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Friday, 15 February 2013

February 15, 2013

National News: Obama's proposed voting commission under partisan fire from both sides | Election opponents now on same team, to fix elections | Group: Internet voting poses risk

Alabama: Racist legacy shadows high court on voting rights | Jefferson County to hold public hearing today on voting maps | Polling places remain among Dale discussion

Arizona: Yuma County plans steps to improve election system

Arkansas: Voter ID bill clears divided Senate panel | Lawmakers discuss voter ID bill

California: Hundreds of uncounted vote-by-mail ballots discovered months after election | Warehouse worker finds Sacramento County uncounted ballots

Florida: Lawmakers hope to address 2012 voting problems | Federal election commission may take back seat to Florida reforms | Legislation would keep SOE at Gateway

Georgia: Deal signs bills for nonpartisan Bibb elections | Change would give GOP sway over Fulton's elections board

Hawaii: Bill aims to prevent candidates from 'helping' voters fill out ballots

Idaho: Idaho may block overseas voting

Indiana: St. Joseph County BOE appoints vote center committee members | Elkhart official traveled to Indy to testify on election law | Ex-campaign worker accepts plea in voter-fraud case

Iowa: Iowa Democrats criticize secretary of state | Dems question Schultz on election results, voter fraud | Council OKs precinct changes

Louisiana: Recount is scheduled for Saturday

Maryland: Slew of election bills introduced after busy ballot season

Massachusetts: Election to fill Kerry seat to cost Mass. $13.5M | Selectmen opt for two election days

Minnesota: Ranked-choice voting could give independent candidates a new way to attract voters

Missouri: St. Charles County considers new bid for voting machines | House passes voter ID measures

Nebraska: Lawmaker: Reverse polling place law | Voter precinct size isn't a problem

New Jersey: Vernon mayor offers to pay half of county bill

New York: Fort Erie explores new election system | Queens Republicans feud over BOE appointment

North Carolina: Would-be state educator won't be charged with voter fraud | Goolsby co-sponsors proposal to end straight-party voting

Ohio: Wellsburg to drop primary election

Pennsylvania: Voting machine questions explored | Both sides ask judge to postpone Pa. voter ID law until after primary | Voter ID law won't be enforced in May primary

South Carolina: Classics take back seat

Texas: Elections administrator to be appointed soon | Williamson County seeks input on polling places

Virginia: Senate panel OKs more stringent voter ID law

Washington: House advances package of bills aimed at increasing voter access

Thursday, 14 February 2013

February 14, 2013

National News: Seven hours on line to vote

Arizona: Marana launches its first all-mail election | County: More vote centers, more staff next time

Arkansas: Lawmakers weigh voter ID bill | Commission develops election plans

California: Mullin pushes for youth vote | Former assemblyman named Contra Costa elections chief

Colorado: Broomfield council opts for mail election

Connecticut: Weston Republican registrar steps down

Florida: Councilman proposes 10 year-lease for elections office | Emails undermine Hillsborough elections chief on donations | Did Hillsborough County elections supervisor pressure employees to fund campaign | Dems want into the election-reform game | Voting changes win bipartisan favor by House panel | House panel approves bill to expand early voting

Georgia: Feds could block elections bill

Idaho: House introduces bill limiting overseas voters

Illinois: Clerk's office eyeing election

Indiana: Meeting set on vote centers | Clark County eyes vote centers | Marion County to look at changes to where voters cast ballots

Iowa: Auditor proposes precinct changes

Maryland: Region supports voter ID mandate

Massachusetts: Town and special primary elections coincide | Lexington preps for special election possibilities | Handicapped-accessibility improvements planned at Fall River polling site

Missouri: House gives first round approval to voter ID legislation

New Jersey: Warren County BOE appears before freeholders | County clerk sends Vernon second bill for ballot mistake

New York: Forestville Central School to have county-run elections | Queens GOP can't block new BOE commissioner from firing

North Carolina: Elections analyst calls for voter reform

North Dakota: House passes voter ID amendment

Ohio: Eastlake voters could be getting paper ballots in addition to electronic ones

