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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 elections...is 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

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

August 7, 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: 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

Monday, 06 August 2018

August 4-6, 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: Security election infrastructure against foreign interference | The state of election security ahead of midterms | President's panel found no widespread voter fraud, ex-member says | President's claims of massive voter fraud are baseless, ex-panel member says | Indie booksellers to register voters | President called for all voters to present photo ID, a rule critics say is unnecessary and damaging

Alaska: Threat of cyber attack prompts change in Alaska primary | Food trucks on Election Day: Unusual summer voting in Anchorage nears end

Arizona: Reagan says state had 'wake-up call' | Some Maricopa Co. independents may not receive early ballots because of computer glitch

Arkansas: Early voting centers in Sebastian, Benton and Washington counties

Colorado: How Colorado beat the Russians at its election games

District of Columbia: Vote16DC is a coalition in Washington, DC trying to lower the voting age to 16

Florida: How one small election office in Florida is using the state's security money | Polk gets $426K for election cybersecurity | Florida boosts election security training through an evolving university partnership

Georgia: Ga. election officials knew system had 'critical vulnerabilities' | Ga. elections web update irks voter reg advocates | Gwinnett's standalone MARTA election could cost $500K

Guam: Voter registration at 12-year high

Hawaii: County elections staff makes sure applications for voter reg meet qualifications | Election officials preparing plan in case the hurricane threatens the islands | Election officials test network and ballot counters

Illinois: State facing poll worker shortage ahead of primary

Indiana: County one of few with ballot paper trail

Iowa: Judge to hear arguments on voter ID injunction | Iowa poll workers: Aging and in demand

Kansas: Sedgwick Co. tests voting machines | Voting software makes some candidates harder to find in Sedgewick Co. | Electing to help | Shawnee Co. election office preparing for upcoming election

Maine: Portland school board to vote on noncitizen voting | Maine's member of voter fraud panel says it had 'pre-ordained' goal of backing claims

Massachusetts: Holbrook election polling location to change

Michigan: Houghton Co. prepares for primary with new voting machines | Michigan's new voting equipment hailed as impenetrable | Most local voters will experience changes on Tuesday | New voting machines a challenge for Michigan's blind voters | Absentee voting rules could change

Minnesota: 'Democracy in action': An inside look at voting in a new era | Blue Earth Co. upgrades election equipment | St. Louis Co.'s new ballot counting machine

Mississippi: Sen. Michael Watson plans to run for secretary of state

Missouri: Secretary of state: No chance of hacking in Tuesday's election

Nevada: Nevada voter wants to do away with primary election system

New Jersey: NJ sought more money to protect voting machines from hackers

New Mexico: NM voters to see impact of Local Election Act

North Carolina: With move to new voting machines, NC prices verification of vote recording | Cooper will take Legislature to court over proposed amendments | Talley approved to be early voting site in 2018 midterms | State board decides Sunday on number of voting sites | Officials settle dispute over early voting in Durham | State reviews Pitt early voting proposals | NC board weighs early voting-plans in 15 counties | Elections officials settling details of early voting in Buncombe

North Dakota: ND Supreme Court follows 'plain language' of law, orders recount for Libertarian secretary of state

Ohio: Misleading text messages and confusion going into Tuesday's special election | Election workers prepare for potential problems ahead of midterms

Tennessee: Shelby Co. election night did not go as planned, official admits | Vote count in Memphis shows system needs to be replaced | Nashville vice mayor runoff will cost up to $750K | Council members make push to stop expensive runoff elections | Two Wilson Co. elections are tied. How will a winner get picked?

Texas: Local officials call federal election funds 'A 10-cent solution to a $25 problem' | Security plan doesn't address aging voting machines | Denton Co. schools fare better than state when it comes to high school voter registration | Harris Co. announces 4 Lake Houston early voting locations

U.S. Virgin Islands: Voters trickling in for 2018 primaries

Virginia: First new Va. election results audit held in Fairfax City | School safety concerns drive push for primary date change in Va.

