IV. Election News This Week
An attorney for the Rhode Island Board of Elections is drafting potential replacements of a regulation that excludes people registering in person from a federal requirement that voters registering for the first time provide their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number. The regulation has been in place since 2008 and was recently part of a complaint filed with the USDOJ. According to The Providence Journal, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea’s office has, in the meantime, added a feature on the state’s Voter Information Center website to notify registered voters if their record is missing required information. If the information is missing, spokeswoman Nicoel Lagace said, “the registered voter can then choose to use the online voter registration portal to add it.”
We recently reported that members of the Memphis City Council had reservations about the city’s new ranked choice voting system and were considering repealing it. It seems like those concerns may now be moot. Tennessee Elections Coordinator Mark Goins has informed the Shelby County elections administrator that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting anywhere in the state because there are no state guidelines and procedures for counting the second and third preferences of voters. “Although it is commendable that you have found a process which supports a ranked-choice voting system,” Goins wrote to Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips in a letter dated September 26, “I must advise that … the current laws of Tennessee do not support and allow this system of ranked-choice voting.”
Suffolk County, New York Comptroller John Kennedy is conducting a “time and attendance” audit of senior managers at the county’s board of elections. The audit comes after disclosures that one election commissioner is attending law school part-time, including during office hours.
Personnel News: Kyle Mallory has been appointed to the Stewart County, Tennessee elections commission. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has announced that he will seek a 7th term. Erin Grunze is the new executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. Daniel Perigo is the new elections administrator in Stewart County, Tennessee.