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Thursday, 17 January 2013

January 17, 2013

Alabama: Tuscaloosa officials prepare for municipal elections

Arizona: Lawmakers crafting responses to election concerns

Delaware: Dewey names volunteer of the year

Louisiana: Security of voter forms questioned | Secretary of state wants oversight

Michigan: Snyder to push for online voter registration, no-reason absentee voting | Genesee County's cost of senate election to replace Gleason: $76K

Missouri: Missouri secretary of state looking into early voting | Early voting top priority for new SOS

Montana: Local legislator Washburn sponsors voter ID bill | New voter ID law proposed in Montana | Another voting bill draws heavy opposition

Nebraska: Shorter early voting period subject of new bill

New Mexico: GOP legislator will introduce voter ID bill | ABQ faces redistricting lawsuit | New Mexico Rep. Brown changes course on voter ID bill

New York: Port Chester to have bilingual voter information forums | Essex County fails to reappoint election chief | NY court paves way for ballot count in Senate race | 2 NY counties agree to bilingual voting aid

North Carolina: Berger: Voter ID should require photos | Waters hired as new Polk County BOE director

Ohio: Ohio elections chief orders forums for allegations | Mahoning County GOP's treasurer wants spot on elections board | County elections director wins statewide award

Oklahoma: State lawmaker files 3 bills aimed at helping Okla. voters and election volunteers

Pennsylvania: Detective: Prankster registered as Obama in 2008 | Jerry Feaser to head Dauphin County elections office | Appeals court: Post-Gazette cannot report at polls

South Carolina: McBride shuffled to new $74K position? | Richland Co. election commission votes to reorganize elections office | Gov't ordered to pay SC $54K in voter ID lawsuit | Election fix ends ballot penalty

South Dakota: State senator drops plans to impeach secretary of state

U.S. Virgin Islands: Judge again refuses to grant losing candidates' request

Virginia: GOP bills gain traction limiting forms of voter ID | Panel votes to ease candidate rules, tighten voter IDs | Senate bill rescinding some forms of voter ID gets head start

Wisconsin: Council approves polling place changes

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

January 16, 2013

Colorado: Sec. of state hears about county election experience

Delaware: Voting rights bill among prefile legislation | Constitutional amendment introduced that would let felons votes

Florida: Supervisor of elections office to consolidate | Walker to let state know by Monday how she'll tweak St. Lucie elections office to address concerns | Lee supervisor of elections asks lawmakers for more control | Election law blocks private financing for Brevard school vote | Black Caucus urges Scott to act on early voting

Georgia: Fulton elections managers subpoenaed, documents demanded | State demands Fulton hand over election records

Hawaii: Poll shows support for vote-by-mail

Indiana: Don't think your vote counts? Think again, Lawson assures

Iowa: Prosecutor to drop case against Iowa felon charged with registering to vote if she behaves

Massachusetts: Newton's top election official retiring

Minnesota: Independent Living to honor secretary of state's office for voting work | Elections panel recommends e-poll books, considers easing restrictions on felons

Missouri: New secretary of state already moving | Kander addresses early voting | Schools out as polling places

Nebraska: Younger voter registration age? Local students vote yes | Citizen panels would help fight voter confusion

New Hampshire: Straight-ticket voting applauded, panned at House hearing

New York: Putnam agrees to provide language access to voters | Legislators approve changes to board of election commissioners | Former Lewis election commissioner charged with approving improper payments

Ohio: 'Obana' voter registration card in Butler County leads to investigation | Summit County elections board to increase number of precincts | New election director knows he has a lot to learn | Election law on Senate Democrats agenda

South Carolina: S.C. election agency should stay in budget this year | SC seek to recoup $53K of $3.5M cost of voter ID lawsuit

Tennessee: Jonesborough resident part of team to create new voting system | Sevier panel authorized to set new liquor vote

Texas: Central Texas introduces new voting procedures

Virginia: Congressmen hear testimony from Prince William voters | Long election lines forgotten in General Assembly | Obenshain: Va. needs stricter voter ID rules | GOP panel kills Virginia no-excuse absentee voting bills | State Senate felon rights restoration bill barely clears subcommittee | No-excuse absentee voting killed in House and Senate | Rep. Connolly holds Woodbridge event to keep Election Day problems in public eye

Washington: Round two for Washington Voting Rights Act

Wisconsin: Wisconsin high court kicks voter ID to appellate level | Battle brews over same-day voter registration | Milwaukee aldermen OK advisory referendum on same-day voter registration | Council committee goes on record in support of same-day voter registration

