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III. Election News This Week
- Nice try kid, we’ll give you an A for effort, but you still can’t vote. Grafton, Wisconsin teenager Zachary Ziolkowski, who turns 18 on November 5th appealed to the state’s Government Accountability Board that he be allowed to vote on the 4th because based on common law interpretation that “ one is in existence on the day of his birth, he is in fact on the anniversary of his birth of the of one year plus one day.” The GAB rejected the request for an opinion allowing Ziolkowski to vote.
- Saved by the bell! On Tuesday, more than 600 San Joaquin County high school students will ditch school for the day in order to work at the polls. Students are being paid $165 per day to work at the polls just like any other poll worker.
- The D.C. Board of Elections issued a mea culpa late last week for not only the upside down flag on the voter guide, and the ensuing controversy over whether or not it was a mistake or done on purpose.
- Since it was implemented in February of this year, more than 30,000 residents of Connecticut have either registered for the for the first time or updated on their voter registration on the state’s new online voter registration system. “I am so proud of the outstanding success of Connecticut’s new online voter registration system,” Merrill said in a statement.
- On Friday, the Santa Fe New Mexican published a story indicating that New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran had banned the use of Sharpie pens in polling places because of concerns about bleed-through even though Sharpies, according to the report, were the preferred ballot-marking tool of the voting machine vendor. Following the report, Duran’s office issued a statement that her office was not banning Sharpies, but was sending PaperMate felt tip markers — also approved by Dominion — because of voters’ concerns. According to a report from KOAT, the new pens for all 33 counties cost $17,000.
- Behold! The mighty I Voted sticker! The Contra Costa Times has a great story this week about the history of I Voted stickers and why people like them so much. Obviously electionline has been on top of this story for some time, but it’s nice to see the mainstream media catching on as well.
- With apologies to all the other polling place locators out there, just a reminder that the best f*#@ing polling place locator available is back and ready for use on Tuesday.
- Personnel News: Brown County, Ohio Director of Elections Kathy Jones is retiring effective November 28. Ed Smith has joined the Clear Ballot team as their director of certification.
- In Memoriam: Former New Mexico Secretary of State Shirley Hooper died late last week. She was 78. Hooper was first elected 1978 and served only one term because the law at that time did not permit statewide elected officials to run in consecutive elections. Hooper did run for the office again in 1990 and 2006, but lost in the primary both times. In addition to serving as secretary of state she was the foundation of the International Association of Parents of the Deaf and past president of the New Mexico School for the Deaf Board of Regents.