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Thursday, 26 March 2015

March 26, 2015

Alabama: SCOTUS sends redistricting case back for review

Arizona: House panel OKs bill making ballot college illegal| Early ballot proposal gets second chance

Arkansas: Senate approves voter integrity unit creation

California: Election reforms are overlooking apathy's cause | County looking for June election workers | Council votes to abolish April elections

Florida: No election night disappointment for Hogan | Low voter turnout combined with high cost of elections | Supervisor of elections honored at Scout Golden Eagle dinner

Guam: GEC researching online voter registration | Commission to discuss plans for special election

Hawaii: Lawmakers back plans for regular mail voting

Illinois: East St. Louis sends new ballots after mayor's name removed

Indiana: Evansville to hold public test of voting machines

Kansas: Kansas appeals voter citizenship lawsuit to SCOTUS

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

Minnesota: Move to restore felon voting rights appears stalled | Settlement conference date set for ballot burning case

Missouri: Voter polling location changes for Greene Co.

Montana: SoS visits local high schools

Nebraska: Wisconsin ruling renews debate in Unicameral

New Jersey: Special election in Perth Amboy after judge rules voter fraud

New York: Bloominburg election to be decided in court

North Carolina: Precinct changes could be made | Closing precincts would save money

Ohio: BOE obtains over $40K in free election equipment from neighboring county | Some oppose proposal for college students to register for licenses | Lorain Co. electronic poll books for May 5 election | New polling place for Tiffin primary

South Carolina: Odd-year elections proposed for Florence municipalities

Texas: Lamar Co. commissioner choose new clerk | Two face voter fraud charges | Texas Second Court of Appeals denies special election appeal | Commissioners approve new early voting location

Utah: South Weber council says no to vote-by-mail

Virginia: SCLC in Roanoke starts petition to keep polling places

Washington: ACLU rebuffs Yakima's proposal for attorney fees

Wyoming: Deputy SoS resigns for new position

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March 25, 2015

Alabama: Baldwin voters share concern over ballot

California: Automatic voter registration sought in California | California wants to adopt Oregon's 'Motor Voter' law | Assemblyman wants to consolidate city council elections with others| LA Co. OKs move of Santa Clarita elections

Florida: Online voter registration bill could be imminent for Florida | Voter told she was dead, almost turned away | Hogan maintaining lead for supervisor of elections | Mike Hogan wins supervisor of elections race | Inside the elections call center | Strong turnout, few problems as Jacksonville elections begin to wind down | Palmetto library selected as new early voting station

Hawaii: Lawmakers push plans for voting by mail

Kansas: Senate moves to stop Taylor-made ballot withdrawals | Lawmakers move to end state's presidential primaries

Minnesota: Secretary of State Simon on voting issues

Missouri: New voting machines replace 'aging equipment' | Some Greene Co. voters will cast ballots at new polling places

New Hampshire: Clerk reviewing 'questionable' voters list

New York: Judge: Albany Co. violated Voting Rights Act | Protest targets voter fraud

North Carolina: Polk BOE hires elections specialist

Ohio: Voter suppression likely result of auto registration provision in transportation budget, legislator says | Husted defends license rule

Oklahoma: Legislature doing about-face on election reform

Oregon: Oregon law could mobilize 20K new AAPI voters |

Pennsylvania: Online voter registration a real possibility in Pa., state election official says

Tennessee: Commissioners say yes to convenient voting centers

Texas: Cherokee Co. commissioners vote on election agreements | County approves early voting location east of I-45

Utah: Utah turns to award-winning comedy to boost voter turnout | No more ballot selfies in Utah

Vermont: Amendment would push same-day registration to 2017

Virginia: Morrissey claims unfair treatment as he bids for Senate seat | Veto likely for absentee ballot bill

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

March 24, 2015

Colorado: Colorado Springs tests ballot counting scanner | Designated election official out of town for special election

Florida: Plan to replace Florida's 'obsolete' voter registration system set for July| Bennett running for re-election | Election day arrives, polls open | Former mayor challenges election results

Illinois: Board approves extended early voting hours on Thursday | Costs of special election shock county clerks | Early voting opens in Adams Co. | What did snow-snarled Monday mean for early voting?

