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2011

Monday, 31 October 2011

October 29-31, 2011

National News: Election laws tightening in GOP-run states

Alabama: Representation in question of all-white board of registrars

California: Plenty of ballots still unmarked in San Francisco | Can Internet voting save neighborhood council elections? | Riverside County registrar's office aims to regain voters' confidence | Ranked-choice voting explained | First county election ballots are counted

Colorado: First all mail-in election underway in Summit | Broomfield hires administrator just in time for election

Connecticut: Registrar: Wesleyan students can still vote in municipal election

Florida: Court rejects state's request to expedite voting law challenge

Georgia: Some voters to visit two precincts on Election Day

Indiana: Khulman Center vote center opens today | Monroe County vote center public hearing set for Monday | Grocery stores to host early voting

Iowa: Write-in heavy election challenges poll workers | Nine vote centers to be used in Nov. 8 elections

Massachusetts: Westboro to combine polling | New Plum Island polling station raises concerns

Minnesota: Ranked voting steps forward

Mississippi: Nov. 8 ballots reprinted | Voter ID initiative set for Mississippi ballot

Montana: Great Falls high schools launch voter registration race

New York: Erie County ballot case goes national

North Carolina: Voting concerns in Pitt County

North Dakota: Auditor finds short time to set up polling choices

Ohio: Janet Clair to retire from elections board after 28 years | Absentee voting cut short

Pennsylvania: Final preparations for election under way

South Carolina: Votes in one Bluffton precinct miscounted | Election commission has no confirmed cases of voter fraud

Tennessee: Some college students feel targeted by voter ID law

Virginia: Alice Clarke Lynch, longtime Richmond registrar dies | Polling location changes names | Some King George voters will have new polling places

Washington: 11K ballots for Eastside didn't get mailed | Watch Benton, Franklin ballot-counting on web

Wisconsin: Churches offer transportation to get voter ID

Friday, 28 October 2011

October 28, 2011

National News: DoD personnel miss out on absentee ballots

Connecticut: Online voting: Security issues remain a major hurdle | Registrar: Half of registered Wesleyan voters ineligible

Florida: Elections office promotes 'Move the Vote' program | Smart phone technology supports voter objectives

Georgia: Rockdale election board seeks ruling from judge

Idaho: Slow start to early voting in Ada County

Indiana: New way to cast vote | More absentee ballot questions raised | Absence makes the vote grow stronger

Iowa: Election officials watch for 'electioneering'

Kentucky: Voter fraud, forgery charges mar Jeffersonville mayoral campaign | Johnson says he would prefer to road state

Maine: 'Yes on 1' rally to feature former secretary of state

Massachusetts: Selectmen consider replacing outdated voting machines | Freetwon switches to new voting machines

Mississippi: Voter ID proposal on ballot Nov. 8

Missouri: Scrutiny over voting precincts

Nebraska: Chadron voting place changed

Nevada: Judge signs off on new congressional districts

New Hampshire: Bill Gardner, a New Hampshire institution

New Jersey: South Jersey voting machine incident makes waves

New York: Grand jury grills Troy lawmaker | Board clerk s focus in ballot tampering

Ohio: Making sure everyone gets the opportunity to vote | Voting location changes for 19,500 in Delaware County

South Carolina: Voter ID ads overlook absentee option

Tennessee: Election commission cracks down on voter fraud

Utah: 38 cities and towns cancel municipal election

Virginia: Voters beware of polling place changes

Wisconsin: Election head talks recalls with senators

Thursday, 27 October 2011

October 27, 2011

California: Polling places decrease for 2011 election | Sheriff's race a test of ranked-choice voting | Mail-in ballots course through county | Election monitors in SF would not be rare move

Colorado: All-mail election turnout could exceed past year contests

District of Columbia: Gray has new elections board nominee

Florida: Commissioners approve new voting machines that leave paper trail | Senator Nelson voting laws: Time for a change?

Indiana: Uncontested races stay off ballots | GOP head: Ballots will be 'investigated' | Meeting planned on vote-center options

Kansas: Secretary of state fined $5K for errors in campaign reports

Kentucky: Voter ID issues split candidates for secretary of state

Louisiana: No errors in Saturday election | Tucker won't give up until results are certified

Maine: Changes to absentee voting law may affect voters | Same-day voter battle: It all boils down to winning elections | Caterer tells town sex parties will stop

Massachusetts: English-Chinese ballot delayed until next year

Michigan: Local elections require early preparation

Montana: Sanders County ballot mistake addressed

New Hampshire: Legislators to discuss proposed voting laws

New Jersey: Applications increase for mail-in ballots

New York: New poll worker fees approved

North Carolina: Board of elections to be more visible

Ohio: Absentee voting increases in popularity even as deadline changes | Double-primary plan is raising cost concerns locally

