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2014

Thursday, 08 May 2014

May 8, 2014

National News: Problem at the polls: Tech stuck in past

Alabama: Primaries to include voting changes | Nearly 17K Madison Co. voters moved to new polling locations | New polling place in Saint Crossroads community

Arizona: Judge refuses to stay order backing voter ID laws

Arkansas: Early voting shows no signs of ID trouble

California: Judge says state illegally denied voting rights to thousands| CACEO to create new election cost database | Secretary of state candidate open about past legal problems

Connecticut: Registrar of voters hopes to regain election activities funding

Georgia: Plaintiffs in election date lawsuit file response to city of Augusta | Return to normal in sight for Macon BOE

Illinois: Report: Chicago elderly women most likely to vote | 17-year-olds voted at higher rate than parents | The bright spot in March primary turnout: Teens

Indiana: Praise and glitches: Five takeaways from implementation of voting centers in Elkhart Co. | Aftermath of vote problems in Elkhart Co. | Vote centers fail to bring in more voters | Despite computers, ballot counting can drag on | Vigo voters cast opinions on vote centers | Election, vote centers deemed success | Clerk rates vote centers a success | Long lines dominate Vigo election talk | E-poll books helped Monroe Co. primary run smoothly

Kansas: Judge refuses to stay order over voter citizenship

Kentucky: Judge approves deal on challengers at Magoffin Co. polling places

Massachusetts: Hudson to enter electronic voting age | Secretary of state hopeful doesn't plan to use TV for PSA ads

Mississippi: Hosemann talking voter ID around state

Nevada: Judge hears challenges to Nevada voter ID measure | Judge rewrites Nevada voter ID proposal

New Mexico: Many Bernalillo Co. voting centers changed

New York: BOE eyes transfer to digital records

North Carolina: Technical issues make for slow start at 3 sites | State election officials continue efforts to collect voter ID info | Tech issues plague primary | State website frustrates Orange Co. BOE on primary night | BOE officials work out kinks on website | No local problems reported after glitches | New election software delayed voting report | No problems reported in Richmond Co. elections

Ohio: Lucas Co. elections board plagued by problems | Missing cards, wasted time | Missing data cards delay election totals in Toledo | Polling place closures | Long wait for voting results from final precincts | Gas leak at polling location forces evacuation

South Carolina: Polling places temporarily altered for primary

Tennessee: Coffee Co. election results on hold after tallying glitch | Poll worker turned whistle blower raises serious questions after election

Texas: Last election challenger loses; appeals still pending | Some denied vote in Kilgore

Wisconsin: Group wants DOJ to send election observers to Wisconsin

Wednesday, 07 May 2014

May 7, 2014

National News: As states vote in primaries, voter ID laws come under scrutiny | New voter ID laws: Nothing like it 'since Reconstruction'

Arizona: Bullhead City woman prosecuted for double voting

California: Candidate pleads not guilty to voter fraud | Secretary of state candidates spar at San Diego forum | Will next SOS defend nonpartisan primaries? | Postage to return Santa Cruz ballots up this year | Tablets help to simplify elections in Tulare Co.

Connecticut: Merrill, nonprofits team up to offer voter registration | David Smith named new Democratic registrar of voters | Electoral College divides candidates for secretary of state

Florida: New Duval elections office to save $3M | Boca expands what 'library' means for early voting | Signature variations jeopardize hundreds of votes in Florida

Indiana: Early vote drops | Voting underway at new vote centers | Primary election is on, but will voters show up? | County primary goes of without hitch | Vote centers a hit in Elkhart Co. | Problems with electronic voting fixed quickly | Poll workers encounter minor glitches with voting machines | Sponsel: Voting goes smoothly Tuesday | Voters give vote centers early praise in Floyd Co. | Forgotten data card delays Elkhart vote | Vote centers debut in Elkhart Co. primary with a few bumps and hiccups | For many, vote centers prove to be more convenient | Secretary of state visits new Elkhart vote centers | Voting equipment problems occurred when polls opened in White CO. | Officials report minor election day complaints | Taking stock of county's vote center success | Vigo clerk reports voting going smoothly | Provisional ballots still hang in balance

