Maine’s “Ranked-Choice Voting” Election Process Selects First Congressman, a Democrat, in a Dramatic Reversal
More than a week later, the full extent of the 2018 Midterm Elections is still finalizing with several important pending races across the nation. Perhaps one of the most interesting is that of Maine’s second congressional district, which is utilizing “ranked-choice voting” to elect its congressional representative—a first in the nation.
Today, in a dramatic reversal, this Maine race suddenly ended with the Democratic challenger named as the winner, despite trailing the Republican in the first round of vote counting. In just a matter of seconds, a computer algorithm reallocated voters' choices after eliminating lowest performing candidates.
We have written on this blog often on Broward County Florida Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, but we must admit we were shocked by her statement today.
On Tuesday, while speaking with reporters, Snipes hinted that she may not be in the job very long and said that it was "hard to rule out race" as a factor in the criticism being lobbed at her. . . .
Snipes argued on Monday that the lawsuits were nothing more than an attack on her integrity.
. . . "I have worked here for about 15 years and I have to say this is the first time that this office or I have been under such attacks," she said.Read more
Florida is once again in the news for its election administration problems. Of course, it is unfair to say "Florida," as it is really just a handful of counties in south Florida that perennially find it difficult to follow Florida's election laws and procedures. Even the counties devastated by Hurricane Michael less than a month before Election Day managed to count their ballots on time. But not Broward or Palm Beach Counties.Read more
New Mexico has yet again proven that the feudal system and political corruption is alive and well in the Land of Enchantment. On election night, Republican Yvette Herrell led Democrat Xochitl Torres Small by 1,972 votes and was declared a winner by several news outlets, but then the Dona Ana County Clerk found 8,000 absentee ballots that still needed to be added to the total. By the end of Wednesday, Torres Small had a substantial, 2,700 vote lead over Herrell; therefore making Torres Small the winner, not Herrell.Read more
Election Day 2018 is just a week away, and already there have been reports of serious election administration problems around the country. Here are a few examples.Read more
The Pew Research Center released a new, extensive poll on election issues today. This poll shows that Americans still support a requirement that voters show photo voter ID at the polls prior to voting by strong bipartisan margins:
And although about nine-in-ten Republicans (91%) favor requiring a photo ID to vote, a smaller 63% majority of Democrats favor this policy.Read more
California's mandatory (automatic) voter registration system, which launched in April, has been plagued by problems. First, two registration forms were created for each of 77,000 voters due to a "software error." Then, over 23,000 voters had errors placed in their voter registration records due to an "administrative processing error" after a visit to the DMV. Now, 1,500 people have been wrongly registered to vote by the DMV, including at least some non-citizens, due to errors made by employees during data entry:Read more