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Monday, 03 October 2011

October 1-3, 2011

National News: New state rules raising hurdles at voting booth | The new voting laws and their effect | Obama says DOJ examining voter laws to ensure ballot access

Alaska: Joe Miller fights on

California: Web registering may shake up voter rolls in California | IRV gives San Francisco voters thousands of choices | Lunn: State budget risks voters' access to ballot of choice

Colorado: Reluctantly, clerk says, ballots not in the mail | Pueblo clerk backs down on ballots | Battle in Denver on who gets ballots

Florida: Primary date means cities save on election costs | Local GOPs didn't want primary date change

Illinois: Thousands of county voters get new polling places

Indiana: Familiar machines will greet voters at new vote centers

Kentucky: State, couty differ on homeless voters

Louisiana: Jindal: No endorsement in secretary of state race

Maryland: Reports say option to split precinct would carry costs

Massachusetts: Mashpee selectmen support state voter ID ballot initiative | More polls in Seekonk?

Missouri: Carnahan won't seek re-election as secretary of state

New Mexico: Fake applications confuse voter

New York: Poll practices in limelight at NY operative trial

North Carolina: Carolinas face 2012 with shrunken election budgets

Ohio: Elections board looks north

Pennsylvania: $50K budgeted for voting machine overhaul in Franklin County | Bucks Co. BOE stops candidate's company from transporting voting machines | County workers to deliver voting machines to township polling sites | Long-term Lehigh County voters honored

South Carolina: Audits spotlight 2010 election problems | Carolinas face 2012 with shrunken election budgets | Primary costs give parties, state pause

Tennessee: Some Nashville voters say precincts don't make sense

Texas: Recall costs may top normal election | Judges to ensure Texas primaries stay on schedule

Utah: Weber poll worker dismissed

Vermont: Transparency tour begins this month

West Virginia: Wood County opts out of maintenance deal | Tennant to outline election-day plans

Wisconsin: Local officials works to inform voters of new requirements at polls


Friday, 30 September 2011

September 30, 2011

National: GOP starting line inches toward New Year's Day | Early voting states issue warnings on primary dates

Arizona: Phoenix dual polling places may stiffle November turnout

Arkansas: Court: Voters can cast ballots in public

Colorado: Boulder County's election equipment passes logic and accuracy test | Colorado appeals court decision upholds open records law | Gessler: No to mailing ballots to inactive voters | Colorado court opens electronic images of voted ballots | Could new court ruling impact elections lawsuit against Mesa County?

Connecticut: Merrill's office selects precincts for post-primary audits | Bridgeport primary focuses attention on debate over provisional ballots

Florida: Bonita Springs could cash in on Jan. 31 primary date

Georgia: Secretary of state announces presidential preference primary

Idaho: New state rules affect absentee voters

Iowa: State officials: No problem with voter registration event at Summit

Kansas: Groups battle early start to voter ID law | Kobach's campaign reporting scrutinized

Louisiana: Tucker to launch statewide TV ad in race for secretary of state

Massachusetts: Teens rally for voting rights in Lowell

New Hampshire: Secretary of state promises to protect primary

New York: Haggerty trial exposes issues with ballot security | Challenger asks FBI to probe DA, voter fraud case | Grand jury hears witnesses in Troy ballot fraud case

Ohio: County settles voting machine lawsuit | Stark County BOE meeting of Thursday | Obama supporters score early victory in Ohio

South Carolina: 'I'm just wondering if it's all necessasry'

Tennessee: Unofficial election day tallies in, malfunction delays final results | County election commission informing voters of new law | Election officials making way through provisional ballots | Nicole Lester earns state certification as election administrator

Texas: Plaintiff wins in challenge to Boerne election changes | Judge: Texas' new political maps on hold

Utah: Five cities cancel November elections thanks to new law

Virginia: New voter cards being distributed

West Virginia: Kanawha commissioners sign voting machine contract | Voting machines ready for special election

Thursday, 29 September 2011

September 29, 2011

National News: Electoral regulations at stake in 13 secretary of state races | Florida legal case could complicate presidential primary

California: Senator Yee wants governor to sign online voter registration bill

Colorado: Boulder County: 144,800 voters to receive ballots so far | Can Pueblo County soldiers vote?

