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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

August 10, 2016

(Electionline is currently working from the Central Time Zone so news stories will be posted by 8 a.m. daily through August 16. Thank you for your patience.)

National News: Hacker demonstrates how voting machines can be compromised | Despite recent rulings, voter ID laws could still scramble calculus in November

Alabama: Appeals court upholds voter fraud conviction

Arkansas: Washington Co. will get new voting equipment | Office refuses to give records to Democrats

Florida: Complete coverage of the Leon Co. SOE race | Ex-Broward GOP chief challenges PBC SOE | Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, five others offer 14 early voting days | State police: Mail-in ballot probe focused on Loxahatchee Groves election

Georgia: Floyd Co. elections supervisor earns doctorate | Sheats-Hester replaces Shippy on Hall Co. BOE

Hawaii: 15 percent of Hawaii voters have already voted

Indiana: Elections board meeting goes thud | Tippecanoe needs to fix election problems

Iowa: Scott Co. looking to upgrade voting system

Kentucky: Maffigan Co. judge took part in vote buying, witness says

Massachusetts: Massachusetts voters to cast ballots early for the first time| Rochester needs more help for early voting | City finalizes new polling places

Minnesota: Voters trickle in for quiet primary

North Carolina: North Carolina will try to block ID ruling | State court puts voter ID ruling on hold in light of federal decision | Local BOEs consider how to reinstate early voting | Forsyth Co. to discuss early voting

Oregon: Ranked choice voting qualifies for Benton Co. ballot | New voting method could be on way for Benton Co.

Texas: Lubbock Co. discussing purchasing new voting equipment | PR giant Burson-Marsteller helping Texas design voter ID outreach plan | Elections office awaiting approval of new voter ID rules | Growing Bexar electorate brings higher elections costs

Virginia: 'Don't give up hope' McAuliffe tells ex-felons | Henrico commissioners approve precinct changes

Wisconsin: Confusion, drama low at polling places in primary | Light turnout eases fix for Madison absentee ballots; voter ID confusion minimal | Rock Co. vote totals delayed | Election day going smoothly despite flooding and swollen ballots | Candidate's tweet of marked ballot creates 'complicated' matter, election commission says | Janesville poll workers experience difficulties at new centralized absentee counting location

Tuesday, 09 August 2016

August 9, 2016

National News: Some voting machines risk being hacked | Lots of Americans agree with Trump about 'rigged elections' | Court decisions show new approach to voting rights cases | Concerns about Election Day cyberattacks mount

Alabama: Some voters given wrong ballots

Arizona: New ballots to be mailed this week

Arkansas: Madison Co. avoids voter registration hiccup

Connecticut: Hotline set up for Tuesday primaries

Florida: Florida election officials answer talk of 'rigged or hacked' vote | Source: Officials checking for fraud with local mail-in ballots | Elections officials: Florida vote totals secure | Bucher, Spain vying for PBC elections supervisor

Georgia: Advocacy groups sue Ga. boards over voting districts

Guam: GEC gearing up for primary

Illinois: Voting rights expanded to 17-year-olds | New Law gives 17-year-olds more election, voting rights

Indiana: Commissioners OK early courthouse voting

Kansas: Name drawn from a hat could decide some Sedgwick Co. races | Coin flip decides commission seat | Initial impact of voter registration ruling appears small | 15 on Sedgwick Co. suspended list voted in primary | Officials: Finney Co. clerk violated election law

Massachusetts: State changes nighttime voter registration

Nebraska: Voter fraud is not a big problem in Nebraska

North Carolina: After court ruling, NC county resolves early voting | Guilford Co. BOE OKs early voting compromise | Wake Co. BOE nears deadline to respond to court order over election maps | Election board reverses on early voting | Voting fight shifts to local level in NC | Wake extends early voting time at one location

Oregon: Oregon elections director resigned amid investigation into inappropriate comments

Pennsylvania: Thousands of Beaver Co. residents register to vote online | Elections inspector denounces fraud conspiracy theory

Virginia: McAuliffe slows his effort to restore voting rights

West Virginia: Wells' Kanawha Co. clerk candidacy likely headed to court

Wisconsin: Dane poll workers dealing with defective ballots | No changes in election laws for Tuesday's primary | Voter ID in place for primary | Walker not worried about ID fight | Voters urged to move swiftly through polls

Monday, 08 August 2016

August 6-8, 2016

(Editor's Note: From August 9-16, due to travel, the daily stories will be availalbe after 8:30 a.m. Eastern each day. Thank you for your patience and understanding).

