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Friday, 29 December 2017

Thursday, 28 December 2017

December 28, 2017

(ElectionlineToday Holiday Schedule: ElectionlineToday will NOT publish on January 1. For December 27 through 29, electionlineToday will publish around 9 a.m. each day instead of 6 a.m. Happy holidays!)

National News: Luck of the draw? Games of chance not uncommon in deciding tied elections

Alabama: Roy Moore files complaint to delay election certification | Phenix city council certifies runoff votes

Alaska: 2018 PFD applications to open Jan. 1

Arkansas: Election commission talks poll merging

California: A hidden cost of sexual harassment in Sacramento: Expensive special elections | City sues over election partly decided by sex offenders at state hospital

Florida: Former Madison Co. SOE says current SOE's audit discrepancy 'unfair' | Ex-lawmaker Alan Hays looks to enhance voters' 'Election Day experience'

Michigan: Gogebic Co. seeks grant for voting system | Clerks group, state, recognize Shields for service

Minnesota: More townships, cities mull merits of mail-in ballots

Missouri: Boone Co. to involve high schoolers during elections

Nevada: Opponents of recall say officials failed to follow Nevada law

New Hampshire: Story of the Year No. 6: NH deals with accusations of voter fraud | State Senate to take up latest version of election reform bill

Ohio: Penska set to join Butler Co. BOE | Elections officials to be questioned in McKinney elections complaint

Oregon: Oregonians can now register to vote in six languages

Texas: County finalizes voting machine purchase

Utah: San Juan Co. wants to appeal Navajo voting rights ruling

West Virginia: Officials stress return of voter registration cards

Wyoming: Lawsuit over voter fraud prosecution dismissed by judge

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

December 23-27, 2017

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National News: Bipartisan Senate bill would boost election security aid to states | Black turnout in Alabama complicates debate on voting laws | Judge: WH voter fraud panel must give Dem more records | A Democrat on WH voter fraud commission asked for more transparency, here's what happened next | States say they need federal government's help to secure midterm elections | US Appeals Court rejects challenge to WH voter fraud panel

Alabama: Dallas Co. registrar refutes claims of voter suppression | Black turnout in Alabama complicates debate on voting laws

Arizona: Could dark-horse candidate be secretary of state's biggest threat?

Arkansas: Election commissioners balk at 2018 budget

California: California political trailblazer March Fong Eu dies at 95 | MALDEF suit calls for fair deal for Latino voters

Florida: Should Volusia employees be given 2 hours to vote? | Moving day coming fast | Election supervisors foresee hefty November ballot

Kansas: Sedgwick Co. asking state lawmakers to review mail ballot law

Maine: Judge backs Maine secretary of state in lawsuit against WH voter fraud panel

Massachusetts: Election official wrestling with date for 2018 primary

Michigan: County OKs election equipment purchase

Minnesota: Ranked choice voting in St. Louis Park? Some are making the push

Mississippi: Lauderdale Co. election commission prepares for 2018

Missouri: 2018's 20 under 40: Taylor Burks, Boone Co. clerk

Montana: Stapleton report says no coordinated voter fraud

Nevada: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas voting center add convenience to casting a ballot

New Mexico: Ranked choice voting, explained | Report finds Bernalillo Co. has one of the country's most efficient election systems

New York: Groups pressing for state voting reforms

North Carolina: Felons voting stirs debate in Alamance Co.| With no state board, NC election challenges go to court

Ohio: New Franklin Co. voting machines could cost $30M | Secretary of state asks Mahoning elections board to address shortcomings

Oklahoma: County election board's Kathy Singer fills gap left by Pretty's retirement

Pennsylvania: County's probe finds no evidence of voter fraud

Tennessee: Ketron to back new voting legislation

Utah: New voting districts drawn in Native discrimination suit

Virginia: Elections commissioner responds to voter suppression claims | Democratic candidate asks elections board to delay tiebreaker until court decision | Democrats to file legal challenge asking court to reconsider 'erroneous' steps that led to tied election | Name drawing in tied Va. House race after candidate files court challenge

West Virginia: Two Eastern Panhandle high schools recognized for voter registration numbers | New voter ID law goes into effect Jan. 1 | Officials prepare for implementation of voter ID

Wisconsin: Elections chairman defends administrator

Friday, 22 December 2017

December 22, 2017

(ElectionlineToday Holiday Schedule: ElectionlineToday will NOT publish on December 25 and 26 or January 1. For December 27 through 29, electionlineToday will publish around 9 a.m. each day instead of 6 a.m. Happy holidays!)

