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Thursday, 27 December 2012

December 22-27, 2012

National: Parties at odds over more election changes

Arizona: County task force to assess 2012 elections | County mails election notices to Prescott Valley voters

California: Long-time Contra Costa County servant Steve Weir to retire in March

Colorado: HAVA complaint filed in Saguache election | Legislators hear concerns for county clerks | Gessler rebuts ethics complaint

Connecticut: Dem registrar to retire next month

Florida: GOP group accused of instigating election changes in Fla. | Hernando elections office worker's lawsuit says firing followed EEOC complaint | Florida ballots not counted, voters' mistakes doomed thousands of votes | Region's state lawmakers not yet signing on to expand early voting process | Despite arrests, ballot brokers get ready for 2013 elections

Georgia: LaGrange decides who will run city elections | Early voting begins for Ga. special elections | Bibb County government losing lots of experience as several retire

Illinois: No change in DuPage ballot provider

Indiana: Parent wants polling sites moved out of schools

Kansas: Kobach: Understaffing, undertraining caused Sedgwick County's election-night problems | Sedgwick County election office understaffed, task force says

Maine: Panel unlikely to recommend voter ID for Maine elections

Maryland: Former candidate charged with voting illegally

Minnesota: Fast vote tally in Minneapolis? Maybe not | New voting equipment's likely cost to Coon Rapids

Mississippi: Moss Point leaders propose voting precinct consolidation

Missouri: Man seeks recount in St. Charles Co. race | iPads in county elections will cut down on voter wait time

Nevada: Experts look at turnout highs and lows in Washoe elections

New Hampshire: Democratic lawmakers seek to repeal NH voter ID law

New Mexico: Request for vote overturn dropped

New York: 'Not guilty' verdict in Rensselaer County voter fraud case | Acquittal caps 2nd ballot trial | Tkaczyk appeals ballot rejections | Board of elections still counting from November

North Carolina: 'Irregularities' charged in two precincts | Polling sites consolidated | Elections officials cleaning up rolls

Ohio: Proposed relocation of election board seems headed to defeat | Athens County elections official seeks dismissal from federal lawsuit | O'Farrell files suit to contest vote count

Oregon: 'It has been an honor to serve'

Pennsylvania: 2012 Year in Review: Voter ID law | Pennsylvania looks to alter state's electoral vote system

South Carolina: SC election laws anemic, lacking in accountability | Marshall: Time to reform SC elections laws | Money found to close budget gap

Tennessee: Poll worker's testimony: Nonresidents allowed to vote in referendum

Texas: McLennan County to run Waco city, school elections again | 40K purged from Travis County voter rolls | Wilco elections administrator could face removal

U.S. Virgin Islands: 5 losing candidates ask judge to stop swearing-in

Virginia: Fairfax senator would restore voting rights to all felons

Wisconsin: Recall, elections dominated Wis. headlines in 2012 | Clerks warn of higher costs

Friday, 21 December 2012

December 21, 2012

National News: Democrats set stage for Supreme Court defense of Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Names of inactive voters set to be purged from voter registration list

Arizona: County gathers task force to discuss 2012 elections

California: Dead voter ballots investigated

Colorado: Pueblo Republicans voice election complaints

District of Columbia: DC, Maryland and Va. among states with longest wait times on Election Day

Florida: Fla. Gov. Rick Scott admits voting errors | Bennett, saying he got it wrong, changes stance on early voting | Voting purges routine and usually not controversial, officials say | Miami-Dade Grand Jury cites 'gaping holes' in Florida's absentee voting system | Miami-Dade grand jury: Absentee voting fraud clouds confidence in tight election results | Fla. election changes already being considered | PBC state lawmakers call for elections changes

Georgia: Voting flaws | Secretary of state calls special election

Indiana: Lawsuit seeking to force state to clean up voter rolls is allowed to proceed

Iowa: Felon reaches plea for improper registration

Kentucky: Grimes seeks feedback on early voting

Maine: Election panel to begin drafting report

Maryland: DC, Maryland and Va. among states with longest wait times on Election Day

Massachusetts: Everett Rep. to plead guilty to voter fraud, resign

Michigan: Snyder signs bills to overhaul recall rules despite opposition

Missouri: Community activist asks for recount | Kander announces hires in secretary of state's office

New Jersey: Man charged in Essex County voter fraud case sentenced

New York: Jury deliberations continue in voter fraud retrial | Steuben Democratic elections commissioner slot up in air | Jury sends two notes to judge

