The election to revise your state forms for!

July 31, 2012
by carlsnodgrass

Is it just us, or is every state and their dog updating all their laws and revising all their forms just before an epic presidential election?  (Hint: it’s not just us.)  This really seems like a bad idea.

One of the difficulties we face is making sure our forms are up-to-date.  We make it harder for ourselves by hosting the forms on our site instead of linking to the state pages, but, let’s face it, states change their site urls like once a day and never remember to redirect the paths (if you don’t believe me, I can print you a copy of one of our weekly broken link checks).

We just finished our second form sweep of the year and I’ve never seen so many outdated forms.  We found 11 states (namely, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, Virgina, Washington, and Wyoming) that have either a voter registration application or absentee ballot application with a revised date in either June or July of this year. 

I mean, seriously.  They really needed to wait until this close to the election to update those forms?  And not to pick on anyone, but Kansas updated a form that wasn’t even 3 months old. And Colorado, Kansas, Indiana, and New Jersey all decided now would be a good time to not update just one form, but completely clean house.

Here’s an idea: why not wait until after a huge national election to make minor changes to forms that could result in people’s applications being rejected?  It’s just good manners.

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