Connecticut: Officials to conduct post-election audit

District of Columbia: DC's Coolidge High using city's voting equipment to choose president

Georgia: County considers whether to choose 10 voting precincts | Georgia presidential primary will be March 6

Indiana: Clerk White announces more early voting hours

Kansas: 2012 will bring voting changes | Reduction in number of voting locations discussed

Kentucky: Kentucky lawmakers hear from expert on voter ID

Montana: Great Falls High senior aims to get students to vote

New Jersey: Voting charges dismissed in Wildwood

New Mexico: Mailers cause confusion

Ohio: Opponents to temporarily suspend Ohio election law | Secretary of state calls for bipartisan panel to do redistricting | Opponents of new election law collect enough signatures to challenge it

Pennsylvania: Voter registration deadline pushed back a day

South Carolina: More S.C. voters than first thought don't have photo ID | Voter ID: Citizens still struggle to obtain photo ID | Greenville County to vet primary election issues next week

Tennessee: New law could affect voter turnout, especially for those over 60

Texas: Law won't affect spring elections

Virginia: Military voters encouraged to apply now | State board gets military absentee ballots out on time

Wisconsin: Challenges expected to some voter ID rules | Tech schools upset about ID snub | State board cites errors, but clears Waukesha County Clerk Nickolaus

Wyoming: Sec. of State Maxfield to challenge term limits

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

September 28, 2011

Technology News: Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control

Alabama: Alabama asks Justice to review new voting districts

Arizona: Taking roll: Voter registration list no longer purged

California: Braille Institute holds test run for visually impaired e-voting | Humboldt County registrar feature on voting transparency panel

Colorado: Congressmen ask U.S. to look into Gessler lawsuit against Denver clerk

Connecticut: Election day smoother than last November

Florida: Elections boss pleads for more money

Illinois: Merrillville makes one more pleas for combining voting sites

Iowa: New polling places for some Woodbury County voters

Kansas: Community groups rally against voter ID law

Kentucky: More states looking at voter IDs

Louisiana: Secretary of state race is a 2 in 1 decision Oct. 22 ballot

Maine: Same-day voter registration supporters push for legislative vote | Group: GOP leaders used same-day voting

Maryland: General Assembly to decide on new voting locations

Massachusetts: New vote tally procedure to ensure accuracy in Taunton preliminary election | New bills seek to have voters provide ID at polls | Lakeville seeking new polling site

Mississippi: Jackson County election commissioners strive for problem-free election

Nevada: State GOP leaders reject same-day registration for caucus

New Jersey: Zirkles win Fairfield election; state can’t confirm investigation | Presidential primary moved back to June

New York: Attorney: Voter fraud plea invalid | Election commissioners feel heat from legislators

Ohio: 1989 change means more work to vote in Manchester this election | Early voting decision this week

Pennsylvania: Chester County issues primary ballot explanation

South Carolina: More Upstate counties say they’re not paying for presidential primaries | 25 voters to get free photo ID ride to DMV, only 4 in Tri-county area

Tennessee: New seals will tamper-proof elections | Meeting to focus on voter education | Tennessee voter law awaits effect on seniors | Knoxville man celebrates 50 years as poll worker

Texas: AC board changes election dates | City looks to avoid ‘even year’ elections | Elections to cost Killeen $30K more

West Virginia:  Voting machine contract hits a snag | County to refuse maintenance contract for voting machines

Wisconsin: Lawmakers question GAB policies | GOP lawmakers consider changes to recall petition process

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

September 27, 2011

Alabama: Montgomery County polling places likely to change

Arizona: Vote centers: Is less more?

Colorado: Clerk urges voters to check on registration

Connecticut: Bridgeport voters head to the polls

Georgia: Assistant elections chief likes her fast-paced job

Illinois: County to discuss voting changes

Indiana: County's voting machines to be replaced | Voting machines will need to be replaced after 2012

Iowa: Elections officials tout new database

Louisiana: Election confusion is common | Schedler, Tucker spar to capture Louisiana secretary of state job

Massachusetts: New bill seeks to have voters provide identification at polls

Mississippi: Gubernatorial candidates differ on voter ID

New Jersey: Moving town elections to November won't save full cost | Presidential primary returns to June | Election commission disputes judge's decision in Morris County race

New Mexico: Kozlowski named elections supervisor

New York: Mangano boosts election board budget by $3M | Subpoenas issued in ballot fraud probe | NY seeks waiver on primary date

North Carolina: Former Columbus County elections board member Jessie F. Graham, dead at 78 | May primary will require two sets of ballots

Ohio: Presidential primary announced | Obama re-election campaign pushes back against GOP-passed elections law

South Carolina: Few ask for rides to get voter ID | Richland County election board to discuss primary funding | Counties balk at presidential primary cost | Counties rebel over presidential primary tab

