Chris Faulknor, Publisher
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson recently announced her intent to take part in a national task force planning procedure for state elections during an emergency.
Formed by the National Association of Secretaries of State after Superstorm Sandy, which hammered the east coast days before the November 6th presidential election, the Task Force on Emergency Preparedness for Elections will discuss existing laws and examine possible new procedure to allow state election officials to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.
“The massive disruptions that Hurricane Sandy caused to elections throughout the East Coast show the critical need for emergency planning and preparation,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working with my counterparts in other states to determine how we can better conduct elections during and immediately after disasters.”
Topics that could be addressed are largely based upon problems faced in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and include emergency voting/absentee ballot procedures, state-local/municipal information-sharing and emergency communications, equipment shortages, emergency authority issues and continuity of elections.
More information about the emergency preparedness task force can be found on the NASS website.