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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

March 27, 2012

National News: DOJ follows its 'conscience' in civil rights battles

Alaska: Redistricting board works to satisfy court ruling

California: Constultant wants Arcadia to split cost of Chinese-langauage ballot error

Florida: House ready to approve Senate's revised redistricting map | Judge expected to hold hearing on Wellington election today

Illinois: Walsh supports federal voter ID law | Election judge told he won't get paid; officials say it was a mistake

Indiana: Union, Fayette counties reject vote centers

Iowa: Auditor Grant Veeder runs again

Kansas: NAACP to lead rally against voter ID laws

Kentucky: Jefferson County is adding 44 precincts

Louisiana: Voters missing from 7 precincts

Maryland: Elections worker injured in crash

Massachusetts: New law could move voter registration from 18 to 16

Mississippi: Special judge appointed for Ward 3 challenge

Missouri: St. Charles County council considers veto override

Nebraska: Debate resumes on voter ID bill | Gov.: ID requirement won't impede voting

New Hampshire: U.S. Voting Rights Act regulates NH

New York: Yonkers City council to tackle national voting issues | Cayuga County polling places to be consolidated for primary

North Carolina: Forsyth commissioners back voter ID bill

Ohio: Butler County recount today

Pennsylvania: County election directors parse voter ID instructions | Some officials question clarity of new Pa. voter ID requirements

Tennessee: Retirement home residents cast ballots

Texas: City election map cleared by DOJ | Commissioners seek 'vote center' designation | GOP, Dems, Libertarians agree—they like vote centers | Officials hear from parties on polling place move

West Virginia: State rejects county's precinc waiver

Wisconsin: Milwaukee Co. election officials hope to have ballots reprinted by Wednesday | Milwaukee County primary ballots reprinted after mistakes discovered | New ballots arrive on time; others still MIA | Ballot errors create another headache for poll workers

Monday, 26 March 2012

March 24-26, 2012

National News: Swing your hips, then swing the election

Alabama: AG's office rules against county in ballots request

California: Q&A: Election officials discusses California changes | Mail-in ballots might not count

Colorado: Bill to criminalize deceptive voting practices dies | Mistake has mail-in ballots missing in Silverton

Florida: Bucher says 'toldya so' after software maker takes blame in PBC vote count mess | DOJ critical of voting law | Field grows in race for Flagler elections supervisor | Lawsuit filed to stop swearing-in of Wellington election officials | Mailing of voter cards delayed | County again ponders moving elections office from downtown | DOJ says Florida fails 'burden of proof' on new voting law

Georgia: Fairfield residents to meet over precinct concerns

Guam: Seaker Won Pat appeals to governor Calvo to sign election reform bill into law

Illinois: Campaign alleges 'possibile irregularities' in vote | Williamsville woman serves as election judge for 52 years | Thirteen calls reported to election hotline | Voter ID proposal fails in Illinois Senate committee | Lawmakers eyeing outdated voter rolls | State looking to purge voter rolls in 16 counties

Indiana: Coalition aims to increase voter rolls

Kansas: Voter ID date changes again before Senate | Voter-registration bill back from the dead

Kentucky: Elections board preparing for May primary

Maryland: Early voting draws opening day crowd

Michigan: Voter ID laws stir up controversy on the left, right

Minnesota: State Senate approves photo IDs for voters | Senate passes photo ID, but critics vow litigation | City: Voter ID costly mandate

Missouri: Mo. online voter database ensures no double registration

Montana: Under scrutiny, county opens elections records for independent count

Nebraska: Group seeks to kill voter ID bill

North Carolina: 'Not on our watch' the NAACP says about voter suppression

Ohio: Election year sees big board turnover | Fulton County man accused of voting in two states | Clark County poll workers may get pay hike

Pennsylvania: Election officials, opponents prepare for new voter ID law | Voter ID law to test county election staff | State office seekers weigh-in on new voter ID law

Texas: Facts elusive in Texas voter ID fight | Fed judges want quick decision on legality of Texas voter ID law | State tries to keep legislators from giving depositions on voter ID | State AG's office to investigate Angelina County election questions

