Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Embattled Chief Elections Officer resigns

by Larry Geller

Two notable events at the troubled Office of Elections today: First, a new list of proposed precinct closings was posted, showing 97 out of 339 to be closed, a number likely to cause significant disruption. The document can’t be searched (it violates Section 508, by the way, since it is not readable by screen readers used by the blind), so until I study it further, I am not certain, but it appears that some precincts could be closed and others moved into the same location, which could result in many voters walking to the place where they’ve always voted only to find out they can’t vote there.

Then Kevin Cronin, the embattled Chief Elections Officer, abruptly resigned.

Cronin’s letter of resignation contains some valuable information about readiness for the 2010 elections, so I reproduce it here.

Cronin Resignation 12-1-2009

A meeting of the Elections Commission is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Room 312 of the State Capitol. Since personnel matters will likely be discussed in executive session, there may not be too much new info on Cronin’s resignation or plans for a replacement, unless the Commission is willing to make a public statement at this point.

The agenda for the meeting, which of course was set in advance of Cronin’s announcement, does not include discussion of his resignation, but perhaps it can be squeezed in as an emergency item.



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