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Friday, 19 January 2018

January 19, 2018

National News: Dems call for election security hearing | States waiting to share voter data while Kansas shores up security | Seventh Circuit rejects bid to extend voting rights to territories

California: LWV launches teen-registration effort

Florida: Voting rights proposal advance by constitutional review board | No special elections for legislative vacancies, says Gov. Scott

Illinois: Kane clerk says his office can handle Aurora elections for less money | Lawmaker, advocates launch voter registration drive for ex-felons

Iowa: Organizations help educate Iowans on new voter ID law

Kansas: States waiting to share voter data while Kansas shores up security | Kansas senators debate election law change for voters with disabilities

Kentucky: Future Metro Council vacancies could be filled by special election

Maryland: County cuts election board space request nearly in half

New York: No state money for early voting in budget |

North Carolina: Supreme Courte temporarily blocks NC gerrymandering ruling

Ohio: Democrat sworn in as newest BOE member

Tennessee: Can hackers tamper with Tennessee election? | Saturday's early voting extended two hours

Vermont: Secretary of state and AG encourage Legislature to protect sensitive voter data

Washington: Automatic voter registration could come to Washington

West Virginia: County commission approves relocation of two voting precincts

Wisconsin: Wisconsin ethics, elections heads battle for their jobs | Ethics, elections heads take different paths to try and save jobs

Thursday, 18 January 2018

January 18, 2018

National News: Women's March organizers to launch voter registration tour

California: Golden State settle suit over motor-voter rules | Napa Co. announces vote-by-mail options for fire victims

Colorado: Democratic challenger expands cash advantage over Williams

Florida: Million-dollar question: Special election to replace Latvala?

Illinois: 'Birthday Boxes' encourage Naperville 18-year-olds to vote | Cook Co. Clerk David Orr on The Download | Kendall Co. board chairman backs dissolving Aurora election commission

Indiana: Democrat Harper announces bid for secretary of state | Dead voter bill moves to House

Kansas: Kobach's office will delay data uploads for Crosscheck to accommodate security review

Maine: Ranked choice voting costs questioned

Massachusetts: Holyoke City Councilor efforts to lower voting age

Minnesota: Public awareness campaign on voting rolled out

Missouri: Missouri joins voter registration accuracy, access initiative

Montana: Commitment to voters, public service important to elections administrator candidates

Nebraska: Voter ID, electronic poll books proposed | Trio of bills offer options for enacting voter ID rules

New Hampshire: Legislator proposes ranked-choice voting

New Mexico: New chief deputy clerk in Dona Ana Co.

New York: Cuomo includes early voting in NY budget proposal | Former Erie Co. legislator gets job a board of elections

North Dakota: Warning of 'thousands of unverifiable votes,' ND asks judge to lift order on voter ID law

South Dakota: Hardeeville closer to election date change

Tennessee: Early voting to close early today, extended hours Saturday

Texas: Officials hope new law cuts down on voter fraud | Nueces Co. clerk: Mail-in voter fraud remains a concern

Virginia: Democrats roll out voting rights agenda

Washington: Wyman: Change date of presidential primary

West Virginia: Election redistricting bill goes to House subcommittee | Precinct locations changing for Mon County

Wisconsin: ACLU, government watchdog groups defend embattled leaders

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

January 17, 2018

National News: Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference | DHS won't do voter-fraud investigation after commission shut down

Arkansas: Marion Co. election commission in waiting mode

California: Supervisor Fewer calls for delaying non-citizen voting

Florida: Felon voter restoration initiative close to making 2018 ballot

Georgia: Elections board scraps plans to provide ballots in Spanish

Illinois: Illinois delays sending voter data to multi-state program

Indiana: Senate OKs bill for dead voters | Election board president receives lifetime achievement award

Iowa: New voting machines may save time, money | Pate: Rollout of voter ID law goes smoothly in first election

Maine: Town clerk says election costs will go up if allots aren't shortened

Massachusetts: Easthampton council may adopt new voting machines | Ranked choice voting education event includes cookies, presentation | Concord owed money for early voting

Nebraska: Lawmakers debate felon voting rights

New Hampshire: Town Clerk: Voting costs to increase soon | Senate Dems push for NH withdrawal from voter database program | Bill would let secretary of state postpone local elections for inclement weather

