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High Turnout Wide Margins

High Turnout Wide Margins

By High Turnout Wide Margins
Co-hosts Brianna Lennon, county clerk in Boone County, Missouri and Eric Fey, director of elections in St. Louis County, Missouri, talk to subject-matter elections experts and local election administrators to ask the questions that are most meaningful to their work and talk with colleagues about how to best approach issues like voter education, cybersecurity, and integrity.
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#42 Mathematics, Confidence, and Elections with Audrey Malagon

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S2E9 – HTWM Global Edition: Moldovan Democracy 101 with Igor Munteanu and Igor Boțan
In June, hosts Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey, along with Managing Editor Rebecca Smith, traveled to Central and Eastern Europe to learn more about election administration in democracies overseas. In this episode, our hosts take a broad look at democracy in the Republic of Moldova – a small country nestled between Romania and Ukraine that was a part of the former Soviet Union. They speak with Igor Munteanu, the former Moldovan ambassador to the United States and Igor Boțan, the Executive Director of the Association for Participatory Democracy to learn more about the history of this relatively young democracy and explore some of the unique challenges it faces.
29:00
August 11, 2022
S2E8 - HTWM Global Edition: The Belarusian Democratic Movement with “Election Commissioner-in-waiting” Alexander Shlyk
In June, hosts Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey, along with Managing Editor Rebecca Smith, traveled to Central and Eastern Europe to learn more about election administration in democracies overseas. In this episode, they speak with Alexander Shlyk, the Special Representative on Elections for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the former head of the Elections Department of OSCE ODIHR, or the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Tsikhanouskaya is the leader of the leader of the Belarusian democratic movement who many believe truly won the 2020 election against President Alexander Lukashenko. Shlyk is currently living in exile as one of the 16 people working for Tsikhanouskaya, and he’s working to prepare the legislative and practical framework for democratic elections in Belarus  – which he believes will inevitably happen.
27:16
July 27, 2022
S2E7 - HTWM Global Edition: Bosnia & Herzegovina with Dr. Irena Hadžiabdić
In June, hosts Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey, along with Managing Editor Rebecca Smith, traveled to Central and Eastern Europe to learn more about election administration in democracies overseas. In this episode, they speak with Dr. Irena Hadžiabdić with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Central Election Commission about the state of democratic collaboration in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as some of the challenges like disinformation and harassment of female election officials that Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing. You can find the election e-portal for citizens living abroad that Dr. Hadžiabdić mentions at https://eizbori.izbori.ba/.
26:13
July 20, 2022
S2E6 - Colorado's Election System with Judd Choate
In this episode, hosts Eric Fey and Brianna Lennon speak with Judd Choate, the Director of the Division of Elections for the Colorado Department of State about the voter-centric election system in the state – a nearly all vote-by-mail model. In 2013, Colorado passed “The Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013,” which requires ballots to be mailed to every registered voter for most elections.
24:34
June 29, 2022
S2E5 - Tale of Two Election Jurisdictions, Part 2: Los Angeles County with Dean Logan
In the second of a two-part exploration, hosts Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey take a look at resource allocation and how that differs between cities of different sizes. In this episode, they speak with Dean Logan, the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk of Los Angeles about funding and what it is like to oversee the “most complex county election jurisdiction in the Country” with 5.2 million registered voters. High Turnout, Wide Margins Credits: Managing Editor: Rebecca Smith Managing Producer: Aaron Hay Associate Producers: Katie Quinn, Abigail Ruhman
26:21
June 16, 2022
S2E4 - Tale of Two Election Jurisdictions, Part 1: East St. Louis Board of Elections with Kandrise Mosby and Joe Lewis
In the first of a two-part exploration, hosts Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey take a look at resource allocation and how that differs between cities of different sizes. In this episode, they speak with Kandrise Mosby and Joe Lewis with the East St. Louis Board of Elections about funding and how elections that feel like family reunions can overcome challenges and obstacles.
