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Friday, 01 February 2013

February 1, 2013

Arizona: Lawmaker: Require notarized signatures for early voters | Legislature ponies up $500K for map panel

California: Santa Clara County registrar of voters resigns under cloud of 'misunderstanding'

Colorado: Gessler touts uniform voting system | Officials respond to Jamison's resignation

Florida: Panel of both major parties propose voting fixes for upcoming legislative session | Candidate plans to collect absentee ballots despite warnings

Georgia: State investigators: Fulton election documents were altered | Fulton officials defend election performance

Indiana: Scrapping electronic voting machines proposed | Election board promises faster count next time

Iowa: County buys new voting machines | Mills County upgrades election equipment

Massachusetts: Town Clerk: Watertown will be ready for special election

Michigan: Clerk: No-reason absentee voting to become reality with governor's support

Minnesota: Lawmakers consider small step toward early voting | ‘No-excuse’ absentee voting bill gets a hearing

Missouri: Proposed bill aims to prevent voter fraud

Montana: Bill to end election-day registration gets initial OK in Montana House | House supports ending same-day voter registration

Nebraska: Lawmakers weigh appointment of election commissioners

New Mexico: Voter ID, tougher penalties sought | Voter rolls to be purged | State consultants convicted of stealing $2.5M in federal voter-education funds

New York: Early voting slammed as costly and impractical | City primary runoffs could be axed, BOE suggests | Village of Lancaster election concerns revisited

North Carolina: Groups gear up for fight against voter ID bill | Guilford elections chief sues for raise

Ohio: Husted gives board time | Election board tweaks precincts

Pennsylvania: Film inspires action on hard-to-access polling places | Shippensburg Township polling place moves to firehouse | Pa. lawmakers hear stories of Election Day chaos caused by voter ID law | Take polls out of schools? | Opponents cry partisanship in polling place move

Rhode Island: Oversight panel to focus on election problems | Oversight panel finally meets again

South Carolina: House panel advances early voting

Texas: WilCo elections admin to keep post

Vermont: Condos attends conference

Virginia: Patrick Moran won't face charges in vote fraud investigation

West Virginia: Jefferson County looking to avoid special election | Elkins addresses early voting issues

Thursday, 31 January 2013

January 31, 2013

National News: Powell squares off with Bill O'Reilly on voter ID laws | Lewis-backed bill would automatically register move to vote

Overseas Voting News: Program exceeds expectations in reaching absentee voters | Internet and federal act ease overseas U.S. voting

Arizona: Lawmakers: Election-day voter registration would boost participation

Colorado: Bill to cancel suspected noncitizen voters fails | Earful of ideas, concerns for secretary of state | Colorado's chief election officer visits

Florida: Election reform legislation to come | Lawmakers prepare to repair elections but differ on extent of problem | Gaetz: Keep election reform local | Fla. Senate president looks to expand early voting

Georgia: State board hears election complaints

Guam: GEC continues to record only minor differences as audit continues

Illinois: Cook County election officials paying special attention to Cicero

Iowa: County will receive new voting machines

Kentucky: Early voting gets underway

Massachusetts: Senate primary election may change local voting schedules

Mississippi: DeSoto party leaders differ on proposed voter ID guidelines

Missouri: St. Charles County to buy new voting machines

Nebraska: Election chief defends west Omaha polling places

Nevada: Nevada poll book photos would cost less than first estimated | State reps working to make voting easier | Elections modernization to increase access to polling locations

New York: Gillibrand teams with Lewis to fight for Voter Empowerment Act

North Carolina: Gilbert elects to sue county

North Dakota: Election bills raise concern about voting ease in North Dakota

Ohio: Ohio House may again debate divisive voter photo ID issue

Pennsylvania: Hearing to examine voter ID law | Lawmakers weigh registration measures | Lebanon County voter chief to become Annville Twp. administrator | Bar code blamed for late Allegheny County vote tallies

South Carolina: Georgetown County meeting will address new voter ID law | New voter ID law now in effect | Early voting bill advances in S.C. Senate

Texas: Election judges make complaints about administrator

Utah: Utah keeps 'straight-ticket' voting

Washington: Legal fee concerns raised for voting rights act

Wyoming: Voter ID bill pulled from consideration

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

January 30, 2013

National News: States, GOP lawmakers eye tougher election laws | Online voter signup gains favor

Alabama: Special election features polling place with only two registered voters

California: Worries over a $500K price tag

Colorado: Gessler says there's 'still work to do' in state's voting process | Anonymous letter halts appointment of new Arapahoe County clerk | Gessler stops in Grand Junction, seeks to improve future elections | Gessler will not face audit of discretionary fund

