Monthly Archives: November 2007

Kathy Dopp and the MN Post Election Audit Summit

(Rebecca Mercuri asked me to write this as a follow-up to my post about the MN Post Election Audit Summit. I’m a bit hesitant as I do not know the whole story, have had very little interaction with any of the players, and I am concerned that I am jumping into a preexisting conflict which I know very little about. I am posting this anyways as a favor to Rebecca.)

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listed as a top election technology blog

This morning I noticed Election Technology’s list of top election technology blogs.

I’m surprised and flattered to see that I snuck into the list as #10:

All About Voting: Rounding out the list is blog by Sacramento software developer Greg Wolfe. Largely his personal commentary about voting issues, it’s interesting to get an additional perspective on issues and we’d like to see this blog continue and grow.

I’ve been following about half of the blogs mentioned in that post; I’ll be sure to check out some of the other ones. I’m surprised that I made the list at all given that I’m not primarily focused on election technology and that I am not directly involved in election administration or in the development of election systems.

National Journal: What’s So Special About Tuesday?

The National Journal has posted an article about WhyTuesday?:

any election watchers know that national elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, but why that day in particular?

A nonprofit election reform group called Why Tuesday has been asking just that question of presidential candidates through a series of Web videos released every Tuesday on their Web site. By simply asking the question of why Election Day is when it is, the group is getting people to talk about different possibilities, such as Election Day being a national holiday or general elections being held on a weekend.

An integral part of the group’s strategy for this election has been engaging candidates about election reform through their “candidate challenge.” Executive Director Jacob Soboroff has been traveling to Iowa and beyond to ask candidates about their plans for reform, and has found that most are interested in the issue, although many don’t know — along with most of America — that the reason we vote midweek in November is because of the 19th-century agrarian calendar, which begs the question of whether it’s time to update our election timetable.

Republican CA electorial college proposal and Ballot access issues

The Ballot Access News has noted that the Republican CA initiative regarding the electoral college may raise ballot access barriers for third-party candidates:


Current law requires an independent presidential candidate petition to list the names and addresses of 55 candidates for presidential elector. However, current law does not have a residence requirement for candidates for presidential elector, except that the electors must be California residents.

The initiative says that candidates for presidential elector must each live in the district that he or she hopes to represent. Therefore, an independent candidate for president would have the task of lining up a slate of candidates for presidential elector, one per US House district. This work must be done before the petitions are printed.

Post-Election Auditing Summit

I’m continuing my tradition of posting about conferences that I have not attended…

The Post-Election Auditing Summit was held in Minneapolis October 25-27, 2007.

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Daily Voting News for 2007 elections

I’ve got a backlog of election material to talk about so I’ll do a little bit of link-blogging to catch up.

John Gideon’s Daily Voting News (DVN) links to a plethora of post-election Tuesday articles from this year’s elections:

This is a typical post-election day DVN. Lot’s of reports of failures and problems. Part of the problem with today’s technical elections is that they are “high tech” and probably too “high.” Voters don’t understand it all and election workers don’t understand even when they are supposed to have been trained. Most Election officials clearly don’t understand what is happening so they blindly take the word of the vendors. The single county with the most problems last year seems to have repeated its poor record. Marion Co (Indianapolis) Indiana has a real problem with elections administration and the machines.

The DVN covers all sorts of election news but it is primarily focused on election integrity and voting machine issues.

Alex Keyssar on “How Not to Choose a President”

Alex Keyssar (professor of history and social policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government) recently published an op-ed called “How Not to Choose a President” for the LA Times.

The article was originally titled in a misleading way by LA Times editors (as “Dump Winner-Take-All”) that incorrectly suggested the Keyssar was a supporter of the Republican proposal to distribute CA electors by congressional district. Keyssar is not a supporter of that plan as is clear from a careful reading of the article.

The article discusses the history of electoral college shenanigans through the US’s history.
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