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Friday, 13 January 2012

January 13, 2012

National News: Political battle brewing over new voter ID laws | Vote on the weekend? Government study inconclusive | Should elections be held on weekends?

Overseas News: U.S. nationals get a voting reminder from new U.S. consul

Alaska: Testimony: Alaska's redistricting plan was the best option available | Wasilla preps for rare election

Arizona: ACLU intervenes in Voting Rights case

California: Group: 2010 election in Freson County probed

Colorado: Breckenridge OKs mail-in ballot elections

Connecticut: Polling places could close to save money

Florida: Leon County gears up for primary | Hillsborough County to get a jump on early voting

Indiana: FEMA wants county to repay unused flood funds | Smith-Ille to head Monroe County elections board

Kansas: First vote cast under new ID law

Kentucky: Activists pushing for automatic voting rights restoration for felons

Maryland: Mt. Airy voter registration a month early

Michigan: Arbitrator: Holland City Clerk Jennifer French's 2006 firing justified

Missouri: Cape Girardeau considering proposals for electronic polling equipment | Cape voting precincts consolidated to save money

Nebraska: Voter ID bill, LB239, taken off legislative agenda

Nevada: Judge denies motion to reconsider decision in North Las Vegas election

New Hampshire: NH AG's office investigating voter video | A house divided on voter ID | Lynch: There's not voter fraud problem in New Hampshire | Town councilor allegedly accosts election official at primary polls | Some don't want schools used for votes

New York: Auditor selected for county board of elections probe

Ohio: County Council OKs election baord purchase | On-demand paper ballots to save county money

Oklahoma: Mock election a success | Mock voting continues

Oregon: Oregon tests voting on iPads

Pennsylvania: Wellsville voting issues: New polling place needed

South Carolina: Several precinct changes for the upcoming primary | Elections leader wants probe of more than 900 dead voters

Texas: Texas responds to fed data demad on voter ID bill | Forum set for this weekend on state's voter ID law | January voter registration certificates mailing delayed | County election chiefs await Supreme Court redistricting ruling

Utah: Navajos seek new voting map

Washington: Voting bills for youth, same-day registration get hearing | Billig bill preregisters youth vote

West Virginia: Tennant in 'wait and see' mode

Wisconsin: Voters must come prepared | Voting? Do you have your ID? | Redistricting issue a headache for clerks | Elections board to create petition database, request more time | Elections board gets new chairman

Thursday, 12 January 2012

January 12, 2012

National News: Partisan feud escalates over voter ID laws in South Carolina, other states

Alabama: Voter guide gest a makeover

Arkansas: Polling places set for election in Arkansas county

California: Fresno County seeking replacement for county clerk's office | Ballots on the way for all-mail election | Trio of supes propose changes to city's election laws

District of Columbia: Activists begin recall effort | Anonymous Senate hold plays into extra cost for D.C. election

Florida: Collier County voting machiens pass the test | Secretary of state resigning following primary | Duval County supervisor of elections will visit Jacksonville for interview | Incumbent Polk elections supervisor files for re-election

Georgia: Precinct, early voting changes ahead for county elections

Indiana: Elkhart County voters to see changing district and polling places

Kansas: Voter ID: Tale of two states | House panel to sponsor Kobach elections bill

Massachusetts: Worcester council in favor of special election

Michigan: Lansing medical marijuana clinic owner found not guilty of trying to influence voters

Mississippi: Study: 75 percent of non-white voters against voter ID | Judge rules for another election in Southern District

Nebraska: Supporters and opponents debate effectiveness of voter ID law proposal | Opponents say voter ID bill unneeded, costly | Voter ID: Tale of two states

New Hampshire: Voters, redeclarers keep poll workers busy | Hidden video said to show voter fraud | City clerk explains late primary results

New Jersey: Borough moves ahead with November elections

New York: Forum to be held in Brighton on increasing voter turnout | Another indicted in Troy voter fraud scandal

North Carolina: Elections chief quits over marriage measure

Ohio: Despite state rebuke, Betras to seek elections board seat again | Steve Moore joins county board of elections

South Carolina: Seized voting machines won't be used in upcoming primary | Ex-DOJ voting section chief now representing South Carolina in voter ID fight | DMV leader: 900 recorded voters were actually dead | Students step up to volunteer for primaries

Tennessee: Election board stands firm on library choice | Nashville MTA buses carry photo ID campaign | Tennessee redistricting may run afoul of the Voting Rights Act | Hamilton County election commission turns heated

