December 2016

Washington State’s David Ammons to Retire

David Ammons, communications director for the Washington Secretary of State’s office, is retiring at the end of the year – a well-deserved break after over four-and-a-half decades as a reporter and public servant in the Evergreen State.

New Democracy Fund Blog Post with “Tips” on Section 203 Implementation

A few weeks ago, the Census Bureau released its updated minority language determinations under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act. A new blog post by Democracy Fund senior fellow Terry Ao Minnis and Stacey Scholl examines what new and continuing jurisdictions on that list can do to comply with the law – and help their voters.

The Case of Mineral County’s Missing Ballots: Finally Solved

I’ve blogged a couple of times about a strange controversy involving a close election and missing ballots in Nevada’s Mineral County – and now, it appears, the case has been solved and the matter laid to rest. It’s a reminder that many of the stories that pop up here take a while to resolve. In a time where controversies bloom, rage and fade in a single news cycle I find that oddly comforting.

Voter ID: The New Rules of Engagement

The voter ID issue never quite went away, but after 2016 the issue is about to experience a resurgence. To that end, it’s important to note how the voter ID fight has evolved and what that might mean in 2017 and beyond.