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Thursday, 19 July 2012

July 19, 2012

Alaska: Review of potentially uncounted Anchorage ballots planned

Arkansas: New home sought for early voting

California: What is ranked-choice voting? | SF ranked-choice voting critics back down | Will Californians ever vote online? | Livermore voters could be asked to switch to even-year elections

Colorado: City Council forecasts complicated process in viewing voted ballots | Judge clarifies ballot secrecy stance

Florida: Crease in Indian River County absentee ballots raises concerns | Manatee County supervisor of elections candidate profile | Gov. Scott, election officials spar over ineligible voters | Sarasota County's quiet voter purge | Duval elections office moving forward, cautiously with voter purge

Indiana: Clark County fair-goers get glimpse of high-tech voting machines

Maryland: Md. group challenges 1,000 voter registrations

Michigan: Incumbent Saginaw Township clerk facing challenge from businessman | McCotter special election to cost Northville $32K

Minnesota: Minnesota voter ID amendment draws youth activists | Voter ID opponents out-raise amendment supporters

Missouri: Latest Schoeler ad touts voter ID support

Nevada: Nevada recogonized for military voting rights

New Hampshire: JMUES to be town's only polling place

New Mexico: County clerk spent $9K on trips despite travel budget freeze

New York: Board of elections approves new ballot procedures after primary fiasco | BOE considers moving up mayoral primary | Troy chef acquitted in vote fraud trial

North Carolina: NC voter turnout so low some polling places went unused | NC very friendly to voting rights for military members | Tiny turnout, but pricetag not for runoff primary

Ohio: Board of elections gets to center of controversy

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia voting problems reported in primary election | Dispute over Pa. voter ID law intensifies | Report turns up Philadelphia voting irregularities | Pittsburgh firm to spread word about new voter ID law | Philly election official details examples of voter fraud

South Carolina: Study: SC voters may have trouble getting IDs

Tennessee: Polling issues continue in early voting | Boyers' new member of election commission

Texas: Voter photo ID battle is long way away from over | Texas wants access to immigration database

Utah: Utah recognized as All Star State

Virginia: Ex-convicts fight to restore their voting rights

West Virginia: Lincoln commissioner set to plead guilty, feds say

Wisconsin: Waukesha tackles voting problems | Second Waukesha County panel OKs more election money | Wis. AG will appeal voter ID ruling | Landlords now required to provide renters with voter registration forms

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

July 18, 2012

National News: Study finds costs associated with voter IDs | Study: Many could face obstacles in voter ID laws

Overseas Voting News: States praised, others faulted, for policies toward military voters | Fifteen states recoginzed for extraordinary efforts to protect military voters

Arizona: Suit targets Arizona election measure

California: Ranked-choice mayoral elections continue | ROV may add more polling places | County clerk responds to Grand Jury

Colorado: Election officials respond to illegal voter study | Gessler moving fast on citizen checks | La Junta changes vote center location

Connecticut: Windham man fights to revamp registrar's office

Florida: Fla. unlikely to remove voters before primary | Woman cut twice from voter rolls is dead certain she's alive | Two Republicans square off in elections race

Georgia: State's ballot error will cost local taxpayers | Georgia election officials seek access to immigration database | Georgia early voters find ballot longer than expected | Sheriff will investigate candidate for posting Facebook photo of ballot

Indiana: Vote centers closer to reality in Howard County | Indiana honored for military voter efforts

Kansas: Election office handles rush to register for primary

Louisiana: Registrar of voters wants third early voting location

Massachusetts: Teen spirit spurs bill to lower voting age

Minnesota: Photo ID details draw scrutiny of Minnesota's high court | Minn. a star for efforts in military voting

Mississippi: Hinds supervisors, Jackson wrestle with Ward 3 election details

New Mexico: Elections office wants immigration data access

New York: More vote machine troubles | NYC elections board adopts vote-counting measures | City board approves process aimed at faster vote results | DeBlasio wants New York to announce its vote before Hawaii does | Jury begin deliberations in LoPorto trial

North Carolina: Forecasts of low turnout turn out true | Light turnout for runoffs could spark change in voting laws

