November 2016

Illinois House Fails to Override Veto of Automatic Voter Registration

After several successes in 2016, supporters of automatic voter registration (AVR) are looking ahead to more states joining the list in 2017 – but those hopes suffered a setback yesterday when the Illinois House was unable to join the Senate in overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of an AVR bill. It will be interesting to see what this means for AVR legislation nationwide in the post-2016 legislative environment.


Merle King on “Election Recounts: The Difference between Hunting and Fishing”

My friend and colleague Merle King from Kennesaw State University sent me the attached yesterday – and it was so good I had to share. Recounts are in the news again – and Merle has a fantastic take (focusing on the difference between hunting and fishing licenses) that will clarify the issues involved, helping you separate signal from noise in the next few weeks.


Several Post-Election Questions, The Answer to Which is “No”

Regular readers of this blog, and people who know me generally, have probably gathered that I am an overall positive person who tends to look for a way to say “yes” to almost anything. But the last week or so has been so frustrating that I’d like to present a series of questions below – the answer to every one of which is a firm NO.


Thanksgiving Blogging Break

With Election Day behind us and Thanksgiving ahead, my plate is going to be full – figuratively and literally! – this week so the blog will be taking a short break until Monday, November 28.


ElectionlineWeekly Looks Back at “The Election That Was” 2016

My friend Mindy Moretti was her typical whirling electiongeek dervish self on Election Day, and now that the dust has settled she’s rounding up all the news from around the country in this week’s electionlineWeekly. This year’s edition is enlivened by a new species of selfies taken by voters nationwide!


Tar Heel Turmoil: What’s Next in North Carolina?

Last week, I wrote about the Election Day struggles in Durham County, NC – but now a close race for Governor and a few other statewide offices has Tar Heel election officials contemplating what’s next in resolving the outstanding contests. Our election system is big enough that trouble always seems to find someone in a national election … and this year, trouble is traveling Tobacco Road.



Tell It To The Judge: NJ Courts Handle Election Day Cases

Election Day typically centers on polling places and election offices across the nation – but in New Jersey, it’s also a busy day for special courts set up to hear last-minute requests (some silly, some sad) from voters who wish to cast ballots. It may seem like an unnecessary step given the availability of a provisional ballot, but for voters willing to make the trip and plead their case, it can mean the chance to cast a valid ballot.



Alaska Vote Puts PFD “Cash Cow” to Work in Elections

On Tuesday, Alaska voters approved a plan that puts a state-specific spin on the growing popularity of so-called automatic voter registration (AVR). The use of Permanent Fund Dividend data – with a high degree of reach and quality compared to data used or proposed for AVR use in other states – will certainly shape those debates for the foreseeable future.