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II. Election News This Week
- An independent review by investigator Dan Hensley found that the Anchorage city clerk’s office relied on an inexperienced deputy clerk to run the troubled April 3 election. The report also found that that the clerk’s office didn’t send enough ballots to polling places and “failed to realize the depth of the problem” as the shortages began. "He hit it dead on. I think all of us became complacent over the years," Assembly chairman Ernie Hall told the Anchorage Daily News. According to the paper, Hensley—paid $35,000 by the Anchorage Assembly to conduct the report—also found no evidence of intent by city or election workers to sway the election or influence voting results.
- State Senator Arthenia Joyner, the ACLU and the National Council of La Raza have filed an administrative challenge to Florida’s decision to implement the state’s new election reform law in 62 of 67 counties. According to the News Service of Florida, the newest challenge to the 2011 law addresses the state’s decision to allow portions of the law to take effect in all but the five counties covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
- The City of Chicago and Cook County are joining forces on elections, technology and a variety of other common interests in a move that could save $33.4 million. According to The Chicago Tribune, starting this fall, 3,000 fewer election judges and polling place administrators will be hired to staff elections. In presidential election years, the cooperation is expected to save $5.6 million.
- Personnel News: This week that Cannon County, Tenn. election commission fired Election Administrator Stan Dobson. Dobson was hired in 2009 after the Republican Party assumed control of the Legislature in 2008. Jason Varano has been named an assistant supervisor in the Ocean County, N.J. board of elections.