Indiana: Early voting goes after hours this spring

Iowa: Dubuque Co. elections annex needs a new home

Kansas: Senate steps ahead with election reform, nixes Kobach rebuke | Kansas voter ID law may be getting a boost from Wisconsin

Maine: Apparent cyber attack knocks out state website

Minnesota: New Brighton council modifies voting precincts

New York: NYC BOE seeks $10M for handicapped access|

North Carolina: Study confirms long waits for voters in Forsyth Co.

Ohio: Critics attack 'poll tax' on out-of-state college students

Tennessee: Hughes named Blount administrator of elections

Texas: Lubbock Co. commissioners agree to redraw voting precincts

Vermont: Senate to take up same-day voter registration

Virginia: 24th District Republicans want to shut down primary

Washington: Yakima waits on ACLU vote until full council on hand

Wisconsin: SCOTUS refuses to take up challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law | Wisconsin decides not to enforce voter ID law | Wisconsin AG says voter ID law not in effect on April 7 | Local lawmakers react to voter ID law | Elections board awaits direction on voter ID

Monday, 23 March 2015

March 21-23, 2015

National News: How Oregon may have sparked a voter registration revolution | Midterm voter turnout drops to 72-year low | Push to restore voting rights for ex-felons gathers momentum

Alabama: Bennett longest service SoS in Alabama's history

Arizona: Ban on ballot collection voted down by lawmakers

California: Setzer: Election system overhaul, same-day voter registration coming | County board to consider change in city election dates

Colorado: Red Brick will be second vote center in Aspen election

FloridaDo you know the special general election cadidates? | Where have all the voters gone? Local officials are puzzled

Illinois: County clerks worried about special election for Schock seat | Special election for Schock seat has officials worried

Indiana: Southwestern Indiana city cancels May primary

Iowa: Data shows Democrats, older Iowans use absentee ballots most | Iowa election law revisions envisioned | Senate panel OKs bill on deadline for absentee ballots

Minnesota: Winona Co. investigators dig into election issues in Saratoga Township

Mississippi: Majority if Hinds Co. voters affected by redistricting | Canton using 1 of 7 polling places for bond vote | DeSoto redistricts: New voter cards for 93 percent of voters

New Hampshire: Chapman will appeal election loss to Superior Court

New Jersey: Election workers contract with double-digit raises challenged by Passaic Co.

New Mexico: Inactive voters to be removed from registered list

New York: City launches student voter registration day to target low turnout rates | County to look at polling places, printing its own ballots | NYC council to decide on letting noncitizens vote in local elections

North Carolina: Avery Co. BOE ensures fair elections at all government levels | Forsyth among top counties in voter wait times | Issue date of license could limit voters

Ohio: Four indicted on Union Co. voter fraud charges | Military, overseas absentee voting starts Saturday | Election board preps for primary

Oregon: How Oregon may have sparked a voter registration revolution

Texas: May 9 elections will offer choice of polling locations | Webb Co. elections commission to discuss election administrator's performance | Former Marshall commissioner to lead troubled elections office | Interim elections chief on agenda | Lubbock Co. to redraw voting precincts to stay current with election law | County to engage interim elections chief

Virginia: Judge denies bid from Prince William GOP for primary

Wisconsin: SCOTUS discussing if it will take up Wisconsin's voter ID law | Unique election will fill two county board seats

Friday, 20 March 2015

March 20, 2015

National News: Legislation introduced to expand voting rights including online voter registration

Arizona: Proposal would make it illegal to collect early ballots

Arkansas: Legislators: Not sending amendments to '16 voters

California: Two-vote margin in recount returns incumbent to San Gabriel council

Connecticut: Glastonbury Republicans seeking registrar of voter candidates | Council president testifies in favor of voter registration reform bills | Registrars defend performance as selectmen review critical report | Local leaders critical of election reform plan

