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2015

Monday, 03 August 2015

August 1-3, 2015

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National News: 50 years after landmark bill signed, voting rights still fiercely debated | Republicans slam breaks on voting rights bill | Selma to Washington: NAACP begins 860-mile march for voting rights

Alabama: Voting Rights Act to be celebrated

Alaska: Mallott weighs in on new elections director, voting lawsuit

California: Voting needs a serious over, and LA might have the solution | Last county jurisdiction agrees to pilot program | City clerks criticize Sacramento Co. elections office | Voting trends require newer counting equipment | Registrar puts some voters on idle list | San Mateo to move ahead with all-mail election

Connecticut: Ganim to registrar: Check the absentees | Hartford election monitor established | Litchfield woman tapped as state election monitor for Hartford

Delaware: Fenwick voters question voter registration process ahead of election

Florida: Embattled Fla. elections chief goes on the defense | Volusia Co. getting new voting equipment | Eatonville voter fraud case dismissed

Georgia: Commissioners consider funding for 2016 elections

Indiana: Elkhart Co.'s Hudson named clerk of the year

Michigan: Ypsilanti man pleads guilty to voter fraud

Mississippi: Gearing up for election day | Miss. county election commission sued for having more registered voters than eligible voters

Missouri: Former news anchor to run for SoS

New Mexico: Citizen group seeks voter ID in city elections

New York: 7 cases referred by elections unit for possible prosecution

North Carolina: Key voting rights test now in federal judge's hands | Historic federal trial on voting rights ends; judge to issue decision later this year | US judge has many questions in NC voting rights case | State to hold hearing on removing Butner from elections board | Town requests money back to eliminate early voting site | Garner council wants to close early voting site this fall

North Dakota: County considering vote by mail

Ohio: City voters to share three polling places

Tennessee: Rhea voting machines soon to be usable | New voter registration cards mailed to county residents

Texas: Walker Co. recruiting election workers

Washington: Officials delivering ballots to 45 Yakima voters who didn't receive them

Wisconsin: Status quo likely won't last at GAB | Report: Polling places pose problems for disabled

 

Friday, 31 July 2015

July 31, 2015

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National News: NC case represents pivotal point of voting debate | Why Republicans should worry about restrictive voting laws | Democrats urge restoration of Voting Rights Act on 50th anniversary

California: All mail-in ballot election is on for November

Florida: Voters 100+ years-old honored | Scott's chief elections official cites need to 'over-communicate'

Michigan: Board OKs mail-in voting proposal | All-mail voting ballot initiative among petitions going before Michigan board | Michigan starts the process of obtaining new voting equipment

New Mexico: Citizens group seeks voter ID in city elections

New York: Nassau Co. gets state aid for voting machines

North Carolina: NC attorneys rest their case in voting rights trial | GOP criticizes 'offensive' posts of NC elections appointee | Judge delays closing arguments in voting rights trial | Closing arguments set for today

Ohio: Franklin Co. BOE asking for $800K | Elections director: Resident's perception factors into registration

Oklahoma: State agencies agree to assist in voter registration

Oregon: Voting system upgrade should help cut expenses

Pennsylvania: Though only one race will appear on the ballot, Tuesday's special election will cost thousands

Rhode Island: Providence council candidates, campaign manager arrested for election fraud

Utah: Kanab City residents will have one common voting precinct

Washington: Latino voter turnout is anemic as primary approaches

Thursday, 30 July 2015

July 30, 2015

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National News: A dream undone | Inside Ari Berman's new book | Coming soon: Absentee ballots from your smartphone | 50 years of voting rights to be hailed

Alaska: Alaska Native leaders speak out in support of newly appointed elections director

Florida: Elections office gets a five-year windfall

Georgia: LaGrange council moves forward on elections calendar

Kansas: Voter ID law focus of Kansas civil rights committee

Mississippi: Forrest Co. voting machines al set for primary election

New Hampshire: Nonprofit to call for more voter, civic engagement

New Jersey: Camden Co. opens up new elections and archive center

New York: Rampo counting ward votes under watchful eyes

North Carolina: Lawmakers, BOE director testify on new election practices | State elections director: 31 cases of alleged voter fraud referred to county prosecutors | Closing arguments set in NC voting rights trial