National News: How electronic voting machines could hack your vote | Stricter voter ID and other voting laws rolled back in slew of court decisions | Questioning if an election will be 'rigged' strikes at the heart of democracy

Arkansas: Before flaws noted, Arkansas flagged 7,730 on voter list

California: Bill would allow all-mail elections in Shasta Co. | Museum tells story of Golden State voting

Connecticut: DMV agrees to follow law after DOJ lawsuit | Killingly to upgrade polling place

Florida: From 105 to 16, voter registration training attracts people from all ages | State police reviewing allegations of voter fraud in PBC | Elections chief says prosecutors investigating suspicious absentee ballot requests | Will St. Lucie Co. voters hold 2012 elections debacle against Walker?

Georgia: County under microscope, accused of suppressing votes

Hawaii: Voting preps underway ahead of primary

Indiana: Indiana voter ID law likely not affected by recent court decisions

Kansas: Grand jury to investigate online voter registration | The future of Kansas' voter laws

Maryland: Carroll is largest county in state to offer only one early voting site

Massachusetts: Online voter registration popular | Town prepares for early voting

Michigan: Could Michigan elections be stolen by hackers? | Kids make their voices heard on election day

Minnesota: After DNC hack, Minnesota braces for digital threat to election | New technology designed to increase speed/accuracy during voter check-in process | Simon balks at primary prediction | Blue Earth Co. election office extends early voting hours | Election day voting just got faster in Hennepin Co. | Hennepin Co. rolls out e-poll books

Mississippi: Small number have voting rights restored in Mississippi

Nevada: Initiative filed for automatic voter registration through DMV| Nev. secretary of state launches mock voting website

New York: More rancor at NYSBOE

North Carolina: Ann Barbour, a precinct official who likes serving | Officials rework election plans | Appeals court rejects request to postpone voter ID decision | Supreme Court to be asked to intervene in NC voter ID law | McCrory to ask Supreme Court to weigh in on voter ID decision | NC elections director to counties: Consider turnout in setting early voting schedules | Elections board under fire for possible early voting cuts | Republican plan for Guilford Co. elections doesn't sit well | Election boards rethink early voting | Wake elections board vacancy filled in rush to comply with court order

Ohio: Voting laws put to test in Ohio | Lawmaker pushing for changes in special elections | Counties receive funds to train poll workers

Pennsylvania: Pa.'s aging voting machines pose a future cause for concern in some counties | More than 400K register to vote or change their registration online | More than 1,100 Lawrence Co. residents register to vote online | 92-year-old poll worker honored | Incoming Starbucks will relocate voters for fall election

Rhode Island: RI voters to get new voting machines for upcoming elections

Tennessee: Hands-on Science Center is no longer a polling place | Computer 'issues' delay Manchester election results

U.S. Virgin Islands: Primary election day today | GOP files lawsuit against the elections system | Low turnout, sunny skies define primary election

Utah: Group calls for changes in wake of mail-in ballot dispute | Better Utah calls on Legislature to change mail-in ballot deadline

Vermont: Vermont's state capital sees record high early voter turnout

Virginia: Kaine backs rights restoration | Ruling leaves felons questioning their voting status

Washington: Washington jails fail to provide voting access, report says | ACLU sues Pasco, saying election system violates VRA

West Virginia: Kanawha clerk questions former WV senator's candidacy

Wisconsin: Printing error causes problems with absentee ballots | Dane Co. election workers forced to adjust to faulty ballots | Voter ID requirement will be in effect for primary | Mayor Barrett applauds voting rights rulings | Poll workers hope to avoid primary problems

Friday, 05 August 2016

August 5, 2016

National News: DHS preps to help election officials | Questions and answers on voter fraud | Obama calls possibility of rigged elections 'ridiculous' | Voting problems bedeviled primary elections | What's going on with all these voter ID law?

