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Tuesday, 07 March 2017

March 7, 2017

National News: States find little evidence of voter fraud in months after election

Alabama: Merrill touted voter ID at Selma service, churchgoers left in protest

Arkansas: Effort to reinstate voter ID falls short in Senate | Senate rejects photo-ID voter bill

Arizona: Legislation being considered to limit Fontes' power

California: Future changes to local elections could boost turnout

Colorado: Routt among Colo. counties seeking to strengthen faith in voting process

Connecticut: Lawmakers consider allowing early voting | Merrill urges lawmakers to allow early voting

Florida: Voting rights supporters encouraged by Bondi's silence | Fla. justices mull ballot question for felon voting rights | House elections bill tightens poll closing hours

Georgia: Feds continue to look into alleged breach of voter records in Ga.

Idaho: Lawmakers reject bill to make every Election Day a school holiday

Iowa: Divided testimony on voter ID | Iowans voice concerns as voter ID changes get public hearing

Maryland: Election officials say numbers too close for them to call

Massachusetts: MIT launches an election data and science lab

Mississippi: Oktibbeha Co. eyes move to electronic poll book

Missouri: State election officials start spreading word about voter ID | Secretary Ashcroft pushes public awareness for new voter ID law

Nevada: Assembly schedules vote on DMV voter registration bill

New Hampshire: Bill would bar voting by people in NH for 'temporary purposes'

New Mexico: Council opposes same-day elections

North Carolina: Comments by elections board member face scrutiny | Voters to say good-bye to Sandy Mush precinct? | Council supports plan to move city election years

Ohio: East Liverpool woman sentenced for voter fraud | Stark elections board approves polling changes

Oregon: Should voting in Oregon be free?

Pennsylvania: Secretary of state to recognize longtime polling place | Quakertown school district asks county relocate polling places from schools

Rhode Island: GOP legislator will ask RI House to support proof-of-citizenship

Utah: Auto voter reg bill heads to full Senate | Senate committee kills ranked choice voting 

Washington: Senate votes to move primary

West Virginia: Mineral joins other counties in cleaning up voter registrations | Cabell cuts outdated voter registrations

Wisconsin: Elections commission member Millis resigns

Monday, 06 March 2017

March 4-6, 2017

National News: Judge sends voter registration case back to agency

Alabama: NAACP Legal Defense Fund: More than 100K Alabama registered voters can't cast a ballot | Tablets will streamline voter check-in Tuesday

Arkansas: Panel OKs 2 voter ID proposals | Sebastian Co. election panel to seek public input on vote centers

California: South Gate delays action on changing elections | City to offer WeHo residents free rides to the polls

Colorado: State Senate OKs lifting ballot selfie ban

Connecticut: Meriden voting officials support changes to election day registration

Georgia: Ga. university hack may have compromised voter records | As many as 7.5M voter records involved in Ga. data breach | New voter elections building approved in Cumming | Mum's the word after alleged KSU hack

Indiana: Security may spur voting machine upgrade in Lake Co.

Iowa: Concerns growing on voting reforms underway in Legislature | Judge reverses reprimand for former Johnson Co. auditor

Kansas: Judge hears arguments in Kansas voter registration case | While Kobach keeps an eye on voter fraud, some say it's not an issue | Topeka legislator calls for changes to Kobach's authority after Shawnee Co. tension

Maine: Legislative committee splits over voter ID, clean elections bill | Briefs filed over ranked choice voting case | Maine AG, Republicans tell high court they believe ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional

Massachusetts: Auditor's ruling renews calls for early voting funds | Senate Republicans propose plan to reimburse cities and towns for early voting costs | Holyoke to be reimbursed for early voting costs | Hearing held on subdividing polling places

Michigan: New voting equipment options considered

Minnesota: Officials say eBay not the answer for voting machines

Missouri: Conway proposes election reforms | St. Louis prepares for primary

Montana: Election by mail would save county an estimated $65K | Election administrators struggle to prepare for special election | Money, scheduling, other obstacles on path to fill Zinke vacancy

Nebraska: State senator pushes for voter ID law

New Mexico: Mayor Hull: State election bill takes power from city, voters | Bill to streamline elections stirs debate

