III. Election News This Week
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio says that the time has come to rethink the city’s board of elections. "I think the Board of Elections' time has come and gone,” DeBlasio told The New York Daily News. “I think it's time for fundamental change. This model doesn't work, period.” DeBlasio said that he would look to change state law to overhaul the board. “The first thing we could do, and there's a piece of legislation that exists right now, is professionalize the agency and give the executive director a professional role not dependent on a political board to make fundamental changes in the operations," de Blasio said.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced how the state plans to stop crossover voting in the upcoming Senate runoff. The state outlawed crossover voting earlier this year and this will be the first election with the new law in place. Under the law, if a voter voted as a Republican or not at all in the special election, they are allowed to vote in the runoff, however if a voter voted as a Democrat, they may not vote. Poll workers will have a list of names of those who voted and how in the original special election and they will check that against those arriving to vote in the runoff.
The American Civil Liberties Union is launching an effort to expand voting rights in all 50 state with their first state being Kansas. According to McClatchy News Service, The ACLU campaign, called Let People Vote, will forgo a federal approach to expanding voting rights. Instead, it will pressure each state to adopt individually tailored plans, including proposals such as creating independent redistricting commissions and restoring voting access for convicted felons. “We, as protectors of voting rights, we’ve been playing defense,” Faiz Shakir, ACLU’s national political director, told McClatchy. “And this is a moment to go on offense.”
Leon County is honoring former Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho by naming the new election center building after him. It houses the new Supervisor of Elections’ administrative offices and operations center—now under one roof. It includes voter registration and candidate services, more parking, and a new early voting site.
We think this is a great idea! The League of Women Voters of Kent, Ohio is teaming up with the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio on a program dubbed The VOTER Girl Project. As part of the project, League members will provide instruction about citizenship, voting and leadership and the Scouts that attend the workshops can earn their citizenship badges.
And here’s another great idea from Hernando County, Florida. Shirley Anderson, the supervisor of elections, has created a Wall of Honor in the office that showcases county veterans and those who are actively servicing. Anderson told the Hernando Sun that the inspiration for the wall came after she started the “Vote in Honor of a Vet” program several years ago. She explained that the goal of the program is to advocate voter registration to youth within Hernando County while spreading knowledge about our military and conflicts that helped shape the United States of America.
Personnel News: Tracie Krevanko is the new Clatsop County, Oregon clerk. She was previously the elections supervisor of Washington County. Nevada Assemblyman Nelson Araujo has announced that he will run or secretary of state. Tyler Woods has resigned from the Forrest County, Mississippi election commission. Mary Treder Lang, vice chair of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has announced that she will run for secretary of state in 2018. Maura Hoff has resigned from the Marion County, Indiana election board.