Alabama: Alabama city battles questions over closing precincts near black voters | Alabaster names new election official, city clerk | Some Houston Co. voters could sign in electronically in November| Alabama's voter outreach working | Baldwin NAACP reacts to closing of polling sites

Arizona: State asks court to ban 'ballot harvesting' despite no evidence found

Arkansas: Hutchinson: Clerks should lean toward letting people vote | Wrongly flagged rejoining poll rolls

California: Are LA and California ready for November?

Connecticut: New CT voter registration hopes to curb long DMV lines

Georgia: New voting machines come to Augusta

Illinois: Group sues Illinois over polling-place voter registration law

Kansas: Douglas Co. clerk says grand jury petition on voter registrations valid | Petition gets enough signatures for criminal investigation of Kobach

Massachusetts: Many Mass. municipalities not yet ready for early voting | Attleboro, North Attleboro, Mansfield ahead of game for early voting

Michigan: New of new machines questioned

Minnesota: Hennepin Co. election officials unveil new e-poll book system | In Hennepin Co., voter check-in goes digital | Some counties tallying absentee ballots ahead of primary

Missouri: SOS candidates show clear differences | Old traditions, new practices mark primary

Nevada: Proposal calls for automatic voter registration | Initiative would automatically register some voters

North Carolina: Court denies North Carolina motion to stay decision on voter ID law | Change to NC voting laws could cost taxpayers thousands

Ohio: Legitimate votes tossed by Ohio voting officials, lawyer says | Ohio argues human error shouldn't void voter ID law

South Dakota: Secretary of state kills rattlesnake outside of home

Tennessee: Many take advantage of early voting in Bradley Co. | Problems emerge as opening of Frayser-Raleigh voting precinct delayed | Voting issues in Memphis | Sumner polls open slowly, smoothly |Madison Co. voting smooth, quiet so far | Less than 8 percent turnout | Two ballot irregularities in East Chattanooga precinct | Poll workers experience low turnout in Hamilton Co. | Problems at the polls on primary day | Sullivan Co. poll worker hasn't missed an election in 60 years

Texas: DOJ: Harris Co. isn't providing adequate access to voters with disabilities | Concern grows over confusing, costly Texas voter ID laws

Virginia: Restored voter rights striped again

Washington: Voter turnout up to 34 percent

Wisconsin: Election officials issue rules for affidavits at polls | Elections commission playing waiting game on voting law changes

Thursday, 04 August 2016

August 4, 2016

National News: Rigging an election is a lot harder than you think | DHS may increase protections for voting systems to thwart hackers | US seeks to protect voting system against cyberattacks

Alabama: Girl Scouts earn Silver Award for renovating polling place | ID rulings could impact Alabama | County looking into request for polling place repairs

Arizona: Maricopa Co. approves more than 700 polling places

Arkansas: Clerk: County will use laptops for November election

California: Judge says vote audit fells short | Election challenge filed | Riverside Co. responses dispute grand jury findings on polling places

Colorado: County hiring 300 temporary workers to assist with general election

Georgia: Georgia launches voter registration effort via text message | Charping will ask for consolidation of polling places in future elections

Kansas: Statistician runs exit poll at Wichita voting station | Kobach: No significant election problems during primary | Slow ballot intake at Shawnee Co. election office delayed primary results

Michigan: Election precinct at Dearborn retirement community enjoys high voter turnout | Software, dated technology slow Ottawa Co. primary election results | Old computer system causes problems

Minnesota: Voting by mail the only option for some

Mississippi: Small number have voting rights restored

Missouri: Jay Ashcroft discusses primary win

Nevada: Las Vegas trims number of municipal voting centers to 15 to save money

New Mexico: Voter ID still issue in New Mexico race amid court decisions | Espinoza speaks at Republican Women meeting

North Carolina: Court ruling means another election disruption | Mountain College students get on-campus voting, turnout in record numbers | Change to ID law will cost money, local BOE says

Ohio: Butler Co. receives money to train poll workers | Lawsuit: Ballots tossed for minor errors | Election laws written to favor white voters, attorney says

Rhode Island: Gorbea giving voters chance to test drive new voting machines

Tennessee: Madison Co. officials prepare for primary | Tennessee voters head to the polls today

Texas: Texas reaches deal on weaker voter ID rules for November

Utah: Election Day-postmarked ballots won't count

West Virginia: Officials believe lenient voter ID law safe

Wisconsin: State files appeal over voter ID, early voting

Wednesday, 03 August 2016

August 3, 2016

National News: Voter ID laws face uncertain future after court decisions | As November approaches, courts deal series of blows to voter ID laws | Trump: Elections without voter ID laws are 'scary' | House approves Voting Rights Act, Aug. 3, 1965 | Experts say Trump's fears of 'rigged' general election largely unfounded