Ohio: Elections board makes appointments | Homeless advocates ask SCOTUS to take up voter disenfranchisement case | Election officials sworn in | 2 Wood Co. BOE members reappointed | Robson named director, Fox chairman of Meigs BOE | County set to tackle non-citizen voter case | Only one non-citizen from county on state registration voter rolls | Amid conflict of interests, Ferrell named to elections board

Pennsylvania: Pol pushes for state to take closer look at non-citizens on voter rolls

Texas: Judge denies motion to dismiss election suit | Search is on for Victoria's next elections administrator

Utah: After unusual GOP support, Democrat passes election-reform bill | Utah House approves ranked choice voting for primary elections

Washington: Pre-paid ballots may come to more King Co. mailboxes

West Virginia: Secretary of State Mac Warner touts updates to voter rolls | Bill passed to allow electioneering closer to polling places | Belmont council talks polling place | Liberty High senior trying to register full senior class to vote | Sutton responds to brouhaha

Friday, 03 March 2017

March 3, 2017

National News: Lawmakers unveil bill to help state, local governments with cybersecurity

Alaska: City opens new Anchorage elections center | Bill that would legalize taking selfies with your ballot passes in the Alaska House

Arizona: Ken Bennett angles for Maricopa Co. elections job

Arkansas: Panel OKs 2 voter ID proposals

California: New polling place found after fire damages church | SLO Co. clerk-recorder's office accidentally releases Social Security numbers |

Colorado: Appeals court remands case on secretary of state fees

Connecticut: Registrars hold high school voter registration drive

Florida: He forged signatures and registered a noncitizen to vote, police and prosecutors say | New information cards mailed to independent voters

Idaho: Ada Co. moves some polling places

Indiana: To vote center or not to vote center

Iowa: Voter ID bill would hurt out-of-state students

Kansas: Shawnee Co. commission slashes election commissioner's salary for overspending

Louisiana: Voters in some flooded precincts to return to regular polling places

Maryland: Early voting and new precinct lines set for city elections

Minnesota: US Appeals Court rules against 'please ID me' buttons at polls | Three Minnesota felons charged with voter fraud | Senators debate provisional ballots | Hassell finds absentee vote-by-mail efforts have little impact

Missouri: St. Louis circuit attorney sets up hotline to report alleged voter fraud during Tuesday's primary | St. Clair Co. taxpayers shell out big bucks for East St. Louis elections board

Montana: Mail only voting for special election could save $500K | Counties race to prepare for special election | Upcoming special election brings up questions

Nebraska: Senator wants constitutional amendment for voter ID | Voter ID bill faces opposition | Voter ID heads toward showdown

New Hampshire: New sweeping NH Senate GOP voter registration bill detailed

New Mexico: Magdalena opposes election consolidation

New York: New elections commissioner keeps staff, tries to learn ropes

North Carolina: NC NAACP concerned about voter ID reversal | Court rulings mean NC is without an elections board

North Dakota: Jaeger hopes to restore funding for voting machines, electronic poll books

Ohio: Elections board to decide whether to keep director | Husted makes GOP appointment to Trumbull elections board

Pennsylvania: MontCo releases performance review for last year's problem-plagued election | Why thousands of Montco absentee ballots went uncounted by election deadline

Rhode Island: Fung announces possible voter fraud in Cranston, calls for reforms | Cranston police investigating eight cases of illegal voting

Tennessee: Last-day surge leads to increased turnout for early voting | Haslam issues order for special election

Texas: 'This is our building' | Were cases of improper voting in Texas the result of fraud or confusion? | Tarrant Co. woman convicted of voter fraud released on bond

Virginia: Free Union voters get new polling place

Wisconsin: Dane Co. puts window on ballot box

Thursday, 02 March 2017

March 2, 2017

Alaska: Ballot selfies come closer to reality in another state

Arkansas: Senate rejects election board's shift to secretary of state

California: County seeks to quell smell | WeHo offers free ride to the polls on Tuesday | LA Co. announces plans for election night