Oklahoma: Precinct worker opens home to displaced voters | Snow blamed for low election turnout |

Pennsylvania: Activist criticizes county election board for voting problems | Poll workers to get pay under plan

South Carolina: No voter ID issues in Florence County special election

Utah: Lake Community College wins Utah Election Campus Cup

Virginia: Senate panel OKs more stringent voter ID

Washington: Teens may get vote registration privilege | Officials suspect fraud in initiative signatures | Washington's next elections era

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

February 13, 2013

National News: Nelson bill aims to shorten Election Day lines | Obama announces new panel to examine elections | First lady hosts 102-year-old determined voter | Obama's options on voting rights and delays | Obama, Nelson join push to rein in long voting lines | Obama proposes commission to address long lines at polls

Arizona: Bill blocks groups from submitting ballot batches | Democratic senator wants feds to monitor three election bills

Arkansas: Election commission hires director

California: Bill would require polling places on college campuses | New Contra Costa registrar of voters will be former assemblyman

Connecticut: West Haven council plans to spend $5K on redistricting help

Florida: Time limits for people voting | Council president supports plan to spend election savings | After 2012 election foul-up, Nelson floats 1-hour voting

Georgia: House approves nonpartisan elections

Indiana: Elkhart County Dems host meeting on voting centers

Iowa: Panel hears criticism over voter ID proposal | Satellite stations allow early voting in Linn County election | County considers voting centers for upcoming local elections

Kansas: Mah re-engages with Kobach on voter fraud | Kobach tells lawmakers he should have ability to prosecute voter fraud

Kentucky: Kentucky has high felony disenfranchisement rate

Massachusetts: AG says voter ID bylaw can't apply to Bellingham town elections | Voters will head to Walpole polls three times this spring

Michigan: State ranks high for elections performance | Rep. Miller opposes voting reforms

Minnesota: Minneapolis' mayoral race puts ranked-choice voting system to test

Missouri: Missouri House to debate voter ID bill | County clerk appointed to statewide commission

New Hampshire: Groups backing repeal of voter ID provisions cite cost

New Jersey: Law allows test counties to eliminate county election officials

New Mexico: Special election costs big bucks

New York: Catsimatidis funds lawsuit to stop board of elections coup

North Dakota: Voter ID amendment survives debate in House

Oklahoma: Home is where the vote is

South Carolina: Attorney will recommend longer poll hours for Richland County

Tennessee: Sevier election office gets flood of voter registrations on last day

Texas: Critics: Proposed voting centers for Georgetown are too remote for many

Virginia: Is voter ID contingency clause in jeopardy? | "No go' for no-excuse absentee voting | McDonnell statement on failure of felon voting rights restoration bill | House subcommittee blocks election reforms | Complaints of smoky smell prompt change in Lynchburg polling place

Washington: Teens may get vote-registration privilege as House committee narrowly nods support | Voting Rights Act passes committee | Secretary of state, county auditor assess impact of Saturday mail cut on elections

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

February 12, 2013

National News: Fixing long lines at the polls may be harder than you think | State of the Union guest Desiline Victor, 102, will be face of voting delays at address

Arizona: Lawmaker seeks pilot program to test online voting in Arizona

California: State needs election disaster plan, says legislator

Colorado: Mail ballot elections yield bigger turnout | Arapahoe commissioner also serving as county clerk

Florida: Elections office: Apply $900K in savings to debt | Elections office mails 26,903 ballots | Dolphins under pressure over cost of stadium election

Georgia: Eligibility of some Richmond County voters to be challenged | Two dozen voters struck from rolls by board of elections

Idaho: Bill mandates satellite voting centers

Indiana: New Elkhart County vote center concept outlined| Prosecutors want White to do sentence

Iowa: County auditor suggests limiting council election to 4 locations

Kentucky: Former Secretary of State Bremer Ehrler dies

Maine: Sponsors agree on 1 bill for ranked-choice voting in Maine

Massachusetts: Dual election to be held in Topsfield | Shirley moves up town election

