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2016

Monday, 04 April 2016

April 2-4, 2016

National News: How voter ID laws disenfranchise transgender voters | Voting restrictions are impacting elections | New ID laws, long lines raise allegations of voting discrimination

Arizona: SoS defends offer to collect unmailed ballots | MVD link to Pima voting confusion is probed | Purcell: We hope to double polling places for special election | Reagan admits harvesting ballots

Arkansas: Election commission to refer names to prosecutor for possible criminal violations | David denies attacking Soffer after election commission meeting

California: Merced registrar looks to clear up voter-drive questions | County adds to mail-only voting | Supervisors to consider 3 candidates for clerk-recorder/assessor

Florida: Scott signs voter ID law | New law allows Fla. voters to show concealed weapons license as valid ID | At the polls, students earn and learn | PBC elections: Mystery widens why some votes didn't count

Georgia: Gwinnett officials need poll workers for upcoming elections

Illinois: Officials discuss implementing automatic voter registration

Indiana: Voting app expected to go live today |Centers expand to locations across county

Kansas: Woman says DMV wrongly charged her for ID

Maryland: Md. primary voters will be voting differently this year

Massachusetts: State fires Newburyport printing firm amid election ballots dispute | Voting stickers a town tradition

Michigan: April Fools' Day prank encourages voter registration | Ann Arbor to close schools on May 3, an election day

Missouri: Only paper ballots available Tuesday | Early voting hours extended to weekend |Boone Co. clerk will open 47 polling places Tuesday

New Jersey: Special referendum vote could cost Ridgewood taxpayers $40-$50K | Burlington Island board moves back election

New Mexico: New law opens door for young voters

New York: Election Day couldn't happen without poll inspectors like Kate Huddleston | Online registration 'fantastic" for St. Lawrence Co. voters, election commissioners | Stringer issues plan to get more New Yorkers to vote after record-low turnout

North Carolina: Community wants to fight voter ID law | Elections board looks at city council race after wrong ballots issued

Ohio: 402 ballots tossed from primary by BOE

Oregon: Oregon sees surge of unaffiliated voters now willing to pick a party

South Carolina: Richland poll workers say they were overpaid for recent elections

Tennessee: Blount election commission starts planning for new voting machines | Election administrator at center of I-Team investigation begins retirement | Vol State, WANT-FM and election commission partner to train poll officials

Texas: Webb Co. elections office getting ready for Election Day

Virginia: Virginia elections officials preparing for November 8

West Virginia: Tomblin signs voter ID bill | Tomblin signs voter ID, automatic voter registration bill |Clerk: Online voter sign-up not secure  

Wisconsin: In Wisconsin, the path to the voting booth now means a stop at the DMV for many | Primary will test voter ID rule | Statewide server outage makes busy day more difficult for clerk | Shankland, Dems want to expand early voting | DMV expands hours to help voters | GAB disruption Friday morning affected voter registration and absentee voting | Wausau clerk prepares for 60-percent turnout | November lines in spring primary worsened by computer problems | Voter ID rules will be in play Tuesday | First-time voters could boost turnout | Free cab rides to the polls on primary day

Friday, 01 April 2016

April 1, 2016

National News: Could the election be hacked | Why there may be trouble at your polling place this November | Top Republican warns of discrimination at the polls in November | US elections head used political ties, then curbed voting  

Arizona: How did Yavapai fair in election? | Maricopa Co. officials try to double polling sites for May special election | A look at the disastrous Arizona election | Pima Co. narrowly adverts voting disaster | People with disabilities faced more than just long lines | Purcell read, responds to vitriolic comments online   

Arkansas: Gun pulled after Jefferson Co. elections board meeting

Connecticut: Voting districts changing ahead of April primary  

Florida: Voter registration mailers causing confusion in Pasco | Concerns raised after nonprofit sends dead woman, cat voter registration cards | Divided court rules against voting rights groups | Voter application for dead cat prompts Seminole Co. SOE to launch website | New law will boost supervisor of elections pay  

