This week's electionlineWeekly looks at the effect of uncertainty about Wisconsin's ID law on next Tuesday's primary ... and I quote Macbeth to urge the state Supreme Court to move quickly to resolve the uncertainty.
I'm moderating a panel today on the skills future (and current) generations of professionals will need to navigate the increasingly tech-heavy world of elections.
Pew's latest Election Data Dispatch focuses on new data from Maricopa County, AZ demonstrating the significant benefits of online voter registration.
"Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded": Election Officials' Responsibility for Handling Denial of Service Attacks
A recent cyber-attack on a Canadian party election raises the questions on what threats election officials can and should be able to predict and (if possible) prevent.
Candidates in Appleton, WI will no longer be allowed to bring doughnuts to pollworkers - and while that seems like a little thing it's related to far bigger issues in the field of elections and politics.
After months of controversy and uncertainty in Indiana, the Governor's appointment of Sen. Connie Lawson - who was an election official before joining the Legislature - is raising hopes that elections in the Hoosier State will now be a lot less interesting.
Recent stories out of Illinois about misaligned optical scan ballots are a vivid reminder of the tyranny of little things in election administration.
New Florida data cited in the latest Election Data Dispatch from Pew suggests that HAVA's mandate of one accessible voting machine per polling place isn't working. It may be time to look for another approach that actually assists disable voters in casting a ballot.
I'm participating today in a roundtable on the clearinghouse function of the EAC. Looking forward to a conversation about the value of data to election administration and the role the federal government can play in making such data available.
Recent developments in the voter ID debate - which are bringing the Voting Rights Act and state constitutions under scrutiny - have the potential to have a much greater impact on American elections than simply whether voters show ID at the polls.
Miss Vermont 2011 Katie Levasseur was central to the effort to give 17-year-olds in Vermont the opportunity to vote - a journey that started as a Statehouse intern and continues to this day. Moreover, she's living proof that there is no typical election geek.
The St. Charles, MO County Executive recently vetoed a $1.2 million voting machine contract because there was only one bidder - the one bidder certified to bid on the contract. The certification system may need fixing, but better information about who pays what might be even more useful in the short term.
Pam Fessler's latest NPR story focuses on a Tea Party-supported effort by citizen groups to identify potential irregularities on the voter rolls. While this project will certainly raise fears of voter suppression, it also holds out promise for providing feedback to election officials.
The ongoing debate over voter ID is beginning to produce something new: data. It isn't yet clear how, if at all, such data will help illuminate the discussion but for now it's a good sign that evidence will be used at all - if only to keep both sides on the road.
The alphabet soup of elections - my name for the considerable number of organizations aimed at election officials - is now spicier thanks to the emergence of South by Southwest (SXSW) as a destination for the absolute cutting edge of elections and technology.
When is someone behind bars not "imprisoned" and thus ineligible to vote? A new suit claims that a California "realignment" program aimed at reducing the state correctional population means that about 85,000 felons should now be eligible to vote.
One under-appreciated facet of the voter ID debate in Minnesota is its potential impact on the state's tradition of Election Day Registration. Online news site MinnPost brings some light to the heated debate with a map demonstrating EDR's partisan backdrop.
Something I'm thankful for post-Super Tuesday: Election administration has no expectations to beat, momentum to maintain or narratives to extend - just votes to count and results to report. That's why I'm an election geek, not a political junkie.
Pollworkers in Virginia will soon have the option of waiving the (admittedly small) compensation they receive for their service. It will be interesting to see how that option - which is aimed more at tax-simplification than cost-cutting - affects the composition of the Election Day workforce and the cost of elections.
Early voting is down in Ohio in advance of tomorrow's presidential primary. Figuring out why isn't just the stuff of punditry - it could also help election officials better allocate their resources. Unfortunately, figuring out why isn't likely to be easy given the various moving parts in Ohio this go-round.
This dog's owner thinks it's a crime how easy it was to register him to vote. This dog's owner is about to find out that he may well have committed a crime to prove it.
Crowd-financed projects aimed at specific election challenges - like Dana Chisnell's design field guides and Faye Anderson's Cost of Freedom voter ID app - could be the next frontier in shoring up hemorrhaging state and local election budgets.