Ohio: Two Fairfield County poll workers recognized for service | Obama campaign sues Husted over early voting restrictions | Secretary of state to decide on early voting locations in Summit County | State plans to mail 7 million absentee voting applications

Pennsylvania: Analysis: Philly voters over 80 would be most inconvenienced by new ID law | Pa. updates badges for voter ID requirement | York County to open Rock Hill elections office before November

South Carolina: Atlantic Beach election results appeal to be heard Monday

South Dakota: AG: Gant's actions legal

Tennessee: Democrats object to moving voting precinct from North Knoxville school | Some voters, candidates say voting location change is political issue | Shelby County election officials say they've corrected voting problems

Texas: Perry wants Obama apology for voter ID lawsuit | Officials work out how to handle election mix-up

Virginia: 2 Virginias honored for protecting Vets' voting rights

Washington: Washington to unveil voter registration on Facebook | Washington recognized for protecting military voting rights

West Virginia: 2 Virginias honored for protecting Vets' voting rights | Lincoln commissioner charged in vote fraud scheme | Restoring voter confidence

Wisconsin: Group now checking rest of vote totals | Second judge rejects state voter ID law | City Council: Landlords will provide voter forms | Madison landlords say they won't provide tenants voter registration forms despite proposed city mandate

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

July 17, 2012

National News: Should former felons have the right to vote?

Alabama: Mobile County election procedures challenged in AG opinion

Alaska: 141 more ballots found in closet at Anchorage City Hall

Arizona: Lawsuit seeks to block Arizona primary measure

California: De La Fuente's ballot measure fizzles

Colorado: Homeland Security says Gessler may check voter citizenship | Marks prevails (again) in Aspen ballot case

Connecticut: New Haven NAACP leaders see voter suppression as major threat to rights

Florida: Rick Scott waiting for supervisors to restart search for noncitizen voters | Elections supervisors in wait and see mode over new lists | Elections Supervisor Swan a formidable fundraiser in Indian River County | Dent, Thaxton spar over machines, scrub days | Postal mixup causes errors on new voter cards | Data change results in incorrect polling locations on some voter cards

Indiana: Few Vanderburgh County votes tossed over lack of ID | State's error-filled voter rolls come under scrutiny | Commissioners approve vote center concept

Kansas: Voter ID law raises concern among nursing homes | Elderly have issues with voter ID law ahead of primaries

Louisiana: Registrars caution voters regarding mailing from voter participation center

Michigan: West Bloomfield Board questions Aug. 7 primary after theft

Missouri: New wallet-size voter ID cards soon to arrive | More complaints added to harassment lawsuit against elections director | Five hopefuls fill secretary of state ballot

Nevada: Online voter registration a hit

New Jersey: Group wants residents to show ID before voting

New Mexico: Democrats eye peeved voters in Chaparral

New York: Smith, LoPorto duke it out | City BOE to vote on election night changes

North Carolina: Spending less on an election with few voters

Ohio: Election officials preparing absentee ballots | Northeast Dems call on Husted to reverse decision on early voting | Some elected officials decry loss of extended voting hours | County gets election training grant

Pennsylvania: Voter ID watchdogs find little evidence of fraud | Debate rages over voter ID law as court challenge looms | Woman's ordeal shows voter ID pitfalls | State ID badges will need to be modified for voter ID use

South Carolina: Referendum might shift Columbia elections to November

Tennessee: Voters enjoy beating long lines, wait on election day | Voting issues reported when school vote question doesn't appear | Challenge of voter ID law comes into focus | Newly annexed residents experiencing ballot problems | Several issues plague early Shelby County voters | Lawsuit threatened over Memphis library photo card controversy

Virginia: Prince William groups to educate voters about voter ID | Disenfranchised felons find an ally in Gov. McDonnell | Town receives pre-clearance to move elections

Washington: Washington State ramps up voter registration with Facebook push

Monday, 16 July 2012

July 14-16, 2012

National News: States' actions on voter ID laws stoke debate | NAACP applauds Biden's voting rights message

Alabama: Voter ID is a hot topic, but will Alabama's ID law stop election fraud?