Idaho: County to buy, implement new voting machines  

Illinois: Ballot problems 'embarrassing' but officials see no evidence of malice | Clerk's clarify voter registration mailings  

Indiana: Marion Co. to use high tech voting machines | Voting machines approved for primaries | Straight ticket voting not so straight under Indiana law | Getting ready for the primary election | Marion Co. rolling out new voting system | Vigo voting machines pass readiness test  

Kentucky: Grimes to stop in Louisville to promote OVR | Early voting bill dead in Frankfort  

Maryland: Ex-felons become voters as primary approaches | Calvert Co. unveils new voting system | New voting system to be used in election

Missouri: Senate votes to expand secretary of state powers | St. Louis, St. Louis Co. voters can't use touch-screen machines at Tuesday's election | Senate passes plan to expand secretary of state powers  

Montana: Registering to vote can now be done at DMV

New Jersey: Passaic Co. elections investigating letter urging some voters to discard ballots

New York: A $200K ballot error and other misprints at NYC's BOE  

North Carolina: Warren Co. BOE dismisses protest | Voter ID law had little impact on election

Ohio: County to purchase poll books  

Pennsylvania: 56K people registered to vote in day  

Tennessee: 178 apply for Nashville election chief job  

Texas: Runoff polling places reduced  

Washington: Why no ballot box in Elma?  | New Washington law bars elections officials names from ballot envelopes

West Virginia: Primary voters to be faced with long ballots  

Wisconsin: GAB wants voters to be ready | 'History in the making:' More than 172K absentee ballots issued ahead of primary 

Thursday, 31 March 2016

March 31, 2016

Arizona: Purcell: Voting problems due to lack of money | Church damaged during primary | An Arizona election do-over would require a lawsuit | Officials face more criticism over primary  

Arkansas: State elections division chief quits  

California: Bag filled with voter registration forms, personal info found abandoned in park | Millennial signups surge on state's online registration site | Youth vote boosted by online registration in California  

Colorado: County falls in line with voting system  

Connecticut: Safety concerns lead to school closures on election day  

Florida: Rick Scott OKs pay raise for Florida elections supervisors | Where you live vs. where you vote | Bay Co. SOE: Mailed votes least reliable | One-vote margin sends Riviera Beach runoff to recount

Georgia: Too many elections causing voter fatigue?

Illinois: Moeller sponsors legislation to create automatic voter registration | Tabulation of late-arriving ballots raises county's turnout to almost 50 percent | Candidate says faulty machines cost him DuPage nomination  

Iowa: Iowa justices weigh restoring voting rights | Justices struggle with key issues in Iowa voting rights case  

Michigan: Battle Creek polling places out of Lakeview schools  

Minnesota: In-person absentee voting examined  

New Mexico: Officials: Some 17-year-olds may be able to vote in primary  

North Carolina: Elections office finds lost bag of votes  

Ohio: E-pollbooks makes voting process faster and more accurate | Provisional ballots change final tally | Testimony to wrap up over rules for Ohio ballots  

Oregon: Election clock ticking for some voters to make their choices  

Rhode Island: State website aims to simplify absentee ballots  

Tennessee: Cheatham election office to get new look

Texas: This app wants to make it easier for voter to register online | Bell Co. Demi want electronic voting | Secretary of state talks voter ID laws before election | Student voter initiative in El Paso encourages turnout | County election employee fired over ballot errors | Judge again rules commissioner election result stands despite errors  

Wisconsin: Wisconsin opens second student voter ID location | Madison citizens asked by police to be 'extremely vigilant' on primary day | Early voting surges in Milwaukee

Wyoming: Ed Murray: Pros and Cons to Wyoming presidential primary  

 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

March 30, 2016

National News: Internet voting unlikely to replace paper ballots in US | Paper vs. electronic voting machines: States move in different directions  