Oregon: Primary election ballot mix-up reported in Washington County

Pennsylvania: Election board makes changes for Nov. 8

South Carolina: State submits voter ID law response

Tennessee: Voter ID debate hits college campuses | Memphis-area voters get info on photo ID law | Seniors given options to cope with new voter ID law | Ramsey's voter ID taxi service gets first fare | Elections administrator now certified by Tennessee

Texas: New laws to cost KISD $50K to rent voting machines | Rockwall County could soon see all-electronic ballots | DOJ: Perry signed discriminatory congressional map in Texas | Pflugerville elections could move from May to November

Virginia: Fairfax County needs 200 to 300 volunteers for Election Day | Some Waynesboro voters experience ward changes | New polling place coming to LU

Wisconsin: DA investigating out-of-state voting

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

October 26, 2011

National News: Congressional Black Caucus targets state voter laws as hostile | Three counties must provide voting help to Asian Indians

California: City of Palm Springs launches election information website

Colorado: Vote centers replace precinct polling locations on Election Day

District of Columbia: Former D.C. auditor may head elections board

Florida: Nelson urges Scott to revamp elections law after teacher draws warning | Supervisor of elections hosts 'Cans for a Cause' food drive

Georgia: Georgia seeks to strike down Voting Rights Act

Iowa: Poll hours cut in several towns

Mississippi: Mistake by secretary of state's office forces election ballot reprint

Nevada: 'Alien' invades secretary of state's office

New Hampshire: Secretary of state to set primary date next week

New Jersey: Bergen County clerk candidates clash over ballot printing costs | Cumberland County GOP cries fraud

New Mexico: Voters can now cast ballots in other precincts

New York: Dutchess County ballots, voting machines readied after court ruling | Document Drop: NYC sample ballot | Off-year election will cost NYC $17M

North Carolina: Board of elections: Family given wrong absentee ballots

Ohio: Board plans to allow voting weekend before election | Charges not filed in voting dispute | Board of elections must hire 8,000 temporary employees | Two primaries mean no special election in 2012

South Dakota: National popular vote movement fails in South Dakota

Tennessee: Some District 1 voters will have new voting precinct next election | Election officials approve precinct lines | Election Day brings voter ID law | Veteran had to pay for voter photo ID | Voting law impacts seniors | State election coordinator's Memphis visit highlights photo-ID battle

Texas: County, schools work out election issues

Utah: Utah lauded for online voter registration

Virginia: No simple fix for splitting precinct in August County

Washington: King County elections relies on Census data to determine lanugages for ballots | Ballots' journey juggles security, transparency

West Virginia: Putnam County gets voting grant from secretary of state

Wisconsin: Vote on primary move delayed

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

October 25, 2011

National News: Obama ally speaks out for tougher voter ID laws | Race and redistricting: Unholy alliance starting to fray

Alabama: Butler reappointed chairman of board of registrars

California: L.A. elections overhaul could be a model | Mayoral candidates ask for federal monitors | Ballot oversight affects 30,000-plus in Fairfield, Bencia who vote-by-mail | Registrar cuts polling places

Colorado: Voters slow to return ballots

Connecticut: State investigating possible misuse of absentee ballots

Florida: Indian River County elections supervisor candidates face-off in forum | Spanish speakers sought to work polls

Georgia: Advanced voting locations reduced in Chatham County

Illinois: Lombardi honored among best electin judges | Herb, Desmond, Aument honored among best election judges

Indiana: Marion County gives green light on voting machines | Bridge closure means more absentee ballots

Louisiana: Tucker has yet to concede, congratulates Schedler in secretary race | Secretary of state's website crashes during election

Maine: Clerk reminds voters of absentee law

Massachusetts: Chinese ballots not required in Quincy this year, feds say | Harvard selectmen back bill to move state and federal primary election dates

Mississippi: Ballot snafu discovered by happenstance

Missouri: Springfield area Rep. announces bid for secretary of state

Montana: Ballots pour in to Yellowstone County elections office

New Jersey: Wildwood Crest considers moving elections to save money

New Mexico: Valencia County commission eyes consolidating polling places

New York: Ballot tampering suspect could face felony | Court hearing on primary date delayed--again

Ohio: Lightning strike has some voters on move

South Carolina: A push to register new voters reaches behind bars

Tennessee: Group says poll shows Tennesseans confused by voter photo ID law | New voting laws for 2012 | Tennessee to hold town halls about voting laws

Utah: Utah onlime voter registration program recognized | Vote online for president? Utah group working to make it happen

