Matt Weil of the Bipartisan Policy Center will join the next UMN election webinar this Thursday, December 12 to discuss the challenge of long polling place lines. The session will be co-hosted by UMN and Democracy Fund’s Tammy Patrick, and will feature a conversation about election turnout preparations and a look ahead to 2020..
Voters with uncontested ballots could no longer receive mail ballots under a proposal currently being discussed in Utah. The discussion mirrors that in other communities, where uncontested ballots generate costs that jurisdictions don’t necessarily want to pay – especially as more and more voters cast ballots at home.
Election officials nationwide are already expecting sky-high voter turnout in 2020, but Virginia’s Fairfax County in the D.C. suburbs is projecting as many as 90% of its voters to cast ballots in next year’s general election. That reflects an expectation that 2020 is likely to see record-setting turnout in many communities across the nation.
Florida’s Governor has issued an executive order approving the request of Bay and Gulf Counties to use “mega-voting” sites in the 2020 election cycle. These sites will be important in the Panhandle in 2020, but could have a longer-term impact as well, especially if the model expands to include other Florida counties going forward.
San Juan, Utah’s county clerk is facing an electioneering charge after he allegedly distributed, in polling places, copies of an editorial regarding a pending election. It’s a powerful reminder to election officials at every level about the need to keep communications with voters, especially on Election Day, not just clear but non-partisan.
A Morris County, NJ candidate is seeking another recount in a close loss, contending that faulty envelope glue led to improper rejection of several dozen provisional ballots. It’s a reminder that if an election is close enough, literally anything can make a difference.
As the 2020 election approaches, several states will have new election leadership in place following elections in Kentucky and Mississippi and appointments in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The blog will “pause” for the remainder of November for some international travel and the Thanksgiving holiday … plus a break to rest and get ready for next year’s election year sprint! See you Monday, December 2.
Happy Veterans’ Day to the men and women who serve our nation and help protect the freedom that election officials and voters so proudly exercise!
Travis County (Austin), TX had to re-scan several precinct boxes after Tuesday’s election because of an unusually high number of voters “fleeing” the polling place without depositing their printed ballot cards.