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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

March 28, 2018

National News: Election officials prepare for cyberattacks | Homeland Security chief warns adversaries against election meddling

California: Groups can early money by adopting Solano polling sites

Colorado: Federal judge blocks part of Colorado's Amendment 71; secretary of state plans appeal

Connecticut: Cuts loom for elections crews

Florida: Rubio: We don't have enough safeguards in place to protect voter databases | Judge orders Scott to create new process to restoring ex-felon rights

Georgia: Website opposes elimination of Sunday voting

Illinois: DuPage Co. board blasts election commission for 'stunning' voting machine snafu | DuPage Co. officials reveal cause of delayed primary election results | Illinois election board prepares to launch AVR | Will security-conscious schools elect to opt out as polling places?

Indiana: County prepares for early, absentee voting | Here's how to vote in the Indiana primary if you're 17-years-old

Iowa: Marshall Co. clarifies polling place move

Kansas: Minor party status gives secretary of state candidate unique perspective

Massachusetts: Election officials prepare for cyberattacks

Michigan: Judge outs Karen Spanger as Macomb Co. clerk

Minnesota: Lawmakers push to prohibit ranked choice voting

Mississippi: Lawsuit: Mississippi 'harsh' in denying ex-felon voting rights | Lawsuit: Mississippi Constitution still disenfranchising thousands

Missouri: Newton Co. Clerk Kay Baum is retiring | Proposal would phase out electronic voting, require paper ballots for most voters | Cape Girardeau Co. holds first election under new voter ID law | Gasconade Co. clerk reminds voters of new photo ID law

Nebraska: Nebraska gets $2.3M in new federal aid for election security | 1 in 4 Sarpy Co. voters will change polling places in May

New York: Nassau Co. employee tampered with sample election ballots

North Carolina: Election panel leaves Meadows' aide off county board

Ohio: Has your polling place changed?

Pennsylvania: Dems continue complaints about picks for elections board

Tennessee: New voting machines displayed at courthouse

Texas: In lawsuit, Dallas Co. candidate alleges voter fraud cost her election

Utah: Utah Co. scraps vote-by-mail elections this year | Utah Disability Center introduces new voting equipment

Virginia: Some Pittsylvania Co. voters to shuffle precincts in June

Wisconsin: Judge reaffirms ruling that Walker must call special elections | How much does a special election cost vs. cost for lawmakers to be in session

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

March 27, 2018

National News: Despite cash from Congress, key election security issue may not get fixed | DHS hires former EAC chairman to tackle election security | Thousands of new voters signed up during March for Our Lives | After GOP is criticized over election security, key official goes to DHS

Alaska: New, accessible vote centers open in Anchorage

California: Solano supervisors set for review of election changes

Colorado: Fremont Co. clerk and recorder back in court Wednesday

Connecticut: Connecticut bolstering electoral cybersecurity infrastructure | Court: New city election needed due to ballot meddling | Supreme Court defends 3rd Bridgeport primary

Florida: Supervisor of elections supports election bills signed by governor

Georgia: With paper ballot bill in doubt, Ga. lawmaker proposes voting tech study | Opponents of Ga. voting bill say it aims to crush 'souls to the polls'

Illinois: Security experts suggest blockchain technology to protect elections, data | Clerk gets court order to open ballot box in search of missing papers

Kentucky: Polling locations change in Daviess Co.

Maryland: Election day voter registration to be on Maryland ballot

Massachusetts: Automatic voter registration bill gets a boost

Michigan: Macomb Co. clerk involved in 'incidents' Monday

Missouri: Lawmaker pushing to end electronic voting

Nebraska: Nebraska gets $2.3M in new federal aid for election security

New Hampshire: AG's office critical of Washington moderator's postponing voting day

North Carolina: Pressure mounts to fortify election security

Pennsylvania: Wolf proposes voter registration, absentee ballot changes | Governor introduces '21st Century Voting Reform Plan' | Butz Elementary parents to have vote in polling place debate

Rhode Island: Rhode Island officials, professors speak about election security

South Dakota: Yankton restaurant doubles as polling place

Tennessee: 2 races omitted from ballots in 9 Knox Co. precincts

Texas: Dallas Co. DA candidate says voter fraud cost her election | UT Tyler students head into the community to improve Latino voter participation