Alaska: New problem with last April's municipal election in Anchorage

California: In two Bay Area cities, critics tackle ranked-choice voting | For the first time, county prints ballots in Chinese | Two-thirds of Calif. voters cast ballots by mail | Voters preferred mailbox to ballot box, secretary of state says

Colorado: Colorado: How secret is your ballot?

Florida: Amid voter ID fight, Florida gets access to citizens list | Administration grants Fla. access to database to verify voter rolls | Florida considering settling on voter registration case | Ruling lets Fla. use Homeland Security database to purge voter lists of noncitizens | Manatee supervisor of elections race feels recession | As times change, Lee County precincts decrease | SAO election lawsuit denied, but can be re-filed | Midnight Happiness set a elections office

Georgia: Federal runoffs could pose problem for military voters | Early voting for July 31 primary moving at noteworthy pace

Guam: Judge's order allows GEC to meet deadline

Hawaii: Voting machines tested in primary election preparation | Voting preparations underway for primary elections | Hawaii's Vanishing Voter: Please Mr. Postman, is there a ballot for me?

Indiana: Indiana voter rolls coming under scrutiny

Iowa: Elections chief seeks to prove voter fraud

Michigan: Special election to replace Rep. McCotter may be shelved | Election cards missing from West Bloomfield clerk's office | County scrambling to fix absentee ballot mistake

Missouri: Suit challenges summary of judicial measure

New Mexico: Four more charged in Sunland Park voter frause case

New York: State BOE: Yes, NYC, you can take those vote results right off the scanners | Recollections at issue in trial | In wake of criticism, BOE looks at new vote counting procedures

North Carolina: Counties stuck wtih bigger election bill

North Dakota: Wrong polling place info sent to some in Moorhead

Ohio: Republican or Democratic ballot? Some Muscogee County voters can't decide | Ohio voting plan could cost the state | Husted decides against extended hours for in-preson absentee voting | State mail voter plan could cost extra $30K | Board of elections split on early voting, secretary of state to break ties | BOE to receive funding | Board of elections cant' decide on walk-in voting

Pennsylvania: Voter ID laws causing trouble for some | Voter ID debate fills summer void in Harrisburg | Efforts underway to get IDs to Franklin County voters | Rush is on to help Pa. voters obtain IDs | Groups highlight Pa. voter ID law's impact on Puerto Ricans

South Carolina: Hemingway election results upheld, protestors to appeal decision

Tennessee: Shelby Democrats support library photo ID

Texas: Judges skeptical of voter ID law's fairness | Judges scrutinize voter ID law | How many dead people are on Travis County's voter rolls? | Expert: AG making too big a deal over voter fraud

Vermont: Condos opposes voter ID laws being embraced elsewhere

Virginia: Va. fifth worst for restoring voting rights | Study: Estimated 350K Virginia felons cannot vote | Lawsuit threatened over ballot access

Wisconsin: Racine officials pressured to reveal results of 'voter irregularity' investigation | Shortage of poll workers contributed to Racine's issues, city says | DA finds no crim in election | 'Instant runoff' primaries generates a lonely vote | Common Council declines to vote on where to vote

Friday, 13 July 2012

July 13, 2012

National News: Voter ID proponents point to laws in other countries | Biden takes on voting rights issues at NAACP convention | Dogs and dead people among the questionable targets of left-leaning voter registration effort

Overseas Voting News: Armed Forces Voters Week reminds Andrews to exercise voting rights

Alabama: Polls to go high-tech

California: Feds: Cudahy officials threw away ballots, manipulated two elections | Vernon's changes to election rules spark concerne from registrar | Livermore may move election date

Colorado: Colo. secretary of state has found 85 potential illegal voters

District of Columbia: Congress approves changes to D.C. special election schedule

Florida: Florida leads nation in excluding ex-felons from the polls | Duval elections supervisor looks to move office; mayor says idea is 'premature' | Voters-on-the-go debuts for next election | Pasco sees spike in abentee ballot requests | Local elections staff helps feed hungry Salvation Army's Booth Cafe | Judge holds off on ruling in Miami-Dade State Attorney election write-in issue

Georgia: County adds locations, machines for early voting for primary election | Fulton Co. voters find problems with ballots

Guam: Stipulated order signed; GEC works to comply

Hawaii: Election chief: Voting process on track for primary | Hawaii's Vanishing Voter: Just ask, they'll come

