Articles by Doug Chapin

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.





Wyoming SoS Ed Murray Resigns

Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray resigned last Friday in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him. It’s a story with dimensions far beyond the elections world, but a vacancy in the state’s top elections job – for any reason – is not something that Wyoming welcomes in a statewide election year.






Empty Checkboxes on Mail-in Ballot Requests Mean Extra Work for TX Local Officials

Empty checkboxes are creating some unexpected work for local election officials in Texas in the upcoming gubernatorial primary. It’s just the latest reminder that while candidates and election officials occupy roughly the same space in the lead-up to an election, their priorities and incentives are very different and can create surprises – and extra work and costs – for election officials.