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2014

Monday, 21 July 2014

July 19-21, 2014

Editor’s Note: Beginning July 22, electionline is decamping to the Central Time Zone through August 22. Due to the time change, electionlineToday will be posted a bit later each day, closer to 8 a.m. Eastern, but still always before 9a.m. Eastern. Thanks for your patience.

National: How states decide whether to recount election results

Alaska: 'Tax-aq' ballot measure a mouthful in any language

California: Controller's recount: Perez pulls the plug | Elections officials gather at conference in wake of primary news | Perez concedes in controller's race | Candidate asks Kern to speed up counting

Colorado: Public input sought on Arapahoe Co. polling center plan

Florida: Early voting dates can vary county to county  

Georgia: Early voting totals surprise elections officials in some counties | Runoff election Tuesday | Voters to decide primary runoff on Tuesday

Guam: GEC considers mandates for amendment, referendums

Illinois: Schools may close on election day | Governor signs school polling place legislation

Kansas: Kobach and Morgan debate voting privileges | Nearly 100 voter registrations 'incomplete' | Transgender Kansans fear voter ID roadblock | Marijuana petition adds registered voters

Kentucky: Metro council plans to join voting rights chorus | More added to election budget, clerk buget stable

Louisiana: Registrar of voters office moves | Parish plans to consolidate voting districts

New Mexico: Duran questions opponents affiliation | Officials run to keep up voter list | Garcia forges ahead with election lawsuit

North Carolina: More early voting options on the table this week

Oklahoma: Voter rolls grow before election

Pennsylvania: Voter registration effort focuses on ex-offenders

Tennessee: First day of early voting brings 'em out | Long line for early voting | Shelby Co. election commission falls behind as voting starts | Farley appears frontrunner for election administrator post | Allen, Harkins garner most points for election post | Mistake leads to candidate unable to vote for herself | Rain fails to derail early voting | Jones: Action to fire Lester had to come | Those casting votes get long ballots | Children get voting lesson

Texas: Court dismisses Barren Co. election appeal | Elections Dept. salaries in Dallas Co.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Fawkes wants unmonitored voting machine in elections office

Wisconsin: GAB to consider camera ban at polling places | State elections board wants to intervene in federal case over John Doe | Officials discuss changing poll laws | Elections board to consider lifting ban on poll observers using cameras | Shorewood man charged with 13 counts of illegal voting

Friday, 18 July 2014

July 18, 2014

Alabama: Marengo Co. runoff turnout among highest in state | Recount possible in Geneva Co. | Mobile voter ID unit coming to central Alabama | Activists visist Dothan to spread inmate voting rights awareness

Alaska: Ballot language confusing to some voters

Arizona: Brewer endorses Reagan for secretary

California: Jury begins deliberations in voter fraud trial | Perez recount prompts frustrations, November fears for some Dems | Opponents of 'six Californias' proposal allege voter fraud | No stamp of approval for mail-sorting move

Florida: Broward voters will be able to request sample ballot by email | Lawyers for Legislature and elections officials tell judge no 'window of time' for redistricting re-do

Georgia: Pitt loses lawsuit challenging Fulton Co. election

Iowa: State official urges Woodbury Co. to update voter list | Lists being checked for dead voters

Kansas: Secretary of state race also getting some notice

Michigan: Federal judge criticizes Ann Arbor officials for ballot mistake

Minnesota: Voter registrations canceled for Mpls. address

Mississippi: Flaws in how Miss. reports elections ads to its problems | Supreme Court rules against McDaniel in records request | Justices: Conceal voters' birthdates on poll books | McDaniel seeks access to Oktibbeha election materials

Missouri: Early voting may add $35K to cost of elections, Door says

New York: Potential new Manhattan BOE commissioner now qualified to vote in Manhattan

North Carolina: County posts early voting proposals online

Ohio: New BOE members learn election law | Ohio House Speaker says he's open to law setting early voting hours

Tennessee: Long ballot to greet voters in August primary | Jones files complaint against Shelby Co. election commission | Election commission recommends early voting

Texas: Elections sign-ins will be all electronic | Identities released of six accused in voter fraud case