Michigan: Election laws take another turn

Missouri: House to take up photo ID requirement | Shootings bring school polling places to forefront | Early voting in Missouri? Panel will look into it

New Jersey: Democrats' bill would have NJ offer early voting option

New York: Early voting concerns officials | Tupper Lake voting stations moved | NYC board of elections shakeup

North Carolina: North Carolina voter ID legislation could hinder Duke voters

Ohio: Mahoning County elections board talks of reducing voting precincts | Elections board awards one-time payment to employees

Pennsylvania: Voter registration director puts voters where they belong | Assistant director to take-up position

South Carolina: Hamm: 'We have a constitutional right to vote' | Election attorney stands by Nov. 6th results | Greenville County holding seminars on new voter ID law

Texas: Opinions split on voting center issues | Victoria commissioners reject countywide poll centers

Utah: Utah's decision to give women the vote was later rescinded by the feds

Vermont: Mobility-impaired get new poll site in Montpelier

Virginia: Electoral board recommends moving one Lynchburg precinct | McDonnell disappointed at death of restoration of rights legislation

West Virginia: Early voting in Elkins shortened

Monday, 11 February 2013

February 9-11, 2013

National News: Democrats cite long lines in bid to shift debate on voting | Latinos urge court to uphold Voting Rights Act provision

Alabama: Civil rights group releases voting rights video before Supreme Court hears Shelby County case

Arizona: County elections department puts machines to the test | Proposed bill would bar Arizona's chief elections officer from candidate committee

California: Riverbank City council settles for a special election | Sticker shock: County clerk presents special election expenses

Colorado: Colorado's 2012 election: Registration rose by 440K | Inactive voters won't get ballots for city election

Florida: Supervisor down to four | Students learn power of casting their vote | Elections supervisor backing away from new office | Former elections supervisor pays for making joke

Illinois: Quinn: Time to put voting registration online | Quinn bids to end 'say-to-play' primary voting | Lawmakers consider online voter registration

Idaho: Satellite absentee polls may return

Indiana: Students could lose right to cast vote

Iowa: Iowa Poll: 71% support requiring photo ID to cast vote | Mail cutback raises absentee ballot fears | Linn County auditor finds three apparent fraudulent absentee ballots

Kansas: Mission Hills businessman running for secretary of state

Kentucky: Even-year voting bill would shift elections

Maryland: Additional early voting days a possibility in Md. | Proposed voter ID law again draws hot debate in Annapolis

Massachusetts: Towns consider merging elections | Council to consider early voting in elections

Michigan: Chesterfield consolidates precincts | Richmond approves updated election equipment

Minnesota: Ritchie suggests election system improvements

Missouri: Mo. House to take up voter photo ID requirement | Joplin mayor named to panel on voting | Kander announces early voting commission | Clerk looks to stop voting in county schools

Nebraska: Effort opens door for youth vote | Amendment would require photo ID to vote

New Hampshire: Early voting? Not if Gardner can prevent it | NH in middle of legal feud over voting law

New Jersey: Fire district elections reignite debate on election day move

New Mexico: Lawmakers hear complaints about voting issues | Joint panel hears about Election Day challenges | Activists contrast voting wait in Rio Rancho, Chaparral

New York: New era at county board of elections | Essex County has new GOP elections commish | An accidental revolution at the board of elections

North Carolina: Winston-Salem council wants to undo change in election cycle | Board of elections continues to update voting lists

North Dakota: Bill would require voters to show photo ID

Oklahoma: Election board to open to early voting on Monday | Weather may affect election

Oregon: Oregon led country in voter registration problems in2008 | Bend man convicted of offering to buy blank ballots for $20 each

Pennsylvania: Panel OKs most voting precinct consolidations | New Dauphin County elections director promises transparency

South Carolina: Voter ID law goes into effect | Georgetown County hosting voter ID meetings | Spartanburg wants schools closed for elections