Oklahoma: Payne County clerk looks forward to some time off

Pennsylvania: Singer releases provisional ballot report

South Carolina: Election 2012: Candidates aren't the only ones spending more

Tennessee: Pigeon Forge liquor referendum headed to court | Election commission to consider whether to add 4th early voting site

Texas: Travis Co. purges voter rolls | Elections administrator warned Wilco about Gordon | Cities part ways on election dates

Virginia: DC, Maryland and Va. among states with longest wait times on Election Day | New Market polling place moved

West Virginia: Tennant cites Lincoln County at national voting conference

Thursday, 20 December 2012

December 20, 2012

National News: Senate committee debates if voter ID, early voting effectively curbed vote fraud | Hearing on voting privilege turns partisan

Alabama: Thousands of inactive voter names in Montgomery County to be published in paper

Arizona: AZ's voter ID law up before U.S. Senate committee | Provisional vote use in Hispanic areas high | Bennett to Senate: No evidence of voter suppression in Arizona

California: New registrar office building breaks ground | Redondo council hopes to avoid extra election expense | Without challengers, Lakewood City council cancels March election

Colorado: Death threats made against Gessler

Connecticut: Secretary of state announces changes to voter registration in 2013 | Ellington superintendent requests that voting be moved out of schools

Florida: Miami-Dade election report: County to blame for some problems | Scott: Consider more early voting, shorter ballots | New Manatee elections chief calls for voting law changes | Crist testifies in Senate that there was voter suppression in Florida | Crist blasts Scott over election changes

Georgia: Election officials prepare for Georgia senate race

Guam: GEC reviews election reform law

Indiana: County debates merging voter offices

Iowa: Iowa elections chief expects more arrests for elections misconduct | Felon reaches plea for improper voter registration | Davenport man arrested for voting illegally in Muscatine | Schultz in D.C. to tout voter fraud investigations

Kentucky: Grimes plans meetings statewide on ways to improve voting procedures

Mississippi: Voter exit poll a 'waste'

Nevada: Kids use real voting machines to elect student body president

New York: Stavisky voted in as board of elections commissioner | Judge denies jurors' request to review handwriting analysts report

North Carolina: Expect state lawmakers to act quickly on voter ID

Ohio: Elections director fights cancer, working less

South Carolina: Is McBride stepping down? | McBride: I have not resigned

Tennessee: Potential voter fraud in DeSoto turned over to investigators | State system faltered, but DeSoto County voting machines marched on | Departing DeSoto election commission member lauded as ballot watchdog | City of Chattanooga denied on extra early voting sites

Texas: Sigee files suit to change election results

Wisconsin: Walker vows veto of same-day registration ban | Latest election controversy brewing over idea to ferret out noncitizen voters | GAB names new elections administrator

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

December 19, 2012

National News: Senators taking a look at November voting problems | Bengali-language voters faced Election Day barriers

Arizona: Pima poll workers fare well in post-election evaluations | Bennett to testify before Congress on voting rights

California: Deborah Seiler reminisces about her time as San Diego voter registrar | Officials break ground at new San Diego registrar of voters location

Colorado: Jaimson leaves county in arrears

Florida: Walker: St. Lucie elections office plans personnel changes after visit from Detzner | Manatee commissioners honor outgoing elections chief Bob Sweat | Unproven claim about mayor's election let to election change

Georgia: Early voting for Senate election starts Dec. 26

Guam: Election reform on Wednesday night's agenda

Hawaii: Elections commission investigation into ballot shortage almost pau

Indiana: Lake election board: More election official training needed

Iowa: Iowa's Schultz is called to testify at U.S. Senate hearing

Louisiana: Opponents of Crescent city toll file suit

Michigan: Johnson misspells Obama's name on Electoral College form | Clerk of change: Louise Stein kept Berrien in pace with technology, laws

Missouri: New Madison County clerk discusses career in government

Nebraska: Secretary of state calls for voting changes

New Jersey: Longest-tenured Monmouth employee concludes career

New Mexico: Commission begins weighing city election changes

New York: Deliberations continue at ballot fraud trial | Ballot fraud deliberations continue | Judge order 7K Suffolk ballots counted

Ohio: Election monitors criticized by Medina County officials

Oregon: Employee accused of ballot tampering retains attorney

Pennsylvania: Philly officials differ on whether computer glitch caused Election Day problem

South Carolina: Majority of Richland County delegation: McBride not fit to lead | Branchville election first under new voter ID law | Richland's fiasco has SC lawmakers pushing to put state in charge of elections | Lawmakers propose early voting

Tennessee: Election commission chair resigns

Texas: Harris County commissioners spare job of woman battling cancer | Chance may decide city council race