Utah: 'There's a sense of urgency': Utah's Rep. Stewart offers solutions to stop meddling in upcoming midterms | Utah Co. moves away from vote-by-mail, contrary to some city officials' wishes

Virginia: County to relocate several Leesburg voting precincts

Wisconsin: Elections commission approves supplemental poll books for spring election | Senate to take up bill curtailing special elections | Wisconsin to use supplemental poll books in April election

Monday, 26 March 2018

March 24-26, 2018

National News: March For Our lives pushes to expand voter rolls across the country |

Alaska: Ballot Box Bash teaches Fairview about vote-by-mail | Anchorage now votes by mail: Here's why

Arkansas: Judge orders Stu Soffer off state election commission | Election commission changes polling places in Jonesboro

California: Registrar of voters office plans manual tally for special election

Colorado: Denver dog that's been dead 18 years receives voter registration form | During Katie Barr's tenure, Fremont Co. clerk's office implemented several changes | Secretary of state pushes to educate voters ahead of new primary process

Connecticut: Omnibus has millions to strengthen CT voting system

Georgia: State investigating allegations of voter fraud in Blythe election | Paulding election office mailing notices on new voting locations

Illinois: DuPage County's voting snafu | Judge seeks smooth transition following vote to eliminate Aurora Election Commission | Poll watchers caused concern on election day | County clerk on board with voting-center bill | Reflections with longtime Du Quoin election judges

Indiana: Elkhart Co. accepts applications for absentee voting by mail | NAACP, voters ask federal judge to put hold on legislation that could hamper voters' rights | If you're a Purdue student, you can decide which county you want to vote in

Iowa: Secretary of state talks about 'voter ready' initiative

Kansas: Vote fraud crusader Kris Kobach takes his case to court

Kentucky: County clerk sets location for three polling places

Maine: Superintendent says she didn't intend to infringe on students' rights | Maine races to implement election overhaul before June vote

Maryland: State bill allowing no-excuse absentee voting in municipal elections could soon pass

Massachusetts: Hundreds register to vote at Boston's March for Our Lives

Michigan: State's new election measures surprise officials | Polling locations change for precincts in Saginaw | Finalist pool for Grand Rapids city clerk shrinks ahead of public event

Minnesota: Minnesota's elections chief gets 'secret' security clearance

Mississippi: Secretary of state reminds soldiers they can vote while deployed

Missouri: County Clerk: State's new photo ID law shouldn't be problem | Senate bill would phase out most electronic voting machines

Nebraska: Polling locations on Lincoln Co. commissioner's agenda

New Hampshire: Second Dem plans to challenge secretary of state

New Jersey: NJ could make it easier to register to vote | New Jersey mulling online voter registration

New Mexico: Straight party voting may return to New Mexico

North Carolina: OC elections director says county voting machines are secure | Officials: City without early voting site | Hookerton considers participating in election project

Pennsylvania: National GOP group drops lawsuit threat over Pa.'s special election | Why shouting broke out at Thursday's Northampton Co. election board meeting

Texas: Official raises questions about Pct. 4 balloting

Utah: Hackers penetrate voting machines used in 2016 election at SLC cybersecurity conference

Virginia: After irregular ballot helped decide a House election, state aims to make ballot more clear | How Va. college students can make sure their vote counts | Fix promised for Va. DMV voter registration issues | Arlington satellite voting locations still dependent on funding, staffing | New state elections commissioner wins applause in Arlington

West Virginia: Raleigh Co. schools honored for voter registration

Wisconsin: Chippewa Co. gears up for April election | County Clerk: State's new photo ID law shouldn't be problem | City of Madison works to ensure your vote is counted

Wyoming: Ed Buchanan settling into secretary of state's office and planning re-election bid

Friday, 23 March 2018

March 23, 2018

National News: Congress puts $380M toward election security | States will get at least $3M each to improve security under spending deal | Stalled election bill is reborn with support from Senate | HeadCount plans to register thousands of new voters during March for Our Lives | Senators introduced revised version of election cyber bill | Territorial leaders argue denial of voting rights violates international law

Alaska: State election officials seek help registering, informing voters in their Native language | Getting Alaska's smallest communities on the phone to vote

