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Monday, 12 February 2018

Feburary 10-12, 2018

National News: Restrictive voter ID laws are no match for this group | Time's just about up to secure the 2018 midterm elections

Alabama: Transgender plaintiffs sue Alabama over state ID laws | Voting rights museum a dream that became reality | Legislature pitches election reform measures following Senate election

Alaska: Anchorage mayor assesses vote-by-mail method

Arizona: Groups seek clarity on felons' voting rights in Arizona

Connecticut: Secretary of state announces voter registration drive for Puerto Rican families

Florida: New smart tablets help Lee Co. avoid voter fraud | Lawmakers consider severely restricting access to voter information

Georgia: Gwinnett mails bilingual voter cards; 1600 have new polling place | Gwinnett unveils new voter information materials | Hall now planning to hire elections superintendent

Illinois: Pending candidate challenge delays early voting in some Southern Illinois counties | Local elections director: Expect cyber incidents in the midterms | Election equipment up to the task? | Thirteen polling places might have to shut down

Indiana: McKinney professor testifies on voting case's lasting effects | AG opinions sidelines bill to allow dead people's votes to count | IMU polling stations to be introduced in fall 2018

Kansas: Vopat discusses election equipment | Kansas voting rights challenge headed to trial

Massachusetts: Galvin, voter groups press for same day registration | Cost of same day registration concerns local clerks

Minnesota: Morrison Co. receives $89K grant for new election equipment | Hibbing gets grant for voting machines | New election equipment coming to Central Minnesota

Mississippi: Felony voting proposal still alive in Legislature

Nebraska: Gretna senator renews push for voter ID laws

New Jersey: NJ wants to expand voting access and give new voice to marginalized populations | Hoboken council members respond to voter fraud

New Mexico: House bill to secure local elections

New York: NY targets Blockchain for voter security

North Carolina: Voting machine mandate irks county

Ohio: Cheney tapped to fill unexpired term on Allen Co. BOE

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania to require voting machines with paper backup | State issues voting directive for county election officials | County election readiness hinges on new map

South Carolina: Repeat election in West Columbia raises questions

Tennessee: Election fraud case dismissed

Virginia: Bill on instant runoff voting for Arlington Co. board races clears committee | College Republicans, University Democrats endorse bill for ranked choice voting

Washington: Mid-Columbia voters affected by registration mix-up

West Virginia: County votes to consolidate voting precincts

Wyoming: Secretary of state resigns | Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray resigns | Republican Leland Christensen second to enter secretary of state race | Laramie Co. Clerk Debra Lee reflects on global experiences

Friday, 09 February 2018

February 9, 2018

National News: Judiciary Dems demand immediate hearings on election hacking

Alabama: Vote in Houston Co.? Your polling place could change soon

California: Sacramento Bee leaks 19.5M California voter records

Florida: Gilchrist to purchase voting equipment | Hackers did not gain access to Florida registration rolls, state election officials say | Voter information legislation stalls in state session | Lee and Collier Co. officials look to prevent Russian hackers

Georgia: Kemp: Russia didn't hack Ga. voter rolls | Georgia voters could have paper ballots, voting receipts for elections

Illinois: County clerk prepares for upcoming primary | Old voting machines could pose new election problems | Early voting won't start Thursday as planned | Early voting complicated by ballot concerns | Early voting off to a strong start in Decatur, but not for all in Illinois

Indiana: Vigo voting plan coming together | Officials aim to secure a vote center | 28K voter registrations 'cancelled' in St. Joseph Co. | New website to help Hoosiers vote

Kansas: House panel votes for remedy to election budget squabbles in four counties

Kentucky: E-pollbooks may not fly for primary

Maine: Campaigns unsure how ranked-choice will affect Maine elections

Maryland: Rockville mulls vote-by-mail for 2019

Massachusetts: Panel to tackle voter suppression issues | Local clerks fret over early voting costs

Michigan: Seminar to detail proposed voting law changes

Minnesota: Secretary of state taps attorney as chief of staff

Mississippi: Bills introduced to examine voting rights | 'Promote the Vote' recognizes 105 students at State Capitol