Oregon: Oregon election results to be live-streamed on Facebook

South Dakota: SD House OKs three sets of changes for elections

Tennessee: Election officials reassure worried lawmakers that Tennessee's voting records are secure | Tennessee election officials say state voting system is secure

Texas: As Supreme Court takes up Texas redistricting case, it dismisses partisan gerrymandering appeal | Voting centers OK'd for future, not March primary | Dallas Co. clamps down on mail-in ballots following last year's fraud | Tarrant Co.'s elections office is hiring for March primary

Virginia: Va. election commissioner not retained following dramatic 2017 races | Bill would clarify law on recounts

Wisconsin: Election administrator takes to Twitter to defend his job | Legislation to allow municipal officials to serve as election officials passes Assembly

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018

January 13-15, 2018

National News: How state voting laws are changing ahead of the 2018 midterm elections

Alabama: NAACP Legal Defense Fund 'disappointed,' appealing judge's ruling | Interpretive center explains voting rights efforts in Alabama

Arizona: Maricopa Co. preps for special election

Arkansas: Election commission talks vote centers

Florida: ACLU sinks $400K into felons' rights amendment

Georgia: Kemp: University's blunder led to elections server issue

Hawaii: A new way to modernize Hawaii's voting process to encourage people to vote

Idaho: Canyon Co. hires firm to bring polling into accessibility compliance | County updates its polling precincts

Illinois: State elections board says Kansas-based voter database not up to task | County adopts new voting system | Voter registration drive held at Cook Co. jail

Indiana: Smith denies allegations in lawsuit | Voting bills big discussion at crackerbarrell session

Iowa: Siouxland election is first in Iowa with new voter ID law | Iowa voters face new election laws

Kentucky: Lundergan Grimes announces she won't run for mayor of Lexington

Maine: Phish drummer helping with Maine ranked-choice voting drive

Massachusetts: Scheduling state primary turns into major political headache | City expected to be reimbursed for costs of early voting

Minnesota: Sartell man pleads guilty to voter fraud charge

Missouri: Could foreign hackers mess with Missouri elections? Jay Ashcroft doesn't think so

Ohio: Contrary to video impressions, Jon Husted had nothing to do with Army vet's voter registration purge | Arndt awarded for making voting more accessible | Mahoning GOP wants to keep voter roll purge policy

Texas: Cedar Hill election workers cut deal to avoid prosecution

Virginia: March to focus on need for change in Virginia's election system

Washington: Legislators consider expanding voting rights

Friday, 12 January 2018

January 12, 2018

National News: 3 ways DHS is helping states with election security | Elections: Another unsecured enterprise application? | WH official on Russian hacking: 'A national security issue'

Alabama: Voter ID suit thrown out in Alabama | Commission closes polling location at county health department

Arizona: Franks seat election to cost $3.5M, lawmakers offer $2.5M | Maricopa Co. updates voting precincts

Arkansas: Voting center ordinance tabled in Marion Co.

Florida: The history behind Florida's felon voting ban | Panel rejects elected secretary of state | Former Sweetwater commissioner slapped with absentee-ballot charge

Illinois: Voter registration assistance for elderly, disabled in DuPage

Iowa: Elections official to travel Iowa promoting new voter ID law

Maine: Administration says it will destroy voter data

Michigan: Macomb Co. clerk's lawyer quits, says she can't pay him

Missouri: Brianna Lennon announced candidacy for Boone Co. clerk

New Mexico: Sandra Jeff changes party registration, eyes secretary of state position

Ohio: Butler Co. BOE official to be sworn in as state association president | Lawmaker prepares to introduce election cybersecurity bills

South Dakota: Secretary of state proposes further budget cuts to own office

Texas: Texas plaintiffs still fear exposure of voter data even with fraud commission dissolved

Utah: Washington City moves toward vote-by-mail

Virginia: Fairfax Co. board orders registrar to process voter address updates

Washington: Legislators consider expanding voting rights

West Virginia: Marshall to become early voting location

Thursday, 11 January 2018

January 11, 2018

National News: '42 states haven't upgraded their election equipment in over a decade and Russia knows it' | In voter purging case, Supreme Court appears divided | White House says it will destroy voter panel data, send no records to DHS | DHS speeds up election security to states | Voter fraud commission may be dead, but president's quest continues | Groups document voting rights abuses in Indian Country

Alabama: Judge throws out challenge to Alabama ID law | Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging voter ID law | House committee approves bill revising special elections

