The latest controversy surrounds Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a co-chair of Romney’s campaign.
Since Florida 2000, when Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris served as Bush co-chair (and Bob Butterworth, the Florida Attorney General who issued conflicting opinions on the meaning of Florida election law during Bush v. Gore while serving as a Gore co-chair), no state has moved to make its Chief Election Officer position nonpartisan. And local election officials also are often chosen on a partisan basis.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the allegiance of the Chief Election Officer of each state was to the integrity of the election process and not to a particular political party or candidate?
It is truly a scandal, and one which I explore in depth in The Voting Wars.