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Monday, 20 August 2018

August 18-20, 2018

National News: In Congress, election security proposals aim at 2020 cycle | Wyden, Blumenauer push for all states to adopt paper ballots | How DHS is gearing up to protect the midterms from hackers | Bolton Election meddling 'a sufficient national security concern' | Welcome to college, don't forget to vote

Tech News: States add intrusion sensors to election systems to thwart hacking | Majority of states now have election hacking trackers

Alaska: Elections director says state is ready for primary | Voter log changes could delay Alaska results

Arizona: Maricopa Co. recorder confident of 'really good election' safe from hacking | Secretary of state rejects ACLU voter registration request | Secretary of state denies accusations she is allowing illegal immigrants to vote in AZ | Pima Co. opens 6 additional voting centers ahead of primary | Reagan defends troubled tenure as top elections official

California: Election security under focus following news of cyberattack on local Congressional campaign

Colorado: Secretary of state stumps in Fort Morgan

Florida: Florida election officials seek info as support builds for Nelson's Russian-hack claim | Duval SOE: It's unlikely UNF will offer early voting by November elections | An election supervisor gives Bill Nelson 'a fit' over his Russian claims | Hundreds of thousands are taking advantage of early voting in Florida | Early voting opens in Lee, Collier counties amid hacking controversy | Group sues Bay Co. elections officials for Spanish-language ballots | Weapons concern raised at polls, but deputies are on hand, just in case

Georgia: Voting rights activists move to block plan to close two-thirds of polling places | County under pressure to reject 'ugly' plan to close precincts | 'It's never the right time'. Official defends plan to shut most of Ga. county's polling sites | Randolph Co. at center of voting dispute

Illinois: DeKalb Co. board approves buying new voting machines

Indiana: Election board discusses new security requirements

Iowa: Secretary of state's innovative cybersecurity poster draws national acclaim

Kansas: MIT Report: Kansas ranked near bottom for handling elections

Massachusetts: Secretary of state rejects complaint that primary ballots are flawed | State works to implement new automatic voter registration law | New AVR law prompts questions | Ballots in towns that hand count votes lack write-in spaces | How secure are Weymouth elections?

Michigan: Michigan to spend $11M to keep elections safe and secure from hackers | Wayne Co. voters, candidates demand answers for primary blunders | Shelby Twp. clerk Grot withdraws from secretary of state race | Proponents wrangle over ballot language on redistricting | Whitmer to name Gilchrist as running mate

Minnesota: Ward 1 ballots will get a second look

Missouri: Callahan to hear arguments in challenge to voter photo ID law

Nevada: Groups plan push to register young Nevada voters with start of school

New Jersey: NJ is throwing $10M at fixing one of the most vulnerable voting systems in the country | Judge moves slowly in Dover election case

New York: Onondaga Co. extends voter registration | Voter registration deadline depends on what county you're in | Rockland GOP chairman calls for Dem elections commissioner to resign

North Carolina: Voter ID: Would it matter in Robeson? | Tribe works to preserve voting precinct on tribal land | Major campus partners working in tandem to promote voting in upcoming election

North Dakota: Technology weighs in North Dakota secretary of state race

Ohio: Price estimates rise for new voting machines | No Ohio voters in special lection over 116 years old

Pennsylvania: 'No confusion exists:' County elections division responds to Monroeville election confusion case | Voter registration among young people rises in Berks, across Pa. | Luzerne Co. seeking applications for new election job

Texas: Coppell native creates app to make voting easier

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board denies recount | Snafu delays election certification | Election system tells Senate it needs more money

Utah: Washington Co. voting will be done primarily by mail

Vermont: Complaint filed over Pownal voting procedures

Virginia: Chesapeake City Council nixes moving May elections to November--for now

Washington: Mandatory hand recount coming in county auditor race

West Virginia: Technology experts have concerns about WV's mobile voting

Wisconsin: Rock Co. to conduct post-election audit

Wyoming: Natrona Co. ready for election | Laramie Co. sees high early voting turnout

Friday, 17 August 2018

August 17, 2018

National News: NAACP official says current voting system is 'designed to create barriers' | Surprise: This new index shows that US elections were better run in 2016 than in 2012

Tech News: Meet the man with the radical plan for blockchain voting | More states deploy technology to track election hacking attempts | US states demand better access to secrets about election cyber threats

Alaska: Voter log changes could delay Alaska results

Arizona: Secretary of state rejects ACLU voter registration request

Arkansas: Baxter Co. looking to switch to voting centers

California: Sonoma Co. selects new voting technology

Delaware: Public can view voting systems Delaware might buy for 2020

Florida: Voting rights organization sues over lack of bilingual ballots in Florida| Detzner demands answers on hacking assertions | Woman files suit over English-only ballot | Cocoa police investigate possible voter scam involving identity theft through voter registration