Alaska: State primary polls open, but Anchorage voting booths empty

Arizona: Ballot harvesting law faces court battle | Pima elections director on 'ballot harvesting': We're not the police | Maricopa Co. to check if voters returned early ballots at polling places | Pima, Maricopa to ignore ballot harvesting law

California: California moving toward new mail-driven voting system| Proposal would require runoffs| Calif. could replace local polling places with vote centers

Connecticut: New voter registration system begins at DMV next week

Georgia: Augusta getting 100 used voting machines from Colorado county

Hawaii: Residents trickle in as early voting begins

Illinois: 3 weeks into investigation, few answers in Ill. voter hack

Indiana: State OK's Monroe Co.'s voting equipment for fall election use | Tippecanoe Co. election board looks into easier voter check-in

Kansas: Primaries draw 'pretty steady' trickle of voters at state fairgrounds | Thousands of provisional ballots could impact Kansas elections | New technology, voter confusion highlight Johnson Co. elections | WSU expert runs exit poll as suspicions linger over voting machines | Elimination of county polls doesn't seem to slow voting numbers | No Significant problems in Sedgwick Co. | Behind the scenes on election day | Polls are lonely again for Kansas, Missouri primaries

Michigan: Voter turnout off to slow start across Saginaw Co. | Forecast temps of up 90 prompt voting location changes | Norton Shores polling place under construction | Low turnout

Missouri: After voting debacle in April, smooth sailing so far in St. Louis Co. | Polling places ready to handle primaries | No problems reported at St. Louis Co. polling places | Greene Co. turns to iPads to make election day smoother | No problems reported | Minor problems at polls, but voters and workers quickly adjust | Humidity creates problems with scanning ballots on older technology | Poll workers hold race of their own in Laclede Co. | Candidate, clerk spar outside polling place | Ashcroft wins Republican secretary of state primary | Secretary of state election | Polls are lonely again for Kansas, Missouri primaries | Greene Co. election officials track turnout, redirect voters

Montana: Meet secretary of state candidate Monica Lindeen

New Mexico: Secretary of state candidate forums canceled | Amid debate cancellations, secretary of state candidates resort to name calling

North Carolina: McCrory to appeal voter ID ruling after Cooper demurs | NC will defend voter ID without attorney general | Judge attempts to plot course for county, school board elections | Gubernatorial candidates battle over photo ID requirement

Ohio: Ohio official: Election will not be 'rigged' | Ohio's multimillion-dollar voting rights battle could prove even more costly for taxpayers | Effort to remove BOE director defeated | Embattled BOE director to retire | Kenmore Park neighborhood frustrated with new voting location | Kaczala kept on as Lucas Co. elections chief

Pennsylvania: Anderson takes over as voter registration director

Tennessee: Democrats call for changes to Tenn. voter ID law

Texas: Few have voted in today's special election | Bexar Co. voting officials prepare for upcoming elections

Virginia: Bedford Co.'s registrar moves offices | New polling place for voters in Culpeper

Wisconsin: Wisconsin appeals voter ID ruling| Plaintiffs to appeal ruling in voting laws case | Court rulings won't impact primary | Wisconsin election officials urge patience after court rulings

Tuesday, 02 August 2016

August 2, 2016

National News: Hacking an Election: Why it's not as far-fetched as you might think

Arizona: County voting machines pass test | Ballot harvesting ban won't be enforced this year | Judge won't require court election oversight

Arkansas: Clerk: County will use laptops for November election

California: General election could cost San Diego $5.5M

Florida: As voter ID laws falter, Florida shines by comparison, for now | Broward supervisor of elections race features different views of office | Group aims to restore voting rights for ex-felons | Activists push to restore voting rights for ex-felons

Guam: More in-office voters than two years ago

Hawaii: Procrasitnators can still sign up and vote in this year's primary

Kansas: Finney Co. removes polling places | Douglas Co. clerk hopes court decision won't further confuse voters | Kobach says citizenship law did not hurt voter registration | More than 4K Sedgwick Co. citizens added to voter roll following ruling | Voter shaming hits Kansas again | Election workers trained on newest registration ruling

