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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

May 22, 2012

National News: Churches tread lightly in 2012 election | Ex-offenders find a reason to reclaim the vote

Overseas Voting News: Bill would simplify absentee voting for troops

Alaska: Anchorage election recount results show confusion at polls

Arizona: Redistricting panel wants GOP suit tossed | Secretary of state reverses stance on endorsements

Arkansas: Some voters will be casting ballots at new polling sites this election | New secretary of state website to provide ongoing election results

California: Riverside County taps popular commercials to get you to smile (and vote early) | Most devoted poll worker? At age 99 Orangeville woman a shoo-in

Colorado: Wisconsin's Walker echoes Colorado's Gessler on voter fraud

Florida: From 'dead' voters to 'maybe' voters

Guam: Lawmakers seek election reform by June

Idaho: No outcomes changed in counting of Ada County polls

Illinois: Court refuses to hear redistricting challenge

Kansas: Redistricting case unlikely to move at Kobach's pace

Michigan: Flint agrees to increase accessibility at polling sites | Flint election officials are searching for new places for people to vote in November | Electronic poll books for all Ann Arbor precincts

Mississippi: State's voter ID law not yet fully funded

Missouri: No photo ID amendment on November ballot

New Hampshire: House ups ante with voter ID bill

New Mexico: More charges filed in Sunland Park case

Pennsylvania: Voter ID law draws legal fire

South Carolina: Gov. Haley says Atlantic Beach election will move forward | More candidates removed from SC primary ballot

Texas: Smith County releases voting demonstration video | State's top election official clears up voter confusion | Galveston City Council blasts election process | Central Texas pinched for poll workers | Anderson sets runoff election, candidate pays for recount despite tie | County fires two poll workers

Virginia: Voter ID law comes with hefty price tag

Washington: King County mailing new voter registration cards this week

West Virginia: Secretary of state's office will pay for ballot error | Former Lincoln commission candidate files suit over ballot stuffing

Wisconsin: Wisconsin's Walker echoes Colorado's Gessler on voter fraud | More early ballots than expected turned in for recall elections | Computer issue temporarily halts Milwaukee absentee voting

Monday, 21 May 2012

May 19-21, 2012

National News: Bauer: Voting rights lawsuit in cards | Not registered to vote? They're coming for you

Alabama: Voting laws 'preclearance' provision upheld on appeal | Court upholds key provision of Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court review likely | Shelby County loses appeal; Voting Rights Act is upheld by federal court

Arizona: New law to change city elections | Secretary of state seeks verification of Obama's citizenship

Arkansas: Election commission ready for primaries

California: Voter registration deadline looms; official worries of confusion with new primary system | First-clas stamp will be enough to get ballot where it should be

Connecticut: Winstead polling place chosen for state post-election audit | Familiar face seeks Dem's registrar slot

Florida: Florida's elections chiefs stung by state moves | Voters may find fewer polling places in Seminole Heights

Georgia: Lengthy ballot set for July

Idaho: Idaho primary costs have lasting impacts for voters | 34 Ada Co. primary ballots miscounted | Clerk: No need to worry about discrepancies

Illinois: Board of elections creates emergency plan

Kentucky: Ready for primary day

Maine: New couple finds time to vote in York after wedding

Mississippi: Analysis: Miss. voter ID law not yet fully funded

Montana: Missoula elections center open for business

New Hampshire: Voter ID bill shows Senate, House divide

New Jersey: County Clerk offers one-stop vote-by-mail service

New York: Youngstown votes to be recounted

North Carolina: Former felons urged to register and vote | Vote buying allegations surface in Bladen Co.

North Dakota: Polling place dress code may apply this year | Extra ballots ordered for primary

Ohio: New partnership will help secretary of state cut down on voter fraud | State looks to erase dead voters from rolls

South Carolina: Chaotic primary season nears conclusion | Light at the end of the tunnel for troubled primaries | Galloway polling places to change for June primary

Texas: Voter ID trial still headed for July 9 debate | Forth Worth case cited as evidence of voter fraud

Virginia: McDonnell signs voter ID bill but orders new ID cards sent to every registered voter in Va.  | Governor signs bill to send ID cards to registered voters | New Va. voter ID law makes it 'tough to cheat' | Are fall elections in Roanoke's future?