Texas: County opts for electronic ballots at polls | Voter registration cards late due to uncertainty with primary elections | Election officials jittery over redistricting squabble

Virginia: Virginia Legislative Black Caucus targets voter ID bill | Judge to rule on Virginia primary ballot on Friday

Washington: Greg Nickels considers run for secretary of state

Wisconsin: Voter ID law causes concern for seniors | 'Bring It': State launches media campaign to promote voter ID law | County clerks work furiously to fix redistricting errors | Glitch puts soem Wisconsin voters in Africa

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

January 11, 2012

National News: Voter ID laws a contentious issue as election season heats up | The heated debate over voter IDs

Overseas News: Casting absentee ballot easier than ever

Alaska: Expert points to flaws in state's redistricting plan

Arizona: Postal closure could hurt O'odham voters

California: City hire high-profile lawyer for voting rights case | Clerk's resignation leaves Fresno Co. in a bind | Fresno County to fill elections chief post quickly | Sac. Co. voter postcard with Chinese translation cost $150K

Connecticut: Old Lyme Democratic registrar retires after 20 years | Ordinance panel to take on plan to alter poll sites

District of Columbia: Elections board receives Thomas' resignation, clearing way for May 15 special election

Florida: Elections HQ at Lauderhill Mall? No way says supervisor Snipes | Smartphone app available for voters | Indian River, Martin to reduce polling locations for presidential preference primary

Georgia: Officials want voters to exercise 'very perfect right'

Guam: Polling location sought for Umatac

Illinois: Election commission trying to improve teamwork of judges

Indiana: County election board gears up for May primary | AG asks state Supreme Court to take up White eligibility case | Supreme Court aske to review White's case

Kansas: Kobach seeks proof-of-citizenship | Groups tests new Kansas voter ID law | Cimarron voters test new ID law | Kansas official seeks citizenship proof

Kentucky: Secretary of state appoints communications staff

Louisiana: Cardveyors in registrar's office in need of repairs

Maryland: Montgomery County elections board looks for student aides

Massachusetts: Council in favor of special election

Michigan: Jurors get Lansing dispensary owner's voter registration case

Nebraska: Nebraska voters may be 'carded'

New Hampshire: Polls quiet, normal turnout | Wards seeing steady traffic since 6 a.m. | Slow but steady at Windham polls | Town moderators required to secure election results | Questionable polling in Portsmouth prompts complaint

New Mexico: ACLU suit seeks names of foreigners on voter rolls

New York: County wants to increase voting district size to cut election costs | Ballot case gets a hire

North Carolina: Harnett elections chief quits over marriage amendment | Burke elections board asks schools to close on Election Day | Yancey County BOE controversy

Ohio: Summit County, elections board doing own spending comparisons | Scott Daisher named Lake County elections board director | Park set for use as voting location | Elections board extends early voting hours

Oklahoma: Mock vote this week open to anyone

South Carolina: GOP ready to battle over voter ID law | Voter ID lawsuit planned

Tennessee: Brentwood, election commission butt heads on early voting at library | Elections official: No district, precinct changes for primary | Administrator of elections passes certification exam

Texas: Voter confusion mounts as Texas redistricting battle continues | Texas officials cautiously optimistic about Supreme Court ruling | Republicans say state may need to hold two primaries

Virginia: Senator: Voting Rights bill contains erroneous clause, 'a mistake' | Ballot fight faces key hearing | Here's how to have a special election

West Virginia: Judges deny motion to stay in redistricting case

Wisconsin: Voter ID Law: Help sessions | Election workers prepare for voter ID law | Milwaukee County providing 5K free birth certificates for voter IDs

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

January 10, 2012

Alabama: Justice Dept. OKs new voting machines in Morgan

Alaska: Fairbanks senators testify in redistricting case

Arkansas: Grand Prairie Center set as official elections voting site

California: What's new for California voters?

