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With clock ticking elections officials faced with known unknowns
Elections officials worry about impacts on voters, poll workers

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.” Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, February 2002.

With legal action pending or recently decided, but certainly not settled and with the clock ticking until the November 8 general election — and some primaries yet to happen — elections officials in several states are faced with some looming known unknowns.

For example, in Texas and Wisconsin, it’s voter ID. In Virginia it’s voting rights restoration. In Ohio it’s voter purges. In Kansas it’s a dual-system for voters with proof-of-citizenship and those without. And in North Carolina, it’s a bit of everything — ID, same-day registration, early voting.

“The nature of our job is to adapt to constant change,” said Sharon Wolters, Smith County, Kansas clerk and current president of the Kansas County Clerks and Elections Officials Association. “We expect it and work together to give ideas that will facilitate the changes in the most efficient way possible.”

While all the elections officials we spoke with are confident in their ability to conduct upcoming elections not matter what the courts throw at them, they all did express concerns about the impact these changes and possibly last minute changes could have on poll workers and the voters. Read More…

Feb 17, 2011

Overseas News: Lawmakers: Must troops sue for voting rights?

California: Bill would allow Californians to register online  |  Surprises loom as election debate picks up steam

Colorado: November ballots go through the mail

Guam: Lawmakers ponder possibility of repealing early voting

Hawaii: Instant runoff voting gains traction in Hawaii

Indiana: Grand jury probing vote by White  |  No charges filed in ballot probe

Kansas: Election commissioner forming study committee for voting places

Louisiana: Rep. Walker Hines plans to run for secretary of state

Maine: Bill would require voters to show ID at polls  |  Lawmakers considering bill that would require change in election rules

Maryland: Counties ask for more early voting sites

Nebraska: Vote by mail election gets an 'aye'

New Mexico: Committee vote on voter ID bill postponed  |  Voter ID bill unlikely to pass  |  Feds halt purge of 60K voters

New York: Villages prefer reliable older lever voting machines  |  Croton voters asked to move elections to November

North Carolina: Requiring voter ID: Good or bad for democracy?  |  Opponents speak out against voter ID  |  FSU students lobby against voter ID

Oklahoma: Bill's passage would help military voters

South Carolina: 1,127 voters not counted in Richland in November

Tennessee: Rutherford County elections administrator steps down  |  Walker resigns from post as administrator of elections  | County receives bill for election commission audit

Texas: Commissioners introduce new elections administrator

Virginia: Judge's ruling expands access to Virginian's voting records

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