November 14, 2006

Was the 2006 Election A Success from the Perspective of Election Administration?

I think the answer to that question is no. We have lowered our standards for election administration so much in this country that averting a national meltdown is equated with success. But just imagine for a moment if control of the House turned on legal actions in FL-13 or in any of the other congressional races that are too close to call and potentially subject to litigation. Consider the math error in the CT-2 race, for example. (It would be even worse if the margin in the Senate would have been in play, for example, if Sen. Burns received just 500-700 more votes.)

Ned Foley's must-read weekly comment reaches the conclusion that things were not a success when meaured using a reasonable standard of election administration. He thinks things might have been worse in 2006 than 2004.

Jonah Goldman and Tova Wang chronicle the issues that will need to be fixed by 2008.

I don't expect many of the problems to be fixed, so we can look forward to more biannual anxiety over whether we are headed for another election meltdown.

Posted by Rick Hasen at November 14, 2006 09:49 AM