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Thursday, 08 August 2013

August 8, 2013

National: Efforts to change voting laws | Presidential commission on voting meets in Denver

Alabama: Black lawmakers say new Ala. districts violate VRA; court case begins Thursday

California: Former Calif. lawmaker wants top-two system for presidential primaries | Lawyer in Voting Rights Act cases seeks to stop Palmdale elections | Kern County promotes voting with 'Do it for Them' campaign

Connecticut: Dems on course for primary

Florida: Voter purges will be part of best practices report to presidential commission | Ruling revives Florida review of voting rolls | Elections office wooing Pasco school parents | Duval County elections chief weighs in on local, state voting issues

Indiana: Hancock County latest to adopt vote centers

Mississippi: Hinds special election funding remains up in the air | Required funding of Hinds County elections remains unresolved

Montana: ACLU files lawsuit over Wolf Point voting district

New Jersey: No-show witnesses slow Parsippany primary challenge

New Mexico: Photo ID now required to vote in Rio Rancho

North Carolina: Legislature's election bill means new machines, less early voting | Elections office makes its move | NAACP calls for voter registration drive to counter new voter ID law | Elections officials prep for voter bill changes | Luke Eggers nominated for elections board | Absentee voters: Make sure those ballots are postmarked | State BOE denies appeal; one early voting site to be open for primary

Ohio: Legislators propose ending February and August special elections to cut local costs

Oklahoma: Election board secretary receives national certification

Oregon: County clerk's authority ignored--and may make it more difficult for voters

Pennsylvania: Workers at Berks polls gird for voter ID | Commissioners look to relocate polling stations | Poll workers: An endangered species in Bucks County? | Two Clearfield Borough polling sites may change

South Carolina: County election director's salary set at $49,500 per year

South Dakota: Push for satellite voting centers intensifies

Texas: Burnet County officials gear up for new Texas voter ID law | Few residents getting free voter ID cards | Vote centers given green light for November | Photo IDs will be required to vote, starting in the fall

Washington: Elections officials say Tuesday primary's low-low turnout is product of 'off-off year'

Wednesday, 07 August 2013

August 7, 2013

Alabama: Gadsden council deadlocks on Voting Rights Act resolution | Voting rights plaintiffs ask court to treat Evergreen like Boston, keep restrictions in place

Arizona: Cardon running for secretary of state | Phoenix City Clerk named 2013 clerk of the year

California: Lancaster weighs voting options at town hall

Connecticut: Same day voter registration makes its debut in this years November elections

Florida: Lee County elections supervisor tapped for presidential task force on voting practices | Majority of Jax City council backs moving elections center | Supervisor of elections office debate costing thousands | Elections supervisor outlines proposed voting changes in Brooksville | 9 Investigates Florida's voter purge | Brooksville to have a single polling place for residents

Iowa: Moritz: A year later, still no names in alleged voter fraud | Voting program gets $200K payback

Louisiana: Orleans board of supervisors of elections moves to temporary space in courthouse basement

Massachusetts: Worcester tells voters when, where, but not who to vote for

Michigan: Jammed voting machine, entrance confusion leads to frustration at Detroit polling location | High auto insurance rates have surprising effect on Detroit voter population | Detroit elections director speaks about primary | City exploring future election options | Voter turnout low, poll workers playing Sudoku

Minnesota: Group that pushed for voter ID pleads for cash | Rep. Steve Simon running for secretary of state

Mississippi: Hinds supervisors' decision on paying election costs in limbo | Hinds election impasse remains

New Jersey: Gloucester County budget braces for $900K hit for special election tab

New York: Elections to be easier for voters with an app | Staten Islander Mike Ryan to take helm of NYC BOE

North Carolina: McCrory to sign or not sign controversial elections bill?

Ohio: Portage County elections board goes Twittering

Pennsylvania: Voter ID law likely won't be enforced in Nov. 5 general election | Casey knock Supreme Court and voter ID laws on voting rights anniversary

South Carolina: Public hearing set about Franklin County voting precinct consolidation proposal

South Dakota: Organization files complaint with civil rights division over satellite voting | Shannon County voting rights case dismissed | State cited in federal election complaint

Texas: Election volunteers begin training on new voter ID requirements

Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Monday, 05 August 2013

August 3-5, 2013

Arkansas: Voter ID rules take shape

California: Senator pushes voting reform | Curtis kicks off campaign for secretary of state

Colorado: Voter fraud worries growing; election-day switches feared

Connecticut: Dem primary in Torrington would cost $13K

Florida: Renewed 'scrub' of Florida voter list has elections officials on edge | Governor to launch new purge of Fla. voter rolls | SOE site process 'out of control' | Santa Rosa County to launch voter info website

