III. Election News This Week
With the state’s new voter ID law set to take effect with the turn of the calendar to 2018, the West Virginia secretary of state’s office is working overtime to get the word out to the public. Secretary of State Mac Warner has launched the “Be Registered & Be Ready to Vote” awareness campaign to address frequently asked questions about the new law. The law, which does not require a photo ID, may be one of the most lax ones in the country with voters being allowed to show anything from a voter registration card to bank or debit card to prove identity. That being said, the state is working hard to make sure that voters—and county clerks—are aware of the multitude of IDs that are acceptable.
This is a new one for us. Chicago election officials are investigating complaints from residents alleging that they were approached by people impersonating employees of the board of elections. According to the AP, Board Chairwoman Marisel Hernandez said in a Friday statement that city election officials do not go to voters' homes to ask about petition signatures.
Election Day 2017: The rollercoaster election in Virginia continued this week when a recount in a Newport News-area House race ended up with a one-vote victory. The winning candidate — after the recount — began with recount down by about a dozen votes, but ended up “winning” by one. However, the following day, a three-judge panel reinstated one ballot for the “losing” candidate and now the race is tied. The Virginia State Board of Elections will draw lots — slips of paper with each candidate’s name on them from an old film canister — on December 27. The ultimate winner of the election will most likely determine which party has control of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Personnel News: Marcia Johnson-Blanco, co-director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, deputy vice president, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, UnidosUS have both been elected to the U.S. Vote Foundation’s executive board. Tammy Woodall, former first deputy clerk is now the clerk of Greene County, Indiana. Nan Benson was recently appointed the Marshall County, Iowa auditor and recorder. Siskiyou County, California Clerk Collen Setzer has announced that after 20 years on the job she will retire at the end of her current term of office. Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has announced that he plans to appoint Tahesha Way as the new, New Jersey secretary of state. Way’s responsibilities will include expanding voting rights in the Garden State. Margie Mullins is stepping down as the Winnebago County, Illinois clerk after 11 years on the job. Mike Yambor is retiring as the Defiance County, Ohio elections director.