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III. Election News This Week
- The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that prosecutors may not revive the public corruption case against former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. The case against Vigil-Giron was dismissed in November 2012 because a judge ruled that delays in the case violated her right to a speedy trial. Prosecutors have said they may appeal to the state’s highest court.
- Poll workers in Putnam Co., W.Va. will have a bit of extra work on their hands during the May 13 primary. The county recently updated its 911 system, which changed the address for many people. While some voters have updated their registration, many haven’t and poll workers are being trained to help. "This is the first election since the 911 addressing has come into play," Brian Wood, Putnam County clerk told WCHS. "We'll be willing to help those voters out in any way we can to update their information."
- For I Voted sticker enthusiasts (yes, we really do exist) the folks in Cuyahoga County, Ohio are going to make you smile. The county is now including I Voted By Mail stickers will all absentee ballots it sends out for the May 6 primary. Elections Director Pat McDonald told a local paper that they began including the stickers — which cost about 3 cents each — due to popular demand by voters. “I think it is a very positive sign that people place such a high value on proclaiming that they have exercised their right to vote,” McDonald said.
- For states and the District of Columbia that struggle with voter turnout, perhaps vote shaming is the answer. At least that’s what one Florida PAC thinks will help boost the Sunshine State’s turnout. A Collier Co. woman recently received a voting report card that graded her turnout (a D) as well as that of her neighbors. It’s all perfectly legal, even if a bit unsettling for voters. "They can't find out who the people voted for, but mainly how they voted or the method," Sharon Harrington, Lee Co. supervisor of elections told WBBH.
- Almost 12,000 Georgians took advantage of the state’s new online voter registration system to either register for the first time or update their registration in the three weeks leading up to the registration deadline. According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, that’s more than double the number of the people who the state anticipated would use the system.
- Personnel News: Crystal Clemens, deputy elections clerk in Seward Co., Kan. is resigning to move to Texas. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson launched her re-election bid this week. Paul A. Juliano has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the Bergen Co., N.J. board of elections. Dan Krueger, Ottawa Co., Mich. clerk is retiring after nearly 40 years on the job. Thomas Harper has retired from the Trousdale County, Tenn. election commission. Two new members have also joined the commission, Allison Barton and Craig Moreland.