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Thursday, 13 March 2014

March 13, 2014

National News: Former election firm with 'hanging chad' ties sues new owner | Can Cantor deliver on Voting Rights Act? | Sen. Coons renews push for election law reform bill

Alabama: Voter ID cards available, but likely not in high demand

Arkansas: County panel sues state over absentee-ballots ID rules

California: Ballot statements too costly for some | Investigator finds poll worker misconduct

Delaware: Panel OKs election boards consolidation | No-excuse absentee voting pondered by panel

Florida: Attorney told Weeks a month ago that Palm Coast was on firm ground | Mail ballots approved for Green Cove Springs

Illinois: Chicago's election commission introduces e-poll books

Indiana: Positive outcome for Cass Co. voting equipment test | Porter Co. clerk says theft report led to lock change | Lock change at county clerk's office blamed on politics

Kansas: Issues, opinions shared with moving local elections to fall ballots

Maryland: Music and activism draw crowd at Republic in Takoma Park

Michigan: Readers criticize Richland election official for handling of ballots

Minnesota: Coalition works to restore voting rights to felons

New Jersey: Morristown clerk calling it a career after 25 years

New York: Voting machine issue coming before legislature

North Carolina: County adds three early voting sites

North Dakota: New voter ID law for North Dakotans

Ohio: Putnam BOE locked in war over deputy director | Ballot board to review voter access proposal | Cuyahoga's bilingual ballots will stay even after court order falls off the books | Fincannon takes oath on BOE

Pennsylvania: Vacancies on county BOE questioned | Commissioners finalize polling place change

South Carolina: Richland County Legislative delegation moving forward to split board of elections and voter registration to two boards | More election woes down the road, S.C. lawmakers warned

Tennessee: Grant funding will pay for new voting machines

Texas: Initial vote results wrong | Recount requested

Virginia: Portsmouth non-violent felon fights for voting rights | Activists plan voting rights rally in Richmond

Wisconsin: In narrow vote, Senate backs ending early voting on weekends

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

March 12, 2014

National: Hoyer optimistic on voting rights bill | Big money partisanship invades quiet realm of secretary of state races

Alabama: Montgomery Co. director of elections explains new voter ID law | Baldwin Co. officials prep for new photo ID law

California: Santa Clarita announces settlement agreement in VRA lawsuit | San Diego has second lowest vote-by-mail rate in state, study finds

Delaware: Panel continuing review of state election laws

District of Columbia: Vote early, but not that early

Florida: Commission OKs money to buy new voting machines | So far, vote smooth throughout PBC | Some Hillsborough voters confused why they can't vote in D-13 race | One vote win triggers recount |

Georgia: Bill would allow cities to cut early voting

Iowa: Linn County officials hope to test high-speed ballot counter in 2016

Indiana: County clerk says count would save on printing using e-poll books in election | As primary looms, county eager for state to certify hardware

Michigan: Mummy voting mystery may go unsolved because election forms destroyed | Clerk acknowledges she broke election rule

Minnesota: After GOP candidate for SOS drops out, one jumps in and another considers bid

Mississippi: SOS offers free rides to obtain voter ID

New Hampshire: Ballot privacy called into question

New York: 140 Bloomingburg voters challenged

North Carolina: Election law changes

North Dakota: Voter ID confusion at polls in Fargo

Ohio: Cuyahoga council takes its first step in challenging voting restrictions | Madisonville woman imprisoned in vote fraud case released

Oregon: SOS's office wants out of lawsuit over whether Damascus voted to disincorporate

South Carolina: First test for embattled election commission

South Dakota: City commission approves new voting center system

Utah: Legislators tangle with voter records privacy bills | Utah lawmakers seek earliest presidential primary, with online voting

Virginia: 5 hours to vote in 2012? Va. Beach audit suggests fixes | Portsmouth felon who voted in '08 could go to jail

Wisconsin: Senate moves to pass bill limiting voting hours | Voter ID special session possible | Walker says he would call voter ID special session

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

March 11, 2014

Alabama: Change in two polling places was 'long overdue' | Free voter ID cards | Free voter ID cards to be offered in each county starting this week