Virginia: Manassas Park plans election expo

Thursday, 17 July 2014

July 17, 2014

National News: NAACP's annual conference focuses on voter suppression

Alabama: Morgan Co. veteran claims he was denied chance at polls | Statewide turnout at 8 percent | Officials, candidates question number of absentee votes | Runoff election turnout higher than predicted

California: Perez persists in recount | A primer: Comparing voter fraud charges against two LA politicians | How LA County is rethinking elections | Mexican-American advocates file lawsuit over voting rights violations

Connecticut: New Londoners honor Major

Florida: Dems seek voting data from Manatee Co. elections chief

Georgia: James Hall elections board case gets appealed to Ga. Supreme Court

Indiana: Voting centers possible for 2015

Iowa: Names of potential dead voters sent to county auditors

Kentucky: Steward still opposes vote, machine rental

Maine: Polling places may switch for city's voters

Massachusetts: Lexington local elections slated for November 4 | Bilingual ballot no a reality

Michigan: Detroit unveils online absentee-ballot application | Detroiters can apply for absentee ballots via smartphone

Minnesota: Minneapolis residents express concerns over absentee voting

Mississippi: Legislative fixes needed for primaries | McDaniel lawyer: Expect runoff challenge within 10 days | Few votes questionable in primary runoff | Hinds Co. GOP chair says voter fraud 'debunked' | McDaniel sues Neshoba Co.

Nebraska: Douglas Co. election workers honored for 20-plus years of service |

Nevada: North Las Vegas poised to redo voting districts

New Jersey: Monroe Twp. councilman denied second recount

New York: Manhattan Dems, city council on BOE collision course?

North Carolina: College students challenge NC voting law | New Hanover election officials want to extend early voting hours

Oregon: Voters get a chance to ditch partisan primary

Tennessee: Machines ready for early voting, election day | Early voting begins Friday | Allen scores highest ranking of applicants for elections administrator | Unusual number of write-in candidates

Texas: Voter fraud investigation leads to six arrests | County looking into new voting software | Commissioners OK list of voting boxes to fix

Virginia: Montgomery Co. to hold election for three voters | Arlington election officials favor acceptance of expired photo-IDs at polls

Washington: Four in fight for open Yakima auditor seat

Wisconsin: Holder may step into voter ID lawsuits | Candidates take heat for snubbing forum over voter ID | AG advises elections board to keep ongoing investigations private

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

July 16, 2014

Alabama: Conecuh Co. morning voting sees machine delays | Voting at Carrie Matthews | Chambers Co. officials ask owners of polling places to check 'yes' or 'no' on banning guns| Voter turnout not as low as expected in Anniston area | Open carry was no problems at Northport today | Alabama will spend $21 per vote | Merrill wins GOP nomination for secretary of state | Pelham voter openly wearing pistol casts ballot; cops called on group | Alabaster man disarms to vote at church after encounter with sheriff's deputies | Pistol-packing voter allowed in polling place | Man carrying pistol asked to leave polling place

Alaska: How Alaska Natives vote

California: Bellflower joins list of cities sued over voting rights law | Perez-Yee recount may trouble Calif. for months

Colorado: Gessler, Boulder Co. clerk certify election results

District of Columbia: City spends approximately $200 per vote cast in special election

Florida: Democratic voter expansion project moves to Florida | Legislature won't appeal redistricting ruling

Georgia: Disqualified elections board candidate appeals

Indiana: Dems and GOP prepare to battle of precincts | Election board not impressed with anonymous complaint

Iowa: More than 1,200 voters listed as deceased | Price tag for statewide runoff? At least $500K

Kansas: 60 residents to lose voter eligibility today

Maryland: Final Allegany Co. election canvass yields few changes

Michigan: Grot cautioned by secretary of state | Ann Arbor officials working to address ballot mishap

Minnesota: Court sides with Kahn in election judge dispute

Mississippi: McDaniel sues Rankin Co. clerk to see poll books

North Carolina: Election boards reject plans for 'masked voter' photo shoot | New Hanover BOE considers extending early voting hours | Wake Co.'s runoff election proves expensive

Ohio: U.S. AG to support Ohio voting-rights lawsuit

South Carolina: Head of Lexington Co. election commission resigns

Tennessee: Early voting begins Friday | Election commissioners inspect machines, discuss turnout | Franklin explores changes in absentee voters rules | The short list of those seeking Rutherford Co. job  