Tennessee: Ketron defends ID law | Former felon head RuCo Dems, voted illegally | Election officials discuss precinct changes

Texas: Election judge accused of violating election code resigns

West Virginia: Council tackles voting machines

Wisconsin: Election boards' actions on voter ID draw look | Voter ID decision to be reviewed

Monday, 26 September 2011

September 24-26, 2011

National News: Voters may face slower lines in 2012 elections | Voter ID laws target rarely occurring voter fraud

Overseas News: Proposals would strengthen troops’ legal rights

Alabama: US Rep. Terri Sewell opposes photo voter ID law | Shelby County appeals ruling on Voting Rights Act | Local election landscape will change in 2012

Arizona: Yuma could be first to add vote centers

Arkansas: Election commission gears up for vote

California: Institute to train visually impaired to vote

Colorado: Boulder County clerk to test ballots, equipment | County clerks oppose efforts to make ballots public | Clerks prepared to fight effort to make voted ballots available to public

Connecticut: Campaign mails incorrect voting locations to some voters | Candidates' observers barred from polling places | Bridgeport absentee ballots becoming focus of election complaints

District of Columbia: Gray pulls nominee for elections board

Florida: Palm Beach County preps for 2012 elections | Candidate loses lawsuit, quest for recount | Still no primary date

Georgia: Fairfield wants to keep precinct | Secretary of state weighs primary dates

Indiana: The vote is in: County relents on election spending | Landske: Keeping uncontested races on ballot up to counties | GOP leaders say fix coming for ballot law

Maine: Advocates: People with disabilities hampered by Maine voter rules

New Mexico: Learning curve: Students get help from election pros

New York: Robert. L. Rosengren, Sr.

Ohio: Voting precincts in Hamilton County consolidated | New voting bill under scrutiny | Cuyahoga County GOP chairman gives 'no' vote to voting task force | Early voting date havoc

Pennsylvania: Old polling house will feature 21st Century technology

South Carolina: Dispute over presidential primaries escalates | County says 'no' to paying for GOP primary

South Dakota: Helping veterans vote

Tennessee: Elections position could see change

Texas: Justice Dept. seeks more details on Texas' voter ID law | New voting laws may lessen voting participation at Rice

U.S. Virgin Islands: Joint board leaves antics behind and gets down to work on elections reform

West Virginia: State shoulders Berkley County with election machine maintenance | Morgan County confident of smooth election-day process

Friday, 23 September 2011

September 23, 2011

Colorado: 17,687 county ballots in limbo | Mayor supports clerk and recorder in lawsuit | Fraud checks in place, clerk says

Connecticut: State plans random poll checks for Bridgeport primary

District of Columbia: Gray administration may seek waiver for BOEE nominee

Florida: Flagler County adopts budget, withholds increase sought by elections supervisor

Idaho: Satellite sites nixed for absentee voting | 9th Circuit tosses closed primary appeal

Illinois: Redistricting doesn't require re-registering

Indiana: White seeks dismissal of his indictment | Unopposed candidates almost kicked off ballot in Allen County

Louisiana: Officials warn of fraudulent voter registration website | Some challengers in state races raise more money than incumbents

Maine: Debate continues over voter fraud | Summers cites results of probe into voter fraud | Voting system remains concern

Massachusetts: Patrick skeptical about voter ID bills

Nevada: Judge wants redistricting plan in place by November 16

New Jersey: Clerk has begun mailing ballots for general election

New York: State may be forced to move primary day | 22 absentee ballots in Kingston to be opened Monday

North Carolina: Residents brave rain to cast early ballots | Taylortown polling place moved to town hall

Ohio: In Ohio, Democrats in 'make or break' fight over early voting | Akron council urges repeal of House Bill 194 | Cuyahoga County elections board starts vote-by-mail campaign | Hansford joins board of elections | Elections board: Prosecutor not pursuing voter falsification

Oklahoma: Challenge to Oklahoma voter ID law advances

South Carolina: Voter ID law to be discussed | Counties anxious over GOP primary funding

Tennessee: Knox County early voting costs

Texas: Austin keeps city election in May

West Virginia: Student government promotes early voting | Absentee ballot confusion persists

Wisconsin: Tomahawk woman organizes effort to get voter ID cards | Special elections have cost La Crosse $90K so far

Thursday, 22 September 2011

September 22, 2011

Alabama: Federal judge dismisses Shelby County's challenge of Voting Rights Act | Randolph County redistricting plan might violate Voting Rights Act