Florida: Local groups hope to give voting rights to ex-felons

Georgia: High cost for special election

Illinois: East St. Louis mayoral candidate asks court to intervene against election board

Iowa: Senate OKs bill on online voter registration system | Online voter registration moves forward | Testers wanted for new county election equipment | Absentee ballot change gets panel OK |

Kentucky: Quorum court talks election costs

Maine: Beloved town clerk will retire

Massachusetts: State makes deal on voter cards in suit | Massachusetts partially settles lawsuit over voter registration for welfare recipients

Nebraska: Sales tax election to be mail-in ballot only

Nevada: Bill pushes ID requirement to vote

New Hampshire: NH House seeks court opinion on voter registration bill | House asks court to review bill requiring voter to abide by motor vehicle requirements | Public urged to attend hearing on voter checklist verification | Goffstown resident raises concerns about petitioner serving as poll worker

New York: Student voter registration push targets New York's turnout crisis | New York's 2014 turnout 49th best in the U.S. | Committee to look at polling places

North Carolina: City will hear from public, vote on nonpartisan elections | Elections office to hold meet-and-greet with director

Oregon: FAQ: How does Oregon's new voter registration law work | Bill would open up voting in primaries

Pennsylvania: Butler Co. commissioner alleges improper use of voting rolls | Voter registrar departure questioned

Tennessee: 9 HBCU students suing Tennessee over voter ID law

Utah: Kaysville receives special vote considerations

Washington: Judge denies Yakima's motion in ACLU case

West Virginia: Secretary of state files early re-election paperwork

Thursday, 19 March 2015

March 19, 2015

National News: Would automatic voter registration increase turnout? | Obama says mandatory voting would 'completely change' U.S. political map | US lawmakers introduce bill to restore voting rights to ex-felons

California: Fullerton's at-large voting system shuts out Asian Americans, suit says | Dismal turnout for special election

Colorado: Colorado ranks high in voter turnout in 2014 | Overseas voting bill advances

Florida: Elections audit finds no problems in Loxahatchee Groves vote count | Low turnout was a disappointment for elections officials

Georgia: A lot more costs than voters

Guam: Voter registration bill to 'modernize process'

Illinois: Election to replace Schock could be first test for new countywide election commission | Company protesting contract awarded by DuPage election agency

Kansas: County clerk: 'Ready to go' for advance voting beginning Wednesday | Kobach: New registration law in Oregon likely to increase voter fraud

Kentucky: Fiscal Court hears appeal for higher pay for poll workers

Louisiana: No money for presidential primary

Maine: Republican senator renews fight for voter ID

Maryland: Elections board says MVA changes don't fully address voter registration problems

Massachusetts: 4 Worcester voting sites deemed inaccessible to handicapped

Minnesota: Felon voting rights bill in jeopardy in Minn. House | Time running out on felon voting bill

New York: With controversy swirling around poll watchers, a dead heat in Bloomingburg | Village board race ends in photo finish

North Carolina: Cost for complying with NC voting law triples in Henderson Co.| Elections board threatens Swain with lawsuit

Ohio: BOE has new home in Jefferson Co,| County election board gearing up for primary | Kenton polling location changes

Oregon: Does research show that Oregon's automatic voter registration won't make much difference?| Kobach: New registration law in Oregon likely to increase voter fraud | Secretary of state job draws wide interest among politicians

Rhode Island: Town council looks to put proposal for appointed town leader on ballot

South Carolina: Changes sought in Cottageville precinct

Tennessee: Breeding retires from Blount Co. elections post

Texas: AG's office to prosecute two on voter fraud charges | New elections administrator hired | Election error addressed by commission

Virginia: Roanoke updates voter registration records | White announced as new registrar for Prince William

Washington: Yakima Co. begins plans for redistricting despite ongoing legal fight | Yakima will ask federal judge to reconsider voting rights ruling

