I. In Focus This Week
What’s In & Out in election administration for 2018
You’ve waited all year for it, so without further ado, here is electionlineWeekly’s annual list of what’s in and what’s out in election administration for 2018.
Happy New Year!
Out: Elections that are decided by one vote
In: Elections that are tied
Out: Older OVR systems or outdated registration systems
In: Pushing for enhanced motor voter, dare we call it automated registration
Out: Automatic Voter Registration at the DMV
In: Automatic Voter Registration at birth
Out: No-paper record DREs
In: Paper ballots ("back to the future")
Out: Worries about individual fraudsters (although of course not entirely out)
In: Worries about nation-state bad actors
In: 24-hour ballot boxes
Out: Sexual harassers in office
In: Renewed interest in special election and vacancies--what are the rules, precisely?
Out: Cybersecurity as an election issue just for experts
In: Cybersecurity as an election issue for everyone
Out: Election geeks pulling their hair out on Election Day
In: Election geeks wanting to use the same hair stylist as Dr. Charles Stewart & Brian Corley
Out: Election Day
In: Election Season
In: Tablets as ballot marking devices
Out: Paper petitions
In: eSign electronic petition app.
Out: Voting systems with proprietary technology
In: Voting systems using off the shelf technology
Out: Louisiana state election commissioner Angie Rogers
In: Louisiana state election commissioner Sherri Hadskey
Out: Delivering ballots by mail
In: Delivering ballots electronically
Out: Amateur DIY electiongeekery
In: MIT Election Data and Science Lab
Out: Presidential candidates making unsubstantiated charges of massive voter fraud
In: Presidents making unsubstantiated charges of massive voter fraud
Out: Bearing full cost of unbudgeted special election.
In: Counties ask state to reimburse for special election or seek ways to reduce costs of special election.
Out: Worrying what the Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity will do
In: Wondering what the heck PACEI is doing
Out: Utah state election director Mark Thomas
In: Utah state election director Justin Lee
Out: Complaining that no one does risk-limiting audits (RLA)
In: Complaining that your jurisdiction, not Colorado, did the first RLA
Out: Boring #electiongeek Twitter
In: Wild, GIF-filled #electiongeek Tweets from the likes of Harford County, Md. and Minneapolis, Minn.
Out: Long lines at polling places
In: Better data about lines (of all lengths) at the polls
Out: Election officials adroitly avoiding engaging their social media friends on the politics of the 2016 elections.
In: Election officials adroitly avoiding engaging their social media friends on the politics of the 2018 elections.
Out: Voters regretting not voting in an election that ends in a tie.
In: Voters remembering the regret and showing up for the 2018 elections.
Out: Ranked-choice voting in Maine and Santa Fe, NM (or maybe not)
In: Ranked-choice voting in Maine and Santa FE, NM (or maybe not)
Out: “I don’t know – ask the IT guy“
In: Election officials as information-system managers
Out: Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes
In: Acting Secretary Robert Torres
Out: 2017 EAC Chair Matt Masterson
In: 2018 EAC Chair Tom Hicks
Out: AOL AIM
In: Email encryption and other cybersecurity vigilance
Out: Early Voting only at permanent locations
In: Early Voting at Mobile Voting Units
In: VVSG 2.0
Out: Election Center as NASED Executive Director (with thanks to Doug Lewis and Tim Mattice)
In: Amy Cohen (and Democracy Works) as NASED Executive Director
A special thanks to all of this year’s contributors: Kim Alexander, Lori Augino, Doug Chapin, Rebecca Connors, Brian Corley, Alton Dillard, Michael Ertel, Michael Haas, Rick Hasen, David Levine, Katy Owens Hubler, Angie Rogers, Stacey Scholl, Charles H. Stewart and Wendy Underhill.
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