West Virginia: Military service members can begin casting ballots for W.Va. primary

Wisconsin: Commission junks nearly 450K ballots for election | Voter ID muddies election prep | DOJ launches second voter ID appeal | Absentee voting shortened because of voter ID law | Man who challenged ban on felon voting sentenced to jail | State reaches settlement over late absentee ballots | Justice to ensure Wis. voters get ballots | Ballot errors create another headache for city clerks | Wrong polling places on official election mail

Friday, 23 March 2012

March 23, 2012

Alabama: Barbour County could play $16K for run-off election

Arizona: Kingman voters may move to a fall election | Lake Country mail ballots proceed

California: Plea made to keep post offices open

Colorado: Debate continuing on required voter photo IDs | Gessler says Senate Dems delaying bills he wants passed

Connecticut: Committee approves election-day voter registration | Trumbull GOP's 4-district voting plan backed

Florida: Delray Beach mayor to run for PBC elections supervisor

Georgia: GOP takes no action on Russell County commissioner election challenge

Guam: Governor vows to veto poll reform bill | Debate over election reform bill continues

Hawaii: Hawaii owes $1.2M in fight over voting machines contract | Election machines dispute settled for $1.2M

Illinois: No votes lost to faulty ballots | East St. Louis held up as poster-child for election reform statewide | Clarendon Hills man enjoys long run as election judge | Winnebago County wants compensation from ballot company

Kansas: Kobach's proof of citizenship proposal lives again

Louisiana: Polls prep for voters | Beauregard polling place moved due to flooding

Massachusetts: Massachusetts' young voters get boost | How will new voting precincts affect the local election?

Minnesota: Senate District 20 primary puts counties in a time crunch | Voter photo ID spotlight moves to Senate | Masky, local election official, concerned abotu voter ID requirements | Nowthen sets precincts, creates new polling place

Nebraska: Omahans protest 'voter suppression' | Group rallies for more polling places

New Mexico: Group accuses retired Marine of voter fraud

North Carolina: Board debates voter ID law on Monday

Oregon: Oregon judge rejects challenge of election date

Pennsylvania: Fayette absentee ballots to be delivered by postal carrier

South Carolina: Judge allows ACLU in on SC voter ID suit | Bill would allow voters to register online

Texas: Voters to get registration cards in April | County's satellite polling places get extension of early voting hours

Utah: Utah voters may now request absentee ballots online

West Virginia: Primary election planning on track | Commission responds to threatened lawsuit

Wisconsin: Two voting districts must be redrawn | City attorney rules no doughnuts to poll workers

Thursday, 22 March 2012

March 22, 2012

Alabama: Pinson to be first in Ala. released from Section 5

Arizona: Paradise Valley's all-mail election sets record for turnout

California: Supervisors tangle over whether to kill or change ranked-choice elections

Colorado: House approves bill requiring photo ID at polls | Gessler defends turning to feds for voter review

Connecticut: Bill allowing same-day voter registration advances | Trumbull could reduce voting districts

Delaware: Lawmakers eye bill on voting by felons

Florida: Indian River elections office tapped for pilot project | Candidates will find out Tuesday who will be sworn in at Wellington council

Georgia: Board of elections bill on path to passage

Guam: Governor plans veto of election reform bill

Illinois: Officials: No votes lost because of faulty ballots | Winnebago ballots remade on proper-sized paper, results still pending | Authorities investigating too-big ballots | Winnebago County will finish remaking ballots today | Other Illinois counties had quicker fix to ballot problem | Will County officials say primary voting went well | Rock Island County provides answers as to delayed election results | Recount scheduled in Champaign race

Louisiana: Hurricane election law | Displaced-voter bill clears Louisiana House committee | House panel backs bill to cut hour from election-day voting times

Massachusetts: Teens could pre-register to vote under proposal

Minnesota: Voter ID bill headed to Senate floor | Sheriff investigates fire truck at polling place