Missouri: Republican and willing to go to North County? The election board has a job for you

Montana: Montana's elections chief talks with Billings high school students

Nebraska: Senator Chambers threatens filibuster over voter ID bill | At Legislature hearing on voter ID bills, both sides say Nebraskans agree with them | Democrat Spencer Danner running for secretary of state | Voter ID opponents say measure would do more harm than good

New Jersey: Runoffs may return to Hoboken

New Mexico: House committee OKs bill to consolidate nonpartisan local elections

New York: High hopes for governor's voting reforms

Pennsylvania: MoCo holding voting machine 'open house' | County election office mailing causes confusion

Rhode Island: Gorbea proposes moving date of September primary

Utah: Two bills to significantly affect voting in Utah

Virginia: Fredericksburg voters quietly drop lawsuit requesting new election

Washington: 650 county residents just now getting election ballots

Thursday, 08 February 2018

February 8, 2018

National News: Russians penetrated US voter systems, top US official says | Poll: Most Americans think Russia will interfere again in 2018 elections

Alaska: Mail dominance

Arizona: How a Glendale woman got 2 ballots for special election | Advocacy group says Arizona misleads ex-felons on voting rights

Arkansas: Lawsuit filed over Arkansas' revamped voter ID law | State's '17 voter ID law fatally flawed, suit says | Sebastian Co. election panel approves vote centers | Meeting set for Marion Co. vote centers

California: Oxnard special election could cost county close to $500K

Connecticut: Malloy signs executive order to study vote-by-mail

Florida: Irma flooding caused $174K in damage to St. Lucie elections office

Georgia: Forsyth elections office has new home

Illinois: Early voting delay not expected to affect turnout | Legal action delays start of early voting | Early voting delayed, could start Feb. 20 | Early and mail voting in Peoria Co. will be delayed

Indiana: County's election machines to get upgrade

Kansas: Talk ramping up about replacing Lyon Co. voting machines | County officials at odds over election office budget

Missouri: As petitions to change Missouri laws soar, some want to charge fees to get on ballot

North Dakota: Jaeger visits Fargo to talk 2018 campaign

Ohio: Belmont, Harrison counties prepare for election

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. election director monitoring redistricting impact on May primary

South Dakota: House passes election reform bill opponents call 'onslaught' against initiative process

Texas: Another arrest made in Starr Co. voter fraud case | Nueces Co. commissioners extend early voting polling hours

Virginia: Albemarle Co. supervisors accept voting precinct changes

Washington: 192 Benton Co. voters affected by state voter registration error | Software error fails to send nearly 600 voter registrations to Spokane Co. | State motor voter glitch has limited impact on Kittitas Co. | House committee considers same-day voter registration | Software glitch affects nearly 200 Cowlitz voters

West Virginia: Voter ID law now in effect for West Virginia

Wisconsin: UW voting drive part of Big Ten Voting Challenge

Wyoming: Clerks launch voting survey | State Rep. James Byrd running for secretary of state

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

February 7, 2018

National News: AF streamlines voting program to help optimize Airmen's core missions | Black lawmakers continue King's fight for voting rights

Alaska: Elections Division has plans to save $220K per year

California: Chinese language added to voting materials in Contra Costa Co.

Florida: Lawmakers debate expansion of digital voting, tallying machines | Miami could vote 4 times in 9 months for a state House seat

Georgia: Gwinnett officials: Spanish-language election services cost $700K in 2017 | N. Fulton mayor will resign Feb. 21 before secretary of state run |

Illinois: Early voting postponed | Ballot dispute delays early voting in McLean Co. | Early voting in Rockford pushed back nearly two weeks

Indiana: Elections board to open central IU polling site

Iowa: Eastern Iowans experience first elections with voter ID changes

Kansas: Budget feud escalates between county officials, county election commissioners

Maryland: College Park city council debates making absentee voting more flexible |

Massachusetts: House approves early voting amendment | Braintree polling place moved

Michigan: New voting equipment test by students | Ann Arbor has new 2018 voting precincts, polling places