Maine: After tonight, Woodford's Corner may no longer have a polling location

Michigan: Ypsilanti Twp clerk urges early voters to check on absentee ballots | Eight Mile closure affects some Farmington Hills primary voters | Officials ask to delay ruling on straight-ticket voting | State won't oversee Macomb Co. election | New election site in Hannibal ready for voters |Northern Michigan polling places prepare for election

Missouri: Election authorities prepare for primary | St. Louis Co. using iPads to speed up process

Montana: Interview with secretary of state candidate Corey Stapleton

North Carolina: NC BOE scrambles to undo voter ID law

North Dakota: Federal judge blocks ND ID law | Federal judge blocks ND voter ID law, calling unfair to Native Americans | Former Fargo mayor, commissioner to join election-reform task force

Ohio: Elections board extends director's paid leave, awaits his resignation | New member appointed to Drake Co. BOE | Hamilton Co. polling places in violation of ADA

Rhode Island: RI secretary of state: Voter registration is easier with new online system

Tennessee: Early voting turnout reaches 12K in Rutherford Co. | Sumner early voting down 40 percent | Election commission working towards fixing issues

Utah: Recount requested

Virginia: McAuliffe office rushes to fulfill promise by individually restoring voting rights

Wisconsin: Judge strikes down part of ID law | LWV 'delighted' by court ruling | Election officials in holding pattern following ruling | Menasha has change in polling place | Dexter man faces voting fraud charge | Damage to Madison voting machines more costly than expected, all 97 machines to be replaced | AG Schimel seeks to restore full voter ID law | State and local officials brace for confusion this fall | Local election officials take a wait and see approach to new voter ID laws

Wyoming: Election official expects record turnout

Monday, 01 August 2016

July 30-August 1, 2016

National News: Judicial Watch: Ginsberg shouldn't hear voter ID case | Critics see efforts to purge minorities from voter rolls in new election rules | GOP voting restrictions struck down in 3 states | These bosses have an Election Day plan for their employees | What security measures are around voter registration data

Alaska: Alaska ending election night gathering amid budget crunch

Arkansas: 159 local voters affected by registration snafu

Florida: Phantom write-in candidates block voters from elections | Why are they no longer called absentee ballots?

Illinois: Voter registration system back online after hack | Wanted: Election judges (and a lot of them)  

Indiana: Indiana prepares for change to straight-party votes in November

Kansas: Judge: 17,500 suspended voters can cast ballots in all races Tuesday | Are you a Motor Voter? Here's what to expect Tuesday | People confused by judge's ruling on DMV-registered voters | 4200 Sedgwick Co. voters affected by two-tiered system | Sedgwick Co. election workers ready for Tuesday's election | About 15K Douglas Co. voters to have new polling places | Kansas voters have a choice to make, paper or electronic | Change in polling place for Tuesday | One Hutch voting site changes, others stay the same

Maine: Former Vermont governor touts instant-runoff voting in Maine

Massachusetts: Town clerks weight in on early voting coming this fall |Coalition to report on preparations for early voting

Missouri: St. Louis Co. aims to avoid problems of April | Pressure is on as St. Louis BOE readies to regain public trust | St. Louis city election board sued to release absentee ballot records from past four years| Running low on ballots | More than 18K Greene Co. voters affected by electioneering rules

North Carolina: Appeals Court strikes down NC voter ID law | Forsyth BOE may make meetings more accessible to public | County BOE fails to approve early voting schedule | Judge calls summit on Wake election maps

Ohio: Inside Ohio's fight over voting laws

Oregon: Motor Voter law brings surge of registrations statewide | Smooth election still planned in wake of departure of director of elections

Rhode Island: RI to launch online voter registration portal

South Carolina: Richland elections board finally may pay $38K to lawyer who sued

South Dakota: Civil rights officer added to U.S. attorney's office

Tennessee: Heading to the polls? Do this, not that | Anderson mayor seeks election office access records | Early voting ends with huge numbers