Washington: Elections office preparing for surge in ballots during final days

Wisconsin: Before voters head to the polls, tabulators are checked for accuracy

Friday, 03 August 2018

August 3, 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 threat 'is real,' Administration officials say, vowing to protect US elections | Administration stresses its focus on election security amid criticism | How is the US fighting Russian election interference

Arizona: What you need to know about the Republican race for secretary of state

California: Prepare to vote on Android tablets | Undocumented immigrants hesitant to exercise voting rights in SF

Colorado: Agreement reached over botched barcoding

Florida: Activists push to restore Voting Rights Act provision that could curb voter suppression

Georgia: Polling place accessibility in August topic of upcoming round-table | Ethical concerns over Ga. secretary of state app redirecting to Kemp campaign issue

Illinois: Elections officials hear cybersecurity plan that doesn't address aging election machines | More than 20K have used Illinois' AVR | Champaign Co. looks to invest in election security | Ogle Co. clerk attends election cybersecurity conference

Indiana: Republicans like the precincts changes Lawson proposes | Secretary of state candidate blasts Lake Co. precinct plan

Iowa: Iowa Supreme Court will weigh in on early voting restrictions | Democratic Secretary of State Nominee: Make voting accessible

Kansas: Software glitch is confusing voters in election for governor | Governor says Kobach should personally pay legal fees after trial over Kansas voter law | Pence said Kansas county shut down its elections system after malware attack. But it didn't

Kentucky: Only one Pulaski precinct will get e-poll book | Daviess clerk's office will test e-poll books in fall election

Michigan: New voting machine model makes debut in Tuesday's election | Detroit city clerk shows off new voting machines | Absentee voting surges | Lost in transportation: Voters not receiving absentee ballots | Clerk's office hopes to gather election results quicker

Minnesota: Secretary of state candidate visits Duluth

Missouri: Make every vote count

New Jersey: Cape May Co. BOE receives 2018 leadership award from Advisory Council of Rutgers Cooperative Extension | Atlantic Co. election official accused of overtime scam

North Carolina: Worried about the security of your vote? New technology may help ease your mind | State board sets meeting to decide early voting plan for Orange Co.

Ohio: BOE front door redesign set | Eight precincts consolidated | Purged voters may vote in US House special election

Oklahoma: Bartlesville man accused of voter fraud

Pennsylvania: Voting machine with paper ballots tested by Luzerne Co. | Northampton Co. explores new voting machines | Polling place changed in East Brunswick Twp.

Tennessee: Voting runs smoothly in Shelby Co. | Rutherford Co.'s convenient voting centers paying off, poll workers say | Power outage doesn't stop voting | Get an election text? How are they getting your number? | Rain doesn't stop Knox Co. voters | Trousdale election office partners for better ballot security | Rutherford Co. sets early voting record | Sullivan Co. sees record turnout for August election | Hamilton Co. election day voter turnout steady despite rain, traffic | Pair of county commission races end in tie | Cheatham Co. election computers go down countywide | 2018 primary election turnout higher than 2010, 14 | Voting delays bring renewed call to replace antiquated equipment

Texas: Wichita Co. nears securing new polling sites | Local schools work to get eligible students registered to vote

Vermont: Vermont tweet goes viral

Wisconsin: Local polling stations to feature new systems

Thursday, 02 August 2018

August 2, 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: Senate blocks additional funding for election security | President criticized for not leading effort to secure elections | Are young voters going to sway the midterms? New data shows that's not very likely | On the ballot in some states ahead of 2020: The right to vote | Republicans block $250M to beef up election security | Hillary Clinton to bring female voting rights story to television | Arrested, jailed and charged with a felony. For voting

Alabama: State parties certify candidates to secretary of state's office

Arkansas: Election commission discusses voting equipment and training | Election officials discuss security ahead of primaries

California: Incompatible file formats led to Los Angeles Co. to drop 118K voters in primary | Slow start for non-citizen voter registration | Tulare hospital elections cost taxpayers more than $100K in two years