Arkansas: Jefferson Co. election commission: Pine Bluff will have 2014 race

California: Survey: Disabled like vote-by-mail

Florida: County take up voting machines | Voting bill would allow online registration; restrict absentee drop-off locations | Election law tinkering aimed at Pinellas elections supervisor | Committee moves forward with voting bill

Georgia: Chatham BOE raises concerns about elections legislation

Indiana: Chesterton and other early vote locations in doubt | Commissioners approve vote center locations | Board of commissioners approves pay bump for pollworkers | Voting centers see major changes

Kentucky: Federal vote fraud trial of former mayor rescheduled

Louisiana: Construction blamed for dying precinct

Massachusetts: New location sought for polls

Minnesota: Senate panel advances online voter registration bill | Republican secretary of state candidate drops out of race | Former Sen. Ted Daley considering run for SOS

North Carolina: Early voting shortened to nine days | Voting rights tour stops in Raleigh

Ohio: Voter Bill of Rights petition language approved, moves to Ballot Board for review | GOP points to Dems' 2009 bill cutting Ohio's early voting

Pennsylvania: Lawmaker criticizes special election in York Co. | City election official slams process for picking special election candidates

South Carolina: Lynne West is all about the business of voting | Bill says state pays for presidential primaries

Texas: Coryell tax assessor touts voting success | City, county seeking election consolidation | Recount looms; canvass set for Thursday

Utah: Election day voter registration bill OK'd | Election day voter registration in Utah advances

Wisconsin: Some city polling places to change

Monday, 10 March 2014

March 8-10, 2014

National: Voting rights advocates push for federal oversight

Alabama: Voting rights for ex-felons: Difficult and rare to get a second chance in Alabama

Alaska: New voter ID cards to be mailed this month

California: Dems don't make endorsement in secretary of state race | Vote-by-mail trend grows in California, but fewer Latinos and youth

Colorado: El Paso Co. plan would add polling places within minutes from every resident

Connecticut: Westport students 'test drive' online voter registration | Wilton High students become registered voters

Florida: Volusia Co. gearing up for busy election season

Georgia: Single elections and registration board proposed for Chatham County

Idaho: Secretary of state election brings up past conflict

Indiana: Missed votes prompt new system | Warrick officials look at 'archaic' methods to count every vote this year | Vigo voters test new touch-screen voting machines | Porter Co. clerk proposes big elections savings | Porter Co. debates moving early voting sites | Monroe Co. outsourcing tech support for 2014 elections | County Clerk: Election ideas would save thousands

Iowa: Poll: Access to voting trumps eligibility | Iowans put priority on ensuring opportunity to vote

Massachusetts: Blame the Bay State for voter registration | Natick considers using electronic voting for Town Meeting

Minnesota: It's time for township elections, at least for now

Mississippi: Elections should run smoothly with ID law, Dionne says | Kelly stresses importance of ID cards

Missouri: Secretary of state pushing for OK of early voting

New York: Villages begin to move elections to November

North Carolina: Duncan named director of elections | Getting a 'Jumpstart' on NC elections

Ohio: Early voting changes draw protests from minority voters | Elections board members reappointed to positions

Pennsylvania: Butler election bureau struggles to fill polls with workers

South Carolina: Voter ID card a 'ticket' to making one's voice heard | New election laws present potential snags

Texas: Assistant elections administrator finds 'second career' | Thousands took advantage of Travis Co. vote extension | Killeen mulling increasing election worker pay

Wisconsin: Another effort to end same-day voter registration | Shilling to introduce voters' rights bill | Controversial elections bills find little support | Her job: To make sure you can vote | Milwaukee mayor fears Wisconsin voting rights under attack | Opponents blast bill that would limit early voting hours

Friday, 07 March 2014

March 7, 2014

Arizona: Goddard filing to run for SOS

California: 'Express Yourself' featured in Long Beach voter awareness campaign | More than half of Calif. voters vote by mail | Lawmaker proposes making SOS post nonpartisan | Voter registration cards found in trash in Long Beach

Colorado: Input asked for voting centers | Log Lane's town election to be all-mail ballot

Connecticut: Stafford official seeks guidance on polling place consolidation

Florida: Palm Coast, elections supervisor reach agreement | Senate bill puts voter dropoff sites in cross hairs | Pasco agencies work together for Motor Voter | Elections chief to appear on Sunday program |