Georgia: Georgia's Kemp wans verifiable voting, but not right away | Resolution for paper ballots fails in Morgan Co. | Ga. counties respond to hacking, security threats |Ga. county under pressure to reject 'ugly' plan to close precincts | ACLU of Ga. slams plan to close many of predominantly black county's polls

Hawaii: Voter turnout in Puna sees little change

Illinois: Groups push Rauner on bill to ease voting by jail inmates | Proposal to move UI polling place draws concern | Aroma Park loses polling place | County clerk accuses mayor of spreading 'shameful' like on election referendum

Iowa: Iowa adds technology to detect Russian election hacking attempts | What do voter ID laws look like in other states

Kansas: Count of last primary ballots to stretch out | Kansas election changes sought after week of uncertainty | Shawnee Co. board begins checking primary ballots

Kentucky: Poll workers can provide voters a list of write-in candidates

Louisiana: Former Sen. AG Crowe asking for investigation into bid rigging allegations

Maine: How safe is Maine's election security system?

Michigan: Clerk says primary election was smooth sailing

New Hampshire: Election officials say vulnerable voting equipment not in use in Granite State

North Carolina: Commissioners threaten to defund Sunday voting | State-mandated Sunday voting for county raises tempers | Sunday voting is coming, but is it all just politics? | Judge declines to give quick relief to amendment lawsuits | SBOE gives Randolph, extra site, two extra Saturdays for early voting

North Dakota: Dates set for secretary of state recount

Ohio: Washington Co. BOE reduces number of polling sites

Pennsylvania: Officials concerned about paying for voting machine upgrades | Group seeks to register 15K student voters in Pa.

Tennessee: Rogersville BMA refuses to pay election commission's legal costs

Texas: State can't buy counties new voting machines | Hidalgo Co. adding extra security for November elections | Commissioners create new position for county elections administrator | Archer Co. receives approval to participate in countywide precinct consolidation | Dallas DA probes potential election crimes

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board fields challenges about machine irregularities

Utah: Utah voters invited to verify their registrations

Washington: Ferry Co. ballots left in drop boxes a week after election

Wisconsin: Local polling places prepare for more voters come November

Wyoming: Wyoming prepared for primary election

Thursday, 16 August 2018

August 16, 2018

National News: Native Americans work to break down barriers to voting | Wyden receives support for his election security bill | Federal lawmakers call for warning Russians to stay out of US elections

Tech News: Four big targets in the cyber battle over the US ballot box | State technology investments have made voting more convenient in the past decade, MIT study says |Despite the risks, some states are handcuffed to limited online voting options | McAfee offering free cloud services to election officials

Alabama: Tabernacle, Kiwanis Pavilion remain city voting places

Arizona: Michele Reagan's GOP challenger ramps up efforts ahead of primary | Stop printing ballots in Spanish, candidate for secretary of state says

Arkansas: Lawrence Co. election equipment still needed | PCED waiting for Quorum approval of vote center plan

California: Voting machines aren't the only vectors for attack, California elections officials say | California legislatures approves new Office of Elections Cybersecurity

Colorado: Students pre-register for the polls | City OKs election pact with county

Connecticut: Greenwich Dems pick Hegarty for registrar

Delaware: Delaware voting machine bid data is released to public | State negotiating to buy new voting machines

Florida: Were 275 votes illegally cast by Florida felons? Miami-Dade prosecutors investigate | Vote by mail ballots top 700K | Amid insecurity, experts emphasize re-assuring voters' confidence in election system

Georgia: Ga. election officials warn of 'chaos' if judge orders paper ballots | ACLU slams proposal to close many polls in Ga. county | Squeezed by state, elections board drops Savannah one-stop | Atlanta coffee shop providing access to rides to the polls in November | Concerns over Georgia's election security grows

Hawaii: County primary turnout highest in two decades

Illinois: Clerk's office provides wrong information | Hultgren said election security starts with dedicated polling place workers

Iowa: Paul Pate: 'You can't be voting from Moscow'

Kansas: Voters want Johnson Co. more prepared for November

Louisiana: Candidates: Stall work to replace La. voting machines |DeSoto registrar of voters arrested on ID theft charges

Massachusetts: Zakim challenges Galvin to his own 'Progressive Pledge' in heated secretary of state race | Due to 'All Lives Matter' sign, council changes polling place

Michigan: Officials seek stay of injunction that allows straight-ticket voting | 'Our county performed poorly': Ionia Co. canvassers want election investigation

Minnesota: Minnesota sees highest turnout for primary since 1994 | Lyon Co. primary turnout a 30-year high | Minneapolis opening four voting centers before November election | Will high primary turnout signal high turnout in November? | Can kids come into polling places? | Some votes in Tower likely won't be counted

Missouri: Recount coming in prosecutor race | New election equipment options presented to Boone Co. board

Nevada: Las Vegas man gets probation for voter fraud scheme | Nevada ranks 5th in US for how it handled 2016 election, according to MIT study

