scrutiny over its election policies and aging touchscreen voting technology and Louisiana wrestles with a contentious procurement process to upgrade its voting machines. Unfortunately, those runoffs aren’t likely to see Tuesday’s stratospheric turnout, even though they will shape elections in those states for the foreseeable future.