Idaho: Frasure running for SOS

Illinois: About 30 17-year-olds registered to vote in Fulton Co. | Coles County election day preparation requires hard work behind the scenes

Iowa: Voter probe's ROI is low | Voter fraud trial delayed

Kentucky: House rejects Senate's changes to felon voting rights legislation

Maine: Sanford polling places, wards reduced

Minnesota: E-pollbook legislation likely, though enthusiasm has faded a bit

New Hampshire: Polling place forced to move due to frozen pipes | Salem officials concerned about polling change

New Jersey: Patterson councilman, wife indicted for election fraud

New Mexico: Judge rules against council candidate | Bernalillo County looking for poll workers

North Carolina: State voting changes will impact county operations | State elections board approves Forsyth majority early voting plan | State approves majority early voting plan

Ohio: Black clergy protest elimination of 'Souls to the Polls' | Cranley trying to broker early voting compromise | State Rep. Hill seeks changes to Ohio's voting procedures | Greene Co. BOE deadlocked two months before primary

Texas: Volunteers make voting experience 'smooth as glass' | Voting irregularities alleged | GOP voters not allowed to cast ballots during extended hours

Utah: House panel OKs changes to voter challenges

West Virginia: Poll workers approved for primary election

Wisconsin: Controversial election bills find little support in state Senate | Senate panel approves absentee voter drive bill | Senate committee passes bill to standardize early voting times statewide

Thursday, 06 March 2014

March 6, 2014

National: Senate rejects Obama appointment for top civil rights post

California: Survey: Strong turnout by voters with disabilities | Former OC fraud figure quietly stripped of election authority | Dublin residents will vote by mail

Delaware: Middletown postpones election until March 24

Florida: New poll book gets tested on March 11 | Weeks plans to hold Palm Coast elections

Georgia: Bill putting more Dems on Douglas elections board goes to governor | Commission decision not to pay BOE riles some

Illinois: Early voters heading to polls, avoiding lines | GOP clerk candidates discuss experience, ideas

Indiana: Indiana working to end voter fraud | Brown's ouster leaves quandary for elections officials

Iowa: Judge blocks rules canceling voter's registration | Court throws out secretary of state's controversial registration rule

Maine: Early-voting measure falls short in House

Massachusetts: Ford fails as polling place

Mississippi: Civil rights pioneer says Mississippi voter ID law unfair | Absentee voter sues Hattiesburg city attorney

New York: Boro councilmen grill city BOE | NYC BOE goes to the videotape

North Carolina: Despite talk, early voting hours get trimmed | No reduction in hours for Randolph, Montgomery elections sites | No early voting on ASU campus | Heating, cooling issues prompt precinct move | Ashtabula County BOE adopts absentee voting hours

Ohio: FitzGerald introduces voting legislation that contradicts recently-passed state law | Lawsuit challenging voting bills would force GOP to prove fraud | Gillis elected to head elections board | Licking Co. adds poll sites

Pennsylvania: Elections office needs polling place, people

South Carolina: Restoring voter confidence in Richland County | Deadline extended to apply for seats on Richland's elections, voter registration board | Another measure on SC elections offices advances | Election commission prepares for Campbell's departure

Texas: JP candidate to request recount; clerk explains voting results delay | Upshur vote totals delayed by weather | Every vote counts--just ask Yoakum County | Human error delays release of results | Normal turnout and few problems reported under voter ID law | Secretary of state praises primary process | Elections office staff treats road crew inmates to lunch to thank them | Interim elections admin reviews voting results | Ballot misprint lead to late returns

Utah: Pilot program for same-day voter registration popular in committee, clerk's offices

Wisconsin: Legislative aide pleads guilty to voter fraud

Wednesday, 05 March 2014

March 5, 2014

National: Rice study says voting by smartphone leads to fewer voter mistakes | National groups pledge to spend millions on secretary of state races

California: Candidates for secretary of state make pitches

District of Columbia: Grosso introduces election reform legislation

Georgia: County commission votes '$0' compensation for BOE

Massachusetts: Election reform bill will increase voter turnout, officials say | Swansea man urges online voting | Worcester elections official moving on to state dept.

