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Friday, 12 December 2014

December 12, 2014

National News: Three more states aim to join bid for SEC primary in '16

Alabama: Voter arrested for wearing holstered pistol to polling site pleads not guilty

Arizona: Barber/McSally all over but the re-recounting | Counties prepare to count CD2 ballots by hand

Arkansas: Fayetteville spent $30K on special election

California: Fewest votes for California governor since 1978

Colorado: Feb. 3 special election will be a mail ballot | Adams Co. discloses third ballot printing issue

Connecticut: Change in polling place may be coming in Madison

Georgia: New procedure by elections chief certifies newest council member

Indiana: Clark Co. recount continues | Recount likely to flip race | State rep in trouble for entering polls

Iowa: Iowa felon voting task force met once

Maine: Campaign for ranked-choice voting needs about 15K signatures

Massachusetts: Falmouth task force to study alternative polling locations

Minnesota: Ritchie looks back on his time as secretary of state

Mississippi: Mayoral election leads to fight in Edwards | Changes proposed at voting precinct

New Mexico: Land commissioner recount begins today in Lincoln Co. | Hobbs voter ID special election saw less than 8 percent turnout | Vote recount watched closely

North Carolina: Breached ballot investigation could yield misdemeanor challenges | Elections board to investigate response to ballots discovered on public computer

Ohio: Director targeted again

Oregon: GMO proponents concede defeat

Pennsylvania: Cumberland Co. church polling place critic still seeks solution

South Carolina: Bill allows gun permits as voter ID

Texas: JWC officials making a list, checking it twice

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix elections to resume recounting ballots

Virginia: Court date for former registrar continued | Herndon moves town elections to November

West Virginia: Kanawha Co. tests new voting machines

Thursday, 11 December 2014

December 11, 2014

Alabama: Mobile Co. approves $5M for capital equipment purchases

Alaska: Judge asks plaintiffs, state to consider settlement in Alaska Native voting rights case

Arizona: Recount nears completion | Machine recount of 220K votes done

California: Voters to weigh in on voting change | City moves toward district elections

Colorado: Boulder Co.'s election results now final, despite canvass board's vote

Connecticut: Killingly council considers consolidating polling places | Voter turnout in November was 56 percent

Florida: Protestors hold silent sit-in for felon voting rights restoration

Illinois: Election law awaits signature | Special election to replace comptroller may be on table | Officials unclear on filling Topinka vacancy

Indiana: Recount to be continued

Kansas: Tough voting laws unless in ID theft case

Louisiana: Candidate requests recount in Lake Charles

Maine: Secretary of state says recount rules need to be changed | SoS pledges review of rules, stresses human error caused recount controversy

Michigan: Recount completed

Missouri: Request to buy new voting equipment | Missouri elections integrity task force meets for first time

New Mexico: More than 41K Dona Ana Co. ballots to be recounted | Hobbs residents approve voter ID measure | New Mexico court clears way for recount

North Carolina: Asheville tea party to challenge voter registrations | State BOE says not to request for new sheriff's election

Ohio: Grubbe's pick quits | Husted doesn't want legislators to redraw their own districts

Oregon: All but 2 Oregon counties have turned in new GMO results | Coos Co. home rule petitioners call for recount

Pennsylvania: Newly elected state rep. denies voter fraud claims

South Dakota: New SoS hires experience

Texas: Status of Harrison Co. elections official on agenda | Elections office now in courthouse

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix recount will resume today | St. Croix election recount suspended

Wisconsin: West Allis man sentenced for voting twice in 2012

Wyoming: Wyoming celebrates 145 years of women voting

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

December 10, 2014

California: Supervisors finally certify election | Woodland begins tradition of district voting | Chula Vista recount set for today

Colorado: GOP requests recounts in 2 Adams Co. races | Adams Co. GOP abandons effort at ballot recount

District of Columbia: D.C. election ends in tie, setting up high-noon casting of lots

Georgia: Judge to hear district-voting appeal Wednesday | New polling places coming with the new year | Douglas Co. man sues elections officials over being asked to remove NRA hat at poll