National News: New bipartisan Senate bill seeks to bolster election security at state level | Bipartisan group of lawmakers backs new election security bill | In tied elections, chance, not voters, often decides final outcome

Alabama: Secretary of state clears voter fraud investigation

Colorado: 'Growing like a weed,' Douglas Co. will create 13 new voting precincts for next year's election

Connecticut: Justices take lawyers to task in Bridgeport primary case

Illinois: Chartwell Agency hired by Rockford BOE |

Indiana: Lake Co. joins 10-county voter security pilot program

Kentucky: Legal action threatened against Trimble over voter rolls

Maine: Ranked choice backers push for a veto

Michigan: Battle Creek considers revising voting precincts

New Mexico: Council approves RCV details for March

New York: What you should know about Cuomo's 2018 election reform agenda | Cuomo unveils 'Democracy Agenda' of election security and voting reforms | Cuomo to pitch early voting in State of State speech

North Carolina: NC has its own one-vote-winner election controversy. How will it end? | Judicial review panel filed over Winterville election | Youngblood pleads to lesser charge of attempted voter fraud | State files petition in Sharpsburg election case

North Dakota: New complaint challenges latest ND voter ID law

Pennsylvania: Official: Feds will review polling places

Rhode Island: RI lost years worth of government emails in 2015 system change

Texas: Secretary of state pushes student voter registration during local stop

U.S. Virgin Islands: As election year dawns, BOE offices remain closed 'until further notice'

Virginia: In recount of Fredericksburg-area race tainted by ballot mix-ups, judge relents on media ban | Two recent Williamsburg elections were decided by drawing names from a hat | Thomas declared winner in 28th by narrower margin

West Virginia: Some West Virginians may receive voter registration confirmation postcards

Thursday, 21 December 2017

December 21, 2017

(ElectionlineToday Holiday Schedule: ElectionlineToday will NOT publish on December 25 and 26 or January 1. For December 27 through 29, electionlineToday will publish around 9 a.m. each day instead of 6 a.m. Happy holidays!)

Alabama: Merrill releases numbers on uncounted overseas, provisional ballots | New system speeds voting process

Arkansas: New voting machines arrive in Benton Co.

Colorado: Boulder city council calls on committee to create 'airtight' local election laws

Connecticut: Hearing on Bridgeport's 'tainted' election ruling

Georgia: Bilingual election materials cost Duluth additional $7,500 | Norwood concedes defeat, won't challenge Atlanta mayoral election results

Illinois: Vote by mail in 2018 Lake Co. primaries | Request period open for voting by mail in primary | Voters to decide on consolidation of county clerk, recorder offices

Minnesota: The Twin Cities adopted ranked-choice voting, how is it working there?

New Mexico: Santa Fe City Council sets rules for ranked-choice voting | The Twin Cities adopted ranked-choice voting, how is it working there?

Ohio: Rep. March Kaptur seeks election hacking investigation | Prosecutor says election officials cannot be made to testify

South Carolina: Hardeeville mulls ending election commission

Texas: Voter registration cards come back due to misplaced residents

Virginia: Virginia elections board to pick random winner in tied House race | Recount confirms winner in Richmond-area House race

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

December 20, 2017

(ElectionlineToday Holiday Schedule: ElectionlineToday will NOT publish on December 25 and 26 or January 1. For December 27 through 29, electionlineToday will publish around 9 a.m. each day instead of 6 a.m. Happy holidays!)

National News: Dems push for Homeland Security, FBI briefing on Russian attacks on voting systems | Some lawmakers, activists at odds over ballot measure laws

Alabama: Counting provisional and write-in ballots at the Lauderdale Co. courthouse | Secretary of state's office monitors Phenix City runoff | No, Alabama poll workers were not arrested in US senate election

California: San Rafael gets extra time to consider district elections

Florida: Democratic challenger says primary election ballots destroyed too early

Idaho: Recount overturns election won by coin toss

Illinois: Libertarians look to dissolve local election commission

Michigan: Challenger hits Detroit's clerk on election mishaps | Testing key step in successful voting system rollout

Mississippi: Early voting lacks something--voters

Montana: Gallatin Co. votes down election administrator position | County denies request to appoint election administrator

Nebraska: Not giving up on voter ID push, Murante plans to introduce new legislation

Nevada: Attempt to recall state senator can continue

New Mexico: Santa Fe asks for input on possible ranked-choice ballots | NM county leads national push for efficient elections

New York: Port Chester hires voting rights expert | Port Chester residents lobby village for transparent election process | Judge slams Mark-Viverito for trying to appoint ally to BOE job

North Carolina: NC's election website was hacked, but it wasn't as damaging as it could have been | He missed out on being mayor by 3 votes, but he may get a do-over

North Dakota: Burleigh Co. won't change how people vote on Election Day | Fargo city commission votes against reforming city's elections

Ohio: Yambor retiring as elections director

South Carolina: South Carolina election agency can withhold cybersecurity documents, AG's office says

Tennessee: Williamson election commission asks for dismissal in Franklin alderman case

Texas: Returned voter registration cards could mean lower turnout next year | How can schools promote voting? State lawmaker requests AG's opinion

Virginia: A single vote leads to rare tie for the Virginia House

West Virginia: Warner's bowl wager is a win for charity


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017

December 16-18, 2017

National News: Senators to introduce bipartisan bill to prevent foreign cyber interference in elections | ACUL adds data security concerns to lawsuit challenging WH voter fraud commission | Homeland Security, private sector launch election security group | WH voter fraud panel has gone dark. Members don't know why

Alabama: Despite minority turnout, Alabama faces scrutiny over voter ID law | Moore seeks funds for voter fraud probe

Arizona: How much will Arizona's special elections cost?