Georgia: Board eliminates two voting precincts

Idaho: Early voting starts soon for Canyon County consolidation election

Illinois: Little changes expected in online voter registration

Iowa: Revised voter registration forms now available

Kentucky: Ex-judge, 5 others out of prison in vote fraud case

Michigan: Clerk consolidates precincts to cut election costs | Former Cadillac City clerk reprising role for August election | Absent voter law: Ann Arbor complies early | Detroit election officials preparing for a long, complicated primary night | Suit filed over Detroit's election inspectors

Mississippi: Will Hattiesburg trial lead to election changes?

Montana: Bozeman to consider paying for special election to fund Gallatin College

New Jersey: Ridgewood prepares for special election | Lawyers want Parsippany primary votes tossed, point to losing clerk candidate's involvement | Special election will cost New Jersey voters, but how much? | New Jersey ballot dated and unfair, critics say

North Carolina: Higher-education experts critical of N.C. voter ID bill | Lawsuits expected over major NC voting changes | Election to replace Watt could cost more than seven figure

Ohio: Putnam Co. BOE members protest potential firings | Portage elections board launches Twitter account | Officers used police station addresses for voting

Pennsylvania: Costs of defending Pa. voter ID law undetermined | Cost of voter ID defense an open question

Rhode Island: No criminal charges will be presses in Gemma voter fraud claims

South Dakota: Gant still wants federal advice on SD voting sites

Texas: Voter registrar office moving | Wilco vote centers approved for Nov. 5 election | Military voter program needs further review

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Rapids leaders to consider voting machine purchase

Friday, 02 August 2013

August 2, 2013

National: How far will DOJ go over voting rights?

Arizona: Horne to panel: OK voter proof | Election officials stick to guns on demanding proof-of-citizenship

California: Humboldt County embraces new system for election transparency

Georgia: Voters turn out to oppose closing of one of the county's smallest precincts

Illinois: Kane County judge to hear elections lawsuit

Indiana: Floyd County clerk accepts new position

Maryland: Vote fraud indictments underscore need for tougher laws, Republicans say | Bohanan urges Lexington Park early voting place

Michigan: Washtenaw County clerk says portions of Michigan's recall law is unconstitutional | Final tally in Detroit could take up to two weeks, clerk's office says | Detroit elections officials prepare poll workers for write-ins

Mississippi: Ware v. DuPree juror says intimidation led to mistrial

New Jersey: Paperwork filed to continue sheriff's race recount | County to receive $1.2M-plus for special elections | Testimony will expose illegal Parsippany primary votes, lawyers say | West Deptford changes polling station for special election | Absentee ballots in Parsippany council race challenged

New York: County executive calls for BOE's Knapp to step down

North Carolina: Bill expected to impact county voters

Oregon: Oregon state elections director Stephen Trout resigns | Elections director resigns as Brown remakes her staff

Pennsylvania: Voter ID's fate now in judge's hands | Closing arguments mark conclusion of Pa. voter ID case | Pa. officials willing to extend temporary block on voter ID

Rhode Island: Registrar appointment sparks cronyism debate

South Carolina: Panel cites experience in choice for Smalls for elections position | More space sought for voter registrar's office

South Dakota: Gant defers to empty election panel

Texas: New photo ID voter law in effect | Wilco vote centers approved for Nov. 5 election

Utah: Early voting not exactly taking off in Weber, Davis counties

Thursday, 01 August 2013

August 1, 2013

National: Sensenbrenner sees GOP support to rewrite voting law

Alabama: Jim Bennett takes oath of office as secretary of state

Arizona: Horne threatens lawsuit over voter registration | State pushing again to demand proof-of-citizenship

California: DA's office stepping up election fraud investigations

Colorado: Cash-strapped Pueblo Co. asks state to pay for recall; Gessler instead explains the law

Idaho: Whitman County elections officials trying to get ballots in voters' hands|

Illinois: Quinn defends Lake County election board decision | Pingree Grove Village board wants more space for voters at the polls | DeKalb County clerk and recorder announces resignation

Indiana: Having their say on voting in Clark County | Possible new Clark County voting centers

Iowa: Voter registration sees some changes | Denison woman accused of voter registration fraud

Kansas: Dems want to re-examine voting laws

Kentucky: Ex-judge, 5 others may be released from prison

Louisiana: Terrebonne voters may have a new place to vote

Maryland: Voter fraud charges in Md. gets reaction from Afzali

Michigan: Canvassers to check primary write-in spellings | Winners of Detroit mayoral primary may not be determined for days