Massachusetts: Supporters hope for new election reform law in coming months

Missouri: Clerk purchases more tablets to streamline elections

Montana: Secretary of state sponsors photo contest for voter pamphlet

New Jersey: County clerk, elections office to show behind the scenes | Westwood successfully moves polling location out of school

New Mexico: Early voting kicks off in Dona Ana Co. building

North Carolina: Voters meet new NC voting laws at polls | 3 injured at Concord polling place; primary voting continues | Glitch slows totals for races | 300 volunteers monitor precincts across NC | Website glitches garble NC election results| Voter turned away from polling place | NC elections results garbled amid website glitches | Election board head issues apology over error with new statewide system | Durham bypassed troubled state site for results | New Rockingham polling place running well | Precinct 8 polling site tardy in getting started

Ohio: Cuyahoga Co. voter turnout lighter than expected; no major issues | Council results stalled by ballot problems | Election day a busy on at the BOE

Pennsylvania: Despite court ruling, candidate will be on ballot | Lawrence, Allegheny keeping ousted candidates on ballots | Election staffers amend ballots in Westmoreland Co | Reprinting primary ballots in Lancaster Co. to cost $27K | Dent's support sought for VRA update

South Carolina: Richland Co. legislators call Thursday meeting to interview election board applicants | No-excuse early voting moves forward

South Dakota: Minnehaha Co. considers counting absentee ballots earlier

Tennessee: New voting machines unveiled in Hamilton Co. | Hendersonville voters met with problems | Sumner's provisional ballots will be counted Friday | Polling places at Knox schools prove challenging for some

Texas: Day before final election contest trial, Hidalgo Co. to hire voting machine expert | Multiple elections may be causing mail-in ballot mix-ups | Double May elections confuse some voters

Virginia: Halifax Co. election results in limbo

Wisconsin: Assembly backers of voter ID vow to reintroduce bill next session

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

May 6, 2014

Alabama: Need a voter ID? Get a free one this week

Arizona: Former AG staffer tells Horne to prepare for litigation over election law violations

Arkansas: Early voting begins; photo ID required at polls | More than 5K turnout for first day of early voting

California: 'Election Day' spans weeks with flexibility of voting by mail | Coding error in Marin's primary ballot will cost $100K | Primary election approaches, mail-in ballots sent out | Measure A snafu on library election pamphlets

Florida: Voting machines fail during special election | New supervisor of elections office opens | Palmetto wants answers on election changes

Illinois: Kane Co. judge recount could take almost a week

Indiana: Allen Co. election board prepares for primary | Elkhart Co.'s new voting centers will get first tests | Crews gearing up for primary elections | Be prepared for a few changes at polling sites | Primary expected to cost millions, bring low turnout | Vote centers make slow gainsFloyd Co. residents dealing with new changes during primary election | Vigo vote centers 'easy and convenient'

Massachusetts: Hudson Town Meeting OKs electronic voting machines

Michigan: GR continues electronic poll book rollout

North Carolina: Primary voters should expect changes at the polls | NC voting law to get first test in primary

Ohio: Election preps underway | Elections officials contend with poll worker call-offs

Pennsylvania: Court decision throws primary preparations into turmoil

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections board prepared for Tuesday's vote | Angela Upchurch named elections director

Tennessee: Election officials' neutrality challenged | Election commission holds high school elections | Maury Co. GOP primary raises concerns | Election official censured

Texas: Judge grants summary judgment in Hidalgo Co. election contest | Voter photo ID law requires some to obtain additional ID | South Texas woman pleads guilty to buying votes

Vermont: Plan to move up Vermont primary passes

Virginia: League of Women Voters honors registrar | Registrar: Voters should remember precinct changes

Monday, 05 May 2014

May 3-5, 2014

National News: The battle to protect voting rights | Democrats propose Feb. voting to begin 2016 race | Voter ID and early voting: A rundown of what's out there

Alabama: Three Republicans battling for secretary of state

Arizona: County to consider moving 13 polling places

Arkansas: Election commission receives Model 650 | Voter ID law again found unconstitutional | Judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional | Cole prepared 'either way' ID hearing goes | Early voting begins | Election coordinator: Voters should bring photo ID | Republicans defend extra time for absentee ballots | Mountain Home locations open for early voters