Montana: Ex-secretary of state Brad Johnson will be on ballot after all

Nebraska: Elections office adds drop boxes, activists say not good enough

New Hampshire: Senate pulls lever on another voter ID law | Senate votes for stricter voter registration

New York: In overtime, tight race rests with vote counters

North Carolina: Forsyth election critic casts doubt on results of local elections

Ohio: Republicans postpone election law change | Republicans on track to repeal elections law before referendum vote | Panel delays vote on Ohio elections overhaul | Summit County BOE to continue lobbying for bigger budget

Oregon: Election date challenge rejected

Pennsylvania: Monroe County plans voter ID test run for primary | New voter ID law may disqualify some students | In Center City, some seek voter IDs, others protest new law | Officials hear from parties on polling place

Tennessee: Pitt pushes to allow college ID as valid voter ID | Some worry new precincts will mean low voter turnout

Texas: Redistricting splits county, could force extra voting boxes

Utah: Bell announces new absentee ballot online tool

Vermont: In St. Albans, concerns about voting irregularities

Virginia: Prosecutors investigating late voter registration applications

Wisconsin: Injunction on voter ID law upheld; poll workers will be ready if reinstated | City adjusts after voter ID rulings | Complaint over doughnut drop-off decided

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

March 21, 2012

Alabama: DeKalb runoff coming after all

Alaska: Absentee voting changes listed, registration procedures outlined

California: Election work runs in Tehama County woman's family | Slocum says he didn't intend to mislead voters into thinking he's still San Mateo County's election chief | Council chooses appointment over election | Chinese-language ballot error moves Arcadia into damage control

Colorado: House approves voter ID measure

Connecticut: Voters charge absentee fraud, intimidation

Florida: Wellington election debacle has state and county officials and software experts hunting for answers | Wellington councilman files lawsuit after election mistake | State investigation PBC voting fiasco | State elections chief Ken Detzner on PBC election fiasco | Elections chief Bucher: 'This is not human error'

Guam: Election reform bill goes up for vote

Illinois: Election officials forced to use scissors on ballots too wide | After rocky start in some counties, vote counting goes on | Ballots too big for scanning machines pose problems in 25 counties | Problems at the polls in Rock Island County | Easing the way on election day | Knox County has some issues with large ballots; turnout average | Printing error causes county voting problems | Oversized ballots cause issues in McLean, Tazewell, DeWitt | Peaceful polling places prevail throughout south suburbs | Election judge has worked with ballots for 20 years | Humidity blamed for bloated ballots | Kane County elections website back up | RI among counties with too-large ballots | One complaint of vote fraud investigated in St. Clair County | East St. Louis voters reject referendumn on elections board | 3 generations serving as election judges | Big ballots, precinct mix-ups among Darien's election-day glitches | Voters favor keeping East St. Louis BOE

Indiana: County officials to decide if they will switch to vote centers

Maryland: Bill would prevent noncitizens from voting in municipal elections | Redistricting changes voting locations

Massachusetts: Northborough TM to consider voter ID question

Minnesota: House lawmakers debate voter ID amendment in marathon floor session | House approves placing voter ID on November ballot | House GOP passes voter ID amendment | Q&A with Doug Chapin on voter ID amendment

Montana: Secretary of state rules no need for Libertarian party

Nebraska: Mail-in election costs more

New Mexico: County changes polling venues

New York: Two vote fraud trials sought

North Carolina: NAACP cautions counties on voter ID legislation | Another voting precinct moved to new site

Ohio: 78 voters in primary were given wrong ballots | Bill to repeal election law overhaul causing more controversy

Oregon: Republican sues secretary of state over election date

Pennsylvania: County prepares for new voter ID law | Lancaster County BOE moves polling places | Polling places changed for primary

Tennessee: Precincts doubled for city elections; one site has only 2 registered voters | Bill seeking to end photo ID requirement for early voting fails in House committee | Orlinda may lose polling site

Texas: Last official in elections dept. theft scandal pleads guilty

Vermont: Judge orders new election in alderman's race | Conservative group says voter fraud easy in Vermont