Connecticut: Disabilities committee chair: Make it easier to use alternative voting system | Plan to change polling site under fire

District of Columbia: D.C. settle lawsuit over election held during Passover | District settle with rabbi who sued over special election schedule | Ward 5 special election likely to be May 15

Florida: Browning leaving as state elections chief | Spokesman: Browning not resigning 'at this time' | Florida GOP says absentee ballot requests double 2008 levels

Georgia: County hires elections head | County seeks input on voting precinct changes

Idaho: Consolidation of precinct lines could save county money

Indiana: Connersville mayoral recount ruling won't be appealed

Louisiana: Judge nixes March 24 elections

Maryland: Groups propose resetting Baltimore election cycle | Elections director faces heavy workload | Laurel voters can offer feedback on changes to city's elections procedures

Massachusetts: Rushford admits 'human error' in recount

Michigan: Need to Know: Changes to absentee voter law

Minnesota: State gets $226,255 grant to make voting easier

Missouri: Schoeller adds staff to secretary of state campaign

Nebraska: Bill's plan: Force all voters to show photo ID

New Hampshire: Rumored voter ID law causes confusion | Voting fraud hotline established | State and fed officials monitoring primary voting

New York: Ballot case shifts to FBI

North Carolina: Redistricting opponents ask for delay of primaries | Groups ask for primary delay in maps case | Elections, required days may cause conflicts | Harnett elections head resigns over same-sex marriage referendum

Oklahoma: Mock election gives voters a chance to see new equipment

South Carolina: AB mayor responds to lawsuits, botched elections | House Speaker Harrell defends voter ID law | GOP leaders to talk about voter ID law case

Tennessee: Stewart County on top of photo ID compliance | Brentwood officials sued over denial of library access | Atchley to stay on planning commission

Texas: Primaries underway, Supreme Court expedites Texas redistricting case | Supreme Court hears thorny Texas redistricting case | Victoria County moves primary to match state's | City special election to have extended hours

Virginia: Federal judge says to wait on GOP ballot

West Virginia: Officials: Same-day voter registration increases participation | Morgantown voter participation up thanks to mail-in program | Advocates push legislature for same-day regsitration | Audit finds misuse of election holiday | Preston County makes precinct changes

Wisconsin: City election commission preparing for voter ID | Learn about new voter ID law at informational session

Wyoming: Wyoming AG wants secretary of state to sue himself

Monday, 09 January 2012

January 7-9, 2012

National: Election year begins Monday at Supreme Court | Texas case could lead to changes in Voting Rights Act | U.S. voting laws change for overseas residents

California: Stockton woman warns of voter registration fraud | Election material must be in Spanish too | Residents too busy to vote in local elections?

Colorado: New precinct boundaries proposed in Mesa County

Connecticut: Litchfield registrars prepare contingency plan for election emergencies

District of Columbia: Norton wants new Ward 5 representative elected on primary day

Florida: Rockledge hit with $30K bill for one-sided election | New polling location to honor slain civil rights activists | Push to delay state primaries worries Tampa | Lawsuits over 2011 legislation unresolved | Legislature may change 2012 primary

Illinois: Many new voting options available

Missouri: Voting sites relocated after tornado damage

Montana: Website offers paths to report election violations

Nebraska: Bill would require photo ID to vote

New Hampshire: Elections chief expects 250K GOP votes | New polling place for Ward 4 voters | Starting in September, Salem polling places to be changed

New Mexico: Governor's budget seeks $553K for primary election

New York: Ballot fraud defense seeks FBI's input

North Carolina: Election director to propose days off for schools

Ohio: Election day glitches will cost county $10K | Elections board hires director

Oklahoma: Oklahoma to have mock election to try out new voting machines | New Tulsa County voting machines ready for residents to test them out | County election board ready to host mock election

South Carolina: South Carolina still must pay $500K for GOP primary

Tennessee: County to use paper absentee ballots in 2012 | County officials seek to reduce number of voting precincts | First Tennessee election with new photo ID law

Texas: New law's foes worry about voter participation | Texas primaries await U.S. Supreme Court ruling | Redistricting maps take spotlight in Supreme Court | Bell County holds voter registration cards amid map dispute | State officials hold off on new voter cards

Washington: Reed asks lawmaker to trim election costs

West Virginia: Tennant to seek re-election as secretary of state | Commission moves forward in preparation for 2012 elections

Wisconsin: New year brings voter changes | Walker recall could cost Wisconsin $9M | Walker recall cost estimated at $9M | Prosecutors get emails of suspected out-of-state voter

Friday, 06 January 2012

January 6, 2012

National News: E-voting machine freezes, misreads votes, U.S. agency says

California: County must put election material in Spanish

Colorado: Required photo IDs for voting not likely | Drop boxes upheld for mail ballots at every Colorado polling place

