Articles by Doug Chapin

Northern (Re)Exposure: Fenumiai to Return as Alaska Elections Director

Former Alaska state elections director Gail Fenumiai will be returning to that role January 2 after she was re-appointed by the administration of newly-elected Gov. Mike Dunleavy. It’s likely just one of at least a few transitions in state elections offices given changes in state elected leadership for 2019 and beyond.

electionlineWeekly Recap of MIT Election Audit Summit

MIT recently hosted an Election Audit Summit featuring presentations and discussion on the rapidly-growing practice of post-election audits nationwide. MIT’s Claire De Soi has a wrap-up in the latest electionlineWeekly – giving audits a wider audience and continuing community-building around the role of audits in our voting system.

No Can Do: Macon, IL Clerk Declines to Reverse 1-Vote Sheriff’s Race

Macon County, IL’s clerk is resisting calls to reverse a county sheriff’s race decided by one vote after new ballots emerged that appear to change the outcome, saying state law regarding recounts must continue. That result seems right given the desire to keep election officials applying the law rather than choosing winners.

20 Sides to the Story: Contra Costa, CA Uses Special Die to Break Tie

Tie elections are more commonplace than you might realize, and in many communities they are decided by chance, or “lot.” While some communities use a random draw, traditional dice or a deck of cards to break a tie, Contra Costa County, CA used something different – a 20-sided die often seen in board games.

SoS Class of 2018 at Full Capacity: Raffensperger, Ardoin Win GA, LA Runoffs

The Class of 2018 for secretaries of state officially got its last two members last week with the victories of Georgia’s Brad Raffensperger and Louisiana incumbent’s Kyle Ardoin in their respective state runoffs. Both new SoS face challenges in 2019 and beyond, from litigation to voting equipment – and elections in 2019 and 2020.

electionlineWeekly on “What’s Next?” in Election Cybersecurity

electionlineWeekly’s Mindy Moretti talked to election cybersecurity experts about what’s next in the field. While it’s certainly true that cyberthreats continue to proliferate, the growing level of attention in the field suggests election officials and policymakers are increasingly in a posture that allows them to confront these challenges head on.