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electionlineWeekly — December 29, 2016

Table of Contents

I. In Focus This Week

The List
What’s In & Out in election administration for 2017

You’ve waited all year for it, so without further ado, here is electionlineWeekly’s annual list of what’s in and what’s out in election administration for 2017.

And as always, a hat-tip to The Washington Post that began its version of The List in 1978 and inspired us to start ours.

Happy New Year!

OUT: The Electoral College
IN: National Popular Vote Compact

OUT: Constitutional arguments against voter ID
IN: Implementation arguments against voter ID

OUT: Palm Beach County
IN: Detroit

OUT: Election hardware
IN: Election software

OUT: Looking to recounts to answer election questions
IN: Looking to audits to answer election questions

OUT: Secretaries: Kander, McCulloch, Atkins, Winter and Tennant
Secretaries: Ashcroft, Stapleton, Richardson, Toulouse Oliver and Warner

OUT: Bipartisanship as a shield in Wisconsin
IN: Bipartisanship as a weapon in North Carolina

OUT: DOJ as least popular federal agency with many Secretaries
IN: DHS as least popular federal agency with many Secretaries

OUT: Retiring Washington Secretary of State Communications Director David Ammons (sniff)
IN: Whoever’s unlucky enough to replace him

OUT: Finding funds to replace old precinct voting equipment
IN: Finding support for replacing precincts as primary voting method

OUT: “Back off – my ballot is secret!”
IN: “Check out my ballot selfie!”

OUT: Hurricanes as metaphors for havoc wreaked on elections
IN: Real hurricanes wreaking actual havoc on elections

OUT: 2012 “Problem child” Richland County, SC
IN: 2016 “Problem child” Durham County, NC

OUT: Fears of hackers targeting voting machines
IN: Fears of hackers targeting personal voter information

OUT: Learning programming languages to improve cybersecurity
IN: Learning Russian language to improve cybersecurity

OUT: Standard “I Voted” stickers
IN: Custom “I Voted” stickers (Louisiana, Denver, Tennessee, Ohio, etc.)

OUT: Maricopa County Registrar Helen Purcell
IN: Maricopa County Registrar-elect Adrian Fontes

OUT: Vote-by-mail
IN: Vote-at-home

OUT: Emotions over New York’s lever-voting machines
IN: Emotions over New York’s primary system


OUT: Marginalize third parties through ballot access laws
IN: Accept third parties with ranked choice voting

OUT: Losing candidates claiming fraud
IN: Winning candidates claiming fraud

OUT: David Becker and Amy Cohen at Pew
IN: David Becker and Amy Cohen at The Center for Election Innovation & Research

OUT: Long lines
IN: Rumors of hacking

OUT:  Election-day voting
IN:  Early voting

OUT: Old voter addresses
IN: Automatic voter registration (and updates)

OUT: Self-taught election design
IN: Professionalizing election design and administration

OUT: 2016…and good riddance
IN: 2017

Special thanks to: Kim Alexander, David Becker, Amanda Buchanan, Doug Chapin, Judd Choate, Daniel Diorio, Sean Greene, Whitney Queesenberry, Rob Richie, Charles Stewart and Wendy Underhill who contributed to this year’s list.