Arizona: As some Sun City voters steam, lawmakers will address election lines | Pinal Co. had complaints of registration errors | Voters let elections officials have it | Recorder's office breaks down provisional ballots from PPE | Almost 50% of eligible Maricopa voters cast ballots | Purcell shaken by voter rage over AZ primary but won't quit | Mistaken party affiliation could make some provisional ballots count | Local metal band releases song protesting Maricopa Co. voting debacle  

Connecticut: Milford decides to close schools for primary  

Florida: Scott calls pay hike for supervisors the 'right thing to do'  

Georgia: Runoff voting quick and easy | Low voter turnout for special election  

Illinois: Party demands election investigation  

Iowa: Voting rights case has high stakes for Iowa felons who voted | Court case could restore felon voting rights  

Kentucky: Early voting bill before Senate  

Louisiana: Senators refuse to change absentee voting rules  

Maryland: Decision on filling Aberdeen vacancy pushed to April  

Massachusetts: Fight over state's election ballots  

Michigan: Traverse City clerk recommends new polling place  

Minnesota: City launching aggressive effort to increase voter turnout  

Montana: Groups push Montana agencies to comply with voter laws  

New Mexico: County clerks expect to let some 17-year-olds vote in June primaries

New York: Election commissioner urges North Syracuse to move elections to November  

North Carolina: New voter ID law means lost licenses  

Ohio: Lucas Co. tossed 436 provisional votes | Miami Co. BOE reviews provisional ballots | Meyer succeeds Terry as Allen Co. elections director  

Pennsylvania: County swamped by voter registrations on deadline | Last-minute party switchers, new voters visit elections office before deadline | In Pa., online registration a boon to young voters | Pa. preps for primary  

Rhode Island: General Assembly approves OVR  

Tennessee: Tennessee a step closer to online voter registration  

Texas: Counties prepare for big election turnouts  

Wisconsin: Wisconsin's voter ID law requires education campaign | Sanders criticizes voter ID law in Wisconsin | Officials confident photo ID law won't snarl polls  

Wyoming: Commissioners eye county election budget  

 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

March 29, 2016

National News: New report shows Millennial and minority voters face obstacles at the polls   

Arizona: House panel to review election foul-ups | Election officials admit presidential primary mistakes | Reagan on lack of polling sites: 'I wished we had questioned it' | Maricopa Co. recorder answers questions about election debacle | Furious protesters demand re-vote of primary | Voters scream over problems in Maricopa Co. | Behind-the-scenes issues caused problems for primary voters | Reagan: Office has no jurisdiction over county polling places in PPE | Smooth sailing in Graham, Greenlee in PPE | Arizona election official apologizes for long wait at polls  | Arizona officials weigh caucus vs. primary | Arizona election foul-ups come under intense scrutiny

California: Fresno Co. preps for special election  

Connecticut: Killingly added back a polling location  

Idaho: Ada Co. trains Boise State students last election workers  

Illinois: Budget battle delays same-day voter registration law | Budget mess could mean election-day headaches | Report on McHenry Co. election problems likely getting May release | Cahokia man faces perjury charges in vote fraud case 

Louisiana: State auditors question court clerk Morrell's spending practices  

Maine: Bill to end Maine caucuses backed by cities, towns and secretary of state  

Maryland: County seeks judges ahead of primaries  

Michigan: Precinct needs new polling place  

Mississippi: Charges tossed against Franklin Co. poll workers  

Missouri: Legislative battle looms on voter ID  

Montana: Full-time election office to open on Blackfeet reservation | Satellite voting office opening in Browning  

New Hampshire: Merrimack to add more polling sites for elections  

New Mexico: SoS won't say if 17-year-olds will be able to vote in primaries  

New York: Judge reverses decision in deputy elections commissioner case  

North Carolina: Surge in Wake Co. high school students registering to vote  

Ohio: Miami Co. BOE approves, rejects provisional ballots | More than 400 ballots won't be counted in Hamilton Co. | Former SoS denies Husted followed same rules for 17-year-olds | Summit Co. buys property for early voting site  

Texas: Lingering cases could affect presidential election in Texas  

Utah: Poll: Utahns like vote-by-mail options  

Virginia: Va. man accused of shooting parents to death  

Wisconsin: Campus gears up for primary day | UW-Madison plans push to get students voter IDs before primary | Election director: Primary will be first big tests of voter ID law

West Virginia: $1M spent on voting upgrades in Ohio Co.  