Texas: Travis Co. developing own elections system | Feds: Texas maps deliberately discriminated | Election judges OK'd | County election equipment could be close

Vermont: Campaigns covet early voters

West Virginia: New voting machines discussed at commission meeting

Wisconsin: US AG wades into Wisconsin voter ID court battle

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

July 15, 2014

National News: In most states, tied elections can be decided by a coin toss

Alabama: Secretary of state's office again hitting the road to issue free voter IDs | Shelby Co.'s attorney supports sheriff's ability to ban weapons at polling sites | Mobile voter unit to stop in Altoona | AG addresses guns at polling places

Arizona: Dark money plays in secretary of state race

California: L.A. court accused of violating voting rights | Retiring Marin registrar welcomes successor | Perez gains 5 votes, recount could last beyond Nov. election | Full recount could last beyond November | Recount won't begin in Fresno until August

Florida: Supervisor of elections shows new machines | No runoff after candidate bounces check

Georgia: Richmond Co. BOE analyzes turnout data | Emergency precinct announced for Stanton voters | Houston voters should check precinct before heading to polls

Idaho: Candidate for SOS promises fairness

Indiana: County election board to study eliminating voting by precinct

Kansas: Two tiered voting system causes questions

Massachusetts: Ward 5 precincts merged at Magnolia

Michigan: State of Michigan seeks to intervene in 3rd Ward lawsuit | Language on ballot confuses some

Mississippi: McDaniel asks state high court to hope records | McDaniel volunteer says he saw absentee records dumped

Missouri: County clerk gives update on election preparations | St. Charles Co. elections chief refunds $313K in grant money

New York: Manhattan Assembly candidate calls accusations of voter warehousing 'pathetic' | Oceanside Sanitation District seeks recount or new election

North Carolina: Elections board to meet to discuss one-stop sites | Elections board to discuss November early voting sites

Ohio: Have an extra cell phone? Help the Cayuga Co. BOE use it to help soldiers

Oregon: State's historic voting data questionable

Pennsylvania: Montco axes 2 voter services administrators

South Carolina: Residents of Lyman raise more than $900 to offset cost of special election

Tennessee: Polls open Friday for early voting | Checklist made for voting precincts | 13 out of 39 make it to next round for administrator position

Texas: Travis Co. developing electronic voting system with a paper trail | County clerk searching for new election software to establish vote centers | County scrambles to fill vacated elections post

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections supervisor and the laws she broke | St. Thomas-St. John elections chair disagrees with colleague, the law

Washington: Yakima County's new machine speeds, automates ballot sorting

Monday, 14 July 2014

July 12-14, 2014

Alabama: State spends $3M on low-interest election | Alabama ruling hobbles ban on guns in open at polls | Can you bring a gun to vote Tuesday? Yes...and no

Arkansas: Benton Co. tests new vote system

California: Palmdale continues lonely fight against VRA | Disabled voting rights complaint filed in Los Angeles | Prosecution rests in Alarcon voter fraud trial | Report confirms I-Team findings of duplicate ballots | Huntington Park puts decision to move election on hold | Kern first up to bat in controller's race recount | Secretary of state candidates call for changes in recount law | Calif. primary hits low for turnout, high for vote-by-mail | Recount method for controller's race called unfair | Concerns over mail sorting move

Connecticut: Longtime New London registrar dies

Florida: Judge opens county race to all voters | Voters love casting ballots by mail, but red tape can prove challenging | Crowded Collier elections office could get new home | Longtime public servant honored by Clermont officials | Judge rules Legislature broke laws on maps

Guam: Nearly 300 precinct officials will learn how to manage an election

Hawaii: Voting machines checked for primary elections

Illinois: Jackson Co. clerk brings more than $1M | County clerk resigns for health | OVR available in four languages | Town hall meeting Monday explains new voting laws

Kansas: Theis backs Kobach over ACLU in voter ID challenge | Judge rules for Kobach on voter registration

Louisiana: Some parish precincts merged

Massachusetts: Two Peabody polling sites move due to construction

Minnesota: Want an absentee ballot? Excuses no longer needed

Mississippi: Judge orders conference over senate race lawsuit | McDaniel accuses Hosemann of 'misleading' clerks

Montana: Ex-Missoula Co. clerk and recorder/treasurer: Post as 'steep learning curve'