Wisconsin: Four state agencies could be sued if same-day voter registration dropped | Ending same-day registration could bring lawsuits, elections board told

Wyoming: Wyoming casts Electoral votes for Romney

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

December 18, 2012

National: Crist to testify against voter ID laws | Court to hear voting rights case in February | Electoral College vote affirms Obama re-election

Alabama: Nine somber Alabama Republicans cast Romney votes

Arizona: Bennett to testify before Congress | Task force meeting Wednesday on election | AZ Electoral College delegates voted Monday

Arkansas: Arkansas' 6 Electoral College voters cast ballots for Romney

California: Election for new treasurer could be costly for city | California casts Electoral College votes for Obama

Colorado: Colorado Electoral College ratifies presidential election

Connecticut: Electoral College convenes in Hartford with heavy hearts

Delaware: Electoral College votes cast in Dover

Florida: Detzner: Expect personnel changes inside St. Lucie elections office | Crist to testify in U.S. Senate about Florida election law | It's official: Fla.'s 29 electoral votes go to Obama

Georgia: Edwards honored by Board of Elections | Georgia electors cast their ballots

Guam: GEC to audit 2010 general election

Hawaii: Hawaii, other states convene fro Electoral College

Idaho: Idaho's four Electoral College votes cast for Romney

Indiana: Indiana's 11 electors cast their votes

Iowa: Electoral votes cast for Obama, Biden

Maine: Dunlap closer to retaking secretary of state office | Maine's Electoral College members cast vote for Obama

Massachusetts: Mass. Electoral College members vote for Obama, Biden | Special election for override to cost Newton $85K

Michigan: Michigan Electoral College casts official votes for Obama

Minnesota: 92-year-old Faribault woman an active participant in elections | State legislators say popular vote should award electoral votes | | Bipartisan group pushes National Popular Vote

Mississippi: Justice Dept. pre-clears Jackson ward lines | Miss.'s 6 Electoral College voters cast ballots

Missouri: Mo. electors cast presidential vote

Nebraska: Early voting change would help blind voters | Secretary of state may consider reducing early voting

Nevada: Nevada's 6 presidential electors formalize Electoral College

New Jersey: New Jersey members of Electoral College vote to re-elect Obama

New Mexico: Commission begins weighing city election changes | Special election comes at cost to voters | New Mexico's Obama vote now official

New York: Deliberations to continue Tuesday in voter fraud retrial | NY Electoral College officially cast votes for Obama

North Carolina: Board of elections trying to reach past voters

North Dakota: ND casts official presidential vote

Ohio: Ohio elections chief seeks to update voter rolls | Ohio electors make Obama win official

Oregon: Oregon's seven electoral votes cast for Obama

Pennsylvania: Electors meet to make Obama's re-election official

South Carolina: Richland County elections chair: McBride should step down | Richland County election chairman resigns | Richland County elections board chairwoman resigns | SC electors meet to cast votes

Texas: Municipalities must choose between voters' attention or saving tax dollars | Texas voter ID suit put on hold till Supreme Court rules | Election code forces county to redistrict | West U council OKs poll consolidation | Electoral College casts it votes Monday

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections personnel costs topped $175K in 2012

Utah: Utah's six Electoral College votes go to Romney

Vermont: Vermont electors vote to seal Obama win

Virginia: Virginia electors formally cast ballots

Washington: Pierce County official joining new secretary of state's staff | Electoral College members cast Wash. votes

West Virginia: Supreme Court upholds Preston mayoral election results

Wisconsin: State would need to spend $1.2M to check for illegal voters, report says | Wis. records show 1 in 8 register on voting day

Monday, 17 December 2012

December 15-17, 2012

Overseas Voting News: Voting assistance programs best they've ever been

California: Online registrants turned out in droves | County breaks ground on new facility for registrar of voters | More than half the state's voters chose mail-in ballots | Bowen: Mail ballots hit all-time high in Calif. general election

Colorado: Door opened on investigation against Gessler

Florida: Few answers for long lines at Orange, Osceola polls | Provisional ballot spike, but supervisors say they're not needed | Supervisor of elections ponders retirement, new voting techniques | St. Lucie recount costs more than $20K | Special election will cost $150-$200K | Miami-Dade group stresses need to restore voting Sunday before Election Day | Provisional ballot law prevented little fraud, but forced extra work

Georgia: Legislation would save Fairfield precinct

Illinois: Write-in bid could trigger district primary | Judge replaces all three members of electoral board

Indiana: Elections cost county $536K in 2012

Iowa: Obama frontman considers run for Iowa secretary of state

Kansas: Kobach says 532 Kansans 'chose not to' have their votes count

Massachusetts: East Longmeadow voters go to the polls for special election | Some RMV voter registrations caused problems

Michigan: County officials praise retiring clerk Swan

Missouri: Technology moving elections toward electronic ID | 8th District election cost could approach $1M | How much will Emerson's special election cost?

