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Monday, 13 February 2012

February 11-13, 2012

Overseas Voting News: Changes made in absentee voting for service members

Alabama: New machines make voting easier for people with disabilities

Arizona: District maps sent to D.C. for approval | Primary on Feb. 28 to utilize vote centers

Colorado: Primary election to be held through mail | Election cycle starting early for county, state | New county clerk addresses commissioners

Connecticut: In Litchfield, Merrill to present ideas on improving election process

Florida: Leon supervisor of elections says new election law will cost county $112K more | 3 more candidates join race for elections supervisor job

Georgia: Law keeps absentee ballots from inmates incarcerated in home counties

Idaho: Election officials face time crunch as May primary approaches | Redistricting means changes, hassle for Bonnevlle Co.

Illinois: County clerk: Voting options abound for primary

Indiana: State grant helps county fund new voting booths | Clerk soliciting feedback on vote centers plan | Monroe County approves purchasing of voting equipment

Maryland: Frederick Co. voters to receive notification of new congressional district

Massachusetts: Clerks wary of voter fraud

Minnesota: Two fears drive fight on photo ID

Missouri: County clerk is critical of lawmakers on primary election | Voter ID at center of Missouri secretary of state race

New York: Slisz to get new chance at full recount of ballots | Clinton County to consolidate voting precincts | Election cost may double | State board of elections faulted on primary plan | Consistency at issue in voter fraud trial | Assembly will advance bill for June primaries

North Carolina: Voter ID critics rally; continue opposition in Gastonia | State offers solution to Guilford County redistricting lawsuit

Ohio: Elections chief seeks meeting with Holder | Summit County elections board director resigning | Taking a step back, hearings to begin on repeal of relection reform bill

Pennsylvania: Reapportionment disputes cause primary election confusion | Officials spar over elections chief pick

Rhode Island: House approves soldiers and veterans bills

Tennessee: ID law sparks clergy to lead voting drive in Chattanooga | Secretary of state talks voter ID law | East Tenn. elections chief loses job after shakeup | Judge rules against mayoral recall election

Texas: Judge to define districts, set primaries soon | Frustration grows in Nueces County as elections organizers wait for primary date

U.S. Virgin Islands: Right-to-vote lawsuit advancing in local court system

Virginia: Lynchburg's electoral board to look at new polling places | Senator proposed amendment to voting ID bill | Registrars expect busy voting year

Washington: State Voting Rights Act may mean trouble for Yakima's system

West Virginia: Voter registration office busy place | 'We don't tolerate election law violations' | Tennant, Ireland differe on rulings

Wisconsin: Capitol Report: Voter ID laws limit ability of volunteers to register voters | Dane County judge rules against NAACP effort to halt voter ID law | With photo ID requirement just around corner, groups work to prepare voters | Madison's clerk going all-out to educate voters | Tie broken in Bloomfield election


Friday, 10 February 2012

February 10, 2012

National News: Project seeks to help students overcome barriers to voting | States line up to challenge stringent Section 5 voting rights provision

Overseas Voting News: Overseas Vote Foundation launches in-U.S. registration service

Arkansas: Elections commission returns half of budget to state

California: City council approves same-day registration and voting | County losing funds for absentee ballots

Connecticut: Merrill voices call for new tech, laws to get people voting | Wilton shifts one of its polling stations

Florida: Cowles sells off some touch-screen voting machines | Critics immediately challenge lawmakers' redrawn districts

Georgia: Moreland may hold its own elections

Idaho: Voting takes a big step forward | Canyon County struggles to prepare for May primary

Illinois: With early voting, voters don't have to weather the weather

Michigan: Isabella County dropping paper voter lists

Minnesota: Hundreds rally to oppose proposed voter ID amendment | Polling places wll move for many residents

Missouri: House passes voter ID bill | Clerk explains vote count

Nebraska: Act early to correct voter registration data

New York: Taxpayers money on the line | Judge faults NY lawmakers, adopts new primary calendar | Murder conviction upheld in 1999 stabbing of Bronx election worker | Vote application quest called 'stupid' | Troy ballot fraud witness says he was offered job | City to judge: Moving up primary elections makes lots of trouble for city

North Carolina: Fewer early voting sites for Watauga? | Remap lawsuit gets judicial OK | New law could delay primary runoff by 3 weeks