Iowa: Harkin critical of Branstad's felon-voting policy

Kansas: National group honors election commissioner

Kentucky: Outcasts at the ballot box

Louisiana: One in 13 African American can't vote because of felonies, but rate in Louisiana falls below national average

Michigan: Snyder might sign voter ID bill | West Bloomfield Clerk: Election memory cards missing | Saginaw clerk faces primary challenge

Minnesota: YMC board discusses voter ID amendment

New York: The never-ending voter registration debate | Big names begin to take stand in Troy voter fraud trial | NYC Council to hold hearing on vote counting woes

Ohio: Cuyahoga County elections board disagrees on extending early voting hours

Pennsylvania: State gives Phila. list of residents lacking voter ID | Advocates launch voter ID campaign | Latino leaders press Pa. for online Spanish translations of voter ID info | Montco to hold public informational meeting on voter ID law | Monroe County constable convicted of falsifying election document | Cambria names new elections director

Rhode Island: Protection of RI voter information at center of debate

Tennessee: Electronic poll books set for many Nashville voting precincts after $777K upgrade | GOP leaders expect some problems during early voting but hope to remedy them by November

Texas: Testimony wraps up in Texas voter ID trial | Attorneys for Texas say study of voter ID law flawed | Witness: Texas voter ID law would harm minorities

Wisconsin: Assembly GOP leaders urge GAB to solve major problems before November | Group finishes audit of county election records

Wyoming: Absentee voting starts today for Aug. primary

Thursday, 12 July 2012

July 12, 2012

National News: Voter ID: Poll tax or common sense? | Debate intensifies over state elections law | Officials from 12 states press feds to help in cleaning up voter rolls

Arizona: Voters find way to stop political calls | Former candidate charged with voter fraud

Arkansas: Absentee ballot probe underway by state police

California: Liberatore requests recount of tight race

Colorado: Trumbull Dem. registrar resigns; Asst. GOP registrar terminated

Florida: Bradenton voters will decide if they want to eliminate runoff elections | Dent, Thaxton look to rally support | Federal hearing in Miami-Dade state attorney's write-in lawsuit

Guam: GEC approves final ballot design for primary election

Hawaii: Hawaii's Vanishing Voters: Not everyone wants more voters to participate

Indiana: Slow go on vote centers

Kansas: Former Sedgwick County election official named inspector general

Maryland: Foes of redistricting map reach petition goal

Massachusetts: 'Vote 17' movement pushing for teen voice in local elections

Michigan: Clerk: Special election is 'absolutely stupid' | McCotter resignation, special election create a 'nightmare' scenario for city clerks | McCotter muddle: Who gets the bill for $650K special election? | Taylor's lack of city clerk worries officials ahead of primary

New Jersey: Bergen County freeholder says clerk broke campaign pledge to solicit bids for ballot printing

New Mexico: Duran joins effort asking feds to help stop voter fraud

New York: In primaries, board of election fails stress test | Machines hamper 2013 vote | Troy voter fraud trial begins again

North Carolina: State sticks counties with surprise election tab | Part of suit against elections board and director dismissed | County considers Sunday voting hours

Oregon: Oregon election official denies state improperly struck signatures from ballot measure

Pennsylvania: Post-Gazette sues to take photos, videos at polls | Voter ID law site to help Spanish speakers partly in English

Rhode Island: Elections board postpones vote on keeping voter phone numbers, emails confidential | Three political parties join forces in opposition to BOE rule

Tennessee: Polling places change to accommodate disabled voters

Texas: Expert testimony to continue at voter ID trial | Ellis: Voter ID has everything to do with race | UT expert: Voter ID law won't affect turnout | Rockwell gets approval to buy supplies and equipment for elections department | Court accepts six-figure bid for precinct counters | Elections administrator complains of 'disrespect'

Wisconsin: Citizens group auditing statewide recall election results--by hand | GAB required Nickolaus' program change to voting machines | Lawmakers question election law enforcement

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

July 11, 2012

National News: Voter ID laws may handicap black voter turnout, Dems fear | Attorney general defends opposition to proposed Texas voter ID law | Rep. Hoyer launches voting rights application

Alabama: Alabama House Dems to fight districts in D.C.