West Virginia: New app on state website allows W.Va. voters to track provisional ballots

Wisconsin: Impact of voting residency changes on college students | Timing of recall election not good for the student vote

Friday, 18 May 2012

May 18, 2012

National News: House Dems unveil voter empowerment act | Democrats push back against voter ID laws | Obama campaign to launch voting rights portal | House Democrats push to make voting easier

California: Disabled voters asked to assess polling place accessiblity | Fraud accusations mount for voter registration company in Sacramento County | Asian Americans get help crossing language barrier on way to polls

Florida: Beauchamp announces bid for supervisor of elections | Florida steps up effort against illegal voters | Noncitizen voter list will be vetted agains Homeland Security database | Voters may find fewer polling places in South Tampa

Georgia: Columbia County employees plan fundraiser for hospitalized elections director

Idaho: Idaho voter turnout hits new low for primary

Illinois: Ill. may end battles for last spot on ballot

Indiana: Man with gun alleges voting violation

Kansas: County clerk running for re-election

Kentucky: Few Kentuckians are likely to bother going to the polls Tuesday

Maryland: Morningside election results upheld after recount

Massachusetts: Some Mass. towns want IDs to be required for voting | State accused of keeping poor from the polls

Minnesota: Blaine needs additional polling place election judges

Mississippi: Voter ID bill signed, awaits fed approval | Leaders seek to counter voter ID

Nebraska: Precinct changes called 'disaster' | North Omaha leaders call election day 'unacceptable' | Demands for polling site changes

New Mexico: Voter fraud allegations in mayoral election rock New Mexico city | State paid clerk $20K for scuffle with police

North Carolina: Voter fraud hard to prove; fears spark legislation | Blog refutes voter fraud allegations | Cumberland County BOE to conduct recount of NC Senate 21 race

Ohio: Longest election in county history finally decided

Oregon: Election numbers still being tallied | Four Oregon mail centers survive first cut

South Carolina: Elections officials making preparations for June 12 primary | No new candidates allowed; SC sets primary ballots | SC commission files ethics comlaint against Hardeeville election official

Texas: Still no answers in voter ID case | Officials fear shifting dates could deter voters | Elections will keep rural post offices open | Police arrest WWII vet waring Obama t-shirt at Montgomery poll

Virginia: Va. county wins OK to exit Voting Rights Act | New laws for Virginia voters

West Virginia: Counties complete canvass for primary | Lawsuit filed in ballot stuffing

Wisconsin: Sheboygan County clerk retiring after 18 years

Thursday, 17 May 2012

May 17, 2012

Alaska: Group voices concern about recount procedure

Arizona: Tempe residents will have to wait on mayoral election results

Arkansas: Another error on Faulkner County primary ballot | Benton County makes changes to voting process

California: Voters will see changes this election season | Lungren campaign responds to voter registration controversy | Fresno Co. elections office get a new attitude, more polling sites

Connecticut: GOP nominates new voter registrar | Eastern Conn. polling place audits will check voting accuracy

Florida: County elections officials question Florida's list of noncitizen voters | Election chiefs skeptical of voter purge | State tells election supervisors to cull dead voters | Hillsborough to reduce number of polling places, precincts | Court ruling on term limits may throw wrinkle into Pinellas elections | PBC elections fixture Theresa LaPore reappears at supervisors' meeting—as a vendor

Illinois: East St. Louis election board moving into City Hall to save money

Indiana: Elkhart County discusses changing to vote centers

Kansas: Kansas remapping flap is constitutional crisis, elections chief says | Kobach asks federal judges to redraw Kansas districts

Louisiana: Local officials warn 'voter fatigue' on rise, affecting elections

Michigan: Secretary of state returns favor for help with flat tire

Mississippi: Governor to sign voter ID bill Thursday

Montana: Johnson wants another term as secretary of state | Absentee ballot use up, but so is voter confusion | Candidate accuses current secretary of state of errors | Secretary of state race becomes heated

New Jersey: Poll workers must take certification training

New York: Hamburg voting machine malfunction problem solved

North Carolina: Election results stand after final tally | Republicans must face off in second primary | Elections officials: Voting system is 'strong' | Voter fraud video gets checked, O'Keefe responds to elections chief

Oregon: Local women gather to celebrated a centennial of voting

Pennsylvania: People in support of ID law want say in challenge

Puerto Rico: Supreme Court declines to rule on Puerto Rico voting rights

South Carolina: Senate approves bill to clear future election chaos | Senate gives preliminary OK to changes in election rules

Texas: Days after vote, confusion lingers on district maps | Travis County scrambling for election judges | Teenagers will help GOP on primary election day | Coin toss could settle council race

U.S. Virgin Islands: Defendants call elections lawsuit frivolous

Virginia: ACLU program encourages restoration of voting rights for former felons | Planning to vote?

