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III. Election News This Week
- A group calling itself the Virginia Voters Alliance has challenged the registrations of 15,000 voters in Fairfax County claiming that the voters are also registered in Maryland. A Republican member of the county’s electoral board told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the county will reach out to the voters in question. The state’s attorney general’s office is now investigating.
- According to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, only one voter in Kansas who registered using the federal voter forms without proof-of-citizenship actually cast a ballot in the August primary. There are 180 residents who used the federal form. Kobach told The Associated Press that his office is will working to determine how many of the more than 18,000 people whose registrations are on hold cast a provisional ballot.
- It’s one thing to misplace your keys, but how do you misplace more than 100 ballots? That’s the question for officials in Green County, Wisconsin who told the state that following the vote canvass there are 110 ballots missing in a race that was decided by just seven votes. After interviewing poll workers, County Clerk Michael Doyle said it could not be determined where the ballots are so the requested recount will proceed without them.
- The North Carolina State Board of Elections has put employees and appointed members of the state’s 100 county boards of elections on notice that the SBE will be watching what they do on social media and “liking” a candidate on Facebook could result in the loss of their job. Josh Howard, chairman of the SBE recently sent a memo the county boards warning that Facebook “likes” or retweets could end their job. According to The Salisbury Post, the five-member state board has stressed that it will strictly enforce a state law that bars elections board members and staffers from making written or oral statements intended for the public at large that support or oppose candidates.
- Bah humbug. In other news out of North Carolina, local craftspeople are upset with the Forsyth County BOE because the BOE is insisting on using the South Fork Recreation Center for early voting which will displace the annual Holly Jolly Craft Show, which will now likely have to be canceled.
- And with football season upon us (finally!) three cheers to the Johnson County, Iowa auditor’s office that will be bringing it’s votemobile to six high school football games this fall in order to give residents a chance to vote early. "It's just another way for the Auditor's Office to reach out and increase voter turnout," Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert told the Iowa City Press-Citizen. "For people with kids, they're busy and it can be hard to vote on Election Day, so now we're kind of bringing voting to them."
- Personnel News: Lucinda Holycross is retiring as director of elections for Logan County, Ohio and her co-director Diana Gamble is also retiring. Charlie White, former Indiana Secretary of State has a new job, as a political blogger. White recently launched The Indy Sentinel, a site about “pols and media who are fair and those who live to serve the elites in both parties to public’s detriment.” Brian Newby, Johnson County, Kansas election commissioner was reappointed for another four-year term this week.