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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

April 24, 2012

National News: Voting Information Project takes aim at open data, social media

Alabama: Federal funds to benefit church, YMCA polling places | Pinson first in Alabama free from Sec. 5 of Voting Rights Act

Alaska: Election commission digs into ballot mess

Connecticut: Martin Luther King III supports state voting bill | Longtime Lisbon registrar dies at 86 | Primary voters urged to avoid busy times at schools

Florida: Florida election law review will continue into July | Elections Supervisor Anderson won't run for re-election | Commission being 'held hostage,' agrees to wait until March for election

Georgia: Residents' suit attacks validity of voting lines

Indiana: County tests voting machines | Marion County clerk, mayor at odds over polling place changes

Kansas: Kobach sees crisis over Kansas redistricting

Louisiana: Ballot inspection is ahead after razor-thin NOLa council election | Parish to count votes today

Michigan: New voter registration bills pass to Mich. House

Nebraska: Gale outlines voter registration and ballot deadlines | Some voting sites to remain open | Polling changes across state draw mixed reaction

New Hampshire: City sues over redistricting

New Jersey: Union County clerk offers 'vote by mail'

New York: Kruger special election costs taxpayers $1M | Will multiple primaries lead to voter confusion

North Carolina: Protestors take voting rights worries directly to lawmakers

Pennsylvania: Today's election will go well, Pizano says | Voter ID law gets test run today | Primary a dry run for voter ID | Voters today will photo ID handout | Concerns raised over the process of getting a non-photo ID | Philly officials again question need for voter ID | Local group will provide 'roll to polls' | In Bucks County, a tale of ID frustration

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico's growing voter fraud scandal

Rhode Island: RI holds presidential primary, test voter ID law | Secretary of state: Voters should expect several changes Tuesday

Tennessee: Does election commission have right to choose early voting site?

Texas: Issues over May 29 vote addressed | Texas secretary of state visits Marble Falls to educate voters

Virginia: Governor weighs options on voter ID restrictions | New member joins electoral board

West Virginia: What's new with early voting

Monday, 23 April 2012

April 21-23

National News: New curbs on voter registration could hurt Obama | Voter Registration: Naturalization push ahead of November election

Alaska: Voters, poll workers detail spring election problems | Final vote tally leaves Anchorage election unchanged | Another day, another rejected redistricting plan | Anchorage election commission to hold special meeting

California: Registrar readies new sample ballots addressing equipment

Connecticut: 17-year-olds voting in primary

Florida: In light of new law, election official expands new voter registration outreach

Guam: Governor submits own election reform bill

Hawaii: Fired election workers' lawyer lashes out

Idaho: Prepare for a complicated primary election

Indiana: Will election costs drop? Vote center savings likely gradual | Primary elecitons have value | County offers variety of early-voting options | Candidates lose voter information fight | Clerk: District redrawing likely to confuse Hoosier voters

Louisiana: Elections office could lose key people in pension overhaul | Retirement changes could worsen agency woes | Most voters say 'no' to off-year elections

Missouri: Absentee ballots at issue

Nebraska: Groups to offer election-day rides | Source: Some polling places to reopen

New York: Elections by the bushel costly | Elex 'bribe' staffer is out | 'Kruger' election cost $1M

North Dakota: Medora voters must register to vote in N.D.

Ohio: Cleveland poll woker who bit voters' nose: Whatever happened to... | Obama campaign worried about Ohio voting bill

Oregon: Plan to close post offices put on hold for now

Pennsylvania: On eve of primary, voter ID law still being tweaked | Philly election officials take up GOP complaints | Concern over test of new voter ID law | In Bucks County, a tale of ID frustration | Temple, Penn State make changes ahead of voter ID implementation | College makes plans to coordinate IDs with election laws | Test of new voter ID law worries elections director | Officials plan review of absentee ballots system

Rhode Island: RI readies for statewide test of voter ID law | Mollis: Be prepared for changes at polls Tuesday

Tennessee: Former elections official cleared of misconduct

Texas: Voter registration confusion widespread | Travis offers fix to May election confusion

Virginia: Voter ID bill in McDonnell's hands | Va. investigates voter fraud | Wiser, voter registrar, to retire

Washington: All Whatcom County voters to receive new voter ID cards | Political parties take on primary process

West Virginia: Counties prepare for early voters

Wisconsin: Some Waukesha votes going directly to GAB | Van Hollen expresses concern about voter fraud as recall election nears

