III. Election News This Week
A bipartisan group of residents in Dallas County, Iowa will meet to review thousands of absentee ballots that the county failed to count on Election Day. While none of the 5,842 absentee ballots would have changed the outcome of a race, newly elected Auditor Julia Helm has called for a special review of the results. According to the Des Moines Register, a separate not-yet-formed committee will review the county’s election procedures before the May 2 special election. "All of the stuff we sent to the secretary of state, we just thought people in our community should review the same thing," Helm said. "We're trying to be transparent."
Massachusetts’ state auditor has determined that early voting—which debuted in 2016 and proved to be wildly successful — constituted a state mandated on cities and towns and that the state should pay for it. According to The Sun Chronicle, Auditor Susan Bump said about one million voters, or 22 percent of the total, cast ballots during the 12 days leading up to the November election, and staying open those extra days cost cities and towns about $1.1 million. "The early voting law certainly is to be regarded a success. It did, however, mandate new procedures for clerks. Some of these should be paid for by the state, not municipalities, according to the Local Mandate Law," she told the paper.
West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner recognized a group of high school juniors and seniors who registered more than 1,500 new youth voters in The Mountain State. Students who got 100 percent of eligible seniors registered to vote will be invited back to the secretary’s office in March to shadow Warner for a day as part of the Honorary Secretary of State for the Day program.
Personnel News: Clarendon County, South Carolina Voter Registration and Elections Executive Director Shirley L. Black-Oliver received the Moore Award at the 42nd annual South Carolina Association of Registration and Elections Officials Legislative Conference. Chris Marinio, has decided not to seek another term on the Erie County, Ohio board of elections. He has been on the board for 20 years. Ninety year-old Helen Mis who has served as Beacon Falls, Connecticut’s Republican registrar since 1966, will be stepping down later this year. Cheryl Bodoh has been hired as the deputy clerk for Germantown, Wisconsin. Keith Cheney has resigned from the Allen County, Ohio board of elections. Len Lenihan is stepping down as the Erie County board of elections commissioner. Claud McIver, who is facing criminal charges after shooting his wife, has announced that he will step down from the state board of elections.