Michigan’s Secretary of State and several local clerks are seeking new legislation to permit an earlier start on absentee ballot tabulation in in order to have more time to manage what’s expected to be a significant increase in the number of voters casting such ballots.
Articles by Doug Chapin
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.
VoteWA, Washington State’s new statewide voter registration system, which had been the source of concern by local election officials, had a smooth rollout yesterday as the state held its 2019 primary election.
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.
Last Thursday, Democracy Fund senior advisor and “postal whisperer” Tammy Patrick had a crucially important piece in electionlineWeekly about an issue many in the election community may have missed – but should be watching closely: a potential U.S. withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union.
Taking a summer break and heading to the lake … the blog will return Monday, August 5. Stay cool and stay tuned!
The latest electionlineWeekly features a story about an election cybersecurity program in Nebraska that’s breaking new ground – and garnering accolades in the process. Programs like these have come a very long way in a very short time – and just in time for what is likely to be a closely-watched and high-stakes election in 2020.
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.
Purdue University will add expiration dates to student IDs to address concerns about compliance with Indiana voter ID requirements. The plan does leave some question about if students can use existing IDs in local elections this fall.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced yesterday that he had removed a Russell County registrar after findings that he had given improper advice about voter registration in municipal elections.