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2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

December 14, 2011

National News: Eric Holder: Voter ID laws hurt minorities | Atty. Gen. Holder takes aim at new state voting laws | Holder signals tougher review of new state voting laws | Postal service announces five-month moratorium on closings | New U.S. absentee ballot rules

Alaska: Judge spikes redistricting challenge

Connecticut: Mayor: Let all New Haven immigrants vote

District of Columbia: D.C. succession questions answered

Florida: Brookville code enforcement officer joins Hernando supervisor of elections race

Georgia: Augusta officials seek attorney general's opinion on possible election date change

Louisiana: Judge rules out West Feliciana Parish election challenge

Maryland: Cardin to introduce voter fraud bill

Massachusetts: Natick gets new voting equipment

Michigan: Ferndale shrinks voting precincts from 9 to 7 | Local clerks remind voters of changes at the polls | Wyoming will change voting wards, precincts

Minnesota: State legislators will square off in on-campus voter ID debate | Thumbs down on voter ID Burnsville officials say

Montana: Ravalli County worries about costs of losing mail sorting facility | Mail ballot election on horizon for River Rock

New Jersey: To move or not to move local elections

New York: Picente calls for audit of board of elections

Ohio: Elections board feud erupts

Oklahoma: County rolls out new voting machines | Election commission will oversee campaign reporting | Schneider tapped for Garfield County election board job

Oregon: Post office delays closure decisions

Pennsylvania: Critics say amended voter ID bill still disenfranchises poor, minorities, seniors

South Carolina: Deputies recover voting machine from Atlantic Beach | Horry County trying to find money to fund GOP primary | Presidential primary funding source unclear

Texas: How much would two Texas primaries cost? | Holder calls for review of states' voter ID laws | Advoctes: Two primaries would hurt minority voters | Redistricting challenge delays primary election

West Virginia: WV website ranks well

Wisconsin: Recall election could cost county $47K | Voters fight Wisconsin's voter ID law | ACLU sues Wisconsin over photo ID law | Be prepared for new voter ID rules | Governor's office confident voter ID law is constitutional | Elections board approves plan for recalls | Nickolaus says she tried to report problems to GAB | Elections officials likely to seek more time to review recall petitions | Absentee ballots could be counted at city hall | City of Sheboygan needs at least 100 more poll workers

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

December 13, 2011

National News: Eric Holder wades into debate over voting rights as election nears | Overseas voters should check website for registration options | NYTimes launches iPhone app for 2012 election coverage

Arizona: Voter registration not offered to public assistance clients | Election Integrity activists head back to court

California: More SF supes move to nix ranked-choice voting

Florida: Collier slashes voter precincts, consolidates polling places | Senate hearing to be held on Florida's voter registration law | Civic-minded teacher ensnared by new election law | Senate panel schedules Tampa hearing on Fla.'s new voter law

Idaho: Ada County voting precinct boundaries may change | Clerk: 24 ballots inadmissable

Kentucky: Secretary of state finishes radiation treatment for breast cancer

Massachusetts: Meal tax vote first test for new precincts in Plymouth

Missouri: St. Charles County elections director requests more staff

Nevada: GOP leader sees pro-Democratic bias in proposed election regulations | Official drops plans to delay election results

New Hampshire: Voting from afar

New Jersey: Candidate takes deciding ballot to state Superior Court

New York: Judge will rule on date for '12 NY primary | Judge to rule in about a month on date for 2012 primary

North Dakota: Council OKs ward lines, waits on precincts, polling places

Ohio: Summit County council opts for temporary budget for elections board

Oklahoma: Redistricting leads to some casting ballots elsewhere

Pennsylvania: Fayette commission candidate wants recount | After recount, Helfrich still leads | Senate panel OKs voter ID measure

South Carolina: SC Republican party will not cover primary cost | GOP won't pay for total cost of primary | Absentee voting begins in Spartanburg County

Tennessee: Division of elections to work with Tennessee Disability Coalition

Texas: Austin City council may revisit May election date | DC court sets preclearance trial | March primary in jeopardy | Primary elections in limbo | Second primary could cost Tarrant County $700K

