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2012

Tuesday, 08 May 2012

May 8, 2012

Alabama: Pleasant Grove council authorizes agreement with Jefferson County on voting machines

Arizona: Political parties mining Arizona voters' personal data | Cities decry election day limit bill

Arkansas: Election officials work around the clock to fix ballot error in Faulkner County | Arkansas election official defends vote map plan

California: Ballots sent to record number of Marin residents voting by mail | Winning design for first 'I Voted' sticker | Taxpayers shelling out more for voter guides | Bilingual poll workers needed for June primary

Connecticut: Westport voters will be able to register online

Florida: Supervisor 'slapped around' for allowing voting-machine test hack | Felons still on Florida voter rolls | Despite state oversight, vote-counting errors abound | Early voting and cost pressures force Flagler to cut voting locations almost by half | State sweep finds 1,251 ineligible voters

Georgia: State panel to review Georgia's election code | Judge's new map could keep July elections on track

Indiana: The bill for a primary in Allen County | How Marion County officials prepare for election day | Senior Hoosiers scramble to find rides to new polling location | Clerk: Minor problems reported as polls open | Many Marion Co. voters have new poll

Minnesota: Voter ID: Election security vs. ballot access

Montana: Absentee ballots go out in Yellowstone County

Nevada: Latino group helps get voters to the polls

New Hampshire: Voter ID bill would require photo to vote | Voter photo ID bill coming into focus

New Mexico: Native American voters no longer easily suppressed in New Mexico

North Carolina: Split precincts mean many different ballots in one county | Elections director confirms early voting incident | 17-year olds can vote in primary, but not for Amendment 1 | Officials expect busy day at polls | Polling places ready for election day rush

Ohio: Senate hearing to discuss voting rights and SB 194 | Congressional Dems bash voting law as state lawmakers eye repeal | Precincts to be combined for special election

South Carolina: No problems found in Atlantic Beach voting machines | Voting machines used in Atlantic Beach to go back into service | Senate seeks an election fix | Lawmakers, lawyers scramble to address ballot ruling

Texas: District Court: Voter ID unlikely for 2012 | Texas gets last shot for July 9 trial on voter photo law

Virginia: ACLU urges McDonnell to act on ex-felon voting rights

West Virginia: A sea of uncertainty ahead of primary election | Weirton election officials meet to save green | Weirton officials propose suspending future May primary elections

Wisconsin: Absentee voters' ballots may need to be redone election night, officials say | Justice to monitor Milwaukee elections | Election day comes with forecasts of rain | Election officials prepare for primary | Election officials clear up voter confusion ahead of primary

Monday, 07 May 2012

May 5-7, 2012

National News: Voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks

Alaska: Anchorage Assembly certifies blowsy election 8-3

Arizona: Arizona voters can now wear political garb to polls

Arkansas: Early voting beings for primaries

California: Will Sutter clerk step back from counting ballots? | Redistricting shakes up June polling places | Suspicious voter registration cards found in Sacramento County | Alacron, wife again plead not-guilty to voter fraud charges | Voters face changes at ballot box | Bid to motivate SF voters takes a different tack | Monterey County voters encounter first open primary

Colorado: Senate gives initial approval to inactive-voter bill

Connecticut: Election day voter registration passes; Malloy praises bill | State laws boost cost of primaries for towns

Florida: Voting machines: Fullof defects, easily hacked | Election fumbles: Four local errors in four years with county's system | Ex-supervisor recalls red flags, defends buying Sequoia's voting machines | Flagler supervisor seeks voting precinct changes | Scott backs off publishing ratings of election supervisors

Idaho: May 15's primary will be a ballot bonanza | Robust early voting in Ada County

Illinois: Dudley gets 2nd Lucas County job

Indiana: Early voting centers becoming more popular | Primary is first chance for noncity residents to use vote centers | Voters told wrong polling place

Louisiana: Judge rules La. agencies must provide voter registration to public assistance applicants

Michigan: City Council: Bing's proposed cuts threaten Detroit elections | Detroit city clerk protests cuts in elections budget | Poll: Voters got to polls Tuesday; too many election dates or not?