Virginia: ACLU will seek federal review of voter ID bill if McDonnell signs it

Wisconsin: Judge upholds injunction in voter ID suit | GAB concerned about last-minute rule change on voter ID | State elections board gets nearly $2M to ease military voting | Top election official says he did not want immediate appeals of photo ID

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

March 20, 2012

National News: Behind the brewing voter ID war | Voter advocates keeping close eye on 'True the Vote' | Why older citizens are more likely to vote

Arizona: Redistricting panel may get more funding

Florida: Recount shows wrong winners declared in two Wellington election races | Suspended supervisor seeks re-election

Illinois: Electronic verification will greet some Quincy voters | New legislation may change voter ID requirements | Voters advised to check for polling place changes | Polls now open for primary election | Preparing for the primary | Hawkins is confident voters will reject ESL election law | 20-year veteran Morton Grove election judge wary of voter apathy | Harrisburg prepares for primary voters in tornado's aftermath | Contingencies in place for county voters

Kansas: Bill would allow officials to explain ballot items in 'plain English'

Kentucky: Perry clerk has not repaid nearly $30K in disallowed spending

Maine: Senate president proposes presidential primary

Massachusetts: Clerks want same-day registration | Clerks see need for greater voice in election law changes

Minnesota: Full House to take up voter ID amendment | Photo ID bill expected to hit House floor Tuesday evening

Missouri: Ashcroft endorses Schoeller's bid | New ballots to be ready today

Montana: Cascade Co. elections office prepares for primary

Nebraska: Sharply reduced Omaha voting sites under fire | Suit threatened over polling place closures

New York: Villagers go to the polls | Redistricting battle threatens to leave election day in chaos, critics say | New Congressional lines imposed by federal court | Polling places remain the same for May vote

North Carolina: Wake commissioners endorse voter ID bill | Controversy surrounds commission's voter ID resolution

Ohio: Summit council approves election spending | Counties pay thousands to provide health care for election board appointees

Oregon: Suprise! Labor commission election in November, not May | Online-only presidential pick planned

Pennsylvania: Campus split on voter ID approval

Texas: Voter ID laws in Texas, other states facing stiff legal challenges | Redistricting slows mailing of voter registration cards

West Virginia: Military members get W.Va. voter registration extension

Wisconsin: Van Hollen seeks hold on Judge Niess' voter ID ruling

Monday, 19 March 2012

March 17-19, 2012

Alabama: City of Pinson first in Ala. to win exemption from Sec. 5 of Voting Rights Act

Arizona: Bill would limit cities', citizens' rights to initiative, referendum, recall | Campaign-type apparel at polls may be OK soon

Arkansas: Conservative groups tour Arkansas

California: New Napa County voting materials will be in English and Spanish | Nonpartisan voters to get crossover invite for June 5 election | County elections chief to retire in summer | City council could modify Berkeley's election reform act

Colorado: Gessler asks Homeland Security to ID noncitizens on Colo. voter rolls | Erie mail-in ballots contain typo

Connecticut: City must pay poll workers to do nothing | Larson proposes moving election day to weekend

Florida: Bills passed by Fla. legislature headed to court | Group will work to register young voters | New Florida secretary of state takes over at critical time

Illinois: Modern voting: Check-in via laptop at county polls | Adams County to debut electronic polling books | East St. Louis voters could kill elections board

Indiana: GOP Sen. Lawson named secretary of state | Connie Lawson becomes Indiana's secretary of state | Polling site accessibility becomes political issue

Kansas: Voter ID law in Kansas being blocked by lawmakers | Kansas panel won't act on Kobach citizenship rule

Louisiana: Thibodaux lawmaker pushing election changes

Minnesota: Court fight inevitable for voter ID

Mississippi: Mississippi voter ID law under fire

Missouri: Frontenac residents to vote by mail | Voter ID initiative foes contest ballot wording | Judge considers challenge to Mo. voter ID measure | At Harris-Stowe, Sharpton rallies voter ID foes

Montana: Secretary of state considers costly Libertarian primary for Senate

Nebraska: Counties trying out mail-in voting | Keep polling sites open, group urges