Ohio: Ohio Senate Republicans plan to repeal controversial elections law

Pennsylvania: Township commissioner confronted over ballot issue

South Carolina: Bill in House would add requirements to register voters | New bill could make sure voters voice heard but concerns organizations

South Dakota: Felons' voting rights bill passes SD House panel

Tennessee: Election commission to bill city for recall legal funds

Utah: Bill would privatize birth month of voters

Virginia: Amendment would ease voting ID requirements for students | Senate rejects voter registration by party | House unanimously passes bill postponing June primaries while redistricting plans are vetted

Washington: Residence life staff struggles with complicated voter registration | Nickels: Testing the waters, asking for money

Wisconsin: Judge rejects injunction request in voter ID lawsuit | Judge refuses to halt new voter ID law, but trial date to be set | Provisional ballots, absentee deadline add questions to election

Thursday, 09 February 2012

February 9, 2012

Alabama: New state voting laws focus of Selma march

Alaska: Both sides appealing redistricting ruling

California: Registrar to audit San Bernardino city clerk election results | County settles with employee over hostile work environment scandal

District of Columbia: D.C. a step away from more flexibility in scheduling elections

Florida: Orange Co. wants to sell unused voting machines | Voter fraud investigation: Agencies take action | Tom Scott mulls run for elections supervisor

Georgia: Voters find assistance at registration office | Legislation to address Rockdale election board

Idaho: Testimony overwhelmingly against moving primary to August | Legislative primary elections stay in May | Idaho counties want vote-by-mail

Illinois: State board of elections moving to new location

Indiana: Indiana high court takes over Charlie White dispute

Kansas: State offers voter ID | Committee approves new voter registration requirements

Maryland: Frederick recruits new voters at high schools

Michigan: Precinct workers volunteer time to ensure smooth elections

Minnesota: Legislators contentious over voter ID | Voter ID foes target business groups' campaign contributions | Group opposed to photo ID criticizes business support for issue | GOP caucuses put issues to real test

Mississippi: Circuit Court open Saturday to accommodate last-minute voter registration

Missouri: Elections documents found on road pose no controversy | Cape County happy with performance of new technology in Tuesday's election | Piglets add interest in otherwise dull election day

New Hampshire: House easily OKs residency clarifier | Ballot inspection bill likely to die in House

New Jersey: League opposes Montclair election move to November

New Mexico: Panel sidelines 3 voter ID bills | State continues probe into Sunland Park ballots

New York: Key witness takes stand in Troy vote fraud case

North Carolina: Busy election year on tap | Lack of funds could hinder accessibility of early voting | Injunction may delay election

Ohio: Count dispute votes in 2010 race judge says | Linda Sandvoss elected to Portage elections board

Pennsylvania: Election day double pay to come to an in Philly

South Carolina: In voter ID case, South Carolina fights back against Obama administration | Proposed voting bill causing uproar | Bill would add requirements to register voters | Critics, supporters speak out on voter ID affidavit

Tennessee: First election under new photo ID law a success | Hamilton County election commission to bill Chattanooga for charter legal fees | State representatives seek lower absentee ballot age

Texas: Abiline, county officials await new district maps | Voter registration cards delayed

Virginia: Voter ID could cost state | Va. House passes bill that could delay this year's primary | No-excuses voting bill falls in House

Wisconsin: Voter ID law brings changes to elections | Democrat Falk pledges to undo GOP's voter ID law | Elections board considering using statistical sample to validate recall signatures

Wednesday, 08 February 2012

February 8, 2012

National News: Voting law protest planned on Bloody Sunday | Why bother with caucuses?

