Iron County Elections not taking security seriously

UPDATED 5/11/2018 9:06AM: Iron County Clerk Jon Whittaker replied with the following: “Contrary to the title of the article, Iron County cares deeply about the security of personal information, as well as election security. I agree with Mr. Harris that this is a problem, and I appreciate his bringing it to light. I am the Iron County Clerk, and have been in contact with our IT Director regarding a more secure method of digital delivery. In the meantime, please do not send your affiliation requests via email for the reasons Mr.…

Three ways to fix the Utah GOP’s online voting experiment

There are always some flaws to be found and lessons to be learned with any new experiment, and unfortunately there are times when you can’t fully test a system. Yesterday’s digital caucus was one of those times. While some voters had a good experience, others didn’t get a PIN or weren’t able to log in due to loads on the system. This was essentially a live beta, and it has shown some benefits. Unfortunately the processes and realities of voting left it showing some large and concerning issues as well. If…

The Utah Republican Party’s Nuremburg laws

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans sent a letter to State Central Committee members today (reproduced below) saying that they have to review 600,000 voter records to see who is in compliance with the party’s Constitution and Bylaws. This sounds relatively innocuous until you understand what this actually means. If you are one of the a registered Republican, you now have to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the party. The vast majority (over 500,000) of registered Republicans haven’t ever attended a caucus or other party meeting, so you probably don’t…

Elections for 2016 Just Changed and You Probably Missed It

Last week, perennial rivals Facebook and Twitter announced huge changes that are going to make elected officials and candidates much more accessible. Elections for 2016 may have just changed and here’s what you need to know. Twitter’s Periscope App First: the micro-blogging service Twitter finally showed the world what they were planning to do with their Periscope acquisition from earlier this year. Now anyone can be a broadcaster, with live and breaking news, all in glorious HD. It is a free download, and within 30 seconds you can be up and running.…

The Inexplicable Case of the Utah Republican Party’s Sunday Press Conference

One of the strangest events of the political year has already happened, and it’s only January 5. Yesterday the Utah Republican Party held a press conference announcing the results of a poll they took and some updates on the status of their opposition to Senate Bill 54. For those who don’t remember, SB 54 created a dual-track path to become a nominee to any political office in Utah. You can either go through caucus and convention or you can now gather signatures to go on a primary ballot. While SB…

The Two Things That MIGHT Impact Voter Turnout and What They Mean for Count My Vote

Voter turnout is down, but why fewer voters show up is complicated. Competition and duty help explain it, but only partially. Even with Count My Vote changes taking effect this year, don’t expect higher voter turnout.   A New Low for Democracy As a nation, we don’t turn out to vote very consistently, and we’re getting worse.  A New York Times article claims that turnout during the recent mid-terms was the lowest turnout in 72 years with “43 states, less than half the eligible population bothered to vote, and no state broke 60 percent.”…

Elections for the Utah State Board of Education Should be Partisan

Considerable discussion about how the Utah State Board of Education should be elected has already begun. It’s almost universally agreed that the current method for selecting the Utah State Board of Education is flawed. The Legislature has yet to determine what should replace the current system, ruled by Judge Waddoups to be unconstitutional, and I expect that the Legislature will very likely change the process in the upcoming session. When it does, I believe the Legislature should adopt partisan elections and for several good reasons: The size of State School…

Obama to use Immigration as a Power Play [Hub Debate]

Will the President take executive action on immigration or other policies in his remaining two years in office? But more importantly, should he and what will be the effect if he does? A growing number of observers have been prognosticating the deteriorating condition of our legislative branch in Washington. Gridlock is at an all-time high, with little legislation able to make it through the House and Senate cleanly, much less past the President’s desk. The radical left drives the Democrats and the Republicans seem hopelessly fragmented. It is no wonder…

One Thing All Campaigns Must Have To Win

In the past, most of the focus on what makes a good politician has come down to two things: how personable they are and if they can connect with voters. When those things are combined with a governing philosophy that is compatible with the people in their district, you have a guaranteed win. Of course, this assumes that there aren’t any October surprises that trip the politician up. It is still important to connect and be personal. However, as evidenced by political campaigns since 2008, it is even more important to…

Midterm Mayhem

The commentators are cooling off on the major networks. Weeks of non-stop punditry, debate and prognostication have ended. The midterm elections are over save for a few run-offs or possible recounts. The Republicans now control the House and Senate for the first time since the George Bush-era and effectively for only the second time since the Eisenhower-era. But have we learned anything? And what are the national implications that directly affect the good citizens of Utah? Can we draw any certain conclusions for the future? One thing seems to be…