Minnesota: Boutwells plans voter ID debate

Montana: Montana to mail out nearly 170K absentee ballots for primary

New Hampshire: NH bill affects out-of-state students

New York: Village elections cost $3.70 per ballot cast | Paper ballots in low-turnout primary causes disposal costs

North Carolina: The newspaper was the hub for election night

Ohio: Elections board looking to relocate in 2013

Pennsylvania: Fewer voting precincts weighed | Can Philadelphia afford to hike pay for poll workers?

South Carolina: Hundreds removed from ballots after court ruling | Federal lawsuit filed in ballot controversy

Texas: Voter cards here on bright side

West Virginia: Early voting now over in the Mountain State

Wisconsin: Voting machine concerns bubble up as recall elections near | When voting, read to avoid voting confusion | Absentee ballot mailings cause for some confusion

Friday, 04 May 2012

Thursday, 03 May 2012

May 3, 2012

National News: Jury is out on states' voter ID laws

Overseas Voting News: Service members encouraged to vote

Alabama: Barbour County to be reimbursed for election

Alaska: Voters file for Anchorage election recount

Arizona: Local officials concerned over elections bill | Cities, counties ask Brewer to veto consolidated elections bill

Arkansas: Polling places different for 2012

California: Court denies election fraud claim | Elections office gearing up for June contest | Mark, get set, go: Bill targets time limit for marking state ballots

Connecticut: Merrill praises passage of election registration bill

Florida: Candidate for supervisor of elections dies

Georgia: Some local elections in limbo | Elections director still hospitalized

Guam: US AG asked to look into alleged voter fraud | Calvo reacts to Bordallo's letter

Idaho: Ada Co. hopes to ease confusion about election day with mass mailing to residents

Indiana: Early voting numbers down from four years ago | Complaint alleges 't-shirts for votes' campaign

Louisiana: Senate panel blocks cut in election hours | Election day voting will remain 14 hours

Michigan: 'I'll always wear a helmet'

Montana: Most GOP secretary of state candidates oppose same-day registration

Nebraska: Changes to early voting | Election chief questioned by feds

Nevada: Voter registration effort reaches out to unlikely constituency: Ex-inmates

New Hampshire: House redistricting plan faces more legal challenges

New Jersey: 'Kids Vote' vote canceled this year

New Mexico: Electronic voter registration drive tests power of technology | Voting made easier in Las Cruces

Oregon: Deschutes County sends wrong ballots out to 1000 voters

Pennsylvania: Voter fraud targeted by new voter ID law no longer common | Most college IDs don't comply with new voter ID law

South Carolina: Horry County selects new polling place in Atlantic Beach

Tennessee: Election commission wants higher pay for poll workers

Virginia: Election clearer after machine turned off, turned back on

Washington: Retiring secretary of state wants to grow bipartisan spirit

West Virginia: Problem seeing ballot? Voting places have answers | County clerks handling remaining days of early voting | Clerks not blown away by early voting numbers

Wisconsin: Times have changed at the polls | Waukesha election official running for county clerk | Despite added duties, clerks feel no pressure

Wednesday, 02 May 2012

May 2, 2012

National News: Debate this: Voting kiosks | Fate of Postal Service awaits action in House | Senate to Postal Service: Don't close post offices until after Congress acts

Alaska: Redistricting map solutions elusive as court battle looms

Arizona: House approves measure limiting local elections

California: OC registrar uses third-party address-change data to update voter registration | Oakland recall would use ranked-choice voting | Changes to primary ballot

Colorado: State sues El Paso County after primary canceled

Florida: PBC upgrades troubled vote-counting computer system

Idaho: Canyon County officials say they're ready for elections

Indiana: More voters turning out | Austin mayor, city employee charged with vote fraud | Jennings election board to reprimand party chair

Iowa: Tax watchdog questions Woodbury County training payments | Ankeny City council wrestles with how to replace member

Michigan: New technology for tech bond election

Missouri: Southard asks for recount

Montana: Rehberg still looking over Senate postal bill

North Carolina: Possible voter ID law may alter voting process | Election paperwork was sent, but not received | Changes confuse Craven voters

Ohio: Husted looking for people to work at polling places | Elections director on indefinite leave

Pennsylvania: City woman is lead plaintiff against Pa. voter ID law | Bucks County woman sticks to her fight against voter ID law | Lawsuit states voter ID law is ticket to disenfranchisement | Poll worker ousted over remark | DeLuca: We must reduce number of special elections

South Carolina: Voter ID law painted as larger political issue | New precinct requested for Atlantic Beach election

