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Thursday, 12 March 2015

March 12, 2015

Alabama: House committee tables voter registration bill | Legislation that would move up voter registration deadline dies in committee

Arkansas: Benton Co. officials eye new voting machines

California: San Gabriel city council race needs a tiebreaker | Grand jury recommends longer training for volunteer poll workers

Delaware: Voter fraud in Red Clay referendum not enough to affect outcome | Legislation to expand absentee voting ignites fierce partisan battle

Florida: State attorney investigation into absentee ballots | Voter fraud allegations investigated in Loxahatchee Groves | Dent's chief of staff files for 2016 election | Recount ordered for close Kenneth City council race

Georgia: Board of elections spends entire budget

Iowa: Emotional Statehouse debate over absentee voting | Iowa Senate likely to take up absentee voting change

Indiana: Vanderburgh Co. BOE asking for higher poll worker wages

Kansas: Why the low turnout in local elections? | House delves into bill shifting spring elections to fall

Louisiana: Terrebonne Parish council chooses registrar of voters

Maine: South Thomaston hires administrator

Maryland: Parrott pushes for stricter Md. voter ID laws

Minnesota: Vadnais Heights elects to support early voting legislation

North Carolina: Forsyth officials get look at elections equipment

North Dakota: ND House defeats student ID bill intended to make voting easier | ND House defeats bill proposing student IDs for voting

Ohio: Ohio, 3 other big states hurt 2014 election turnout nationwide | Elections chief to discuss 2014 voting irregularities

Oregon: Atkins ready to work with new voter registration law | Oregon still in 5th place in voter turnout study | Jeanne Atkins sworn in as Oregon SoS

Pennsylvania: Pa. Senator proposes automatic voter registration law

Tennessee: West Wilson Elem. fifth-graders go to the polls

Texas: 2 new voting locations set to be approved in Abilene

Virginia: Pr. William GOP may have caucus, not primary because of missed deadline

West Virginia: Low turnout could mean provisional ballots change ward race

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

March 11, 2015

California: Grand jury report on Nov. '14 election process | City council may change special election process | San Gabriel election ends in a tie

Colorado: Weld Co. clerk can't escape the canines

Connecticut: City council closer to ousting Hartford's registrars | Stamford registrars denounce state plan

Florida: Supervisor of elections offers scholarships | Town's 2016 election date will not change | More Sarasota voters using absentee ballots | Sarasota voters trickle into polls

Massachusetts: Galvin: Presidential primary is unaffordable under Baker budget

Missouri: State, counties brush up on voter rolls

New Mexico: Duran, Oliver tensions plays out at Roundhouse

New York: Hasidic community in Bloomingburg files lawsuit over voting rights | Lawsuit: Voter cancellations due to anti-Semitism

Ohio: Husted seeks $12M to mail absentee ballot applications statewide in 2016

Pennsylvania: Staffing issues delay posting of list of candidates

South Dakota: City saves money, time because of cancelled election

Tennessee: 30 vote centers may replace precinct-based polling places

Texas: Fort Bend Co. supports online voter registration | Local official wants to make it easier for residents to be able to register to vote

Utah: Future uncertain for fix to County My Vote compromise

Vermont: Leahy calls on Senate to restore Voting Rights Act

Virginia: Culpeper board taps Clements as new registrar

West Virginia: Low turnout means provisional ballots could change ward race

Wisconsin: Supreme Court to decide soon whether to consider Wisconsin's photo ID law

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

March 10, 2015

National News: Obama says voter ID laws can be barrier to ballot box

Arkansas: House supports concealed firearms in polling places

Connecticut: Changes proposes to registrar of voters position | Attorney for Democratic registrar disagrees with claim that council can remove elected officials | Registrars under fire | Hartford Council OKs April 7 hearing of charges against registrars

Florida: ACLU files lawsuit challenging prison gerrymandering | Supervisor of elections office employee honored by Boy Scouts | Councilwoman allegedly assaulted outside polling location | Sarasota City election turnout higher than usual | Jefferson Co. sued over redistricting plan

Georgia: Chatham elections board turns to state to name chairman

Indiana: City election voting hours shortened

Kentucky: Voting rights issue continues in Kentucky Legislature | Some Kentucky schools could make up snow days on Election Day

Louisiana: Stewart appointed to become Rapides registrar July 1

Minnesota: Everybody loves Steve

New Jersey: Asbury mayoral election court challenge close to being decided

Ohio: Jefferson Co. opens new BOE office

Oregon: Crafard hired as new Clatsop Co. clerk

Pennsylvania: Sharon precinct moving due to construction

South Carolina: Horry Co. to conduct scanner test for upcoming election

Tennessee: ETSU students, faculty see both sides of state's voter ID law | TN voter ID law challenged in U.S. District Court