Arizona: Gov. Brewer nixes plan for election law special session

Arkansas: FBI offers reward in Carroll County explosive device incident

California: Clerk explains election process | De La Fuente pushes for vote on Oakland's election system | Appeals court to examine Calif. ballot numbering

Colorado: Suthers asks Homeland Security chief to verify voters' citizenship

Florida: State of Florida will release voter purge list | State to release larger potential noncitizen voter list | Florida, Iowa target voting rights for ex-felons | Anatomy of a ballot

Georgia: Midtown residents report inaccurate voter cards

Guam: GEC, feds agree to stipulated order

Hawaii: South Maui is the worst for voter turnout

Indiana: County looks to voting centers | Voting centers on hold

Iowa: Florida, Iowa target voting rights for ex-felons

Kentucky: 105-year old Kentucky woman registers to vote

Louisiana: Former Lafourche Parish registrar remembered as unique

Michigan: McCotter exit costs taxpayers $650K

Missouri: Rupp looks to make jump from legislature to secretary of state

New Hampshire: Voter ID faces federal scrutiny | Attorney general asks DOJ to expedite voter ID review

New York: Bloomberg mocks BOE | Picente wants GOP election commissioner replaced | City BOE says critism was unfair

North Carolina: Voter registration effort underway for NC former felons | State must OK plan giving Cumberland County residents more chances to cast ballots early

Ohio: Summit County elections board deadlocks on early voting, sends three more ties to secretary of state | Polling places getting in compliance with ADA requirements

Oregon: Knute Buehler says he wants to redefine role of the secretary of state

Pennsylvania: Smithfield Township constable found guilty for falsifying election document | 6 percent of Lehigh County voters lack Pa. voter ID

South Dakota: Pressure builds, but Gant won't go

Texas: Texas teen testifies about voter ID law's effects | Lawmakers: Voter ID bill rushed to passage | Latino lawmakers say Texas voter ID law a hardship for minorities | Computer glitch made voters 112 years old

Utah: Spoiled ballot issue causing a stir in Pleasant Grove

Virginia: Woman in voter fraud case jailed after positive drug test

Washington: Yakima County removes flap from ballot

West Virginia: Election officials meet in Morgantown

Wisconsin: Nickolaus changed software before April election breakdown

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

July 10, 2012

National News: NAACP president says voter ID laws must be fought

Overseas Voting News: Absentee voting gives soldiers a voice

Alabama: Conflict arises over how to treat Mobile County voters whose addresses don't match registration | Location in Montgomery to fill out absentee ballots could change

California: Governor wins ballot order fight for now

Connecticut: Redistricting delay could cost $25K

Florida: Nurses launch first voter registration drive | Look in mail for voter cards, absentee ballots and sample ballots

Georgia: Local officials encourage early voting | Kemp: State lawmakers will have to consider ending runoff elections in Georgia

Hawaii: Measuring voter turnout: An inconsistent science

Kansas: Secretary of state defends proof-of-citizenship voting requirement

Maryland: Campaign to trigger vote on political map inches forward

Michigan: Picnic with a purpose | McCotter's resignation timing difficult for election officials

Minnesota: Ritchie alters title for voter ID amendment | Opponents pummel Ritchie over amendment titles

Nebraska: Cheaper Douglas County election plan proved costly

New Jersey: Union County clerk to lead IACREOT

New Mexico: Two primary winners survive recounts

New York: The cost of democracy? $36.30 per voter in Onondaga County | Jury selection begins in Troy ballot fraud re-trial

North Carolina: NC Supreme Court hears redistricting issue Tuesday

Ohio: Judge rejects Ohio bid to end ballot agreement | Summit elections board to take up key issues

Pennsylvania: Voter ID issues could be worst in Pennsylvania

Tennessee: Library cards at the root of voter ID challenge

Texas: Texas officials argue voter ID law is necessary | U.S., Texas clash over voter ID law

Utah: Recount likely to follow election canvass

Washington: 'Vote411.org' compiles ballot info by voters' address

West Virginia: Regional meetings provide networking opportunity for elections officials