Florida: Lee Co. has a new elections supervisor

Iowa: Election officials, braced for write-ins, still surprised by volume | Contentious voter ID bill advances in Senate | Voter ID bill now eligible for debate in House

Maryland: Board of elections to add 11th early voting site for 2018

Massachusetts: Baker administration will pay Mass municipalities' 2018 early voting costs, if needed

Michigan: Grand Rapids-based company hoping for winning bid with new, secure voting machines | County removes itself from election programming to resolve dispute

Minnesota: Ranked choice voting | Minnesota residents vote, and they want you to know it | Harris Twp to consider changing elections to November | 8th Circuit affirms Minn. polling place apparel ban

Missouri: Missourians overwhelmingly passed photo voter ID, now what?

Montana: Montanans at odds on mail-in election | County administrators gear up for special election | Governor sets May 25 for special election

Nebraska: Nebraska bill would restore ex-felons' voting rights sooner | Committee advances bill to allow for immediate restoration of rights

New Hampshire: Dartmouth researchers find no evidence of bused-in voters

New Mexico: Bill to permit later registration OK'd | Change strips purposed from automatic voter registration bill

North Carolina: Chatham Co. appoints new elections director

Ohio: Dorothy Pelanda to run for Ohio secretary of state | Trumbull GOP doesn't decide on elections board member

Oregon: Lawmaker pushes last-minute voter registration in Oregon

Pennsylvania: Senator wants independent voters in state primaries | Elections office proposes relocation of two polling sites

Texas: Here's how some Hays Co. races would have ended if all votes were counted | Convicted felon indicted on illegal voting charge in Tarrant Co. | Bill could raise election costs, local administrator says

Utah: Committee approves bill aimed at stopping ballot alphabet games | Bill goes to governor seeking to shorten election lines

Virginia: US top court backs review of Virginia voting districts in race case

Washington: State House passes bill to give local voters stronger voices

Wisconsin: Clerk gives mixed reviews on new voting locations in Wauwatosa

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

March 1, 2017

National News: After court setbacks, lawmakers push for new voting restrictions

Arkansas: Bill assigns elections board to secretary of state

Florida: Supervisor of elections offers tip for smooth election day in Sarasota Co. | Christina White: Annually handles more than 20 elections in Miami-Dade

Georgia: Ga. license bill tweaked: 'Noncitizen' become 'ineligible voter' | Forsyth commissioners approve new elections headquarters

Indiana: Lake precinct consolidation mandate faces uncertain fate in House

Iowa: House panel debates elections bill

Kentucky: House committee approves special election rule change

Maryland: Washington Co. must move early voting center

Massachusetts: 2 missing words could cost city $9K | Ballot snafu haunts Lynn override vote

Michigan: State finalizes $82M contract for new voting machines | Michigan elections director retiring after 36 years

Mississippi: Early voting, online registration die in committee

New Mexico: A less automatic voter registration bill clears committee

North Carolina: Bill to match jury excuses with voter lists raises concerns

Rhode Island: Elections best-practices task force meets for first time | Cranston police probing general election voting irregularities

Tennessee: Feds charge two TN residents with buying votes in U.S. Senate election

Texas: Hays Co. hears update on errors during November election | Was Texas ID law biased? DOJ stays out of argument | Texas' voter ID law in court after DOJ pulls out

Utah: Voter registration privacy bill goes to full House | Primary may replace caucuses

Virginia: Randy Wertz retires as director of elections

Washington: Senate OKs bill to add hundreds of ballot drop boxes | Shoreline sees higher turnout with pre-paid ballot envelopes |

West Virginia: Secretary of state says staffing just one change since taking office

Wisconsin: Ex-con charged with voting illegally

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February 28, 2017

National News: Congressman tries to kill election commission

California: Consolidating WeHo's March 7 election with county brings some changes

Idaho: Ada Co. early voting begins as lawmakers consider bill to limit timeline | Bill targeting 'government interference' in elections surfaces at Idaho Legislature

Illinois: A day in the life of an election judge | Suffredin and Orr hold town hall on voting, election process

Iowa: 'Fixes' in election integrity bill not needed, speakers tell lawmakers | Voter ID legislation advances in House

Maryland: Baltimore Senator says he didn't sponsor voter ID bill introduced under his name

Massachusetts: Suit tests 20-day voter registration cutoff | Woburn clerk inquiry on early voting garners state response

Minnesota: Effort to do away with ranked choice voting in St. Paul encounters resistance | Ballot question to repeal ranked choice in St. Paul is under debate

Missouri: Kander encourages community to fight voter suppression

New Hampshire: State legislation prohibiting out-of-state voting pending

New Jersey: Is NJ election law commission stalemate at an end?