Florida: State goes along with early voting ruling | Safety is ramped up in St. Johns Co. elections | PBC cancels classes for Election Day | Elections office gets security upgrade funds | Many new voters scramble to join rolls in time for primary | State grant to bolster election security

Georgia: Kemp drops links to gov campaign from state app

Hawaii: People to the Polls event entices people to vote and enjoy free food and entertainment

Illinois: Kane Co. clerk's office to open branch office in Aurora Aug. 13 | City sets new polling locations for November

Indiana: State plans to cut Lake Co. voting precincts by a third

Iowa: Iowa first state in the nation to use cybersecurity posters

Kansas: Are Kansas voting systems vulnerable to hacking? | Leading Kansas Dem under scrutiny for backing voter ID | Judge orders Kobach to pay more than $26K for contempt | Voter confusion over two Ron Estes names on ballot | Malware attack impacts Finney Co. network ahead of primary

Michigan: Montcalm Co. implements new voting machines | New voting equipment up at all Houghton Co. precincts | Protecting your vote while preventing hacking | Judge: Michigan can't eliminate straight-ticket voting | Judge says straight ticket voting ban discriminated against African Americans | New voting machines set for use in upcoming primary

Minnesota: St. Louis Co. tests voting equipment prior to primaries | County attorney declines to charge man with voter fraud

Missouri: New voter technology in Greene Co. | Secretary of state on mitigating cyberattacks ahead of midterms | With some polling places on the move, here's where you need to go

New Hampshire: Sununu says Van Ostern is putting the first-in-the nation primary at risk | Hanover Dems invite secretary of state candidates to debate

New Jersey: Elections manager of Ocean Co. BOE dies

New York: County, state officials say election protections are in place

North Carolina: Arrested, jailed and charged with a felony. For voting | State board to meet Sunday to establish one-stop voting plans

North Dakota: Libertarian candidate disputes recount statute before ND Supreme Court

Ohio: Defiance Co. consolidates voting locations

Pennsylvania: Lancaster Co. officials hope to have new voting system in place for 2019 | Rep. Doyle critical of president's voter ID proposal

Tennessee: 300+ Hamilton Co. voters impacted by boundary problems | Voting rights restored, Memphis man aims to educate others about disenfranchisement | Election officials rush remedy when some voting district lines found wrongly drawn | Election commissions prepare for voters to head to the polls | Election results to be put in Google platform

Texas: Hays Co. approves $90K in upgrades for voter check in equipment | Richardson ISD cancels classes on Election Day

Vermont: Leahy's election security amendment comes up short

West Virginia: WV registers 22K high school students to vote | Commissioners debate voting security upgrades

Wisconsin: AVR has bipartisan support in WI

Wyoming: In their own words: Secretary of state

Wednesday, 01 August 2018

August 1, 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: Pence stands by intel community in call to increase election cybersecurity | President pushes for voter ID laws, says ID is required to buy groceries | Voting rights advocates wary of Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court | US to protect voting system from foreign cyberattacks | Citizenship through the eyes of those who have lost the right to vote

Arizona: Reagan behind challenger in GOP secretary of state polling

Arkansas: Candidates talk voting rights at town hall meeting

Connecticut: Conn. sees youth surge in voter registration | Derby works to correct voting-district borders

Florida: Are voting systems safe or not? Some officials are confident, but others are not | How to prepare for the 2018 elections in PBC | Spikes tell elections supervisor if website is under attack | Intersection: Election security | Number of young voters on the rise

Hawaii: Office of elections says no hackers will tamper votes |

Illinois: Previous voter registration database hacks concerning to election officials | Dems belatedly pressure Rauner over election security as officials meet about voter data Wednesday | Clerk's Aurora satellite office to open in two weeks | New program to offer increased election data security

Massachusetts: Galvin pushing for AVR | Sen. Creem speaks on passage of AVR

Michigan: Clerk preparing for elections | New election technology stops split ticket mistakes