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

March 18, 2015

National News: Vulnerable Republican backs the Voting Rights Act | Schools have key role to play in youth voting

California: San Francisco progressives push for lowering voting age

Florida: Senate committee approves online voter registration | Voter turnout raises questions

Georgia: New precincts should mean easier voting

Guam: Bill would allow people to register to vote at GEC website

Illinois: Special election to replace Schock will be held in July

Indiana: Vote centers on commissioner's agenda

Massachusetts: Lynnhurst School evacuated due to gas leak, polling place moved

Minnesota: New Brighton redraws voting precinct map

Nebraska; Winner-take-all bill blocked; likely done for year

Nevada: Voter ID proposal brings contentious debate | Debate over voter ID continues | Assembly plans hearing for 2 voter ID bills

New Mexico: House rejects voter ID Bill 61 for HB 340

North Carolina: Cost to switch to paper ballots triples to $3M | Durham Rep. introduces bill addressing early voting days, voter ID | House Dems push for election changes | New bills would allow college IDs to be accepted in voting, restore early voting days

Oregon: Atkins ready to work with new voter registration law

Pennsylvania: Lawmaker wants to make voter registration in Pa. more automatic

Tennessee: Carter Co. election office moving to old 911 center | Sumner Co. backs convenience voting | County may try experimental voting system next year

Texas: Appeals court says Texas must pay legal fees in voter ID case | Man facing felony charges of voter fraud | Voter fraud investigation might lead to more indictments | Interim elections chief chosen for Cameron Co.

Utah: Election machines focus of first Salt Lake Co. audits

Wisconsin: Rock Co. shows off new voting machines

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

March 17, 2015

National News: Curtis Gans has died | Voting expert Curtis Gans dies of lung cancer

Alabama: SoS announces partnership to investigate, prosecute voter fraud

California: SF seeks to become first major city to lower voting age | Voting at 16? SF supervisor says the time has come

Georgia: Former Cherokee elections head indicted

Hawaii: Big Island Press Club gives elections chief 'dishonor' award

Illinois: Elburn trustees: Special election cost too high

Indiana: Election board looking to add new technology to election day | South Porter Co. still without early voting site

Louisiana: AG files charges in alleged Opelousas vote-buying case

Maryland: Senate approves expanding voting rights for ex-felons

Massachusetts: State denies Saugus' request to monitor today's election

Minnesota: Precinct likely split in Linwood | Election dispute in Saratoga Township | Minnesota House looking to change primary date

Nevada: Bill would require ID to vote

New Jersey: Atlantic City councilman to appeal dismissal of lawsuit

New Mexico: Voter ID passes the House

New York: Poll watchers allowed for Bloomingburg vote

Ohio: Federal judge upholds tighter ballot access rules for Ohio's minor political parties | Deputy director resigns from Medina Co. BOE

Oklahoma: Bill would allow online voter registration

Oregon: Oregon adopts nation's first automatic voter registration law | Kate Brown gets to sign her own bill for automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: With primaries looming, Luzerne Co. seeking new election director

Tennessee: Jones, Reeves and Hix tapped for election commission | Roberto named to election commission

Texas: Election committee hears bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting | Taking elections to a new frontier | Election office accepts volunteer registrars | County elections board to consider administrator | Bastrop city council official cancels May elections

Virginia: Lynchburg registrar announces retirement | Prince William lawsuit over primary elections to be heard at end of week

Wisconsin: City to hold absentee voting at senior living facilities

Monday, 16 March 2015

March 14-16, 2015

National News: Portman open to updating Voting Rights Act | Krist Novoselic brings wit and political passing to Reed College

Arkansas: House panel advances voter ID change

California: Callaway Co. clerk requests new voting machines | L.A.'s low voter numbers push state officials toward easing process | Polling place changes for Tuesday's election to affect some Antioch residents

Colorado: Gessler voter sting nets 1 conviction despite accusations of widespread fraud