Illinois: Merging Peoria's elections operations

Indiana: Appeals Court hears case for ex-secretary of state

Idaho: Denney has 'a lot to learn,' expects smooth transition

Louisiana: No special election for Breau Bridge

Maine: Senate recount: 'Mystery ballots' didn't exist | Dem wins Senate election after investigation reveals 'phantom ballots' did not exist | State Senate race decided after ballot blunder | No fraud, just poor counting and Senate election has new winner

Michigan: Recount expected to conclude Wednesday | Grand Haven Twp. clerk resigns

Montana: Commissioner tosses election complaint

New Mexico: Hobbs residents approve voter ID measure | Hobbs set to decide on voter ID | Agreement to clear way for recount

New York: Hundreds cast write-in votes against unopposed candidates

North Carolina: NC state election board hears protest in Scotland Co. race | State dismisses election protest | Scotland Co. sheriff alleges vote-buying in loss

Ohio: Dozens of voting precincts could be shed in Youngstown

Oregon: Judge denies restraining order in GMO labeling case | GMO labeling loses court fight to count rejected ballots

South Carolina: Chester supervisor won't appeal election commission ruling

Texas: Jefferson Co. could spend more than $2M on new voting machines | Runoff election gets off to slow start | Mistakes, added hours lead to more election costs

U.S. Virgin Islands: Judge grants Daily News restraining order forcing St. Croix elections to let public watch recount

Tuesday, 09 December 2014

December 9, 2014

Arizona: Vote recount for Barber-McSally race begins | Recount continues with early ballots

Arkansas: Large turnout expected for Fayetteville ordinance

California: New Calif. SoS plans tech overhaul | Light turnout expected for special election | Recount requested in Chula Vista | Sacramento hopes to try vote-by-mail only election

Colorado: GOP drops recount request

Connecticut: New panel to review problems reported in local election

Illinois: Carbondale holds hearing on mayoral challenge

Indiana: Parties debate centralized voting centers for Porter Co.

Kansas: County's voting machines well maintained | Brennan Center: Hundreds blocked from voting in Kansas

Louisiana: Some in South Denham Springs calling for change in election process

Maine: Panel investigating disputed Maine Senate race | Election workers, recount volunteers and state police officers headed to Augusta for recount investigation

Massachusetts: Hanover recount costs $11K | Board backs Chelmsford polls plan | Chelmsford officials answer questions on consolidated polling places

Minnesota: Simon names chief-of-staff

Montana: No violation by SoS of state, political practices, commissioner finds | Motl dismisses complaint against SoS | Sands wins recount

New Mexico: Land commissioner recount still in limbo | Elections officials agree to procedure for recount

North Carolina: Questions raised about state's voter database | Attorney for Zapple wants election protest appeal dismissed

Oregon: Oregon GMO label backers sue over rejected ballots

South Carolina: Chester supervisor won't appeal election commission ruling

Wyoming: UW professor contributes to book on 2012 elections

Monday, 08 December 2014

December 6-8, 2014

National News: New voting laws played role in reduced turnout in four states, report says | The 2014 elections that ended in a tie

Alabama: Report says 119 Jefferson Co. absentee ballots not counted because of photo ID law

Arizona: 2nd District recount of 220K votes starting

Arkansas: Poll watchers present during special election | Special election requested| UA shuts down student voting shuttle in Tuesday election

California: Activist to deliver voting rights talk in Aptos | District election case set for April trial | Ex-councilman convicted of voter fraud | Marin registrar thanks 600+ who helped on Election Day | Supervisors to certify final election results

Colorado: Boulder Co. clerk: 'I followed the law' in election procedures

Connecticut: Fairfield board of selectmen charge committee for election investigation | 11 could be called to testify about Hartford Election Day mess | Town Council to discuss voting districts, number of polling places

Florida: PBC Dems push mail ballots to boost turnout

Illinois: Lawmakers sidestep several issues during veto session | Investigation sought on election judge confusion over robocalls

Indiana: Porter Co. election board still split on issue of voting centers

Kansas: Young poll workers learn the electoral ropes

Kentucky: Lawsuit filed in connection with election in Magoffin Co.