California: City launches voter education website | Problems could arise with concurrent elections, official says | Alameda Co. candidate hit with six counts of voter fraud | Backgrounds of top SOS candidates | Ethics, transparency play large roles in secretary of state race | Ballots arriving by mail signal start of primary season | Increase in early voting alters election landscape | Siskiyou election planning

Colorado: Westminster considers controversial landlord-tenant voter rule

Florida: UF students want early voting site on campus

Georgia: Ga. Dems have secretary of state in their sights | Improving economy blamed for poll worker shortage

Illinois: Amendment petitions present daunting task

Indiana: Poll workers learn the ropes as primary nears | BMV to help with voter IDs | Bartholomew Co. election board holds emergency meeting | New vote centers help county reduce costs, staff | Primary election is first test to Miami Co. vote centers | Elkhart officials are confident vote centers are ready to go

Kansas: CNN analyst, writer Toobin discusses voting rights during Law Day event

Kentucky: Several voting precincts in county merge

Louisiana: St. Bernard Parish receives 20 applications for registrar's job | Polls close on Saturday's election

Missouri: Early voting supporters say they have enough signatures

New Hampshire: Senate considers early presidential primary voting in unincorporated Millsfield

New Mexico: Two candidates seeking to be secretary of state

New York: NYC voter turnout stinks: report

North Carolina: Halifax, Northampton counties ready for Election Day | BOE hits early voting goal | Voter ID facts listed | Aberdeen man charged with voter registration fraud | Paving the way for a smooth election | Election officials to campaign workers: Back off | Voters can do more than cast ballots, thanks to Harrisburg Giving Initiative | Voting law gets first test in Tuesday primary | What to know before you vote

Ohio: Stainbrook says elections board employee not credible | Early voting ends Tuesday

Oklahoma: Voter ID rulings give heart to plaintiff challenging Oklahoma law | Military voters to use e-ballots

Pennsylvania: State court delays hamper Lebanon Co. ballot process | Law Day focuses on the importance of voting

South Carolina: Suburban Richland voters: Look for new precincts | Elections bills: A 'get it done' attitude heading into conference committee

Tennessee: Commission finalizes poll workers | Count primaries approach with impediments to voting for some

Texas: Oops: City mails out double ballots | County weighs benefits of new election equipment

West Virginia: Officials test Upshur voting machines | Health Dept. can't snuff out wafting cigarette smoke

Wisconsin: Local officials weigh in on voter ID ruling

Wyoming: Hopefuls vie for GOP nomination in Wyoming SOS race

Friday, 02 May 2014

May 2, 2014

Alabama: State Supreme Court to look at voter fraud allegations

Arkansas: Elections officials: We're ready for May 20 primary | Hearing on challenge to Arkansas voter ID law

Delaware: Dover Republicans fight same-day registration bill

Georgia: After Wisconsin voter ID ruling, what's next for Georgia | Paulding election director watches launch of OVR, mobile apps | Elections director resigns

Indiana: Highest number of vote centers in place this year | Judge candidate's request for access to voter records denied | Early voting fails to reach 1 percent in Porter Co. | Democratic rivals for county clerk have differing views on handling elections | Young voters skipping early voting opportunity in Monroe Co. | Vote centers moving ahead

Kentucky: Absentee voting now underway | Kentucky sets voter registration record

Maine: New group plans to carry on voter guide

New Jersey: Hunterdon Co. BOE to hold open house on May 13

New York: BOE eyes new site in Forest Hills for boro offices | St. Lawrence Co. BOE moving

North Carolina: Early voting hours extended | More questions arise after latest multi-state voting data | Early voting numbers up

Ohio: Stainbrook accused of trying slow elections prep | Ohio voters want more time to cast early ballots | Group files lawsuit seeking to block voting changes

Oklahoma: Voter ID a must for elections | Military, overseas voters can use new online ballot system

Pennsylvania: Casey to Corbett: Give up on voter ID

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections commissioners test voting machines

Tennessee: Early primary voting ends today

Wisconsin: Voter ID would disenfranchise 300K Latinos, African-Americans in Wisconsin | Voter ID laws unlikely to change prior to Nov. elections | Leibham reacts to voter ID ruling | Business as usual for county clerks after voter ID law struck down | DA looking into free meals provided early voters