Montana: Mail-in election recommended

New Hampshire: Poll shows support for voter ID law

New Jersey: Schools won't be used for Senate primary voting

New York: Back to work for elections chief facing charges | Amid charges comes concern about voter confidence

North Carolina: Petition calls on McCrory to veto voter ID bill | AG Cooper: Voting changes could cost NC millions | Voter ID bill draws praise from Jackson, disdain from Bell | County officials react to voter bill

Pennsylvania: Dispute delays voter ID trial | Judge weighs last-minute request to dismiss voter ID lawsuit | Final tallies expected next week in Hazleton Area special election

Rhode Island: State Police close investigation into 2012 voter fraud

South Carolina: Three finalists in the running for election director

South Dakota: SD board defers stand on Indian voting stations | Indian voting centers not approved by state elections

Tennessee: County voting machines get software upgrade

Texas: Burnet Co. elections administrator observes Albanian procedures

Wisconsin: County looks to cost share on voting machines | New voting machines coming to village of Dane | Minor violations found at area voting locations

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

July 31, 2013

National: Obama pledges to strengthen Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Hearing set for changes in voting locations | Voting Rights Act resolution doesn't get vote | Bennett to take oath as secretary of state

California: Judge OKs lawsuit over alleged voting discrimination in Anaheim

Colorado: Gessler won't pay for election

Florida: Pinellas elections office to sent 1,800 voters new information cards

Illinois: Illinois prepares for online voter registration | Lake County sues state over voter law

Indiana: Clark County election board considers switch to vote centers | Ex-Ind. elections chief sues defense lawyer

Kansas: Dems want to take stab at amending proof-of-citizenship law

Louisiana: Orleans Parish elections supervisor still locked out of City Hall

Maryland: Two Md. women accused of using dead moms' names on ballots | Residents, officials urge early voting site in Damascus | Woman charged with voting fraud

Michigan: SOS website lets you check out your ballot online

Mississippi: Bryant will fight federal preclearance in state elections | Courtroom drama unfolds in Hattiesburg election fraud case, mistrial declared

Missouri: County clerk's office gears up for Aug. 6 special election

New Jersey: Date set for Parsippany primary challenge hearing | Local politicians sound off on special election

New York: New York vows to provide Bengali ballots after lawsuit filed | Election investigation timeline | Vote to make Staten Islander next BOE chief fails by one | Chief's charges rock Dutchess: 94 counts filed against election official | NYC BOE has been without an executive director for three years

North Carolina: Voting changes roll out in 2014, 2016 | Additional Forsyth County early voting sites denied

Pennsylvania: Judge in Pa. voter ID trial holds private hearing | Lawyers spar over voter ID law in court | State ends testimony in voter ID case

Rhode Island: No charges following voter fraud probe

South Dakota: Three S.D. tribes ask for voting offices in 2014 election | Tribes want polls closer to where they live

Texas: Prairie View A&M students demand on-campus voting

Washington: Elections dump controversial ballot-tracker system

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July 30, 2013

National: Alberto Gonzales: Voting rights laws 'have to be reasonable' | Civil rights activists upbeat after Obama meeting on voting | Fight over voting rights reignites | Obama reassures leaders on enforcing voting rights

Colorado: County asks state for recall funds

Connecticut: Primary costs in Middletown could cost up to $35K

Florida: Wrong ballots sent in St. Pete's primary | Wilcox identifies 8,500 'inactive' voters

Illinois: Illinois online voter registration to be in place next July | White questions voter policies

Iowa: Libertarian Jake Porter will run for Iowa secretary of state

Kentucky: New trial date set on vote fraud charge

Louisiana: Elections administrator says board was ousted from City Hall offices

Mississippi: Canton appoints new election commission | Both sides rest in Ware v. DuPree election trial

Montana: Montana Native Vote cleared in election day charge

New Jersey: Some polling places moving for primary | Glen Rock superintendent asks election board to relocate polling places

New York: Election board pick could help Bloomberg stop override of NYPD bill veto

North Carolina: Elections board to evaluate early voting request | State board denies expunged voters' appeal | Felon accused of voting in 2012 election

Ohio: Voter training for BMV workers proposed | Poll worker sentenced for illegal voting

Oklahoma: Elections board announces promotions and new hire

Pennsylvania: Voter ID trial slated to resume Tuesday | Case ponders balancing voter ID law against voters' rights

Rhode Island: Mollis plans to run for lieutenant governor

South Carolina: Some Greenwood residents have a new voting location

Texas: Obama pledges to keep up fight on voting rights, including in Texas | Secretary of state approves WilCo to use vote centers

