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Overview of 2012 election changes

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  • 1. Presentation toMainstream Education Foundation Brian D. Newby Election Commissioner Johnson County, Kansas www.ElectionDiary.com www.jocoelection.org http://my.jocopolo.com March 1, 2012
  • 2. Today’s DiscussionOver the next few minutes, we will:• Level-set on Election Numbers• Review Population and Voter Trends• Touch Base on Key Drivers 2012• Discuss Photo ID Procedural Changes and ApproachBrian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 2
  • 3. Johnson County Election Office By The Numbers Staff Members: Voters: 16 Full-time Over 365,000 Employees, up to Registered voters 250 part-time Voting Precincts: 451 Locations: Up to 286 Voting Machines: 2,407 Ballots: Advance Voting Up to Locations: 4 1,461Brian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 3
  • 4. Eight Months From Today: “Presidential Election 2012”• Advance voting will be well underway• Fifth election with voter ID• Seventh election with new registration closing timeframe (3 weeks instead of 2)• Advance voting sites and polling places, wherever they will be, will have been identified and utilized.• Maybe the second with new citizenship registration requirements.Brian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 4
  • 5. Johnson County, KansasEst. Population 550,000 Registered Voters 365,994Registered Voters 350,000 Brian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 9
  • 6. Johnson County Statistics Registered Voters Total Voted Turnout % Year JoCoPop Growth% November Growth% November Growth% November Trend 1960 143,792 77,420 65,033 84% 1964 177,137 23% 84,059 9% 72,483 11% 86% 2% 1968 212,245 20% 100,610 20% 88,314 22% 88% 2% 1972 231,933 9% 120,407 20% 104,136 18% 86% -1% 1976 243,953 5% 140,956 17% 117,040 12% 83% -3% 1980 266,489 9% 155,769 11% 125,637 7% 81% -2% 1984 283,666 6% 169,773 9% 141,715 13% 83% 3% 1988 328,537 16% 185,727 9% 155,267 10% 84% 1% 1992 374,801 14% 222,815 20% 197,265 27% 89% 5% 1996 411,635 10% 246,497 11% 192,202 -3% 78.0% -11% 2000 451,086 10% 312,788 27% 218,486 14% 70% -8% 2004 496,691 10% 348,552 11% 259,599 19% 75% 5% 2008 532,215 7% 364,441 5% 285,001 10% 78.2% 3% 2012 e 551,529 4% 390,000 7% 292,500 3% 75% -3% Brian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 10
  • 7. Key Legislative Drivers:• There will be no presidential preference primary in 2012. Parties will conduct caucuses.• Beginning in 2012, every voter must show photo identification each time they vote.• By-mail advance voters who ask other people to mail or deliver their ballots must designate the delivery persons in writing.• Beginning in 2013, individuals must provide proof of U.S. citizenship when they register to vote for the first time in Kansas.• The candidate filing deadline in even-year elections is moved from noon on June 10 to noon on June 1.Brian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 7
  • 8. Key Legislative Drivers (cont.):• In the redistricting years of 2012, the candidate filing deadline may be June 1, June 10 or, if there is litigation, a date set by a court, but ONLY FOR STATE RACES.• The voter registration deadline for all elections is moved from the 15th day to the 21st day before the election.• The county canvass is held either on Monday or the second Thursday following the election, rather than Friday or Monday.• The deadline to request a single-district recount in a specific county is 5:00 pm the day following the county canvass. Once requested, recounts must be completed in 5 calendar days.Brian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 8
  • 9. Even More Legislative Drivers:• UOCAVA voters now vote a complete ballot, with all the races and issues that regular ballots contain.• UOCAVA voters must submit ballot applications annually.• In local elections held in the spring of odd-numbered years, a primary is held if more than 3 candidates file for an office, and the two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary move on to the general election.• Candidates for state offices file their campaign finance reports only with the Secretary of State, not with the county election officer.• Candidates may not appear in advertisements or public service announcements within 60 days of a primary election, extending until the general election is over.Brian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 9
  • 10. What’s Changed• Registration Form• Close of Registration Date• Elimination of First –Time Voter• Photo ID Requirements• Check-in Process• Poll Book• Provisional Envelope• “Peach Sheet”
  • 11. What Hasn’t Changed
  • 12. What Hasn’t Changed AT LEAST 95 PERCENT, MAYBE MORE
  • 13. 2012 Countdown Pre-electionRegistration Closes Advance Voting by 20 Days Before Mail Begins 20 Days Election Before ElectionAdvance Voting in Advance Ballots Person Begins: Must Be Returned March 27 by 7 p.m. on July 24 Election Day October 23
  • 14. No Requirement (36)Non-Photo ID (10)Photo ID (4)
  • 15. No Requirement (23)Non-Photo ID (19)Photo ID (6)Strict Photo ID (2)
  • 16. *No Law or Legislation (3)Existing Law (22)Enacted Legislation (8)Failed/Vetoed Legislation (7)Pending Legislation (10)
  • 17. No Requirement (19)Non-Photo ID (16)Photo ID (7)Strict Photo ID (8)
  • 18. Election Worker Feedback
  • 19. Election Worker Feedback
  • 20. Election Worker Feedback Neighbor-
  • 21. Election Worker Feedback Neighbor-
  • 22. Election Worker Feedback Neighbor-
  • 23. Our 2012 Mission Stay on Target!