Florida: West Palm candidate objects to voters' vital stats appearing on flier | Supervisor of elections' westside office to reopen Friday

Georgia: Columbia County elections board to review director applications

Idaho: Idaho Dems unveil 5 new voting initiatives | Dems launch push to improve voting access

Illinois: School districts hope to scrap schools as polling places

Louisiana: Louisiana's GeauxVote app nationally recognized | Secretary of state addresses elections, lawsuits

Massachusetts: Special election to cost Brockton at least $100K | Summer election poses challenges for college campus organizers

Michigan: Elections director chosen as president of elections administrators association

Minnesota: District 19A special election is costly

Mississippi: Mississippi submits proposed voter ID rules to Dept. of Justice

Missouri: House Committee hears voter photo ID proposal

Nevada: Nevada voter ID photo costs less than expected

New Mexico: Bill to clean up voter rolls introduced

New York: Warren County attempts to get rid of surplus of obsolete voting machines

Ohio: Turner unveils bill to boost registration, ease voting rules | Summit County contracts with Fla. company to redraw precinct lines 

South Carolina: February meetings will address new voter ID law | Senate panel to mull early voting bills

Tennessee: Poll workers, early voting dates assigned

Texas: County commissioners OK polling changes

Virginia: A Va. voter photo ID bills, another survives | Issues of voter fraud and access continue to divide state lawmakers | Work on Voting Act petition continues in Hanover

Washington: Senate explores ways to speed election returns | Balloting process changes proposed

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

January 29, 2013

National News: From Arizona to Montana, Native voters struggle for democracy | High turnout in states that vote by mail

Technology News: Votenet launches VoiceVote for integrated vote-by-phone elections

Alabama: Evergreen municipal election delayed again

Arizona: Lawmaker wants commission on elections, ethics complaints

California: 18 people apply for elected Contra Costa County elections post

Colorado: Superior OKs extension of election season to account for mail-in voting | New adjustments to Mesa County precincts coming soon | Clerk and recorder seeking input on election conduct

Florida: Report on long lines, other election problems may miss deadlines

Indiana: Dead candidates may someday appear on Hoosier ballots

Louisiana: Registration sites for special elections listed | Louisiana app receives national recognition

Massachusetts: Some Mass voters could got to the polls in April, and May, and June

Minnesota: Legislature studies new forms of early voting

Mississippi: Jackson city council approves precinct lines plan | Pascagoula seeking election commissioner

Missouri: Controversial voter ID proposal sparks criticism

New Jersey: Early voting among bills considered by lawmakers | Should voting day be kept off school grounds?

New York: Early voting could lead to budget woes

Pennsylvania: Local legislators speak at League of Women Voters group | If you had problems voting in November, the Nutter administration wants to hear your story | Sometimes the right to vote becomes the fight to vote

Rhode Island: Services to be held for ex-RI secretary of state | Sen. Juan Pichardo won't run for secretary of state in 2014

South Carolina: U.S. Rep. Clyburn calls for sweeping election reform

Utah: House committee advances elections reform bill

Virginia: Senate votes to restore felon voting rights | Slew of election reforms clear Virginia Senate

Monday, 28 January 2013

January 26-28, 2013

National News: Republicans hit obstacles to altering electoral college

Overseas Voting News: 13.8 percent of overseas military couldn't vote in '12

Alaska: Dems introduce voter registration bill

Arizona: A case for territorial voter fraud

California: New legislation to encourage voter registration among teens

Colorado: Threats of 'recall' causes Teller County clerk to step down | Weld County students recognized for work in election

Florida: UN group asked to review Fla. felons' rights rules | Election official to tackle deficit | Both sides right on Scott election reform | Lake Worth voters to decide on elections | City posts information on new voting districts

Georgia: Precinct decrease anticipated

Hawaii: Lawmakers want to reform state elections | Commission allows elections chief Nago to keep his job

Indiana: Lake County election board hears grievance

Iowa: Senate Republicans consider voter ID bill | Iowa showing off voter phone app at state meeting

Maryland: Md. Democrats seek to revise petition process, citing new realities of Internet age

Massachusetts: Clerk: Broken booths jeopardize elections in Lawrence

Michigan: Clerk finds merit to no-reason absentee voting

Mississippi: Diamondhead will hold first municipal election

Missouri: New secretary of state calls for easier absentee voting | Ozark explores special election

Montana: Voter ID bill tabled in committee | House committee passes contentious bill banning same day voter registration | Legislature debates election laws | On party line, committee OKs ending same-day registration

Nebraska: Omahan tests voting system, obtains two Election Day ballots

Nevada: Clark County elections chief to retire

New Hampshire: Cost of voter ID law adds up as new requirements roll out

New Jersey: Camden County seeks bilingual poll workers to aid growing Latino population

New Mexico: Bill would reinstate straight-party vote

New York: Falls firm hired by county BOE donates to candidates, parties | State Bar Association calls for modernization of NY's election system | Recipients defend election services firm, donations

North Carolina: Voter ID bound to pass | Voter ID likely to pass; will photo be needed?