Friday, 20 April 2012

April 20, 2012

National News: How some senators would fix the Postal Service

Alaska: New redistricting map draws protests | Commission wants details of Anchorage election breakdown | Anchorage election commission plans meeting to hear from voters | Assembly chair wants retired judge to investigate election

California: Candidates won't be on hook for election costs

Connecticut: Slossberg supports 'no-excuses' absentee ballot amendment | Merrill praises Senate passage of constitutional amendment

Florida: Christian right starts high-tech voter registration drive

Georgia: Political organizations to make voting easier | Georgia settles voter registration suit | Kemp condemns DOJ-ACORN coordination behind registration lawsuit

Guam: Senators won't attempt override of election reform bill until Pangelinan returns

Hawaii: Election workers ask for $10K, jobs back

Indiana: It all adds up! Testing the Allen County voting machines | Internet problem delays early voting at Armory

Kentucky: Secretary of state sets up mobile field office in tornado-hit counties

Michigan: Hillebrand seeks re-election to clerk post

Mississippi: New absentee ballots being sent in Grenada

Montana: Senate will debate key amendments on bill to save Postal Service, rural branches

Nebraska: Precinct map: How far are you from your polling place?

New Jersey: Uncounted votes could alter results

New Mexico: Easier access to voting sites may improve Las Cruces turnout | Judge dismisses whistle-blower case

New York: New York's 4 elections during 2012 draw criticism | Orange County to print bilingual election materials | NY county in settlement to use bilingual ballots | Board of elections won't be moving

North Carolina: Early voting starts off slow and smooth | City Council members sign letter opposing voter ID legislation | Early voting starts; confusion looms with redistricting | Early voting comes to Rams Head Dining Hall

Pennsylvania: A Million Stories: Political machines | Voter ID law a hot topic at candidates' meeting | Voters can use expired licenses to get new photo ID | Absentee ballots harbor security flaw | Brown wants election boards' Watts ouster, Watts cries foul | State election officials outline senior assist in voter ID

South Dakota: Shannon County will get full 6 weeks of early voting

Texas: County officials say they're ready for elections | Two May elections could confuse voters | Bell County mails 130K voter registration cards | The card's in the mail | Medina elections vacancy comes with unwelcome surprise

Virginia: McDonnell weighs veto of voter ID bill | Chesterfield Co. voter info found in the trash

Washington: Wash. parties seek new challenge on primary system | Reed on final college civics tour

West Virginia: Early voting equipment readied for April 25

Wisconsin: Voter ID case won't be resolved for recalls

Thursday, 19 April 2012

April 19, 2012

National News: Corporations donate to groups on both sides of voter ID | Fox News Poll: Most think voter ID laws are necessary | Voter ID laws take center stage at House judiciary hearing | Rethinking the early vote

Alaska: Assembly doesn't certify election; ballots still to be counted | More than 14K ballots yet to be counted | Assembly appoints new leaders amid ballot scandal

California: No quick ruling in election challenge | Siskiyou County clerk preparing for election day

Colorado: Mislabled balltos to be resent | County seeking public input on polling places

Connecticut: Senate approves rare constitutional amendment to allow no-excuse absentee ballot

Florida: Voting problems not enough to change outcome | Arguments begin over redistricting

Indiana: First vote center opens today

Iowa: Mistakes made with caucuses can be fixed, party official says

Kansas: Kobach still seeks change to citizenship rule

Kentucky: Federal grand jury adds charges in alleged vote-buying conspiracy

Maine: Oakland man who voted in place of his children pleads guilty to forgery

Nevada: Longtime official in secretary of state's office is leaving post

New Jersey: County elections chief vows to fix 'egregious' errors that frustrated voters on Tuesday

New York: Committee votes down proposal to move BOE | Breaking down Springville's election process | Redistricting awaits court test, Voting Rights Act scrutiny | Fewer primary polling places for Oneida voters

North Carolina: Candidates vow to veto voter ID bills

Ohio: Disputed ballots in Hamilton Co. court race to be counted

Oregon: Senators: Keep post offices open until election

Pennsylvania: Poll workers, study, train, practice for upcoming elections | State agencies working out details for voter ID | Voter ID policy to help seniors | State simplifies voter ID process | New voter ID rules unveiled | Some seniors may only need to give their name | Secretary of the Commonwealth offers voter ID advice | Protestors march against voter ID law

South Carolina: League of Women Voters register, teach high school seniors about voting

South Dakota: Election chief says it's too late to put candidate on June ballot

Tennessee: Election date change tops council agenda

Texas: Gregg County voter cards arriving

Virginia: Assembly rejects changes to voter ID bill | Chesterfield registrar adjusts document disposal procedure | Morton charged with election fraud | Improving voting access for disabled

Wisconsin: GAB OKs protest candidates in Wisconsin recall

Wyoming: County plans to eliminate 8-Mile voting location

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

April 18, 2012

National News: ALEC dismantles controversial task force after exodus of members | 100 years at the 'Hart' of American elections | Are we headed for three-day mail?