  • 24. Our 2012 Mission1. Always check ID, no exceptions.
  • 25. Our 2012 Mission1. Always check ID, no exceptions.2. Never deny someone the right to vote.
  • 26. Our 2012 Mission1. Always check ID, no exceptions.2. Never deny someone the right to vote.3. If in doubt, issue a provisional ballot.
  • 27. Our 2012 Mission1. Always check ID, no exceptions.2. Never deny someone the right to vote.3. If in doubt, issue a provisional ballot.4. That said, learn the process to reduce the number of provisional ballots.
  • 28. Our 2012 Mission ID is Checked to Verify Name andPicture, Not Address.
  • 29. Valid forms of photographic ID: Driver’s license or nondriver’s ID card issued by Kansas or by another state or district of the U.S. U.S. passport U.S. military ID document Concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or by another state or district of the U.S. Employee badge or ID document issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office Student ID card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas Public assistance ID card issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office
  • 30. Guidelines for Assessing Photo ID DocumentsRemember, the ID document is used only to verify thevoter’s name and image.First, verify that the name on the ID is consistent withthe poll book. If consistent, issue a regular ballot. If it isnot consistent, issue a provisional ballot.Second, compare the photograph on the ID to the voter.If you are satisfied that the voter is the person depictedin the photo on the ID document, issue a regular ballot.
  • 31.  If you are unable to make a determination because the document is degraded or the photo is poor quality, issue a regular ballot if one of the following conditions is met:  (1) the date of birth on the ID document matches the poll book, or  (2) the voter submits a second ID document with a photo that appears to be the voter, or (3) one of the other poll workers has personal knowledge that the voter is the person in the photo. Issue a provisional ballot if none of these conditions is met or if you are not satisfied that the voter is the person depicted in the photo.
  • 32. If there is disagreement among poll workers as to whether avoter’s ID document is valid, the supervising judge shalldecide whether to issue a regular ballot or a provisionalballot. This procedure does not exempt the voter fromproviding an ID document. The only voters exempt from theID requirement are those who sign a Declaration ofReligious Objection (Form DRO).The address on the ID document does not have to match thepoll book. Use the poll book to verify the voter’s address,not the ID document.Persons age 65 or older may use expired ID documents.
  • 33. Exemption from the ID requirement Any person whose religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification may be exempted from the photo ID requirement. Any such person may complete and sign a declaration and file it with the Secretary of State or the county election officer before the election. Some voters may sign them at the polling place. Form DRO is used for this purpose. (Declaration of Religious Objection)
  • 34. Exemption from the ID requirement Any person whose religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification may be exempted from the photo ID requirement. Any such person may complete and sign a declaration and file it with the Secretary of State or the county election officer before the election. Some voters may sign them at the polling place. Form DRO is used for this purpose. (Declaration of Religious Objection)
  • 35. got photo ID campaign
  • 36. Outreach Vehicles
  • 37. Outreach Approach Take advantage of the inertia of a presidential election.
  • 38. Outreach Approach Take advantage of the inertia of a presidential election.
  • 39. Outreach Approach Take advantage of the inertia of a presidential election. Key Connector Strategy
  • 40. Outreach Approach Take advantage of the inertia of a presidential election. Key Connector Strategy
  • 41. Outreach Approach Take advantage of the inertia of a presidential election. Key Connector Strategy
  • 42. Outreach Approach Take advantage of the inertia of a presidential election. Key Connector Strategy
  • 43. Outreach Approach Take advantage of the inertia of a presidential election. Key Connector Strategy
  • 44. Outreach Approach ElectionDiary.com Text “Follow ElectionDiary” to 40404
  • 45. Outreach Approach ElectionDiary.com Text “Follow ElectionDiary” to 40404
  • 46. Jo-Co Po-Lo www.jocopolo.com Johnson County Election Office
  • 47. Jo-Co Po-Lo www.jocopolo.com Johnson County Election Office
  • 48. Jo-Co Po-Lo www.jocopolo.com Johnson County Election Office
  • 49. Websites Facebook: Johnson County Election Office Twitter: Jocoelection ElectionDiary Podcast: Election Updates on iTunesBrian D. Newby, March 1, 2012 54