Arkansas: Election changes

Connecticut: Connecticut beefs up election system security

Colorado: Secretary of state pushes to educate voters ahead of new primary process | Grand jury investigating secretary of state Wayne Williams

Delaware: Coons leads effort to include election security grants

Florida: Lee Co. using heightened cybersecurity to avoid foreign hacking during election | Lee elections office honors students for voting promotion artwork | Broward students register to vote | Alachua Co. supervisor of elections warns residents about letter

Georgia: New plan to replace voting machines moves forward | Georgia Dems outraged over push to limit weekend voting

Illinois: Finding enough election judges | Cook Co. assessor candidate cries foul over election

Indiana: Voting Center on campus open to public | Fountain Co. to implement vote centers

Kansas: Is Kansas making sure this year's elections are secure from meddling?

Maine: Scarborough superintendent tries to halt high school students' voter registration drive

Massachusetts: Galvin backs automatic voter registration

Michigan: LWV preparing to 'promote the vote'

Minnesota: House bill restoring Minnesota felons' voting rights falters | Wait will go on for felons seeking return of voting rights

Missouri: Is Missouri making sure this year's elections are secure from meddling? | Election officials work to make Buchanan Co. 'hacker proof'

Montana: Green Party primary ballot means big printing cost of counties

New Hampshire: AG to investigate how Effingham ballots disappeared

New Jersey: Millburn teen fighting to get 17-year-olds voting rights

New York: County executive puts pressure on lawmakers to fund voting reform

Ohio: McDonald appointed new Lake Co. elections board director | Hancock Co. short on poll workers

Pennsylvania: Board won't pull voting from Butz Elementary | Parents and community petition to move polling place out of school

Tennessee: Some notices about registration did not come from Shelby Co. election commission | TN Supreme Court to decide Nashville special election date

Virginia: Arlington Electoral Board sticks with same leadership team for 2018 | Two new polling places being added in Virginia Beach | Virginia's BOE will explore ways to prevent last fall's problems

Washington: State election officials address low voter turnout

West Virginia: Harrison Co. clerk weighs in on election security

Wisconsin: Advocates call for Green Bay to expand early voting | Judge orders Walker to hold special elections

Wyoming: Secretary of state's office celebrates women's suffrage | Clerk's office considers new methods for elections

Thursday, 22 March 2018

March 22, 2018

National News: Inability to audit U.S. elections a 'national security concern': Homeland chief | Most state election officials lack necessary clearances, DHS says | Congress set to approve nearly $700M for election security | U.S. elections remain vulnerable to cyberattacks, officials testify to Senate panel | US spending bill to provide $380M for election cyber security | Wyden urges states to adopt paper ballots, post-vote audits | Homeland Security chief faces pressure to move faster on election security | Thousands lose right to vote under 'incompetence' laws

Alaska; Elections Division seeks assistance in Native translations | Election Division: Who ya gonna call?

Florida: Legislature did not create cyber security unit

Georgia: Deal prefers paper ballot option to replace Ga.'s voting system

Illinois: Chairman: DuPage Co. election commission showed 'incompetency' with delay on election night | DuPage Co. votes 'yes' to consolidate elections | With vote against Aurora Election Commission, transition plans begin | Five plead not guilty to Lake Co. voter fraud allegations

Iowa: New fourth ward voting location chosen

Kansas: Federal judge expected to rule in voter reg suit this fall

Maine: State committee told Maine elections are secure | Dunlap offers unflattering account of voter fraud commission

Nebraska: Getting more people to vote is a vital part of Danner's secretary of state campaign | Two polling places will have new locations this election year

New Hampshire: ACLU: NH's signature-matching ballot law is unconstitutional

New Mexico: Secretary of state fights new proposal for Secret Service agents in vote centers

North Carolina: Cooper fills out elections board with nonprofit leader | Division, intrigue, then acceptance as new SBOE holds first meeting | County election board remains in limbo as start of voting nears | Forsyth to get new election board soon

Pennsylvania: Five things to know about the push to pull voting out of schools

Texas: Elections office gets new tech prior to runoff

Utah: HackWest features 'villages' that include hacking voting machines

Vermont: Condos to testify before Senate regarding election security | Secretary of state addresses Senate Intel Committee

Wisconsin: Thousands of Milwaukee voters may have had registration erased | Milwaukee mayor says thousands potentially removed from voter rolls in error | Embattled Kaukauana clerk agrees to appoint deputy for April 3 election

