Today is the day that election offices across the nation are supposed to send ballots to military and overseas voters around the world. But in Montana, a candidate’s tragic death – and uncertainty about his replacement – is making that a challenge. It’s an excellent example of how circumstances beyond election officials’ control can conspire to create a sudden hurdle with less than seven weeks to Election Day.Read More
The Federal Voting Assistance Program has released a new study of overseas citizen [i.e. non-uniformed] voters around the world, which simultaneously shows how far-flung the community is and highlights its low participation rate in American elections. Hopefully, it will spur further analysis- and better yet, action – to address why participation rates for this community are so low.
The headlines in this election season have been dominated by concerns about high-tech threats to the voting process, but in one Ohio county there is an argument brewing over something far less complex but arguably just as important: parking for voters. As Election Day approaches these kinds of concerns and disputes, about issues that potentially affect the everyday experience of voters, will likely proliferate.
Yesterday, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced five winners in its competition to identify best practices in recruiting and training individuals to work as election workers: Brevard County, FL; Franklin County, OH; Hamilton County, OH; Montgomery County, MD; and New Hanover County, NC. The winning entries are all innovative and should be fantastic resources for the field.
Last Friday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a statement detailing all the ways in which the agency is prepared to assist – but emphasizes that such assistance would only be provided on a voluntary basis. It’ll be interesting to see how many states take up that offer, given the short time before Election Day and concerns about upsetting the federal-state balance in elections.