Many states, including almost all swing states, require ballots to arrive by Election Day. In coronavirus-era primary elections, tens of thousands of mail-in ballots weren’t counted because they didn’t arrive on time. Election officials have to work within a tight timeline, says Amber McReynolds, former director of elections for the city and county of Denver and current CEO of the nonprofit National Vote At Home Institute. (Her organization advocates for vote-by-mail options for all Americans, noting that it increases participation, gives voters more time to research issues, and helps states save costs because they need fewer polling places.) “One thing that inherently happens is that there’s a limited amount of time to do a lot of work and serve the entire population.” … [Read more...] about What can states do to protect vote-by-mail voters from post office slowdowns?
In April, Canadian privacy expert Ann Cavoukian told CTVNews that it was important that an exposure notification app not collect any data that could somehow be traced back to the individual. The burden of proof that the app will indeed be private is high in particular for Google, which has a business model that relies on collecting personal data to better target ads. In launching this platform, the two companies decided to make it open source, giving developers the ability to verify its data privacy policies. … [Read more...] about Apple and Google’s contact tracing apps only work on new phones. That’s a problem