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electionlineWeekly — March 5, 2015

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 III. Election News This Week

  • This week, voters in the city of Los Angeles approved two measures that will shift the city’s municipal and school board elections to even-numbered years to coincide with presidential and gubernatorial elections. While the vote county is not yet complete, Charter Amendments 1 and 2 were both winning with about 77 percent of the vote. "This is a great win for the people of Los Angeles -- tonight they won back their elections from the special interests who have controlled local politics for far too long," Dan Schnur, a co-chair of Citizens for Increased Voter Participation and former chairman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission told The Los Angeles Times. With turnout for this week’s election not even reaching double digits (roughly 8.4 percent), hopefully this move will work to increase turnout.

  • While a lawsuit over the state’s voter ID will move to trial [see Legal Updates] elections officials in North Carolina are moving ahead with sending nearly 200,000 notifications to registered voters that the state believes do not have the required IDs. Officials believe that number accounts for about 3 percent of the state’s registered voters. State elections officials are hoping that because they had a long lead-time between the time voter ID was approved and the time it was enacted, they will avoid some of the issues other states faced with implementation.

  • Teenagers in the city of Brattleboro, Vermont won’t be joining their peers in Hyattsville and Takoma Park, Maryland at the polls on election day any time soon. On Tuesday, by an almost 2 to 1 margin, voters rejected a measure that would have lowered the voting age for municipal elections to 16. Also this week, voters in Middletown Springs, Vermont voted against a measure that would have set aside money to pay for a vote-tabulating machine. The measure was rejected 155-175.

  • The Hartford, Connecticut city council is expected to vote next week on whether or not to remove the city’s three voter registrars. A resolution was introduced this week that would allow the council to remove the registrars. "A determination has been made that there's a sufficient basis to move forward with formal charges," Council President Shawn Wooden, who is co-sponsoring the resolution along with seven other council members told The Hartford Courant.

  • Personnel News: Hannah Parker has been appointed to the Knox County, Tennessee election commission. Lampasas County, Texas Elections Administrator Randy McGuire has resigned. Margarette Shovlin has retired from the Falls Church City, Virginia electoral board and Bill Wanlund has joined it. Ann Beard, longtime Williams County, Tennessee election administrator will retire on June 30. Cameron County, Texas Elections Administrator Chris Davis is stepping down to take the same job in Williamson County.