California: What they're saying about Jerry Brown's California budget | Sen. McGuire introduces bill to ensure all vote are counted

Colorado: Boulder seeks applicants for new working group on election law reform

Georgia: Fulton Co. asks state to count early votes before polls close

Illinois: Judge: Referendum on Aurora election law can go on March ballot

Indiana: Register to vote in Indiana with this new app

Iowa: Pate reminds Iowans of new voter ID law | Woodbury Co. special election is first test of new voter ID law

Massachusetts: Marshfield to upgrade voting equipment | Secretary of state hopeful is putting focus on voting rights | Blowback over day-after Labor Day primary | Why doesn't Massachusetts hold its state primaries earlier? | Early voting expansion proposed to include primary

Minnesota: Reality Check: Voter fraud in Minn.

Missouri: McCaskill bill addresses northern Missouri mailing quirk

Montana: Elections administrator finalists chosen

New Mexico: State agency argues against paid time off for voting

North Carolina: Durham elections worker pleads guilty to altering vote counts in 2016 primary | Local election boards in limbo following redistricting decision

North Dakota: Mandan man announces run for ND secretary of state

Ohio: Candidates outline how they'll protect Ohio from election hack | In voter purging case, Supreme Court appears divided | Supreme Court appears sympathetic to voter purge effort | Rep. Kathleen Clyde to introduce legislation to beef up elections cybersecurity | Cuyahoga Co. elections official subject of criminal investigation | Purged from rolls while deployed, Army vet demands answers | As Supreme Court hears voting case, partisan argue their sides

Oregon: Richardson rescinds election rule changes in hopes lawmakers will do it for him | Jackson Co. adds a ballot box for special election

Tennessee: NAACP wants early voting extended in Jackson Co.

Texas: Researchers find African-Americans are less likely than other Texans to have photo ID

Virginia: Official portrait of Gov. Terry McAuliffe shows him working on felon rights restoration | Roanoke registrar follows up on election district errors report | Series of bills aimed at voting laws in General Assembly

Washington: Washington residents could register on Election Day

West Virginia: Warner: 86K names removed from voter rolls in Mountain State

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January 10, 2018

National News: Maine secretary of state asks court to secure documents of defunct voter fraud commission | Judge ends decades-old court order in GOP voting rights case | WH plans to erase data from voter fraud panel

Georgia: Elections among Fulton Co. priorities

Illinois: New state law allows for easier voting registration

Indiana: Indiana could eliminate excuse requirement for voting absentee by mail | IU students ask for voting site | PAC focuses on process, not party | Senate panel passes bill to allow dead people's votes to count

Kansas: ACLU wants Kobach held in contempt | Subject in voter fraud case was first-time voter

Kentucky: Bill which would move statwide office elections to even-numbered years passes House committee

Maine: Maine secretary of state asks court to secure documents of defunct voter fraud commission

Maryland: Greenbelt lowers voting age to 16 for city elections

Massachusetts: In Lowell, lawyers set timeline for federal voting-rights lawsuit | Mass. primary is set for Sept. 4 | Early voting proposal for primary supported by Senate president, but 1 city clerk calls it 'a total waste of our time' | How much is your town due for early voting | State owes SouthCoast $50K for early voting | New primary election date draws criticism

Michigan: EL City clerk steps down

Minnesota: Is Rochester ready for ranked choice voting?

Missouri: Ashcroft reflects on first year as secretary of state

Montana: Three finalists named for Missoula Co. elections administrator

New Mexico: Court clears way for ranked choice voting in city election | State agency argues against paid time off for voting

New York: Why so many vacant seats? 9 questions about special elections

North Carolina: Court throws out congressional district map again

Ohio: Ohio voter purge case heads to Supreme Court | Supreme Court hears challenge to Ohio's 'use-it or lose-it' voter system | Husted reacts to Supreme Court case | Ohio officials defend voter roll purges before Supreme Court

Oklahoma: Lawmaker wants resigning legislators to pay for special elections

Rhode Island: RI moves date of September primary to avoid Jewish holidays

Tennessee: Sixth Circuit OKs vote on Tennessee abortion measure | Commission designates new voting precinct

Texas: New voter ID law | Commissioners approve election plan

Virginia: Thousands of Virginians may have voted in wrong state House district | NAACP claims black voters denied opportunity in Fredericksburg-area House race

