Election officials in Steamboat Springs, CO are postponing a municipal election scheduled for June by one week in order to account for potential printing delays, cost considerations for the counting process and the requirements of federal law.
After years of debate over policies that restrict voting, the State of Kansas has enacted a new law expanding access for Sunflower State voters. It’s a story of cooperation and collaboration that has been all too rare in Kansas in recent years.
Local officials in Arizona will get regular guidance on election procedures from a manual required by a new bill headed to the Governor for his signature. Given how local officials often chafe at directives from the state, the clamor for this change in Arizona suggests how important the manual is to their operations.
State officials are scrambling – and scratching their heads – after reports that West Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles is losing voter registrations meant for the Secretary of State and county clerks. These issues are neither new nor unique to West Virginia, but they’ll need to be addressed as soon as possible as 2020 approaches.
A joint report by DHS and the FBI confirms that Russian cyber actors targeted election sites in all 50 states in 2016 – not just the 21 previously reported. It’s a vivid reminder of the ongoing threat and a powerful motivation to the election community to continue being vigilant – and prepared – for whatever 2020 brings.
Ohio’s new Secretary of State is drawing attention after a recent mailing to over a quarter of a million inactive voters yielded just 540 registrations – about 1 in 500. The low return rate/high cost may lead the state to consider other approaches providing nonvoters with an opportunity to re-register at a more reasonable cost to taxpayers.
North Carolina’s state legislature will soon consider a fix to a law that has been creating problems for institutions who seek to allow college students to use their IDs for voting.
California’s Butte County is using postcards to voters to ascertain the plans of voters displaced by the catastrophic Camp Fire that devastated California last year. It’s good to see the elections office doing something to re-establish voters’ sense of place so that the process can move forward in 2020 and beyond.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission released the first report detailing how states spent funds allocated to them in 2018 under the Help America Vote Act. These reports are a fascinating and important look at states’ plans and an indication of their approach to security and other needs in the 2020 election.
I have a post in the latest electionlineWeekly looking at a new research note with exciting new FVAP data on military and overseas voting using transactional data to illuminate trends and challenges for UOCAVA voters. It’s a new way to dig into the election process that holds promise for more voter-level explorations going forward.