Alaska: City officials complete messy Anchorage election canvass | Assembly postpones certifying election | Sitka voting precincts could merge, move | Election officials hold brief canvassing meeting

Arizona: Court says Arizona can demand voter ID | Voter ID law upheld in part | Appeals court OKs voter ID; voids proof-of-citizenship | Ruling on voter requirement mixed

California: Escondido council to consider requiring photo ID to vote | Registrar to testify in clerk election challenge | Changes to ballot unclear for many voters | Oakland rethinks ranked-choice voting | De La Fuente to push ranked-choice voting repeal at council

Florida: New voting machines arrive in Duval County | State splits blame for election error in Wellington | Elections had minor issues on the Beach

Georgia: County elections chief hospitalized | Elections director's family expects recovery

KentuckyHenderson County BOE seeking poll workers

Massachusetts: Voting with the push of a button

Michigan: House debates voter ID law | Groups oppose bills to change voter registration procedure | Rep. Brown to run for Oakland County clerk

Missouri: Election Fair provides one-stop shopping for voters

New Jersey: Some senior citizens upset when their new polling place is many blocks away

New York: Oneida County polling places drop from 114 to 87

North Carolina: One-stop voting to be held at Cooperative Extension

Ohio: GOP leaders sue over provisional ballots | Dems criticize provisional ballot lawsuit | Juvenile judge race close to conclusion

Oklahoma: Ballots found after election recount were machine counted | Errors reported in vote count | Okla. Supreme Court will review recount results in House race

Pennsylvania: Special Report: Pa.'s new voter ID law | Penn State student ID card changing to meet state's new voter ID law | Volunteers prepare to help Pa. voters unsure about new ID law | Philly probes possible voter fraud as ID law takes effect | Former elections director hires lawyer

Rhode Island: Mollis pushes voter ID ahead of primary

Tennessee: University precinct could be moved | Former elections administrator won't be charged

Texas: Bridge board decides on voter registration at Port of Entries | New vote centers likely for November election

Virginia: Grant to increase focus on access for voters with disabilities

Washington: Q&A: Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed on the importance of voting

West Virginia: Raleigh IDs 24 new precincts

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

April 17, 2012

National News: If it's an election year, why does the EAC have no commissioners? | How gender identity may determine the right to vote in 2012

Alaska: Precinct chair petitions for independent review of Anchorage election | Emails to city officials demand clerk's firing over elections

California: Sample ballots to be sent soon | Hate that think S.F. voter information pamphlet? Here's what to do

Connecticut: Committee passes polling location bill

Idaho: Election officials challenged by May primary

Illinois: House challenger seeks recount, lost by 125 votes

Indiana: Early satellite voting for primary opens in Monroe County

Michigan: State lawmakers to look at curbing voter fraud | Voters may be asked to affirm U.S. citizenship | Detroit city clerk concerned proposed budget not enough to run election | Macomb County to offer election results by text, email

Missouri: Low caucus turnout elevates primaries

Nebraska: Half of Douglas voters face longer trek to polls

New Jersey: Some Jersey City voters new to Ward F are told to vote at their familiar polling places

New York: New accusations in Troy ballot fraud case

Ohio: Ohio GOP leaders sue over provisional ballots | County ready to count ballots in disputed race

Oklahoma: Oklahoma Supreme Court intervention sought in Tulsa race

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia election commissioners probe excessive vote counts | Elections board prepares for primary | County elections board moves on without Piazza | Interim Luzerne County director of elections named

Rhode Island: Residents to get free voter IDs

South Carolina: Florence County election official warns voters to check registration info

Tennessee: Practice to save money at polls will cost thousands extra

Texas: Secretary of state alerts voters to bogus email

Virginia: Miller seeks simpler absentee voting

West Virginia: The primary election is almost upon us

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Supreme Court won't take cases challenging voter ID law | Trial on voter ID lawsuit begins

