Category Archives: election administration

PCEA research white papers

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s report is getting a lot of attention and praise following its release on Wednesday. One aspect of the report I want to highlight is the degree to which the Commission aimed to ground their findings in the best available research, academic and otherwise.  It renews my faith that it […]

NM Secretary of State sends Letter to Greens, Constitutional, and Independent Party Disqualifying Party

About 6 weeks ago now, I got a call from two different Green voters asking me if they were still eligible to vote because of a letter that they received from New Mexico Secretary of State Diana Duran. The letter was dated November 5, 2013 and said,           RE: Disqualification of NM Green Party Dear […]

Election Blogger Defined as Inactive at Polls

Well, I went to the polls this AM to vote –I get a kick out of voting on Election Day, that symbolic moment when we all come together to make a decision; it’s sort of romantic. But, lo and behold, when I gave the poll worker my name there was something odd written next to […]

Another Election, Another Potential Disaster

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the coast of New Jersey and is causing havoc on the coast from North Carolina north, it is interesting to ask a simple question — what if this storm was hitting on November 5, not at the end of October? The impact of such an event could be devastating to the ability of […]

Choosing our metaphors wisely

I like the story but I don’t like the metaphor used in this week’s Electionline. Mindy Moretti writes: Like alcohol during prohibition, it turns out that many Ohio voters actually liked many of the elections procedures recently banned by the state legislature. The point is well-taken; the Ohio Legislature eliminated times and places for voting […]

EAC’s 2010 Statutory Overview Report Est Arrive

The EAC has just posted its biennial statutory overview report, conducted as part of their 2010 Election Administration and Voting Survey. I haven’t delved into the details, but I’m sure I will, as will many others, in the coming weeks and months. Click here for a pdf version of the report.

Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office Does Focus Group with Presiding Judges

Denise Lamb, the Deputy County Clerk in Santa Fe County, contacted me to share the results of a couple of focus groups her staff ran after the recent election with poll judges. In late April, her election coordinator, Pat Hummer, hosted two focus groups for presiding judges to, “find out their thoughts about how we […]

Preview: Upcoming June local elections in Moldova

The needs assessment report for 5 June 2011 local  elections in Moldova has been issued by OSCE / ODIHR ( and the call for LTO’s has appeared at PAE-REACT (   There are no short term observers for this mission.

Turkish election preview

The OSCE/ODIHR’s Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) has issued a report in anticipation of the upcoming parliamentary elections, to be held on June 12, 2011.  The full text of the report is available at, but I thought a few features might spark the interest of our readers. Most importantly, Turkish law has been changed so […]

EAC Commissioner Gracia Hillman has resigned

Commissioner Hillman’s impressive record of public service is detailed here. She was confirmed on December 9, 2003, to a two-year term that became seven. Can Congress actually confirm a successor?  This puts the ball squarely in their court.  Tom Hicks’s appointment has been languishing for eight months.