Articles by Doug Chapin

SO BIG: Court Orders Murrysville, PA to Reduce Overcrowded Precincts

Murrysville, PA will have to subdivide its voting precincts after a court agreed that they far exceed state guidelines for maximum number of voters, leading to long lines at the polls. In communities where in-person voting is still prevalent, finding enough places to vote and assigning the right number of voters to those places is a critical task.

Los Angeles’ New Voting System Begins Rollout, to Debut in 2020

Los Angeles County, CA’s long-awaited voting system is beginning its public rollout and will debut in 2020. Obviously, this is a huge step for Los Angeles, but it also signals a potential new phase for voting technology nationwide. It’s a story that is likely to resonate in the election community for years (if not decades) to come.

Rutherford County, TN Faces $300K Lawsuit in Polling Place Trip and Fall

Tennessee’s Rutherford County (Murfreesboro) is facing a $300K lawsuit after an elderly voter suffered injuries after a trip and fall in a polling place last year. It’s a reminder that while larger threats like mass shootings and terrorism get attention, things like extension cords can literally and figuratively trip up election officials.

HI Legislature Sends All-Mail Voting Bill to Governor

Hawaii lawmakers have approved legislation that moves the Aloha State to all-mail voting, provide postage-paid return  and clarify when ballots must be received for counting. The changes would apply to the 2020 election, meaning that Hawaii will likely be leaning on a deep bench of mail-voting jurisdictions nationwide for advice.

Ohio to Consider Automatic Voter Registration

Yesterday, Ohio’s new Secretary of State announced a bipartisan effort to consider automatic voter registration – with a possibility that it could be in place for the 2020 election. It’s definitely newsworthy for Ohio to see the SoS and lawmakers talking with (instead of at) one another on an issue of this magnitude.