III. Election News This Week
- Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is hoping to avoid some of the confusion voters saw in the March presidential preference primary by including information on new voter cards that reminds voters that Florida is a closed primary state. Clark’s office will mail 623,000 voter cards during the next few weeks in an effort to notify voters before the Aug. 1 deadline to change parties.
- Secretary of State Steve Simon announced this week that Minnesota would allow Veteran ID cards as an acceptable form of identification — combined with authorized proof-of-residence — for same-day registration.
- According to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, many Americans are not happy with the way the presidential candidates are chosen and have little faith in the fairness of either party system. According to the survey, the public prefers open primaries to those that are closed to all but party members. They like primaries instead of caucuses, and they oppose the party insiders known as superdelegates, who have a substantial say in the Democratic race.
- The Cookeville, Tennessee History Museum has debuted a new exhibit—My Vote is Power! An Exhibit for Kids — that aims to give those too young to vote a hands-on experience with the voting process and being a citizen. “Politics can get kind of heavy, but we want this to be fun and hands-on for the kids,” Ashley McKee, education specialist, told the Herald-Citizen. The exhibit will allow students to cast a ballot, dress up as famous presidents and first ladies, design their own political posters and spend some time in the reading nook. “Kids will have an opportunity to cast their vote, design a poster, enjoy some quite time in our reading nook, become a historic or patriotic figure in the dress-up area and have fun with our light-hearted introduction to the election process,” Museums Manager Beth Thompson told the paper.
- Personnel News: Hays County, Texas Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan has announced that she will retire at the end of 2016 after more 30 years on the job.
And Sean Greene is leaving the Pew Charitable Trusts Elections Initiatives to join the U.S. Election Assistance Commission beginning June 13. “Sean has been an invaluable part of the Pew elections team since before there was a Pew elections team! He's irreplaceable, but our loss is the EAC's gain,” said David Becker, director, election initiatives. “And I know we'll all continue to benefit from his insight in his important new role.”