District of Columbia: Harry Thomas Jr. charged: What happens next

Florida: Moore Cultural Center to serve as polling location

Kansas: Absentee voting concerns raised under new law

Massachusetts: Primary date to say put despite mix-up | Unhappy precinct 6A voters must remain at Linden Ponds

Michigan: Johnson hopes to install election fixes in time for this year's big elections | Primary ballots delievered

Mississippi: Special election set for Feb. 14

Nebraska: LB-239 would require voter ID prior to casting ballot

Nevada: Registration underway for recall

New Hampshire: Voting process isn't just for the adults

New York: Defense finds target in ballot case | Staten Islander named president of board of elections commissioner panel

North Carolina: Recent election may cost Gastonia $24K more than expected

Ohio: County sets early vote for March primary | Three campaigning for seat on board of elections

Oklahoma: People invited to try out new voting machines

South Carolina: Horry County gearing up for primary | Horry County announces precinct changes | Primary outlook: More voters, fewer polling places

Tennessee: Election panel sues and challenges state recall law

Texas: Justice Dept. eyes voter ID bill | County election rules in limbo | AC voter registration cards delayed | County officials hold off on new voter cards during redistricting fight | Supreme Court to examine Texas redistricting

Virginia: McDonnell, Bolling say no to GOP loyalty oath

Wisconsin: Milwaukee County working to ensure seniors voting rights under new ID law | Supervisor Harris continues fight against voter ID | Voters can request ID cards online | Walker campaign case against election officials allowed to proceed | Judge rules for Walker campaign in case against state election officials

Thursday, 05 January 2012

January 5, 2012

California: Cash crunch puts California in the cheap seats in 2012 | No money for neighborhood council elections

Colorado: Clerk seeks comments on mail-in primary

Connecticut: Ward fighting on two fronts with Norwich Dems

District of Columbia: Resignation will cost D.C.

Florida: Florida early voting limits could negatively affect voters | Legislator files bill to reverse controversial measures | Businessman eyes top spot at Manatee elections office

Georgia: Rockdale election board considers 8 for at-large position | Potential election date up in the air

Idaho: Cassia County may qualify for election assistance

Illinois: Enrollment for voting by mail from college

Indiana: Judge: Incumbent wins mayoral race by 14 votes | County consolidates voting locations for 2012 elections

Iowa: Linn County's new election map is officially OK with the state

Louisiana: Marx won't call meeting to fix voting problem

Massachusetts: Ware to consider backing legislation changing how Massachusetts awards Electoral College votes | 5K North voters to get new precincts

Michigan: Shelby, state at odds over ballot issue | Township clerk works to avoid confusion during primary

Montana: Helena residents sound off on postal consolidations

Nebraska: Proposed voter ID bill meets opposition | Voter ID bill creates heavy debate

New Jersey: Wildwood Crest to move elections to November to save money

North Carolina: Lawmakers may try to override veto of voter ID bill

Ohio: Summit elections board seeks more funds for first quarter

Oklahoma: Mock election planned for county voters next week

Oregon: Took kit presented by secretary of state touts civics education

South Carolina: Counties tally up cost of GOP primary | AG to appeal voter ID ruling | GOP lacks money to pay for primary | Franklin County hires new elections superintendent

Tennessee: More than 9,000 voter IDs issued since July

Texas: Dayton may move polls from city hall to community center

Wisconsin: La Crosse County announces voter ID education campaign | Local groups raise awareness about voter ID laws

Wednesday, 04 January 2012

January 4, 2012

National News: E-voting gets closer in 2012

Alaska: Redistricting trial slated for Monday in Fairbanks

Arizona: Polling places consolidated for presidential preference event

California: New election laws cumbersome for Placer | Secretary of state's creaky computer system working again | Moorpark to consider changing election ordinance

Connecticut: Norwich registrar defends bit to oust Ward | Manchester directors concerned about reduction in voting districts

Florida: Floridians already have ballots | Manatee's Sweat not running for re-election

Hawaii: GOP changes to caucuses

Indiana: Voter precinct plan tabled | Porter County voting districts changes may not hold | Politics infuses White case | Two major rulings possible today | Judge to rule Wednesday on Charlie White case

Kansas: Absentee voting concerns raised under new law

Louisiana: Judge delays election plan

Maine: Former city clerk returning to position

Missouri: Some call Missouri presidential primary meaningless 'beauty contest'

New Hampshire: City clerk details rules of primary day for poll workers in Nashua

New Mexico: Lawmakers to consider voter ID requirement

New York: Bloomberg not sure whether electronic ballot system is efficient

Ohio: Johns counted her last ballot; director retires

Oklahoma: Mock election introduces new voting machines | New Tulsa County voting machines should speed up process

Rhode Island: New voter ID cards now available

South Carolina: Lack of cash won't stop primary

Tennessee: What does the new voter ID really mean?

