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electionlineWeekly — May 10 2018

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IV. Election News This Week

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia secretary of state’s office has launched an investigation into irregularities during the December runoff election for mayor in Atlanta. The probe involves irregularities over absentee ballots and investigators have requested records to conduct a forensic review.

This week, Orange County, California launched 30 Days of Data, an initiative that will give users the ability to visualize key topics through maps, charts, narratives and graphs that will reveal connections between voters, demographics and other forms of data. A new storyboard is released every day. “Access to voter data — and ways to make sense of that information — is essential to understanding elections and how they function in the 5th largest voting jurisdiction in the country,” said Registrar Neal Kelley. “30 Days of Data sets a new standard for election data, bringing to life the rich stories that our data can tell.”

Every elementary school teacher in America is nodding their head yes over this one. It recently took Bridgewater, Massachusetts a couple of days to correctly and officially declare the winner in the race for library trustee because the handwriting on tally sheets was so bad, it initially could not be determined who the precinct warden had written in on the tally sheet. As a result, the wrong winner was initially announced. “We were horrified,” Clerk Marilee Kenney Hunt told WCVB. Hunt said everyone involved feels terrible about the error and she has already spoken to all the election workers to make sure nothing like this happens again.

Congratulations to the Collier County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Office for winning the Image Award and Judges Award from the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. The awards recognized the office’s outstanding efforts during the fifth annual High School Voter Registration Challenge, which was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Through planning and coordinating with the Collier County Public Schools, the elections office was able to continue the challenge post-Irma and saw the highest voter registration numbers in the competition’s history – nearly doubling the number of student registrations from the prior year.

Personnel News: Escanaba, Michigan City Clerk Bob Richards is retiring after 25 years at the city’s clerk. Molly Fitzpatrick will be the new Boulder County, Colorado clerk and recorder. Fitzpatrick is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and there are no Republican candidates running. Kathy Smith has been named the interim clerk in Macomb County, Michigan. Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos has filed paperwork to run for re-election. Kyle Ardoin has officially taken over as the Louisiana secretary of state.