California: Former mayor blames ballot fraud for lost election

Colorado: Gessler files lawsuit against Denver County over inactive voters | In all-mail election, thousands of locals won’t get mail ballots | From ‘no way, Jose’ to ‘c’est la vie,’ Coffman backtracks on non-English ballots

Connecticut: Merrill pitches ideas for election changes

District of Columbia: DCBOEE finally gets new appointees | Residency issue arises for nominee to D.C. elections board

Florida: Former commission candidate seeks recount in Osceola County election lawsuit | Write-in candidate withdraws, taxpayers to save $500K

Georgia: College Republicans propose polls on campus

Indiana: Election office warns against budget cuts | Lawmakers likely to address new ballot law

Iowa: County will get new precinct boundaries

Maine: Vote fraud probe finds one illegal incident | Summers: No voter fraud found, but Maine’s system needs fixing | Portland voters to rank mayoral choices

Massachusetts: Gov. Patrick, NAACP criticize voter ID bill | Opponents of voter ID bills stand up to be counted

Nevada: Court: Man’s vote in NLV council race to remain private

New York: Board of elections begins absentee ballot count | Absentee ballots challenged | Absentee votes swing races in Kingston

Ohio: Former elections chief gets five years’ probation | Early voting dates undecided for now | Ohio’s primary will be in March

South Dakota: City to move polling place to Lakota Community Homes

Tennessee: Hamilton County clerk to issue certain photo IDs

Texas: Consolidation to affect Clay County voters

Utah: Ivins primary forces recount

Virginia: Students may hold balance of power

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

September 21, 2011

Colorado: The town of two elections | Denver mail-ballot tussle no issue here

Florida: Voters to shell out a half million to one million dollars for election | New elections chief misses first election

Illinois: Galesburg election panel OKs new ward, polling place map

Indiana: Mayor vows ballot lawsuit

Iowa: County approves grant for handicapped voting booths

Kentucky: Photo ID at ballot box big issue in secretary of state debate | Ethics panel declines to act on complaint about registering homeless voters

Maine: Secretary of state to release voter fraud findings

Michigan: New absentee ballot application style

Montana: As Lovaas sues for voter fraud, investigation finds no wrongdoing

New Jersey: Union County clerk offers new servivce for vote-by-mail ballot applicants

New York: Justice Dept. asks judge to move up NY primary | Varying deadlines still loom for absentee and military ballots that could sway elections | Final primary election results still to come

North Carolina: Voter ID bill vetoed by Perdue, challenges continue

South Carolina: Beaufort election commission balks at mandate to run primaries

Tennessee: City council votes to defer for 1 week voter ID law resolution | Long wait at license centers gets longer, blamed on voter ID law

Texas: Will Austin move its next election from May to November? | County reduces number of voting boxes from 36 to 29

West Virginia: New tracking for absentee voters available

Wisconsin: Students to see changes in polling places | Senate recalls cost Wisconsin, local residents $2.1M

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

September 20, 2011

Alabama: Strange stands by decision to take redistricting to court

Arizona: Voting rights lawsuit likely if preclearance challenge succeeds

Colorado: Gessler threatens to sue Denver over ballot flap involving inactive voters | Vail voters will receive two ballots this fall

Connecticut: How much would you pay to vote for nobody?

Florida: Osceola election lawsuit teams activist with former commission candidate

Georgia: Changes to Warner Robins voting polls and precincts

Illinois: Disabled voters may receive ballots at home

Indiana: New technology will make voting easier | Commissioners approve new voting system, vote center sites | Tippecanoe County signs new vendor for voter check-in process

Kentucky: Secretary of state candidates differ on photo ID plan

Louisiana: Jagneaux serves on national panel

Maryland: Church to be polling place in 2012

Missouri: County clerks say primary move would be better for weather, worse for administration

New Jersey: Fairfield election investigation continues; polls open next Tuesday | Lawmaker wants to save money by emailing sample ballots

Ohio: Are paper ballots the way to go? | In Lorain County, absentee ballots must be requested

Tennessee: Morgan County gets new voting machines, booths | Photo ID voting mandate spurs Democrats' fears, GOP scoffs | Need an ID to vote? Get ready to wait | Knoxville voters express support for voter ID, but dissenters fear discrimination

Texas: Upcoming council vote may alter 2012 city election date | DOJ: Redistricting maps don't meet Voting Rights Act

West Virginia: Counties across state ready to start early voting on Wednesday

Wisconsin: Republicans trying to shorten absentee voting period | County clerks trying to work out kinks in voter registration