Montana: Loney files new election complaint

New Hampshire: NH man tries to save Voting Rights Act in order to kill it

New Mexico: March special election could be costly | County approves election changes | Sandoval OKs new election procedures

New York: Closing arguments could begin in voter fraud re-trial | Ballot fraud trial testimony comes to an end | Senate vote-count inches forward, tightens

North Carolina: County BOE finishes complete commission race vote recount | Orange County BOE checks voter registration status

Ohio: Possible voter fraud incident in Auglaize County | Elections chief bids farewell | The state of the secretary | Elections staff up for significant raises

Pennsylvania: Ex-election director's unemployment compensation approved

Rhode Island: State reports few problems with voter ID law

South Carolina: Election workers: Missteps on past turnout spurred errors | Clemson University graduate students' solution may solve voter wait-time issue | Election commission preparing for voting law changes

Texas: County clerk rejects contract election duties

Wisconsin: Both sides saw big same-day registration numbers | County leaders pursue referendum on same-day registration

Friday, 14 December 2012

December 14, 2012

Alabama: Voters registration list to purge in January

Arizona: Here comes the Page primary-mail in only please | Maricopa County election workers come under attack

Arkansas: Lawmaker seeks voter fraud unit with voter ID law | Arkansas senator proposes 2 voter ID bills

California: Online voter registration expansion | Rancho Cordova recount of 3-vote loss finds it's actually an 8-vote loss

Colorado: Lawmakers open door for Gessler expense audit | Sticker shock nixes recount effort

Florida: St. Lucie supervisor of elections: 'The right people are in office' | Fla. secretary of state holds 'open, candid' discussion with St. Lucie elections supervisor | Dems to Justice Dept.: Probe Florida election law | Detzner says recount deadlines may be too tight for counties to meet

Indiana: County hopes new ballot scanner will improve process

Michigan: Michigan legislators try again with citizenship statement on ballot applications

Missouri: 8th district election cost could approach $1M

New Hampshire: Selectmen, moderator to seek elections solutions

New Jersey: Moved school elections saved NJ nearly $1M

New Mexico: Sandoval elections still sizzling issue

New York: Return of Steuben elections commish up in the air | Handwriting expert, lawyer go head-to-head | Handwriting on some absentee ballot applications is likely that of McDonough, says expert

North Carolina: Commissioners wade into voter ID controversy | Elections board certifies winners in three close races

Ohio: Medina County BOE keeping location options open | Tuscarawas County BOE toils over rejected ballots

Pennsylvania: Pa.'s voter ID law's fate not likely to be settled until November 2013 | State voter ID law is far from resolved

Rhode Island: RI election head plans to hire more technicians for next election

South Carolina: Poll: Non-voters say make process easier | Norma Dean Meyer | Prefiled bills include debate on early voting

Texas: County moves to correct post-election error

Virginia: Virginia lawmakers split on election reform plans

Thursday, 13 December 2012

December 13, 2012

California: San Diego County election chief retiring | Election integrity activist calls for recount | Online voter registration may be expanded | Imperial County registrar of voters position temporarily filled | Election results disputed, but final | Recount underway in close city council race | Santa Maria election decided by defective ballots?

Florida: State and PBC election chiefs confer on solving problems that dog Florida | County looking for new building to house elections office | Lawmakers hear mixed report on election laws | Top state elections officials review Broward voting problems | Fox 4 requests supervisor of elections' vacation time | Miami-Dade lawmaker first proposed cuts in early voting days | Legislator wants to change some overlooked parts of Florida's voting law | Broward County election official wants flexibility on early voting

Georgia: Brookhaven must pay election costs | Brookhaven runoff will cost between $35K and $40K

Hawaii: Weeks after election, state workers still not paid

Illinois: Cook County computers reported stolen from Wilmette early voting

Iowa: County's voting machine cost discounted

Michigan: Judge orders special election to replace Troy's recalled mayor

Mississippi: Hosemann: Study may help win approval for Mississippi voter ID law

Nevada: Voter photo plan defended

New Mexico: ABQ may be facing special election | Republicans ask to be declared winners | Sandoval may vote on election changes

