III. Election News This Week
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler (R) has announced that he will resign from office next week. His decision comes after an employee filed a sexual harassment suit against Schedler in February. Shedler, who has been on the job since 2010 has previously announced that he would not seek re-election. Kyle Ardoin, Schedler’s first assistant, will replace him until an election can be held for a new secretary of state—most likely to coincide with the November 6 election.
On Tuesday night, the Knox County, Tennessee elections website crashed due a “deliberate” and widespread” cyberattack, officials told The Knoxville News Sentinel. The site went down around 8pm and no vote tallies were affected, just the public’s ability to seek election results on the county’s site. The website appeared to come back online just before 9 p.m., and it ran smoothly — for the most part — for the rest of the night. The county had 11 security experts working to resolve the problem. According to Richard Moran, the IT director for the county, the site crashed from a massive amount of traffic that appeared to be coming from “many, many servers all over the country and all over the world.”
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) has asked Gov. Jay Inslee (D) for emergency spending authority in order to fund prepaid postage for the 2018 election cycle. In her request, Wyman argued that what’s good for one county — King, which is considering paying return postage — should be good for all counties. "The reality is, while this decision may appear to only affect King County voters, it has a statewide impact on the remaining counties," Wyman said according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “We have to treat every voter in the state fairly and equally, and do everything we can to avoid confusing voters."
In New York, about 930 voters responded to a field survey by Senate Democrats trying to find out what would make them more likely to vote. According to the survey, 62 percent said they’d be more inclined to do so if an election was held on a weekend. And 79 percent said they would be more likely to vote if polling places were open for multiple days prior to Election Day.
And finally, in Vigo County, Indiana, the school corporation has finally found a way to get students to the polls. After the corporation decided not to bus the students, the superintendent committed to getting the students there and this week two central office administrators took students in their personal cars to the Vigo County Annex, where early voting was occurring, during lunch period so the students wouldn’t miss school. At Terre Haute North, on primary day, a school protection officer will walk the students to a nearby vote center during lunch. Following the 2018 primary, the school superintendent will meet with area high school students and the county clerk to try and come up with a permanent plan. “I think it’s important to have this meeting, to craft something for the future that we have in place so we can think about not taking school time to vote, but have kids more involved,” Danny Tanoos told Indiana public radio.