Monday, 16 April 2012

April 14-16, 2012

National News: Study: Voter ID laws could 'disenfranchise' 25K transgender voters

Alabama: Merged elections — for sake of saving costs — would be just about impossible

Alaska: Election officials try to untangle problems | Anchorage assembly grills election staff about ballot shortage | Clerk calls for independent review of Anchorage election

Arkansas: Early voting to expand throughout county

California: Oakland to consider repeal of ranked-choice voting

Colorado: Activist says voter ID laws are not discriminatory | Gessler miffed at 'game-playing' by Dems

Connecticut: Merrill reminds 17-year-olds can vote in April 24 primary

Florida: Redistricting shifts to courtrooms this week | Hillsborough voters need to take steps to vote by mail

Illinois: Holderfield may seek election reform

Indiana: Help wanted at the polls | Satellite voting begins Monday | Lawson to run for secretary of state in 2014

Kentucky: Three men plead guilty to vote-buying conspiracy

Louisiana: Long day at the precincts

Massachusetts: Town clerks speak out on voter ID proposals

Minnesota: Sec. of State Ritchie steps in to voter ID battle | Coalition opposes voter ID | Minnesota's photo ID proponents, opponents ready for ballot battle | City to vote on Ward 3 polling place

Nevada: Expectations of Hispanic voter influence tempered as registrations lag

New Mexico: Former Sunderland Park employees, officials indicted on extortion, voter fraud charges | Bernalillo County consolidates early voting | County will use new voting system

New York: Legislators, Picente at odds over county storage space

North Carolina: Proposed election budget increased

Oregon: Secretary of state faces token foe

Pennsylvania: Primary election to test voter ID law | NAACP helps inform voters about new voter ID laws | Counties plan to use April 24 primary to test voter ID law | Process for voter ID draws fire | Elections board to meet for first time since Piazza's firing | Alternative voting offered at three polls

South Carolina: Hartsville City Council recommends turning city elections over to county

Tennessee: County election worker resigns over alleged racial remark

Texas: Lubbock voters must cut through confusion in two May elections | Public hearing on opening polling places in Travis County

U.S. Virgin Islands: District judge holds hearing about dispute over elections board recalls

Utah: Davis County calls on churches to provide polling locations

Vermont: Candidate questions use of St. Albans voter list

Virginia: Lawmakers to take up voter ID

Washington: Clallam sends new voter IDs

Wisconsin: Judge to take up voter ID law

Friday, 13 April 2012

April 13, 2012

National News: No election commissioners? No problem | Voting body is leaderless

Alaska: Counting of 1,800 city votes begins, many questions, many ballots remain | ACLU requests city election records as ballot count continues | Anchorage Assembly begins tackling municipal election chaos Friday | Unscanned ballots tallied as problems investigated

California: Every vote counts--excpet when the Post Office is on the brink

Colorado: Cherry Hills Village: The case of the missing mail ballots

Connecticut: Students register to vote in first presidential election | Historic first for Conn.: Some 17-year-olds can vote April 24

District of Columbia: Absentee, provisional ballots to be counted in close council race

Florida: Elections supervisor explains voting changes

Guam: Bordallo asks U.S. Attorney for response to election complaint

Indiana: St. Joseph County election board proposes to overhaul voting system | Efforts stalled for vote centers in St. Joseph County | Access to voter database triggers lawsuit

Maryland: Mount Airy switches to electronic voting | Council agrees to end staggered elections

Minnesota: Voter ID a hot topic at Kiel town meeting | Voter ID foes kick off campaign | Voter ID would cost county, cities thousands

Mississippi: Voter ID law not expected by November elections

Missouri: Bidding for St. Charles County election machines on hold | House passes revised voter ID wording

Nebraska: U.S. Attorney on polling place controversy

New York: County consolidates polling places

Ohio: Election law changes opposed | Voter advocacy group asks lawmakers to wait until 2013 for election changes

Oklahoma: No decision on stray ballots, recount in House race | Tulsa County could decide who wins House race

Pennsylvania: Religious questions for Pa. voter ID law draw fire

Texas: State seeks to educate votesr, voter registration cards mailed | Hays County to mail new voter registration cards by Friday

U.S. Virgin Islands: Senate committee endorses paper ballots

Virginia: Botetourt County election worker won't be prosecuted for fraud

Washington: Secretary Reed has much to do before, after retirement | Money for special election not included in budget

Wisconsin: Recount doesn't change outcome of Green Lake board race | Election mix-up leads to recount


Thursday, 12 April 2012

April 12, 2012

Alaska: Assembly votes against independent council to investigate election

California: Voter fraud allegations raise possibility of challenge in Vernon | Walnut's election in limbo due to 645 uncounted ballots

Colorado: Lawmakers battle over inactive voters

Connecticut: Council chnages mind on voting district reduction

Florida: Is letter sent to voters asking them to switch parties misleading?

