Elections

Ohio Orders Polls Closed, While Others Hold Election Primaries Amid Outbreak

After a judge denied Ohio’s request to postpone the state’s primary elections, the governor announced an emergency order to close polls on Tuesday. Arizona, Florida and Illinois are taking extra precautions to keep voters safe at the polls amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Louisiana to Delay Presidential Primaries Due to Coronavirus Concerns

The move will make the state the first in the nation to delay elections as a result of the outbreak.

The Chaos Coming for the U.S. Election

COMMENTARY | The Supreme Court will soon hear two cases that could upend the entire Electoral College system just months before voters go to the polls.

How LA’s Election Innovation Fell Short

Long lines and computer glitches dogged Los Angeles’ highly anticipated voting system.

West Virginia Scraps Voatz Mobile Voting App

The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office announced it would use a different electronic absentee voting technology after researchers raised security concerns with the previous voting app it had used.

Our Blind Spot on Election Security

COMMENTARY | Election infrastructure is unprotected from a serious risk: the insider threat.

For Small County Governments, Tackling Cybersecurity Basics Can Go a Long Way

The local governments can face unique challenges when it comes to protecting their computer systems from threats.

Federal Court Rules Against State Law Requiring Ex-Felons to Pay Fines and Fees Before Voting

The appeals court found the law created an unconstitutional penalty against people who can’t afford to pay certain financial obligations, but have served the rest of their sentences.

Researchers Find Security Flaws in Mobile Voting App

Hackers could detect how people voted and potentially change their votes on the Voatz mobile voting app tested by West Virginia and jurisdictions in Utah, Oregon, Colorado and Washington.

With Big Spending on School Board Races, A State Lawmaker Seeks to Cap Contributions

Colorado currently does not have any limits in place for individual donors giving money to local school board candidates.

FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

The FBI changed its policy to allow agents to inform both state and local election officials when election systems are breached.

States, Election Officials On Guard Over Iranian Cybersecurity Threat

Amid tension between the United States and Iran, state and local government officials are taking precautions to protect themselves from cyber warfare.

How One Election May Have Shifted the Bar for Gun Control

After winning control of the Virginia statehouse, Democrats in 2020 are poised to pass gun control measures. It’s already set up a battle with local leaders in conservative parts of the state.

In Two Blue States, Voters Back Democrats, But Show a Wariness Toward Taxes

In Colorado and Washington, residents this fall voted to either constrain state tax revenues or cut fees, even as Democratic lawmakers argue the money is needed to support education and transportation programs.

With 2020 Agenda, Mayors Stake Out Positions on Housing, Guns and Climate

The local leaders also address a range of other issues in their new platform that they want presidential candidates and other contenders for federal office to take notice of.

Local Election Officials Can Get Free Election Auditing Software from the Feds

The open-source software is already being piloted in at least six states and officials say it can help authenticate results in 2020.

In a Booming State, Lawmakers Face a Looming Transportation Cut

“My focus is going to be about doing the best job of spreading the pain,” said one Washington state lawmaker, describing what lies ahead in an upcoming legislative session.

Senator Urges Cybersecurity Review of Mobile Voting App

West Virginia and local governments in Colorado, Utah and Oregon have all piloted mobile voting applications developed by Voatz.

A State Braces for Major Transportation Funding Cuts As Ballot Measure Nears Passage

Seattle area officials are vowing to sue over the Washington state initiative, which seeks to limit vehicle registration fees to $30 and impose new restrictions on taxes.

Another Major City Adopts Ranked Choice Voting for Elections

New York will become the largest city in the country with ranked choice voting in some local elections after voters this week approved a ballot measure to adopt the system.