In and Out 2013
What’s out and what’s in for 2013 in elections
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 2013.
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: Hanging Chads
IN: Long lines
OUT: Decade-old voting machines purchased in wake of 2002’s HAVA
IN: New voting machines (if counties can afford them)
OUT: Voter fraud/voter suppression
IN: Panels, task forces and committees to review election process
OUT: Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed
IN: Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman
OUT: Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan
IN: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander
OUT: Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers
IN (again): Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap
OUT: Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (see 2012’s In and Out list)
IN: Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson
OUT: Guessing about problems
IN: Evaluating elections with data
OUT: Winging it
IN: Actually planning for disasters
OUT: (well, not quite as In): Election research on the effect of Voter ID laws
IN: (really In): Election research on what causes long lines at precinct polling places
OUT: "Us vs. them" thinking
IN: Collaboration among stakeholders
OUT: Voter ID in Pennsylvania and South Carolina
IN: Voter ID in Pennsylvania and South Carolina
OUT: Same-day registration in Wisconsin
IN: Same-day registration in Wisconsin
OUT: Traditional polling places for most California voters
IN: Vote-by-mail for a majority of California voters
OUT: Any pollster who isn’t Nate Silver
IN: Nate Silver
OUT: Tens of thousands of True the Vote poll watchers
IN: Tens of True the Vote poll watchers
OUT: Traditional voter registration drives that collect paper applications
IN: Advance, secure online tools that link official state online voter registration to Web sites like Facebook and Rock the Vote.
OUT: Hand-wringing and chaos over new voting machines in New York
IN: Hand-wringing and chaos over ongoing election problems in New York City
OUT: Early voting in Florida
IN: Early voting in Florida
Special thanks go to: Pam Smith, Thad Hall, Sean Greene and Sam Derheimer who all contributed to this year’s In and Out list.
National: Saturday voting; Universal registration;
Arizona: Election reform;
Florida: Special election, II; Election reform, II; Election laws, II, III; Voter fraud; Early voting
Iowa: Voting concerns
Kansas: Vote tally; Election accountability
Kentucky: Early voting
Michigan: Recall elections
Minnesota: Voter ID
Mississippi: Voter ID
New York: Election reform
North Carolina: Voter ID; Voting system; Election chaos
Pennsylvania: Voter ID
South Carolina: Voting laws; Richland County
Tennessee: Poll workers
Texas: Court battles
Wisconsin: Same-day registration, II, III, IV, V, VI
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Elections Manager, Jefferson County, Texas—performs administrative work of a managerial nature to ensure that elections are carried out properly. Duties involve managing the conduct of federal, state and local elections in accordance with state and county laws, regulations, and policies. Education: Bachelor’s degree or minimum six years of experience in related field, Certified Elections Registration Administrator (CERA) preferred. Requirements include: Thorough knowledge of state and county election laws, regulations and procedures; general knowledge of the common requirements, policies and procedures of the news media regarding information pertaining to elections; ability to repair, develop or install complex software or management information systems; and ability to supervise employees. Salary: $45,276-$60,000. Deadline: Applications will be accepted Jan. 1, 2013 through Jan. 15, 2013. For more information and to apply, click here.