North Carolina: Judges skeptical of challenges to proposed amendments | Judges pause ballot printing to consider wording of proposed amendments

North Dakota: Another independent vies for secretary of state office

Ohio: Elections board getting $1.5M to address cybersecurity, facilities

Oregon: Wyden receives support for his election security bill

South Carolina: Graham stepping down as elections director

South Dakota: Expect cyberattacks on SD election system

Tennessee: County attorney says all votes were counted in recent election snafu | Madison Co. prepares for November | Election administrator: Boundary dispute did not affect election results

U.S. Virgin Islands: Gaps narrowed, field unchanged in final vote count

Wisconsin: Another election, another problem for Rock Co. clerk| Large number of primary races, candidates led to election night crash of Dane Co. website | Local polling places preparing for high volume of voters in November | Adams Co. officials seek to remove county clerk

Wyoming: Laramie Co. absentee voting up 92 percent from 2014

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

August 15, 2018

Tech News: DefCon hackers couldn't hack a mock voter database | Can hackers tamper with your vote? Researchers show it's possible in nearly 30 states

National News: For former felons, voting rights could be a click away | New online tool launched by CLC will help up to 23M Americans understand their voting rights

Arizona: Secretary of state faces GOP primary challenge

Arkansas: County judge rails against election commission

California: Youth voter turnout is low, but these students want to change that

Connecticut: Some polling places report problems | Inside Connecticut's 'hack-proof' voting technology | Experts weigh in on 2018 CT primary turnout as voters head to the polls | Endorsed candidate wins Preston Democratic primary for registrar | Papcin claims victory in Ansonia registrar's race | Turnout on par with past primaries | Malfunctioning machine replaced in New Britain polling site

Florida: Lee Co. elections officials moving voting machines to new building | Elections supervisor using grant to secure iPads at voting sites | Broward Co. preparing for start of early voting | Volusia Co. pushes for transparency in city elections with single website | Seminole Co. approves funding for election system | Judge stands by ruling against Broward elections chief | For Jennifer Edwards, it's all about the 'integrity of our electoral process' | Nelson, Scott continue sparring over election security

Georgia: A legal push for paper ballots in Ga.'s November election | 6M Georgia voters' records exposed: 'Could have easily been compromised'

Illinois: Madison Co. wants to pay $40K so someone can hack their computers

Indiana: Dearborn Co. task force to consider voting centers

Iowa: Paul Pate: Russians haven't hacked Iowa

Kansas: Kobach attorney tells federal judge to stop sending her voter registration complaints | Colyer concedes | Recount requested | Provisional votes make for long hours at Johnson Co. election office

Kentucky: Grimes: KY needs more funding to update voting infrastructure

Louisiana: Secretary of state candidate touts integrity

Maine: Fear of putting immigrants at risk delays vote on non-citizen voting rights

Massachusetts: Mass. will have AVR beginning in 2020 | In tense debate, Galvin and Zakim fight over who's more progressive| Dozens of young voters register to vote in Northampton

Michigan: Canvassers certify election results for Aug. primary | New voting machines in Elba Twp. to improve efficiency | 'Software problem' behind Wexford Co. election issues | Despite explanation for election night glitches, calls persist for Wayne Co. primary audit

Minnesota: Voting security in 'very good shape', elections chief says | Primary voting hits record high in Minneapolis | Extra ballots used in Duluth, Iron Range| South St. Paul election judge removed | 'Unusually high' voter turnout | New technology and high voter turnout changes the voting experience for people in Moorhead

Missouri: One week later, local elections still too close to call

New Hampshire: Judge: Absentee ballot signature law 'fundamentally flawed' | Federal judge strikes down NH's 'signature mismatch' law

New Jersey: Parents are scared of voters in schools, so kids may get more days off

Ohio: Elections director leaving the elections board | Husted tried to kill rumors about special election

Tennessee: NAACP wants answers on snafu that caused 43 ballots not to be counted in Hamilton Co.

Texas: Woman pleads guilty to voter fraud, sentenced to five days in jail | Schools moved off November polling places

Vermont: New technology helping the disabled vote

West Virginia: County looking at new voting machines | County officials: Funds requested to improve voting equipment

Wisconsin: Minor issues reported with ballots, voting machines | Chippewa Co. polling place experiences ballot shortage | City clerk of Wausau talks security, preparedness | Ballot machine replaced after it went down twice | Chippewa Co. polling place broken into overnight, suspect in custody | Turned away at first, Wausau woman finally casts her ballot | Dane Co. elections website goes down, clerk posts results on Facebook | Rock Co. election website experiencing difficulties

Wyoming: Women gather to mark 100th year of voting rights

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

August 14, 2018

Tech News: Hackers take on new voting machines at Defcon | Most security pros concerned about election infrastructure | Officials watch hackers pick apart voting machines

National News: Four House Intel members offer election security bill | Optimism for student voter turnout | House Dem: 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote in elections

