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Monday, 07 July 2014

July 4-7, 2014

National News: The looming crisis in voting technology | Students joining battle to upend laws on voter ID | Rules of the game: New laws could make it tougher for some to vote

Alabama: 5 questions with secretary of state candidate Merrill | McKinney, Merrill in GOP runoff for secretary of state

Arkansas: Can't bar voter ID law amid appeal, state says | State challenges ruling on voter ID law | Secretary of state files motion in voter ID case

California: State controller's race shows flaws in quirky vote-count process | Perjury and voter fraud trial to resume this week | Perez seeks recount | One registrar, two super-close statewide races

Florida: Brevard's new voting equipment on display | Mail-in ballot requests up in Pasco

Hawaii: Politicking changes with early voting | Drive-through voter registration offered next week

Illinois: Immigrant who wrongly voted wins right to stay | County clerks preparing for election day voter sign-ups | Will, Grundy county clerks prepare for election day registration | Influential clerk retires

Indiana: Public access complaint filed against Porter Co. voter registration office

Iowa: Officials shred voter registration

Michigan: Knezek proposes bill to allow holding elections by mail

Mississippi: McDaniel camp gathers evidence as it prepares legal challenge | Groups urge Cochran to support voting rights bill | Hosemann: Dismiss SOS from lawsuit | McDaniel files notice with Cochran's son | Hosemann: Poll books being handled correctly

Missouri: ACLU challenges legislature's early voting proposal | Election timing affects issues

Nevada: Washoe ballot causes flap

New York: Mark-Viverito may replace BOE head with her own pick

North Carolina: Judge to examine NC voter law | Hearing on voter ID law draws national attention | Cleveland Co. BOE considering merging 5 precincts into 2

Ohio: Dems and Republicans continue to battle over voter rights | Local GOP to fight Ohio elections chief's decision | BOE director calls ex-worker's allegations 'baseless' | Franklin Co. BOE debate alleged employee time card fraud

South Carolina: Officials say voter ID law working well in SC | A look at counties making the most voter IDs

Tennessee: Election commission meets tonight

Texas: Rusk Co. makes voting machine progress

Virginia: Libertarian sues State BOE over ballot placement rules| Virginia voter ID law changes again | Arlington elections chief sees no reason to worry about photo-ID impact

Wisconsin: Frustration over Voting Rights Act delays

Thursday, 03 July 2014

July 3, 2014

Alabama: Opponents prepare for secretary of state runoff

Alaska: Native speakers focus on voting rights trial | In voting rights trial, elections chief contends village turnout above state average

Arizona: Secretary of state candidates debate qualifications

California: County goes green with online voter pamphlets

Georgia: Cherokee elections head terminated

Hawaii: Hawaii's voter fraud troubles

Idaho: Secretary of state candidate wants fair elections

Illinois: Meeting on election law changes

Indiana: Vote center session slated

Massachusetts: Voting fine spurs action in Wellingrove

Michigan: Several Livonia polling places changes

New Mexico: Number of early voters grows throughout state

North Carolina: Elimination of voter pre-registration program creates confusion for DMV and elections officials | Shelby voting precincts could change soon | Surry's cost for second primary may exceed $40K

Ohio: Lucas Co. GOP refuses to pick new nominees

Oklahoma: Patterson picked to lead Garfield election board

South Dakota: Swiftel Center to be used in November elections

Tennessee: Wilson poll officials receive training | Election commission moves sites for early voting | Hamilton Co. election officials seek settlement of suit

Texas: Rusk makes voting progress | Man gets 3 years in prison for vote fraud | County gets 30 day extension in consideration of new election equipment

Utah: Salt Lake Co. turnout below 10 percent

Virginia: Nope, special election will not be first test of new photo ID rules

Wisconsin: State reminds about new voter registration forms

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

July 2, 2014

Alabama: Marshall Co. absentee voters get wrong ballot

Alaska: Election officials say they work hard to help Native language speakers

Arizona: 'Dark money' splits SOS candidates

Arkansas: AG: Judge can't lift stay on voter ID decision

California: Law sought to prevent recount fights

Connecticut: State: 'Fractured relationship' between Bristol registrar

Delaware: Same day voter registration supporters criticize senate for failure to vote

Hawaii: Voter registration up as deadline approaches | Windward Oahu voters to receive absentee ballots in mail