Virginia: City continues talks about changing voting districts

Wisconsin: GAB election specialists outline voter ID law | Assembly to consider moving primary to August

Monday, 24 October 2011

October 22-24, 2011

National News: Voter ID, other initiatives follow GOP's resurgence | Post Office closings threaten native voting rights

California: SF uses complex ranked-vote system in mayoral race | Candidates contact DOJ over reports of election fraud | Ranked-choice voting complicates S.F. mayor's race | Why politicos hate ranked-choice voting

Colorado: Law prohibits US Postal Service from forwarding Boulder County ballots

Connecticut: Absentees: Early ballots bring victories, sometimes fraud | Absentee ballot fraud has a long history in Bridgeport

Florida: New Florida election law stirs up controversy | Spanish speakers sought for elections assistance | U.S. won't require Treasure Coast counties to print ballots in Spanish | Indian River elections office now on Facebook and Twitter

Indiana: Time short for ordering new voting machines | Early voting keeps elections office busy

Kentucky: Secretary of state candidates differ on photo ID to vote | 10 precincts to have new polling places

Louisiana: A by-the-numbers look at Saturday's election | Eligible voting pool plummets in New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish | Schedler edges Tucker for secretary of state

Maine: Voter registration likely debate topic | Clearing up voter confusion as Election Day approaches

Mississippi: Forrest County ready to ditch voting machine printers | Voter ID remains disputed issue

Missouri: Time running out to cancel primary

New Hampshire: Bills would require new voters to be residents | Once more, elections chief plays a primary role

New Mexico: County considers using at-large voting centers | Commission asks clerk for more county voting centers

New York: Arrest 'imminent' in ballot tampering investigation | Judge issues new ruling in ongoing Dutchess absentee ballot court battle

Ohio: Franklin County elections director: Two primaries costly, confusing | Extra primary will cost $15 million | 2 Ohio primary dates OK'd; district maps still disputed | Early voting begins this weekend in Cuyahoga, but new rules cause dismay | County elections officials fear 2 primaries will confuse voters

Pennsylvania: Pa. debating new voter ID rules | Polling place changes

South Carolina: Audit finds minor anomalies in Beaufort County's 2010 election data

South Dakota: S.D. no longer required to provide Lakota-language audio ballots

Tennessee: Election commission reviews precinct statistics | After long wait, no seat, voter, 91, quits on ID | Chattanooga woman denied voting ID gains national attention

Virginia: Albermarle County voters awaiting registration cards | 'Patriotic duty' pushes Fairfax County's election officers to serve

Washington: State gets high marks for getting ballots to troops

Friday, 21 October 2011

October 21, 2011

National News: Democrats fret about stricter voter ID laws | Three counties must provide voting help to Asian Indians | Dem strategy aims to boost mail-ins

California: Polling places merged | Instant runoff faces test

Colorado: 140 Boulder County voters mailed city ballots by mistake

District of Columbia: Clifford Tatum is new D.C. elections administrator

Florida: Senator's call to check citizenship of Hispanic voters draws fire | New technology to help voters check status | 29 interveners join Fla. election law challenge | Florida election fight becomes battle royale | St. Lucie elections supervisor wants to use Fenn Center for polling places

Illionois: Berwyn residents named top elections judges

Indiana: No special prosecutor will be appointed in Bayh voter-fraud case

Louisiana: Officials prepare for election | Jim Tucker cites endorsements in TV commercial

Maine: ACLU asks DOJ to investigate potential Voting Rights Act violations | Question 1 to decide polling day signup ban

Maryland: Frederick board of elections gets $30K to defend appeal | City primary process questioned

Massachusetts: Sharon voters moving from arrows to ovals | Luna asks DOJ to oversee Springfield election

Michigan: No-reason absentee voting proposal comes with a catch

Mississippi: Forrest Co. closer to nixing printers

Nevada: GOP may move caucus to Feb. 4

New Hampshire: Early primary would cause wealth of problems in Dover

New York: Haight: Absentee ballot address data tampered with

North Carolina: Elections are on, and so is voter fraud

Ohio: Ohio may split primary amid map spat | Double primary to cost $35K extra

Pennsylvania: Officials concerned about voter ID bill

Tennessee: Election commission gets OK for more space

Virginia: Fairfax required to provide election info in Spanish

Washington: More drive-up ballot drop boxes will be available

Wisconsin: Group files suit to block Wisconsin voter ID | League of Women voters files suit agains voter ID law

Thursday, 20 October 2011

October 20, 2011

Arizona: Prop 400 would conform city charter to state election law

California: Roseville teens cast their first (mock) ballots | State won't fund vote-by-mail

Colorado: Eagle County mail ballots already being returned

Florida: New smart phone tag will connect voters to election offices

Georgia: Kemp touts state's presidential primary, electronic voting for military personnel