Michigan: Election snafu with Grand Rapids streets tax | Flint legislators push for no-reason absentee voting

Minnesota: Online voter registration advances

Missouri: House may move primary dates

New Jersey: Judge charged with voter fraud

New Mexico: Voter turnout steady, but low | Consolidated precincts cause some confusion

New York: Storage of Niagara County voting machines an issue

North Carolina: Judge tells state to provide documents about voting law | Rockingham County board OKs new polling sites

Ohio: New voting machines on horizon | Elections board ousts director | Summit County elections board employees receive 3 percent raises this year | Elections panel adds polling site | Nina Turner objects to cap on early voting | Debate over Ohio voting law changes heats up | New officers, new look for board of elections

Pennsylvania: Residents voice concern over new Third Ward polling place

Rhode Island: Design students reimagine election ballot

South Carolina: Elections board agrees on salary for interim director | Interim director to be paid equivalent of $60K a year

South Dakota: County adopts voting centers, eliminates precincts

Tennessee: Election commission makes plans for primary

Texas: Early voting machine causes delay in Jefferson County results | Operator error delayed election results in Howard Co. | Why Williamson County voting results came in after midnight | Software glitch delays election results | Officials see few voter ID issues during early voting | Parties hopeful extended hours will boost voter turnout in Travis County | Police: Voter creates a stir at polling place | Gregg County election officials pin low turnout to weather | A few glitches, but largely a smooth day | Precinct 12 voters redirected to fire house | New elections administrator: Expect accurate, speedy results | State sends elections inspector to Upton County | Despite rustic condition, rural schoolhouse still home to polling site | Election day website issues reported in Dallas, Denton counties | Chilly election day tests resolve of voters | Gas leak closes polling place | Confusion at east-side polling site

Utah: Senate committee advances bill to allow disabled Utahns to vote online | Bill creating election-day registration pilot advances

Washington: Cawley announces campaign for Yakima County auditor

Wisconsin: Milwaukee man gets 9 months in jail for voting twice in 2012

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

March 4, 2014

California: Secretary of state candidates make their case in early L.A. forum | San Diego's 1981 vote-by-mail election was largest in nation, inspired Oregon

Georgia: Election dates change in Muscogee County

Idaho: Toryanski running for secretary of state

Indiana: 3,700 Warrick County votes not counted in 2012 due to technical error | Elkhart County voters no longer restricted to one poll site | County approves resolutions setting up voting centers for elections

Iowa: Senate passes online voter registration bill | Online voter registration passes Senate 48-0 | Legislature looks to restore ex-felon voting rights | Trial would be first in Iowa voter fraud crackdown |

Kansas: USD 501 hopes for higher turnout with mail ballots

Minnesota: Senators back higher bar for voter amendments

Nevada: 57K shed from Nevada voter rolls

New Mexico: Polls open for city election

New York: City Council aiming to abolish runoff elections

North Carolina: Early voting hours will be reduced

Ohio: Voter bill of rights petition refiled | Elections board considers buying new software | Rothenbuhler, Stainbrook reappointed to elections board | DeWine calls Ohio's election law unconstitutional | Muskingum BOE member sworn in | Party heads spar over changes to early voting laws | Election official deadlock on leadership | Sherer joins Stark County BOE

Oklahoma: Election preparations undisrupted despite snowy conditions

Oregon: Mutlnomah County voter registration cards contain wrong information

Pennsylvania: Pa. voter ID opponents rip state's challenge to ruling

South Carolina: Baum outraged by fired elections director's claims | Desite injunction, Richland County elections office presses on | Elections battle vs. voter trust | City council divided over nonpartisan elections | Lexington County prepared for special elections

South Dakota: Gant tests new military voting technology

Texas: Early voting plays bigger role in election for candidates | Will icy weather conditions affect voting in Smith County? | Elections will go on as scheduled | Election marks first big test of voter ID | Bexar County election officials are ready for Tuesday's primary | Weather may cast a ballot in today's primary | Lubbock County officials remind voters to be in a vote center mindset | Weather delays March 4 include some polling locations | Polling locations in Travis County delay opening because of winter weather | Weather won't alter election day schedules | North Texas ice storm creates headaches for elections judges | Weather could complicate primary election | Texas officials advise on bad weather voting