Ohio: SoS launches investigation into petition drive | Lorain vote fraud suit casts wide scope | Mixed messages sent to Canfield voters

Pennsylvania: Schools decline to be polling places because of concerns | Longtime Dauphin Co. voter registration worker honored by county, state officials

Tennessee: Commission makes voter registration more accessible

Utah: City, county officials discuss mail-in voting in upcoming municipal elections | Vote by mail increasing turnout in Salt Lake Co. | Utah making it easier to vote-by-mail | Mail-in ballots, social media changing how people campaign and vote

Virginia: Roanoke Co. to spend $384K on voting machines

Wisconsin: Trial begins in burned ballots case

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July 29, 2015

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National: Voting Rights Act anniversary prompts calls for action

Arizona: Court tosses illegal-vote conviction

Arkansas: Washington Co. election officials expect ballooning costs in 2016 | Fayetteville's September special election covered financially | Craighead Co. sends final bills to cities

Florida: Detzner tells counties updated voter database 'ready to go live'

Indiana: Commissioners approve polling locations | County goes with vote centers

Kansas: Kansas committee of US Civil Rights Commission to hold hearings on state voter ID law

Minnesota: New Brighton approves final polling place

Mississippi: Mississippi on lookout for improper absentee balloting | Concerns about number of absentee ballots in Mississippi | Group filed lawsuit against Clarke Co.

North Carolina: State elections director discusses prevention of voter fraud | Defense moving forward with case in federal voting trial

North Dakota: Mail-in election an option for vote on sales tax

Ohio: County launches use of e-poll books in August election

Oregon: Ballot scanner to 'revolutionize' Oregon vote tally| Multnomah Co. elections division to process ballots faster

Pennsylvania: Former elections director files request over firing

Tennessee: 63K new voter registration cards mailed in Wilson

Texas: AG to investigate possible voter fraud in Weslaco city elections | Public to weigh in on Smith Co. voting centers | Commissioners get positive response to countywide voting centers

Virginia: Roanoke Co. supervisors vote to spend nearly $400K on new voting machines | Planned voter registration change sparks partisan storm | Garrett, voter registrars express concerns over proposed changes to forms | Backlash over boxes

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

July 28, 2015

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Alabama: Up to three elections necessary for DeKalb Co. constable

Alaska: Mallott switches out Alaska elections chief | Division of elections director resigns at Lt. Governor's request | New director chosen for Alaska Division of Elections

California: Statewide voter database starting its rollout

Florida: Auditor general's report critical of how Florida handles voter information | Town clerk to give election update in August

Illinois: County preps for even more voting expansions

Massachusetts: Holyoke still seeking Spanish-speaking poll workers

New York: Nassau gets $2M to switch from lever to optical voting machines | State elections board requests city plan to reduce voting lines

North Carolina: Expert: New voting law wouldn't have affected black turnout in 2014 | State begins case in NC elections trial| Elections board members take oath | Appalachian student union could get another early voting polling place | Board of elections gets new members

Pennsylvania: Can public art rescue Philly voter turnout from the doldrums?

Tennessee: County must store Amendment 1 election data

Utah: Mail ballots return slowly as in-person early voting begins

Virginia: Proposed changes to Va. voter registration stirs fears among GOP

Monday, 27 July 2015

July 25-27, 2015

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National News: The new look at 'one person, one vote,' made simple

Alaska: PFD applications proposed as a way to boost voter registration--and voting

Arizona: Tucson election with no races to cost $540K

California: OC leads the way with new voter system

Florida: UF professor wins grant for work to boost voter turnout

Georgia: Precincts approved

Louisiana: Polling places have changed for this year's election

Massachusetts: Preliminary election is no contest in Lynn

Michigan: Flint voters get an extra chance to cast an absentee ballot

Minnesota: Five Minnesotans who helped pass the Voting Rights Act

North Carolina: Plaintiffs rest case in federal voting rights trial; state attorneys call first witness | Pamlico looks at possible precinct consolidations as polling sites | Former housing board chairman will join BOE

