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Voting in 2010: Ten Swing States

Voting in 2010: Ten Swing States

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Many of the elections for governor, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be close in 2010. Potentially, party control of the Senate and House hangs in the balance; gubernatorial races will also be critical, with redistricting to begin shortly after the elections. These dynamics set the stage for election time mischief and attempts at suppression and manipulation of registration and voting rules, especially in close contests where a handful of votes could tip the balance.

In other words, the laws and policies governing voting have the potential to be game changing.

In this report, we review a number of election laws and policies in 10 states chosen because they are expected to
have close elections. In each state, there are problems with election laws, policies and practices which could impact enough voters to determine election outcomes.
Many of the elections for governor, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be close in 2010. Potentially, party control of the Senate and House hangs in the balance; gubernatorial races will also be critical, with redistricting to begin shortly after the elections. These dynamics set the stage for election time mischief and attempts at suppression and manipulation of registration and voting rules, especially in close contests where a handful of votes could tip the balance.

In other words, the laws and policies governing voting have the potential to be game changing.

In this report, we review a number of election laws and policies in 10 states chosen because they are expected to
have close elections. In each state, there are problems with election laws, policies and practices which could impact enough voters to determine election outcomes.

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Published by: Demos on Sep 16, 2010
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VOTING IN 2010
 Ten Swing States
 
Authors
Tova Andrea WangSusannah GoodmanSusan GershonStephen SpauldingScott NovakowskiAllegra ChapmanDavid MyersBarrett McVary Gregory Smolen
About Dēmos
Dēmos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization. Headquartered in New York City,Dēmos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals: a more eq-uitable economy; a vibrant and inclusive democracy; an empowered public sector that works for the common good;and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world.
About Common CAuse
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American de-mocracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empow-ering ordinary people to make their voices heard.e analysis provided in this report is based on the information that wasavailable at the time it went to print in August 2010.
 
ACknowleDgments:
Sta of Dēmos and Common CauseKen Menzel,
Legal Counsel, Illinois State Board of Elections
Krystle Krol,
Oce of the Board of Elections Commissioners for the City of Chicago
Elizabeth Gannon,
Election Commission of Peoria City 
Steve Winkler,
Oce of the Cook County Clerk
Judd Choate,
Director of the Division of Elections, Colorado Department of State
Angie LaPlace,
Commissioner of Elections, Louisiana Secretary of State
Ryan High,
HAVA Administrator, Nevada Secretary of State
Hilary Rudy,
Legal Specialist (Policy), Elections Division of the Colorado Department of State
Kellye Pinkleton,
Director, Voting Rights Institute, Ohio Secretary of State
Jonathan Williams,
Manager of Community Services, Election Division, Oce of Cook County Clerk
David OrrDon Wright,
General Counsel, North Carolina Board of Elections
Kelly Chesney,
Communications Director, Michigan Secretary of State
Ben Hovland,
Deputy Counsel, Missouri Secretary of State’s Oce
Tammy Patrick,
Federal Compliance Ocer, Maricopa County Elections
Harvard Lomax,
Registrar of Voters, Clark County 
Heather Lemley,
Senior Deputy, Washoe County, Registrar of Voters
Cherie Poucher,
Director Wake County Board of Elections
Stephanie Y. O’Malley,
Denver Clerk and Recorder, Oce of the Clerk and Recorder, Elections Division
Cris Cray,
Director of Legislation for the Illinois State Board of Elections
Sarah Ball Johnson,
Executive Director of the Kentucky State Board of Elections
 Waylene Hiles,
Deputy Secretary of State for Elections,
Kaye Dinolfo
, Director of Elections, and
Chrissy Peters
,Missouri Secretary of State’s oce
Matt Grin,
Deputy for Elections, Nevada Secretary of State’s Oce
James Tucker,
 voting rights attorney 
Gloria Montano-Greene,
NALEO
Toby Moore,
RTI
Claire Smith,
Overseas Vote Foundation
Terry Ao,
Asian American Justice Center
Fred Tsao,
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Anita Earls,
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Kristen Clarke,
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Dale Ho,
NAACP
Myrna Perez,
e Brennan Center for Justice
Meredith Bell-Platts,
ACLU
David Newton,
Kentuckians For e Commonwealth
Abigail Duarte,
Mi Familia Vota
Alberto Olivas,
Maricopa Community College
Katie Schwartzman,
ACLU Foundation of Louisiana
Tony Asion,
El Pueblo
Susan Reed,
Michigan Poverty Law Program/Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
Katharine Miller,
ACLU of Kentucky 
Dave Newton,
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Doug Hess,
Project Vote

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