April 2020

Oregon Voters to Choose SoS Nominees May 19

On May 19, Oregon voters will choose nominees for the fall’s race for Secretary of State, filling an open seat for the second consecutive statewide election. A long-time vote-by-mail state, Oregon has avoided many of the fights surrounding COVID-19, but the new SoS will still be important in managing the future of elections in the Beaver State.

ElectionlineWeekly on the (Varying) Costs of Vote-by-Mail

The April 23, 2020 electionlineWeekly focuses on a topic certain to be top of mind for every election official nationwide: vote-by-mail – or more specifically, the cost of vote-by-mail. Not surprisingly, those costs can and do vary significantly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction … but they add up fast.

New Coronavirus Challenge Brings Old Partisan Fights Over Elections

Even as the nation’s election officials wrestle with the challenges associated with conducting a presidential election in the face of a pandemic, the nation’s major parties are returning to familiar ground: lawsuits over the voting process. It’s one bit of certainty in an otherwise uncertain election year.

Idaho SoS Partners with Grocery Stores on Absentee Ballot Return Postage

Idaho’s Secretary of State is responding to concerns about missing absentee ballot return postage by partnering with local grocery stores to provide stamps to voters seeking to mail back their completed ballots. It’s an excellent example of a state election office doing what it can to make the best of a bad situation.