25:27
June 01, 2022
S2E3 - The US Alliance for Election Excellence with Whitney May
In this episode, hosts Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey speak with Whitney May, the Director of Government Services at the Center for Tech and Civic Life about the recently announced US Alliance for Election Excellence. This is a “nonpartisan collaborative of election officials, technologists, designers and other experts, working across all 50 states to improve the performance of systems serving 240 million voters.” You can learn more about the US Alliance for Election Excellence by listening to the TED Talk, “An election redesign to restore trust in US democracy” given by Tiana Epps-Johnson, the founder and executive director of the Center for Tech and Civic Life https://www.ted.com/talks/tiana_epps_johnson_an_election_redesign_to_restore_trust_in_us_democracy
26:43
May 19, 2022
S2E2 - Crisis Management, Part 2: Maricopa County with Stephen Richer
In the second of their two-part exploration on crisis management in local elections, Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey spoke with Stephen Richer from Maricopa County, Arizona. Maricopa County was the national center of attention following the 2020 election for its multiple recounts.
23:59
April 27, 2022
S2E1 - Crisis Management, Part 1: Bill Cowles and Megan Wolfe
In the first of a two-part exploration, hosts Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey take a look at crisis management in local elections. They speak with Bill Cowles from Orange County, Florida, who lived through the 2000 Florida election, and Megan Wolfe, the Wisconsin elections commission administrator, whose position was brought to center stage following the 2020 election.
25:57
April 20, 2022
#60 2021 Wrap Up & What to Expect in 2022
Brianna and Eric recap 2021 and share what's to come in 2022.
10:44
December 31, 2021
#59 Avoiding Homesteading with Scott Konopasek
Scott Konopasek, General Registrar and Director of Elections for Fairfax County, VA, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about his election administration career that's taken him all across the country, why he came out of retirement, and advice for new election administrators.
33:12
December 20, 2021
#58 Election Journalism with Jessica Huseman
Jessica Huseman (VoteBeat) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about county clerks and journalists, including advice on communicating open records requests, interacting with journalists, and getting out good information for voters.
39:55
December 08, 2021
#57 Travis County, Texas and Dana DeBeauvoir
Dana DeBeauvoir joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about her 30+ year career as the Travis County, Texas Clerk.
27:26
November 24, 2021
#56 NYC Board of Elections with Derek Tisler
Derek Tisler joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the Brennan Center's recommendations to improve the New York City Board of Elections (https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/how-fix-new-york-city-board-elections).
36:39
November 17, 2021
#55 EAVS Data and CISA Resources with David Kuennen
David Kuennen (CISA) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about EAVS data and cybersecurity resources.
28:41
November 12, 2021
#54 Town Meetings with Grace Bannasch
Grace Bannasch, town clerk for Shutesbury, MA, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about serving small towns, Town Meeting, and their 1934 ballot box.
32:55
November 03, 2021
#53 A Fresh Look at Elections Administration with Gabriella Cázares-Kelly
Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, Pima County, AZ Recorder (and the first! Indigenous woman to hold office in Pima County), joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about her new tenure as an elections official and her vision for voting in Arizona.
41:13
October 27, 2021
#52 Chicago Elections with Lance Gough
Lance Gough, former executive director of the Chicago Board of Elections, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about elections in Chicago and what's changed over his 40+ year career.
30:54
October 20, 2021
#51 Elections in Canada with Stephanie Plante
Stephanie Plante (Elections Canada consultant) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about voting and elections administration in Canada in the context of the September 2021 federal election.
29:42
October 13, 2021
#50 A Very Special 50th Episode
Ben Hovland (EAC Commissioner & alum of the Missouri Secretary of State's Office) flips the script for this special 50th episode and interviews Brianna and Eric about lessons learned and what to expect in future episodes.