Wisconsin: Suppressing the student vote? New residency rules could affect recall election | GAB: 3 day delay in mailing out absentee ballots for recall | City extends absentee voting hours

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

May 16, 2012

Alaska: Anchorage election recount heads into home stretch | Supreme Court gets new district maps

Arizona: New state law could alter future election dates in city, county

Arkansas: Ballot snafu leaves off constable race

California: Candidates irate over sample ballot delay

Colorado: Colorado groups urge veto of limits on voted-ballot inspections

Connecticut: Bysiewicz to run for Senate

Delaware: Lawmakers proposes universal absentee ballot

District of Columbia: McDuffie wins special election

Florida: Republican-backed voting laws blamed for drop in new voter registrations | Timing of scrubbing noncitizens from voter rolls worry Florida election supervisors | Drive to change Osceola elections mired in partisan disputes

Idaho: Closed primary a factor in voter turnout | Election officials report steady turnout, few problems in Canyon County | Record absentee, light overall turnout in Nez Perce County | Bomb scares disrupt voting | New polling places, primary rules cause confusion | Polling place moved after dynamite found in van

Indiana: Were laws broken when gun-carrying man asked to leave polling place?

Louisiana: Registrar focusing on registering seniors

Maryland: Salisbury council drafts voting change

Massachusetts: Voter ID questions overwhelmingly approved in Oxford | Group sues state over voter registration

Michigan: State audit shows dead people, prisoners cast 1,500 votes

Minnesota: Immigrant group opposes photo ID proposal

Montana: Voters beward of common absentee mistakes

Nebraska: Secretary of state comments on voting day | 'Mass confusion' at some polling sites | Voters report some difficulty at new locations | A voting misadventure | Road closed signs cause confusion at precinct site

New Hampshire: House approves voter ID bill

New York: Legislature considers moving fall primary date | Board of elections clarifies Naples split

North Carolina: Recount set for mixed beverage vote | Second primary election scheduled | Elections chief expresses skepticism about voter fraud | Will Cleveland County see a second primary?

Ohio: Governor signs law to repeal voting changes | Kasich's signing of election law 'repeal' doesn't end debate

Oregon: Kate Brown wins primary | Kate Brown, Knute Buehler to face off in November

Pennsylvania: Group seeks to intervene in Pa. voter ID challenge

Rhode Island: Ensuring integrity in the Tiverton ballot process

South Carolina: Federal panel dismisses election lawsuit

Texas: City of Galveston election bungled, poll watchers say | Errors on voter registration cards in Upshur County | More than 90 ballots still at play in Galveston

U.S. Virgin Islands: Six election board members file lawsuit against action group | DeJongh strikes down elections bill

Virginia: New concerns over voter ID bill as signing deadline looms

Wisconsin: College students face obstacles to voting in recall election | Election officials divided over concealed weapons | Conflict causes delay in absentee ballots

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

May 15, 2012

National News: Voting for president via Android and iOS debuts

California: Neighbors helping neighbors vote | Broad test of California's new voting system | Voters face changes at ballot box | Candidates concerned about slowness in delivering sample ballots

Florida: Noncitizen voter database has flaws, local elections officials say | City commissioners weigh potential changes for city elections

Georgia: Kemp applauds passage of online voter registration

Idaho: Idaho voters head to the polls | How your voting record will go public | Some Idahoans feel they can't vote in Tuesday's primary | Canyon County voters could see delays at polls

Iowa: Voting system test

Kentucky: Attorney General looks to prevent vote fraud | Gov. announces appointments to board of elections

Louisiana: Online voter registration available

Massachusetts: Boylston voters back nonbinding voter ID measures

Minnesota: Voter ID questions abound during event

Nebraska: Feds to minotor Tuesday's primary | Otoe County ready for primary | Election volunteers work long days