Tennessee: Sevier County officials cautious about liquor vote

Texas: Elections: What the heck is a regional voting center, anyway? | Hidalgo County looks to adopt 'vote centers' | New precinct lines expected to be finalized

Utah: House advances bill that alters elections in emergencies

Virginia: Democrats accuse GOP of restricting voting rights

Washington: Washington second in national elections performance study | Wyman's statement on Postal Service announcement | Hanby recognized for 45 years in Island County elections

Wisconsin: Groups speak against legislation 'rigging the vote'

Wyoming: Secretary of state beats term limit

Friday, 08 February 2013

February 8, 2013

National News: Democrats cite long lines in bid to shift voting rights debate | Think Lena Dunham didn't vote? Welcome to the steampunk corn maze

Arizona: Bill would bar secretary of state from serving on candidate committee | Report: Arizona lags most states in election administration | Bill changing early voting rules debated

California: Calif. ranks near bottom in election management, study says

Colorado: Judge denies halting ethics probe of Gessler, appeal coming

Florida: League of Women Voters wants more election changes than proposed | St. Lucie election office details changes for improvements | Duval elections supervisor has choice of cheaper rental spaces

Georgia: Commission appoints Cooney to elections board | Baxter tapped for board of elections

Hawaii: Hawaii ranks in bottom half of states for elections performance

Iowa: New bills in House could affect elections | Iowa voter registration form legality questioned

Maryland: Lawmakers consider early voting access bill

Minnesota: Secretary of state visits Rochester, talks changes | Rice County outlines township election absentee voting

Montana: Online voter registration bill wins committee support

New Hampshire: New Hampshire wants voting oversight to end

North Carolina: County elections board wants elections director fired | Merrill continuing commissioner protest

Pennsylvania: Judges appointed to election board

Rhode Island: Assembly committee holds Thursday hearing on 2012 election problems

South Carolina: LWV to host program on voter ID law | Security concerns prompt officials to cancel school for all elections

Tennessee: Sevier County's voting machines to stay in place for liquor measure | Justices hear voter ID case | Election centers recommended to replace precincts

Texas: Voting study shows Texas turnout not much to brag about | Vote centers may be coming to Williamson County

U.S. Virgin Islands: Official: VI doesn't have money to purchase new voting machines

Washington: New secretary of state outlines her priorities | Ending Saturday mail affects Washington balloting

West Virginia: Machines tested for early voting | Job shadowing day makes civil servants out middle schoolers

Thursday, 07 February 2013

February 7, 2013

National News: Discrepancies in voter waiting times draw scrutiny | Comparing ballot lengths around the country

Alabama: Shelby County challenges 1965 VRA

Alaska: Parnell proposes moving up Alaska's primary

Arizona: Committee narrowly endorses bill on purging early voter lists | Early voting changes debated in Senate | Report: Arizona lags most states in election administration

California: Los Angeles County working to modernize voting machines | Mayor asks assemblyman to help pay for special election | Understanding how--and where--LA votes

Florida: State: 64K voters didn't vote for president | Harrington's plan to improve voting | Election official guilty after 'breaking legs' comment

Georgia: Fairfield precinct legislation making its way through House

Hawaii: Bill would change order of names on ballot | Election reform

Illinois: Quinn to propose online voter registration

Kansas: Bill would allow explanation of confusing ballots | The other guy

Maine: Maine special commission rejects voter ID

Maryland: Lawmakers consider bill that increases number of early voting centers

Massachusetts: Election to do double duty

Michigan: New law says East Lansing landlords must pass out voter info

Minnesota: Morrow plans to help repay cost of special election

Mississippi: Votes not counted in special election

Missouri: Voter ID bill inspires pushback over 'voter suppression'

Montana: Bill to allow online voter registration wins support | Legislature debates election reform

New York: No new date for NYC primaries

North Carolina: Voter ID preview

Ohio: No contests for primary | Possible voter fraud investigation heats up

Oregon: End to Saturday mail delivery could squeeze Oregon's vote-by-mail

Pennsylvania: City Hall hears first-hand Election Day problems | Plaintiffs in Pa. voter ID case ask judge to extend block on the law | Commissioners step aside as election board

