Doug Chapin addresses the rise of high-profile secretary of state races.
Over the past decade, partisan groups have started funneling a lot of money into secretary of state races, and the people they help get elected come to the role with a new mindset, says Doug Chapin of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota. "The decade following the 2000 presidential election made secretaries of state the rock stars of the election world," says Chapin. "Their job is not merely to make sure that the process works smoothly, but that it works in a way which is consistent with their view of how elections policy ought to be."
January 18, 2012