III. Election News This Week
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has finally appointed members to the state’s board of elections following a protracted legal battle. Cooper appointed four Republicans and four Democrats. A ninth member of the board, from neither party, was nominated by the eight members with Cooper having the ultimate say. Several local elections officials have been appointed to the board including Stacy “Four” Eggers IV from Watauga County, Ken Raymond from Forsyth County, Stella Anderson, also from Watauga County and Joshua Dale Malcolm, a former member of the state elections board. The newly constituted board held its first meeting this week.
Voters went to the polls in Illinois on Tuesday and while there were some problems with delayed results in DuPage County and with an assessors race in Chicago, the big election administration news of the day was in the city of Aurora where voters decided to dismantle the Aurora Election Commission. The Kane County clerk will now oversee elections in the city. Voters in DuPage County also let it be known that they would like to see the DuPage County Election Commission become a part of the county clerk’s office. The vote was only advisory, it will now be up to the state Legislature to ultimately decide.
Last week we reported that town elections in New Hampshire carried on even this a nor’easter baring down on the Granite State, however, we’ve learned that one town, Washington, decided not to hold their election and now they are in a spot of trouble with state officials. After reviewing the forecast and speaking to selectmen, Moderator Barbara Gaskell decided to defy the state and postpone the election. She had planned to hold a rescheduled election on the 13th or 17th, but the state attorney general stepped in and said the election must be held April 3 and be under the scrutiny of a state-appointed election monitor. “I seriously feel like I’m being bullied at this point,” Gaskell told New Hampshire Public Radio. “I feel like their remedy of moving it further another three weeks is just ridiculous and over the top. It feels like they’re punishing us for standing up to the Secretary of State.”
The Vigo County, Indiana school board is considering busing students to early voting centers. Under the proposal, students who are registered to vote would be bused to area voting centers on one day of early voting. “I think it would be a good statement that the school corporation certainly encourages students to vote — everybody to vote,” Board President Jackie Lower said during a meeting, according to The Tribune-Star.
This week, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) signed legislation into law that will rename a portion of Highway 28 the “Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway.” “The passage of this bill and its signing by Governor Mead will do a great deal to highlight a shining period in Wyoming’s history nearly 150 years ago when the Territory of Wyoming became the first government in the world to advance Women’s Suffrage,” Secretary of State Ed Buchanan said. A 19-mile stretch of road from the Fremont County line northeast to the boundary of the Shoshone National Forest will commemorate Wyoming’s 150 years of women’s suffrage.
Personnel News: Jane Watson has resigned from the Halifax County, Virginia board of elections. Wadella Chase Thomas has been appointed to serve on the Talbot County, Maryland board of elections. Josh Brown, Jr. has resigned from the Benton County, Arkansas election commission. He will be replaced by Robbyn Tumey. Anthony Amore (R), security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has announced his candidacy for Massachusetts secretary of state.