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21.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Senate Rules and Administration Committee Hearing on Election Security

Senate Rules and Administration Committee Hearing on Election Security

On June 20, 2018, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee held a hearing on election security preparations that are being made at the local and state level. The committee heard witness testimony from state and local officials, along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Matt Masterson….

13.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on US House Judiciary Committee hearing on US Census

US House Judiciary Committee hearing on US Census

On June 8, 2018, the United States House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Questions regarding the US Census.” The Committee heard testimony and feedback from witnesses who had opinions on a citizenship question being asked on the 2020 US Census.   Steve Marshall, the Alabama Attorney General, stressed the…

6.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Virginia Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds The Drawing of 11 Districts

Virginia Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds The Drawing of 11 Districts

On May 31, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that 11 legislative districts did not violate Article II § 6 of the Constitution of Virginia. The challengers to the districts argued that the legislative districts that were drawn in 2011 violated that state constitution because they were not composed of…

25.May, 2018 Comments Off on California has Technical Difficulties With its New “Motor Voter” System

California has Technical Difficulties With its New “Motor Voter” System

Six weeks before its June 5 primary, California election officials are trying to solve errors to its voter database made by its new mandatory (automatic) voter registration system. According to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times, election officials in California claim that 77,000 voter records were impacted after…

18.May, 2018 Comments Off on Senate Intelligence Findings on Russian Targeting of Election Infrastructure During the 2016 Election

Senate Intelligence Findings on Russian Targeting of Election Infrastructure During the 2016 Election

On May 8, 2018 the Senate Intelligence Committee released a classified report about its initial findings on attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle and gave its recommendations. The report found that Russian interference efforts began as early as 2014 and lasted until the 2016 election. The Committee saw…

21.Mar, 2018 Comments Off on Senate Intelligence Hearing on Election Security Shows Promise for Preventing Future Cyber Attacks on Federal/State Election Infrastructure

Senate Intelligence Hearing on Election Security Shows Promise for Preventing Future Cyber Attacks on Federal/State Election Infrastructure

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had a hearing today, questioning current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Executive Director of National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) Amy Cohen, and President-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Jim Condos (among others) on…

16.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Ongoing SBI investigation into Durham NC election office handling of provisional ballots

Ongoing SBI investigation into Durham NC election office handling of provisional ballots

In North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the mishandling of more than 1,000 provisional ballots during the March primary.  According to an interim report ballots were being counted twice and election officials presented the vote count as true when it was wrong.  The fraud investigation is in Durham the same…

14.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on North Carolina Tight Race for Governor: McCrory Campaign prepares for “extended contest”

North Carolina Tight Race for Governor: McCrory Campaign prepares for “extended contest”

The media is reporting that Pat McCrory, the incumbent Governor of North Carolina, is preparing for a recount and “extended contest” of irregularities in the counting of ballots in Durham County.  According to local media, a complaint for recount was filed to review 90,000 ballots in Durham County that had multiple issues on…

9.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Mail Ballot Fraud and Mishandling in Florida

Mail Ballot Fraud and Mishandling in Florida

While the election results in Florida yesterday did not end up being close, mail ballot fraud and the outright mishandling of mail ballots in Broward County could have damaged the integrity of the election in a meaningful way had the vote been closer, and they certainly shook voters’ confidence in…

9.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Maine Approves Ranked Choice Voting

Maine Approves Ranked Choice Voting

Voters in Maine narrowly passed Question 5, which will allow voters to rank their choice of candidates in future elections:   Maine residents have approved a ballot question that will allow voters to rank their choice of candidates. Under the election overhaul, ballots are counted at the state level in…