In an era where local election administration news gets increasingly harder to come by, the Patch.com network is a treasure trove of details about the voting process nationwide.
Articles by Doug Chapin
Voice is the new frontier for communicating with mobile devices. This post looks at a few new developments in the field of smartphone development and assesses their potential value for the field of elections.
Missing ballot language in Mississippi about the fiscal impact of voter ID and other initiatives has state and local election officials scrambling to complete voters’ ballot content before Election Day.
New military voting data released this week presents the most complete snapshot to date of how well the election system works for these voters. I asked a few election geeks for an analysis of the data – and what they told me was fascinating.
Being an election official is sometimes a lonely business – especially when circumstances conspire to put you at the center of a heated dispute, as one Connecticut clerk is finding out.
A recent Politico piece looked at K Street’s struggles to adopt (and adapt to) social media. Election offices are already making their way down that learning curve.
The latest twist in the Cuyahoga absentee voting saga finds voters confused by the design of ballots. This post examines the issue of usability and makes the case that election officials need to become more attentive to the science of “how people use stuff.”
Madison, WI’s recent mock election to test the effects of the new voter ID law is an excellent example of how observational data – and the effort to collect it – can pay dividends for election officials, pollworkers and voters alike.
New data on minority languages was released yesterday which will form the basis for requirements for language assistance in elections in jurisdictions across the nation. This post takes a preliminary look at the data as well as a look ahead at its impact.
A new EAC report on military and overseas voting has given the election geek world a new wealth of data to analyze. This post, though, looks at the holes that still exist in the data and asks what can be done to improve response rates.