Connecticut: Local voting officials oppose plan to eliminate registrars | Local officials reject voter registrar reform

Florida: Lawmakers consider moving voter registration online | Supervisor of elections race heats up | Push to get young people at the polls for elections | Return of the red absentee ballot drop boxes

Georgia: Ex-director of elections indicted on theft charge

Hawaii: Hawaii ranked No. 32 in state voter turnout

Illinois: Kane prosecutors primed to monitor April election

Iowa: Controversial Iowa voter rules will not take effect | Iowa drops attempt to purge voter rolls based on citizenship

Kentucky: Primary could create problems for overseas voters

Louisiana: Terrebonne's new voter registrar starts Monday

Michigan: Precinct consolidation bill dies in Senate

Nevada: Bill would give Nevada first-in-nation presidential primary

New Hampshire: Chichester prefers hands-on in ballot counting

New Mexico: House committee votes to advance voter ID

New York: St. Patrick's Day shifts village election schedule

North Carolina: Presidential primary could cost taxpayers more money | Primary schedule could cost county| NC faces the perils of punting a primary early in calendar

North Dakota: Cass County: Voting machines

Ohio: Future elections may return to paper | Lucas Co. prosecutor denies petition to oust director

Oklahoma: Legislature considering online voter registration

Oregon: The surprises in Oregon's pioneering new voter registration system

Pennsylvania: Vintage coffee can holds the secrets to Philly ballot positions

South Dakota: Lawmakers pass stiffer election laws

Tennessee: Former mayor wants to join election commission | Election commission tries to cut coordinator's hours

Texas: Wise Co. elections moving to new digs | Williamson Co. hires elections administrator | County elections head still working

Utah: Changes coming to primary elections in '16

Virginia: New voting machines under review for Lynchburg residents

 

Friday, 13 March 2015

March 13, 2015

National News: Voting technology: Is it secure? | John Lewis says voter ID laws are "poll taxes by another name'

California: Special election could cost $300K locally | Special election ballot error to cost San Jose taxpayers $15K | Antioch's Quail Lodge removed as a polling place after health scare

Connecticut: Nita Cohen passes away | Litchfield Co. officials reject registrar reform plan

Georgia: Lowndes BOE not over budget

Illinois: No runoff in 33rd ward, election board says | Special election would cost Elburn more than $64K

Maryland: Voting rights for ex-felons takes a step forward in Md. Senate | Controversy continues as Chestertown rewards election board

Minnesota: Secretary of state looking to bump up primaries

Missouri: New machines will help visually impaired voters cast ballots

New Jersey: 'Embarrassing' 32 percent voter turnout has Senator introducing election day registration | Judge upholds Asbury Park mayoral election outcome

New York: Democratic legislators challenge GOP to provide more voting tools for minorities | Catskills county accused of disenfranchising Jews

Ohio: Elections chief sends 27 noncitizen voters to state AG | 145 noncitizens registered to vote in Ohio | Husted finds 44 noncitizens who voted in recent elections | Mahoning commissioners authorize purchase of electronic pollbooks

Oklahoma: Senate: Bills would increase voter registration and election day turnout | Oklahoma Senate sends online voter registration to House

Pennsylvania: Whistle-blowing elections employee warned of 'cement boots,' suit against Warren Co. says | Bill to restore VRA gains support of GOP congressman from Lehigh Valley

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections commission purchases new office, storage building for ballot equipment | Elections board votes to move polling places in Pickens Co.

Tennessee: SoS hires TV reporter as spokesman

Texas: Bill could allow online voter registration | Voting centers approved for May bond election | Election error addressed by commission

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board talks ADA, polling issues | St. Croix elections board to close two polling sites

Utah: Last year's 'Count My Vote' deal survives many attacks | County My Vote compromise survives series of challenges

Vermont: Voter registration plan opposed in Middlebury

West Virginia: 25th anniversary of the first female WVU Mountaineer