Arkansas: Secretary of state going alone on redistricting suit

California: The nuts and bolts of Piedmont's election day

Colorado: Weld County to use mail ballots in primary election | Primary to be conducted by mail | Voter info cards prompt calls to Garfield County clerk

Connecticut: Elections board defends exe director pick

District of Columbia: Panel approves plan to change DC Council voting | House committee approves bill to give DC more flexibility in scheduling special elections

Georgia: Senate Dems challenge voter laws | Kemp announces release of elections advisory council final report | Unified balloting seen as way to cut costs, confusion

Illinois: How to embrace your civic duty, regardless of the inclement weather | High school students invade polling places, not as voters, but as judges | Emanuel, Preckwinkle hope team-up cuts election costs

Indiana: AG aims to keep Democrat out of secretary of state's office | Justices to hear appeal in White's case | White says governor votes illegally | Foreman: Jury wanted to hear White's defense

Iowa: UISG passes resolution to oppose House voter ID bill | Iowa College Dems lobby against voter ID bill

Kentucky: House panel approves bill to cut costs of special election

Maryland: More than 300 new voters registered after high school voter registration drive

Michigan: Retired Flint Township employee recognized for 25 years of service

Minnesota: Group of religous leaders urge legislators to keep voter ID off ballot | GOP caucus-goers try voter ID scanner

Mississippi: George County clerk seeks election fees from county

Missouri: Voter ID bill gains House approval | Was money spent on non-binding primary work it? | Man finds election records on side of the road

New Hampshire: Ballot inspection bill likely to die in House

New Mexico: Voter ID bill stalls again in committee | Democrats stop all voter ID bills, say no evidence of fraud

North Carolina: Shakir: Money would aid elections | WSSU gets nod as early voting site

Ohio: GOP elections board members suggest drastic cuts to meet county's reduced budget | Commissioners consider new elections building to alleviate overcrowding | Lorain County voters will see bilingual touch screen, absentee ballots

Pennsylvania: Fontana discusses law that would require photo ID to vote

Rhode Island: Secretary of state begins printing free voter IDs

South Carolina: South Carolina sues Justice Dept. for blocking its voter ID law | Dead-voter fraud doesn't quite live up to fears | Summerville may change date of redistricting vote

Tennessee: Voting machines tested | Tweak to absentee voter rules passes committee

Texas: April 3 primary now all but dead | Texas primary date in doubt after deal talks stall | County election date undeclared

Virginia: Senate divided over proposed voter registration bill | No-excuse absentee voting bills die in House

Washington: Ballots at library belong in ballot boxes, not book drop boxes

West Virginia: Raleigh County getting new voting machines | Secretary of state subject of new bill

Wisconsin: State voter ID law goes into effect with Feb. 21 election | Walker to decide if technical school IDs acceptable as voter ID | Poll workers plan for E-Day | Lawmaker criticizes UW-EC for $2 charge for IDs

Tuesday, 07 February 2012

February 7, 2012

National News: Messy contests in Nevada, Iowa raise questions as several states prepare to caucus

Alabama: DA to investigate possible voter fraud

Arizona: Maricopa County adjusts voting lines | Secretary of state awards election officer certificates to 23 county employees

California: Local elections department has new bilingual manager

Connecticut: First Dems, now GOP question Conn. elections board as it seeks executive director

Florida: Jury excusals may reveal non-citizen voters | Duval elections supervisor to host foreigh dignitaries

Georgia: Elections panel report urges easier ballot access

Illinois: New voter registration cards in the mail

Indiana: Porter County voter board will not pursue complaint against former police chief | Daniels appoints interim to replace White | Dems want candidate as elections chief | Elections chief faces more court action | Floyd, Clark counties mull centralized vote centers

Kansas: Opponents criticize effort to move up start date of citizenship requirement for voter registration | Kansas voting rights advocates oppose accelerating proof of citizenship requirements

Kentucky: Judge pledges quick decision on delay of election filing deadline

Massachusetts: Petition to move voting to Town Hall debated | Recalled selectman wants election ballots recounted

Michigan: Lansing woman stumped by address change

Minnesota: Voter ID amendment draws opposition to state Capitol | Rep. Ellison speaks against voter ID amendment | Mendota Heights legislators remain cool to voter ID as debate heats up

Missouri: Carnahan encourages Missourians to participate in primary | Officials to vote on voter ID

Nevada: After beleaguered caucus, political leaders considering switching to primary

New Jersey: No Super Tuesday primary means big cost savings for New Jersey

North Carolina: New deal sought on voting machines | Election officials urge funds release | Judges don't dismiss maps lawsuit entirely | Elections board handles touchy WSSU early-voting issue | Granite Quarry wants polling spot to stay at Town Hall | Even-year elections could cloud local issues, officials fear