Vermont: Vt. allows voter registration during insurance buy

Monday, 29 July 2013

July 27-29, 2013

California: Blind voters sue Alameda County over voter machine problems | Some say scrap costly, low turnout special elections | League of California Cities reviews VRA lawsuits

Colorado: Colorado online voter system could play role in future recall elections

Connecticut: Registrar reduction on Hartford horizon | Duleep expands access to registrar's office as primary approaches | Berlin implements emergency plan for upcoming election days

Florida: Tommy Hardee: There' no off-year in the supervisor of elections office

Georgia: Former Columbia county director of elections dies

Guam: GEC makes FY14 budget request

Illinois: Quinn signs bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois | White backs online voter registration

Louisiana: Lawsuit claimed as reason more voters registering

Maryland: Misdemeanor convicts mistakenly struck from voter rolls

Michigan: Michigan law could lead to fewer recall elections

Minnesota: New technology to be tested at Minn. electoral polls

Mississippi: Plaintiff rests following testimony alleging voter fraud | Tensions high: Ware's team rests its case | Jurors given much to ponder in Ware v. DuPree

New Jersey: Somerset Hills towns prep for Senate primary

New York: Felony conviction means loss of civil rights, some able to get them back | Camden officials unsuccessful in reversing polling site location change

North Carolina: Major voting changes will reshape elections | Voter ID bill raises controversy in North Carolina | North Carolina's college students are in cross hairs of voter ID bill | Elections bill draws mixed reactions locally | New Hanover County plans for upcoming municipal elections | OC early voting sites chosen | Lee elections office adjusting to changes | NAACP ready to take legal action against voter ID

Pennsylvania: Balancing voter ID law against voters' rights | At trial, dueling estimates on voters who lack ID | Closing arguments expected in voter ID trial

South Carolina: November 2013 election expected to be costliest ever

Texas: Commissioners consider elections administrator | Military voter program needs further review by commissioners | Holder adds to voting rights debate for Texans

Virginia: Big changes coming for Prince William County voters | Online voter registration wins thumbs up from local registrar | SBE now has online training program | Virginia elections board offers online voter registration drive training for third parties

Washington: AutoMARK voting machines to be available for Thurston County primary

Wisconsin: Bernier: Voter ID likely back on tap for Legislature

Friday, 26 July 2013

July 26, 2013

National: Justice Dept. to take on states over voting rights | Ginsburg: Push for voter ID laws predictable

Alabama: AG says state ready for DOJ challenge to voter ID law

Alaska: State seeks new voter registration system | Voting map submitted, language lawsuit filed

California: Riverside gets creative in voter registration and early voting efforts

Illinois: Locals educated on voter registration laws

Kansas: Kansas voting laws could face DOJ scrutiny

Kentucky: Clerk files ethics complaint against Grimes

Louisiana: Federal judge to hear Baton Rouge voting rights case Friday

Maryland: New district plan worries Berlin

Mississippi: Ware among witnesses called in day two of testimony | 375 absentee ballots called illegal in Hattiesburg election

Nebraska: Bellevue special election will mean greater expense for Sarpy County

New Hampshire: Hassan vetoes changes to absentee ballot processing

New Jersey: State to reimburse county for special elections | Fall's heavy election schedule has officials scrambling | Council opposes Oct. election | Special elections pose costly questions in Montclair | Candidate sues to change Atlantic County ballot

New York: McDonough seeks $5M following voter fraud case | Former Silver aide will be BOE enforcer

North Carolina: North Carolina first to tighten voting laws after ruling | Voter ID bill, proposed system overhaul prompts protest in Wilmington | Senate approves voter ID bill | Elections officials split on voter ID bill | Voting changes head to governor | Widespread voter fraud not an issue in NC, data shows | Protest at Wilmington city hall targets voting bill

North Dakota: Another warrant issues in voter fraud case

Pennsylvania: Expert rebuts Pa. voter ID claims | State to call more witnesses in voter ID trial | Union says more than 35K voters disenfranchised in November

South Carolina: Columbia election will cost up to $71K more than budgeted

Tennessee: Forrest Hill Community Center to again be used as polling precinct | Davidson election commission delays vote on move

Texas: Feds seek new scrutiny of Texas election laws | A guide to voting rights lawsuits in Texas | Local leaders react to impending court action on voting | Jeff Co. voters could soon cast ballots at any polling location

Utah: N. Ogden council OKs poll workers after debate

Virginia: Online voter registration 'good' for county

Wisconsin: Windsor, DeForest to purchase new election equipment