Candidate’s Sudden Death Creates Ballot Challenges, Controversy in MD Governor’s Race

Kevin Kamenetz, a Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor, died suddenly earlier this month – and his death is creating a difficult situation for election officials and candidates as running mate Valerie Ervin takes his place on the June 26 primary ballot – which has already been printed and begun to be distributed to voters. It’s a far more tragic variation on the evergreen idea that there is “no small stuff” in elections, requiring a balance between equitable concerns for Kamenetz’ successor and voters, fiscal and materials constraints and an ever-dwindling election calendar.

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Strike That, Reverse It: Florida to Get Federal Money in 2018 as Governor Overrules SoS

Florida local election officials will get access to federal cybersecurity funds this year, after the Governor (who is running for U.S. Senate) overruled his Secretary of State (who had said the funds wouldn’t be available this year) and directed that the state take steps to access the money. It highlights the urgency many local election officials feel about accessing the new federal funds – and the high profile that cybsersecurity, and states’ responses to it, will enjoy in this fall’s election.

Tammy Patrick in electionlineWeekly on Election Mail at NPF 2018

Everyone’s favorite electiongeek, the Democracy Fund’s Tammy Patrick, counts among her many roles the unofficial title of “queen of election mail.” In that vein, she has a guest post in this week’s electionlineWeekly about the 2018 National Postal Forum in San Antonio, TX.