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

January 15, 2013

Alaska: Local doctor named to LWV national board

Arizona: Provisional ballots not an issue in county

California: Construction begins on registrar of voters headquarters | Santa Maria taxpayers could be on the hook for a $200K special election

Colorado: Gessler: Unique, similar issues across Colorado | Colorado voting system still vulnerable to fraud, Gessler says | Superior looks to extend election season in response to mail-in, early voting

Florida: Election supervisors call for easier early voting | Supervisors of elections testify in Tallahassee | Officials want shorter ballot, more early voting | Walker: Private voting equipment companies should be held more responsible for election machine mishaps | Embattled election supervisors get their day in Tally | Lawmakers question election supervisors on problem-filled November voting | Alachua County supervisor of elections office will move within the year | Seminole Supervisor: Reconsider 100-foot campaign zone at voting sites | Despite praise, Duval election supervisor says improvements needed | Lee elections chief tells state panel more money needed along with reforms | Early support in Fla. Senate to expand early voting

Georgia: BOE investigating voters with vacant lot addresses | Marshall retires as Columbia County elections director

Guam: GEC: 225 of 762 legislative ballots recounted for precinct 10 | 160 provisional ballots went uncounted

Louisiana: New Westwego council district lines approved by DOJ

Maryland: Va. Md. reps sponsor forum on voting

Minnesota: Minnesotans have an appetite for early voting accommodations

Montana: Same-day voter registration under fire | Big turnout against bill to end election-day voter registration | County election official says same-day registration is important

Nebraska: Senator wants local control or legislative approval for election commissioners | County election chiefs appointed by governor would be subject to confirmation vote

Nevada: Voter ID plan gets mixed reception

New Jersey: Voter turnout by local people with disabilities far outpaces national level

New York: Early voting on the Democrats' agenda | Putnam agrees to enhance voter access for Spanish speakers | Allegany County BOE to ensure polling place accessibility

North Carolina: Voter ID push may soften

Ohio: Voter fraud charges expected

Oklahoma: Election official to just be herself

South Carolina: Public invited to learn about photo ID law

Texas: County could do away with voting precinct lines | Proposed charter amendment would set city election date | Longtime Auburn election worker retires

U.S. Virgin Islands: Abramson announces he will retire | Adelbert Bryan chosen to lead St. Croix elections board

Virginia: Internet voting not the solution to long lines, machine breakdowns on Election Day | Local reps. sponsor voting reform bill | House panel kills felon voting bills | Voting rights restoration for felons falls short again | Brink wants limits on timing of special elections

Washington: Secretary of State Reed proud of top-two primary

Wisconsin: Justices again decline to take up voter ID case | Report on same-day voter registration delayed | Vocke to head Wisconsin elections board | Clerk's office proposes polling location changes

West Virginia: Early voting report indicates lower cost and wait time

Monday, 14 January 2013

January 12-14, 2013

National News: National voter ID battle set to rage again

Arizona: Counties eye early-voting list overhaul

California: New registrar of voters building to mark completion of 2008 goals

Colorado: Investigation into Gessler's use of public funds continues

Florida: Martin, St. Lucie supervisors of elections among 10 to testify in Tallahassee today | Harrington to testify in Tallahassee | Voter registration could be automatic and costly | Voter purge is done, for now | Elections office gearing up for March | Florida supervisor of elections, ready for change | Harrell bill would hold elections supervisors accountable for errors | Harrell: St. Lucie election fix 'starts with leadership' | Tallahassee takes up election reform

Georgia: Elections board to deal with voters with invalid addresses | Commissioner calls for Fulton's elections board to regroup after string of voting woes  | Chair of Fulton Co. elections board quits

Guam: GEC begins recount of 2010 general election

Iowa: Special election preps

Maryland: Local voter ID proposal won't reach Statehouse floor | Va.; Md. reps sponsor forum on voting problems

Massachusetts: Galvin vows to oversee vote

Michigan: Gov. Snyder blasted by Genesee County clerk over special election date

Nebraska: Other bills include lowering voting registration age | Students take on legislation that would allow 16-year olds to pre-register

Nevada: Nevada secretary of state grilled over voter verification proposal

New Hampshire: Gardner recounts successes of NH's Election Day process | State sorting out voter affidavit returns

New Jersey: Warren County Freeholders invite board of elections members for third time

New Mexico: Clerk Lynn Ellins names Scott Krahling as elections supervisor | Ex-legislator to oversee N.M. elections | Duran hires Adair to oversee elections

New York: Dutchess County aims to ease voting for Spanish-speaking residents | County under fire over ADA requirements at polling sites