Illinois: County clerks preparing for election-day voter registration law | New state voting laws require local changes

Indiana: Voter registration moves next week

Maryland: County elections board to rescan absentee ballots due to error

Massachusetts: New voting machine in the works | Search is on for new Acushnet polling places

Michigan: State election bureau: Votes on incorrect ballots will be counted

Minnesota: Voter registration fraud alleged in primary | Minneapolis crushes record for first-day absentee voting

Mississippi: Texas group, 12 Mississippians sue over runoff

New Jersey: Monroe councilman requests second recount

New Mexico: County polling places to match city's

North Carolina: Voter ID opponents prepare for Monday hearing | NAACP, others to argue for preliminary injunction against voting law | Elections board to discuss early voting sites | Changes for Guilford early voting sites discussed

Ohio: Elections board will open July 15 in new offices | Voting rights issue falls short on signatures | Elections board workers rewarded with pay raises | FitzGerald says Cuyahoga Co. will support lawsuit to restore Golden Week | Secretary of state to investigate allegations against Huron Co. BOE | NAACP, others file lawsuit to restore voting 'golden week' in Ohio | Cuyahoga Co. elections could be made nonpartisan under proposed charter amendment

Tennessee: Chattanooga council votes to sue election commission

U.S. Virgin Islands: VI Elections mails overseas ballots 2 weeks late

Virginia: Special election will be first test of new photo ID rules

Wyoming: Young vying for secretary of state

Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Monday, 30 June 2014

June 30, 2014

National News: Research shows voter ID bias among lawmakers

Alabama: In Focus: Alabama's voter ID law

Alaska: Emails: Officials knew of poor translation in radio notices on voting | Election officials did less language assistance for Natives outside Bethel, court told

Arizona: Advocates fear strict voter ID laws will reduce turnout | County urges voters to plan ahead

Arkansas: Benton Co. election commission eyes recounts

California: Unintended consequences of California's open primary

Colorado: Ballot tracker proposed

Florida: Clergy call on Scott to restore voting rights | Primary concern: Some see shenanigans in write-in candidates

Georgia: Commission to consider BOE stipend | Early voting starts Monday, but leave the guns at home | Voter ID laws still a source of controversy | Early voting begins Monday

Illinois: Same-day voter registration coming to Illinois

Indiana: LWV urges residents to ensure voter registration is current

Iowa: Secretary of state candidates play down voter ID

Kansas: Voter registration laws to be reevaluated | ACLU seeks to block Kansas voter-citizenship move | House of Prayer church becomes polling place

Maryland: Anne Arundel Co. elections board to continue canvassing ballots

Michigan: Candidate's name mistakenly left off absentee ballots | Absentee ballots misprinted

Minnesota: Response to allegations of voter fraud in House race | Reaction to allegations of voter fraud in House race

Mississippi: Text of statement by Hinds Co. GOP | Protecting voting rights remains a battle, civil rights veterans say| Perry: Mistakes were made, but no voter fraud found

Ohio: Prosecutor asked to review two voter-related situations

Oklahoma: Group protesting Tulsa Co. early voting station | Delaware Co. election board manual recount

Oregon: Website breach: State officials failed to patch 'high risk' software problem

Tennessee: Blount Co. commissioner alleges election law violations

Texas: County takes voting equipment decision to 12th hour | Taylor Co. elections office to hold meeting over proposed polling program

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections misses key federal deadline; elections chair refuses to divulge AG's advice

Virginia: Voter photo ID law to take effect July 1 | Cortes appointed new commissioner of DOE

Wyoming: Maxfield on SOS position: 'I got my dream job'

Friday, 27 June 2014

Thursday, 26 June 2014

June 26, 2014

National News: Sessions opposes update to VRA | Murdered voting advocate's brother wants protections back | A year later, Holder, civil rights groups decry impact of voting rights decision | Senators differ on whether fix to VRA is needed

California: Outcomes unaffected by late ballots as L.A. Co. finishes tally | Morro Bay may let voters decide on change to election code

Colorado: Ballots to be preserved after some were discarded in Larimer Co. dual elections mix-up | Officials call primary process a success | Montezuma election probe finds probable cause of voter fraud | Gessler reflects on gubernatorial bid

Florida: Pasco Co. to provide free rides to the polls | $1.5M bill for special election |

