May 2019

Short Summer Blogging Break

I’m taking the end of semester as an opportunity for some family travel … short blogging break but I’ll return on Wednesday, June 5.



Texas SoS David Whitley Resigns

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley submitted his resignation yesterday afternoon after it became clear that controversy over a statewide non-citizen voter investigation meant he would not receive enough votes to be confirmed by the State Senate.


Knowing It’s Right: Jennifer Morrell’s New RLA Report for Democracy Fund

Jennifer Morrell, who has been doing yeoman’s work in the election community on the subject of risk-limiting audits, has a new two-part report out for the Democracy Fund entitled “Knowing It’s Right.” It answers two key questions – why RLAs are important, and how they work in practice for the people who must implement them.


Number 27 Enters the Game: Georgia Joins ERIC

The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) grew to 27 members yesterday with the announcement that the State of Georgia is joining 25 states and the District of Columbia to share information on voter registration, including eligible citizens who are not registered to vote. It’s a huge “get” for ERIC.



Mercer County, PA Ham Radio Operators to Assist With Election Day Communications

Pennsylvania’s Mercer County will use amateur radio operators for today’s primary election to assist with election communications in a polling location with no landline and spotty cell service. It’s an example of how local election officials work to overcome communication challenges and bring redundancy into their Election Day operations.