Articles by Doug Chapin

Georgia Seeks $150 Million for New Voting Machines

Georgia’s new Secretary of State is asking the legislature for $150 million to purchase a new statewide voting system – over the objections of some who claim a cheaper and more secure system is available. Technology aside, it’ll be interesting to see how – and where from – lawmakers find the money needed to make the change.





And Then There Were 26: Michigan Joins ERIC

Michigan’s new Secretary of State announced yesterday that the state will become the 26th member of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). The announcement means that a majority of states and D.C. will now be members – dramatic growth for ERIC in the first six-plus years since its founding.




New York Poised to Enact Sweeping Election Reforms

New York State’s legislature is poised to enact sweeping election reforms which will improve the election experience for voters and streamline the election calendar. It’s a sign of progress for the Empire State, which has long lagged the rest of the nation on many aspects of election administration.



Iowa House to Study Contest Involving Late-Arriving Ballots

The Iowa House of Representatives will form a committee to study a disputed 2018 election that appears to turn on a few dozen late-arriving but allegedly timely cast mail ballots. If the ballots are deemed timely, opened and it is determined that the outcome has changed, the Iowa House will have to vote on what to do next.