California legislators took another step toward a major overhaul of the Golden State’s voting model with passage of SB450, which would move away from reliance on neighborhood polling places and toward the so-called “Colorado model” which involves a combination of mailed ballots, drop boxes and vote centers. The bill awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.Read More
A close primary in St. Louis County has generated a dispute that centers on an unusual subject: envelopes – or rather the lack of them. A challenger is claiming that in-person absentee ballots are not permitted – a dispute which highlights both the degree to which statutes structure the electoral process and the challenges that arise when technological developments and/or evolving practice outstrip the letter of the law.
This week’s electionlineWeekly features a guest column by Inyo County, CA registrar Kammi Foote, who writes about her “wilderness civics effort” focusing on outreach to hikers on the many trails passing through her beautiful Southern California county.
Last year, California enacted legislation protecting people with disabilities from losing their right to vote when they are placed under a court guardianship by establishing the presumption that they are competent to vote unless proven otherwise. That bill passed and went into effect in 2016 – and now there is a push for affected individuals previously stripped of their rights to get them back in time for this year’s election.
In most communities across America, election officials are in the final stages of preparing for this fall’s vote, and likely aren’t thinking much beyond November 8. In the Massachusetts city of Lynn, however, a funding dispute over a new elections position has left the city with more than a little uncertainty over who’s in charge – and for how long.