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Into the wild
Inyo County, Calif. registrar's wilderness civics effort

By Kammi Foote
Inyo County, California Registrar of Voters

Every year hundreds of thousands of people embark on extended hiking expeditions; consequently they are often in the wilderness during election season. Long distance hikers, called “thru-hikers”, travel on the popular Appalachian Trail (AT), Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and among Inyo County California treasures’ - the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and John Muir Trail (JMT).

Crossing paths with long-distance hikers is common in Inyo County, home to Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental US at 14,505’ and Kearsarge Pass, a popular route for hiker re-supply on the PCT and JMT.

Most long distance hikers began their expeditions early in 2016 – before the primaries and conventions, spending months in the back-country. Consequently, thru-hikers are less likely to be up to date on state elections, voter registration requirements and vote by mail deadlines.

During a recent Inyo County voter registration drive at the Bishop Twin Theatre, thru-hikers and rock-climbers stopped by and asked basic questions about voting while away from home.

Realizing that there is sparse election information directed to thru-hikers, Chuck Levin, friend and longtime voting advocate and I decided to hike into the John Muir Wilderness to spread the word about voting in this important national election. Read More…

Apr 29, 2011

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Arkansas: Election commission reviews '10

Colorado: Meyers, clerks present briefs in Gessler case

District of Columbia: Students encounter problems at the polls

Florida: Voter rights' advocates oppose elections bill

Georgia: Kemp: Election changes will help voters, officials

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Kansas: Brownback signs military voting bill

Louisiana: Schedler: Reduce number of elections

Minnesota: Senate Republicans advance elections ID bill  |  Minn. Senate passes voter ID on party-line vote

New Hampshire: Committee endorses requiring photo ID to vote

New Jersey: Some sample ballots left behind at post office  |  Postal service investigating delay in delivering sample ballots

New York: FBI probes scope of Troy vote fraud case

Ohio: Tuesday special election in Lucas County  |  County won't force voters to wear ponchos at polls

Pennsylvania: Westmoreland buys more voting machines  |  Pike voting machines get a dry run  |  Montco questions voter affiliations

South Carolina: Early voting bill moves forward

Tennessee: Election commission ponders vastly different budgets

West Virginia: Election preparations continue  |  Early voting begins Friday  |  Accessibility reviewed by commissioner, clerk staff  |  Mineral changes polling places for special primary

Wisconsin: Milwaukee County expects to finish recount on time  |  Rock County halfway through recount

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