Wisconsin: Investigating, fixing Nickolaus election errors to cost $256,300 | Van Hollen not confident voter ID law will be in place by November | Wanggaard considers lawsuit in Racine Senate recall recount

Monday, 09 July 2012

July 7-9, 2012

National News: NAACP convention to tackle new voting laws | Voter ID laws designed to deter fraud may end up blocking thousands of legitimate ballots | AG Holder pledges to protect the right to vote

Arizona: Arizona primary elections: Petitions filed could change voting system | GOP alternative to open primary initiative falls apart; Brewer lacks votes for special session

Florida: Elections chief tries to become first returned to office since the days of the butterfly ballot | Candidate profile: SOE Richard G. Bedford | Anderson running for re-election as elections supervisor

Georgia: Many voters' districts change this year

Illinois: DuPage election board to stick with ballot vendor | Voter purge proceeding in Alexander County

Indiana: Federal grant will improve handicap voting access | Cost savings a draw for vote centers

Iowa: Branstad: Iowa's policy on felons a fair one

Kansas: Kobach defends proof-of-citizenship policy

Minnesota: Vote 2012: What to expect if voter ID amendment is passed

Nebraska: Nebraska voter ID bill failed | Closing polling sites cost $115K more than expected

New Hampshire: Voter ID law takes effect | Gov. Lynch allows voter ID law to pass without his signature | Gov. Voter affidavit bill helps, but is not enough

New Jeresy: Warren County BOE complaint yet to be acted upon

New York: Rangel voting snafu sees pols unite for change | Board of elections: Rangel wins by 990 votes

Ohio: BOE officials need voters' current registration information | Deadlock leaves panel unable to fill elections job

Pennsylvania: Groups appeal for delay on voter ID; Corbett refuses | Voter ID law could hurt York County turnout | 6.3 percent of Erie County voters don't have photo ID | Pa. accused of violating U.S. voter registration law | Two groups file voter registration suit against Pennsylvania

South Dakota: Embattled secretary of state employee resigns

Tennessee: Shelby County election commission won't accept library cards as ID

Texas: Texas voter ID fight back in federal court | As Texas voter ID heads to hearing, other states trying to get approval for their measures | As court fight looms over voter ID, those who have none fear losing voice | Demand for mail-in ballots in Texas is growing | Barrera cites irregularities in election contest

Virginia: Va. voter ID | Charlottesville election officials to hold recruitment fair | Voter fraud sends former candidate to jail

Washington: Big field of candidates jostles for secretary of state's job | Voter guide bulkier than planned

Wisconsin: City council proposal would enlist landlords to boost voter turnout

Friday, 06 July 2012

July 6, 2012

National News: Book review: Broken Ballots | Krist Novoselic talks election reform in CBGB festival keynote

Alabama: U.S. Supreme Court expected to hear Shelby County's challenge to Voting Rights Act

Alaska: Ballot deficits inevitable in April snafu

Arizona: 'Jungle Primary' likely headed to fall election

California: Should polling places be eliminated? | RCV repeal effort gets tricky with three alternatives

Colorado: City asks Colorado Supreme Court to reconsider ballot case

Florida: Ballots for all | Kathy Dent and Jon Thaxton get testy at supervisor of elections debate | Williams seeks supervisor of elections office | Villane seeks election supervisor's position | New voter information cards on the way in Broward

Georgia: For some Bibb County voters, upcoming elections mean several decisions | Judge issues order on Georgia absentee ballots

Maryland: Resort's merged election will feature two ballots | OC voter roll audit requested after discrepances found

Mississippi: State facing voter ID hurdles

Missouri: Ballot summaries draw fire

Nevada: Online voter registration expands to Washoe County

New York: NYC Board can't declare Rangel winner until judge agrees | Rangel lead grows during first day of paper ballot count | Ballot fraud sanctions denied

Pennsylvania: More than 69K Bucks, Montgomery voters lack photo ID

South Carolina: Forsyth wants elections board lawsuit dismissed

Tennessee: Voting machine inspection not attended | Officials say watch for errors on precinct cards

Texas: Congressman criticizes DOJ for hiring Democratic group

Utah: Salt Lake County ballots still trickling in

Virginia: More needed to help at Danville polls

West Virginia: Lincoln voter roll clean-up continues