19:54
October 06, 2021
#49 Swedish Elections with Bill Werngren
Bill Werngren (Director, City of Gothenburg, Sweden) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about Gothenburg's internationally-recognized youth election, his experience as part of the International Association of Government Officials, and the Swedish elections system.
29:23
September 30, 2021
#48 EI-ISAC with Jess Cone
EI-ISAC Program Manager Jess Cone joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about how local election officials can better engage with the cybersecurity partnership and how to navigate that stoplight system of emails.
27:22
September 22, 2021
#47 All About the Election Center with Kathleen Hale and Mitchell Brown
Direct from the Election Center's Annual National Conference, Dr. Kathleen Hale and Dr. Mitchell Brown (Election Center, Auburn University) join Brianna and Eric for a conversation about Election Center, professionalization of the elections administration community, and opportunities for innovation and education.
32:25
September 15, 2021
#46 Casting Ballots Overseas with Sean Greene
Sean Greene joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about casting ballots as an overseas voter, navigating different state requirements, and the challenges overseas voters had in 2020.
30:47
September 08, 2021
#45 CSG OVI with Taylor Lansdale
Taylor Lansdale (Program Manager at the Council on State Governments Overseas Voting Initiative) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about military and overseas voting in 2020 and things to consider for future elections.
24:49
September 03, 2021
#44 New York Elections with Dustin Czarny
Dustin Czarny, Onondaga County, NY Elections Commissioner, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the structure of elections administration in New York, the aftermath of NY-22, and upcoming state law changes.
29:31
August 26, 2021
#43 A Special Election Day
In odd-numbered years, August and November are reserved for special elections in Missouri. This year, St. Louis County had a small county election (just over 8% turnout), but many counties did not (including Boone County) so we took the opportunity to observe and learn. It also gave us the chance to ask some pressing questions to employees from four different offices.
38:30
August 23, 2021
#42 Mathematics, Confidence, and Elections with Audrey Malagon
Audrey Malagon (Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Wesleyan & Mathematical Advisor to Verified Voting) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the role of mathematical education in public policy, quality control in elections, and the popular Verifier tool.
28:24
August 18, 2021
#41 Attorneys, Clerks, and Wisconsin with Michael Haas
Michael Haas, current attorney for Madison, WI and formerly of the Wisconsin Election Commission, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about Wisconsin elections, practicing elections law, and advising election administrators.
34:19
August 04, 2021
#40 Elections and Journalism with Pam Fessler
Pam Fessler, recently retired National Public Radio correspondent, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about journalism, election administration, and the importance of narrative.
34:55
July 21, 2021
#39 Harassment, Safety, and Preparation with Jennifer Morrell
Jennifer Morrell joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the increase of threats to election administrators, preparing offices for 2022, and the importance of working together in the elections space.
30:08
July 14, 2021
#38 Behind the Scenes of Elections Administration with Gloria Bilchik
Gloria Bilchick (author of Election Insiders) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about going behind the scenes with election administrators in 2019.
30:27
July 07, 2021
#37 List Maintenance and ERIC with Ericka Haas and Shane Hamlin
Ericka Haas and Shane Hamlin (ERIC) join Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the Electronic Registration Information Center and how states and local election officials utilize it to encourage voter list integrity and outreach.
37:52
June 30, 2021
#36 A Historical View of Local Election Administration with Alec Ewald
Alec Ewald, professor at the University of Vermont and author of The Way We Vote, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about 19th Century election administration, felon voting enfranchisement, and even a little bit of art history.
23:19
June 23, 2021
#35 Generational Change with George Stern
Jefferson County (CO) Clerk & Recorder George Stern joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about innovation and updating clerk offices in Colorado.
32:28
June 16, 2021
#34 Elections Research with Paul Gronke
Paul Gronke, professor of Political Science and Director of the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College in Portland, OR, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about current elections administration research and what questions remain unanswered in the field.
32:35
June 09, 2021
#33 CEIR & Voter Trust with David Becker
David Becker joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about his organization, Center for Election Innovation & Research, their mission, and the importance of voter trust in elections.