Minnesota: St. Paul council member charged, accused of helping voter cast ballot

Nevada: County moving away from assigned voting sites in 2018

New York: Assembly passes bill to change date of 2018 state primary election

North Carolina: Supreme Court issues partial stay in voting case

Pennsylvania: Concern over condition of voting machines in PA | Some polling places need changes for disabled voters, but none moving this year | Westmoreland commissioner wants Murphy to pay $230K bill for special election

Tennessee: Most voters at Longview Rec turned away because of confusion about polling location | Instant runoff advocate reacts to council vote for anti-runoff referendum | Voters will decide whether or not to keep ranked choice voting

Texas: Texas AG's office 'fully supports' voter fraud investigation | Confusion surround mail-in ballots in Potter Co.

Virginia: Richmond launches initiative to register city high school students to vote | Changes proposed for Albemarle Co. voting precincts | 2018 will be a no-go for satellite absentee voting centers in Arlington | Prince William wins $2K to preserve segregated polling books

Washington: Nearly 7K Washington voters will get last-minute ballots due to motor voter error | Some Lyman voters' ballots delayed

Tuesday, 06 February 2018

February 6, 2018

National News: Voting rights for women: How countries stack up

Alaska: Anchorage to hold first vote-by-mail election in April

California: County ballots, voter guides to now include info in Chinese

Georgia: Student ambassadors help with voter registration | Secretary of state candidate meets with voters in Columbus

Idaho: Whitman Co. asks for help with forthcoming election

Illinois: Early DuPage primary voting delayed by ballot changes | Student leaders respond to clerk's decision not to grant more early voting locations | Voting rights suit against Chicago Heights flops before federal appeals court | Early voting may be delayed for millions in Chicago area due to ballot challenges

Indiana: Porter Co. Dems, GOP optimistic for polling place issue resolution

Kansas: Public demonstration of new voting machines to be held| Bills clarify that yes, Kansans who have trouble signing their names can vote-by-mail

Maine: What Mainers need to know about latest ranked-choice voting twist | How the ranked-choice voting people's veto would affect 2018 Maine elections

Massachusetts: Town poised to receive compensation for unfunded state mandate

Minnesota: Ranked-choice supporters gather signatures for ballot question | Lincoln Co. receives grant for voting equipment

Missouri: Election czar wants new rules for ballot questions | Election officials prep for primaries

Ohio: Deal struck on congressional redistricting

Pennsylvania: Settlement reached over Cumberland Co.'s access to polling locations | Justices won't block Pa. gerrymandering decision

Texas: Paxton pushes for new checks on voter fraud | Voting rights groups focus on turnout as registration period ends | Jefferson Co. officials working to find location of displaced voters | Abbott's mail-in ballot push creates backlog for county election workers | Ballot confusion for those voting by mail ahead of the March primary

Virginia: Will Martinsville merge voting precincts? | Arlington electoral board OKs officers of election for 2018

Wisconsin: ExpressVote to debut at primary | MMSD employee pushes to have staff development days held on election days

Monday, 05 February 2018

February 3-5, 2018

California: Napa Co. readying to pioneer new state election approach | Local election season officially kicks off

Colorado: Election year adventure begins for new Eagle Co. clerk

Delaware: Delaware changing voter registration forms amid legality concerns

Florida: Cybertraining election officials for this year's voting | Ruling on voting rights for felons could impact upcoming elections

Georgia: Georgia ACLU, secretary of state settle voter roll 'purge' suit | Georgia to end controversial step in voter roll deletions

Idaho: Secretary of state seeks budget boost to upgrade software, transparency

Illinois: Tazewell Co. voters get new voting machines | Expect late start to early voting in Chicago | UI students' request for early voting expansion rejected | Proposed bill would allow inmates to vote from jail

Indiana: Vigo Co. electoral board hopes to engage young voters this year

Iowa: Iowa prepares for new voter ID setup | Pate seeks uptick in young voters

Kansas: Kobach will represent himself in upcoming trial

Maine: Primaries could feature ranked choice voting | Ranked-choice voters submit signatures for 'people's veto' ballot initiative