Wyoming: County distributes voting machines | Candidate pulls out of secretary of state race

Thursday, 01 May 2014

May 1, 2014

National News: Opponents of voter ID laws see time to fight running out 

AlabamaState has issued 1K free voter ID cards | Horwitz appeals election loss to Alabama Supreme Court

Arizona: Trial for Bullhead City woman charged with illegal voting begins

Arkansas: ACLU: Rulings in other states support case against voter ID law

California: California's new primary elections system fails to boost turnout| Next secretary of state to play major role in future of voting

Colorado: 200 Metro West voters get duplicate ballots

District of Columbia: Fixing election night delays could cost millions

Florida: Registering high schoolers to vote at Gainesville HS

Georgia: Early election preps and costs | Augusta files motion to dismiss suit meant to move May 20 elections

Hawaii: State lawmakers pass same day voter registration

Indiana: Lawson checks in on Clay Co. voter center progress

Kansas: County to return to paper ballots | Kobach says Wisconsin voter ID ruling will have no impact on Kansas

Louisiana: Local group encouraging veterans to vote

Minnesota: Ritchie commends Legislature, governor for enacting OVR

Mississippi: State law weak on city elections

New Jersey: Belleville hires council in ballot case

New York: Dutchess Co. BOE alters several policies after grand jury probe

North Carolina: Voters cast ballots during shortened early voting time

Ohio: New BOE member cleared after ethics charge | Disabilities Act leads to dozens of Ohio voting location changes

Oregon: Website breach cost taxpayers $177K

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections office hosts open house to boost voter confidence

South Dakota: Nelson endorses Krebs for secretary of state

Tennessee: Early election preps and costs | Early voting numbers leave much to be desired, officials say

Texas: Secretary of state: Leave contested JP race off runoff ballot | County runoff plan revised | Questions raised about designated voting areas

West Virginia: Early voting slow in most counties

Wisconsin: Voter ID ruling could cost state more than $1M | Little chance to fix voter ID law under court decision, Walker says | No special session set for voter ID

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

April 30, 2014

National News: Few Millennials plan to vote in 2014 | Wisconsin threw out voter ID Tuesday. Still a fight playing out in 12 other states

Alabama: Voter ID law takes effect with June primary

Arizona: Judges uphold Arizona legislative district maps

Arkansas: Court grants stay in voter ID ruling | Arkansas defends info request in voter ID case | Questions mount on secretary of state employee in campaign controversy

California: South Lake Tahoe Clerk Susan Alessi receives state award

District of Columbia: DC elections officials change story on April 1 primary, say upgrade needed in voting system

Florida: Hillsborough Co. elections office preps to send out vote-by-mail ballots

Georgia: Fulton officials confident as early voting starts

Hawaii: Lawmakers pass same-day voter registration

Illinois: Attorney: Questionable ballot Kane Co. recount | Union Co. clerk receives grant to help pay for election judges

Indiana: 2 Dems sue for voter records in bid for judge's seat | Libertarians select secretary of state candidate | New vote centers take center stage in less than a week

Louisiana: St. Tammany Parish animal shelter to close Saturday due to election

Maine: Bangor council OKs new voting location

Michigan: East Lansing strives to increase MSU student vote

Minnesota: Legislators leap to action to keep online voter registration going | Dayton signs revival of online voter registration

Mississippi: State's voter ID program set to debut in June 3 primaries

Nebraska: Lincoln Co. election workers prepare for primary

North Carolina: New federal ruling on voter ID resonates in North Carolina | School attorneys brief elections board on voting changes | First 5 days of early voting draw a sliver of NC's 6.5M voters

Rhode Island: Bill would end master lever in 2016

South Carolina: SC election officials educating state's voters | New elections board members await bill

Texas: El Paso opts for $50-$70K special election | Galveston election officials try to make it easier to vote on May 10 | Port Arthur poll worker fired, accused of influencing votes

Vermont: Budget ballot glitch of $3 means do-over

Wisconsin: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law | Reaction to voter ID ruling | Voter ID ruling could lead to special session | Appleton city clerk Peterson resigns

