II. Election News This Week
Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has launched an investigation in possible voter fraud on the 2016 general election and she is claiming that the Department of Motor Vehicles may have inadvertently added non-citizens to the voter rolls. Cegavske sent a letter to DMV head Terri Albertson on Friday and on Saturday, Albertson responded in party by saying “Your letter comes as a complete surprise as you and your office have reviewed, contributed to, and approved the processes you are expressing concerns about.” Cegavske said DMV workers being told to accept voter registration information from all customers is a misinterpretation of the law. She ordered the DMV to stop the practice. Albertson responded that her agency will consult attorneys on the matter but that the law requires the DMV to forward the registration information no matter how incomplete it may be, because it is the state’s election officials who ultimately assess voter eligibility. The DMV said its workers do, however, flag cases for further review when eligibility is questioned. Cegavske subsequently announced that the investigation had found three non-citizens voted in November’s election.
The ongoing saga around the U.S. Virgin Islands special election continued this week as members of the St. Thomas-St. John Joint District Board of Elections determined that they may not be able to certify the results until the status of former senator-elect Kevin Rodriquez has been officially settled. “I know it sounds chaotic, it sounds like confusion, but that’s what happens,” District Board of Elections chair Arturo Watlington, Jr. said Tuesday at an emergency meeting on St. Thomas.
Seasonal and temporary elections workers go a long way to easing the workload of elections offices during high busy times. But sometimes getting those temporary employees paid becomes more work for already busy elections offices. To solve that problem, Williamson County, Texas has decided to outsource the cost of paying temporary workers to an Austin-based personnel firm. The county will pay about $150,000 for startup costs and then about $33,000 annually. “We’re excited about this contract,” Jeff Evins, vice president of the personnel firm told the Austin-American Statesman. “It’s right up our alley. We have done city, county and state work. We helped out Travis County with the last election. Sometimes people are surprised how many people it takes to make an election happen.”
Although we typically stick to this side of the pond for our elections news, this week British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a nationwide election on June 8 giving elections officials just 51 days to prepare. While parliament will not officially dissolve itself until May 3 officially starting the ball rolling, many elections officials are already hard at work getting ready. We found this article and thought some of you might find it interesting to see how you pull off what is the equivalent of a presidential election in 51 days.
Congratulations to the Collier County, Florida supervisor of elections office which was recently honored with the Grand All Image Award from the Florida Public Relations Association. The Grand All Image Award is presented to the best public relations program in Southwest Florida and was awarded for the elections office’s “Election Ready” public information campaign which aimed to educate voters on how they could prepare for the 2016 Election Cycle.
Personnel News: Bob Evnen (R), an attorney from Lincoln and former member of the state board of education, has announced his plans to run for Nebraska secretary of state. Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has announced that he will seek re-election in 2018.