Alabama: Judge instructs grand jury to consider Phenix City voter fraud allegations

Florida: Early voting begins in Tampa Bay amid concerns over election security | Grant allows Bucher to order more iPads, beef up voting security | Felons' rights drive gets major financial boost | Snipes ordered to change handling of mail-in ballots | Early Florida voters' confidence undermined by hacking headlines | Reports of election site hacking rankle Florida officials | Early voting begins in Hillsborough, Miami-Dade as mail ballots keep pouring in

Georgia: Error on ballot form sent by Abrams campaign sparks questions | Erroneous 'official' Ga. data is preliminary, state says 12 weeks after primary

Hawaii: Early-voting trends weigh on future of all-mail ballots

Illinois: Possible new voting machines purchase goes to DeKalb Co. Board | Kane Co. clerk's office opens in downtown Aurora

Indiana: Candidate calls for more action to secure elections | Purdue promotes voter turnout, competes against Big Ten universities

Kansas: JoCo accepts nearly 1,500 provisionals | More thank 1K ballots added to election totals, but Johnson Co. wont' release canvass results until Tuesday | Kobach pushed to provisional IDs private | A look at provisional ballots in primary for governor | Kobach, Colyer at odds over provisional ballots | Kobach deputy says unaffiliated voters can't be counted; Colyer's office disagrees | Sedgwick Co. adds 1,326 votes to primary election | Finney Co. commission denies 15 of 56 provisional ballot

Louisiana: Has early voting increased turnout?

Maine: Council puts off giving non-citizens right to vote | Maine voters can now request absentee ballots online

Massachusetts: Is it time to rethink voting in Massachusetts

Michigan: New voting machines to undergo adjustments | Election firm blames Wayne Co. delays on coding issues, turnout | Vendor: Wayne Co. problems had nothing to do with accuracy | Michigan to appeal ruling against straight-ticket voting ban | Lisa Sinclair surprised in Macomb Co. clerk GOP primary

Minnesota: What you need-to-know for MN primary day (and yes, you can take a selfie) | What to watch for in the primary elections | Judge hears pre-trial arguments in Dai Thao voting case | Mail-ballot process on the rise | Early voting in MN surges | County preps for large turnout | Expecting large turnout, election officials call MN primary 'historic'

Nevada: Nevada joins first federal-local elections security exercise

New York: House Dem: 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote in elections

North Carolina: Voting felonies dropped for 5 from NC under plea | Durham needs help deciding new design for 'I Voted' sticker

Ohio: Local election officials: Security is paramount | Ohio counties consider move from electronic to paper voting systems | Husted disputes claims of voter fraud in special election | Two Akron city council members propose eliminating city's primary elections | Ohio's election process improved in 2016, report says

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania works to improve election security

Rhode Island: RI officials meet to discuss election security | RI needs to shore up cyber defenses for election, officials say

Tennessee: Pope appointed election commissioner

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board denies Smith's recount request

Vermont: Outside firm finds elections 'risk' in Vermont, but Condos says state is prepared | Vermont elections ranked 1st overall in national index

West Virginia: Monroe opts for voting machines with paper trail

Wisconsin: Voters worry about ballot security, officials say all's well | City to use e-poll books | Nonpartisan group offers voting assistance | Oshkosh elections officials say they are confident about voting security | Wisconsin sees strong early voting turnout | Janesville officials clear up polling location confusion

Monday, 13 August 2018

August 11-13, 2018

 National News: House Intel lawmakers introduce bipartisan election security bill | From festivals to ballot boxes: Voter registration hits a high note ahead of midterms | Are state obligated to educate formerly incarcerated people about their voting rights? | Automatic voter registration gains bipartisan momentum | Voting rights advocates used to have an ally in the government. That's changing

Tech News: US officials hope hackers at Defcon find more voting machine problems | Election officials' concerns turn to information warfare as hackers gather in Vegas | Smartphone or pen and paper? Cybersecurity experts split on tech in voting | Tensions flare as hackers root out flaws in voting machines | Hacking the US mid-terms? It's child's play | Election officials say money, training needed to improve security | An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

Alabama: Deemed 'mentally incompetent,' hundreds of Alabamians have lost their right to vote | Project aims to protect voting rights of convicted felons

Alaska: Some Alaskan voters find addresses on voter ID cards not accurate

Arizona: Judge mulls suit over law over collection of mail-in ballots | County recorder says statewide voter issue impacts some counties

California: County clerk moving on to California post | Court ruling forces county's hand on election change ballot measure | Pedaling politician: Secretary of state candidate rides into Grass Valley | California election officials are defending against cyberattacks--without any help from the feds

