February 2018

When In Doubt, Choose Optimism

I was surprised (and more than a little discouraged) late last week to see some potentially disappointing news about the future composition of the EAC. But, having taken the weekend to “count to ten,” I have concluded that despite the news, nothing has changed my overall view: optimism.

New NCSL Report Focuses on How States, Localities “Split the Bill” on Election Costs

NCSL’s Wendy Underhill and her colleague Katy Owens Hubler from Democracy Research LLC have a guest piece in the latest electionlineWeekly summarizing their new report The Price of Democracy: Splitting the Bill for Elections. It’s an excellent overview of the issue of election costs, highlighting both its importance and the challenges involved in arriving at a fixed figure.

10 Best Practices from Belfer Center’s New Election Cybersecurity Playbook

Last week, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government released an election cybersecurity playbook for state and local election officials. The document is absolutely jam-packed with information and advice on this critical issue – with the most important top-level information included in a list of “10 best practices that apply to all election systems.”

electionlineWeekly Looks at Gender Requirements in State Registration Laws

Back in January, I wrote about a proposed new law in Idaho that would eliminate gender information on state voter registration forms. electionline’s Mindy Moretti decided to take that one step further and see what the status of the issue is nationwide – and it’s the subject of her piece in the latest electionlineWeekly.