Articles by Doug Chapin


No Small Stuff (Cont.): Missing Thumb Drive Upends Close MS Senate Race

A regular theme of this blog is that “there is no small stuff in elections” – and the latest example comes from Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, where a missing thumb drive has turned a close state Senate race upside down. It’s the kind of issues election officials can (and should) worry about on Election Night and afterwards.



Better Together: Election Officials Join Hackers at DEFCON Conference

After years of an adversarial relationship between election officials and information security experts, the two sides are seeing the value in working together in the face of outside threats and internal challenges – including a growing number of election officials who are traveling to this week’s DEFCON hacking conference in Las Vegas.





ERIC Membership Now at 29 as Vermont, Kentucky Join

The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) now has 29 members with the recent additions of Vermont and Kentucky, joining 26 states and The District of Columbia in an interstate exchange dedicated to improving voter registration rolls.