Louisiana: Voting issues reported at Galilee Baptist Church | Election Day arrives in Louisiana

Michigan: Recount begins Monday

Minnesota: Midterm turnout varied widely

Missouri: Bill would set deadline to finish ballots

Montana: Missoula recount continues

Nebraska: Nebraska students rewarded for election work

New Jersey: Bogota poll workers accused of casting residents' votes

New York: Recently axed Suffolk elections commissioner lands new county job

Ohio: Recount finished in Summit Co.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma colleges earn praise for civic engagement | Sequoyah Co. to close precincts

Pennsylvania: Clerks work to finalize boundaries | Experts challenge voter apathy in midterm election as they pose reforms to boost turnout | Montgomery Co. exploring new voting machines

South Carolina: State election commission denies Trapp appeal | Concealed weapon permits as voter IDs?

Texas: Early voting turnout lagging for runoffs | Wilco continues elections administrator search

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix elections board bars public from recount | St. Croix elections continues to bar public from recount | Daily News asks Superior Court to intervene in recount

Vermont: Condos to work for military voters

Virginia: Dems in 34th District race push for easier absentee voting | Prince William converting to paper ballots for elections

Wisconsin: Man who caused disturbance on election day ruled sane

Friday, 05 December 2014

December 5, 2014

National News: Does your vote count? | The death of voting booths; America is changing the way we vote

Arkansas: UA students plan shuttle bus for early voters

California: Chula Vista race going to recount | Wilson cancels recount request | County election stats: 66 percent vote by mail

Colorado: Citizen boards flex muscle in opposition of new Colo. election laws | Citizen boards flex muscle over new election laws in Pueblo

Florida: State elections chief apologizes to D2 candidates

Illinois: Kay blasts new voting bill | State House and Senate decide election-day registration should stay | Same-day registration moves to governor's desk

Indiana: Election board to talk voting centers | County's voting rate worst in state

Kansas: Voter turnout touted, but not 'suspense' list

Kentucky: Election board begins preparing for May 2015

Louisiana: Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu and a Jewish election problem

Michigan: Recount to begin Monday

Mississippi: Old maps on city website confuse residents, candidates

Missouri: Election equipment causes concern | Kander certifies election

Montana: Recount process begins for state senate race | Recount off to slow start

North Carolina: State board hearing set for Tuesday

North Dakota: ND voter glitch was minor | Timing could put Fargo mayoral election during flood season

Ohio: Elections office conduct audit of November's votes | Redistricting reform passes Ohio House in bipartisan votes

Oregon: GMO labeling gains one vote in Benton Co. | Four more counties post recount results

Tennessee: Hernando fire station proposed as temporary polling place

Texas: County looking at the need for new election system | Wilson Co. registrar laughs off voter fraud complaint

U.S. Virgin Islands: Both district elections boards certify runoff results

Virginia: Arlington Dems likely to opt for primary, not caucus in 2015

Washington: Yakima ACLU ruling prompts Wenatchee to mull districts

Thursday, 04 December 2014

December 4, 2014

Arizona: McSally favored in recount, but an upset is possible | Recount begins Thursday | Pima Co. readies for recount | Attorney on uncounted provisional ballots in Arizona elections

Arkansas: Inconsistencies about voter registration questioned | After recount, still no winner in Hot Springs | County election commission to instate new member

California: Fact Check: Recounts rarely pay off | Final voter turnout 46.3 percent, lowest in 64 years

Illinois: House approves same-day registration | Same-day voter registration on way to becoming reality

Indiana: Recount begins in Clark Co. | S. Indiana voter turnout exceeds state average | Tippecanoe Co. sees a decrease in voter participation

Iowa: Voters in Western Lyon Co. voted Tuesday

Kansas: Voting machines aging, replacement looms

Louisiana: Runoff election is Saturday | New election ordered in Turkey Creek mayor's race

Maine: Matt Dunlap re-elected by Legislature

Minnesota: State House candidate to pay $2100 for a recount--in a race he lost by 44 points

Mississippi: Trio pleads guilty to misdemeanor voter fraud | Election dispute prompts special meeting

Missouri: Not much changed in Gratiot's recount

Nebraska: Change at helm of ES&S in new year

New Mexico: State GOP: Powell 'manipulating' recount

New York: Voting hurdles for transgenders

North Carolina: Public hearing about election appeal by Scotland Co. sheriff set for next week

North Dakota: Special election in Fargo won't happen before spring

Ohio: Recount continuing in Summit Co.