 

Monday, 28 March 2016

March 26-28, 2016

National News: A look at voter access across the U.S. | DOJ Voting Rights unit adapts after Supreme Court ruling  

Arizona: New Mohave voting system worked fine | Paperwork fouls-up stalled out election in Pima Co. | ACLU documents complaints over election | Secretary of state apologizes to voters | Secretary of state opens website to report election complaints | Purcell's bad day spurs challengers | Voting wait times varied from 2 minutes to 5 hours | Officials weigh primary vs. caucus | AG wants to keep election results mum until last vote cast | Investigations begin in voting irregularities | LWV calls for election reform | Poll workers don't punch a clock  

California: Kern Co. elections office to send important information to voters  

Colorado: Study finds voters like reforms to elections  

Florida: Five questions for Ion Sancho | Election officials want fixes for 'historically flawed' voting system | After voting issues, a call for paper trail  

Illinois: Vendor whose website crashed on election night donated to former clerk | Budget mess could mean long lines, headaches on Election Day  

Iowa: Auditor seeks re-election  

Kentucky: Early voting bill still in Senate committee | BOE looks at utilizing multiple check-in books at precincts

Louisiana: Andrews appointed as registrar | How much is April 9 election costing taxpayers? | Ponchatoula residents urged to use early voting  

Missouri: Voter ID up  next in Mo. Legislature | New poll pads cut time for voters  

Montana: Glacier Co. launches election services at satellite office  

Nebraska: Voter registration app up for national award  

Nevada: Want to save $1.5M and a forest? Get your ballot online  

New Jersey: General election, mail-in ballots make work for clerk's office  

New York: BOE confuses city voters about primary dates  

North Carolina: Elections officials explore long lines in Havelock  

North Dakota: Auditor changes stance on voter registration  

Ohio: Legitimate ballots weren't counted; flawed ballots were, witnesses say  

Pennsylvania: Legal challenges delay thousands of absentee ballots  

South Dakota: County keeping Swifter as vote center  

Texas: Texas voters as SCOTUS to block voter ID law | Civil rights groups ask SCOTUS to intervene | Hispanic students plan voter registration drive  

Utah: Salt Lake Co. relying heavily on vote-by-mail this election  

Wisconsin: GAB: Minimal provisional ballots may indicate voter ID law not having a negative impact | Election Director: Be prepared for voting | Director of GAB on changes to ID policy, poll worker readiness

Friday, 25 March 2016

March 25, 2016

National: Voting Rights Institute gets $1M from MacArthur  

Alabama: Commission chairman explains past voting machine rental 'mess'  

Arizona: Pima Co. issuing new voter notification cards | Yuma Co. avoids voters issues in contrast to state | Thousands of provisional ballots remain to be counted in Yavapai | Pinal residents breeze through polling places | Arizona Dems call for investigation into voter suppression, long lines | White House to respond to petition alleging voter suppression in Arizona | Glendale resident plans to challenge Maricopa Co. elections chief this fall | Fewer than expected mailed in ballots | AG wants to keep elections results from being released while voters are still in line | Maricopa Co. elections still counting votes | Election could cost Pima Co. $1M  

Arkansas: Vote criticized but nothing filed

California: Recent changes in election law will allow more flexible tallying for mailed-in ballots | More will get mail-in ballots as Merced Co. forms new precincts | This time, results will come quick, ROV says | DA finds no wrongdoing in Carmel ballot stapling investigation  

Florida: Voting rights groups blocks from recouping legal fees | Challenger for Walker as supervisor of elections in St. Lucie Co.  