Texas: Voter registration cards on hold until court draws redistricting lines | Texas primaries await U.S. Supreme Court ruling | McLennen County delays mailing voter registration cards | Redistricting controversy causes election concerns | Texas voters, election officials frustrated over redistricting hold up | Some teenagers can serve as election clerks

Virginia: Roanoke to consider reducing number of election precincts | Elections board, Mullins ask judge to dismiss Perry suit

West Virginia: Effects of redistricting order unclear

Wisconsin: Voter ID forum | Wisconsin's new photo ID voting law another hurdle for homeless | Recall group files appeal of judge's order

Tuesday, 03 January 2012

December 30, 2011-January 3, 2012

National News: Postal Service's closure review process was flawed, panel says | Experts: Rejection of S.C. voter ID law won't have widespread effect | Gingrich suggests Justice Dept. rejection of S.C. voter ID law is intent to steal election | Redistricting spurs debate over Voting Rights Act

Arizona: Parties balk over new voter form

California: Polling places quiet during special election | Vote counting to proceed overnight | Greenfield recall effort moves ahead

Connecticut: Manchester reshuffles voting districts | Trumbull may redraw local districts

District of Columbia: Recall effort against Gray under way

Florida: Escambia extends registration hours | Supervisor of elections signs up to run for third term | County told to stop work on elections building | Voters brace for busy election year in 2012 | Vero Beach woman charged with voter fraud | Election reform could change voting habits | Collier elections office creates smartphone app to assist voters | Broward city elections all over the calendar this year

Georgia: Complaint stems from November election | Defendants file answers to alleged voter fraud | Tyrone voting location changes to library

Illinois: Bring 'elections up to 21st Century' | Student judges eyed for Illinois State polling places

Indiana: Gov. Daniels embarrassed by White's legal woes | Some precincts combined in Floyd County | White's tenure may hinge on today's ruling | Charlie White asks to stay in office while appeal is pending

Kentucky: Recount overturns results in Charlestown council race | Kentucky ex-cons want ballot box rights

Maine: Bangor says good-bye to city clerk, appoints interim

Massachsuetts: Raynham town clerk says time to retire has come

Michigan: Absentee voter applications contain minor changes

Minnesota: Election judge honored to serve 30 years

Missouri: Clerk's budget up sharply for 2012 | Schoeller files voter ID bill | Rep. Schoeller files voter ID bill, election reform legislation

Nebraska: Mayor can decide how to fill vacancies | Stanton County backs mail elections

Nevada: Election regs keep legislative panel debating | Legislative group studies Nevada voting rules

New York: Sheriff admits 'mistake' in ballot probe | DOJ won't weigh-in on exact primary date | Chautauqua County to run Bemus Point vote

North Carolina: Culp remembered for dedication to Graham, politics

Ohio: Mahoning County elections board sells electronic voting machines | Votel to fill BOE vacancy

Oklahoma: Washington County to host mock elections | Precinct changes keep officials busy | Voting machines await tests

Oregon: Concerns voiced about mail plan

Rhode Island: New voter ID law goes into effect in Rhode Island

Tennessee: Secretary of state touts voter photo ID education effort | Smith reappointment tops 2011 news | Legal challenge to photo ID law eyed | Voter ID law may face court fight | Shelby County election commission seeks to reach Hispanics

Texas: New maps could ease voter confusion | Court delays mailing of voter certificates | Justice Dept. review delays voter ID law | Kennedy County seeking AG opinion

Virginia: Virginia to print, mail ballots despite Perry suit | Registrar: Poll-place staff can handle new 'loyalty oath' requirement | Eyes turn to Virginia as state weighs voter ID law

Washington: Forslof retires after decades overseeing Whatcom County elections

Wisconsin: Some new Wisconsin student IDs comply with voting laws | Judge rules against recall groups in GOP suit | Voter ID info session planned | State voters will see many changes at polls in 2012 | New voting laws affect senior citizens | New polling places, ward lines await voters | New Year brings new voter ID law | Voters reminded of changes