Iowa: Secretary of state rejects Polk County map again

Maine: Fate of election day voter registration at stake with Question 1

Massachusetts: Hand count of Shewsbury library ballots | Framingham to lease voting system for Town Meeting

Mississippi: State election officials scramble to fix ballots lacking required information | Photo ID fiscal impact to be included on ballot | Mistakes force counties to reprint ballots | Officials crack down on voter fraud | Concerns raised over absentee ballots

Missouri: St. Charles County employee sues elections director

New Hampshire: Early primary would overspend budget

New Jersey: Voting to be moved due to mold at polling place | Freeholder battle exposes underbelly of elections | Food collection set for election day

New Mexico: City Clerk: Turnout good for first day

New York: Sheriff begins probe of ballots

Pennsylvania: Groups in Harrisburg protest proposed voter ID bill | Election bureau director gears up for Nov. 8

South Carolina: Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to GOP primary | Opponents say voting law unfair for the poor

Tennessee: Democratic lawmakers file measure to repeal voter ID law

Texas: Entities grapple with new voting law | Voter card mailing delayed; redistricting plan fight blamed

West Virginia: Redistricting lawsuits leave elections officials in limbo

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

October 19, 2011

National News: Military voting jumped last year, report says | Report: Military ballot problems rise

California: Ranked choice voting to be used in mayoral election | A third of S.F. Chinese voters unaware of ranked-choice voting

Colorado: Election day voting | Local officials lend a hand with recall election in Saguache County

Florida: Fla. judge drops election suit, but case not over | U.S. judge dismisses ACLU challenge of Florida election law | County opens regional elections office in North Tampa | Early voting law changes disputed

Georgia: Early voting turnout 'better than expected'

Indiana: Vote centers up for debate | Hearing set on vote centers

Iowa: Iowa polling rule changes spark heated debate

Kansas: Sedgwick County elections chief to resign

Maine: Voter campaign head named

Massachusetts: Voters face being listed inactive | Error on Marlborough absentee ballots

Mississippi: Price makes some question voting machines

Montana: Secretary of state protests postal proposal

Nevada: Dems accounce caucuses for Jan. 14

Ohio: Elections board ready for Nov. 8 | Secretary of state tells county election boards to cease early voting by Nov. 4 | Absentee ballot requests set torrid pace | Ballots sent to absentees were marked for Collins

Oklahoma: State election board wants voter ID lawsuit moved, dismissed

South Carolina: GOP to pay for Orageburg County primary | Beaufort County joins lawsuit challenging local role in GOP primary | 4 SC counties ask Supreme Court to stop presidential primary over costs | SC voter ID law hits some black precincts harder

South Dakota: Counties no longer have to provide Lakota assistance during election

Tennessee: Election officials, AARP explain voter ID nuances | Ketron: Student ID fraud too rampant for voting

Virginia: Officials delay decision on rules for absentee votes

Washington: Reed says nixing presidential primary mutes state's voice

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

October 18, 2011

National News: Military voting on the rise

California: Some Palo Alto voters get San Jose ballots in election mixup

Colorado: PitCo to release a handful of ballots | Marks granted access to Pitkin County ballots

Florida: Miami-Dade commissioner aims to combat voter fraud | Assistant supervisor of elections earns designation | Florida early voting bill

Indiana: Early voting makes casting ballot more convenient | County commissioner suggests combining election precincts to save money

Kentucky: Secretary of state candidates clash on issues

Louisiana: Early voting hugely successful | Secretary of state race not for the meek of heart | Schedler, Tucker continue duel | Election official's letter raises questions | Secretary of state candidates debate | Candidates spar on TV appearance

Maine: Maine ACLU calls on secretary of state to apologize to students

Minnesota: St. Paul ready to give ranked voting its first try | Federal election assistance deadlines extended

Missouri: Senate deadlocks over eliminating primary

New Jersey: Pennsauken GOP wants election officials working for Dem candidates removed

New York: New electronic voter guides | Law recounts prisoners in New York | Snafu trips up voters

North Carolina: Orange County will open 4 one-stop early voting locations

Ohio: Defiance County elections board announces extended hours | Mamma Mia! Not enough workers at polls?

Rhode Island: Voter registration forms may change

South Dakota: Savings touted in end to bilingual polling rules

Tennessee: Clerks issue free photo ID cards | Precicnts move for 2012

Virginia: Elections board to Virginians: Voter cards are in the mail

Washington Ruling brings release of Ref. 71 signers' names

West Virginia: Early voting option still popular in area

Wisconsin: State lawmakers pressed to move fall primary to August | Lawmaker wants to change the rules for recalls