Summer Blogging Break

The blog and I are on a summer vacation … we’ll both be back on Monday, August 27th for the 2018 election homestretch (and beyond) – see you then!

Some Personal News: A New Gig (But the Old One Will Continue)

After seven years with the University of Minnesota, I will be joining Fors Marsh Group in Northern Virginia on Monday, August 20th as their Director of Election Research. The good news, however, is that both my teaching work (and this blog!) will continue … though the blog will be taking a short vacation/transition break until Monday August 27th. Thanks to all of you for making this work so interesting – and so much fun!

NC State Board of Elections Referees County Disputes on Early Voting

Over the weekend, the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) stepped in to resolve county disputes regarding timing and location of early voting – generally approving plans that keep Sunday voting and preserve on-campus options for students. It’s remarkable how important the NCSBE and its tiebreaking procedures has become in refereeing these disputes, given the parties’ apparently very different views on early voting.

Square Peg, Round Hole: Incompatible File Formats at Root of Recent LA County List Problems

About two months ago, Los Angeles County, CA experienced an issue with precinct rosters for its June 5 primary that resulted in over 118,000 voters’ names being omitted from the roster. Now, an analysis of those problems reveals that incompatible file formats were a key underlying cause. Problems like this one highlight the importance of common data format work; ensuring that various systems talk to one another – especially when different levels of government with separate vendors are involved – becomes increasingly vital as voter data is collected, verified and prepared for Election Day.