Wyoming’s Secretary of State has tapped HAVA Coordinator Kai Schon to take over the state election director position vacated last year by longtime incumbent Peggy Nighswonger. Mr. Schon will focus on working with county clerks on 2016 election preparations and also on boosting voter turnout, especially among young voters. His experience with the state will help in what promises to be a busy election year.Read More
The new electionlineWeekly looks at the first month of Oregon’s new motor voter system, which uses DMV information to add eligible but unregistered voters to the rolls. The launch is smooth so far with more than 4,600 new voters – with a surprise additional benefit of updated addresses for nearly 17,000 existing voters already on the rolls.
[UPDATED 945am Central] Maryland is seeking to use hand-marked optical scan ballots for early voting in the April primaries after the discovery that the large number of candidates in some races means they can’t all be displayed on the new touchscreen ballot marking devices. It’s a potentially big change that has to happen quickly – and regardless of the outcome it will require special attention to helping voters navigate their ballots.
Virginia’s so-called “loyalty oath” for the Republican primary has generated debate, controversy and litigation – and as a result the party has asked for it to be scrapped for the March 1 vote. Unfortunately, even if it is not used, the state has already incurred significant costs to print and distribute the oath as part of its role in administering an official election.
The long-running battle over proof-of-citizenship requirements on the federal voter registration form – thought to have been settled somewhat by federal and state court rulings, who have said they cannot be enforced – is once again in doubt in the wake of the EAC’s decision to add proof-of-citizenship language from Kansas and other states to the form’s instructions. [POST UPDATED 330pm Central Tuesday]