Texas: County considers election day changes | Frisco City council unable to reach polling location decision

U.S. Virgin Islands: Audit of elections continues after two months

Washington: Saturday mail delivery set to end

West Virginia: Secretary of state not worried about poor election ranking

Wisconsin: Questions arise about letter from Eagle Point clerk

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

February 6, 2013

National News: Problem at the polls in 2008 | 3 Questions: Charles Stewart ranks the voting systems in the 50 states | 'We have to fix that': Obama will push voting rights | Scholars urge Supreme Court to keep Voting Rights Act provisions | Lost votes, problem ballots, long waits? Flaws are widespread, study finds

Alabama: Study finds flaws in election systems across nation, Alabama in bottom five

Arizona: Committee narrowly endorses bill on purging early voter lists | Valley groups come together calling for a new, streamlined, updated voting system | Bill would change early voting rules

California: SLO decides on special election fro $62K

Florida: Collier County elections office conducts student elections | Commission wants absentee ballot fraud recommendations passed | GOP proposal: Give governor power to remove county election supervisors | Deerfield candidate drops plan to collect absentee ballots | Expansion of Lee County early voting sites in the works

Georgia: Fulton County disputes vote tampering allegations | Georgia: Feds delaying access to immigration database | Pew: Georgia had average election performance in '08 and '10

Illinois: Quinn's state of state to call for online voter registration | D181 leaders question safety of using schools as polling places

Indiana: Votes of out-of-state students are at risk | Mayor pleads guilty to electioneering in voter fraud case

Iowa: Supervisors consider precinct changes | Iowa saw high voter turnout in 2012

Maine: Voter ID law not recommended by independent election panel | Maine panel rejects voter IDs, backs early voting

Maryland: Bill would require voter ID, increase penalties for voter fraud

Massachusetts: Hingham town clerk urges rescheduling of town's annual election

Michigan: East Lansing City Council: Landlords must provide voter registration info and forms to new tenants

Minnesota: Auditor issues a 'no decision' against Ritchie and Lindsey | Pew study identifies Minnesota among states with best election administration performance

Missouri: Legislative black caucus opposes photo ID legislation | Democrat Senator says photo voter ID bill is like 'Groundhog Day' | House panel adopts voter photo ID requirement | Missouri's voter ID bill inspires pushback over 'voter suppression'

Montana: To vote absentee, re-register now

New Hampshire: Advocates try to kill voter ID bill before it's fully implemented | Supporters, opponents of voter ID repeal speak out at hearing

New Mexico: Bill allowing 17-year-olds to vote in NM primaries moves ahead

New York: NY ranks among worst in nation at running elections

North Carolina: Commissioners bump elections pay | Lenoir County BOE petitions to get their director fired

North Dakota: North Dakota among top states for voting performance

Ohio: Heat steps up in voter fraud investigation | Winbush first black to serve on Mahoning elections board

Pennsylvania: Blair officials recognize passing of elections director | Cancer claims life of Blair County director of elections | Nutter wants to hear about Election Day problems

South Carolina: County may get control of elections | Educating public on new photo ID law | Early voting bill advances in Senate committee | Election bill details unclear, but generally well-received | Dems say GOP early voting bill has problems

Tennessee: Supreme Court to hear arguments on voter ID

Texas: Williamson County mulls switch to vote centers, ending paper ballots | County considering moving early voting locations | First and only election administrator set to retire

Utah: Bill to change threshold for election recounts advances

Virginia: House passes Cole bill to limit voter ID | Va. bill would change voter ID requirements | Preliminary hearing on voter fraud case delayed again

Washington: Slew of bills target voting process in Washington

Wisconsin: Wisconsin consistently near top in the nation for elections | Pew: Wisconsin ranks high among states in running elections

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

February 5, 2013

National News: Report outlines plan to fix long lines on Election Day | Waiting times at ballot boxes draw scrutiny | Officials oppose Voting Rights Act challenge | States, GOP lawmakers eye tougher election laws