New Mexico: Open primary bill moves forward in Senate

North Carolina: NC legislators ask SCOTUS to add them to voter ID case | Judge asks US election commission to weigh in on lawsuit

Ohio: Ohio investigation found 385 non-US citizens registered to vote, 82 cast illegal ballots | Ferrell named to EC elections board | 5 non-citizens registered to vote in Clark Co. did not cast ballots

Oregon: Richardson's communications director submits resignation

Rhode Island: Election task force to hold first meeting

Tennessee: Anti voter-fraud bill to offer $5K for tips

Texas: Administration drops DOJ's opposition to Texas voter ID law | Justice Dept. reverses position on Texas voter ID law case | Tarrant Co. election documents sent to DA for investigation | Online voter registration

Monday, 27 February 2017

February 25-27, 2017

National: Senators ask feds for 'full account' of work to secure election from cyber threats

Alabama: Commission approves creation of voting center

Arizona: Senate to weigh asking voters to toss initiative protections

California: San Mateo Co. to begin testing voting equipment

Connecticut: Election commission rules against Smart | State regulators say voter fraud rare in Conn.

Florida: Leon Co. supervisor of elections celebrated for 28 years of service

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting headed to Senate | Divided House passes bill limiting early voting period

Kentucky: Local, state officials find no evidence of voter fraud

Minnesota: City announces change in polling locations | Debate over ranked-choice voting reignites in St. Paul

Mississippi: Senate prospects dim for early voting bill

Montana: Senate endorses bill to allow mail-ballot special election | Secretary of state continues opposition to SB 305

New Hampshire: Bills seek to tighten NH's voter eligibility | Sununu: I've asked White House for voting fraud proof

New Mexico: Automatic voter registration bill dies in committee | House OKs legislation that would consolidate most local elections

North Carolina: Confederate flag issue results in polling place change | County elections board chairman to seek GOP's top job

Ohio: Lake Co. BOE chooses e-poll book provider

Texas: Judge denies request to delay Texas voter ID lawsuit | Texas Dems say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018 | Flawed voting in Texas likely the result of confusion, not fraud

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections officials say they need more flexibility in scheduling early voting

Utah: Utah GOP reverses decision to drop Count My Vote lawsuit | Proposal would make voter records private

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes bill to investigate possible voter fraud | Staunton polling place on the move

Washington: Clallam auditor to replace election supervisor after ballot mishap | King Co. successfully pilots pre-paid postage; voter turnout exceeds projections

Wisconsin: Federal appeals court could reinstate Wisconsin early voting limits

Friday, 24 February 2017

February 24, 2017

Arizona: House to debate bills targeting voter initiative rules | County recorder outlines vision, department changes at town hall

Arkansas: House approves voter ID measure

Colorado: Voter hindrance or money saver?

Connecticut: Selectmen approve $22K for New Canaan's third registrar

Georgia: Carroll Co. says no to voter fraud

Illinois: Voters turned away from Kendall Co. early voting

Indiana: Lawmakers advance two voting bills | Secretary of state: DHS 'hacked' Indiana electoral system

Kanas: Kobach: Only obstacle to voter ID causes may be 'exerting calories'

Maine: Big turnout in opposition to voter ID bill

Michigan: Previewing voting machines | Eastpointe violates Voting Rights Act, says DOJ

Montana: County officials urge Legislature to approve mail ballots for special election | Accusations of voter suppression fly ahead of MT special election | Secretary of state opposes mail-in ballots for special election

Nevada: Presidential primaries could be on the horizon

New Hampshire: Exeter to fund technology for blind voters | New state Senate GOP voter registration plan tightens proof-of-residency requirements