New Mexico: Dozens named in police report, suspected of voter fraud

New York: Manual recount required in NY special election | Hand recound for Kruger election | Poll books for Rockland sent without signatures | New twist in March special election

Ohio: Some Lake, Geauga voters will cross county lines to vote in special election | Gov. expected to sign repeal of elections bill

Pennsylvania: Not so fast, says new filing in voter ID suit | Bill would allow online voter registration

South Carolina: Judges reject military voting suit | Judges dismiss effort to delay June primaries

Tennessee: Davidson County election official reprimanded for early voting mistake

Texas: Voting irregularities concern some East Texans | Residents report voting glitches | Registrar suggests manual recount in election | Double check the postage on your mail-in ballot | Casting of lots may decide vote | Officials address ballot concerns as early voting begins

Virginia: ACLU challenges Va. ballot access law | Small precinct adjustment proposed for general election

Washington: Six seek to succeed Reed as secretary of state

Wisconsin: Barrett rallies students to vote absentee | Wis. officials say locals can ban weapons at polls

Monday, 14 May 2012

May 12-14, 2012

National News: Electronic voting 2012: Here we go again

Alaska: Confusion holds upper hand as state election deadline nears

California: Orange County registrar recruiting poll workers at concert | Registrar of voters Ginnold enjoys democracy in action | Two perfect storms for county elections officials | 40 percent of Orange County vote by mail | Elections office misprint lists wrong party affiliation on primary ballot stubs | Major changes on June ballot | Officials say voting stub error not a problem

Colorado: Primary election to be conducted by mail

Connecticut: Merrill: 2012 legislative session a historic success for election reform

Florida: Voter apathy — not Florida's new voting laws — may hurt turnout in 2012 | Hispanics, NPAs more likely to face noncitizen voter purge than whites, GOP | 40 noncitizens in Collier and Lee registered to vote, state says | Number of potential ineligible voters in Florida grows | In Florida, registering voters a whole new game | Candidates call for new ideas in Lake elections office | Sumter to cut precincts to save cash | Polling place confusion resolved

Idaho: Voter guide: Major changes to the vote

Indiana: Duneland early voting satellite site sees large turnout

Iowa: Auditor's office prepares for upcoming primary | Group strives to register Hispanic voters

Maine: City clerk is town's expert

Michigan: Voting precincts move with Bailey closing

Missouri: Accusation made: Voter fraud in Jasper County

Montana: Absentee votes must be done following specific guidelines to count

Nebraska: For election workers it all comes down to one day

New Hampshire: House panel likes look of voter ID bill

New Jersey: School district gets $19K bill for April election

New Mexico: Three compete for county clerk job

North Carolina: Local GOP precinct captain resigns over comments

North Dakota: Election law may bar Sioux gear at Cass County polls | Election day quandary: What to wear?

Ohio: Election costs on the rise | GOP leaders withdraw provisional ballot claim

Pennsylvania: Carbon officials hear concerns about voter ID law | Berks County Bar Assoc. helps voters navigate ID law | New voter ID education guide comes out in time for November election

South Carolina: Lawyer drops bid to reinstate candidates | Bill would allow SC voters to register online

Texas: Broken scanner, power outage delay voting | Confusion mars election season | Beeville election results delayed | Ellis wants Texasn to know: Voter ID law not in effect | Justice Dept. to monitor some Texas elections | Modest turnout makes for smooth voting in Bexar | Pct. 106 poll to remain open until 7:45pm

Washington: Whatcom auditor uploads new voter precinct maps

West Virginia: Lincoln County man guilty of threatening agents | Secretary of state defends putting felon on ballot

Wisconsin: Students scramble for absentee ballots

Friday, 11 May 2012

May 11, 2012

National News: Black Caucus members reject GOP proposal to ease Voting Rights Act | After firey speech, Voting Rights amendment is pulled

Alaska: Alaska officials: Ready for upcoming elections | Alaska Supreme Court rejects interim redistricting plan