Ohio: Electronic poll books are coming to the county | Elections director named

Oklahoma: Younger Oklahomans not voting, citing political disillusion

Oregon: New Oregon SoS steps into spotlight

Pennsylvania: Minor parties get court win in Pa. ballot-access lawsuit

Rhode Island: Chairman of state BOE steps down

South Carolina: Voter registration and elections office has new home

Texas: Judge: Pressley, attorney must pay $100K for election challenge

Virginia: Ousted registrar in Botetourt files lawsuit against electoral board | Augusta Co. electoral board announces new general registrar | W&M Law's Revive My Vote project receives Knight Foundation grant

Washington: Busy season for Clark Co. ballot handlers

Wisconsin: Wisconsin nonpartisan elections board targeted by Walker, Republicans for elimination | Kevin Kennedy defends GAB

Friday, 24 July 2015

July 24, 2015

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California: Californians are not voting

Illinois: New same-day registration rules could cost Kane Co. $2M | Voter registration on election day may cost local counties big money | Kendall Co. clerk exploring grace period voting

Louisiana: Lifetime appointment of registrars under scrutiny

Massachusetts: Marlborough awaits word on polling location changes

Mississippi: Voter registration concerns in Lauderdale Co. | Five candidates running for Jackson Co. circuit clerk | Two Leflore schools remaining as election precincts

Missouri: Possible case of voter fraud investigated in Greene Co.

New Jersey: Lawmakers draft 'resign to run' bill

New York: Old Westbury election tied after court hearing

North Carolina: Rutgers professor testifies that voter fraud is rare | Standing board members reappointed to board of elections | Mayor vetoes council suit over voting districts

Ohio: Trumbull BOE considers electronic poll book purchase | New BOE director now on the job | Lembke named to Clermont Co. BOE

South Carolina: City council looks at district lines, takes no action

Tennessee: Some voters want name change made to election roster

Washington: Wyman wants presidential tally in March

 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

July 23, 2015

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Alabama: SoS teams with Legislature to ensure voter readiness

Arkansas: Sebastian JPs discuss voting equipment

California: Nine years later, California gets new voter registration system

Colorado: Camper ready for new role as county clerk

Connecticut: City Dems work to update voter lists  

Guam: GEC considering voter registration bills, new office space

Indiana: Charlie White intends to ask US Supreme Court to hear appeal

New Mexico: UNM report examines voting experience in Bernalillo Co.

New York: Ithaca College prof's new book explores discrimination against minority voters

North Carolina: Official: 96K could have been denied vote | Elections board head testifies at hearing on NC voter law

Ohio: Feds investigate polling place access for disabled

Pennsylvania: Elections board not joining in Flores lawsuit, judge rules

Rhode Island: Dep. of State receives Knight Foundation award

Texas: County to acquire new voting equipment at no charge

Virginia: Morrissey maneuvering leaves $134K tab for two special elections

West Virginia: Mon County revamps voting technology | New voting technology will make national debut in Mon County

Wisconsin: Rapids woman charged with voter fraud

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

July 22, 2015

National News: GOP leader cracks door, slightly, on Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Project to test electronic voting in Alabama

Arizona: Supes table voting on precinct consolidation for 2 weeks

California: Garden Grove faces Voting Rights Act lawsuit | Group meets to ensure voter information is distributed in Spanish
Florida: Group proposes amendment to open Florida primaries

Georgia: Floyd Co. election board mulls Sunday voting | Kemp named vice president of NASS

Minnesota: University starts online election program

Mississippi: Voting machines being prepared for elections

Missouri: County clerk: Voter fraud case an example of how easily it's caught

Nevada: Former Secretary of State Miller won't run for Congress

North Carolina: NC just relaxed its voter ID law, but will voters get the memo? | Sen. Stein takes stand over state voting changes | BOE members sworn in | Expert: Voters would have faced longer lines in 2012 under current election law | Early voting in Forsyth this fall could be offered at county office | Democratic leader: GOP pushed to pass voting law | New Hanover Co. BOE adopts new rules

North Dakota: Burleigh delays vote-by-mail decision for rural precincts

Ohio: Husted names Tuttle to Morgan Co. BOE | Lucas Co. has most invalid signatures | Officials optimistic about turnout

Tennessee: Thompson resigns as administrator of elections

Texas: Public hearings set for Election Day voting plan

Virginia: Buena Vista's voter registrar killed in car wreck

Washington: King Co. council expands access to voting

Wisconsin: Walker calls for dismantling GAB

Tuesday, 21 July 2015