North Carolina: Retiring county elections director has fought many election battles | Any NC voter ID law will face legal, GOP obstacles | Study: 11 percent of Forsyth voters might not have photo ID to vote | Pitts: Voter birth-date letters a bit off | Elections board seeks MIA voters | GOP-led General Assembly plans to pass law requiring voters to show ID

Ohio: Mahoning director of Democratic Ohio Election Official of the Year | Ohio lawmakers are likely to change election laws, again

South Carolina: Senate moves quickly to correct ballot confusion | Search committee forming to find new elections director

Tennessee: Hawkins County election commission to look at voting locations

Texas: Election office has new location and better access | New bill would repeal Texas voter ID law

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix elections board calls for Weber's firing

Virginia: Democrats set to address Election Day voting problems | Petersen bill aims to improve poll wait time | Virginia General Assembly set to keep fighting about election laws | Va. gov praised, panned on felons' voting rights | Strange Bedfellows: Democrats have praise for governor on restoration of voting rights | Bell disagrees with governor on restoring rights | Va.; Md. reps sponsor forum on voting problems

West Virginia: Debate rages over whether ID laws hurt or help election process | Wood County among highest voter turnouts; vote sites credited

Wisconsin: Wisconsin elections board to pick new leader

Friday, 11 January 2013

January 11, 2013

Arizona: County elections website now bilingual

California: Gathering the facts on the costs of the special election

Colorado: Compromise sought for inactive Colorado voters | City to hand-count special election ballots | Doubts still plague Boulder's election results despite state ruling

Connecticut: Former official takes oath as Litchfield registrar of voters | State Rep. Baram subject of elections enforcement complaints

Florida: Clemens proposes limit on lawmaker-driven referendums | New voter registration bill filed in state senate | Some lawmakers push to make voter registration automatic | MTV in the clear on voting fraud | Pasco supervisor of elections accepting scholarship applications | Elections office hopes to save taxpayer money | Florida election supervisors want up to 14 early voting days

Georgia: Commissioners approve board of elections

Guam: GEC audits absentee ballots

Illinois: State elections board sued over late ballots for overseas voters

Iowa: Democrat announces bid for Iowa secretary of state | Funding for Iowa's voting probe is under scrutiny

Louisiana: Panel's proposals protect Louisiana voters from ID theft | Partial recount of toll referendum set for Feb. 16

Maine: Legislators push statewide ranked-choice voting

Massachusetts: New charges for Villamaino, Llewellyn in voter fraud case

Minnesota: Senate leader wants to put brakes on ballot questions

New Hampshire: Derry sets its polling places through 2016

New Jersey: Bill for Vernon ballot glitch: Who pays?

New York: Dutchess to print Spanish election ballots | Voting rights to be discussed | Push for early voting in NY begins | Top court delays ballot count

North Carolina: GOP leaders soften stance on voter ID | Board of elections works to maintain voting lists

Rhode Island: RI considers ban on 'master lever'

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections attorney presents possible solutions to fix voting process | Election board votes to appoint McBride 2nd in command at election commission | New voting law gives choices for photo ID | SC voters can still cast ballots without photo ID | Gowdy vows to get to bottom of voter ID opposition | Election commission considers splitting four precincts

Tennessee: Judge rules Pigeon Forge liquor vote must be scrapped, orders new election

Virginia: Bills would extend voting hours in Virginia | Voting legislation proposed in Va. General Assembly | Salem delegate proposes legislation about voting rights | Governor's bills on voting rights face obstacles | McEachin wants restoration of rights measure named for late-Sen. Miller | House Dems unveil voting, election reforms

Thursday, 10 January 2013

January 10, 2013

National News: Sandy storm exposes need for voting contingencies

Alaska: Redistricting board wants high court to reconsider

Arizona: Bullhead City won't have early voting site for upcoming primary

California: Rubio to seek to eliminate voter petition rule

Colorado: Gessler: Colorado not yet ready for Internet vote | Gessler willing to compromise on mail ballots for inactive voters

Connecticut: Verdu officially sworn in as Democratic registrar of voters

Delaware: Plan to expand voting rights for convicts in Del. moving forward

Florida: Senator wants automatic voter registration | Clemens files automatic registration bill | St. Lucie officials continue search for possible new elections office location | Florida mostly absent from D.C. forum on voting problems in 2012 | Hernando supervisor of elections left office with $100K operating deficit | Elections boss 'shocked' | Florida's ballot problem

Georgia: Cherokee special election turnout higher than expected | GOP appointee quits Fulton elections board | BOC moves to create election board

