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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Monday, 17 August 2015

August 15-17, 2015

National News: Unlocking democracy: Inside the most insecure voting machines in America | Civil rights icon Julian Bond dies at age 75

Arkansas: Benton Co. election officials seek raises for poll workers

Florida: Voting rights groups slam proposed South Florida district | More on elections office move | 2016 election to cost town $69K to self-administer | Will election office move be election issue

Georgia: Heard appointed chief elections official

Hawaii: Suit: Native Hawaiian election would be unconstitutional | One step closer to all-mail voting?

Iowa: Election official casts retirement ballot

Louisiana: Authorities investigate voter fraud in Port Allen election

Massachusetts: Holyoke gets state OK to hold preliminary election Sept. 22

Minnesota: Ranked-choice voting will be on fall ballot in Duluth| City council sets ranked choice voting ballot question

Mississippi: Lawmaker has questions about primary election

Missouri: Cherokee Co. plans to examine voter rolls

New Jersey: New legislation to end ballot system connected to AC voter fraud

New Mexico: RJ Hernandez, fired by clerk's office, may sue county

New York: State police probing ex-GOP voting chief

North Carolina: Fayetteville man charged with voter fraud | Madison commissioner named to state elections board | SBOE to review early voting plans

Ohio: Controversial handbook approved

Pennsylvania: Auditors race recount upholds vote totals, tiebreaker

South Carolina: Veterans urging more people to vote in Charleston Co.

South Dakota: Voting rights case enters costly phase

Tennessee: Election commission meeting draws criticism | Finalists picked for election job | Election commission appoints Britt as next administrator

Texas: Process of getting mail-in ballots poised to simplify | More electronic poll books purchased for Harrison Co. elections office | Bill will simplify mail-in ballot access, close loophole

U.S. Virgin Islands: Joint Elections Board: Voting machine software changes will eliminate 'confusion' next election | Joint Board fighting stalls vote on deputy elections supervisor

Utah: Vote-by-mail ballots increase turnout, late ballots cloud results

Friday, 14 August 2015

August 14, 2015

National News: Can this new app help more Asian Americans vote in 2016?

Alabama: Festival will include voter registration drive | Officials traveling state to get IDs to voters

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. to fund fully electronic voting

Florida: Brown tells legislators new map will violate VRA | Vote-by-mail method in Brevard Co. has expired

Georgia: State approves Fulton election settlement | Fulton Co. seeking election workers

Hawaii: Federal lawsuit filed to block Native Hawaiian election

Louisiana: Port Allen voter fraud probe finds 'irregularities' but evidence lacking for criminal charges

Mississippi: Voters still confused about election process although run-off should be simpler

Montana: Montana voting rights case inspires national legislation

New York: Mayor joins activists in call to expand voting rights in New York

North Carolina: Obama praises lead plaintiff in NC voting-rights lawsuit | Forsyth BOE selects interim director | Another change for one-stop voting on ASU campus

Ohio: Oxford Township voting location changes

South Carolina: Increased voter turnout is aim of new Charleston Co. program

Tennessee: Lawmakers to be deposed in Tenn. student ID suit | Commission changes meeting times as election draws closer | Thompson's Station growth leads to new voting precinct

Texas: House battleground could hinge on voter ID law in flux | Nueces Co. sets firm deadline on polling place assessments

Utah: Former Lehi candidate considers revote after 2K votes miscalculated | Big voter turnout in vote-by-mail election, county clerk says| Lawmaker eyes speeding the process

Wisconsin: Oshkosh council OKs new voting machines

Thursday, 13 August 2015

August 13, 2015

National News: Obama pens letter to the editor on voting rights | Nine years ago, Republicans favored voting rights. What happened?

Alabama: Mobile unit for free voter IDs to be set up at festival | SoS works with Legislature to provide voter IDs

Alaska: Backers of PFD voter registration initiative optimistic

Arizona: County elections director looks to restore voters' faith

Arkansas: County readies for electronic voting

Connecticut: Killingly High School now town's single polling place | Stamford voter registration session

Florida: Voter services not leaving Bartow | 46K vote-by-mail ballot requests expire 

Georgia: County pays $200K for election management, poll training

Indiana: No record of voters found in Porter Co.