South Dakota: Minnehaha County considers voting centers

Tennessee: Changes small, savings bigger from redistricting proposal

Texas: City uses new ID scanner as early voting gets under way | Voters to finally receive registration cards | Andrade promotes voter education program in RGV trip | If you suspect there's a problem, just stop | Increasing voter turnout through social media

Virginia: Machine snafu delays Scottsville election results

West Virginia: Cabell and Kanawha County prepare for the primary | 'Eyes and ears' on Lincoln County | Election officials: Early voting sluggish in local counties

Tuesday, 01 May 2012

May 1, 2012

National News: Caucus system cracks revealed during 2012 GOP race

Arizona: Bill limiting local election dates goes to governor

California: Oakland City attorney says ranked-choice voting must be used in recall--if there is one | Slocum, former elections chief seeks supe seat

Colorado: Secretary of state disagrees with scrapping of Dem primary in El Paso County | Secretary of state announces Denver tablet voting

Connecticut: House OKs voter signup laws | House passes same-day registration | GOP fears fraud if voter signup laws change

Florida: Supervisor of elections: New voter law 'terrible' | DOJ OKs Florida's new district maps

Guam: GEC working with NMI election commission

Illinois: Guzzardi claims fraud in primary loss | DuPage election panel head resigns

Indiana: Early voting proceeding smoothly in Wayne County | BMV extends hours so voters can get IDs | Blackford County switches to vote centers | Election board approves exceptions to fill open spots

Kansas: DMV voter registration unavailable in early May

North Carolina: Low early voting turnout costing taxpayers more than $7 per vote | Brunswick precinct finds friendlier polling place

Ohio: Dilley says so long after 30 years | State prepares to avoid electoral process problems | Juvenile Court race still needs a recount | Ohio voting law to be subject of Congressional hearing

Oklahoma: State high court voids contested election

Pennsylvania: Lawsuit seeks to overturn Pa. voter ID law | Voter ID funds sought for poll workers | Owl Cards' designed to comply with voter ID law | City commissioners want more money for poll workers

South Carolina: Local ballot lawsuit now rippling statewide

South Dakota: Vote centers make process more convenient

Texas: Democratic precinct chairwoman candidate indicted in voter fraud case

Virginia: McDonnell still weighing voter ID bill | Election date debate

West Virginia: Officials check primary election equpiment

Wisconsin: Absentee voting encouraged for students leaving Madison this summer | Mixed ballots OK in primary | Local governments face challenge to pay for recall elections

Monday, 30 April 2012

April 28-30, 2012

National News: Obama campaign grapples with new voter ID laws

Alaska: City grading itself in integrity of election

California: Butte's top elections boss touts ease of vote-by-mail | Pomona weighs all mail-in ballots

Colorado: Douglas County opens new elecitons office

Connecticut: Fairfield considers reducing polling places

Florida: Stafford, other elections supervisors take on Rick Scott over survey | Collier elections supervisor ranks No. 3, Lee's says rankings are flawed | Indian River elections supervisor irked by state ranking | Flagler supervisor of elections office tops state list | Seminole, Brevard elections supervisors dispute low ranking

Indiana: Monroe County says electronic equipment running smoothly

Iowa: Johnson County auditor under ethics investigation

Kansas: Internet voter registration temporarily offline for system upgrade | Kobach expects vote on citizenship rule change; lawmakers not sure

Kentucky: Elections board rescinds precinct changes

Missouri: Bill requiring proof-of-citizenship at voter registration advances in Missouri

New Jersey: Hunterdon BOE awaits pay figure for Lynch successor

North Carolina: 14 more Mecklenburg sites offer early voting for 6 more days | County primed for voter confusion | Early voting setting records | New county districts make voter education hard

North Dakota: Secretary of state office hours trimmed again

Ohio: Geauga elections board trims pay for director, deputy director | Ohioans will get absentee forms | Hunter finally declared winner in judge election

Oregon: Crook Co. clerk offers aid to disabled voters | Ballots for primary election on way despite mailing delay

Pennsylvania: Official vote count: No problems found | Few concerns reported during voter ID rollout | New ID law poses few problems for Schuylkill County voters

South Carolina: SC to say if voter ID implementation possible | Federal court asks if voter ID law can be implemented before election | Horry County woman charged with impersonating election official

Tennessee: Voter registration drive targets high school seniors | McDougal responds to DA's findings