37:49
June 02, 2021
#32 Maricopa, Antrim, and What Constitutes an Audit with Ryan Macias
Ryan Macias (election technology, security, and administration subject matter expert and observer in Maricopa County) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about best auditing practices, how local election authorities can combat misinformation and disinformation, and what he's learned from Maricopa and Antrim after 2020.
28:01
May 29, 2021
#31 Geo-Enabled Elections (GIS) with Jamie Chesser and Bert Granberg
Jamie Chesser (Director of Programs for the National States Geographic Information Council) and Bert Granberg (Director Of Analytics for Wasatch Front Regional Council, UT) join Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the importance of using GIS in elections and how local election authorities can adopt or enhance it in their counties.
33:00
May 26, 2021
#30 CISA's Role in Elections with Geoff Hale
Geoff Hale, Director of the Election Security Initiative at CISA/DHS, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about how local election authorities can work with CISA and what the department is doing to promote cybersecurity post-2020.
33:10
May 19, 2021
#29 How'd We Get HAVA with Alysoun McLaughlin
Alysoun McLaughlin, Deputy Election Director, Montgomery County, MD, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the origins of the Help America Vote Act from her direct experience as an on-the-ground election policy professional in the early 2000s.
29:01
May 12, 2021
#28 Associations, Organizations, and CASE with Ricky Hatch
Ricky Hatch, County Clerk/Auditor for Weber County, Utah, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the importance of getting involved in local, state, and federal elections associations.
30:32
May 05, 2021
#27 The Creation of the EAC with Paul DeGregorio
Former Chairman of the Election Assistance Commission Paul DeGregorio joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the origins of the Election Assistance Commission, bipartisan legislation, and his path in elections.
34:01
April 28, 2021
#26 Domestic Election Observation with Avery Davis-Roberts
Avery Davis-Roberts, Associate Director and manager of the Carter Center's Democratic Election Standards Project, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the Carter Center's elections work, upcoming projects, and the value of nonpartisan domestic observation.
33:29
April 21, 2021
#25 CTCL Resources with Tiana Epps-Johnson
Tiana Epps-Johnson (Founder and ED of the Center for Tech and Civic Life) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the beginnings of CTCL, its core mission, and how it met the challenges of the 2020 election cycle.
26:25
April 14, 2021
#24 The Future of Voting Equipment with Eddie Perez
Eddie Perez (OSET Institute) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about how voting equipment is certified, what impact VVSG 2.0 will have on the industry, and how election officials can be empowered to make change.
39:27
April 07, 2021
#23 All Things Kentucky with Jared Dearing and Chris Cockrell
Jared Dearing (ED of the Kentucky State Board of Elections) and Chris Cockrell (Montgomery County, KY Clerk) join Brianna and Eric for a conversation about how Kentucky weathered 2020 and successfully navigated the legislative process in a bipartisan and cooperative way.
32:49
March 31, 2021
#22 California Elections with Neal Kelley
Registrar of Voters for Orange County, California Neal Kelley joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about modernizing elections, serving a jurisdiction of 1.8 million voters, and how Orange County chose to adapt to a vote center/mail voting model.
29:22
March 24, 2021
#21 Presidential Commissions & Elections with David Levine
David Levine (Alliance for Securing Democracy) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about his recent recommendation for a presidential commission for election security and best practices.
23:49
March 17, 2021
#20 Auditing Georgia 2020-2021 with Joseph Kirk
Joseph Kirk, Bartow County, GA Elections Supervisor, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about hand-count audits and his experience handling the 2020 and 2021 elections in Georgia.
26:50
March 10, 2021
#19 Designing Elections Materials with Whitney Quesenbery
Whitney Quesenbery, director and co-founder of the Center for Civic Design, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the effectiveness of good design, the Center's resources, and soliciting feedback from the public.