Arizona: Proposed bill would change how voters vote-by-mail

Arkansas: Black caucus discusses voter ID proposal

California: Many are called to be clerk-recorder, fewer are qualified

Colorado: County clerks say changing primary elections would save money

Connecticut: New law: Eligible voters may register as late as Election Day

Florida: Voter advocacy group files lawsuit against St. Lucie supervisor of elections | Detzner: Early voting flexibility will help restore voter confidence | Manatee elections chief meets with Scott on voting changes | State Dept. issues elections recommendations | Miami-Dade commission considers single-language-only ballots to shorten election lines | Scott's elections advisor urges redo on early voting law | Mayor's office wants downtown SOE to stay put | Pressure builds for more early voting

Iowa: One congregation to be voting station for referendum

Minnesota: Simons says felons likely won't be voting anytime soon

Mississippi: State of Miss., civil rights veterans defend VRA provision | Group files suit against city's redistricting plan

Missouri: St. Charles may spend $800K on new voting machines | Dugger defends his voter ID bill

New York: Council leaders target BOE in boundary dispute

Ohio: Trumbull County elections board agrees to combine voting precincts

Pennsylvania: Shippensburg poll moves to emergency service building | County director of elections succumbs to cancer | Connecticut killings prompt reviews of schools as polling places

South Carolina: Changes coming to Aiken Co. election office after 'hectic' election | Voter ID questions cleared up at delegation meeting

South Dakota: County using new voter system

Texas: City voters now can register online | Poll centers stalled at commissioners court

Virginia: Republican Bolling sides with Dems on voter ID measure

Monday, 04 February 2013

February 2-4, 2013

Alabama: Harry Reid weighs in on Alabama voting rights case | Supreme Court will hear Shelby County's voting rights case on Feb. 27

Arizona: Bill would require notarized signatures for early voting

Colorado: Gessler applauds general election

Florida: M-D election officials: Future wait times will be under 1 hour | Pasco elections supervisor supports change | New proposals for elections office could save thousands | Spring Hill elections office opens 3 days a week | One hour wait is new goal for major elections | Judge won't delay Florida early voting lawsuit

Georgia: Elections board investigation continues

Illinois: Restitution clock ticking for former Kane elections chief

Indiana: Election board promises faster count next time

Iowa: Speaking in Waterloo, Schultz pushes for voter ID | Bill to abolish straight-ticket voting advances

Kansas: Multiple constitutional amendment questions on ballot could be costly

Kentucky: Secretary of state visits Murray State

Massachusetts: Holyoke city clerk announces retirement | Newton elections commission recommends no special election

Michigan: St. Clair approves agreement to run ECSD elections

Minnesota: Huge sums tossed at ballot questions in '12 | Charged ineligible voters say they are not guilty | First election-change bill would offer 'no-excuse' absentee voting

Missouri: Voter advocacy groups say ID bills unfair, unconstitutional | Carroll election commission prepares for special election

Nevada: Modernizing state's election system would cost much less than feared

New York: Voting numbers decrease after city poll changes | League of Women Voters calls for election reform

Ohio: State may intervene in debate over reducing voting precincts | Woman fined for voting twice in 2010 | Sierer appointed to election board

Pennsylvania: Voting problems probed at Hazleton polls | State to explore voter registration | Judges hear views on precinct consolidation | County elections board asks to consolidate 76 precincts | Polling problems plague city vote | Professor finds some local polling places difficult for disabled

South Carolina: Voting changes in store for 2013 | Early voting bill advances

Texas: Judge tell Dallas suburb accused of violating VRA to rework districts | County hires elections director

Virginia: Voter ID bills out of committee, headed to House and Senate

Wisconsin: Lake Geneva voters to have only one polling place for spring primary | Steven Point spend more than $120K on 2012 elections | Kathy Schultz: Clerk dedicated to city for almost four decades

Wyoming: Wyoming Senate committee tables voter ID bill for more work