Articles by Doug Chapin

electionlineWeekly on New NSGIC Elections Mapping Report

The latest electionlineWeekly features a new report from the National State Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) on the use of mapping technology in election administration. Projects like these definitely put the “geek” in electiongeek, but they offer improved accuracy of the election map (no small thing in the wake of stories about mis-assigned voters in close elections) as well as creating endless opportunities for innovation.


Wake County, NC Deadlocks on NCSU Early Voting Location

Local election boards across North Carolina are once again tasked with approving early voting locations and schedules – and once again there are partisan deadlocks over specific locations, including in Wake County (Raleigh) regarding early voting at North Carolina State University. This controversy is just the latest in North Carolina regarding election administration; for whatever reason, the legislature seems intent on changing election laws and policies every cycle, leaving counties to pick up the pieces.


Voting About Voting: Governing Magazine on 2018 Elections Referenda

Alan Greenblatt of Governing Magazine has a look at several states where the 2018 elections will include questions about voting and elections themselves. Taking a question to the voters is occasionally required as part of the formal process for changing state law – but more often than not it’s a tactical decision aimed at bypassing parttsan gridlock or opposition – and the questions themselves will both affect and be affected by local politics in the run-up to November.


Ohio Revises “Supplemental Process” in Wake of SCOTUS Ruling

Ohio’s Secretary of State has announced that the Buckeye State will restart the “supplemental process” for voter list maintenance, with some updates, in the wake of a favorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Voters will have more options to check, verify and update their address – and will also get a second notice immediately before their record is cancelled.


Kentucky Settles NVRA Suit with DOJ

Last week, the Commonwealth of Kentucky entered into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding required maintenance of its voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, or “motor voter”). It’s the latest reminder that it sometimes takes a federal court – whose orders have priority over just about anything else – to spur action on (and resources for) otherwise-stalled voter list maintenance processes at the state and local level.


Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to everyone! Thanks for all you do to keep America and its democracy thriving as the nation celebrates its 242nd birthday …[The blog will be taking a short holiday break and will return next Monday, July 9. Stay tuned and see you then!]


Not Here, There: Georgia Primary May Need Do-Over After Voters Mis-Assigned

A close primary election in Georgia may need to be re-run after the discovery that a potentially decisive number of voters were mis-assigned to the wrong district and given the wrong ballot.It’s an increasingly familiar problem… there’s a reason why the “Election Administrator’s Prayer” asks that “the margins be wide”; you never know when a close election might bring problems like this to the surface.


EAC to Host Data Summit in Philadelphia July 12

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission will host its 2018 Election Data Summit next week on July 12 in Philadelphia, PA in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of State. The agenda is packed with interesting topics and speakers and so it will be a great day and should have election officials (and geeks!) from across the nation in attendance.


electionlineWeekly on Ranked Choice Voting in Maine and New Mexico

The latest electionlineWeekly has a story about Maine’s maiden statewide voyage with ranked choice voting as well as a look at its growing popularity in New Mexico – and its future in other communities across the country. Maine’s experience – which appears to have been successful despite near-constant litigation and a legislature seemingly hellbent on blocking its implementation – could be a signal to other states and communities that ranked choice voting can work there as well, if there is sufficient planning (and budget!) and even a modicum of support from policymakers.


Maine SoS Matt Dunlap Wins Court Case Seeking PACEI Records

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap won the latest round in his fight with the former Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity after a federal judge ordered the Commission to disclose materials related to its work. Pending an appeal, the order will either generate a trove of documents that suggests where PACEI was heading before it was disbanded, or there will be so few materials that claims of “initial findings” will be revealed to have been vastly overstated.