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IV. Election News This Week
- Although he has vowed to individually restore the voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-felons, as of this week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has not signed the paperwork to restore the rights for a single disenfranchised ex-felon. According to The Washington Post, McAuliffe’s spokesman Brian Coy said the governor is working to make sure the rights-restoration orders are handled properly. "The headline here is, 'Governor ensures process is correct,' " Coy said. "We're making sure we fully comply with the court's order, making sure he's done a review of the individuals in question here, and then he will take action." No timetable for the restoration has been set.
- The state of Texas has brought in Burson-Marsteller, a public relations giant and global strategic communications firm—with offices in Austin—to work with the state to develop court-mandated voter outreach efforts for the upcoming election.
- The New York City Board of Elections is under fire again, this time for closing polling locations at two apartment complexes and forcing voters — many of them seniors — to walk up a steep hill to the relocated polling place. Norm Levine, 91, told DNAInfo that he wanted to vote in the primary in June — but to access the polling place he was forced to take a cab. Previously, Levine had voted in the basement of his apartment building.
- The next time you happen to be in Sacramento, California, take some time to visit the California Museum and the exhibit that chronicles 165 years of voting in the Golden State. The exhibit is quite expansive and covers both election administration and politics. Power to the People: Voting in California 1850-2016 runs through November 13.
- Well this isn’t something we get to write about every week, but hats off (sorry, we don’t like snakes) to South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs for taking matters into her own hands when she spotted a rattlesnake in her backyard. During 60-mile-an-hour winds, Krebs shot the snake with her judge pistol. “It’s one of those moments where the adrenaline kicks in,” Krebs told KSFY. “It’s amazing how you stop, and think, and reason.” The snake was 32-inches long had eight buttons (rattles for those not in the know).
- Personnel News: Marsha Massey is the new Alabaster, Alabama elections director. Oregon Elections Director Jim Williams has resigned amid reports that he was about to be terminated for alleged inappropriate comments about female employees. Gala Sheats-Hester has been nominated to the Hall County, Georgia board of elections. Congratulations to Floyd County, Georgia Supervisor of Elections Willie Green III, for earning his doctorate in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. Green worked on his degree for five and half years while working full time.