III. Election News This Week
The Illinois State Board of Elections recently decided that it will not be providing voter data to the interstate program Crosscheck. According to the Rock River Times, the ISBE cited security concerns as the reason for not sending the data. “As of this date, we have received no description of security enhancements from Crosscheck,” ISBE Executive Director Steve Sandvoss said in a Jan. 10 letter to legislators. “We plan to review and discuss those proposed enhancements upon receipt and we will transmit no data to Crosscheck until security issues are addressed to our satisfaction.”
Posible si. Posible no. The Hall County, Georgia board of elections has reversed course on an April 2017 plan to provide ballots in Spanish. Instead, the board voted to establish a committee to study the costs. The committee will report its findings in January 2019. According to the Gainesville Times, more than a dozen speakers testified in favor of bilingual ballots, saying it was the right thing to do on ethical, financial and patriotic grounds. Speakers included Hall County residents and representatives from Latino groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. Craig Lutz, a member of the elections said the county didn’t know the cost of bilingual ballots and said having English-only ballots wouldn’t disenfranchise voters, the paper reported.
Canyon County, Idaho is leaving nothing to chance with its polling places in 2018 and has signed a $45,600 contract with an independent contractor to make sure that the all of the county’s polling places are accessible. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice found that only four of the county’s 25 polling sites were fully accessible. The county and their new contractor, Meeting the Challenge, have until March 13 to get the polling sites into compliance.
The League of Women Voters in Naperville, Illinois is providing birthday boxes to students at two high schools who will turn 18 in time for the November election. According to the Daily Herald, contain nonpartisan information about registering to vote, searching for reliable information about candidates, voting by mail while in college, forming opinions in a democracy and why voting is important. Along with the handouts, each box contains pencils, mints and Tootsie Rolls in patriotic wrappers, a business card for the League of Women Voters website, and a letter from a fellow voter. We think that sounds like a pretty awesome gift!
Personnel News: Butler County, Ohio board of elections deputy director Jocelyn Bucaro has been sworn in as the new president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials. JoHanna Cox, an attorney and former prosecutor, has announced she will seek the Republican nomination for secretary of state in New Mexico. Edgardo Cortes, Virginia Election Commissioner, will not stay on under newly elected Gov. Ralph Northam. Martha A. Jones of the Wayne County, Indiana election board, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the secretary of state’s office. Rose Ann Vasquez is the new deputy clerk in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Jim Harper, an attorney, has announced his candidacy for the Indiana secretary of state seat.