Florida: Marion Co. voting machines tested | Miami-Dade gets ready for start of early voting | Facebook fight over Florida ex-felon voting rights restoration ends in shooting | Leon Co. SOE: No evidence of Russians interfering in voting process | SOE outreach manager named 'Young professional of the year' |Confusion mounts following Nelson's allegations of election hacking | Alachu Co. prepares for primary | Election officials say voting safe | Hillsborough Co. read for early voting | South Florida voters cast nearly 80K mail ballots | Second chance organizers rally around restoring voting rights | Duval Co. SOE assures local elections are secure

Georgia: Maryland's switch from electronic to paper ballots could set stage for Ga. | Election security becomes a political issue in Ga. governor's race | Some voters upset after elections website down for nearly 30 hours | Election officials correct error that gave Doraville voters wrong ballots

Hawaii: Polling sites quiet as absentee voting gains popularity | Hawaii residents continue to vote absentee | Voters will be able to register and vote at all polling places | How many registered Hawaii voters actually voted?

Indiana: County clerk moving on the California post | Marion Co. clerk assures plan for early voting this fall | Contract for e-poll books approved

Iowa: Iowa Supreme Court allows shorter early voting period for 2018 election | DeJear warns hackers are trying to infiltrate Iowa's voter database

Kansas: County officials wield the power as Colyer vs. Kobach race remains undecided | Kobach to step down as Kansas' top elections official until his GOP primary is resolved | 110 votes separate Colyer and Kobach. The lawyers have been called | County election workers will likely review ballots all weekend | Mail ballots, provisional ballots move into spotlight | Kansas reviewing 9K ballots in race | Count turns to provisional ballots

Kentucky: Kentucky wants to replace voting machines. Some counties aren't sure why

Louisiana: Secretary of state candidates loan campaigns hefty sums | Voting machine allegations could impact campaign

Maryland: Maryland's switch from electronic to paper ballots could set stage for Ga.

Massachusetts: A Boston-based voting app is facing its first test | Suit challenges rule against apparel supporting candidates at polls

Michigan: Visually impaired speak out about voting equipment | County clerk taking heat for ballot shortages | Wayne Co. board of canvassers will dig into election night website issues

Minnesota: More people casting ballots before primary | St. Paul now requires landlords to provide voter registration to tenants | Vote security risk in primary 'minimized,' secretary of state says | Invalid primary absentee ballots found | Changing voter-attire rules will challenge election judges | Tuesday's primary to see new polling places | Hennepin Co. investigating absentee ballot fraud | Oakland Co. experiences record-breaking turnout

Mississippi: Battle of election stickers continues

Missouri: Burks: Old equipment led to late vote count

Nevada: Group seeks to end closed primaries

New Mexico: How does a county increase voter turnout? | Ensuring election integrity a prime directive in Lincoln Co.

North Carolina: Allegations of voter registration fraud in Robeson Co. | Robeson Co. one of three under investigation for voter registration fraud | Nash man convicted of voter fraud | Dems on SBOE OK with agency's attorney siding with the governor over lawsuit | Pressley: Newman overstepped on early voting

Ohio: Paper ballots may replace touchscreen voting for Butler Co. voters | Lake Co. voters invited to test prospective machines | 19K Warren Co. voters will have a new polling place in November | Eager voters turned away--because they don't live in the 12th district

Pennsylvania: County might borrow up to $24M for voting machines, other upgrades | Lackawanna Co. officials concerned over state mandate for new voting equipment | Pa.'s absentee-ballot problem | Fourth company to demonstrate voting machines for county | New polling place for Wellsville residents

Tennessee: Davidson Co. has never before had so many elections

Texas: Officials are security voter registration databases ahead of midterms

U.S. Virgin Islands: Watlington calls Smith's recount request 'ridiculous'

Utah: San Juan Co. clerk may be investigated  

Vermont: Upcoming elections will test Vermont's voting laws

Washington: Mailed-in ballots create spike in Walla Walla Co. turnout

West Virginia: Wrongful firing suits set to begin in Kanawha Co.

Wisconsin: Columbia Co. clerks not worried about Russian interference | Rep. Kind: Why hasn't Walker filled election security jobs | Janesville residents received postcards with incorrect polling locations | School construction causes some Racine poll changes | Local elections officials are already preparing for general election

Friday, 10 August 2018

August 10, 2018

Editor’s Note: From July 30 through August 10 electionline will be working in the Mountain Time Zone and therefore stories will be posted each day by 8 a.m. Eastern. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

National News: Election management in the U.S. is improving | This is why US election ballots routinely go missing | 78,300 trans citizens may be prevented from voting in midterms | At DEF CON '18, kids as young as 5 challenged to hack election results websites, voting machines | Advocates say paper ballots are safest | Is blockchain technology the future of voting?

