Kentucky’s newly-inaugurated Governor says he will issue an order restoring voting rights to over 100,000 individuals formerly convicted of felonies, restarting a process halted by his predecessor.Read More
Matt Weil of the Bipartisan Policy Center will join the next UMN election webinar this Thursday, December 12 to discuss the challenge of long polling place lines. The session will be co-hosted by UMN and Democracy Fund’s Tammy Patrick, and will feature a conversation about election turnout preparations and a look ahead to 2020..
Voters with uncontested ballots could no longer receive mail ballots under a proposal currently being discussed in Utah. The discussion mirrors that in other communities, where uncontested ballots generate costs that jurisdictions don’t necessarily want to pay – especially as more and more voters cast ballots at home.
Election officials nationwide are already expecting sky-high voter turnout in 2020, but Virginia’s Fairfax County in the D.C. suburbs is projecting as many as 90% of its voters to cast ballots in next year’s general election. That reflects an expectation that 2020 is likely to see record-setting turnout in many communities across the nation.
Florida’s Governor has issued an executive order approving the request of Bay and Gulf Counties to use “mega-voting” sites in the 2020 election cycle. These sites will be important in the Panhandle in 2020, but could have a longer-term impact as well, especially if the model expands to include other Florida counties going forward.