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electionlineWeekly--December 29, 2011

Table of Contents

I. In Focus This Week

The List
What’s out and what’s in for 2012

You’ve waited all year for it, so without further ado, here is electionlineWeekly’s annual list of what’s in and what’s out in election administration for 2012.

And as always, a hat-tip to The Washington Post that began their version of the In and Out List in 1978 and inspired us to start ours.

Happy New Year!

Out: Charlie White (maybe)
In:
Vop Osili (maybe not)

Out: Statewide voter ID in North Carolina
In:
County by county voter ID in North Carolina

Out: Doug Chapin as director of Election Initiatives at Pew
In:
David Becker as director of Election Initiatives at Pew

Out: Same-day voter registration in Maine
In:
Same-day voter registration in Maine

Out: Sweater vests
In:
Pocket squares

Out: State funding for anything
In: Budget deficits and major cuts

Out: Recounts          
In:
Recalls

Out: Rokey Suleman
In/Out:
Paul Stenbjorn
In:
Cliff Tatum

Out: Kentucky SoS Trey Grayson
In/Out:
Kentucky SoS Elaine Walker
In:
Kentucky SoS Alison Lundergan Grimes

Out: Louisiana SoS Jay Dardenne
In:
Louisiana SoS Tom Schedler

Out: Appreciation for Wisconsin’s non-partisan Government Accountability Board
In:
Local criticism of “partisan” GAB

Out: Texas’ Ann McGeehan and Kentucky’s Sarah Ball Johnson
In:
Someone with really big boots to fill

Out: Voter photo ID in South Carolina
In:
Legal challenges

Out: New York’s lever voting machines (finally!)
In:
Confusion and thousands miscast ballots on New York’s optical scan ballots

Out: High school teachers as voter registration leaders
In:
High school teachers as voter registration defendants

Out: Governors’ vetoes as last line of defense against voter ID
In:
DOJ preclearance as last hope of opponents of voter ID

Out: Fighting voter ID
In:
Getting voter ID

Out: Touchscreen voting machines as enemy #1 of technologists
In:
Internet voting as enemy #1 of technologists

Out: Worrying about election funding
In:
Worrying A LOT about election funding

Out: EAC Commissioners Donetta Davidson and Gineen Bresso, EAC Executive Director Tom Wilkey
In:
Bueller? (and @EACGov)

Out: Old precinct lines and election dates
In:
Who knows?

Out: Waiting in line at the polls to cast a ballot
In:
Waiting in line at the DMV to get a photo ID

Out: Paul Stenbjorn, DC Board of Elections and Ethics
In:
Paul Stenbjorn, Scytl

Out: Paul Miller, Washington State
In:
Paul Miller, Scytl

Out: Wondering what Scytl’s going to do with all those Pauls
In:
Scytl unveils secure voting on tablet computers

Special thanks to Doug Chapin, Sam Derheimer and Stacie Temple for their contributions to this year’s In and Out list.