West Virginia: Lewis Co. hosts state's first election with new voter ID law

Wisconsin: Elections commission calls for hearing to confirm leader

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

January 9, 2018

National News: Blockchain voting startup raises $2.2MIntelligence Committee prepares election security plan to thwart hacking | Kobach not part of new voter fraud investigation, DHS says | Maine secretary of state to fight for voting panel documents

Colorado: Secretary of state says he would share voter info again, if asked

Connecticut: Connecticut's top election official says end of fraud commission an 'ominous' sign

Illinois: Two sides face off over Aurora Election Commission ballot question

Indiana: Dead-voter bill passes in Senate elections committee | Senate panel advances bill to allow no-excuse absentee voting

Iowa: Cerro Gordo Co. auditor takes state position

Kansas: Kobach not part of new voter fraud investigation, DHS says

Maine: Maine secretary of state to fight for voting panel documents | Woolwich's new town clerk settles in

Massachusetts: New machines for voting coming to Marshfield | State owes municipalities more than $1M for early voting, auditor says | These North Shore towns may get a refund from the state

Michigan: Lawmakers can be questioned about straight-party voting ban

New Mexico: High court gets arguments from Santa Fe RCV supporters

New York: Friends and family remember former election commissioner Bennett | Cuomo proposal for early voting has commissioners questioning costs

Oregon: 'Voting Center Express' opens in Gresham to expand voting services in Multnomah

Tennessee: Icy weather causes rescheduling of election commission meeting

Texas: Starr Co. outlaws electioneering on county property

Virginia: Virginia voters file appeal to block candidate from taking office in House race tainted by ballot mix-up

Washington: A bill to let Washington localities choose a better voting system

West Virginia: Secretary Warner announces 2017-2018 Honorary Secretary of State program recipients | Lewis Co. commissioners vote to approve emergency absentee voting policy

Monday, 08 January 2018

January 6-8, 2018

National News: How cities are bypassing states to explore registering voters | President's voter fraud commission is dead, but critics worry its mission may live on | For some older voters, a trickier route to the ballot box | Justice Dept. refuses to turn over voter fraud commission documents to Dunlap | DHS election unit has no plans for probing voter fraud: sources

Alabama: Election official: President's voter fraud commission 'poorly thought out' |GOP sponsor bill that would change special election laws

Arkansas: Jefferson CBEC de-certifies election coordinator

California: Six new languages added to 2018 election-language assistance requirements

Illinois: Judge will rule this week whether or not to eliminate Aurora election commission

Indiana: Indiana PAC focuses on process, not party

Kansas: Court fight over voter registration will exclude some evidence

Kentucky: Louisville lawmaker files bill requiring special elections

Maine: LePage again calls for stricter voter ID law in Maine | Justice Dept. refuses to turn over voter fraud commission documents to Dunlap | Signatures collected to support ranked choice voting

Maryland: Rockville considering vote-by-mail elections | State's attorney to review alleged election law violation

Michigan: Wright reflects on time as city clerk | Ballot tampering charge dropped for Grout clerk

Missouri: Elections chief changes mind, won't seek another term in St. Charles Co.

Montana: Missoula Co. starts recruiting election help for 2018

Nebraska: Training session teaches people how to register people to vote

New Hampshire: Top NH election official has no regrets about being on panel

New Jersey: Booker: President's now-disbanded voter fraud panel was 'based on a lie'

New Mexico: Santa Fe mock ranked-choice election

New York: Counties worried about cost to come with early voting

North Carolina: League gets $800 grant for voter registration| Study outlines problems, improvements needed for elections

Ohio: Lucas Co. BOE members discuss consolidation of locations | Husted responds to dissolution of voter fraud panel | One vote decided 29 elections in Ohio in 2017

Pennsylvania: County seeks new director for Office of Voter Services

Texas: Texans face new voter ID law for March primaries

U.S. Virgin Islands: Election board defunds primary race

Vermont: Condos: 'Not surprised bogus' voter pane has been shut down

Virginia: New delegate proposes a vote-by-mail program for Va. | Judge denies special election in 28th District house race

Washington: Inslee supports package of voter access bills | Wyman proposes programs to increase voter participation | Washington seeking ways to get more voters registered and casting ballots | Yakima deputy mayor offers support for better voting rights

West Virginia: New law means voters have to show ID when casting a ballot