Oregon: Measure 92 recount: Vote totals shift by 2 as first GMO results roll in

Pennsylvania: Judge approves precinct consolidation

Tennessee: Dover agrees to postpone election

Texas: Jefferson Co. leaders consider replacing embattled election machines | County seeks new elections administrator

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections certifies Mapp-Potter victory

Washington: Narrow margin forces recount in Charter Review race | Manual recount complete | State gets grade adjustment of voter guide

Wednesday, 03 December 2014

December 3, 2014

Arizona: Court throws out suit to delay CD2 recount | Recount to begin Thursday | Recount of nearly 220K ballots

Arkansas: Special election coming; Boone Co. officials meeting to certify results | Hot Springs mayor's race unsettled after recount

California: Santa Clara set to finalize ballot counts | Candidate mulls recount challenge | Turnout in midterm election increases...a bit | November election turnout worst in Santa Cruz Co. history | Dems tally wins even after Election Day | LA registrar confirms record low voter turnout

Colorado: Canvass board's refusal to certify election results complicates seating of winners | Summit Co. clerk's office breaks down November voter turnout

District of Columbia: September to April and back? The saga of D.C.'s primary date continues | D.C. to move primary election back to September after dismal April turnout

Florida: Special election set

Georgia: Board of commissioners OKs purchase of voting machines | Forsyth elections board losing a member

Illinois: Changes in the works for voter registration | Veto session to review same-day voting | Voting bills considered in Springfield | Saline GOP chairman files for vote recount

Indiana: Schools agree to be used as vote centers in Floyd County | 30 percent of voters turned out

Kentucky: Rand Paul's latest ballot option: Dare Alison Lundergran Grimes to defy him

Louisiana: March election date slipping away from St. George organizers | Early voting rises 8.9 percent for runoff | Early voting numbers down for runoff

Maine: Maine GOP nominates challenger for secretary of state

Michigan: Electoral college bill tabled in Michigan

Montana: Recount in Missoula Co. starts Thursday

Nebraska: Gale recognizes Nebraskans who participated in youth election service

New Jersey: GOP gains mayor's seat after Eatontown recount

New Mexico: Recount halted

New York: Dispute over election day derails redistricting settlement

North Carolina: State board receives appeal of New Hanover election protest decision | BOE receives appeal, will discuss next week

Ohio: Elections board deputy director to speak at women's luncheon | Recount continuing in Summit Co.

Oregon: Recount begins

Rhode Island: Judge to decide on secretary of state sanctions

South Dakota: Election review meetings to be open | County commission appoints election review committee

Tennessee: Rules may change for property rights voters

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

December 2, 2014

National News: More than twice as many voting-eligible residents turned out to vote in Maine than in Indiana

Alabama: Recount confirms win

Arizona: Recount to take place without contested 133 ballots | Recount order official in Barber vs. McSally| Arizona election canvass results: 6 takeaways | Phoenix suburb fights Arizona election law

Arkansas: Recount confirms Blytheville mayoral runoff

California: California's record-low voter turnout stirs anxieties | New state law gives San Diego registrar more time to certify ballots | Post-election resignation leads to mess Tulare | LA Co. tallies about 1.5M ballots--just a 33 percent turnout | Statewide recount bill introduced

Colorado: County clerk retires after 41 years

District of Columbia: Special election set for April

Georgia: Special election scheduled | Special election costs a concern for Johns Creek

Illinois: Lawmakers consider permanent same-day voter registration | Election law bill advances in House | Dems move to add more options to voting

Indiana: Clark Co. clerk's race recount moving forward | Hearing set in ousted Charlie White's appeal

Iowa: Midterm turnout highest in 30 years | Holiday prevents Woodbury Co. absentee ballots from arriving in time

Kansas: Photo gallery: Old voting machines

Louisiana: Voter fraud unlikely, local election officials say | State Rep. blames holidays for low early voter turnout | Judge rejects election lawsuit

Maine: Panel's chairman promises thorough review of contentious Senate race recount | Bipartisan committee to investigate SD 25 ballot issues

Massachusetts: City officials prepare for today's recount | Forum set for Falmouth polling place discussion

Michigan: Ward voting in Wayne: Making the change work

Mississippi: Trio pleads guilty to misdemeanor voter fraud

Missouri: St. Charles council, elections director still fighting over election cost refunds

Nevada: Group asking election chief to throw out ballot item

New Jersey: New Jersey Senate approves early voting | Move toward early voting faces Christie veto | NJ Dems try again to expand early voting

