December 2018

No Small Stuff (cont.): “Bad” Pollworker Checks in Broward County, FL

There’s “no such thing as small stuff in elections”, and the latest example comes to us from Florida’s Broward County, where the newly-appointed Supervisor of Elections is dealing with bounced checks to pollworkers – not because of missing funds, but missing numbers thanks to a “rip-off” of a different kind.

New Pew Poll Finds High Voter Satisfaction With Election Process, Security

A new survey by The Pew Research Center reveals that voters were pleasantly surprised by the ease of voting in 2018 and have confidence in the election process and election security. It’s reassuring to see that confidence in elections and election officials – especially given the stress they both typically face in a Presidential election cycle.

Northern (Re)Exposure: Fenumiai to Return as Alaska Elections Director

Former Alaska state elections director Gail Fenumiai will be returning to that role January 2 after she was re-appointed by the administration of newly-elected Gov. Mike Dunleavy. It’s likely just one of at least a few transitions in state elections offices given changes in state elected leadership for 2019 and beyond.

electionlineWeekly Recap of MIT Election Audit Summit

MIT recently hosted an Election Audit Summit featuring presentations and discussion on the rapidly-growing practice of post-election audits nationwide. MIT’s Claire De Soi has a wrap-up in the latest electionlineWeekly – giving audits a wider audience and continuing community-building around the role of audits in our voting system.

No Can Do: Macon, IL Clerk Declines to Reverse 1-Vote Sheriff’s Race

Macon County, IL’s clerk is resisting calls to reverse a county sheriff’s race decided by one vote after new ballots emerged that appear to change the outcome, saying state law regarding recounts must continue. That result seems right given the desire to keep election officials applying the law rather than choosing winners.

20 Sides to the Story: Contra Costa, CA Uses Special Die to Break Tie

Tie elections are more commonplace than you might realize, and in many communities they are decided by chance, or “lot.” While some communities use a random draw, traditional dice or a deck of cards to break a tie, Contra Costa County, CA used something different – a 20-sided die often seen in board games.