Arizona: Cities, counties are fighting consolidation bill

California: Judge rejects election challenge

Colorado: Eagle County primary to be conducted by mail

Florida: Estimated 180K nonresidents casting votes in Florida | Read your mail and newspapers, immigrant voers or elections officials could strip you from voter rolls | Bucher will start sending letters to voters state suspects are not U.S. citizens | Broward asks for citizenship proof from 260 voters

Georgia: Judge draws final Cobb map

Guam: Elections reform bill debated

Idaho: Poll workers prepare to help voters with new primary rules | Voters in two Nampa precincts sent wrong polling place information

Indiana: New Johnson County vote centers may save $60K | Monroe County faces complaints on accessibility at polling places

Kansas: Kobach concedes Kansas voter-citizenship plan dead | Impasse forces Kansas to delay election filing deadlines

Kentucky: New voter registration record set

Maryland: Inmate who challenged Obama in W.Va. tried to get on ballot in Md.

Massachusetts: As special election nears, officials say finding poll workers is getting harder

Minnesota: Debate shows divide on voter ID

Mississippi: NAACP asks feds to block Mississippi voter ID law

Montana: Voting by mail gains favor

New Hampshire: Sponsor: Voter ID bill in jeopardy | Committee wants more to get more voter ID assurances

New York: Overheated vote-counter automates election

North Carolina: Election board may discuss controversial sign

North Dakota: Bar's get-out-the vote move back fires | 'Neutral' Sioux jersey OK at Grand Forks pollign places

Ohio: Elections chief denies GOP ballot claims | County board of elections moving to new location

Oregon: Some Oregonians will vote with iPads | State providing iPads to help voters

South Carolina: Judges might delay June primaries | Federal judges could decide to delay S.C. primaries

Texas: Assisted voting in Hidalgo raises questions | Testing equipment for counting of votes | Voter confusion prevalent amid overlapping campaigns | Isle using traditional, electronic polling books | Harris requests for mail-in ballos reach record high

Vermont: Condos attends conference on future of EAC

Virginia: New voter cards sent | Grayson County voter registrar arrested on embezzlement charges

West Virginia: W.Va. eyes ballot rules after felon's primary run | Felon candidate's ballot success prompts political tussle

Thursday, 10 May 2012

May 10, 2012

National News: NAACP casts national push to young, elderly, minority voters as battle against voter ID laws | Nicholas Katzenbach, 90, dies; Policy maker at '60s turning points | Runbeck Election Services appoint Jim Suver

Overseas News: Change to ballot request form angers U.S. expats

Alaska: Assembly Chair Hall fires deputy clerk Duke

Arizona: Election officials oppose redrawing districts

Arkansas: Judges toss secretary of state from part of redistricting process

California: Residents advised to re-register to vote

Colorado: Montrose County courthouse becomes new polling center

Delaware: Bill would extend absentee voting to all residents

Florida: Elections, highway officials flag possible ineligible voters | Nearly 2700 potential non-citizen voters are on Florida's rolls | Fla. may remove thousands from voter rolls

Georgia: Chatham County ballot access forgery probe ends with fine

Idaho: Canyon County election workers test ballot machines ahead of election

Indiana: Personnel disputes mar election | Monroe County clerk addresses complaints from voters delayed at polls | Lawsuit threatened against Monroe County over accessibility issues at polls | Voting, ballot counting go smoothly in Delaware County | Wrong name on ballot won't affect race

Kansas: House sends voter registration bill to Senate

Louisiana: Voter Education Week efforts aim to turn around low voting participation

Mississippi: Mississippi working to avoid problems that nixed voter ID laws in other states | Civil rights workers hope to change voter ID law

Montana: Counties mail record number of ballots to absentees | Candidate wants to eliminate 'election-day chaos'

Nebraska: 15K voters already cast ballots | Mock elections help poll workers warm up

New York: Machine cast phantom votes in the Bronx, invalidating real ones

North Carolina: Voters report frustrating issues at some polling places | Chatham board backs voter ID bill 3-2 | Election board may discuss controversial church sign issue

North Dakota: Officials: Early voting in Grand Forks County is special challenge

Pennsylvania: New voter ID law faces challenges

South Carolina: Hartsville moves to turn city elections over to county | Attorney to ask for S.C. primary day

Texas: Gregg County elections chief: Bring voter card, not phone to Saturday's balloting | Secretary of state promotes voter education | Overseas ballots being re-mailed

