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electionlineWeekly — September 15, 2016

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IV. Election News This Week

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison students who lack the proper ID to vote will be able to get the proper credentials printed for them at the polling place on Election Day. The University, which created a special voter ID card just for students will offer ID service stations at all camp polling sites. "It means you can just tell students, go to the polls and vote. Don’t worry about it," Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell told The Capital Times. "That's really kind of an important shift when we’re talking about voter ID. Voting’s easy. If there are any problems, they can be resolved at the polls."

  • It may not be as exciting as receiving the Sears Roebuck & Company Christmas Wishbook Catalog from days of yore, but this year’s California statewide voter guide is probably as big as a Christmas catalog. Thanks to 17 statewide ballot propositions this year’s guide is 224 pages—a length that the Los Angeles Times believes may the longest in election history. “It could have been worse,” Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation told the paper. The guide, which will end up taking about seven weeks to produce and mail, will set taxpayers back about $15 million.

  • In other historically long news, this year’s general election ballot in Snohomish County, Washington is the longest general election ballot in history and will cost voters $0.68 to mail. The ballot is so long, that the marquee race—the presidential contest—won’t appear on the front page of the ballot because state law requires ballot measures to appear on the front of the ballot and there are 16 this year. “We were afraid that would happen,” Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel told The Herald. “This is the largest and longest ballot we’ve had in at least 10 years.” There are so many items, three columns are required to get everything onto the 18-inch, double-sided sheet of paper. By comparison, the two-sided primary ballot had two columns and ran 19 inches long.

  • And because we just had to share this! Kolbotn, Norway has a new backup representative on its town council and he’s none-too-pleased about the situation. Glyve Nagell, a black metal star told Clyrvnt that he jokingly allowed to add his name to the list of those who would serve as backup representative. “My campaign was a picture of me holding my cat saying, ‘Please don’t vote for me.’ But people just went nuts,” Nagell told the magazine. Fenriz will have to serve as a backup representative for four years. “I’m not too pleased about it. It’s boring,” Nagell told the magazine. “There’s not a lot of money in that, either, I can tell you!” (H/t Sam Derheimer for this news tip).

  • Personnel News: Kristin M. Hicks, Westmoreland County, Virginia general registrar for 27 was removed by the county electoral board on Sept. 8. Kate Cosner is the new chief of staff for the Durham County, North Carolina board of elections. Congratulations to Marion County Clerk and Recorder Steve Fox for being named the Illinois Clerk and Recorder of the Year. Lillian “Toni” Soboleski is set to retire as the Meriden, Connecticut registrar after 55 (yes 55) years on the job. “I’ve loved being a part of the political process,” Soboleski told the Record Journal. “I love knowing that what I was doing was keeping the election honest and efficient and helping people.”