New York: NYC BOE president quits

North Carolina: Fate of the new NC voter ID law now rests in judge's hands | Some NC voters face 2nd round of primary elections

North Dakota: Jaeger touts success of voter education campaign| ND Natives may not be able to use tribal IDs to vote

Ohio: Secretary of state's office weighs in on voting allegations

Pennsylvania: Councilman denied 2d primary recount

Rhode Island: Voters can get free state ID at upcoming events

Tennessee: Rutherford Co. commissioner competes for election administrator job | Land swamp forcing some Wilson Co. residents to vote twice | Election commission inspects the polls | Commission prepares for elections

Texas: Feds taking 'prime role' in Texas voting maps case | Are voter ID laws a solution or a problem? A Texas court takes up the question

Virginia: New voter ID requirements now in affect | McLean voters to have closer-to-home option in special election

Wisconsin: Governor names new elections board member | Several Kenosha polling places moving

Wyoming: Party chairs and county clerk test voting machines for absentee ballots

Friday, 11 July 2014

July 11, 2014

Alabama: Election officials weigh in on AG opinion | Community centers approved for polling center upgrades

Arkansas: Washington Co. panel talks voter ID concerns | Benton Co. tests new vote system

California: Perez picks heavily Latino precincts in recount fight | Controller recount highlights election-law flaws | Controller recount highlights concerns about election law

Florida: Clerical error could mean costly special election | Snipes changes course-primaries will be treated as closed

Georgia: Officials call out school system for not making Election Day a holiday

Kentucky: Elections board seeking November workers

Maryland: Baltimore Co. candidate asks for recount | Blind, disabled voters suit election board to gain online voting | PG Co. candidate requests recount

Minnesota: Voter mix-up in legislative race wasn't fraud

Missouri: Sen. Kraus running for secretary of state | Army base takes steps to help soldiers, families vote

New York: Old voting machines get reprieve

North Carolina: Merging Shelby polling places worries some voters | NAACP plans to fight vote merger | Judge asked to block NC voting changes before midterms | Judge considers far-reaching effects of voting rights case | Election law questions in judge's hands

North Dakota: Candidates differ on voter ID law

Ohio: 3 accused of voter fraud in Hamilton Co. | Ohio elections chief names 3 to board amid dispute

South Carolina: Kershaw Co. voter registration director retires

Tennessee: Jones says election commission on legal ground over Lester firing

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections supervisor finds no fault in ledger irregularities

Utah: Vote-by-mail boosts Weber's primary participation

Virginia: Candidate to ask for accessible voting for McLean's absentee voters

Wisconsin: AG says elections officials prohibited from releasing investigation files

Thursday, 10 July 2014

July 10, 2014

National News: Disabled often banned from voting

Alabama: Madison CO. voting machines put to the test | Candidates battle for secretary of state nomination | Gun-toting voters: Will it be a problem in Limestone? | Debate continues over guns at polls | Sheriff's seek answers on gun policy

Arkansas: Secretary of state asks judge to keep voter ID in place

California: Recount that includes Fresno Co. ignites questions

Connecticut: Registrars to test voting machines Friday morning

District of Columbia: The little-known election that's about to cost the District $300K

Florida: Broward absentee requests up compared to '10 | County buys building for elections office

Georgia: Ex-Fulton Co. elections head sues county

Guam: Election commission determines what is legal name

Illinois: Jackson Co. clerk's office tops $1M in grants received

Kansas: Douglas Co. clerk to provide help for people trying to get birth certificates | Worker shortage could close polling place

Mississippi: Voting-records suit refiled in Jackson| McDaniel volunteers sort through runoff ballots

Missouri: County clerk announces consolidation of polling locations

New Hampshire: Nashua moves polling locations to increase school safety

New Mexico: Paperwork confusion delays poll worker pay

North Carolina: Closing arguments set in hearing on voting laws | Final arguments to begin in voter lawsuit

North Dakota: State to release primary election, voting law survey

Ohio: Elections board mulls staff pay hike

Texas: Travis Co. forges new territory in voting machines | Close to $120K for voter participation in Fort Bend

Wyoming: Wyoming considers allowing some felons to vote | Secretary of state candidates questioned for failure to vote

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

July 9, 2014

National News: Is age the new frontier of voting rights?

