Today the Michigan Campaign Finance Network issued a press release commending a new study by Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law on elections in the Midwest. The study, titled “From Registration to Recounts: The Election Ecosystem of Five Midwestern States,” rated Michigan’s election system as “stable” but “vulnerable.” In the section covering Michigan, there are details about what is working well in Michigan–an example being healthy working relationships between local and state election administrators–to what is working not so well (recent voting problems in Detroit). The report also examines how Michigan’s election process could be improved and recommends that Michigan:
* Update the Qualified Voter File, which contains a large number of inactive or invalid entries
* Enhance the chief election officer’s ability to ensure consistency among the local jurisdictions that administer elections.
* Improve poll worker recruitment and training.
Compared to other states in the survey, Michigan ranked in the middle.