Maricopa County's response to a high number of provisional ballots in 2012 is to implement a combination of hi-tech (e-pollbooks) and low-tech (day-glo vote by mail ballots) to ensure that voters cast the right ballot in the right place.
The EAC got a little closer to non-zero strength yesterday with a committee vote to send two nominees to the floor. What happens next (and what it means) is anyone's guess - but after years of nothing happening it's a start.
Once again, Ohio is battling over absentee ballots, as Cuyahoga executive (and gubernatorial candidate) Ed FitzGerald seeks to use county funds to mail applications to county voters - and state officials are trying to stop him. Is another compromise possible?
Pew's 2012 Elections Performance Index finds that progress is being made nationwide on increasing election performance but some states - even those with modest improvement - run the risk of being left behind.