Wyoming: Laramie Co. voters being asked for election equipment input | Natrona Co. Clerk: North Casper gets its polling place back

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

March 21, 2018

National News: Senate Intel Committee give Homeland Security its election security wish list | Key Senate committee concludes Russian interference; calls for voting reforms | Security experts praise Senate's election cybersecurity proposal | Here's how Senators plan to protect US elections from hackers | Senate Russia probe makes bipartisan pitch on election security

Alabama: New exhibit at the National Voting Rights Museum

Alaska: State elections division holds Alaska Native language summit

Arkansas: Marion Co. vote centers approved by state

California: Key Senate committee concludes Russian interference; calls for voting reforms | San Mateo Co. absentee ballot for blind could be model for state | Local agencies considering an election shift

Colorado: Erie says 45 test ballots mistakenly mailed to voters ahead of primary

Florida: UF law students, attorneys help felons restore voting rights | GRU monitors polling locations for power outages as Gainesville falls under tornado watches | In this PBC town, people arrived to vote on horseback

Guam: Voter registration online or at DMV debated

Illinois: Voting machine issue in DuPage Co. snarls vote count | DuPage Co. unable to count ballots after problems with voting machines | It's election day in Illinois, is your ballot selfie still legal? | 'This is the worst we ever had' | DuPage Co. election results delayed for hours by 'technical difficulties' | 'Nice flow' of voting in Sangamon Co. | Voters decide to dismantle Aurora election commission | Early voter turnout higher than average | Early voting for Illinois primary far exceeds last midterm | DuPage voters favoring election commission consolidation | Election commission fate in balance | DuPage voters want clerk, election commission merged | McLean Co. clerk takes action to curb spread of misinformation on primary day | Voters encounter confusion at Washington polling location | Election officials admit ballot error in assessor's race | Election workers locked out of polling place in Hyde Park | Election officials deal with aging ballot tabulators | Anti-gay marriage banner removed from polling place | Chicago's festival-inspired 'I Voted' wristbands spreading to other cities | Board of elections reports no major problems on primary day

Iowa: Supervisors approve new election equipment purchase

Kansas: Judge in motor-voter trial unloads frustration on Kobach

Louisiana: Amid harassment claims, Louisiana elections chief re-emerges

Massachusetts: Mass election database was not hacked in 2016, Galvin says | Secretary of the commonwealth candidate proposes weekend voting, same-day registration | Forum to discuss voting rights | Gardner museum security chief to run for secretary of state

Mississippi: Lauderdale Co. returning to paper ballot system

New Hampshire: ACLU-NH sues over law that lets moderators toss absentee ballots | ACLU adds new information to voting rights lawsuit

North Carolina: Orange Co. launches voter education effort | New NC elections board members seek online process for ninth, unaffiliated member

Ohio: Miami Co. election officials rescind firing, then fire worker again

Oklahoma: Sen. James Lankford on election vulnerabilities: 'Next time it might not be the Russians'

Pennsylvania: PA Dept. of state prepared for May primary under new map | Pa. GOP: Secretary of state incapable of impartial election review

Tennessee: Election commission OKs budget proposal

Texas: McKinney set to defend controversial voting ordinance | Jones Creek officials want polling place back

Wyoming: Secretary of state applauds Women's Suffrage highway bill

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

March 20, 2018

National News: All of a sudden, voting rights are expanding across the country | House approves legislation to authorize Homeland Security cyber teams | Senate committee launches effort to prevent election hacking

Alaska: Anchorage navigates bumps in first mail-ballot elections | Division of elections hosts language summit

Arizona: Cochise Co. official participates in voting rights panel

Arkansas: Voter ID law an impediment to voting, lawsuit argues

California: Suit or no suit? Confusion over voting rights issue in Mission Viejo

Colorado: Colorado's 2016 election was stained by forged signatures, here's what the state is doing to prevent it in 2018

Connecticut: Debate over National Popular Vote compact continues

Florida: Governor signs 30 bills into law

Georgia: Opposition mounts against bill to replace Ga.'s voting system | Ga. Legislature considering paper ballots for future elections | Mercer University to offer more ways for students to vote