Iowa: Ames polling hours change after petition filed | Linn Co. selects new coordinator

Kentucky: Voter registration could go online

Massachusetts: Lowell election commission moves preliminary election

Mississippi: Hattiesburg wins redistricting lawsuit

Ohio: Trumbull elections board seeking second director in 7 months | Trumbull elections director stepping down

Pennsylvania: Community calls for new federal voting rules on 50th anniversary | Luzerne councilman seeks election board minutes

Tennessee: Election commission hears objections to fewer precincts | Sumner election officials decline early voting plan

Texas: Gallego wants voter education | Travis voter registrar tests 'text request' | Road ahead murky after voter ID ruling

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix elections board plans for election reform

Utah: Post office delivers 1250 ballots to Orem day after election

Virginia: Elections board will take another look at voter registration changes | SBOE asks for further study of voter registration forms

Wisconsin: Oshkosh council OKs new voting machines | Voting ambassador training set in Madison

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

August 12, 2015

National News: One design firm's quest to make voting less annoying | Obama reiterates his call for the restoration of full Voting Rights Act

Alaska: PFD voter registration initiative approved for signature gathering

Colorado: Williams changes election rules

Georgia: Athens-Clarke elections officials looking for new westside polling place | Elections board decides to offer early voting on Sunday | Forsyth Co. BOE adds two members

Indiana: 2015 general elections canceled for five Elkhart cities

Kansas: Are voting irregularities still a problem in Kansas? | County election office will get funds to add four staff | City may move five polling places with poor accessibility

Minnesota: New voting equipment coming to Ramsey | Ranked choice voting to appear on November ballot | Duluthians will weigh ranked-choice voting

New Hampshire: Federal judge rules ballot selfies don't encourage voter fraud

North Carolina: Resolution would push high school voter registration | Elections board votes down request for ASU one-stop voting location

Ohio: Gallia holds off on new e-pollbooks | Trumbull elections board chief resigns

Pennsylvania: County officials change former election director's request

South Carolina: Greenville polling location listed incorrectly

Texas: Britt elected new Weakley Co. administrator of elections

Utah: Lehi vote-by-mail doubles participation | Quiet at the polls for municipal primary elections | Orem's vote-by-mail deemed a success, 20 percent voter turnout | Vote-by-mail is a winner in primary election | Vote-by-mail is a winner

Virginia: Democrats target Virginia as they push to break down voting restrictions | Taxpayer costs mount in Virginia voting lawsuits | Voter registration changes that worried GOP are delayed in Va. | State BOE punts on voter registration form changes

Washington: Bid to move Washington's primary fails

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Monday, 10 August 2015

August 7-10, 2015 is currently out of the country and experiencing occasional Internet issues, as was the case on Friday and even the best-laid plans prevented us from getting the stories posted. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and now have all the stories posted here.

National News: Obama urges restoring Voting Rights Act | The evolving state of voting rights for prisoners explored | Sen. Cory Booker fears VRA is under threat

Arizona: Suns, Mercury to help with Arizona voter initiative | 9th Circuit endorses Arizona ballot form

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. recruiting new election coordinator | Sebastian Co. election chief to leave

California: What LA County is doing to make voting suck less | San Francisco to offer postage-paid vote ballots

Colorado: Bipartisan military voter bill had winding path to becoming law

Delaware: Community leaders stress same-day registration on 50th anniversary of the VRA

Florida: Brown: Court should stop lawmakers from redrawing district | Randolph calls on DOJ probe into Florida's voter registration system | Weeks billed taxpayers $10,500 for 2 lawyers and misled media | Polk elections website improved | Fort Myers early voting locations ruffle feathers | Broward considers free bus rides on Election Day

Georgia: New chair of Chatham Co. BOE sworn in | Court to decide third elections board seat | BOE special election bill tops $30K | Fulton spends more than $200K on election software

Illinois: New law for voter registration will cost Grundy Co.

