June 2017

Boone County, MO’s Wendy Noren to Retire

Wendy Noren, first elected Clerk of Boone County, MO in 1982, submitted her resignation letter yesterday due to health reasons. It’s a huge loss to the field; Wendy has been one of the elections community’s most relentless innovators throughout her tenure and a prime example of what election administrators can and should be.

Orange County Policymakers Reject Vote Center Proposal

Yesterday, the Orange County, CA Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to move the county’s election system to a vote center model, despite evidence it will save the County tens of millions in equipment costs. It’s yet another reminder that careful planning and ample evidence aren’t always enough to convince lawmakers to make election policy changes.

Charles Stewart’s New “Graphic of the Week” Focuses on Partisan Gap in Voter Confidence

Last week, Charles Stewart had a post on his Election Updates blog that illustrates the impact of partisan polarization on the issue of voter confidence. It uses 2016 presidential election data to highlight the fact that election outcomes tend to drive voter confidence and show a strong partisan split. It’s worth keeping in mind the next time you hear that a proposed election reform will “improve voter confidence”.

BLOG FOLLOWUP: Quick Updates on Three Recent Stories

A quick followup on three different recent stories – Maine’s ranked choice voting, North Carolina’s legislative districts and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ residency dispute – finds that recent developments in each jurisdiction have moved each plot line to a next step if not any closer to resolution. That’s somewhat typical in disputes like these, which often seem to make more news than progress.

No Small Stuff (cont.): NJ Election Day Edition

Two news stories out of New Jersey yesterday – involving keys and a basketball game – highlight the adage that “there is no small stuff in elections”, especially when it comes to polling places on Election Day.