Hawaii: Telephone town hall on election bill

Illinois: County preps for today's primary | Early voting for primary far exceeds last midterm | Aurora acknowledges election mailing had wrong information | Photos: Prepping for election day | Illinois primaries different than other states | Southern IL county clerks prepare for election | Top 10 interesting Chicago polling places | Voters asked, Lake Co. clerk answered: Raise your voter IQ

Indiana: School board to check possibility of busing students to voting centers

Kansas: Judge says no decision for at least a month in Kansas case | Pollster testifies in trial over voter registration law | Judge hears closing arguments in voting law trial | Voting trial over. One more court day, a contempt hearing, ahead for Kobach

Kentucky: One Day: The Boyle Co. clerk's office

Michigan: New voting equipment ready for upcoming elections | Judge to rule on Macomb's maverick clerk | Judge won't rule on Spranger residency suit right away

Minnesota: St. Cloud rep's bill would make state elections nonpartisan

Missouri: New voting machine implemented in Greene Co.

New Hampshire: NH town facing consequences after defying state order not to delay election for snow

New Mexico: Hearing addresses voter accessibility

New York: Board of elections to roll out 'electronically assisted' voter registration

Ohio: LaRose says overblown claims of voter fraud and suppression hurt democracy

Oregon: Deschutes Co. clerk confident of election security | Benton gears up for ranked choice

Pennsylvania: Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps | Public meeting scheduled on re-locating Nazareth polling location

Texas: Recount not requested in Dallas Co. race

Virginia: Del. Levine nabs potential voting machine loophole

Washington: Inslee signs Voting Rights Act, other voting bills into law

West Virginia: Kingwood temporarily tables election ordinance

Monday, 19 March 2018

March 17-19, 2018

National News: Experts: Pa. race shows need for US voting machine upgrades | Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin

Alaska: City sends replacement ballots to voters who updated voter registration info just before deadline | Stolen vote-by-mail ballot packages found damaged and wet in snow | Some Anchorage voters mailed ballots for former residents | Alaska Division of Elections to host first language summit

Arkansas: Brown resigns, Tumey named to Benton Co. election commission

Colorado: Investigation into Erie election practices yields no criminal charges

Florida: Tampa council may fiddle with mayoral election dates

Georgia: Georgia lawmakers mull paper ballot voting system | Bill to shorten Atlanta voting hours and curtail Sunday voting passes committee

Illinois: Illinois primary puts focus on security of state voter rolls | Vermilion Co. clerk issues reminder of polling place changes | Early voting keeps Rockford election office 'pretty busy' | Will Co. supports effort to abolish Aurora Election Commission | Teams to monitor voting across Illinois for primary | 178 teams to monitor voting across Illinois | Rockford BOE and Winnebago Co. clerk's office join forces for March primary

Maine: In anticipation of ranked choice voting, Richmond to rent counting machine  

Maryland: Automatic voter registration bill clears Senate

Massachusetts: Public hearing postponed on letting 16-year-olds vote | Galvin walks fine line between politics, elections

Michigan: Manual election audits to debut in Michigan in 2018 | House approves list of alternative voter IDs

Minnesota: Citing Russian threat, MN asking for $1.4M to update voter registration system | Audit urges upgrading Minnesota voter registration system

Nebraska: Vote-by-mail mixup

Nevada: Nevada taking steps to prevent election hacking

New Hampshire: Rindge residents question town's handling of last-minute absentee ballots ahead of snowstorm | Jaffrey, Rindge Facebook posts raise questions about absentee-balloting process

New York: AG Schneiderman, hundreds of advocates rally for early voting | NYers push for early voting to increase participation

North Carolina: Here's here will preside over elections amid NC governor and GOP lawmaker's power struggle | Cooper names 8 to new state elections board | Town files complaint against BOE, director | Eggers, Anderson named to SBOEE | Local board ready for primary

Ohio: Cleveland company casting plant to change how we vote

Pennsylvania: Experts: Pa. race shows need for US voting machine upgrades | What's next in Pa. special election ballot fight? | False stories crop up on voter fraud after Pa. race | State official: No signs of voter fraud | Republicans ask for investigation of voting 'irregularities' in special election

South Dakota: Not enough signatures for vote-by-mail measure

Texas: Williams hires counsel to probe recount or district court challenge of Pct. 4 race | Villager Q&A: Steve Leakey, president and co-founder of the Voter Awareness Council

Utah: Longtime Salt Lake Co. clerk being challenged by her own employee

Washington: County's new voting system more 'intuitive' election head says | Major changes coming to voting rights, access in Washington

Friday, 16 March 2018

March 16, 2018

National News: Is your county elections clerk ready for Russian hackers? | States making most of 'forced marriage' to DHS over election security

Alaska: Anchorage ballots hit local mailboxes; some people get more than 1 | Reality Check: Will voting by mail deliver for Anchorage?