Indiana: County election board outlines vote centers

Iowa: Poll workers prepare for busy election calendar |Ames petition calls for longer polling hours

Kansas: Kobach seeks to purge 'suspense' voter list | Proposed rule gives voters 90-day deadline to show proof-of-citizenship | Some say ruling on Texas voter ID law may have implications for Kansas

Kentucky: Judge rescinds fine for ex-felon in dropped voter fraud case

Louisiana: Katrina's floods wrought massive changes to New Orleans' political landscape

Maryland: Perryville delays decision on eliminating write-in votes

Massachusetts: Chicopee changes preliminary election date | Holyoke officials hoping to keep preliminary elections in September | Preliminary election dates expected to change for Jewish holidays

Mississippi: Nearly half of county's voters turn out Tuesday for mostly trouble-free election

Missouri: SoS candidate challenges opponent to debate on voter ID laws

Montana: Tester leads charge in Native American voter access

New York: Special needs voter

North Carolina: Forsyth Co. elections director resigns | Federal trial could determine meaning of U.S. VRA

Ohio: Lake Co. BOE consolidating polling locations | Elections officials seek to calm commissioner's fears over technology upgrade | Two resign from BOE | Police to investigate Lorain primary

Philadelphia: Officials: VRA anniversary wake up call to boost Philly voter turnout

Rhode Island: Rhode Island set to modernize its voting equipment | RI ACLU issues critique of Ocean State voting practices

South Carolina: Voter registration now in new location

Tennessee: Election results unchanged after affidavits | Rain goes away, but slow turnout stays for Nashville mayoral election| Presidential election will include more polling places | Election day turnout low due to heavy rain | Polling precinct evacuated after pilot light goes out on stove |

Texas: Next step is taken to vote anywhere in Brazos Co. | Obama administration celebrates Texas voter ID ruling | Poll: Voter ID law might have swayed Congressional race | Voter registration drives held to honor VRA anniversary | Harris Co. finds voters on the move

Utah: Thousands of VBM ballots still absent as primary election approaches | New by-mail voting could mean election night mystery: Who won?

Virginia: GOP trumpets opposition to Va. voter form change

Washington: Yakima files brief in Texas case before Supreme Court | After surprise, Friday count confirms election results | Postal Service processing leads to late ballot updates in Yakima

Wisconsin: Residents hear how new voter ID changes things

Thursday, 06 August 2015

August 6, 2015 is currently out of the country and experiencing occasional Internet issues. We’ll do our best to get the stories posted every day by 8 a.m., but there may be some days it won’t be till 10 a.m. We apologize for the delay, especially to those early risers and readers on the East Coast.

National News: Voting Rights Act in danger say MLK III and Andrew Young | 50th anniversary: Obama criticizes foes of Voting Rights Act | Things to know about the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Alabama: Civil rights leaders seek new voting protections

Arizona: Mohave Co. will get new voting machines, locations

Arkansas: Sebastian election commission to meet

California: Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary: Santa Cruz Co. activists recall involvement | 50 years later, the struggle for the right to vote continues

Colorado: County wants to talk about voter rolls

Florida: Incumbent Swan to run for Indian River Co. elections supervisor

Georgia: Fayette Co. bill hits $1M in election battle | Macon-Bibb county weighing options for new elections office, early voting location

Illinois: Five decades later, Voting Rights Act remains a historic step

Indiana: Vigo Co. makes 2 adjustments to early voting process | Voting equipment to get $66K upgrade ahead of elections| Monroe Co. election costs up $600K from 2012

Iowa: 2 1/2 years later, Iowa prosecutor drops election fraud case

Kansas: First election fraud cases coming next month Kobach says | Kobach to file charges

Massachusetts: Firefighter's residency, voter status scrutinized

Michigan: Military, civil rights veteran recalls first vote | Election officials report low voter turnout: 'Some people just don't like primaries'

Minnesota: Minnesota Celebrates: Voting Rights Act turns 50  

Mississippi: Power outage doesn't slow voting; turnout at 26 percent | Circuit clerk speculates on low voter turnout | Error discovered in calculation of turnout | Voters brave heatwave

Missouri: Officials: Tuesday's elections smooth launch for Jasper Co. voting equipment | Turnout for Tuesday's election low, but it's been lower

North Carolina: New location selected for precinct 2 | Plaintiffs optimistic about decision in NC voting rights trial | Third Cumberland Co. man charged with voter fraud | Garner town council votes to rescind letter requesting elimination of early voting