Ohio: Elections board seeing increase in expenses | County considering $300K tech upgrades | Electronic poll books to be used at special election

Oklahoma: Election official retires after 30 years

Pennsylvania: Watchdog group releases results of Election Day survey on voter ID law

South Carolina: Richland election board requests 10 new voting machines

Tennessee: Belle Morris precinct fight not over yet | Commission discusses moving Long Creek, Forest Hill precincts

Texas: Vote centers considered | Elections administrator has Twitter page

Virginia: Critics blast GOP for attempting to suppress voting rights | Cuccinelli seeks bipartisan backing to ease ballot access rules in Va. | Senate committee approves bill to grant voting rights to ex-felons | Redistricting, electoral shuffle, voter ID bills aimed at boosting sagging GOP prospects in Va.

Washington: Voting Rights Act bill has Yakima in crosshairs | Midnight ballot-counting bill: Even prime sponsor says it's dead

Wyoming: Senate consider photo ID bill

Friday, 25 January 2013

January 25, 2013

National News: 'Perception' of voter fraud poses challenges for elections officials

Alabama: Merrill to launch bid for secretary of state

Alaska: Legislature to consider voter ID, same-day registration bills

Colorado: Bill seeks to let 16-year-olds pre-register to vote

Connecticut: Deputy registrar pick sparks criticism

Florida: Ex-felon voting rights restrictions review

Georgia: Troubled Fulton County elections board swears in new member

Guam: GEC working to pay past due bills

Indiana: Burleson plans for city, school elections

Iowa: GOP lawmakers will introduce voter ID proposal | Polling location changed for special elections

Kansas: Three Wichita city council districts will have primaries

Louisiana: Judge: Voter registration laws were violated |Federal court finds election law violations in Louisiana | Voting rights advocates react

Maryland: O'Malley promotes same-day registration and voting in Maryland

Michigan: Shelby clerk praises Snyder's call for no-reason absentee voting, online registration | Irwin takes second shot at no-excuse absentee voting

Mississippi: City precincts not finalized

Missouri: House hearing on voter ID rescheduled after outcry | Public pressure forces lawmakers to postpone voter ID hearing

Nebraska: Decision expected soon on Douglas Co. elections complaint

Nevada: Woman says voting case proves photo ID need | Woman arrested for voter fraud pleads to lesser charge

New York: Mineola trustees pick polling places | Staten Island GOP BOE commissioner stepping aside | Village of Lancaster polling places decrease from seven to three

Ohio: Elections board revisiting precinct numbers

Pennsylvania: Council members want review of Luzerne elections | Proposed state bill could change outcome of elections | Commissioners up the fee for Clinton voting places

Rhode Island: Former Secretary of State Barbara Leonard dies | Democrat de Ramel to run for secretary of state in 2014

South Carolina: Bill to fix election problems heads to House | Facing higher election costs, Richland council chafes

Tennessee: Ketron proposes voter ID legislation

Texas: Mission woman pleads guilty to illegal voting charge

Virginia: Warner joins group in reintroducing FAST Voting Act | Voter ID bill opposition growing in Richmond | Republicans push for electoral college changes | Voting advocates say GOP bills would block access to ballot in Va.

Wisconsin: City council takes a stand on same-day voter registration

Wyoming: Senate committee wants more work on voter ID bill

Thursday, 24 January 2013

January 24, 2013

National News: Ellison wants to ban photo ID, pushes Minn.-type election day registration | Boxer introduces bill on day one of 113th to fight long election lines

Alabama: Voting rights legislation set to be reviewed | Montgomery County commission considers adding voting precinct

Arizona: Asian Americans urge Supreme Court to strike down Arizona's proof-of -citizenship law

Connecticut: Darien Republicans thank registrar for his service

Florida: Judge refuses to throw out absentee ballot charges | City solicits suggested elections office site to private businesses | Congresswoman Brown again trying to pass Easy Voting Act

Guam: GEC agrees to recount all 5 precincts

Kansas: Kobach pushes for more election changes | Spring elections could soon be in the fall

Kentucky: Military voting proposal raises fraud concerns in Kentucky

Louisiana: State removes names of inactive voters | State elections officials remove about 52K inactive voters