Washington: County to honor long-time local voters

West Virginia: Secretary of state files response to federal redistricting case

Wisconsin: Couple runs into difficulties getting voter ID at Hudson DMV | Voter ID law ensnares teacher in rural part of state | New voting law to affect out-of-state students | City needs at least 100 more poll workers

Monday, 12 December 2011

December 10-12, 2011

National News: Civil rights groups, Democrats fight early-voting limits | Civil rights activists in NY protest voting rules

Arizona: Elections officials grapple with new American Indian language rule

California: San Francisco board of supervisors breaks ranks on voting system

Florida: Florida's infamous voting machines sold by collector | Congressional aide is latest candidate for Hernando elections supervisor | More issues with elections office building

Illinois: Another vote on election board?

Indiana: Officials begin work for '12 vote | Rokita finds election law expertise useful as he adjusts to life on Hill | Judge weighs request in White case | Judge delays ruling in dismissal of White case | Keller council runoff to cost almost $30K

Louisiana: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denies new election in St. Bernard

Maine: Former secretary of state enters senate race

Maryland: Report: Maryland has nation's second best election website

Minnesota: Secretary of state's website raked first in nation for election information

New Jersey: Fairfield Twp. voting turmoil back in court | Bill to make it easier to vote by mail clears senate panel

New York: Local counties fret extra primary

North Carolina: Statesville election under review

Ohio: Husted certifies signatures to put elections law on next year's ballot | County elections board fills open post | Election board defends budget request | Elections director resigns

Pennsylvania: Recount set in York County council race

Rhode Island: RI ACLU slams new voter identification rules

South Carolina: Civil rights groups send second letter asking DOJ to block SC voter ID law

South Dakota: Shannon commission approves limited early voting in 2012

Texas: Supreme Court blocks redistricting plan for Texas | 2011 election season comes to an end

Wisconsin: Voter ID law becomes law of unintended consequences | State to explain new voter ID law in ad campaign | Some Wisconsin voters having trouble getting required ID | NAACP, immigration groups to sue over voter ID law | Silver Lake Village Hall will be more accessbile for disabled voters | Recall election may cost Manitowoc County $300K

Friday, 09 December 2011

December 9, 2011

National News: GOP nonprofit backs Electoral College

California: California trails in online tools for voters, study finds

Delaware: Delaware ready to facilitate 2012 voting for military and citizens overseas

Florida: Scott appoints Thomas R. Hardee as Madison County supervisor of elections

Idaho: County clerk asks for quick redistricting decision

Indiana: Recount panel named in Columubs council race | Charlie White asking judge to dismiss charges against him | White expected back in court

Kentucky: Two more people in Monroe County plead guilty to vote fraud

Massachusetts: Provincetown endorses state election bill

Missouri: Redistricting lawsuit may be dismissed | County securing supplies, suppliers for 2012 elections

Nevada: Tagalog ballots to make voting more convenient for Las Vegas Fil-Ams

New Jersey: Machine glitch leads to election recount in Wallington

New Mexico: 'No trial date in sight' for Vigil-Giron

Ohio: No results changed in ballot recount | Elections board defends budget request | Number, date of primaries up in air | Primaries would be held in May under new bill

Oregon: State senators fight post office closures

Tennessee: Petition drive against voter ID | Commissioners vote down resolution asking state to rescind voter ID law

Texas: Rep. Barbara Lee: GOP trying to block minorities from voting | County realigns election precincts for 2012 | Can a Wendy's register to vote?

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board delays decision on machines

Washington: Recount confirms returns, hand count still to come

West Virginia: Redistricting plan could cost Raleigh $500K

Wisconsin: Birth record free if needed for voter ID, legislation says | Governor open to waiving birth certificate fees | GAB says more staff, time will be needed to review recall petitions

Thursday, 08 December 2011

Wednesday, 07 December 2011

December 7, 2011

National News: The secret weapon of modern political campaigns | Postal Service cuts could interfere with elections, delay ballots

Arkansas: Election commission gives nod to redistricting 602 voters

Connecticut: Mandated audit costs Wilton, not state | Rocky Hill adopts emergency plan for poll locations

Florida: How will changes at the post office affect you?