Nevada: Election department looking for paid volunteers

New Hampshire: Second voter ID bill in NH requires voters to state citizenship to register

New Mexico: Former Alamogordo city commissioner charged with falsifying voter registration cards

New York: Bill may allow lever voting machines | Elections add to local budget strain

Ohio: Election count begins today

Pennsylvania: New voter ID law will likely get trial run in MontCo primary next month

South Carolina: Haley sets new Atlantic Beach election for May 22

Tennessee: Democrats sue over voter ID law | Election commission certifies primary results, discusses precinct reduction | Polk County election commissioners investigate racial incident

Texas: Voter ID cards not yet available from state | Laws may end up before top court | Rick Perry: We'll take voter ID case to Supreme Court

Virginia: Cuccinelli says voter ID bill has 50-50 chance of surviving federal review

Washington: Whatcom elections forum to cover precinct changes, new election laws

Wisconsin: Judge upholds injunction on voter ID lawsuit

Friday, 16 March 2012

March 16, 2012

National News: Can harsh voter ID laws threaten democracy? A judge says 'yes' | NAACP takes case against voter ID laws to UN

Alaska: High court orders new election map

California: Lawsuit seeks to count disqualified ballots in San Bernardino race

Colorado: Senate OKs bill to keep voters on active status longer

District of Columbia: Money for Ward 5 special election held up by conflict

Florida: County selected to participate in pilot program | New voting equipment for Duval County | Morales drops out of campaign | Supervisor Vicky Oakes taking elections office to you | Duval elections center's future in limbo

Guam: Senators call for audit of 2010 election ballots

Illinois: Precinct changes cause concern | Voting rules explained

Indiana: Experts say case against White will be an example for years to come | And the next secretary of state is? | Justices rule Daniels should pick secretary of state | County unveils preliminary sites of vote centers

Iowa: Scott voters to get ID cards next week

Kansas: Kobach says group trying to discredit voter ID law

Louisiana: Schedler: Cut down on special elections

Maine: Bill proposes Maine change from caucuses to primaries

Michigan: House approves bill to expand absentee voting for military members

Missouri: Judge considers lawsuit over Mo. voter ID measure

Ohio: Secretary of state breaks second tie at board of elections

Pennsylvania: Commissioners: Primary will be dry run for voter ID law | York County prepares for new voter ID rules | Primary test planned for voter ID law

Tennessee: Bill to repeal voter ID law faces uphill struggle for approval | Chairman Forrester calls for investigation of state election office

Texas: GOP candidates for Senate defend voter ID law

Virginia: New Virginia voter ID law expected to face less opposition from DOJ than others | McDonnell petitioned to veto voter ID bills

West Virginia: Inside the absentee ballot conspiracy: The clerk's faulty time machine | Lawsuit threatened over alleged voter roll violation in Lincoln

Wisconsin: Van Hollen appeals two court injunctions on voter ID

Thursday, 15 March 2012

March 15, 2012

National News: AFL-CIO takes on voter ID laws | Waging a battle over voter ID laws

Overseas News: Federal voting program's objective: Make itself obsolete

Alabama: Paper trash causes slow vote count in Mobile | Ballot mistake lead to hand count | Mobile County ballot problems caused by tiny printing error | Vote results 'later than normal' | Primaries bring busy voting day to Madison County | Voters complain of precinct problems

Arizona: Yuma County seeks public opinion about new voting centers

California: County registrars warned postal cutbacks may delay election results

Colorado: Ballot bill passes Senate committee | Bill to set rules for public inspection of ballots clears Senate committee

Connecticut: Election much cheaper than first estimated

District of Columbia: Gray, Council spar over special election funding

Florida: PBC scraps modems intended to speed up election night vote counting | Judge hearing another Fla. election law challenge | Lamar: No fraud in absentee-ballot requests for Orlando races