Michigan: 'Promote vote' petition would OK no-reason absentee

Minnesota: Counties get money for new equipment

New Hampshire: Shaheen, UNH Dems fight GOP voter eligibility bill

North Carolina: Citizens learn about gerrymandering, voting rights at local workshop | Federal panel holds voting rights hearing | State GOP warns Cooper against elections board actions | NC justices won't move elections ruling quickly

Texas: Displaced Harvey victims with suspended registration can still vote in primary | Harris Co. needs updated address info from 175K voters | Registrars help MSU students prepare for March primaries | Abbot mail-in ballot twist means extra work for local election officials | Tarrant Co. hires second elections administrator of the year

Utah: Some county municipalities begin switching to vote-by-mail

West Virginia: Secretary of state marks voter achievement in Hedgesville | County Clerk: Merging election dates would save Morgantown money

Friday, 02 February 2018

February 2, 2018

National News: How voters with disabilities are blocked form the ballot box | Why is disabled voter turnout on the decline?

California: Allen calls for DVM audit over law that could allow non-citizens to vote | SF District 2 candidate sues to move election up from November to June

Colorado: Pueblo mayor election hits voting pothole

Florida: Florida's scheme for restoring felons' voting rights ruled unconstitutional | Why hasn't there been a rush of Puerto Rico voter registrations in Florida? | Judge strikes down Florida's system for denying felons' voting rights | Should voters' personal data be kept secret? Lawmaker says yes

Georgia: Abrams earns support from civil rights figures, unveils voting package | Gwinnett needs bilingual poll workers | Elections department gets new headquarters

Illinois: Voter Crosscheck program could leave identity vulnerable | Study shows NU voter engagement significantly above national average | Senate passes Crosscheck bill

Iowa: Pate pushes Voter Ready in Page Co. | Fremont Co. upgrades election software

Kentucky: New voting machine demonstration at clerk's office | GOP election lawyer Michael Adams announces run for secretary of state

Maine: Ranked-choice supporters say they have enough signatures to force a new vote

Massachusetts: Council president backs candidate in secretary of state race | North Reading may get compensated by state for early voting | House votes to pay local early voting expenses | Pembroke Town Clerk announces plans to retire

Nevada: New voting machines demo'd | Douglass Co. clerk's office prepares for 2018 elections

New York: Flushing polling site restored

Ohio: Lucas Co. BOE looking for workers

Pennsylvania: Special election will cost Westmoreland Co. $230K

Texas: What do you mean I'm not registered to vote? | Hurricane Harvey victims shocked to find out voter registration was suspended | Second arrest made in Starr Co. voter fraud investigation | Bastrop elections office ensures fair, timely primary despite record

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections system moves ahead with calendar despite divisions in board

Virginia: House backs overhaul of election board's structure | Va. House approves election changes in wake of 2017 drama

Thursday, 01 February 2018

February 1, 2018

National News: Elections watchdog warns of midterm meddling

Arkansas: Plenty of elections coming soon

California: MoFo helps ease California motor-voter mail-in process | Ranch Bernardo High students are encouraging their peers to register and vote

Colorado: Arapahoe Co. redraws election precincts to account for population growth | Pam Bacon turns over clerks association gavel

Connecticut: Puerto Rican voter registration drive gets state help | Democratic party official may challenge Merrill

Florida: Movement to open Florida's primary election system faces test | Activists urge lawmakers to support restoring ex-felons' voting rights | Florida may share voter information with other states

Illinois: Primary 2018 Questionnaires: Champaign Co. clerk | Hastings passes measure to protect the sanctity of Illinois elections

Indiana: Commissioners scuttle election board plan to cut polling places

Massachusetts: Galvin, voter groups press for same-day registration | Advocates lobby lawmakers to pass automatic voter registration | State AG backs same-day, automatic voter registration

Michigan: Campaign cash flowing into race for secretary of state

Minnesota: County gets $40K state grant for new voting machines

Missouri: Voter ID cards are more informational than required to identify voters

New York: Primary day-Rosh Hashanah conflict needs a permanent fix, public advocate says

North Carolina: Judge restores partisan primaries for Appellate Court races | Elections agency vows to continue day-to-day operations

Ohio: Mayoral candidate dismisses complaint against BOE

South Dakota: Senate panel approves bill to allow tribal ID cards for voter registration

Texas: Harvey flood victims face confusion over voter registration | Upshur says no election signs unless polls open

Wisconsin: Search for new elections chief tabled again | State elections panel edges closer to showdown with GOP Senate

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January 31, 2018

National News: Wanted: A firewall to protect US elections | States get policy help in securing the 2018 vote

Arizona: All mail voting system a success for Maricopa Co.