Virginia: Additional precinct put on hold until 2013

Washington: Birch Bay gains at last eight voting precincts | Former Mayor Greg Nickels' kicks off campaign

West Virginia: Voting machine problems cause election night confusion in Brooke Co. | Wyoming County elections delayed due to electronic voting machines | Power outages hit voting sites | Marion County primary election night delivers fast results | Lincoln election apparently cleanest in years | Faulty shutdown responsible for Brooke County glitches | Trial begins for man accused in Lincoln County vote threat case | How did a federal inmate get on the ballot anyway? | Harrison County clerk explains late election results | Late-night counting in Putnam County

Wisconsin: Poll workers lend a helping hand | Recall election brings confusion at the polls

Wednesday, 09 May 2012

May 9, 2012

National News: Obama campaign helps supporters with new election laws

Alaska: Anchorage Assembly appoints election investigator | Retired judge to investigate election

Arkansas: Election officials correct ballot error | Rain doesn't hamper early voting | Early voting begins with some hiccups

California: Election consolidation on Lindsay council agenda

Connecticut: Same-day registration hailed by supporters, criticized by some registrars | Litchefield students set to vote

Florida: Simple steps could catch technical failures | New audit method could improve detection of flaws--and fix them | Quick Facts: Why 2 firms control Florida vote tallies | Law hinders vote audits | State probes possible voting by foreigners in Florida | Supervisor of elections takes issue with survey's publication | Voting precinct changes approved

Hawaii: Hawaii voter registratin could be online by 2016

Indiana: Smooth rollout for new Monroe County voting machines | Hourl-long wait at library vote center | Hamilton Co. delay causes angst | Low voter turnout might be due to new technology | No launch likely for satellite voting in Delaware County | Tippecanoe election officials find few primary concerns | Officials: Polls closed, smooth election day so far | Voting centers examined by new secretary of state | Vote centers replace some polling sites | Voters confused about where to cast ballots | Students work at polls | Man openly carrying handgun turned away from poll location | Man tests Indiana gun law at polling place

Kansas: House pushes Senate on proof of citizenship to vote

Kentucky: Conway, Grimes join forces to fight election fraud

Mississippi: Hosemann: Miss. voter ID might not get fair review | Hosemann: Facebook post 'irresponsible'

Nevada: Social media Nevada awareness campaign

New Hampshire: Officials say it's too late for voter ID bill | Opponents raise red flags abotu changes to voter ID bill

New Mexico: Early voting under way in 2012 primaries

New York: Judge rejects fraud claim in SD-27 | Colton bill tries to stop another SD-27 debacle

North Carolina: Voters report frustrating issues at some polling sites | Elections board won't total votes in NC Senate 5 | Voter turnout strong in Forsyth County, some problems reported | County voters receive ballots without Amendment 1 | Despite sign, voters at church vote against amendment | Voter group sees spike in complaints about incorrect ballots | Isolated voting problems in Chatham County | Few problems, confusion over Amendment 1 reported in primary | Two arrested at Apex polling place

Ohio: Ohio House votes to repeal controversial election reform law | Election reform law repealed | Restrictions repealed on early voting in Ohio | Husted urges poll workers in Lima visit

Oregon: Secretary of state donates computers to schools

Pennsylvania: Secretary of state unveils voter IDs for nursing home residents

South Carolina: Ground gained to get 180 candidates back on primary ballot | Senate struggles with primary confusion

Texas: Court chastens Texas AG's office in voter ID case | Judge warns Abbott to stop stalling voter ID case

Virginia: Lawmakers: Voter fraud not an issue in Virginia

Washington: New voter cards in the mail

West Virginia: Voting machines not shut down properly in Lincoln County precinct | Partial results from primary election | Tennant keeps a close eye on the election | Voting goes smoothly in Kanawha County | Some voters in the dark in Kanawha County | Power outages impact Mercer County polling precincts | Vote fraud related case goes to trial Wednesday | Mingo voter fraud allegation a step back for WV | Paper ballots pose problems in Fayette County

Wisconsin: Some ballots rejected after people vote twice in same contest | Some voters confused about recall primary voting process | Problems at the polls: Many voting for two candidates for same office | Some voters a bit confused by recall primary rules | State election officials report few problems at polls | Recall dispute could lead to domestic abuse charges