Indiana: Election bill spurs questions | Cass County clerk's office moves to fourth floor

Iowa: Vote centers popular, save county money | Runoff election could be Alton's last

Michigan: Voting laws: Michigan legislation could restrict voter registration, absentee ballots

New Hampshire: First votes cast in primary

New York: More testimony in Troy ballot fraud probe

North Carolina: Commissioners want voters to show ID

Ohio: Ohio House GOP working on plan to have one primary, possibly in April | Republicans working on plan to consolidate primaries | Summit elections board members upset about county rejecting budget

Pennsylvania: York County stands behind count in contested election | Primary election day: Close schools?

South Carolina: County will open all polling places for GOP primary | Florence County GOP concerned about primary

Tennessee: Eagleville to keep its own voting precinct

Texas: After voters complain of being accosted, poll restrictions proposed

Utah: Coin toss decides election in Alta

Virginia: Campaign worker indicted in election dispute | Registrar office move approved by Justice Dept. | Tazewell board of supervisors decide voting precincts | City eyes changing voting wards prior to primary

West Virginia: Browning advises commission

Wisconsin: GAB approves UW system student IDs for voter ID | Group accused of voter bribery cleared by DA's investigation | State elections officials want quick action on redistricting lawsuit

Tuesday, 06 December 2011

December 6, 2011

National News: NAACP: Don't 'block the vote' | State pols dismiss NAACP voting claims | Is it time to stop voting on Tuesdays? | As 2012 turnout battle brews, Justice Dept. eyes voter ID laws

Florida: Collier County elections chief Jennifer Edwards files for re-election | Election season start not too far off

Illinois: Postal changes could mean more work, security for Peoria facility

Indiana: Monroe County approves new voting equipment

Iowa: Secretary of state discusses national popular vote plan

Kentucky: Outgoing secretary of state Elaine Walker to lead state parks | Pike County clerk, two children seriously hurt in head-on crash

Louisiana: Judge: No new election in St. Bernard Parish challenge

Maryland: Maryland case may discourage political dirty tricks

Montana: Potential Missoula mail processing center closure concerns Ravalli County officials

Nebraska: Election lines new for 2012

New York: Study finds voters erred often in using new voting machines | Thousands of NY votes tossed because of too many filled ovals | Election commissioners want to consolidate sites, hire fewer election inspectors | Trial set for Jan. 17 in ballot fraud case | Election officials query Rathbone officials | Election results unlikely to change

North Carolina: Granstboro could face holding commissioner's election again

Ohio: Summit County rejects elections board budget | Franklin County elections official is leaving board

Oregon: Postal service changes mean earlier deadline to mail ballots

Pennsylvania: County elections board to meet today

South Carolina: NAACP: Fight voter ID

Tennessee: SCHS students cast ballots electonically | State issues nearly 700 voter photo IDs during special Saturday hours | Division of elections partners with college students on voter ID law | TBI starts probe of former Sumner County election official

Texas: Humble City council changes voting system for upcoming elections | Two polling precincts may be combined next election | Uncertainty over redistricting could affect primaries

Washington: Coin flip to decide deadlocked Woodland City race

West Virginia: Sumners County receives HAVA grant money

Wisconsin: GAB prepares for public information campaign on new voter ID law

Monday, 05 December 2011

December 3-5, 2011

National News: NAACP targets tougher voter qualifications

Alaska: Was North Slope clerk carrying balltos when arrested for driving drunk?

Arizona: New supervisor lines will shake up voting

Colorado: Gessler wants to avoid voting fraud | Colorado elections chief doesn't mind hot water | Local voting precincts may change

Connecticut: Voting machine audit takes nine votes from Marzullo

Florida: Election law reform challenge heats up | Elections boss to retire at end of term | Glorioso files to run for elections supervisor

Georgia: Complaint filed with secretary of state over recent election | Judge will take weeks to decide election contest

Indiana: 82 Monroe County precincts, still no voting machines | Monroe County election board rejects vote centers | Monroe County to vote on buying election equipment Monday | Cass Co. clerk seeks 2nd term

Maryland: Ocean City absentee voting regulations to change

New Jersey: Elk election may come down to vote-by-mail ballot twice rejected | Mercer County refuses board of elections member $15K in pay, benefits after he refuses phsycial

New York: Chautauqua County election commissioners back optical scan results | Absentee balltos questioned in Steuben County | A turn in Troy ballot case?

