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Now that the “long winter’s nap” is over and the New Year is with us, I thought I’d share the stories that I’m using to come back up to speed as I practice writing 2014 on my checks:
Kansas is going to begin using state birth records to verify the citizenship of still-unregistered voters caught on the suspension list – a practice which some are hailing as a commonsense approach and others a potential equal rights violation for women and individuals born out of state;
Missouri has launched a new online tool for voters to complete a voter registration form (including address changes) – but at least one county clerk is concerned that signatures collected as part of the new program could make petition verification more difficult;
A leading Iowa Democratic legislator is planning to push for online voter registration – as questions arise about whether federal funds should have been used to pay for the state’s ongoing voter fraud investigations;
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White lost his appeal to overturn his conviction on charges he voted from an address where he did not live;
New Hampshire will soon consider a constitutional amendment that would allow 17-year olds to cast ballots in primaries if they will turn 18 before the general election;
West Virginia is sending postcards to about 335,000 voters asking them to verify and/or update their voting addresses in an effort to improve the quality of the state’s voting rolls.
You can bet that you’ll see these stories again in 2014 – but for now, welcome back to the blog and here’s to another year of election geekery!