Alabama: County tests voting machines | Officials prepare for runoff elections | More indictments in voter fraud investigation | County commissions can't ban guns at polls AG says

Alaska: 176 villages register to become absentee early voting sites | State announces new absentee voting sites

California: Elections dept. finds staff to help in recount of controller race

Colorado: Results official, no big changes

Connecticut: Absentee ballots spark election complaint

Florida: Dundee commission OKs election changes | Paperwork error to result in special election

Georgia: Cherokee Co. elections head terminated | Elections supervisor terminated | Ex-Fulton elections chief sues county

Guam: Eligible voters can now register at Superior Court

Hawaii: State prepares for looming voter registration deadline

Illinois: Running out of room | New law to expand voting opportunities

Indiana: 10 voting machines added for Floyd Co. in fall

Maryland: Blind voters suing elections board in hope of online ballot |

Michigan: Lansing clerk extends hours for absentee voters

Mississippi: Poll book lawsuit withdrawn, could be refiled | Cruz wants vote fraud probe of runoff

New Mexico: BernCo clerk: False voter registration info being spread

North Carolina: Elections board seeks reduction in voting hours | NC attorneys say removed provisions ripe for problems | Lead plaintiff in voting lawsuit takes stand | Local elections board decides to conduct more interviews | Voting precinct merger divides community, passes 2-1

North Dakota: SOS candidate proposes expanding acceptable forms of voter ID | Fairfield hopes to bring back voting affidavits

Ohio: Lucas Co. GOP files challenges on rejections

Tennessee: Jenkins first to apply for election administrator job | Election day staffing set to change

Texas: Hidalgo city election contest echoes challenges to voting machines

Utah: Davis vote-by-mail certified as a smash hit

Virginia: Elections board split on Sunday voting | Three voters in Radford will cost MoCo thousands of dollars

Wisconsin: 2 GOP congressional candidates skip forum over voter ID issue

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

July 8, 2014

National News: EAC certifies new voting technology from ES&S | How has voting changed since Holder v. Shelby?

Alabama: Merrill 'upside down' over allegations in SOS race, McKinney argues | Officials concerned about large number of absentee ballots cast in runoff

Arkansas: Benton Co. eyes special election limits

California: Recount in controller's race raises questions, anxiety for registrars | Voter fraud sentencing delayed, again | Requested Napa recount may help decide close controller's race | Counties scramble to begin controller recount

Colorado: Boulder canvass board does not certify results

Connecticut: Study: No specific remedy for low voter turnout | Mayor intervenes in registrars' website squabble  

Florida: Could duplicate voter registration be a problem in Broward?

Georgia: Middle Ga. polls see few voters

Guam: Senators discuss funding for election tabulators | Guam election commission name

Hawaii: Drive-thru voter registration happens this week

Maryland: Final primary vote totals cause no changes

Michigan: Holland's ousted clerk case leads to city's internal job shift | Motion filed on Ward 3 ballot counting

Minnesota: Meet an election judge

Mississippi: McDaniel looking for voter fraud in absentee ballots | Judge says poll book suit better heard in Jackson | McDaniel moving forward with election challenge

Missouri: Missouri launches website to ease military voting | Lawsuit targets early voting proposal

Nevada: Election officials dismiss allegations of voting machine irregularities

New Mexico: Independent challenges ballot access

New York: Mark-Viverito on elections board prez's future: 'It's in the council's hands' | Ulster Co. should assume municipalities election costs

North Carolina: State senator says voting bill ballooned from 16 to 57 pages | Dems fight new voter ID law | Court fight over voter law | Lawsuit provides backdrop for Moral Monday | Lawyers spar over effects of NC's elections overhaul | Mistrust in NC over plan to reduce precincts

Ohio: Proposal to take political parties out of Cuyahoga elections already seems dead in water

Oklahoma: Johnson urges voter education

South Carolina: Voter ID Law: 44 primary voters without ID not counted

Tennessee: Tomorrow is last day for voter registration| Rutherford Co. election chief Lester fired | Head of elections fired

Texas: Dallas Co. thrown out of voter ID lawsuit

Utah: Candidate questions primary election's reversal

Virginia: Third-party voter registration training begins

Wisconsin: Clerks receiving old voter registration forms | Greendale to hold referendum to remove voting locations from schools