Ohio: Elections board: Little interest in primary

Oregon: State GOP to try more open primary

Pennsylvania: Judge says he'll rule 'with dispatch' on 2012 voting map

Rhode Island: Secretary of state's office goes on voter ID tour | Mollis to help RI residents get voter IDs

South Carolina: Some Anderson County voters shifted under redistricting plan

Tennessee: Are electronic voting machines honest? | Washington County election administrator fires 1, demotes another

Texas: Fed court tells sides in redistricting battle to keep talking | Abbott hopes voting is on track for April

Virginia: Voter ID bill clears Va. Senate | Voter ID bill pases Senate with Bolling tiebreaker | House panel rejects registration by party

Wisconsin: Elections board wants to do its own review of recall petitions

Wyoming: Bill would alter how Wyoming handles primary elections

Monday, 06 February 2012

February 4-6, 2012

Overseas Voting News: Voting tool gets thumbs up from DOD

Alabama: Justice Dept. move might propel Shelby Co. voting case to U.S. Supreme Court

Arkansas: Election commission discovers 17 unpopulated precincts

California: County registrar of voters launches online 'voter profile' feature | Five new Asian languages, three spoken in India, added for LA County voters

Colorado: Printing error forces votesr to find caucus sites on their own

Florida: Judge says Fla. lawmakers don't have to testify | Bennett to run for supervisor of elections | Progress being made on elections building issues | Recount to be held in Destin election

Georgia: Plan to cut precincts delayed

Indiana: Jury finds White guilty of six of seven felony charges | White says he'll seek to regain office | After White's vote-fraud conviction, fight remains over secretary of state's office | Clark, Floyd counties consider vote centers

Maine: Lawmakers reject voter ID bill but authorize study of election system

Maryland: Wicomico board of elections requests legislation

Michigan: Bill would make it easier for military, overseas voters to vote in state, local elections

Missouri: Christian County gets new ballot tabulators | Voter ID bill back before House this week | Ballot 'color' confusion in St. Charles County | E-verify debate heats up in Springfield as vote approaches

Nebraska: Changes in pollign places good for voters, county finances

New Hampshire: Bill requires NH voters to be full-time residents

New Jersey: Mercer election officials calls it a day after 18 years on county board | Districts quick to move elections

New Mexico: Uncontested election to cost town $10K

New York: Election date deadlock could cost Steuben County taxpayers at least $80K | Voters testify in Troy voter fraud trial | Warrensburg officials struggle with presidential primary accommodations | NY unlikely to meet election deadlines | State investigating election absentee ballots in Rathbone | Defense calls for dismissal of all charges in Troy ballot fraud trial

Ohio: Ohio Senate GOP take another crack at election reform

Tennessee: Election commission prepares for March election | Sullivan County election chief changes locks at ballot boxes and doors | Churches helping seniors with voter IDs | Volunteers sought to help staff precincts

Texas: Voter registration cards on hold | Texas primary election schedule nowhere in sight | Prolonged redistricting fight keeps Texas in limbo | Rusk County court considers new election software | Rice study: Hand countin votes leads to errors

Utah: Voter registration rolls get cleaned up with bill | Bill to clean up voter registration rolls passes House

Virginia: Roanoke wants to pare its voting precincts | Virginia lawmakers split bitterly over voter ID rules | House panel backs primary date change, photo ID bill | Bill to expand absentee voting falls in Senate | Taxpayers pay thousands for local election

Wisconsin: Groups hope to stop Wisconsin voter ID law | State voter ID law goes into effect with the Feb. 21 election | Tauchen assembly bill tweaks election timelines | Appeals court reverses ruling on recall signatures

Friday, 03 February 2012

February 3, 2012

Overseas Voting News: Overseas troops finally get fair shot at voting | American expats can vote in elections online

Alabama: City's voting district alterations pre-cleared

Connecticut: Man vs. machine at polls

Florida: Spring election reminder postcards nixed | Handful of people on Collier voter rolls may not be citizens | Florida college students rally against election changes | Hundreds of unsigned absentee ballots uncounted

Indiana: White declines to testify at his trial | White's fate could be decided Friday | Bill putting all candidates on ballot gets 50-0 vote

Kansas: Kobach testifies against popular vote bill

Minnesota: Proposed voter ID constitutional amendment gets theatrical, lengthy airing | In Senate committee, opposition to voter ID

