IV. Election News This Week
According to an internal memo obtained by the New York Post, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has ordered parole officers to provide voter registration forms to their former-inmate clients during office and home visits. The paper says the memo requires that parole officers must provide formerly incarcerated individuals “with voter registration forms, related complementary documents and assistance with the registration process….” “The Parole Officer must be prepared to assist the parolee with filling out the registration form and the Parole Officer is responsible for providing information regarding the location of the local Board of Elections,’’ the memo states. The move follows an April executive order to reinstate voting rights to all released felons even if they are still serving parole or probation.
Follow simple instructions. The 2018 primary in Colorado marks the first time independents will be able to cast a ballot in the previously closed primary system. Every independent voter in the state received a Democrat and Republican ballot in the mail with instructions to only cast one. Well, seems that some folks aren’t following the enclosed instructions and are returning both a Democratic and Republican ballot. Overall, the numbers have been fairly low. In Larimer County, at least 159 people have returned two ballots which invalidates them both. In Freemont County, 33 people have returned both ballots. In Boulder County so far 85 people have returned both ballots. In Denver, the ballots of 215 (3.4 percent) of voters have been rejected. However, in El Paso County, almost 600 independent voters have turned in both ballots to-date. Officials have been doing their best to remind voters just to vote one ballot. Earlier this week, two staff members from the secretary of state’s office climbed one of Colorado’s 14’ers with message to just vote one!
Millennials in Philadelphia are trying to prove their detractors wrong. For the third-straight election, Millennial voters have out-paced voters in every other generation, which have actually seen decreased turnout. “The numbers are remarkable, that this is the third time in a row that this has happened,” City Commissioner Al Schmidt told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Voter turnout shot up 29 percent among those between the ages of 18 and 34, according to data released by Schmidt’s office. For those aged 35 to 49, participation dropped by 5 percent. It fell 21 percent for voters between the ages of 50 and 64, and sunk 12 percent for those aged 65 and up. To be clear, Millennial voter turnout is still the lowest of all the generations, but it is on the increase.
Speaking of turnout, the City of Los Angeles held an election this week to determine whether or not to create a second neighborhood council in Koreatown. According to LAist, some people reported waiting more than three hours to vote. City elections officials said. more than 19,000 people turned out to vote. “We have not seen anything like this before,” Tom Reindel, public services administrator for the Los Angeles City Clerk-Election Division told LAist. “There weren’t any seats being filled. This was simply a vote about dividing an existing neighborhood council into two.” Although there are still almost 2,000 provisional ballots to count, the residents voted 98.53 percent to 1.47 percent not to create a second council.
Personnel News: Congratulations to Belmont Town Clerk Ellen O’Brien Cushman who was named the Massachusetts Town Clerk of the Year. Judy Mays, the clerk of Bear Creek Township, Michigan for 30 years will be retiring at the end of the month.