Guam: GEC can proceed with review of 2010 election

Hawaii: Hawaii elections fiascos prompt calls for new legislative action

Iowa: Legislators take no action on Iowa voter rule | Schultz plans to proceed with voter registration rule changes | Senator says Schultz lacks authority to implement voter registration rules | Schultz: Controversial rules on immigrant voter registration will go forward | Obama campaigner to run for secretary of state

Kansas: Voter ID law criticized at Wichita forum

Louisiana: Panel's proposals protect voters from identity theft

Massachusetts: Billerica town clerk defends redesign vote date

Missouri: Before inauguration, Kander talks goals, vision

New Hampshire: Alderman OK spending $2K on special election

New Jersey: Storms spur call for voting fallback | Vernon billed nearly $6K for ballot error

New York: Cuomo wants early voting in New York | Justices: Open Senate ballots

North Carolina: Republicans soften voter ID stance | Look for voter ID effort to be revived | McCrory not wedded to photo ID requirement to vote | Board to pursue voter fraud case | Gilbert's not going to take it anymore

Ohio: Ohio Republicans actually liked early voting more than Dems in 2012 | Ohio voters cast record number of absentee ballots | Husted reports high number of provisional and absentee ballots cast in 2012 | Sen. Nina Turner appointed to influential state elections panel | Husted wants proof of vote fraud

Rhode Island: Critics say time to end RI's 'master level'

South Carolina: McBride likely to stay on in elections office, with pay cut | Voter ID law passes the first test | Graham, Gowdy call for disclosure on DOJ opposition to voter ID | Could 2013 be the year for early voting in South Carolina?

Tennessee: Secretary of state re-elected | Flynn has plans to reduce risks in future | Sevier election officials call liquor referendum results 'incurably uncertain'

Vermont: Condos announces 2013 HAVA RFP's for polling place accessibility

Virginia: McDonnell calls for automatic restoration of voting rights for felons

Wednesday, 09 January 2013

January 9, 2013

Alabama: State backs county on voting rights case

Arizona: AG to pitch Supreme Court on voter proof-of-citizenship

California: City of Los Angeles needs poll workers for 2013 municipal elections | Poll workers have slow day

Colorado: Gessler gets earful in Fort Collins about election | Gessler hears about Morgan County election experience

District of Columbia: D.C. elections board approves budget autonomy referendum

Florida: St. Lucie supervisor of elections asks for $300K funding | Stafford sworn in as supervisor of elections | NAACP leader: Let people vote at schools | Scott, top senator want much shorter ballot | Mike Bennett sworn in as Manatee's new elections supervisor | Florida's 'obvious' voting problem, the long ballot, may have no easy fix | Voting on the hot seat | Florida gathers elections supervisors to reform early voting | As Fla. election reform bills filed, partisan war of words continues

Georgia: Banks County proceeding with elections board

Guam: GEC begins audit of 2010 general election

Indiana: County has new election board chair | Despite ballot changes, Sauk Village prepares for elections

Iowa: Legislative group considers proposed voter rule

Kansas: Voting rights takes center stage at legislative forum

Kentucky: Grimes' military voting initiative designated Senate Bill 1

Maine: Yarmouth legislators push statewide ranked-choice voting

Maryland: State leaders contemplate changes to referendum process

Mississippi: Voting machines on tap for city elections

Nevada: Miller pitches state voter ID bill to Reno Republicans

New Jersey: Bergen GOP chairman plans to replace election commissioner

New York: Assemblywoman Jacobs calls for electoral reforms

North Carolina: Voter ID law could hinder more than 600K voters | Dome: Up to 613K NC voters may not have ID card | One-stop voting numbers, locations grow

Ohio: County BOE seeks smaller slice of Stonegate Drive | Higgins named board of elections director | Husted to decide on Trumbull County precincts | Ohio chief justice orders 98th District ballots sealed

Oregon: Group releases spliced-together video of Clackamas County elections office on day of ballot tampering

South Carolina: 10 new voting precincts suggested for Lexington County | Bill aimed at fixing SC election filing mess still not foolproof | Voter ID lawsuit cost state more than $3.5M | Seminars will explain new voter photo ID requirements | Orangeburg County town tests controversial voter ID law | Justice Dept. monitoring Branchville election | Bill to fix election issues sent to Senate floor | SC part of suit challenging Voting Rights Act provisions | Branchville voter ID test without a hitch

Tennessee: Fight intensifies over Pigeon Forge liquor vote results

U.S. Virgin Islands: Federal judge won't block swearing-in

Virginia: Some in Va. GOP push for more voter ID measures | Registrar and voter talk about new voter ID bill