Maryland: O'Malley to look at stricter petition regulations

Massachusetts: Northbridge gears up for election cycle

Mississippi: Madison adds two precincts, puts some back in old wards

Missouri: Missouri House passes elections bill | Kander calls for easier absentee voting, campaign reforms | Kander starts new programs, policies

Montana: Legislators tackle issues like same-day registration

New Jersey: State Assembly bill looks at taking voting out of schools

New Mexico: Proposal to review voter file for noncitizens | Non-citizen voting bill proposed

New York: Preparations move forward for Port Chester's 2013 elections | Is ranked-choice voting headed to the Big Apple? | Onondaga County asks villages to switch elections to November

North Carolina: Coalition vows to fight any voter ID bill

Ohio: Summit County BOE planning to increase number of precincts | Election board eyes Ferry polling site

Pennsylvania: County council calls for review of election problems at polls | Voting ward redistricting approved

South Carolina: Tea party activists say Beaufort County elections didn't follow laws | Bill would make secretary of state run elections | Senate passes election law fix

Tennessee: Shelby County election commission meeting gets personal | Independent monitor sought for Pigeon Forge liquor vote

Texas: Panel votes to keep Williamson County elections administrator

Virginia: Electoral vote change bill advances

Washington: Some Wash. lawmakers want faster election results | Peninsula auditors oppose bill on late election night ballot counts

West Virginia: City of Elkins website features new election section

Wisconsin: Milwaukee prosecutors investigating 2 suspected cases of voter fraud

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

January 23, 2013

Arizona: Supervisors to hear election ideas

Colorado: Judge doesn't back Gessler: Pueblo, Denver involved in suit

Delaware: Constitutional amendment would expand absentee voting

Georgia: Fulton to consider two appointments to troubled election board

Guam: GEC agrees to resume recount

Hawaii: Subpoena seeks names of people who wrote online

Iowa: New agent to take over Iowa voter fraud pursuit

Kansas: Kobach outlines proposal to move city elections from spring to fall

Kentucky: Grimes chosen to give keynote address at national voting summit

Massachusetts: Swansea considering high school traffic solutions for elections

Montana: Bill could change absentee ballot envelopes

New Mexico: Proposal for voter file review for noncitizens

New York: Judge dismisses lawsuit over Democratic chairman election

North Carolina: NC groups mobilizing efforts against voter ID

Ohio: Board of election makes pitch for capital expenses | Summit County BOE planning to increase number of voting precincts this year | Lucas County BOE approves policy to have access to department employee emails | Cuyahoga County BOE hires Pat McDonald as new board director

Pennsylvania: Voter ID case to continue into summer | Fayette voter purge complete | Voter ID lawsuit scheduled for trial

South Carolina: Seminars help residents understand new voter ID law

Tennessee: Wilson election commission wants to get rid of voting precincts

Texas: Dallas County commissioners settle Texas Democrats' lawsuit for $120K | McAllen moves early voting location

Virginia: General Registrars want pay to reflect job duties | Va. Senate committee OKs restoring felon voting rights | Ex-felon and Waynesboro resident gets his vote back

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

January 19-22, 2013

National News: Colin Powell: Republicans should halt voter ID push

Alabama: Tuscaloosa moves forward with preparations for municipal elections

Arizona: Arizona could shake up 2016 primary calendar

Arkansas: 3 to be interviewed for election board director

California: Williams introduces bill to streamline voter registration | LA officials look to boost election turnout

Colorado: Gessler grilled on secretary of state's practices | Colorado judge denies Gessler on 'inactive voters' lawsuit

Florida: St. Lucie election cost twice as much as usual | Analysis: 201K in Fla. didn't vote because of long lines | St. Lucie supervisor of elections, to report changes to secretary of state | ACLU: Gov. Scott voting changes proposal 'heartening but...' | Supervisor of elections office mulls over possible new locations | Broward cities seek to cut their elections costs | Hillsborough elections chief reviewing voter education | Voters weigh in on governor's early voting flip

Georgia: Mary Norwood nominated for Fulton elections board | Brown's commentary draws calls for resignation

Guam: GEC may shorten audit of 2010 election | Audit cut short, GEC says no major discrepancies found | GEC counts provisional ballots

Illinois: Ex-U.S. Rep Walsh: It should be hard to vote

Indiana: Longtime elections board leader retires | Preparations begin to ready Goshen Community Center for May vote

Iowa: Judge temporarily halts ACLU lawsuit against Schultz | County to pass on new voting machines

Maryland: Gov. O'Malley calling for same-day voter registration | Election official talks early voting hitches with city council