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Monday, 28 April 2014

April 26-28, 2014

National News: Will popular vote elect president in 2020? | The risk and reward of monitoring elections | Foreigners consider fleeing Kabul as attacks against them rise

Alabama: Free voter ID cards provided

Arkansas: Parties eye boost from voter ID debate | Issue of vote threshold for voter ID law saw debate, party-line votes | Martin seeks private info of voter ID plaintiffs | AG files notice of appeal in voter ID case; judge asked to recuse

Florida: Brevard's early voting sites on the move

Georgia: Your vote costs 69 cents in Hall County | A primer as early voting nears for Georgia's primaries

Guam: Center ensures accessible voting

Hawaii: Voter registration on election day gets OK from Hawaii legislators | Same-day voter registration measure to get final hearing

Indiana: Strong turnout at Pay Less early vote sites | Hancock Co. has new voting centers

Maine: Bangor considers changing polling spot

Maryland: Election board rejects bid to certify online ballot system | Elections chief predicts smooth absentee voting

Massachusetts: Cape schools move away from being polling sites

Michigan: St. Clair City clerk to retire

Minnesota: New Washington Co. voting machines get a dry run | Hennepin Co.'s new elections director takes on first contest in permanent role

Mississippi: Voter ID in national focus | Convicted felons see voting rights restored

Missouri: Lawmakers debate voter ID amendment

Montana: County consolidates polling sites

New Hampshire: House mulls changes to voter challenges

New Jersey: Union Co. clerk offers one-stop vote-by-mail service

New Mexico: 2014 primary election voting machines certified | Voter fraud charge dropped

North Carolina: Durham group marches to encourage early voting

Ohio: Why are absentee ballots fading away? | Martins Ferry school voting deal finalize

South Dakota: Gant describes absentee ballot options

Tennessee: Poll officials honored at reception

Texas: Voters still have time to get photo IDs before election day | Arguments close in Weslaco election contest | Vote center proposal meeting | Group shares ins, outs of voting centers | A tale of two elections

West Virginia: Early voting starts Wednesday

Wisconsin: State lagging in online voter registration | Elections experts tell lawmakers it's time to let voters register online | Voter registration lists easier to obtain with new website

Friday, 25 April 2014

April 25, 2014

Arizona: County voters will see changed ballot this year

Arkansas: Judge voids state voter ID law | Election board selects representation in voter ID lawsuit | ID law nixed, AG McDaniel attacks state Supreme Court

California: Candidates for Butte clerk-recorder, assessor's office participate in forum | SOS candidates disagree on fundraising

Colorado: Voters receiving multiple ballots for fire district election | Polling place snafu hits midvalley election

Connecticut: Killingly High is new polling place

Georgia: Deal signs off on changes to local elections board

Guam: GEC requests appropriation for new tabulation equipment

Hawaii: Same-day voter registration bill heads to final conference

Indiana: Marion Co. clerk says early voting on track | More vote centers to open | Bischoff and Eldridge want to be county clerk

Iowa: Johnson Co. trying new ideas to increase voter turnout

Kansas: 2 men end federal lawsuit over Kansas voter ID law

Maryland: Online ballot system in question after BOE action

Massachusetts: Survey shows opposition to polling place merger

Mississippi: Hosemann's voter ID commercials win national Telly Awards | Right to vote restored for felony offenders

Missouri: Peculiar to file petition for recount

New York: Seneca supervisors to vote on election official

North Carolina: First day early voting numbers up from 2010 | Early voting grows in popularity

Ohio: College students protest early voting changes | Turner outraises Husted, but Husted report $2.3M cash on hand

Oregon: Secretary of state urges primary participation

Pennsylvania: Philly election board short-staffed, underpaid | County has more than 10K inactive voters

Rhode Island: Undergrads help high school students register to vote

South Dakota: Voters benefit with app Vote605

Tennessee: Early voting goes countywide Friday | Realtors, title companies, election commission form partnership

Texas: 36 voters registered for Hidalgo election with questionable address | New laws in place regarding vote by mail

Utah: County switches to vote-by-mail system for all elections

Virginia: 11 polling places proposed to move

Wisconsin: One disputed election settles, one heads to court