Election officials are, as a rule, appointed by Governors. Voter suppression is not even hinted at in states with Democrat(ic) governors. Somehow, that issue arises in states where the Governor is Republican and so are the majority of election officials.
Coondog, you are wrong.
Election officials are, as a rule, appointed by governors.
Incorrect. At a local level, election officials are often elected or appointed by an authority other than the state Governor.
Voter suppression is not even hinted at in states with Democrat(ic) governors.
Incorrect. The example of Illinois below proves your statement incorrect.
Somehow, that issue arises in states where the Governor is Republican and so are the majority of election officials.
Incorrect. Again, the example of Illinois below proves your statement incorrect. Really, in many states it would not matter if the Governor was Republican or Democrat or Independent or Romulan or Klingon for that matter. In the larger urban areas of the U.S., the election officials at the local (county or municipal level) are either elected in most cases or in some cases appointed by an authority other than the Governor. The larger urban areas (ie., Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, etc.) tend to be the localities where voter suppression (long lines, lack of voting machines, etc) is alleged. These localities also tend to have majority Democrat voters and to have mostly Democrat election officials elected at the local level. (stands to reason, does it not).
Lets take Illinois as an example. They have a Democrat governor. In the state of Illinois there were accusations of voter suppression.http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20121106/chicago/long-lines-reported-early-at-some-polling-places
Illinois administration of elections is such:
STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS-
•eight bipartisan members, four from Cook County and four from the remainder of the state, appointed by the Governor in each odd numbered year for four year terms.
•supervises the administration of registration and election laws in the state.
•provides a uniform manual of instructions for election judges.
•prepares and certifies ballots for proposed amendments to the state constitution or any referenda.
•prescribes forms, notices and other supplies used in for registrations and elections.
•filing office for nominating petitions.
•certifies ballot for all federal, state, and multi-county offices.
•serves as the electoral board for objections to petitions for federal, state, and multi-county offices and statewide referenda.
•canvassing board for federal, state, and multi-county offices and statewide propositions, including amendments to the state constitution.
•elected for four year term.
•responsible for the conduct of all primary, general and special elections for federal, state, and county offices and referenda in any county, or portion thereof, not having a Board of Election Commissioners.
•responsible for the conduct of elections for all units of government located within the county.
•filing office for nominating petitions for county offices and referenda.
•chairman of the electoral board hearing objections to petitions for county offices and certain other units of government within the county.
•administers voter registration.
•administers absentee registration and voting.
BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS-
•three members appointed by the county circuit court for three year terms; presently created in eight municipalities and in one county.
•for these municipalities and county, essentially assumes the registration and election responsibilities of the County Clerk.
•may administer in-person absentee voting for all elections.
•filing office for nominating petitions for that unit of government.
•certifies ballot for that unit of government to County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners.
•serves on local canvassing board.
As you can see, The Governor of Illinois does not appoint the election officials at the local level for Illinois. The county clerk is elected. The Board of Election Commissioners are appointed by the county circuit court.
Take Florida as another example. They have a Republican Governor. There were accusations of voter suppression in Florida.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/29/floridas-long-lines-election-voting_n_2381482.html
Florida's Election administration is as such:
SECRETARY OF STATE-
•chief election officer, elected for four year term.
•provides guidance to Supervisors of Elections.
•provides technical assistance to Supervisors of Elections.
•prescribes voter registration forms and procedure.
•prescribes rules concerning electronic voting systems.
ELECTION CANVASSING COMMISSION-
•Governor, Secretary of State and Director of Elections (appointed by Secretary of State).
•canvasses all county returns and prepare election abstract.
SUPERVISORS OF ELECTIONS-
•chief election official at the county level, elected for four year terms.
•appoints other local election officials.
•administers voter registration.
•administers absentee voting.
•conducts poll worker training.
•distributes election materials to each precinct.
COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD-
•includes Supervisor of Elections, County Court Judge and Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners.
•tabulates county vote and prepares abstracts for transmittal to the Secretary of State
ELECTION DAY OFFICERS:
•two Boards per precinct composed of Inspectors and Clerks appointed by Supervisor of Elections.
In Florida, The chief election officer is the Secretary of State, an elected position. At a local level, voting is administered by the Supervisors of Elections, also an elected position. The Governor does no appoint these positions.