Election Administration Posts

The Perils of Voting by Mail

Bladen County, North Carolina, provides the latest object lesson for anyone genuinely interested in improving American elections. Each day this past week brought a new revelation about apparent absentee ballot fraud there, fraud that appears increasingly likely to lead North Carolina authorities (or the U.S. House of Representatives) to call for a new election for the state’s 9th Congressional District. But whether or not that entire congressional race must be rerun, the story that has emerged from Bladen County already makes clear the need for all states to be vigilant in how they manage their absentee voting processes.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide legality of Ohio’s process for removing inactive voters from rolls

Sixty-one-year-old Portage County resident Larry Harmon showed up to vote in 2015 only learn his registration was canceled.

Harmon hadn’t cast a ballot since the 2008 presidential election because he saw abstention as a way to express his dismay with politics. But the Navy veteran who works as a computer consultant didn’t realize infrequent voting would trigger Ohio’s process to remove him from the voting rolls. And he wasn’t happy.

A Look at Virginia’s Presidential Recount Procedures: Part I

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The idea of expedited procedures is hardly foreign to American law. Indeed, its application to elections—and specifically recounts—is not without precedent. It is perhaps surprising that more states have not adopted specific procedural mechanisms for the expedited adjudication of disputes over the counting of ballots in a presidential election.

Election Law Procedures, Early and Absentee Voting and Resolution of a Disputed Presidential Election, Now Available

The American Law Institute has released its updated Principles of the Law, Election Administration: Non-Precinct Voting and Resolution of Ballot-Counting Disputes, Part I: Principles of Non-Precinct Voting: Early In-Person Voting and Absentee Voting and Part III: Procedures for the Resolution of a Disputed Presidential Election. ALI is making these Principles available to be downloaded now on its website.