California: Old voting machines are 'biggest threat' to California elections | Budget subcommittee, registrar of voters agree on new proposal for June election funding | Nevada Co. supervisors to examine $258K increase for June primary

Connecticut: Former New Fairfield first selectman to run for secretary of state

Illinois: Sen. Hastings pushes to stop Illinois' participation in Crosscheck

Indiana: Porter commissioners reject plan to reduce number of polling places for primary

Iowa: Iowa's new voter ID law goes into effect | Top administrator is out at Iowa secretary of state's office | Cerro Gordo supervisors approve rental space for counting absentee ballots

Kentucky: Proposal would allow voters to fill vacant Metro Council seats

Massachusetts: Over 8K inactive voters being dropped in Lowell

Minnesota: Grants for new elections equipment to make voting more secure, easier and faster

Mississippi: Secretary of state's office earns awards for web creativity, leadership in cybersecurity

Nebraska: While voter ID is pushed in Legislature, county election officials say voter fraud not an issue | Omahan Spencer Danner to run for secretary of state

New Hampshire: Governor's Millennial Council may take a stand on voting rights

New York: Officials urge state to change primary election due to Rosh Hashanah conflict

North Carolina: Governor's office orders elections boards to refrain from 'substantive action' after court ruling | Cooper seeks fast movement following elections board ruling

North Dakota: Democratic challenger says he would modernize, stream line secretary of state's office

Ohio: Elections board commissioners attend demo | Elections board approves pay raises | Morgan sues board of elections

Pennsylvania: County seeking OK to consolidate Steelton voting districts

Texas: Elections department asks, 'Are you correctly registered to vote?'

Utah: Attorneys seek more than $3M in legal fees for voting rights case

Vermont: Condos joins national group

Virginia: Obenshain voter bill passes Senate

West Virginia: County to consolidate voting precincts

Wisconsin: Electronic poll books may debut in August | DMV issues information on how to obtain free ID for voting | Voters should expect some changes to city's polling places for 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January 30, 2018

National News: Democrats seek subpoena for DHS info on election hacking | Can election security be fixed in time for the 2018 vote?

Colorado: County officials address changes to next election cycle | Colorado's first year of open, mail-in primaries will be an unprecedented experiment

Florida: Special election will cost taxpayers $350K for 9-month term

Georgia: Georgia weighs constitutional amendment making English official language

Guam: Bill combines voter registration, driver's license process

Illinois: Clark promoted participation at polls for 3 decades

Indiana: Voting aids available to the elderly and those with disabilities | Ball State professor campaigning to run for secretary of state | County gears up for primary

Kentucky: Eighth state quietly quit free anti-voter fraud program over security concerns and 'unreliable' results | Secretaries of state in WV and KY arm candidates with cybersecurity playbook

Maryland: Salisbury BOE debuts new facility with open house

Michigan: County hires new elections coordinator

Minnesota: Secretary of state announces $7M for new election equipment

Mississippi: Delay looks likely for county precinct consolidation

Montana: New Missoula Co. elections administrator brings experience to post

New York: Latimer Garden polling place in Flushing will be restored

North Carolina: Election calendar, management unclear 2 weeks before filing| Board of elections says good-bye

North Dakota: Secretary of state race becomes competitive

Tennessee: Grant aims to boost African American voter turnout

Texas: Webb Co. elections committee appoints interim elections administrator | County clerk reports 'tons' of ballot-by-mail requests | Starr Co. woman faces voter fraud charges

Virginia: Senate passes voter ID bill linking poll books with DMV photos

West Virginia: Secretaries of state in WV and KY arm candidates with cybersecurity playbook | Wood Co. commissioners approve move of polling places