IV. Election News This Week
After more than 118,000 Los Angeles County voters were left off the rolls due to a “printing error,” Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said that he is seeking an independent investigation into what happened and how. According to the Los Angeles Times, Logan said it appears that corrupted data resulted in voters’ names not being printed. Logan told the paper nothing can be ruled out yet, even sabotage. “There’s nothing to indicate initially that there was anything malicious,” Logan said. “But we need to exhaust everything.”
The Voter Participation Center is at it again this election cycle. More than 380,000 Floridians will be receiving voter registration forms in the mail, many to people who are already registered to vote. The mailing has of course generated complaints from voters that supervisors of election must now deal with. "Unfortunately, and historically, the VPC and CVI pull information for their mailings from various unverified sources," Brevard Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott told the Tampa Bay Times. "Previous mailings have resulted in voter registration applications being sent to deceased persons, minor children and even pets. Mailings have also been sent to registered voters, which creates unnecessary confusion and concern."
In 2016, more than 1 million Washingtonians, many of them young people, were eligible to register to vote, but did not. Now Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) are joining forces and launching the Governor’s Student Voter Registration Challenge. The Governor’s Student Voter Registration Challenge asks all of Washington’s public higher education institutions to participate: 34 community and technical colleges and six, four-year universities. “Democracy works best when all voices are heard, and statistics show that not enough young people take the time to register and vote,” Wyman said. “We need to turn that around.”
In other voter registration news, Voto Latino announced this week a new push to register 1 million voters by 2020. The group will be focusing its attentions on Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. The group plans to spend about $7 million on the push.
Personnel News: Margaret Nartowicz has been hired as the new Amherst, Massachusetts clerk. Luke Scott has resigned as the deputy director of the Miami County, Ohio board of elections. Democrat Renee Fontenot Free, director of the public protection division for the attorney general’s office has joined the race for Louisiana secretary of state. JoHanna Cox, the Republican candidate for secretary of state in New Mexico has withdrawn from the race. The state party will select a replacement.
In Memoriam: Rose Gosselin Scarpa, former Milford, Connecticut registrar of voters, has died. She was 88.