Georgia: Countdown to local elections continue

Guam: Dems continue fighting for 2010 election | Bordallo, party differ on election investigation

Illinois: Winnebago County to be reimbursed for oversize ballot costs

Indiana: Vote centers notice to be mailed

Kentucky: Two convicted in vote-buying case

Massachusetts: Framingham Town Meeting gets ready for e-voting

Minnesota: Voter ID bill may change way students can vote

Mississppi: Court date set for election challenge

Missouri: House rewrites voter ID ballot summary | Election results slightly delayed

Nebraska: Nelson joins requests to probe pollign site closings | Drive-by voting? In NP, it's that easy

Oklahoma: Stray ballots found after Republican certified winner | New ballots found after recount in Okla. House race

Oregon: City to spend $7,300 to $8,600 on recall election

Pennsylvania: Piazza fired as director of elections | Elections director fired two weeks before primary | Pa.'s voter ID law creates 'hurdles,' panel hears

Rhode Island: Presidential election reform reintroduced

South Carolina: AG talks voter ID with O'Keefe

South Dakota: Officials will iron out vote center issues | Voting centers could be used statewide

Texas: Justice Dept. blasts Texas voter ID law | Justice Dept. says evidence of bias on voter ID law | Voter registration cards delayed by redistricting | State official warns of bogus election email

Virginia: Prince William County exempted by feds on voting requirements

Washington: Tab for special election up in the air

West Virginia: Judicial Watch targets Boone, Lincoln counties for voting roll problems

Wisconsin: Protestors to ask Waukesha County clerk to resign | Federal judges redraw two south side legislative districts | Recall election costs already adding up for local cities and counties

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

April 11, 2012

National News: Major corporations drop support of voter ID group

Alaska: Tales from the precincts: Anchorage voting nightmares | Assembly puts off action on messy Anchorage election | Assembly gets earful on election complaints

California: Vernon council election thrown into chaos by fraud allegations | Testimony in clerk case limited | Legal worries cancel meeting

Connecticut: Wilton reminds voters of polling place changes | Constitutional amendment may pave way for voting reform

District of Columbia: D.C. election officials condemn O'Keefe voting ploy

Florida: Duval County cutting 50 voting locations | St. Lucie supervisor of elections office could be moving

Guam: Members of GEC, senators gather for hearing on election reform bill

Indiana: Voting begins in Indiana

Iowa: New voting maps, polling places in Delaware County | Election workers get pay raise in Crawford County

Minnesota: Proposal would allow students an excused absence to vote

Mississippi: Senate approves voter ID bill | After firey debate, voter ID bill clears Seante

New Hampshire: Voter ID bill draws criticism

New Jersey: Clerk to Freeholders: Expect big general election ballot

New York: St. Lawrence County consolidates polling places for presidential primary

North Carolina: Pamlico County tests voting machines beyond required limits

Ohio: Summit elections board grapples with cutting precincts

Oregon: GOP's Buehler has big campaign cash lead in Oregon secretary of state's race

Pennsylvania: County plans for Piazza-less primary | County manager assumes oversight of elections bureau | Voter ID law being challenged | ACLU, NAACP will sue over voter ID law

South Carolina: Voter ID law shot down by feds | DOJ responds to lawsuit over SC voter ID law

South Dakota: Some Sioux Falls voting centers run out of ballots

Tennessee: Longtime election registrar Andrews dies at age 82

Texas: Brazos County voter certificates in progress | Another twist for primaries | Controversial elections boss leaving Medina County

Virginia: McDonnell amends voter ID bill | McDonnell calls for tweaking of Virginia's voter ID bill

Washington: Reed visits community college to promote voter engagement | Obscure law dictates who picks up tab for special election | Inslee team argues voting cost

West Virginia: State office to pay to print new ballots after error | State clerks weigh-in on ballot problems | Voting equipment test in Putnam postponed because of ballot error | Election board office may move