Georgia: Macon-Bibb elections officials prepare for new early voting location  

Hawaii: Bill would put Hawaiian language on ballots  

Illinois: Galesburg sees increase in same day voter registration  

Indiana: Voting machines pass the test | No reconsideration seen this spring on ISU voting center  

Kentucky: Grimes scheduled to speak at UK election law symposium  

Michigan: Questions surround resignation of Grant Twp. clerk  

Mississippi: Voter fraud charges filed against poll workers  

Missouri: KC election board installs update to speed up voting ahead of April 5 election  

New Hampshire: Senate defeats bill to allow online voter registration  

New Mexico: Voter ID committee chosen | Dona Ana Co. not behind calls  

North Carolina: Wake elections board makes first voter ID decision | Voter ID requirement posed no problem in Brunswick | Canvas sees most provisionals ever  

Ohio: Franklin Co. official: Some 2014 ballots wrongly rejected | County poised to buy early voting site  

Pennsylvania: Flemington polling place moves to Red Eye Center

Utah: Herbert says Utah should return to primary system  

Wisconsin: Clerks expecting uptick in absentee voting  

 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

March 24, 2016

National News: Starbucks, Univision, Democracy Works aim to boost voter turnout | Tech tiptoes into the voting process

Alaska: Anchorage assembly members approve vote-by-mail elections

Arizona: Civil rights activist forgives Maricopa Co. election organizer | Elections officials look into reports of Pima Co. voting problems | Some voters surprised by party registration changes at polls | How do long lines, Independent voters impact Arizona's voting system? | Phoenix official backtracks after blaming voters for lines | Supervisors directed elections officials to be 'frugal' with presidential preference | Arizona leaders demand changes after primary election struggles | Lawmaker looking to prevent future voting nightmares | County recorder takes responsibility for voting debacle | Phoenix mayor calls for DOJ probe of Maricopa Co.  | Protestors gather at capital | 'Democratic' voters got party wrong, says county election chief | Purcell takes blame for voter lines, says she won't resign | Reagan to look into long voter wait times | Election went smoothly, coordinator says | Estimated 90% of Pima Co. voters cast ballots early | Polling places reduced to save money | Precinct worker concerned Tuesday's snafu may impact future elections

Arkansas: Vote criticized but nothing filed

California: Merced Co. planning for high voter turnout | Garden Grove residents debate proposals for new voting districts | County fixing error in cards for voters | Long Beach city clerk says election preparations on track | Sacramento Co. registrar acknowledges problems in elections office

Connecticut: Democrats support 'motor voter' bill

Florida: What happened with primary ballots in Orange Co.?  

Illinois: Huntley oversees her final election | Vermillion Co. Dem chair says voters were disenfranchised  

Kentucky: More thank 10K Kentuckians have utilized GoVoteKY.com

Louisiana: Delmas Taylor will retire as registrar of voters | Voters prepare to vote early in April 9 election

Massachusetts: Worcester election commission seeks extra $75K for early voting  

Minnesota: 'No excuse' voting comes to Ely

Missouri: Another possible showdown over MO voter ID

Montana: Mail-in voting expected to minimize lines in Montana

New York: Large influx of online voter registration causes system freeze | 8,500 NYC public school students register to vote in 2nd annual push  

North Carolina: Activists: Voters faced challenges because of NC photo ID requirement | Durham Co. elections chief Michael Perry: Do your job, citizens | Voters experience problems at the primary polls | Half of provisional ballots tossed out  

Oregon: Secretary of state highlights voting importance  

Pennsylvania: Students learn about electoral process  

Tennessee: Report slams Davidson Co. election commission over credit cards | Election commission requesting $125K for staff increase  

Texas: Appeals court sets May 24 re-hearing in voter ID case | Prairie View A&M will have on-campus polling place for May runoff  

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes voter registration bill  

Wisconsin: Write-in candidates mean headaches for Onalaska election officials | Vote Riders help spread the word about ID | Select bus shelters offer voter ID information ahead of April election