Missouri: County clerk tests equipment for upcoming | New polling places, ID cards for Tuesday's election

New Hampshire: Petitions urge probe of O'Keefe in balloting case

New Jersey: District wants polling places out schools

North Carolina: NAACP files suit to stop Guilford redistricting plan

Ohio: Lorain County using bilingual ballots | AG, maybe elections chief to miss 'state' speech | Elections board loses bilingual ballot appeal | Fruth to fill board of elections seat

Tennessee: 92-year old tacksl voter ID issues | State issues moret han 12,500 photo IDs for voting | TN GOP urges more early voting locations | Brentwood man pickets over election commission lawsuit

Texas: Political primaries in doubt with ruling pending from fed court | San Antonio panel sets date for key redistricting hearing | Texans challenge state's new voter ID law in D.C. court | Gregg sets election day--for now

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board meeting ends without protestors speaking

Virginia: Voter ID bill draws protests at Fredericksburg library | House OKs stricter voter ID laws as hundreds protest | Bill seeks waiting period for absentee voting | Senate passes bill that adds wait time for absentee voting

West Virginia: Locations for four early vote polls approved

Wisconsin: UWEC, city of Eau Claire preparing for voter ID changes | New voting laws explained

Thursday, 02 February 2012

February 2, 2012

National News: Why millions of Americans have no government ID

California: Rainey will try to stop expensive election

Colorado: Breckenridge backs away from mail-in voting for now

Connecticut: Norwich registrars to change polling places again

District of Columbia: Recall effort postponed after organizer misses meeting

Florida: No signs of voter fraud in Tuesday's primary, officials say | More than 40 percent of primary vote was in before polls opened | Moore Center makes debut as polling place

Georgia: Elections board has open house to prepare for a busy year | Early voting option available | Hall Co. in need of poll workers for upcoming elections

Illinois: New city ward boundaries to take effect in 2015

Indiana: Cellphone records to be called in White's trial

Kansas: New Kansas voter ID regs hitting voters in nursing homes | Free birth certificate guidelines published | House panel to review proof-of-citizenship

Massachusetts: Changed precincts, voting locations to affect some households

Minnesota: Opponents of voter ID amendment pack Senate hearing | Voter ID amendment gets first debate | Voter ID issue sparks big draw in Woodbury | Voting rights for released felons debated in Minn.

Missouri: First of four elections approaches

New Jersey: Gloucester County received $87K for water damage at BOE building

New York: Voters testify in Troy ballot fraud trial

Ohio: Early voting underway; poll workers needed | Absentee ballot investigation continues | Richland County GOP select elections board member | Senate leader expects bill to repeal state's election law within weeks | Postcards remind voters of procedures to vote by mail | Bill proposes repeal of election law | Mediation collapses in disputed judge election | Niles mayor voted to fill seat on Trumbull BOE

Oklahoma: Washington County election requires voters to bring ID

Oregon: Oregon escapes notice in voter photo ID battle

Pennsylvania: Counties raise cost, implementation concerns over holding dual primaries

South Carolina: Spartanburg County may face $18K in costs for primary

Texas: State looks at possibility of two primaries | Voter registration cards await court ruling | Primary election plan still in limbo | Court says redistricting decision is a month away | Democrats newly skeptical over April primary

Virginia: House approves voter ID bill | Voter ID bill moving through General Assembly | A scorecard on voter ID bills | Republican bills ratcheting up requirements for in-person voting pass House

West Virginia: Lawmakers considering fix to close election loopholes

Wisconsin: Elections chief says searchable database expensive, impractical

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

February 1, 2012

Overseas Voting News: Contests in battleground states could hinge on 'invisible' overseas voters

California: City considers switching election year, again

Florida: Longtime Lithia poll worker refelects on changes to the election process | Orange County voters cast ballots on car hoods | New voting equipment brings smooth day for Palm Beach County | Poll workers strive to make a difference | 2000 election still haunts Floridians, eleciton officials | Supervisor of elections: No major problems in PBC | Eleciton Day: No problems reported at polls | Collier voters report little confusion after precinct consolidation | No major glitches at the polls, Treasure Coast election chief says | Voting smooth early, election chief says | Browning emotions mixed over final Fla. election