Utah: Senate GOP leader: own voter info a concern | Count my vote deal gets roughed up, but advances

Virginia: Changes on Virginia BOE

Wisconsin: State seeking prison term for Milwaukee man who voted twice

Monday, 03 March 2014

March 1-3, 2014

National: Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries | Dems split on restoring felons voting rights

Arizona: Voting Rights Act changes would keep Arizona free of federal 'pre-clearance'

Arkansas: Pulaski County election commission vote to sue state election board | Wyrick resigns election board | Elections board approves cure period for absentee voters

California: Alejo introduces voting rights bill

Connecticut: Stamford Dems hold two primaries for city committee

District of Columbia: Grosso to push instant-runoff voting

Florida: Unsolved burglary before Panhandle election drew little attention | Palm Coast voters might be asked to visit 2 polling places on election day | New details emerge in North Miami absentee-ballot request case

Georgia: Changes to election board clear final hurdle

Illinois: Youth vote gets younger

Indiana: Election board refining vote center plan | Commissioners remove county garage from list of voting centers

Iowa: Black Hawk County auditor votes thumbs down on critical election study

Massachusetts: Research suggests election reform could be on wrong track

Mississippi: Election reform bill dies in committee

Nevada: Devices to speed up voting process

New York: Lawmakers consider RFPs for machine storage | Dept. of Investigation, BOE face off at city council

North Carolina: Elections board discusses absentee-voter help | Board adds early voting site, approves new precinct names | Catawba board of elections names new director

Oregon: Multnomah County resending 3200 voter registration cards in address mix-up

Pennsylvania: Council members oppose change in polling place

South Carolina: Court papers not yet filed in Richland elections case | Reorganization of Richland elections office in works | Former elections director meets with SLED investigators again

Texas: Elections office install disability access booths for voting | Despite voter ID law, Texas counties report higher early voting turnout | Dallas County's early voting cruises to a close | She counts the ballots

Utah: Legislators, County My Vote renew deal on election reform

Friday, 28 February 2014

February 28, 2014

Arizona: Brewer signs bill to repeal 2013 election reform laws, kills referendum

Arkansas: County clerk reminds voters of new law

California: Push continues to invalidate L.A. County voting districts | Special election measure goes to June ballot | City Hall asks how to get more Angelenos to vote

Colorado: Judge upholds Broomfield election | Controversial municipal elections bill signed | Ortiz disputes GOP election contention

Illinois: After law change, Wiliamson County clerk complete youth voter registration drive

Indiana: Elkhart County to use vote centers in May primary elections

Iowa: Senate considers ex-felon voting rights bill

Kansas: Lawrence Republican considering run for secretary of state

Kentucky: Elections board passes pair of motions for equipment | Charges dropped against Bell County clerk; won't seek re-election

Louisiana: Early voting in New Orleans starts Saturday

Maryland: State board gives local election officials 12 percent pay raise

Michigan: Bentley officials mull recount after reports of voting problems

Mississippi: Black lawmakers seek to block voter ID law | Caucus chairman asks US AG to block voter ID law

Missouri: Voter ID moves closer to the ballot

New Jersey: Gloucester County tests tablet app for elections

New York: Falls school board votes not to vote on polling site increase | Senator calls adding voter registration to hunting license forms

North Carolina: Counties reduce early voting hours for primary

Ohio: NACCP: Proposed BOE move intolerable | Cuyahoga County, Fitzgerald prepare for early-voting fight | Gubernatorial candidate critical of new elections rules | State rep.: Language on provisional ballot envelopes deceptive

Oregon: Satellite voting sites appeal in court

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Artscape: Designing better ballots

South Carolina: Chairman of Richland's election board gives up seat | Lawsuit filed to dissolve Richland County board of elections | Rep. McEachern: There is no confidence in this board

Tennessee: Polling sites to be consolidated in Sebastian County

Texas: Advocates fear voter ID could deter transgender voters | Secretary of state urges more people to vote in primaries | Election administrator controversy flares again

Virginia: Elmo for President? Mock elections to test new voting equipment | Former state delegate appointed to electoral board

Wisconsin: Power outage causes a few hiccups