Washington: County Republicans name auditor candidates to replace Wyman

Tuesday, 08 January 2013

January 8, 2013

Arizona: March hearing for voter-registration case

California: Yuba County still under federal Voting Rights Act because of Beale | Butte County voters unaware of special election

Colorado: Gessler wants voter feedback on elections

Connecticut: Town Attorney: Only registrar has authority to appoint deputy

District of Columbia: D.C. AG urges elections board to stop referendum

Florida: Florida lawmakers file bills to reinstate early voting Sunday before Election Day | Sponsor of law that pared Florida's early voting days proposes to add one day back | Early voting bill proposed, SOE reacts | St. Lucie County supervisor of elections responds to report

Georgia: Turnout a concern in special election | Voter offices ready for special election

Kentucky: Military voting bill to be Kentucky Senate's first in session | Kentucky military may get to cast ball via email | Electronic voting for military chief priority for Senate

Massachusetts: Rushford, election commission set to move on | Worcester clerk answers to election commission

Michigan: Johnson signs Michigan elections bills with Snyder, Calley out of state | Did the election go to the birds?

Minnesota: Special elections on tap

New Hampshire: NH Dems want to change new state voter ID law | ID verification notices go out to NH voters | How much does it cost to prevent voter fraud? $16,272 in NH

New York: Early voting in New York easier said than done | Court fight continues 46th Senate race | State BOE has no investigators

Ohio: Elections board deadlocks on precincts | Smith retires from county elections board | Trumbull elections board splits on reducing polling precincts | Miami County BOE hires new director

Oklahoma: Some Oklahoma voters head to polls for small election

Pennsylvania: Judge weighing plan to realign voting precincts

South Carolina: Lawmakers: S.C. fails on voter ID promises | Town of Branchville first to test voter ID law today

Texas: Trial date set in wrong-ballot flap

Virginia: At legislative hearing, activists plead cases on host of issues | Del. Bell to introduce photo ID bill | Voter ID measures back before General Assembly | Roanoke city council establishes voting precincts task force

Wisconsin: Milwaukee alderman seeks advisory referendum on election-day registration | Court tosses inmate's lawsuit over jail voting

Monday, 07 January 2013

January 5-7, 2013

National News: Obama facing pressure on election reform | Congressmen push for shorter voting lines

California: Freemont council to consider special election | Wagenknecht proposes revamp of county elections office

Connecticut: Weston primary polling location changed

Florida: Audit: Inexperience and inadequate procedures fueled voting issues | St. Lucie elections procedures probed in report | Election report: Bucher responded properly to ballot flaws but St. Lucie tally flawed | Hillsborough's new supervisor of elections to take reins | Santa Rosa's new supervisor of elections sworn in | Lower cost cap, new hope for new supervisor of elections office | Mayor still not sold on building new government office | Joe Campbell retires, celebrates 38 years of service

Georgia: Hogansville will vote on 'election conduct'

Guam: GEC seeks audit clarity

Indiana: Visclosky supports Voter Empowerment Act

Iowa: Tom Slockett: 36 years of going against the grain | Special election may cost about $10K

Louisiana: Toll vote challenge comes down to 20 votes

Maine: Secretary of state to be sworn-in Monday

Minnesota: Rochester starts planning for council president election

Mississippi: City approves voting changes

Nebraska: Mail-only election expansion sought

New Hampshire: Poll: Should voter ID be repealed? | ID verification notices sent out to voters

New Mexico: New clerk outlines different approach

North Carolina: Iler: Voter ID bill will get prompt attention in Republican-led House | Alamance board of elections verifying voter rolls | Recount cost taxpayers $18K | Elections board updating voter records

Pennsylvania: Franklin Township received third election district despite mayor's opposition

Rhode Island: Will RI kill the master lever?

South Carolina: A look inside the warehouse where Richland Co.'s voting machines are kept | Richland likely to get 20 more precincts | Richland County doesn't want to pay to clean up election mess | SC's voter ID lawsuit cost $3.5M | Horry County registration and elections to hold meetings on new voter ID law | First District race also first for photo ID

Tennessee: DeSoto election panel gears up with new member

Texas: Choctaw polling place changed

U.S. Virgin Islands: Judge hears complaints against election

Virginia: Four decades on job register in county | Spotsylvania delegate wants to amend voter ID law | Cole pushes for new voter ID legislation

West Virginia: Sunday Sit-Down: West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant | West Virginia GOP supports voter ID law

Friday, 04 January 2013