Indiana: Prosecutors in Charlie White's trial say documents show voter fraud | Jurors hear testimony, view records in White trial

Kansas: New voting restrictions enacted | House panel to review Kobach bill to move up proof-of-citizenship rule

Massachusetts: Former candidate charged in vote fraud | State opinion on special election riles Worcester City council | Panel works to election law overhaul

Michigan: Johnson paid $1,325 for failing to file campaign finance reports

Minnesota: Voting rights for released felons debated | Task force studies North Dakota felon-voting system

Missouri: Scott County gets new voting machines | Upcoming primary to cost the state $8M

New Mexico: Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins seeks re-election | Secretary of state checks Sunland Park complaint

New York: Voter says he didn't read the paper work

North Dakota: Minn. task force studies North Dakota felon-voting system

Ohio: Infante recommended for Trumbull elections board | Former elections director voted onto elections board | Still time for election reforms before November

Pennsylvania: Town mulls moving BOE elections to November

South Carolina: Signing up others to vote could require registration itself

Tennessee: Group seeks to repeal voter ID law | American Assoc. of People with Disabilities say ID law unfair | Putnam clerk's office now offering photo ID services | Election officials in Sullivan wary of backlash over photo ID law

Texas: Local elections offices sit in limbo waiting for state primary to be set | Judge skeptical of Texas' 'partisan gerrymandering' argument as redistricting case closes | County prepares possible election

Utah: Changes remove empty precincts

Virginia: Voter ID bills advance following protest at Capitol | Some say bills are a threat to minority voters | Va. Supreme Court denies Cuccinelli petition in redistricting case

Washington: Ballots get a makeover

Wisconsin: Rules to help military members vote overseas | Elections are good business for Fond du Lac printer | City clerk wards off election trouble

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

January 31, 2012

National News: Can a Web app help voters get photo ID?

Florida: Will Florida laws keep young voters from primary? | Committee kills change to Fla. election law | Heavy precinct turnout expected in Collier, Bonita | Precinct preview pushes passion for voting as primary draws near | Battle over depositions continues in elections law challenge | Supervisor of election says PBC ready for primary | Potential problems at the polls? | Youth vote faces new challenges | PBC elections officials working to prevent election night problems | Early absentee voting in Florida ahead of 2008 pace

Indiana: Recount prompts vote center questions | Clark, Floyd counties considering vote centers | Jury seated, trial expected to last 2 weeks

Iowa: Branstad shows support for voter ID legislation | Voter ID bill back with a twist | Cerro Gordo County, secretary of state at odds over precinct atlas

Kansas: State: Forms for free birth certificates will be available online

Maryland: Frederick looks at options for election duties

Massachusetts: KidsVoting tries to get Stoughton parents registered | Activists pitch changes as panel works on election law overhaul

Minnesota: State falls short stopping felons from voting, group says

Missouri: Does the Missouri primary matter anymore?

Nevada: State sets non-Sabbath vote for Jews

New Jersey: DOE clarifies rules on new election law

New York: NY faces tough task meeting primary deadlines | Former city clerk's testimony in focus

Ohio: Advocates oppose changing election overhaul bill now | Republicans haggle about election reform

Oklahoma: Election board gears up for busy year

Pennsylvania: More ballots now bilingual

South Carolina: Slovakian ambassador observes primary voting

South Dakota: Native Americans given less time to vote sue state

Tennessee: Lawmakers want to put squeeze on open primaries | Elected officials push voter education, registration | Montgomery County doesn't need new poll workers for primary

Texas: Redistricting ties up election process | Referendum may end Boern election litigation | Attorney: Texas redistricting talks have stalled | Gregg County commissioners set primary date, but map dispute could change it

Utah: Bill would protect registered voters from identity theft

Virginia: AARP stands up against voter ID law

West Virginia: Feds crack Lincoln County vote fraud | Lincoln County officials admit stuffing ballot box | Lincoln residents frustrated by election fraud

Wisconsin: Voter ID requirement for most absentee ballots | Milwaukee will track voters ID impact | NAACP to request data on voters turned away from wrong IDs | Privacy concerns halt release of petition signatures | Municipal clerks confront recall costs | Voters in the same place find themselves in new districts

Voters in the same place find themselves in new districts