May 2017

A Few Notes on Ohio Case Heading to SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court announced yesterday that it was granting certiorari (agreeing to hear) an Ohio case regarding voter list maintenance. Here a re a few quick notes on what’s next and what it might likely mean.

Illinois House Unanimously Advances AVR

Yesterday, the Illinois House unanimously approved a new automatic voter registration bill and sent the changes back to the Senate for final approval before trying once again to get the Governor’s signature. His veto (and the failed override attempt) stopped the last version – but supporters on both sides of the aisle are hopeful this time the bill will be fully enacted into law.

Happy Memorial Day

No blog today as we pause to honor the sacrifices so many have made to defend this country and its ideals. Happy Memorial Day and see you tomorrow.

Project Vote to Close May 31

Yesterday, electionlineWeekly’s Mindy Moretti broke some key news for the election world: Project Vote will be closing its doors on May 31.

New Alabama Law Clarifies “Crimes of Moral Turpitude”

Alabama’s Governor has signed a bill that clarifies which felony convictions involve “crimes of moral turpitude” and thus result in loss of voting rights. There is disagreement over how many voters will have their rights restored as a result, but the law represents a huge step toward clarity and administrability for local election officials by reducing guesswork and discretion.

Maine Supreme Court Invalidates Ranked Choice Voting

The Maine Supreme Court has ruled that a voter-approved initiative establishing ranked choice voting (RCV) for state elections violates the state Constitution. Now, the state is faced with what is likely to be a fierce fight over whether to remake or repeal the law. It’s a decision that’s bound to divide the Legislature – and one that could complicate planning for elections in 2018.

Democracy is a Design Problem (cont.): Bethlehem Ballots Create Confusion

Bethlehem, NY is facing controversy after a redesigned ballot resulted in confusion about votes cast in a recent school board election. It’s a perfect illustration of the idea that “democracy is a design problem” – and a helpful reminder of the importance of growing interest in the field of election design.

DC Moves Primary Date – Again

The District of Columbia City Council has unanimously approved a bill that will once again move DC’s primary date – a move they say is permanent after several shifts in the last few voting cycles. The primary has been a moving target in recent years, and while there is some skepticism on the city council, the bill could soon be heading to the Mayor for her signature.