Alaska: Election Division has moved hundreds of voters to new districts

Arkansas: Baxter Co. Quorum Court eyes county voting center proposal

California: Code, software, servers bedeviled county election website | County ad hoc elections committee to meet

Connecticut: Two Dems vie for post of Greenwich registrar of voters | Weather forces primary polling change in Wilton

Florida: Grant helping local election offices stop hackers | Public testing of election equipment ahead of early voting | Florida residents with felony convictions seek return of voting rights | Orange Co. elections office says 'no intrusion' | Florida building defenses against Russian hack in 2018, but is it too late? | South Florida election heads say no evidence Russians have breached voter systems | Secretary of state wants info on hacking claims | 'Poked and prodded': How the Russians nearly hacked the 2016 Florida election | Scott: Election security grant applications approved for all 67 counties

Georgia: Ga. solicits companies to replace electronic voting machines

Hawaii: It looks like voter turnout will be as low as ever for Saturday's primary

Indiana: Judge rejects Hill attempt to reopen deal on satellite voting in Marion Co. | Marshall Co. election board approves PHS as vote center

Iowa: Voter ID law argued; November election at stake | Iowa Supreme Court to decide which early voting rules apply to midterm | Supreme Court vows fast ruling

Kansas: Johnson Co. voting machine contract faces uncertain future | JoCo leaders support election official | New system saved time | Discrepancies change vote totals in primary for governor | Kobach hints he may stay out of count | Kobach says he will not recuse himself from recount | Kobach firmer about staying out of vote count | 'Clerical error' in governor's race left off 100 votes for Colyer | Technicians still searching for a fix to slow JoCo voting machines | Mail ballots, provisional ballots move into spotlight | Colyer establishes voting integrity hotline | Colyer campaign claims voters 'turned away' on same day hundreds of new votes found

Louisiana: Louisiana voting machine contract award criticized, slowed | Concerns about election security rising in La.

Massachusetts: AVR in Mass. to begin by 2020, Galvin says | AVR is now law

Michigan: State's mistake on ballot first draft caused Isabella vote tally slowdown | 27 city, township clerks blame Oakland Co. clerk for 'frustrating' primary day ballot shortages | Oakland Co. board creates committee to review election issues, seek public input | Voting problems anger people, officials during primary | Wayne Co. commissioner wants probe into elections results system

Minnesota: Voters to see high-tech changes at upcoming elections | Hennepin Co. investigates rare voting violation in Minneapolis absentee ballots

Missouri: Two recounts could be on tap in St. Charles Co.

Nevada: 2016 effort ranks Nevada fifth nationally in running elections | Nevada aims to avoid software, human errors in general election

New York: Dutchess elections commissioners say forms will be processed in time |

North Carolina: Elections board warns of possible scam | Elections board supports Sunday voting | NCSBOE reduces Buncombe early voting sites

North Dakota: Jaeger submits signatures to appear on November ballot

Ohio: How Franklin Co. lost and found 588 votes in tight race

Pennsylvania: Berks commissioners talk about updating the county elections system

South Carolina: Election officials were trained on cybersecurity and election audits

Texas: Bexar Co. planning to replace old, electronic voting machines

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board finishes provisional ballot counting, waiting on mail-in absentees

Washington: Yakima Co. voter turnout surpasses expectations, but still only about 35 percent of all registered voters voted | Washington ranks 20th in Elections Performance Index, with one caveat

West Virginia: Why security experts hate that blockchain voting will be used in midterms | Mon Co. clerk in search of early voting location to replace alumni center

Wyoming: Advocates, officials talk about voting rights at forum

Thursday, 09 August 2018

August 9, 2018

Editor’s Note: From July 30 through August 10 electionline will be working in the Mountain Time Zone and therefore stories will be posted each day by 8 a.m. Eastern. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

National News: Russian doesn't need to change votes--Just sow confusion

Alabama: Alabama Voting Rights Project at Baldwin Co. library

Arkansas: Election commission approves vote centers

Arizona: County offers more convenient voting options

Florida: Miami-Dade Co. elections department tests voting machines | Leon Co. poll workers testing voting machines ahead of primaries | Orange Co. SOE prepares for early voting | Bill Nelson: The Russians have penetrated some Florida voter registration systems | Marion Co. gears up for primary | Man impersonating election official going door-to-door in Polk Co.

Georgia: Federal judge: Is it realistic to force Ga. to use paper ballots? | Henry Co. BOE names new chair, vice-chair

Guam: Presidential voting rights for veterans on Guam, other territories sought

Idaho: Election chief chooses e-poll book provider

Illinois: State officials say Russian hackers stole 76K voters' info in 2016, not 500K

Indiana: AG moves to block Marion Co. early-voting sites | Secretary of state to AG: Drop opposition to satellite voting | AG draws criticism for 'reckless' challenge of early voting sites

Iowa: Secretary of state hoping Supreme Court will 'be objective' in voter ID case

Kansas: 'I'm embarrassed for our county.' Johnson Co. election commissioner explains delay | Long poll lines frustrate voters | Voters point out issues with voting machines amid slow reporting times in Johnson Co. | Voters address problems at the poll: 'I want my vote to count' | JoCo blames new voting machines, big turnout for long delay | No laws prevent Kobach from overseeing own recount

