IV. Election News This Week
An analysis by the Providence Journal found that Rhode Island has a 32 percent more people registered to vote than are eligible to vote based on U.S. Census Bureau numbers — the highest rate in New England. In a statement this week, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said state is on its way to rectifying that situation with participation in ERIC and the new online voter registration program. Since Gorbea took office, Rhode Island has removed 32,000 voters, 46 percent of whom had died. Another 54,192 have been marked inactive, meaning they will be removed if the miss two consecutive federal elections.
Following a court ruling in October, more than 150 college students in Greenville County, South Carolina have registered to vote at their campus address instead of their home address. Previously the county had barred those students from doing so. Most of the registrations came from Bob Jones University with 91, followed by Greenville Technical College with 24, North Greenville University with 22 and Furman University with 15, said Conway Belangia, director of voter registration and elections for the county.
While Massachusetts is enjoying quite a bit of success with its first year of early voting, it’s causing headaches from some clerks in New Hampshire. It’s gotten so bad that the Plaistown town clerk had to send out an email blast reminding residents that New Hampshire does not offer early voting. One clerk told the Eagle Tribune that she has had to field more calls than she can count about early voting.
With everyone and their Russian cousin focused on whether or not the 2016 election will be hacked, about 55,000 Duluth, Minnesota residents will be getting letters in the coming days letting them know that voter registration lists and other personal information may have been exposed as the result of a phishing attack. “It was just an email account. It wasn’t our core files. So this wasn’t a cyber hack. This was an email phishing scam apparently by someone from Ghana,” David Montgomery, Duluth’s chief administrative officer told the Pioneer Press.
The YMCA of the USA is offering free child care at some of its locations on November 8 to allow parents an opportunity to vote. “Election Day is arguably one of the most important days in the U.S. this year — the ultimate opportunity for Americans to make their voices heard through the democratic process,” YMCA of the USA President and CEO Kevin Washington said in a statement. “Unfortunately, many people who want to vote find it challenging because they have to take children with them. The Y’s hope is that Zoe’s Kids Day Out initiative enables those parents and caregivers to exercise their right to vote, and ensures children can spend their time in a safe, nurturing environment.”
Personnel News: Darren Redmond has been appointed to the Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana board of elections. Washington County, West Virginia Board of Elections Director Tara Hupp has been charged with felony theft. She admitted to stealing about $40,000 from a booster club she works with.