Georgia: A look at Columbus' Super Tuesday mishap

Guam: Election reform bill debate raises prospect of 2010 election review

Illinois: Chicago will let voters use their smartphones after all

Indiana: New system makes voting easier

Kansas: KU student ID cards to work at voting polls | Kobach's voter ID move-up hits pothole

Maine: Polls consolidated

Mississippi: Tuesday's election has few glitches | Few election glitches reported in Jones County | Voter ID bill passes House

Montana: Judge indicates part of initative on Montana Supreme Court elections invalid

New Hampshire: Salem ballot shortage raises questions | AG's office reportedly investigating election | Salem voters met with long lines, low ballot supply

New Jersey: Burke, Facemyer reappointed to Salem County board of elections

New York: Preparing for fraud retrial | Elections add to local budget strain

Pennsylvania: Court or polls may be next step in Pa. voter ID law fight | Corbett signs voter ID bill | Lancaster County plans to discuss polling sites

Tennessee: Panel advances effort to repeal voter ID law | Candidates support moving election date

Texas: Voter ID ruling expected before election, judges say | Texas seeks to challenge constitutionality of key provision of Voting Rights Act | Voting Rights Act attacked

Virginia: Future of Virginia's voter ID rules | DOJ OKs Va. congressional redistricting plan

Wisconsin: Cities work to budget for recall elections | Assembly votes to halt registrations at schools

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

March 14, 2012

National News: Is the Voting Rights Act still necessary? | Tea Party spawns new effort against voter fraud

Alabama: Few problems, light turnout so far in Madison County | 11 precincts experience issues with ballot scanners in Mobile County | No problems reported in early voting across metro Birmingham

Alaska: Redistricting plan before the state's high court

Arizona: Price ahead in smooth running election day

California: Tech-savvy baby trying to get out the vote in Riverside | Postal cuts would force change in Calif. voting

Colorado: Photo ID for voting advances

Connecticut: Absentee voting proposal clears committee

District of Columbia: Elections board: Without money, Ward 5 special election in jeopardy

Florida: Some Boca Raton voters find temporary polling place changes | Nearly all results in for PBC | Democracy Days geared toward high school students

Georgia: Hall elections office to relocate early next month

Guam: 'Thousands of voters may have been disenfranchised in 2010 election'

Idaho: Some Ada County voters run into confusion at the polls

Illinois: RI County to open 38 sites for primary | Kane County adds complaint hotline for voters

Indiana: County election board demos voting machines

Maine: Senate approves study of voter registration

Michigan: If you want to vote absentee, be prepared to show ID if bill passes | Johnson wants to close voting loopholes

Minnesota: Voter ID amendment approved by House Ways and Means committee

Mississippi: Claiborne County voting problems | Early morning glitches at polls overcome as voting gets underway | Problems reported at Miss. polls

Missouri: Ehlmann vetoes $1.2M voting machine purchase | Ehlmann vetoes buying new voting machines

New Hampshire: Voters are few and far between at Town Meeting polling places

New York: Mistrial in ballot fraud case | Troy ballot fraud trial ends in mistrial | County officials call on state leaders to consolidate primary elections

Ohio: Voting officials say veteran didn't have proper ID, refused to vote by provisional ballot | Clyde says Ohio not meeting federal voter registration requirements | Company gives Summit County discount on ballot order

Oklahoma: New voter ID law not a major hindrance, election official says

Pennsylvania: House again delays vote on photo-ID bill | No vote on Pa. voter ID bill; more debate today | State House extends debate on voter ID bill

Tennessee: Photo ID law didn't dampen voter turnout

Texas: Rock the Vote pleased with Texas voter ID law ban | Texas voter ID law now headed to D.C. federal court | Texas voter ID law now headed to federal court | Voting changes in Texas | Email causing Tarrant County voter registration confusion

Vermont: Officials call for criminal inquiry into video that claims to show voter fraud

Virginia: Changes to voter ID rules could lead to longer lines at polls | Prince William closer to voting act exemption

West Virginia: Legislature approves bill to help absentee voters

Wisconsin: Voter ID up in the air for April 3 election | Clerks to 'wait and see' on state voter ID fight | High school registrations to be barred