March 2017

Hot Potato: Judge Returns Proof-of-Citizenship Decision to EAC

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission already has a very full plate for 2017 – but now a federal judge has added a huge hot potato by returning to the EAC a long-running and controversial case regarding inclusion of state proof-of-citizenship requirements on the federal voter registration form.

Longtime Michigan Election Director Chris Thomas to Retire

Yesterday, the election community learned it will soon lose one of its longest-tenured and most-respected state election officials after Chris Thomas, director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections, announced his impending retirement. His leadership and example of nonpartisan administration will be missed – but it’s hard to begrudge him a happy retirement after so many years of service.