Ohio: County set to purge 30K idle voters | BOE spot filled

Pennsylvania: Lorain councilman testifies in his election lawsuit

South Carolina: SC activists to mark 50th anniversary of VRA

Tennessee: Rain could affect turnout for Nashville election

Texas: Appeals court strikes down Texas voter ID law | Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Texas voter ID law | Texas voter ID law called breach of Voting Rights Act | Travis Co. waiting for guidance on voter ID law appeal | HERO going to voters, but critics complain ballot is confusing

Utah: All Kanab precincts vote at the courthouse | How social media has changed election day | Officials remind Salt Lake City voters to send new mail-in ballots back

Washington: Primary election considered successful despite low turnout

Wednesday, 05 August 2015

August 5, 2015 is currently out of the country and experiencing occasional Internet issues. We’ll do our best to get the stories posted every day by 8 a.m., but there may be some days it won’t be till 10 a.m. We apologize for the delay, especially to those early risers and readers on the East Coast.

National: U.S. voting restrictions fuel tensions | Martin O'Malley calls for Constitutional amendment on voting rights | Udall pushes to improve voter access for Native Americans | Obama to call for VRA restoration on law's anniversary | Does America need to restore the Voting Rights Act

California: County takes steps for efficiency | Voting rights intact for lower-level California felons | Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights | Members sought for voting accessibility committee | California could allow more felons to vote, in major shift

Florida: Lee Co. wants tech master plan after elections request | Fla. elections chief tells Miami-Dade it wans succession plan for retiring supervisor | Polk Co. commission OKs election office move

Hawaii: Office of elections launches online voter registration system | Online voter registration available now

Minnesota; Jury convicts township official of destroying ballots

Mississippi: Gulfport man votes for firs time as U.S. citizen | Harrison Co. voters hit the polls | Turnout 'really good' at many coast precincts | Car issues delay GOP voting in Hancock Co. | SoS: It's legal to cast a partial ballot | Runoff likely in primary | Problems at Siwell Middle School voting precinct | Poll workers no-show in some precincts | 24.3 percent turnout in county | Voting precinct in Byram opens late

New Jersey: Coalition urges Christie to sign voting overhaul

New York: Ramapo: Ballot checks continue in ward vote

North Carolina: New machines to upgrade the way your vote is counted in Gaston

Ohio: Commissioner questions phone costs for elections board | State helps to fund e-poll books | Wayne Co. tests electronic poll books

South Dakota: New vote counter expected to speed up election results

Texas: Many Nueces Co. polling locations not viable as election approaches

Virginia: New voting machines arrive for Bedford Co. | Campbell Co. supervisors decide to buy new voting equipment

Washington: Benton Co. near bottom of state in ballot returns | Voter turnout low for Washington primary | King County's champion vote-getter--the elections director

Wisconsin: Scott Walker, GOP lawmakers want to change elections board by 2016

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

August 4, 2015

National News: Landmark US voting rights law marks 50th anniversary | Voting rights still a political issue, 50 years later

Arizona: Supes OK new voting equipment, precinct consolidation | County paring election sites to 24

California: Low voter turnout seen among fast-growing California demographic groups

District of Columbia: John Oliver goes for jugular on critics of DC statehood

Florida: UF group receives funding for voting accessibility project | Voting rights groups want districts drawn in public | Craig Latimer to run for second term as supervisor of elections | Polk Co. election office move set for year's end

Georgia: Judge calls for district election to fill vacant seat

Indiana: Union Co. to move polling spots for election

Louisiana: Secretary of state race

Maine: Auburn swapping polling places for wards three and four

Massachusetts: State advising communities to reschedule preliminary elections | Marblehead poll workers get raise in stipends

Michigan: Election day across Michigan | Absentee voters in Kentwood should double-check to make sure their ballot counts

Minnesota: Willmar city council delays vacancy decision

Mississippi: It's election time | Neshoba Co. prepares for election day | Lauderdale Co. election commissioners prepare for primaries | New tech set to debut in Tuesday election | Hinds Co. poll workers getting ready for Tuesday

Missouri: Former TV anchor Robin Smith voices opposition to voter ID push | Polling places prep for Aug. 4 elections | County officials gearing up for Tuesday's elections

Ohio: BOE to change precinct boundaries

Virginia: Virginia commonwealth secretary reports on voting rights

Washington: Voter turnout still low; ballots due Tuesday

West Virginia: Sec. Tennant chosen to lead national committee on elections