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April 2014


Wisconsin, Pennsylvania Decisions Mean Big News Day for Voter ID

Voter ID is back in the headlines - and is likely to stay there for a while - as judges in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania hand down rulings blocking enforcement of ID laws in both states.

OVR is Dead, Long Live OVR: Minnesota Set to Enact Legislation After Judge Invalidates Existing System

Minnesota appears poised to enact bipartisan OVR legislation, even as a local judge invalidated the existing system as an improper exercise of authority by the Secretary of State. Still, it's hard not to wonder if the two aren't somehow causally related.

ELECTricity to Present Webinar Tomorrow on Line Optimization Tool

There will be a free webinar tomorrow (Tuesday April 29) hosted by ELECTricity on a new line optimization tool developed by Mark Pelczarski and endorsed by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Voter ID Law

An Arkansas judge, citing the state Constitution, blocked enforcement of the state's new voter ID law - in large part because of extra requirements imposed on absentee voters.

FOLLOWUP: Mississippi ID Outreach Nets Almost 700 Voters

The State of Mississippi has provided IDs to nearly 700 voters statewide as part of its aggressive outreach effort - built in part through consultation with the federal government and community groups.

Virginia Continues to Expand Voting Rights for Ex-Felons

Virginia's new Democratic Governor is continuing the work of his GOP predecessor to ease the process of voting rights restoration for ex-offenders in the Commonwealth.

GOP Response to PCEA: Green Light on Voter Registration Reforms, Red Light on Early Voting

The Republican National Lawyers Association has released a response to the PCEA that is broadly supportive of many proposed reforms like online voter registration - but draws a bright red line at the expansion of early voting.

Kansas Crosscheck Now Covers Over 100 Million Voters

A Kansas paper takes a closer look at the growing interstate voter crosscheck program launched by the state in 2007 and in use in more than half the nation today.

Spring (Blogging) Break

The blog will take a break this week (unless news breaks) and will return with a regular post on Monday, April 21.

Include Me Out (UPDATE): Maricopa County to Make Changes to Prevent Repeat of 2012 Problems

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.

Light at the End of the Tunnel? Rules Committee Sends Two EAC Commissioner Nominees to Senate Floor

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.

Deja Vu: Ohio Fighting About Absentee Ballots - Again

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 Index: Election Performance Improving, But Some States (Despite Progress) Still Lag

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.

St. Clair's Election Math: Fewer Precincts = Fewer Pollworkers = Lower Costs

St. Clair County, IL is discussing the possibility of consolidating precincts to cut back on pollworkers and therefore lower election costs. The only obstacles at this point are time and old state laws mandating low voter maximums per precinct.

Kevin Kennedy Approaching 35th Year in Wisconsin Elections

WisPolitics recently sat down with Wisconsin election director Kevin Kennedy for an interview as he approaches 35 years(!) helping to run elections in the Badger State.

North Carolina Analysis of Multi-State Voters Likely Sets Up Familiar Drama

A new study by the North Carolina State Board of Elections purportedly identified hundreds if not more double votes in the 2012 election. As the state digs into the findings, the pattern of partisan reaction and outrage is already familiar.

One Document+Two Purposes=Problem: Newby on Naturalization Certificates as Proof of Citizenship

Brian Newby's latest ElectionDiary documents the frustration that can result when an important document (a naturalization certificate) is needed for election purposes. Regardless of whether or not you like proof-of-citizenship, it's a problem.

Congress to Enact $178.9M Bill to Mandate, Fund "I Voted" Stickers

Congress is poised to move quickly on new legislation to require "I Voted" stickers in federal elections - and is promising to help pay for them, though the money may not arrive until after the requirements go into effect. [NOTE: APRIL FOOL'S :)]

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