The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a case involving Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship law for voter registration means that a case challenging that law and the dual registration system set up to administer it can proceed – and that the larger constitutional dispute between states and the federal government over the nature of the Constitution’s Election Clause persists unresolved.
Two Ridgefield, CT high school students drafted and presented a report to their town government looking at strategies the town can use to improve voter turnout. It’s continued proof of the value of involving young people – who are the future of election administration – in efforts to learn about the nuts and bolts (and also the politics) of managing the nation’s election system.
Rhode Island’s Secretary of State is about to get control over voting technology purchasing, thanks to recently-passed legislation awaiting the Governor’s signature. That legislation seems to have surprised the State Board of Elections – though they had done little to address voting technology for several years.
A dispute over who gets to appoint election officials in one Tennessee county has resulted in resignations, hard feelings – and a huge question about the proper role of politics in the process.
Brian Newby traveled to Albania to view the country’s national election. Fortunately for all of us, he took the time to make some observations about U.S. elections, too – and share them online via ElectionDiary.
North Carolina’s voter ID rules are changing again – and now courts, election officials and everyone else is figuring out what it means. While the timing of the switch is promising for smooth election administration, there’s no guarantee that more change isn’t coming.
Hinds County (Jackson), MS is preparing to print tens of thousands more ballots than necessary for the August primary. Given state law and the desire of the election office to minimize risk, it’s a smart move that also makes no sense whatsoever.
electionlineWeekly’s Mindy Moretti looks at what election offices do when poll workers don’t perform as they should. Sometimes, a simple facepalm just isn’t enough.
Lee County’s election supervisor is under fire and requesting an audit after questions were raised about voting technology purchases that were never put out for bid. It’s a useful reminder that the procurement process can be worth the pain. [UPDATED with vendor reaction]
Pew’s Voting Information Project has a new infographic that pulls back the cover on the project’s data flow to show how official information about where, when and how voters cast their ballots can move from election servers to voter devices in about three weeks.