Kansas: Ellis Co. clerk's office prepares for LOB ballot count | Secretary of state is close race | Kobach responds to poll | Red, blue challengers knock Kobach on voting changes

Kentucky: Army veteran to lead new voter registration system | Felon voting rights has bi-partisan support

Maryland: Voter turnout lowest in years for primary | Election judges notice decrease in voters | Police probe alleged nose biting at Elkton polling center | Absentee, provisional votes likely will decide race | MoCo's good news-bad news voting story| Some races may be decided by absentee ballots  

Mississippi: McDaniel hints at possible recount

Montana: Lindeen exploring running for secretary of state

Nevada: Election office uses Republican Party tactic

New Mexico: Voter advocates: Open the primary system

New York: NY-13: Where will the paper (ballot) trail lead? | Primary cost St. Lawrence Co. $30K or more | Results to be delayed by absentee ballots | Elections Boss: Don't count on paper ballots putting Espaillat ahead

North Carolina: BOE to discuss November early voting sites soon | High turnout sought for second Iredell primary | Wilmington company aims to improve elections | Was voter ID accepted early in Wilson? | Forsyth BOE to discuss early voting sites | NC State not selected as site for early voting

Ohio: Stark Co. BOE opens today at Regent Ave. site

Pennsylvania: Elections board proposes polling place relocation

Tennessee: Election commission not in 'position to address' Brooks' status on August ballot

Texas: Group rallies in Longview for action on VRA

Virginia: Virginia elections board to re-evaluate voter ID rule | Roanoke NAACP leaders urge action on voting rights

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June 25, 2014

National News: A 15-part plan to restore democracy to America's states | Senate debates voting rights proposal

Alabama: Another person indicted on vote fraud charges

Alaska: Voting language trial under way

Arizona: Judge keeps ballot requirements in place for 2014 elections

Arkansas: Group asks judge to halt Arkansas voter ID law

California: Bill would give overseas troops 3 extra days to return ballots | Recount possibly looms in California comptroller race

Colorado: Gessler adopts emergency ruling for Loveland special election | Voting continues; more than 35K Boulder Co. ballots returned | Voter turnout: Ballots steady but light | More than half a million Coloradans already voted in primary

Delaware: Legislation to reform election laws passes General Assembly

Florida: Lumb running for Duval elections post | Clearwater aquarium vote stands, judge rules | Special election turnout law as voters ask: Why? | More mail-in ballots in special election

Georgia: New election would cost Fulton up to $2M | Francys Johnson to testify on voting rights

Indiana: Voting center meeting set for July 2

Kansas: Schodorf criticizes Kobach's role in voting reforms | SOS candidate proposes elections changes | Ellis Co. election officer concerned about invalid ballots

Maine: Rumford recount reveals no change

Maryland: Turnout slow as few problems reported | Problems in 9 MoCo polling places | MoCo polling place problems and voter turnout in primary | PG primary avoids early glitches, sees low a.m. turnout | Before evening rush, voters sparse at local precincts | Low voter turnout and delays may play critical role in primary | Problems reported at MoCo polls | Technical problems reported at 10 Bethesda precincts | Argument ends in scuffle at polling place; candidate allegedly bitten | New voters join their elders in exercising 'God-given privilege' | St. Mary's early voting turnout third lowest in state | Harford voters stay home on primary day | Election officials report slow day at polls

Massachusetts: Early voting coming to Mass.

Minnesota: Judge orders candidate's name removed from ballot

Mississippi: Election related calls to secretary of state | Minimal problems reported at South Miss. voting polls | Voter intimidation reported at Canton precinct | Some confusion about 'crossover' voting | Poll monitoring in full swing in Mississippi

New Mexico: Garcia alleges fraud; challenges election results | Civil trial set in Las Cruces representative's voter fraud suit | Voter turnout drops in New Mexico primary

New York: Poll workers in short supply in Oneida County

North Carolina: House approves election law changes | Wilson precinct official removed | Wake BOE approves early-voting sites

Ohio: Husted rejects GOP's election board nominees | Elections chief rejects picks for local board

Oklahoma: State election official says no problems reported | Election results being tabulated

South Carolina: Early voter turnout light on primary runoff | Voter turnout less than 5 percent in Florence Co.