Connecticut: Bill would restore voting rights to parolees, pre-trial detainees

Georgia: Jury quickly says 'not guilty' in Ga. elections case

Guam: Election commission meets

Indiana: Election board seeks to bump voter turnout

Iowa: Secretary of state Paul Pate to run for re-election

Kansas: After two years, Johnson Co. still hasn't spent $13M to replace voting machines

Louisiana: Who may run for secretary of state?

Maryland: Thomas appointed to serve on Talbot Co. BOE

Michigan: House approves list of alternative voter IDs | House approves voting-related bills | Online voter registration approved by Senate | Online voter registration gets overwhelming support in Senate | Judge is asked to move up special election

Minnesota: Minnesota will still use same voting machines | Voter registration audit could shed light on ineligible voting claims | Voter registration system under auditor's microscope

Missouri: Push on for return to paper ballots

Nevada: Judge strikes blow against recall effort

New Hampshire: NH House rejects online voter registration

New Mexico: Voters in survey approve of ranked-choice system

North Dakota: With election nearing, state asks for quick review of voter ID case

Ohio: Elections directors explain what it takes to keep votes safe

Pennsylvania: GOP asks voters for irregularities ahead of potential challenge | In Washington Co., they take their ballot counting seriously | Development divided in voter registration glitch

Tennessee: Plaintiff in Nashville mayoral election case appeals to state Supreme Court

Texas: Former state Rep. Norma Chavez sues over alleged election fraud | Coin flip decides race in Lampasas Co.

Virginia: Thousands of Albemarle voters affected by polling place changes | Resignation should not affect voting plan

Washington: Clallam's LWV celebrates 50 years

West Virginia: Kingwood tables election ordinance to discern additional information

March 16, 2018 (2)

National News: Is your county elections clerk ready for Russian hackers? | States making most of 'forced marriage' to DHS over election security

Alaska: Anchorage ballots hit local mailboxes; some people get more than 1 | Reality Check: Will voting by mail deliver for Anchorage?

Connecticut: Bill would restore voting rights to parolees, pre-trial detainees

Georgia: Jury quickly says 'not guilty' in Ga. elections case

Guam: Election commission meets

Indiana: Election board seeks to bump voter turnout

Iowa: Secretary of state Paul Pate to run for re-election

Kansas: After two years, Johnson Co. still hasn't spent $13M to replace voting machines

Louisiana: Who may run for secretary of state?

Maryland: Thomas appointed to serve on Talbot Co. BOE

Michigan: House approves list of alternative voter IDs | House approves voting-related bills | Online voter registration approved by Senate | Online voter registration gets overwhelming support in Senate | Judge is asked to move up special election

Minnesota: Minnesota will still use same voting machines | Voter registration audit could shed light on ineligible voting claims | Voter registration system under auditor's microscope

Missouri: Push on for return to paper ballots

Nevada: Judge strikes blow against recall effort

New Hampshire: NH House rejects online voter registration

New Mexico: Voters in survey approve of ranked-choice system

North Dakota: With election nearing, state asks for quick review of voter ID case

Ohio: Elections directors explain what it takes to keep votes safe

Pennsylvania: GOP asks voters for irregularities ahead of potential challenge | In Washington Co., they take their ballot counting seriously | Development divided in voter registration glitch

Tennessee: Plaintiff in Nashville mayoral election case appeals to state Supreme Court

Texas: Former state Rep. Norma Chavez sues over alleged election fraud | Coin flip decides race in Lampasas Co.

Virginia: Thousands of Albemarle voters affected by polling place changes | Resignation should not affect voting plan

Washington: Clallam's LWV celebrates 50 years

West Virginia: Kingwood tables election ordinance to discern additional information