Texas: New locations for early voting | Tea partiers confer in Houston to fight voter fraud | For state, it's an election twin bill

Virginia: Manassas volunteers prepare for busy election | McDonnell noncommittal on voter ID bill

Wisconsin: Nickolaus won't run for re-election as Waukesha County clerk | Court keeps block on voter ID | Recall elections to cost Wauwatosa taxpayers $33K

Friday, 27 April 2012

April 27, 2012

National News: Voter ID's new champion

Alaska: Anchorage election: Still not certified

Arizona: DOJ signs off on Arizona district maps

California: Armenians may get translated ballots for LA elections | County's comedy clip clarifies confusion surrounding June primary

Florida: App encourages voting through smartphones | Florida supervisor of elections annoyed by survey | Election supervisors lambaste 'flawed' way governor rated them | Governor's plan to 'rank' county election bosses infuriates supervisors

Georgia: Secretary of state checks into Lee Co. voting

Idaho: Primary election changes

Illinois: Report triggers shakeup at DuPage election panel | Ex-Kane County election director wants restitution case dismissed

Indiana: White loses law license

Iowa: Former employee filed complaing with state against auditor | New scanner to reduce wait at the polls

Kansas: Kansas proposal to explain ballot items in plain English is revived | Legislature may still take action on confusing ballot measures

Michigan: Johnson in Muskegon to push election reform

Mississippi: Voter ID gets final OK, heads to governor | Lawsuit filed over election

Nebraska: Heinman and Nelson spar over Douglas County poll closings

New York: Poll worker sees child with rash, reports family to ACS | Crowd blasts lack of polling spots

North Carolina: Young early voters flock to campus voting site | Voting? Turn your ballot over in some counties

Ohio: Talks on voting may not lead to deal | Reiter appointed to Geaugua elections board | Summit County will have 298 precincts in November election, down from 475

Oregon: Accessible ballot pads available for disabled voters

Pennsylvania: Luzerne County officials: Primary voting free of problems | Erie County official vote count scheduled Friday | Test run smooth for voter ID law | Northwest Philly legislators to formally launch voter ID appeal effort Monday | Fight reported at school polling place

South Carolina: Horry County election officials searching for new venue for AB election

Tennessee: Absentee ballots to change in August

Texas: New voter registration cards are finally in the mail | Secretary of state stresses importance of student vote | Flawed mail-in ballots to be replaced in Starr County | New Bexar voter cards mailed out

West Virginia: Machines tested; early voting opens | Prosecutor addresses alleged election irregularities | Berkeley County voters can access website for polling place directions

Wisconsin: Voter ID suspended for recall elections | Appeals court turns away challenge to second voter ID injunction | Milwaukee County DA investigating voter fraud

Thursday, 26 April 2012

April 26, 2012

National News: 2012 elections putting increased financial strain on cash-strapped cities | Senate approves U.S. Postal Service financial overhaul bill

Alabama: Recount set for narrow runoff | Red flags raised over Lowndes Co. absentee ballots | Clerk asks for investigation of absentee voting | Low turnout makes Tuesday election costly

Alaska: Commission recommends no further inquiry into election | Commission outlines electoral troubles, rejects call for outside investigation | Election commission finds half of precincts ran out of ballots | Voting rights group weighs in on Anchorage poll problems

Arkansas: Election officials assign some Garland County voters to incorrect precincts

California: Armenian may be added to official translation list for election ballots | Sample ballots on the way

Connecticut: Southeast Conn. towns try to cut down on primary spending | Stallworth joins Martin Luther King III for strengthening voting rights | Windham County town shells out for largely ignored primary | Absentee ballot use to be investigated

Florida: 'It's a big risk': 3rd-party groups register voters very carefully

Guam: GEC preps for Decision 2012

Idaho: Gearing up for a complex primary election

Illinois: Proposed voter ID law raises bar too high--or does it?

