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15.Aug, 2019 Comments Off on California’s Motor Voter Program Fraught with Errors

California’s Motor Voter Program Fraught with Errors

California’s quest to be the nation’s benchmark for automatic (mandatory) voter registration was dealt a blow thanks to a recent audit highlighting issues with its perpetually plagued motor voter program.    The audit, released Friday by the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, showed that almost 84,000 duplicate voter registrations were on…

13.May, 2019 Comments Off on House Administration Committee Highlights Importance of Decentralization and Agreement on Election Vulnerabilities

House Administration Committee Highlights Importance of Decentralization and Agreement on Election Vulnerabilities

  On Wednesday, the Secretaries of State of Michigan and Alabama appeared before the House Administration Committee in order to advocate for increased funding and support to safeguard our elections against cyber attacks.   The hearing demonstrated that both sides of the political aisle are in agreement that cyberattacks pose…

19.Apr, 2019 Comments Off on State Legislators Pushing Changes to Absentee Balloting

State Legislators Pushing Changes to Absentee Balloting

Heading into the 2020 election, statehouses across the nation are increasing legislative activity promoting election “fixes”. Florida, Delaware, and Iowa are examples of states that have recently considered significant legislation changing the electoral processes.   Florida’s proposal, SB7088 and it’s counterpart, HB 7101, would “prohibit supervisors from mailing out ballots…

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…

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…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Kobach Lacks Authority to Create Two-Tier Registration System

Kobach Lacks Authority to Create Two-Tier Registration System

The latest in the saga of litigation regarding Kansas’ proof of citizenship requirement for registering to vote was issued today by a Kansas state court in Brown v. Kobach.  The court found that Secretary of State Kris Kobach lacked the authority to establish a two-tier voter registration system, in response…

4.Nov, 2016 Comments Off on Police Raid 2 Offices of FieldWorks in Pennsylvania

Police Raid 2 Offices of FieldWorks in Pennsylvania

Police have raided two offices of FieldWorks in Pennsylvania, searching for evidence of fraudulent voter registration forms:   Days after searching the Delaware County office of a Democratic grassroots organization for evidence of voter-registration fraud, state police on Thursday raided a second office – this one in Philadelphia. Agents executed…

22.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Despite concerns, Candidate for Oregon Secretary of State calls for Same Day Registration

Despite concerns, Candidate for Oregon Secretary of State calls for Same Day Registration

Brad Avakian, a candidate for Oregon Secretary of State, called for future same day registration despite substantive concerns from election officials and a determination that the system would not work for Oregon.  Currently, the Oregon constitution also prohibits same day registration.  Election officials have highlighted the cost and administrative headaches. Earlier this…

22.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on Last week, Federal Judge extended Virginia voter registration deadline when registration system failed to perform

Last week, Federal Judge extended Virginia voter registration deadline when registration system failed to perform

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports on the extension of the voter registration deadline when the voter registration system failed to perform and allow citizens to register online.   Virginia Department of Elections officials said the website problems were caused by an unprecedented traffic surge and online voting promotions by Facebook…

19.Oct, 2016 Comments Off on The Nation’s Election Chiefs Assure Americans of Integrity of Presidential Election

The Nation’s Election Chiefs Assure Americans of Integrity of Presidential Election

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) have weighed in on the integrity of elections this cycle with a press release.  These are the chief election officials in the administration of elections.   The key parts of the press release are below: The members of the National Association of Secretaries of…