Texas: Ellis files bill to protect voting rights | Interim elections chief talk tabled

Utah: Lawmakers mulling instant runoff voting in primary elections | House barely passes tweak to new primary election process

West Virginia: Local officials unsure on 'motor voter' bills

Monday, 09 March 2015

March 7-9, 2015

National News: House Democrats express concerns about outdated voting machines | Dem lawmaker: Restore the Voting Rights Act | Obama says voter ID laws can be barrier to ballot box | Threats to voting rights remain, Selma crowd is told

Alabama: Bill would push back voter registration deadline

California: OC registrar of voters surveys show streamlined and improved operations | Assemblyman wants to see easier voter registration at the DMV

Connecticut: Registrar of voters revamp proposal pleases some

Florida: Florida's voter database in dire need of repair | Tech glitches could mar 2016 election | 2016 presidential primary might disrupt town election schedule | Election officials fear next cycle | Eaton files papers for supervisor of elections | Kathy Dent stepping down | Online voter registration gains momentum in Florida | Sarasota Co. supervisor of elections gears up for general election

Georgia: SoS visits Valdosta, talks earlier primaries

Hawaii: Senate passes bill for chief elections officer evaluations

Illinois: Should primaries be delayed, voter privacy enhanced?

Kentucky: GOP approves presidential caucus | GOP mulls military voters' role in 2016 caucus

Minnesota: Fix felon voting law, Washington Co. attorney says

Missouri: Ballot blunder leads to delay of election

New Jersey: Lawsuit accuses Belmar GOP of voter suppression

New Mexico: Bernalillo Co. clerk pushing for tougher voter fraud laws

North Dakota: Bill to allow student ID cards for voting runs into opposition | Cass Co. to roll out new system for tracking voters | Voting centers, instead of precincts will be the new place to vote in April | Voter registration study before a Senate committee

Ohio: Curious voter finds error on board's website | Tecumseh wants special duty officer at school for Election Day

Oklahoma: Precinct meetings scheduled for Tulsa Co.

Oregon: Kate Brown finds caretaker by appointing Jeanne Atkins as SoS | Jeanne Atkins appointed SoS

South Carolina: LWV discuss voting issues for the disabled

South Dakota: Committee says election problems aren't Minnehaha Co. auditor's fault | 'I don't believe it was Bob Litz's fault' | Election review committee completes recommended guidelines

Tennessee: Lee not seeking re-appointment to Hawkins Co. election commission | State: Knox Co. election commission appointee can serve

Texas: Former Cameron Co. judge takes oath as Texas SoS | Vote centers a top county agenda

Utah: Davis vote-by-mail a tougher sell second time around | House committee OKs bill setting presidential primary date

Virginia: Salem considers Hidden Valley voting precinct move to civic center

Washington: State Voting Rights Act's future dims

West Virginia: What you need to know for Charleston's primary election

 

Friday, 06 March 2015

March 6, 2015

National News: Fight over voting rights continues on Selma anniversary

Arizona: Legislature approves earlier primary

Arkansas: House committee advances bill to allow concealed handguns in polling places

Connecticut: Norwalk's registrars to testify in Hartford on Monday

Hawaii: Senate passes bill calling for performance evaluations of chief elections officer | Senate passes bill for chief elections officer evaluations

Illinois: Challenger accuses Alderman of election shenanigans, demands recount | Beloit city clerk to depart

Kentucky: Senate committee passes House bill 212

Louisiana: Voting location changes in St. John Parish, new cards will reflect updates

Maryland: Indian Head readies for election | Senate votes to move primary

Massachusetts: Falmouth's new voting precincts finalized

Missouri: State officials says photo ID at polls would put 'unjust burden' on voters | Candidates' names missing on primary ballots | County election officials say ballot mistake in Jennings will force a special election

New Mexico: Ballot process questioned | Los Alamos Board of Registration reviews list of 1,259 inactive voters

New York: Warren Co. to combine voting districts to save money | Mail your vote, then track it?