New York: Suit that calls for Freeport voter list purge discussed in court

North Carolina: El-Amin steps down from elections board| Baker resigns from Cumberland Co. elections board

Pennsylvania: PI Week panel cites voter suppression, not fraud as challenge

South Dakota: Crum serving on state election board

Texas: Why 1816 ballots in Hays Co. went uncounted last November | New voter registration office begin built | Grimes Co. to keep countywide polling places

Vermont: Questions raised over canceled recount

Virginia: Chesterfield Co. electoral board appoints new general registrar, director of elections

Thursday, 23 February 2017

February 23, 2017

National News: How politics could put the reliability of future elections at risk | Perez calls president's voter fraud claim 'bunk' | Vice president filling out voter fraud task force | States balk at election system move by DHS

Alabama: Colbert commission will maintain ADA voting machines

Alaska: Ballot selfies bill moves in Alaska

Arkansas: House committee selects voter ID measure as proposed constitutional amendment | Panel endorses bid to add voter ID amendment to constitution

Colorado: County clerk proposes new voting machine lease

Georgia: Grant requested for new voting site for Hogansville |

Guam: GEC staff return from off-island training and certification workshop

Indiana: Voter registration bill moves to Senate | Indiana joins Idaho in claiming DHS tried to hack their election

Iowa: Dallas Co. general election review commission analyzes election error

Kentucky: Elections board approves merger of precincts

Maryland: Public input wanted for proposed election date change in Takoma Park

Mississippi: Pascagoula city council makes decision on polling places

Montana: GOP leader opposes mail ballot for special election | GOP chairman says mail elections hurt Republicans, is accused of voter suppression

Nevada: Motor Voter clears first hurdle

New York: AG says voter fraud a 'non-issue' in NY

North Carolina: Law firm disputes dismissal from NC voter ID case

Ohio: Election board sends voter fraud complaint to prosecutor's office | Grubbe gets the boot

Texas: Delay sought in voter ID hearing | Officials: Voter ID confusion, not voter fraud at issue in election | Human error to blame for 1800 missing votes

U.S. Virgin Islands: In rowdy Senate session, senators keep unified elections board

Utah: Bill protecting voter information held by committee | Lawmakers consider letting voters rank their candidates

Vermont: Ready! Set! Stop! Recount gets called off | How a recount in the Vermont House turned into a 'comedy of errors'

Virginia: Senate passes voter photo ID measure in close vote

Wisconsin: Clerk: City voter turnout 'pretty darn good'

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

February 22, 2017

Arizona: Scottsdale man gets probation for false voter registration

Arkansas: Amendment softens voter ID bill | Voter ID bill advances

Georgia: House to vote on bill that groups say hurts minority voters

Illinois: Auto voter reg bill revived

Indiana: Lake Co. to eliminate small precincts | Lake precinct consolidation inches forward

Maryland: Changing date of Takoma Park elections considered

Massachusetts: Little hope seen for recouping municipal early voting costs

Minnesota: County officials seek voting machine funding | Future of county's election process discussed

Mississippi: Election commission withdraws offer to help

Missouri: State rep. offers help with voter ID

Montana: Zinke special election to come at a cost to taxpayers | County officials ask lawmakers to allow all-mail ballots in special election

New Hampshire: Lawmaker proposes closing NH's primaries

New Mexico: Not all support proposal to consolidate local elections

New York: Saratoga council rejects funds for special election

North Carolina: Cooper, Stein ask SCOTUS to end voter ID review | NC governor & AG seek to end SCOTUS review of voter ID

Oregon: Richardson: 2 addresses are receiving a suspicious number of ballots

Pennsylvania: Local elections inspector alleges fraud | Lawmakers tangle over allegations of fraud

Texas: Hays Co. elections administrator's investigation finds an 'anomaly' in November election | Republicans pitch new voter ID law

U.S. Virgin Islands: Senate re-creates district elections board, for now

Vermont: New recount in disputed House election to start Wednesday

Virginia: Appeals court dismisses case seeking party ID in local elections

Washington: Monroe lawmaker wants more ballot drop boxes in county

Wisconsin: Outagamie may buy municipal election machines