South Dakota: Schultz to run for secretary of state

Tennessee: Medley seeks $10K, county OKs $3,360 for early voting | Election commission cancels meeting on Lester

Texas: County closes Long Branch voting box | Markum named new elections administrator | County will look at one way to boost voter turnout

Utah: Davis primary draws 22K mail-in voters | "Fairly good turnout' for vote-by-mail election | Voter turnout weak for primary elections, officials say

Virginia: Virginia board's authority on ID statuses in question

Wisconsin: Citing security, Greendale seeks moving polling places from elementary schools

Wyoming: Natrona Co. tests election machines and it all adds up

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

June 24, 2014

National News: A Rock the Vote relaunch | Does Cantor's loss change the outlook for a voting rights bill?

Alabama: District 5 mix-up to be settled

Alaska: Native voting rights case kicks off

Colorado: Primary election, do you still have a ballot?

Florida: Elections supervisor keeping pace with rapidly growing electorate

Guam: GEC holds registrar training

Indiana: Board looks to grow early-voting sites

Kansas: Candidate: Daughter told she didn't provide proof-of-citizenship to vote | Snags reported in online voter registration

Maryland: Frederick prepares for primary | Officials, party leaders fear voters are busy vacationing

Mississippi: Senate race muddles voter ID debate | Harrison Co. GOP promises ballots go to the right precincts | NAACP will monitor tea party poll watchers | Poll watchers must stay outside, officials say | Lauderdale Co. officials prep for runoff election | Hood, Hosemann express concern over poll watchers  

Missouri: Ballot delay could affect absentee voting

New Mexico: Instead of recount, candidate asks for ballot review

New York: NYC council member launch pre-emptive strike against BOE | Hotline announced to help voters during election season | Consolidated polling locations planned

Ohio: Steuben lawmakers appoint new Dem elections commissioner | Elections board will open July 15 in new offices

Oklahoma: Ossage Co. election board offers tips when voting | Violations discouraged by county election board secretary

Oregon: Backers of 'top two' primary initiative submit 140K signatures

South Carolina: Blakely steps down after 44 years | Richland Co. residents question absentee ballot edited with black marker | Lawsuit lights a fire under the county

Utah: Early returns suggest better turnout for primary

Virginia: $46,340 for election workers

Washington: Aug. 5 ballots already in the mail for military, overseas voters

Wisconsin: Voter fraud case targets Walker backer | Shorewood man charged with 13 counts of voter fraud

Monday, 23 June 2014

June 21-23, 2014

National News: Gillibrand: Expand online voter registration access | Rand Paul seeks to expand voting rights to some ex-cons

Alabama: Secretary of state race a fight over GOP credentials | Dothan woman indicted on ballot fraud charges

Arkansas: Johnson Co. considering an election coordinator | GOP's pick joins panel on elections

Colorado: Most primary ballots yet to be returned

Illinois: Voting hours proposal bothers Bean

Indiana: Lawson stresses voter registration | Lake debates what to do with jailed voters

Kansas: Proof-of-citizenship law will be focus of secretary of state race

Maryland: Photos: The journey of a voting machine | Elkridge company tasked with statewide shipping, security for voting booths | Early voting finished with a flourish in HarCo | Record turnout for early voting

Minnesota: No excuse needed to vote absentee | Decision on ballot expected next week

Mississippi: Absentee voting brisk in several Miss. counties | Senate committee to hold hearing on voting rights

Missouri: Judge orders recount of council race | Chesterfield clerk aims to educate voters about upcoming primary

North Dakota: Secretary of state says election glitch shouldn't resurface

Ohio: Replacement members named to troubled Ohio elections board | Some Trenton voters may be able to vote in city limits again

Oklahoma: One polling place changes on dawn of election | Oklahoma's early-voting turnout lines up with past elections

Pennsylvania: KU students want a polling place on campus

South Carolina: Election officials expect a smooth sailing runoff

South Dakota: Republicans nominate Shantel Krebs for secretary of state

Tennessee: Election commission welcomes new member, stresses early voting | Mobile phone calls not welcome while voting | Green defends election office travel

Texas: Court considers closing Long Branch voting box | Mix-ups, errors cause lost votes in Loveland special election | Temps with criminal pasts slip by Dallas Co. officials

U.S. Virgin Islands: St.Thomas-St. John elections board plans new polling site

Virginia: Appeal protesting primary election problems withdrawn