New York: Ballot fraud inquiry defended | McDonough not likely to testify in second voter fraud trial | Opening of ballots for Senate race will be postponed | A raise and promotion for NYC BOE lawyer | Special investigator returns for second day of testimony

North Carolina: State elections board set to consider appeal over Warren Wilson votes | Gilbert calling it a career

Ohio: Montgomery County commission delaying search for new elections director

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania voter ID law back in court today

Rhode Island: Taylor may run for secretary of state again after close '10 race

Texas: Williamson County GOP wants elections administrator removed

U.S. Virgin Islands: Five unsuccessful candidates file complaint in District Court

Wisconsin: Walker now says he won't end same-day voter registration | Professional backgrounds of GAB judges show a majority with previous GOP ties

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

December 12, 2012

National News: U.S. should automatically register voters, attorney general | Eric Holder attacks voting restrictions

Overseas Voting News: Director: Voting assistance programs best they've ever been

Alabama: Trussville to get new voting precinct

Arizona: County: Early ballot list, not demographics biggest factor in provisional ballots

California: Special election could cost $1.7M; officials look for ways to improve efficiency

Florida: 1400 absentee ballots rejected for bad signatures in Central Florida | Secretary of state visits Lee election office to discuss improvements | State officials meet to discuss Miami-Dade election problems | Miami-Dade to Florida elections chief: Help us make election fixes

Guam: Legislature overrides veto: GEC to audit 2010 genera election ballots

Illinois: County combines campus precincts for spring votes

Indiana: Lawsuit to clean up voter rolls can proceed

Iowa: Auditor: Election equipment needs replacing in a few years | Muscatine man accused of election misconduct

Kansas: County insures voting machines for $82 a year

Louisiana: St. Bernard Parish voter turnout had typical drop from presidential election

Maine: Dems want returning secretary of state to start at old salary

Michigan: Judge may rule today on special election for new Troy mayor

Montana: Welch fails to raise funds for recount | Secretary of state reacts to canceled recount | Recount decision saves county time

New Hampshire: Nashua officials to seek special election | Salem officials look for solutions to polling problems

New Jersey: Dozens of ballots in Somerset County went uncounted in last month's election, officials say

New Mexico: GOP requests investigation

New York: Senate race hung up in court | Onondaga must count absentee ballots in referendum

Ohio: Human error inflated tally of provisional ballots at site

South Carolina: Richland County might get more precincts to ease voter lines

South Dakota: Project to make voter registration process easier

Tennessee: City council votes to add early voting stations for March election | Tennessee's law for challenging voters at polls

Texas: County office praised for work during elections | Randall County to add election administrator

Virginia: Bills proposed to make it easer to vote in Va., federal elections

Wisconsin: Ending same-day registration would cost $5.2M, board finds | Committee approves new polling location

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

December 11, 2012

National News: Pew says 22 percent of voters shared 2012 choices on social media |

California: County registrar of voters announces sudden departure | New county clerk-elections chief sworn in

Colorado: Gessler gets earful on listening tour

District of Columbia: DC elections chief has few answers on long voting lines | DC elections chief admits 'missteps'

Florida: Other states provide models for solving early voting problems | Florida elections chief defends voting laws has he begins listening tour | Manatee voters requested a record number of absentee ballots | $8M proposal suggests creating new elections office | City officials to review Election Day situation | Why voting absentee was a bad idea this year

Georgia: Richmond County looks at voter addresses

Guam: Election reform bill may be challenged in court | Legislature overrides veto of election reform bill

Hawaii: Green Party sues Hawaii elections chief over ballot shortages | Jamae Kawauchi starts new job as deputy prosecutor

Louisiana: Schedler: La. has improved voter turnout | Schedler urges other election officials to cut costs

Maryland: Frederick voter ID unlikely to be introduced to state legislature

Mississippi: Supervisors eye purchasing new voting machines

Missouri: Pay increase sought for St. Louis County election workers

Montana: Recount starts Monday

Nevada: Miller's voter ID proposal could easy way for same-day registration

New Jersey: 5 votes apart: Recount requested in tight Springfield election

New York: Saland withdraws legal scrutiny of ballots

Ohio: County BOE office wants move to larger facility | Husted: Ohio voting machines aging | Husted said it's easy to vote in Ohio and fraud is rare | Medina County elections board wants bigger facility | County election audit goes smoothly

South Carolina: Numbers still don't add up in Richland County

Tennessee: Commission to discuss administrator of elections

Texas: Cameron County chooses new elections administrator

Virginia: Voting problems can't happen again, residents say

Wisconsin: Ending same-day registration would cost state $5.2M right away | Taylor, Kramer spar over Election Day registration