North Carolina: Thomasville election protest dismissed | Price wants feds to block state voter ID laws

Ohio: Summit County council sniffs at elections board budget request | How Summit compares | Republicans leave meeting of elections board in protest

Pennsylvania: Student requests new polling place in Shippensburg Township

Texas: Supreme Court weighs GOP appeal over Texas election map

Wisconsin: Voters prepare for new photo ID law that starts in 2012 | State ID law leaves village leader without right to vote | County gets out work on voting rules | Many elections possible in '12

Friday, 02 December 2011

December 2, 2011

National: House votes to end election commission | Democrats push back against voter ID laws | Dems push back on state voting restrictions | Democrats pursuing protections to voting rights in aftermath of new voter ID laws

California: Lutz files civil rights suit against building manager over voter registration arrest | Analysis finds incorrect use of ranked-choice voting

Colorado: Sec. State Gessler eyeing cost savings

Connecticut: State audit includes New Canaan voting machines

Florida: Longtime Hernando elections supervisor retiring | Post office defends moving mail processing out of Gainesville

Illinois: Higher price for state elections office still better deal, officials say

Indiana: Vote centers rejected for 2012 Monroe County elections

Kentucky: Some county clerks upset about AG ruling

Louisiana: Judge to decide if St. Bernard should hold new election

Maryland: Schedule for remap hearing puts election in doubt | 'No excuse' policy debated in Ocean City

Massachusetts: Polling place temporarily moved to GRAIS | Date switch for primary quandary for Democrats | Clerk cites community support for combining '12 primaries

Michigan: Tyler bill to simplify elections passes House

Mississippi: Judge's race heads to court

New York: Putnam Valley vote recount changes nothing | Assembly reviews voting process | Judge denies recount, McCarthy to become Schenectady mayor

North Carolina: Election protest continues

Ohio: Ashland commissioners give elections board extra money | Discipline for elections workers hits roadblock

Pennsylvania: Smith files petition for recount

South Dakota: City elections could get instant runoffs

Tennessee: Nashville homeless man says he got voter ID runaround

Texas: Challengers aruge against emergency stay of maps

Washington: Vote recount will test new machines | Recount today to decide West Richland race

West Virginia: Three judges appointed to federal redistricting case

Wisconsin: Both Dems and GOP send poll worker lists in locally

Thursday, 01 December 2011

December 1, 2011

National News: Students hit by voter ID restrictions | Dems continue to fight for voting rights | New voting tech innovations for 2012 | Bill seeks to kill public funding for presidential races

Arkansas: Election commission looks to simplify precincts

Colorado: Pitkin County ballot review...to be continued

Connecticut: Wilton passes vote audit with flying colors | New Canaan among districts selected for voting audit

Florida: Broward GOP claims supervisor of elections is trying to 'disenfranchise' Republican voters

Georgia: Investigation launched into Forsyth election, suspected voter fraud

Illinois: Cook County adds Hindi to voter's language assistance for March primaries

Michigan: What's next for Occupy Detroit? Some members push voter registration

Nevada: Judge upholds North Las Vegas election

New Jersey: New Bergen clerk announces staff

New Mexico: Belen to vote to decrease precincts

New York: County race continues into December | Recount today for tied Putnam Valley race

North Carolina: Attorney says local voter ID laws have problems | Town of Selma employee suspended pending investigation of voter fraud

Pennsylvania: Election tie broken with 'low' number drawing | Validity of ballots argued before judge in Fayette

South Carolina: Audit shows problems with Horry County election | Election agency agrees to release list of people without IDs

South Dakota: Voting-centers concept gains another step toward usage

Tennessee: Sumner County elections sabotage case goes to DA

Washington: Spoakane County election's office to hold recount | Taking the Electoral College to school

West Virginia: Satellite voting for Harts, McCorkle | Precinct move requested

Wisconsin: Voter photo ID requirements explained | Voter ID forum set | List of village poll workers could be politically stacked