II. Election News This Week
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chair of the House Oversight Committee announced this week that the committee will not investigate President Donald J. Trump’s unfounded claims of wide-spread voter fraud. "We can't just investigate everything that's ever thrown out there by the Democrats, by the Republicans. We have to pick and choose," Chaffetz said during an appearance on CNN.
The FBI has opened an investigation into an alleged data breach at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Election System that may have compromised as many as 7.5 million voter records. The university notified the state late last week. “After learning of this incident at Kennesaw State University, we reached out to law enforcement,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said. “This matter is deeply concerning, but I am confident the FBI working with KSU will track down the perpetrator.”
Montana elections officials, still waiting to hear if the state will allow them to conduct an upcoming election solely by mail have run into another snag if legislators vote no. Turns out that the date chosen, May 25, is graduation day for many Montana high schools thus eliminating those buildings as polling places. For example, Missoula County Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors says seven of Missoula County's 28 polling locations could be changed. She says the changes could impact around 26,000 people.
The town of Plymouth, Vermont is being forced to take a mulligan on a local election due to a clerical error. The town was forced to shut down its election after about 500 residents because two ineligible poll workers were working the polls. “In my six years as secretary of state, this is the first time we've heard this one,” Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos told NECN. Russ Tonkin with the town select board said it was an honest mistake and that it’s often difficult to find poll workers. The re-vote will happen sometime in April.
Personnel News: Kathi Creed has been selected to serve on the Trumbull County, Ohio board of elections. Tom Ferrell has been appointed to the Erie County, Ohio board of elections. Angie Robson has been appointed director of the Meigs County, Ohio board of elections. Audrey Gillespie has joined the Miami County, Ohio board of elections. Don Mills has resigned from the Wisconsin elections commission. He will be replaced by Jodi Jensen. Democrat Katie Hobbs has announced that she will run for Arizona secretary of state. Hobbs is currently the Senate minority leader.