Minnesota: New equipment to change how residents vote | New technology will be at some polling locations this primary

Mississippi: Some JPS bond voters will cast ballots at different precinct

Missouri: August primary to feature new voting machines | Scott Co. election staff preparing to protect primary votes | Jackson Co. sheriff primary election won't count | Missouri State offers new polling centers on election day

Nevada: Officials will not press charges for voter fraud | State improving safeguards, training after double-voting cases

New Jersey: Newton voters OK November town elections

New York: NY revokes voting rights for 127 parolees after they were returned to prison

North Dakota: ND Supreme Court hears secretary of state candidate's petition

Ohio: Akron Mayor launches petition to move September primary to May

Pennsylvania: County officials hope to have new voting system in place for 2019

Rhode Island: URI professor, students working to improve RI's voting system

South Carolina: Some confused about voting in new election for Florence council

Tennessee: Knox Co. IT officials 'cautiously optimistic' about election night web security | Local election officials gear up for primary | Early voting increased 11 percent from 2014 | Clearing up election day confusion in Madison Co. | To get in free to this Nashville rock concert, you just have to vote

Texas: Ellis Co. elections hosting a voting systems demonstration | Texas schools don't comply with voter registration law, study finds | Will you be 18 before Nov. 6? Ask your principal about this law

Vermont: Ahead of primary, officials tighten election security

Wisconsin: Activists push Wisconsin to audit voting machines in advance of midterms | How voting officials keep your absentee vote safe ahead of the primary | Early voting open now, and it's secure says county clerk

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

July 31, 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.

Arizona: AZ named one of the most vulnerable states for an election hack | Eric Spencer: On elections, war, and jumps from a plane

California: Mission Viejo will go its own way with new 'cumulative voting' system | County launches committee to improve elections

Florida: Supervisor of elections holds 'Midnight Happiness' before registration deadline | St. Johns Co. supervisor of elections say anonymous survey isn't from her office | Escambia Co. feeling impact of Florida's write-in loophole | Rep. Kathy Castor urges USF to create early voting site | Fennoy seeks student holiday on primary election day

Georgia: Election security could be an issue in governor's race | Paulding elections office to recount votes in school board runoff | Secretary of state's phone app has links to Kemp's social media accounts for campaign

Hawaii: Early walk-in voting starts across Hawai'i

Illinois: SBOE starts program to combat cyberattacks

Kansas: McClendon: Paper ballot backup, better voting machines can ensure election security | Kansas ACLU introduces election protection hotline to assist voters

Kentucky: Homeland Security reviews election security

Massachusetts: Legislature sends AVR bill to governor's desk

Mississippi: Hosemann highlights election security

Missouri: Ashcroft calls report of Russian hackers targeting McCaskil 'a whole lot of nothing' | St. Louis Co. offers additional absentee voting sites | Strange error on some St. Louis Co. sample ballots creating cause for concern

New York: Broadway cast of Hamilton will host voter registration at Richard Rodgers Theatre | LaLota wins new term at Suffolk elections board

North Carolina: Elections board adds familiar member

Ohio: Voter receives bogus text message of polling place change | Voters misled and confused in Hocking Co.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma school districts schedule Election Day holiday

Pennsylvania: Taxpayers could foot bill for mandated voting machines | State changes 'motor voter' registration two years ago to weed out noncitizens

Tennessee: Williamson doubles early voting turnout from 2014 | Early voting total of 22K sets record | Preparations underway ahead of elections

Texas: With less federal supervision, Texas drops more people from voter rolls

Wisconsin: Dane Co. clerk assures voters electronic voting is secure | Madison college students encouraged to vote early since primary coincides with move-out day | How is Wisconsin government making elections secure? | Local election security training aims to prevent foreign hacking | Moving on election day does not make you ineligible to vote, clerk says

West Virginia: Secretary of state: More than $6.5M in federal funding to aide county election security | Voatz mobile election system set to open up for November election