28:59
March 03, 2021
#18 Social Media and King County with Halei Watkins
King County, WA Communications Officer Halei Watkins joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about social media, well-run mail voting systems, and reaching voters where they are.
35:03
February 27, 2021
#17 The Importance of County Clerk Associations with Matt Crane
Matt Crane, current Executive Director of the Colorado County Clerks Association, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about his experiences as a clerk and as an executive director, as well as the benefits of a strong association.
30:58
February 24, 2021
#16 Risk Limiting Audits with Monica Childers
Monica Childers (Voting Works) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about risk limiting audits, how they work, and what's involved in making one happen.
35:12
February 20, 2021
#15 Running Elections in Philadelphia with Al Schmidt
City Commissioner Al Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about Philadelphia elections in 2020, new voting equipment, and Pennsylvania's unique election judge selection process.
32:18
February 17, 2021
#14 Florida Elections with David Stafford
David Stafford, Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, joins Eric and Brianna for a conversation about UOCAVA voting and Florida's elections evolution since 2000.
33:54
February 13, 2021
#13 Prioritizing Accessibility with Michelle Bishop
Michelle Bishop, Voter Access & Engagement Manager for the National Disability Rights Network, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about accessibility and what local election authorities can do to ensure better voter access and experiences.
36:51
February 10, 2021
#12 Nonpartisan Election Observation with John Ault
John Ault, Director of UK-based Democracy Volunteers (https://democracyvolunteers.org), joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about nonpartisan election observation and perspective on American elections. 
31:57
February 06, 2021
#11 Voting from Home with Amber McReynolds
Amber McReynolds joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about voting from home and the importance of voter-centric policies.
41:52
February 03, 2021
#10 State and Local Election Authority Dynamics with Dave Nichols
Dave Nichols, Elections Services Manager for the Virginia Department of Elections, joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about how state and local election authorities can work together and what it's like managing 2020 and 2021 amongst massive legislative changes to election statutes.
33:28
January 30, 2021
#9 Election Twitter & Empowering Poll Workers with Genya Coulter
Genya Coulter (@electionbabe) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about poll worker experiences and engaging on #ElectionTwitter.
26:51
January 27, 2021
#8 CISA and Common Data Formats with Matt Masterson
Matt Masterson (DHS, EAC) joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about common data formats, CISA's work to build relationships with state and local election officials, and plans for his new role at Stanford Internet Observatory.
34:04
January 23, 2021
#7 Michigan 2020 with Tina Barton
Rochester Hills, MI Clerk Tina Barton joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about election reforms in Michigan, managing change, and the 2020 election.
35:07
January 21, 2021
#6 Voter Centers & Community Outreach with Teneshia Hudspeth
Harris County, TX Clerk Taneshia Hudspeth joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about Harris County's move to a voter center model and the importance of prioritizing buy-in from voters, policy makers, and the community.
40:29
January 17, 2021
#5 EAC and the VVSG with Ben Hovland
U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairman Ben Hovland joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the EAC's role in working with local election administrators, the evolution of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, and elections funding.
33:22
January 14, 2021
#4 Clerking in Smaller Counties with Batina Dodge
Scotland County, MO County Clerk Batina Dodge joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about the realities of administering elections in smaller counties and how to get more involved in the elections world. 
23:01
January 10, 2021
#3 Election Mail with Tammy Patrick
Tammy Patrick joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about working with the USPS, communicating with voters, and troubleshooting election mail.
39:26
January 06, 2021
#2 Election Security with Noah Praetz
Noah Praetz joins Brianna and Eric for a conversation about election security, transparency, and communication.
36:11
January 02, 2021
#1 Introduction with Brianna and Eric
Local election administrators Brianna Lennon (Boone County, MO) and Eric Fey (St. Louis County, MO) introduce High Turnout Wide Margins, explain how they got into elections, and what to expect in future episodes.
20:24
December 29, 2020