New Mexico: Powell asks court to block recount | Powell seeks high court intervention in recount

North Carolina: Forsyth election officials dismiss Fansler protest | State BOE still waiting on appeal to arrive

North Dakota: Burst pipes flood basement of City County building

Ohio: Recount bid nets no extra votes

Oklahoma: For most, Oklahoma voter ID law is no impediment

Oregon: Voter turnout tops 70 percent in county | Clatsop Co. to hold recount today

South Carolina: New election ordered in Chester Co. supervisor race

Wisconsin: GAB chair signs election results

Wyoming: Lawmakers propose changing voting location requirements | New voting centers could come to Wyoming

Monday, 01 December 2014

November 27-December 1, 2014

Alabama: Sworn in; recount looms

Alaska: Native Alaska takes a seat at the table--and plans to stay there

Arizona: Disputed votes: Barber & McSally campaigns wait for court ruling | Recount could take two weeks | Judge rejects Barber's request to count 133 ballots | Barber's request over CD2 election denied | Despite progress in Arizona, early ballots again delay results | Recount set to begin

California: Registrar of voters office finishes general election vote count | Across Calif., many politicians picked by few voters | Officials certify Sacramento Co. election results | Dew will not pursue recount | Lawmaker proposes to revamp California recount rules | LA won't offer prizes to voters in next year's election | A push to increase LA voter turnout

Colorado: Trash haulers say Nawrocki shouldn't handle ballots

Georgia: Should Johns Creek hold special election March or November

Illinois: Permanent same-day voter registration considered | Elections board to certify November election

Indiana: Subpoenas follow unresolved election complaints | Special prosecutor sought in election complaint

Iowa: Jones Co. officials are shopping for new voting equipment | Schultz looks ahead to serving as county attorney

Kansas: State voter turnout tops predictions | Voting machines aging in Kansas, Missouri |With no money to replace them, can we count on old voting machines?

Kentucky: High price of election expenses draws questions

Louisiana: Early voting ends this week | Elections delay St. George petition certification | Representative appeals decision on early voting | Voters mark their ballots early

Maine: If Maine's election rules followed, tampering with ballots is difficult | New questions over recount results of district 25 senate race

Maryland: Montgomery officials concerned about slow vote tally

Massachusetts: Plaintiff may refile against Kingston town clerk | Town officials keen on new electronic voting system | Beaty files complaint on election to state officials | Westborough to switch to one polling venue

Michigan: Lawmakers face election issues | Should absentee voting continue?

Minnesota: Minneapolis to push state for more interpreters at polling places

Mississippi: Poll book blunder? Candidate claims she had problems voting

Missouri: Voting machines aging in Kansas, Missouri

Montana: Marbut wants 192 votes recounted in close HD94 election

New Jersey: Belmar GOP manager claims unlawful polling place removal

New Mexico: Hobbs voters to decide on voter ID | Voters in Hobbs to decide on voter ID

New York: Karp approved as Dems election commissioner

North Carolina: Widow fulfills husband's dying wish, charged with voter fraud | Protest appeal halts seating of new commissioners | Woman charged for fulfilling husband's dying wish of voting | Voters make interesting write-in choices | NC looking at refreshing death records system

Ohio: New Lorain Co. BOE head chosen | Postal Service probes ballots' delayed arrival to some Delaware Co. voters | Clark Co. BOE seeks big raises for some workers

Oklahoma: Hundreds of votes go uncounted during November election

Oregon: County makes plans for recount | Counties have until Dec. 12 to recheck votes | Election recounts rarely change overall outcome

Pennsylvania: Election precinct consolidation case going to court | Luzerne Co. election district reduction planned

Tennessee: Election office in need of extra space | Shelby Co. vote certified

Texas: Appeals court urged to move forward with voter ID case | Commissioners discuss confusion with polling places | County elections administrator leaving soon

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix elections board agrees to recount | Candidates challenge election results | St. Thomas-St. John board denies recount request

Utah: Utah had 3rd lowest turnout among states

Virginia: Wythe to buy new voting machines | State voting equipment under scrutiny

Washington: Yakima Co. voter turnout hits 12-year low

Wyoming: Legislature mulls elections changes | Wyoming legislature considers election changes