Indiana: With Democratic poll workers at a premium, officials relax rules | Yellow cards not required at Monroe County polls

Louisiana: No challenge to close Gramercy vote

Maryland: Bowie employee retires after 41 years of service | Golden Beach residents unhappy with trek to vote

Minnesota: Voter ID law forum | Faith leaders launch 'voter education' campaign | Minnesota's election system after two recounts

Missouri: Voter ID law tweaked | Senators oppose Schoeller absentee voter restrictions

Nebraska: Nelson faults Heineman's inaction on polling places

Nevada: Nevada's secretary of state is fighter by night

New Jersey: Union County clerk offers one-stop vote-by-mail for June primary

New York: Lawsuits over reduced polling places

Ohio: Republicans back down on voting restrictions | House Republicans postpone expected vote on legislation to repeal elections law scheduled for referendum | Election law referendum at issue | Ballots being tallied in disputed election

Oklahoma: Both sides agree: Court needs to act quickly on House election results

Oregon: Senate votes to keep all post offices open until after Election Day

Pennsylvania: Few problems reported during county primary | Commissioner Schmidt takes proactive approach to election day patrols | Test run of voter ID bill goes off with only a few issues | Voter ID law creates few issues in Lebanon County | Pa. voter Id law's trial run met favorably by most at Pocono polls | Voter ID rule irks veteran | Smooth election day for trial run of voter ID law | Study says elections full of waste | Code would allow manager to appoint elections director

Tennessee: Accused tells authorities Monroe election official was killed in house

Texas: Several changes affect city, Tom Green County voters | Texas releases personal data in voter ID case | Millions of Social Security numbers shared | Dallas Co. voter registration card error makes birth year 1911 | Hays County corrects election misinformation

Virginia: State police find evidence of voter fraud in Virginia

Washington: County council votes to approve precinct changes | County combines voting precincts | Sam Reed on his 35 years in politics

West Virginia: Tallying up the ballots | Fayette voters have more options

Wisconsin: Voter ID law injunction stands

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

April 25, 2012

National News: Post offices tougher to close under Senate overhaul

Alabama: Voters sparse for Tuesday runoff

Alaska: Redistricting board plans appeal

California: Ranked-choice voting repeal blocked | Secretary of state speaks to civics class | Pair of poll workers honored for combined century of service | Everyone Counts speeds overseas vote

Colorado: Marks prevails in Jefferson County case

Connecticut: In low turnout, primary poll consolidation could mean savings | Slow day at the polls

Florida: Voting topic of civic roundtable | Volusia elections supervisor decides to run again | High tech scanners to count Duval County votes

Guam: Governor's election reform bill referred to committee

Idaho: Voters to face party lines at polls

Illinois: Election panel report dismays DuPage board

Indiana: Voting centers offer pre-election options | Study committee wanted for vote center issues | Polling places vs. voting centers, what to do next

Kentucky: Voters outraged over precinct changes

Louisiana: Secretary of state: Change in vote totals unlikely

Michigan: New electronic poll system in place for May 8 vote

Nebraska: Counties decide to consolidate polling places

New Jersey: No grand jury action yet in voter-fraud case

New York: Broken voting machine in Richmond is fixed | The Daily Q: What's the cost of today's primary | With Romney in lead, GOP primaries quiet | Time to consolidate primaries?

North Carolina: McCrory pushes for voter photo ID law

Ohio: Get involved Husted tells election critics | State Supreme Court hears redistricting case

Oregon: Experts work to fix problems with online voter registration website | Senators advance bills to stall USPS closures

Pennsylvania: Voters show off their IDs, or don't | Behind the Scenes: Primary election day | No major problems reported today at Erie County polling sites | No problems and few voters at Crawford county polls | Primary day is a yawner for voters | Voter ID gets 'soft rollout' amid light turnout | Scenes from around the polls Tuesday | Voter ID test run goes smoothly in Northampton County | Voter ID law gets mixed reviews | Pa. elections chief: Voter ID rollout going well | Voters, party leaders on the Main Line torn on new voter ID law | Voter: Photo ID law 'stupid' in New Hope | Proving your identity makes sense, say many voters | Ballots and bullets at Chester polling place | Shots fired--lots of them--near Chester polling place

Rhode Island: Primary turnout sparse, few complaints on new voter ID law | Few reports of problems with new voter ID law | State: Voter ID law working so far in primary

Tennessee: Sullivan election commission OKs paying $8K comp time

Texas: DOJ asks for trial delay in Texas voter ID case | Voter ID battle intensifies in federal court, Legislature | Voter registration cards on the way--finally | County mailing voter cards

Virginia: Dozens charged with election fraud

West Virginia: Putnam voting equipment passes test | Early voting begins | Kanawha officials hope vote goes smoothly

Wisconsin: GAB announces plan to speed Waukesha election reports