Minnesota: Last year's voting delays bring calls for election reform | Ellison introduces voter access legislation

Montana: Bill to combine school, state elections draws criticism | Absentee ballots will have more instructions for voters

Nebraska: Voter ID legislation introduced | Nebraska group files complaint against Douglas Co. election official over provisional ballots

New Jersey: Referendum sample ballots not received by some residents

New Mexico: Gov. signed ballot request for husband

New York: County legislators oppose state proposal for early voting | Johnstown students allowed to do election work

North Carolina: Voter ID still up for debate | Floyd wants to do away with runoff primary elections

Ohio: Uniformity sought in vote fraud review | Republican party nominates candidate for elections board | Local boards react to election directive | State makes changes to voter fraud challenges | Summit County BOE planning to increase number of voting precincts this year

Pennsylvania: Election board: Councilwoman too close to polls | Cambria mulls voter precinct reductions | Pa. state department refuses blame for leaving Philly voters off the roles | Commissioners will revisit fees for voting places

South Carolina: Voter ID implemented, some polling places changed for upcoming primary| Upstate prepares for first election with new voter ID law | Voter ID seminars planned | Richland election director search committee finalized | Primary won't use schools as polling places

Tennessee: Scan voting machines, new poll workers eyed for Forge revote | Shelby County election commission discussing changes during fallow election year | Most provisional ballots not counted statewide | Election commission to send DA list of questionable voters

Texas: Ortiz hired as consultant | Elgin to consider May election

U.S. Virgin Islands: Government files motion to dismiss elections suit

Virginia: Va. panel tables absentee voting for senior citizens | Felony voting rights restoration bill loses steam | House votes down voting rights amendment | Senate passes absentee voting for senior citizens | City wants to resume voting at Carver Rec Center | Bill would pick up the pace for voters in primaries | Senate committee kills election reform | Senate backs absentee voting for seniors | Proposal tackles third-party voter sign-up issues | ACLU urges McDonnell to act on restoration of voting rights for ex-felons | Prospects are poor for 65-and-over absentee voting | Va. Senate rejects bills addressing long voting lines

Washington: New secretary of state wants primary voters' pamphlets | Mary Hall announces bid for county auditor | Vote could be pushed back to August

West Virginia: Hamilton says election laws need changed

Wisconsin: Court again shoots down voter ID request

Friday, 18 January 2013

January 18, 2013

National News: Democrats press vote reforms

Arizona: Lawmakers crafting responses to election concerns

California: Bill would let California teens 'pre-register' to vote at age 15

Connecticut: Elections commission investigating complaints against State Rep. Baram

Florida: Fla. Gov. Scott does an about-face on early voting | Scott backs ballot limit, expanded early voting | Report: Collier elections officials rejected blacks' absentee ballots at higher rate | Winter Haven election moved to April

Georgia: Election report reveals disarray in lead up to November | Troup County appoints chief registrar as election supervisor

Kentucky: Boone County clerk praised for his efficiency | Grimes educates students about Electoral College

Louisiana: Thibodaux plantation site of 1877 election coverage

Maryland: O'Malley to propose expanding early voting in Maryland | Resident pushes nonpartisan elections in Frederick

Michigan: Snyder announces support for improvements in voting process

Minnesota: Absentee ballots becoming more popular in Minnesota | House election committee entertains early voting and electronic poll books

Missouri: County adopts new policy on electioneering

Montana: Voter ID bill gets public hearing

New York: Mineola schools could decrease its polling places | NYC elections are becoming ever more costly | Poll: New Yorkers support election reform

Ohio: Columbus Democrat wants voting rights cemented in Constitution | New directive intended to address allegations vote fraud, suppression | Cuyahoga County BOE interviews 12 candidates as decision on new director nears | Mahoning elections board ahead of fraud directive

Pennsylvania: Court blocks voter ID law opponent from getting Pennsylvanians' driver's license info

South Carolina: Early voting bills face major hurdle in S.C. | New voter ID law changes nothing | McBride will handle voter registration for county | How will Richland Co. pay for McBride's new job | Who is involved with the Richland County BOE?

South Dakota: House gets chance to talk about voting reforms

Tennessee: Election commission inspects new registrations | Election officials reviewing potential legislation | New Pigeon Forge liquor vote set for March 14

Texas: Rep. Johnson files bills to protect voting rights in Texas | New polling sites would do away with precinct boxes | Ex-elections official might be consultant

Virginia: Felons' rights bills barely clear Va. Senate panel | State legislators aim to make it easier to vote

Wisconsin: Judges want both sides to end redistricting records fight