California: Setzer announces retirement after 20-years as county clerk| Conservative activist group files suit over LA County 'inactive voter' list | Madera joins counties participating in Voter's Choice Act

Colorado: Secretary of State Williams visits the Valley

Florida: Congressional candidate accuses elections chief of wrongly destroying 2016 ballots

Illinois: City board probes claims of election official impersonators

Iowa: Benson talks auditor-recorder appointment

Indiana: Talk of Baesler's voting center replacement | Plan for Vigo Co. voting centers progresses | Election sites remain for midterms

Kansas: Kansas considers stepping up data security around Crosscheck system| Democratic lawmaker running for secretary of state

Massachusetts: Beverly recount cost just over $12K

New Hampshire: Sununu opposes GOP bill that would curtail college student voting

New Jersey: Push to restore voting rights to those with criminal records advances

New York: De Blasio signs bill expanding online voter registration

North Carolina: 12 indicted in Alamance Co. for voting as felons

Pennsylvania: Hearing focuses on voter registration safeguards

Tennessee: The pros and cons of no Election Day voting at Hawkins courthouse | House Dems to renew push to change ID law 

Texas: Medina seeking election administrator after surprise candidacy

Virginia: Roanoke to hold hearing on precinct realignment | Loudoun Co. election officials celebrate success of election page program

West Virginia: Voter ID law begins Jan. 1

Wisconsin: State elections chief: No plans to resign after legislative leaders urged it

Friday, 15 December 2017

December 15, 2017

National News: GOP bill scraps voter registration requirements for colleges

Alabama: Few problems arise at polls for local voters | Alabaster voter reports suppression at polling place

Georgia: Norwood may challenge Atlanta mayor's race in court after recount yields loss | No additional votes for Norwood in recount

Indiana: Woodall fills clerk position

Kansas: Two Democrats preparing campaigns for secretary of state

Nebraska: Voting rights activists say Nebraskans should 'fight like crazy' against voter ID laws

New Jersey: Proposed legislation could extend voting rights to convicted criminals | Report pushes granted convicted felons in NJ right to vote even behind bars

New Mexico: Getting the word out about ranked choice voting

New York: Online voter registration debate continues | Judge finalizes voter purge settlement

North Dakota: Fargo residents provide input on election reform

Ohio: Husted wants $118M to replace old Ohio voting equipment | Butler Co. elections board member to resign | Muskingum Co. BOE relocates

Pennsylvania: Somerset Co. weighing options for eventual replacement of voting machines | Clark no longer election chair, but still in office

Texas: County purchases new voting equipment for spring primary | County elections department seeking to make permanent countywide polling

Virginia: Republican delegate prevails in recount with 100-vote margin

West Virginia: Secretary of state's office developing program for new voter ID law | Commissioners hear about program for homeless voters

Wyoming: Secretary of state denies assault charges

Thursday, 14 December 2017

December 14, 2017

National News: Senator presses WH to improve election cyber protections | New tool offers unprecedented access to US election data

Alabama: AG says state didn't have time to preserve digital images | Commission takes first step to approve new voter registrations system | Senate special election recount could cost $1.5M | Alabama election official skeptical that outstanding ballots will affect outcome

California: New county voting system will expand services | Logan wins international electoral award

Colorado: Rise in Douglas Co. voter registration triggers precinct changes

Connecticut: Supreme Court to hear arguments in Bridgeport primary case

Florida: Committee backing voting restoration amendment raises $1.1M in November | Washington Co. approves precinct closures | New bill aims to restore voting rights

Georgia: Norwood alleges double voting, other irregularities in recount request

Illinois: Retiring clerk makes it official

Indiana: Adoption of vote centers by Hendricks Co. draws praise

Maryland: Myersville considers longer polling place hours, other changes

Michigan: Voting equipment verifies Meridian election | County and townships eye new election equipment

New Hampshire: Sununu opposition to new GOP voting bill unchanged after meeting with sponsor

New Mexico: City takes fight to NM Supreme Court

New York: Board of elections begins moving back process after damaging fire | Victor students learn ins and outs of voting | State Board of Elections official says city must move to IRV | Why Mark-Viverito is pushing for pal to get BOE gig

North Carolina: Macon LWV disbands: Members reflect on 27 years of work | 'If I knew I couldn't vote, I wouldn't have voted': Felon faces up to 2 years in prison for voting | Democrats file suit to revive judicial primaries

North Dakota: Native American group blasts ND voter ID law | Fargo residents provide input on election reform | City of Fargo looks into implementing new voting system | Mandan Republican announces bid for secretary of state

Ohio: Election officials trim polling place, gear up to buy machines | Election official charged with violating law rebuffs call for resignation

Pennsylvania: A tiebreaking day at elections office settles races

Tennessee: Election commission weighs paper ballots

Virginia: Virginia is holding recounts in four key races. Here's how they work

Washington: Counties fed up with unfunded mandates may sue the state