Maine: Portland board endorses referendum to give voting rights to noncitizens

Maryland: Mt. Airy approves funding for town's first-ever special election

Massachusetts: Zakim criticizes Galvin for not using a federal fund meant to improve voting systems | Are Mass. elections safe from hackers? It depends on whom you ask

Michigan: Voting machine issues cause problems in Wexford Co. | Tabulator issues lead to election night result delays | Oakland Co. clerk to investigate ballot shortage in huge turnout | Voter turnout shatters records for Michigan primary elections | Election officials blame Wayne Co. results trouble on website malfunction | Primary sets modern record | Clerk addresses shortage of ballots in Oakland Co. | Wayne Co.: Host site caused delays | Ionia Co. results delayed

Minnesota: 16 Lyon Co. precincts using mail-in ballots for primary election

Missouri: 'Extraordinary' turnout, shortage of GOP ballots led to 90-minute waits for some voters | Boone Co. clerk to destroy vault of completed ballots | In first major election since voter ID law implemented, Greene Co. had no issues | Coalition claims Mo. violate NVRA | Voters across St. Louis report problems | Boone Co. clerk in need of new equipment

Montana: Ballot selfies at polling places are legal in MT

Nebraska: Voting rights group says Nebraska should do more vote-by-mail

New Jersey: Fight brewing over Linden polling sites

New Mexico: Ballot question to change city election dates gets council OK

New York: Dutchess Co. BOE called out for not processing forms | Elections officials vote to rein in independent watchdog

North Carolina: State elections board distances itself from AG's defense in amendment lawsuits | Judge orders NC to comply with federal law on purging voters

Ohio: Clark Co. to get $1.2M for new voting machines | Race tightens after discovery of uncounted votes

Oklahoma: With electronic voting under scrutiny, paper remains king in Oklahoma

Pennsylvania: Philly officials scrambling to upgrade voting machines ahead of 2020

Texas: Travis Co., TX takes partial credit for national move toward paper trail voting systems | Counties asking for new voting machines as state funding drops | Plaintiffs say Texas voter ID fight is over | New polling place opens on campus

Utah: Washington Co. to shift to vote-by-mail

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

August 8, 2018

Editor’s Note: From July 30 through August 10 electionline will be working in the Mountain Time Zone and therefore stories will be posted each day by 8 a.m. Eastern. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

National News: Some states say federal grants aren't enough to secure voting systems

California: Marin officials detail glitches behind election-night web foul-up | Voter's Choice Act led to more ballots cast in Sacrament Co. | Marin's election vendor under legal cloud over taxes

Connecticut: Secretary of state gearing up for smooth, clean, secure primaries

Florida: Hillsborough's elections chief confident in voting systems but wary of cyber attacks | Leon SOE ups security as primary ballots start coming in

Georgia: Kemp rejects Democratic calls to quit as Ga.'s top voting official | Talks examine Augusta polling place accessibility

Illinois: GOP chair praises 'nonpartisan' effort to eliminate Bloomington election commission

Kansas: Senator who serves on election committee says Tuesday was worst voting experience ever | JoCo election commissioner explains why some new voting machines had issues | JoCo voters find early problems at the polls; election chief says issues mostly resolved | 5 Republicans face off in primary for secretary of state | Officials cite 'slow reporting' for Johnson Co. vote delay | Long lines at Johnson Co. polls delay results for major Kansas races | Scott Schwab wins GOP secretary of state vote | Some Johnson Co. polls stayed open until 8pm

Maryland: Maryland senators ask Treasury panel to investigate Russian oligarch's ties to state election contractor | Polling place change for one location in Frederick Co.

Massachusetts: Galvin, Zakim spar over demise of early voting measure

Michigan: Grand Traverse Co. voters use new voting equipment for first time | Ballot shortages reported in Oakland Co.; voters told to wait | Some precincts run out of primary ballots | Millage proposal inadvertently left off some Jackson Co. ballots | Power outages affect 14 metro Detroit polling sites after storms | Ballot shortages hit some Grand Rapids polling stations | Oakland Co. voters frustrated by ballot shortages | Detroit voters say they weren't notified of polling place change | Race to replace Spranger | Voting machine issues delay election results | Votes in one Genesee Co. precinct unable to be counted | Linden City welcomes new clerk | Election result delays persist in Wayne Co. | Vote counting issues lead to uncertainty in Wexford Co. | Miller leading Bieda for Macomb Co. clerk nomination | Wexford Co. ballots are being hand counted | Monroe Co. polling problems delay election results

Minnesota: Simon says 'not to voter fraud' | Early voting growing in popularity across Minnesota