North Carolina: Fourth lawsuit will challenge NC voter ID law in July | Bowens appointed elections director

North Dakota: Bill to allow student ID cards for voting runs into opposition | Student IDs for voting sets off heated debate

Ohio: Husted wants online voter registration soon

Oregon: Sweeping new 'Motor Voter' bill clears Oregon Legislature | Senate clears automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: Voting districts reapportioned in Richland

Rhode Island: Legislation seeks to allow bake sales at polling places

Tennessee: Pody clarifies intent behind voter notice bill

Texas: Local property raises questions about voter registration | The county divide and elections | Public notices could go to web only

Utah: Bill for presidential primary and limited Internet voting advances

Washington: House passes Voting Rights Act

Wisconsin: GAB says Walker budget could hamper audit changes

Thursday, 05 March 2015

March 5, 2015

National News: Democracy Works gets funding boost from Knight Foundation | It's not just L.A.--other major cities struggle with low voter turnout

California: L.A. election demonstrates the power of the few | L.A. residents explain why they did--or didn't--go to the polls | More than 90 percent of Los Angeles voters didn't vote on Tuesday | Polling relocation increases provisional votes in city council election

Connecticut: Council may vote next week on ousting Hartford registrars

Florida: Hillsborough Co. now using elections officials to safeguard public comments on transit effort | Primary back to March 15?

Georgia: Stalemate over Chatham Co. BOE chairmanship persists

Guam: Criticism, suggestions offered on poll reform bills

Illinois: 25 absentee ballots being sent out again | Accusations of fraud mar election day

Indiana: Bill would ban ballot photos

Kentucky: Authorities remove voting rights group from Senate meeting | After committee chaos, advocates for felon voting rights say Rand Paul went missing | Court seems frustrated with electioneering law

Louisiana: Sending out an S-O-S: Voting machines | State officials address voting issues, technology changes | Parish council wraps up registrar of voters interviews

Michigan: Church closing leads to Farmington Hills polling place change

Minnesota: Three polling places for Filmore election

Mississippi: City to change East Tupelo voting precinct

Montana: Missoula elections committee holds first meeting

New Jersey: Appellate Court orders Lower Cape May to pay election costs

North Carolina: GOP bill would change voting districts for Wake commission | Voters have one year to get a NC photo ID

North Dakota: Survey: Some North Dakota college students turned away from polls

Ohio: Trauth site getting fixes to store voting machines

Oklahoma: Senate proposes online voter registration; OKGOP calls for defeat

Pennsylvania: Ballot application for late mother leads to arrest of Bethlehem man

South Carolina: Chester Co. election not over yet

Tennessee: Carter Co. election commission may relocate | Students sue over voter ID law | Students challenge voter ID law

Texas: Grand Prairie sued over council election system | Cameron Co. elections administrator leaving for new job | Davis to head to Williamson Co. elections department

Utah: Bill to boost countable ballots passes Senate, awaits governor's signature

Vermont: No voting machine in Middletown Springs | Brattleboro rejects lowering voting age

Washington: Senate votes to move up presidential primary

Wisconsin: Audit prompts changes at election agency

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

March 4, 2014

National News: Where black voters stand 50 years after the Voting Rights Act

Arizona: City asks residents to return ballots as soon as possible

Arkansas: Bill allows guns in bars, polling places, Capitol

California: Santa Barbara exploring voting changes | Election date change approved by voters | Voters switch LA election years to match presidential elections | Backers of election charter amendments declare victory

Delaware: State AG asked to probe voter fraud

Florida: Voting in first Estero election slow going | Light turnout seen at many polling locations | Tampa nonprofits 'Adopt A Precinct' on election day

Guam: Bills aim to allow for more voter registration | Election reform bills up for more debate

Illinois: Mell challenger sues over 33rd Ward election | Candidate's 2-vote lead now 7 with late ballots | Poll workers sought for election day | State lawmakers tackle election reform

Indiana: Absentee voting site could change for Elkhart's early voters

Iowa: Bill would end straight-party voting in Iowa

Kansas: Primary voter turnout light but determined | Supporters of marijuana ballot face issues at polls | Primary draws 10.4 percent turnout

Maryland: Rockville election will use new voting machines

Massachusetts: City eyes Charter change for primary voting

Minnesota: Requirements for township use of voting machines approved | New secretary of state wants you to vote

Missouri: House passes voter ID bills | Midday check on St. Louis primary shows few problems

New York: City BOE official had employee work for his firm

North Carolina: Wadesboro council approves combining voting precincts

Ohio: Mahoning Co. election board purchases electronic poll books

Oklahoma: Residents head to the polls | Holt's election reform measures advance

South Dakota: Winter weather doesn't deter voters

Tennessee: Veteran election administrator to retire

Texas: Justice Dept. brief challenges Texas' voter ID law | Lawmaker wants to allow Texans to register online

Vermont: Brattleboro weighs voting rights for 16- and 17-year olds

Washington: ACLU seeks $2.8M from Yakima voting rights case

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

March 3, 2015

National News: Supreme Court weighs process, not politics of redistricting | Supreme Court seems divided over redistricting

Arizona: Both sides questioned by Supreme Court in redistricting case | Lawmaker seeks to create office of lieutenant governor

Arkansas: Election commission discusses money owed, coordinator position | Special elections zap commission's budget

