January 2018


Missouri Joins ERIC

Missouri yesterday became the latest state to join the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a multistate exchange designed to help states identify both ineligible voters as well as eligible but unregistered individuals.


Virginia’s Edgardo Cortes Steps Down From State Elections Post

Virginia state election director Edgardo Cortes announced yesterday that he is stepping down from his post effective immediately. Virginia – with its annual statewide elections and battleground status – can be challenging, but Edgardo and his team have overseen some significant changes in the way elections are run in the state.



electionline’s “What to Watch” in 2018

With the New Year upon us, many in the election community are looking ahead to 2018 and wondering what’s in store. electionlineWeekly’s Mindy Moretti shared hers yesterday in a “what to watch” list for 2018.


California Governor Proposes $134.3M for Voting Technology

California Governor Jerry Brown announced his new proposed state budget yesterday – and it includes $134.3 million for voting technology upgrades at the county level. It’s just a proposal, but it offers the possibility of a step forward in Golden State counties’ efforts to get the state to share the burden of election funding.


Voting on the Wrong Side: Analysis Illuminates Voter Assignment Challenges

I’ve written in the past about what I call “52 pickup” – the challenges that arise for election officials in the aftermath of legislative redistricting, but a new analysis using Virginia data suggests that the problem may be thornier and more widespread than imagined. It’s another reminder of how complicated voter assignment can be.


“Meet the Experts” Back-to-School CEA Webinar TODAY

The Spring 2018 semester begins next week at the University of Minnesota and – just in time! – we are offering an opportunity to hear from three of our faculty members about their work and their courses as part of the Certificate in Election Administration – Tammy Patrick, Dana Chisnell and Whitney Quesenbery. The session kicks off at noon Central today – join us!


EAC To Host 2018 Election Summit

On Wednesday, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will host a “summit” in Washington, DC focusing on the 2018 federal election. It promises to be a fantastic curtain-raiser on what is sure to be an eventful year.


electionline.org Joins Democracy Fund

Big news yesterday, as the Democracy Fund announced that it had acquired electionline.org as part of its efforts to inform the field about developments in the election community. I can’t wait to see how the site continues to grow as it enters its 17th(!!) year.