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II. Election News This Week
- For now at least, North Carolina voters still do not need to show a photo ID to vote after House Democrats fought off an effort to override Gov. Bev. Perdue’s veto of photo ID legislation. The vote to override the veto was largely among party and race lines with impassioned speeches coming from both sides. The vote on the veto override was 67-52, five short of the 72 votes needed. All Democrats voted against the override, as well as one Republican: Skip Stam. Not because he changed his mind on the bill, but for strategic reasons. Under House rules, any member who voted on the side of a bill that won the vote can move to reconsider the vote. Stam’s vote against the override put him on the prevailing side, and that's exactly what he did, recalling the measure and then leaving it in limbo to be reconsidered another day.
- Like alcohol during prohibition, it turns out that many Ohio voters actually liked many of the elections procedures recently banned by the state legislature. In Franklin County alone, 40 percent of the county’s voters will have to find a new time, place or way to cast their ballots in upcoming elections after election reform legislation was approved. Local election officials are concerned about the impact the changes will have on election day in 2012. "If we put 140,000 people back on Election Day, you have to wonder," said William A. Anthony Jr., director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, citing the approximate number of people who took advantage of the conveniences the county offered in 2010 that allowed them to vote without going to the polls.
- Free rides to the polls, free food on election day, candidates and political parties offer all sorts of incentives to get people to the polls, but one Michigan business has come up with a unique incentive to get people to register to vote — an incentive that is drawing some attention from local authorities. Your Healthy Choice Clinic in Lansing is offering medical marijuana to anyone who registers to vote. In a statement Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Schuette said his office was carefully reviewing the matter.
- Taking One For The Team: Indian River County Supervisor of Elections Leslie Swan is putting her money where her mouth is by taking a pay cut of more than 20 percent to help her office balance it’s budget. Since 2008 the elections office has cut its budget by 30 percent. Full-time staff was reduced from 11 to six and the office rolled back expenses to 2005-06 levels. But that still wasn’t enough so Swan made the decision to cut her own compensation. “I want to lead by example,” Swan told a local newspaper.
- Personnel News: D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics Executive Director Rokey Suleman resigned this week. The DCBOEE has launched a nationwide search to fill the position (see below). No word yet on Suleman’s next moves. F. Roger Hoffman was appointed to serve on the Taunton City, Mass. board of registrar of voters. Attorney Bruce Lambka, who serves as the GOP legal representative on the Lake County, Ind. Elections Board, is prohibited from practicing law for 18 months, beginning Sept. 2. William A. McInerney, the Troy, N.Y. city clerk identified as a target in an election fraud investigation, abruptly submitted his resignation Monday from the job to which he was appointed in 2008. Colorado Springs Clerk Kathryn Young is retiring after 17 years on the job running the city’s elections.