California: Voter confirmation cards mailed in San Luis Obispo Co. | Supervisors hope influx of funds will bolster registrar of voters | Opponents of L.A. election date measures worry only special interests will benefit | In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking

Connecticut: Proposed overhaul of registrar system being criticized

Delaware: DOJ to investigate allegations of voter fraud | Voter fraud alleged in Red Clay

Florida: Tampa voters go to the polls today

Illinois: Excited about the April 7 elections? Nobody else is

Indiana: What happens if Indiana eliminates straight-ticket voting

Kansas: Douglas Co. election officials hopeful about voter turnout

Michigan: Officials seek strategy to encourage voter turnout

Missouri: Andrews backs voter ID bills

North Carolina: State to send voter ID reminder to 200K this month

Ohio: Supreme Court order new look at outlet mall ballot petitions

Pennsylvania: Three Lehigh municipalities get new voting districts

Tennessee: Local NAACP branch asks city to increase early voting opportunity | NAACP requests extended voting hours

Texas: Council gives support to county voting centers | Commissioners to vote on moving polling place

U.S. Virgin Islands: Public comments sought on revision of state elections plan

Utah: Bill advances to prevent non-partisan county elections

Wyoming: House approves vote centers

Monday, 02 March 2015

February 28-March 2, 2015

National News: Election panel GOP wants to eliminate is back in action | Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?| 50 years ago, Selma's Bloody Sunday sparked Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Group strives to increase student voter registration

Arkansas: County election officials raise concerns about 3 state bills

Connecticut: Fairfield wins election turnout laurels despite cloud over local registrars | Proposal to eliminate registrars draws local response

Georgia: Chatham elections board continues to deliberate chairmanship

Guam: GEC offers feedback on bills to streamline voter registration

Illinois: Write-in candidacy raises some questions | State lawmakers take on election reform

Iowa: Iowans without a driver's license or ID could register to vote online

Kansas: Local officials opposed to changing spring elections to autumn | Voter turnout in local primary elections historically low

Kentucky: Voting rights advocates keep the pressure on

Massachusetts: Needham replaces old voting machines

Michigan: February elections are waste of money, undemocratic says Genesee Co. clerk

Minnesota: Lawmakers consider changes to state elections

Mississippi: Naturalized American excited about his right to vote

Missouri: Possible Missouri voter ID requirements worry Marion Co. clerk | Door prefers voter photo IDs at polls | Arguments arise over new legislation to prevent voter fraud

Montana: What's dead or alive at the Legislature

Nebraska: Students promote benefits of early voter registration

New Jersey: Poll: Should mailed-in ballots from people who die before Election Day be counted?

North Carolina: State judge allows voter ID lawsuit to proceed | Wake judge allows case on voter ID law to proceed to trial

South Carolina: Chester Co. prepares for election rerun

Tennessee: Election commission registers voters at health fair

Texas: Sen. Perry files two bills to 'ensure our elections are fair and reliable' | Elections administrator submits resignation

Vermont: Candidates trumpet voting for non-citizens

Virginia: Republican committee challenges Va. law in court

Wyoming: House approves vote centers, e-pollbooks bill

Friday, 27 February 2015

February 27, 2015

National: 'Ballot selfies' clash with sanctity of secret polling

California: California elections officials, voting advocates tackle low voter turnout

Colorado: Adams Co. looks to improve vote-counting after difficult elections

Connecticut: SoS proposes changing registrar of voters

Georgia: Suit over military voting in Ga. now moot

Illinois: Champaign Co. clerk opens in-person, by-mail voting

Iowa: Online voter registration bill moves forward

Kansas: Bill would prevent candidates from removing names from ballot | Senate passes bill that would move local elections to November

Kentucky: Supporters rally for felon voting rights | Election board discusses pay for workers

Minnesota: Secretary of state backs pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds

New Jersey: Polling places likely to remain in Summit schools, for now | Lawmaker wants to count dead peoples' votes

North Carolina: Tillis cites voting lawsuit to explain "no" vote on Lynch

Ohio: Election board clarifies voting site letter

Oklahoma: Election legislation advances

Rhode Island: Gorbea releases 'Restart Rhode Island' report

South Carolina: Seneca officials tending not to favor second election polling site

South Dakota: County to purchase 39 e-poll books

Tennessee: New GOP representative appointed to Knox election commission | Bill proposed to change public notices for voters

Texas: Sen. Perry files two bills on election integrity | Two indicted amid Cameron Co. voter fraud investigation | Lubbock senator looking to ensure voter registration lists

Virginia: Botetourt Co. supervisors approve precinct consolidation

Wisconsin: Civil rights alliance weighs in with high court on voter ID