Texas: Court OKs early voting location change

U.S. Virgin Islands: District BOE invites public to voting machine test

Vermont: Vermont gears up for mid-summer primary

Virginia: State sets Aug. 8 deadline to cancel voter registration of felons

Wisconsin: Flooding destroys voting machines | Madison's flooded election equipment to be replaced Monday | Flooding damages Madison voting machines just before primary | Judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID, early voting laws | Voter ID ruling has clerks wondering how to proceed | LWV executive eager to encourage people to get to the polls

Friday, 29 July 2016

July 29, 2016

National News: Dem convention gets people Googling 'voter registration' | Could Russian hackers spoil Election Day? | Cutbacks to poll monitor program raise voter intimidation fears | Rock The Vote: Motivating young voters through art and music since 1990

Alabama: Owens poll location may change| Merrill initiates program to increase voter registration

California: Concerns raised about how city handled primary election

Florida: Tommy Doyle: Lee Co. supervisor of elections candidate | Carmen Salome: Lee Co. supervisor of elections candidate | Elections supervisor race gets testy | Some Broward Co. voters sent incorrect voter ID cards | Florida now at 2.2M vote-by-mail requests | Florida election officials preparing for primary

Indiana: Judge keeps sex offender's voting suit alive

Iowa: Muppets help Johnson Co. Fair mock election break record

Kansas: Judge to consider blocking two-tier voting system

Massachusetts: Springfield teachers encourage voter registration | South Short town clerks get ready for early voting

Minnesota: Road work to impact polling place

Missouri: St. Louis Co. hopes to avoid repeat of April election problems

New Mexico: AG's office extending Espaola voter fraud probe

North Carolina: County BOE fails to approve an early voting schedule; state will decide

Ohio: Ohio argues its right to purge voting rolls

Oklahoma: Election laws under review

Texas: He lost after a law changed; can he win now that's it's changing again?

Virginia: Governor to start signing and restoring felons' individual voting rights

Washington: Elections still nailing down Capitol Hill drop box site | New ballot drop box unveiled at Auburn Library | Yakima ballot numbers low ahead of primaries

West Virginia: Harrison Co. reduce early voting sites | County OKs more voting machines

Wisconsin: Voter ID has clerks wondering | Sworn affidavits could make it easier for some to vote | Flooding destroys nearly 200 voting machines in Madison

Thursday, 28 July 2016

July 28, 2018

National News: New technology helps remove barriers to voting | Some officials are getting schooled in running elections

Alabama: Secretary of state releases video encouraging voter registration

Arizona: Secretary of state warns against online registration scams

Arkansas: Officials attempt to verify voting status of thousands marked as felons

California: County rejects, accepts points in grand jury report on 2015 election | New vote center elections model could widen participation gap in California

Florida: Sharon Harrington: Lee Co. supervisor of elections | Dan Sinclair: Lee Co. supervisor of elections | Voters group files lawsuit to stop August pension tax vote | Bucher opponent: Using mosque for voting bad idea from start | Mosque considers legal action for being removed as polling place | Indian River Co. elections office warns mailing not official sample ballot

Hawaii: Early voting temporarily relocated on Kauai

Illinois: Kendall Co. clerk: More help needed for same-day voter registration | County seeks election judges

Kansas: Number of Johnson Co. voting locations has dropped from 2008 | Democratic candidate seeks grand jury to investigate Kobach | New voting machines, paper ballots being used in primary

Massachusetts: Speak Spanish and English? Work election polls in Holyoke | Voters turning to online voter registration | Local election officials running through early voting procedures amid changes

Missouri: Secretary of state says St. Louis election problems being dealt with | Elections change, some judges stay the same | New polling location for Tuesday election

Montana: Native voter registration group to visit Flathead Reservation

North Carolina: Wake Co. BOE may be unable to appeal ruling | Judge wants to know when he can get new Wake Co. voting maps

Ohio: Feds join suit over Ohio voter registration purge | Are you still registered? A court fight might decide

Rhode Island: New voting equipment launches in September

Tennessee: More than 124K Tennesseans taking advantage of early voting | Frustrated voter records faulty voting machine

Texas: What's the fix for Texas' voter ID law?

Utah: Poll: Utahns overwhelmingly would support voting online

Virginia: 'Why don't they want us to vote?' Ex-felons cope with losing voting rights twice in Virginia | Registrars waiting for guidance

Wisconsin: Five running for Polk Co. clerk | At least 17 Madison voting machines destroyed by flood water | Flooding damages elections equipment, ballots