Missouri: Poll workers in Berkeley left for lunch, then got lost. As a result, voters were turned away | Photos: A rainy start to election day | Power outage forces voters across the metro to cast votes in the dark | Voters cite problems with registration, ballot at Kansas City polls | 'Comedy of errors' caused voter problem in Berkeley | Election day hiccups | Clerk reports smooth going at county polls | 'Upset' KC man told he couldn't vote while wearing his MAGA hat | Higher voter turnout leads to ballot shortages in Greene Co. | ACLU raises election interference concerns in St. Louis Co. | Accident knocks out power at South City polling place | 15 polling places impacted by power outages in Jackson Co. | Polling location running out of ballots | Patch Photo of the Day: I Voted | Voter face long wait times | Boone Co. clerk apologizes for primary election results delay

Nebraska: Nebraska voters trend more towards early voting

New Jersey: Linden school district considers banning voting in schools

New Mexico: Las Cruces farmers market will allow mobile voter registration

New York: NYC launches voter registration drive in jails

North Carolina: Pridgen leaves Friday as director of elections office | Plan to vote early? You'll have plenty of chances in Mecklenburg Co. | State board settles Buncombe dispute over early voting locations

Ohio: In new wave of voting machines, Ohio moves toward paper ballots | Paper ballots likely to replace touchscreen voting for many area voters | Defiance Co. will receive $500K plus for voting upgrade | Lucas Co. BOE consolidates precinct locations | Clark Co. to get $1.2M for new voting machines

Tennessee: Metro is spending big on special there an easy fix? | Nashville spends $30 per voter for vice mayor runoff

Texas: Texas counties are struggling to find money to replace antiquated voting machines | Travis Co. voters are getting voting machines with a paper trail | Travis Co. to purchase $8M paper trail voting system | Election agreements approved on Tuesday

Utah: Washington Co. shifting to vote-by-mail

Vermont: Sen. Patrick Leahy statement on election security grants

Virginia: Tiny Tarpon polling place staying put

West Virginia: Experts criticize West Virginia's plan for smartphone voting | WV to offer mobile, blockchain-based ballots to its overseas voters in November | County weighing move to replace 78 voting machines

Wisconsin: Douglas Co. trains poll workers on new voting machines | New election equipment to debut in primary

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National News: Cyberattacks haven't stopped, but neither have bills to fight them | Michelle Obama to hit the road for September voter registration drive | Former NAACP president: The Voting Rights Act is 'under threat' | Amid cybersecurity fears, tech firms are offering to help secure the US elections for free, or at a discount | Kobach used flawed research to defend voter fraud panel, experts say

Alabama: GOP chair: Kobach commission never follow up on request for voter data

Arizona: Officials: Efforts to protect election legitimacy improve in 2018 | Election security a top priority as voting gets underway

Florida: Tampa Bay sees surge of mail ballot returns

Georgia: 670 ballots in a precinct with 276 voters, and other tales from Georgia's primary | Voters air grievances after election | Kemp defends Georgia's 'exact match' voter registration law | Coalition asks judge to order use of paper ballots in November |

Hawaii: With possible severe weather on the horizon, state says to cast primary votes early | Hawaii elections officials already have 112K ballots in hand | Hawaii grapples with lava, hurricane as election nears

Illinois: County clerk announces voter outreach program, voting aids | Election consolidation to appear on Bloomington ballot

Kansas: What you need to know to vote on election day in Kansas | Metro poll workers offer last-minute tips for voters

Michigan: Secretary of state on voting rules | Here's the truth: You can vote in Michigan after serving time in prison | Construction moved to allow voter access to polling place | Marquette voters deal with construction near polling location

Minnesota: Minnesotans embrace early voting on historic day

Missouri: Voter ID law will be in effect during high-profile primaries | Has Missouri's voter ID law helped to fight against voter fraud | Missouri officials look to improve election security | NAACP requests monitoring of St. Louis elections | Central polling location available at Missouri State

New York: Legal Aid kicks off voter registration drive at Rikers Island | GOP hearings to focus on parolee voting rights | New Yorker takes on electioneering ban at polling places

North Carolina: NC decides where you'll be able to vote early in Wake Co. | State board decides on 5 satellite sites | Brunswick, Pender to have Sunday early voting for first time | Gaston Co. to have early voting on Sundays | Pitt Co. BOE releases early voting schedule | State approves early voting plan that includes Sunday | Sunday early voting approved for first time in Orange Co.

Ohio: Toledo makes push to get more people registered to vote | Allen Co. not participating in special election, says election board.

Pennsylvania: Paper ballots aren't on immediate horizon in Bucks Co.

South Carolina: Aging voting system threatens election security in SC

U.S. Virgin Islands: Initial absentee votes do not alter election results

Vermont: Voters, polling places prepare for primary

West Virginia: Lewis Commission expresses concerns over cost, ease of use of voting machines | Commissioners approve grant application to buy new voting machines | West Virginia will try mobile voting for troops serving abroad

Wisconsin: County Clerk: Cast ballot correctly in primary | Officials 'confident' elections will be secure next Tuesday | 2 polling places move on Madison's west side