 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

March 23, 2016

National News: U.S. states giving more ex-felons voting rights back | Why don't Millennials vote? | Groups to raise concerns about mailed ballots  

Alabama: Dale commission chair addresses voting machines rental for upcoming election  

Arizona: Many encounter long lines to vote in primary | Long lines forming at polling places around Maricopa County | Lines bog down Arizona primary | Demi party to investigate after voters told they're not eligible | Proposed bill would change primary to caucus system | Voters having trouble finding west-side polling place | Long lines persist in Maricopa Co. | Fewer polling place, independent voters causing long lines | Long line, too few polls anger Phoenix voters | Ineligible indies insist on voting | Voter frustrated by long lines  

Arkansas: Election chief urges inquiry at courthouse  

Colorado: Voting changes reap positive results | Study: Colorado's election law changes saving state time, money

Florida: Bucher, Gannon question claims of PBC voter registration mix-ups | 'Super' Stief honored by county election office  

Georgia: Campaign photo 'permissible' with caveat | Chatham Co. officials trying to avoid voter confusion in March 29 runoff, special election

Guam: Young voter bill backed

Illinois: Appeals court denies Barnard's request, no late voting in Adams County | Voting machines retabulated in Winnebago Co. | Failed Sangamon Co. candidate files complaint over primary election problems  

Indiana: Commissioners approve final primary polling places

Louisiana: Voting by mail could be allowed by any voter under new bill | Voting by mail moved by committee

Missouri: Problems that lead to long lines in KC now fixed  

New York: Online DMV voter registration hits all time high | NY sees surge in registrations ahead of primary | New online voter program causing St. Lawrence Co. elections official headaches  

North Carolina: 17 Cumberland Co. voters lacked proper ID in primaries | Election board reports high voter turnout | County election canvass delayed until Thursday | Forsyth election results not yet complete | GOP: Cooper has conflict in voter ID case | Voter blames race for being singled out at polls, asked to spell name | 61 Richmond Co. provisional ballots rejected  

Pennsylvania: Penn State partnering with TurboVote to increase student participation | Addison Borough polling place move gets OK

Rhode Island: Gorbea providing voter ID cards ahead of primary

Tennessee: Interim administrator for Davidson Co. election commission appointed

Texas: App connects voters with short polling lines in Texas' Collin Co.

Washington: Secretary of state calls for same day primaries | Island Co. auditor concerned about discrepancies in ballot deliveries

West Virginia: W. Va. may become third automatic voter sign up state  

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

March 22, 2016

National News: U.S. has 'worst elections by any long-established democracy,' report finds 

Arizona: Old voting equipment takes final bow | Voters may have jumped the gun with early mail-in ballots | Closure of Tucson's mail facility delayed again | Bus to stop at voting center in Bisbee | Presidential preference election causing confusion among voters | More than 460K early ballots cast in primary 

Arkansas: Settlement reached in early voting lawsuit 

California: DA investigates alleged ballot tampering in Carmel | Solano modifies election calendar deadlines | Placer Co. poll worker volunteers sought 

Colorado: New voting equipment 

Connecticut: Committee vote delays implementation DMV voter registration 

Florida: Commissioner: Hundreds of PBC voters barred from primaries because of DMV mix-up | Federal judge throws out Jefferson Co. districts for counting prisoners | Elections office clarifies rules on voting by mail 

Georgia: DeKalb special election won't be held till November 

Illinois: An election judge's day: Long, hectic and rewarding | Barnard files motion in appellate court in last-ditch effort to allow late voting | Winnebago Co. clerk's office to retabulate voting machines | Concerns continue over Illinois primary 

Kentucky: Senate approves bill to clear path for ex-felon voting rights | Voting sites moving in 27 Jefferson precincts 

Missouri: Senate Dems hope for compromise on voter ID proposal 

Montana: Montana GOP urges SCOTUS to allow closed primary 

Nevada: Task force prepares for election contingencies 

North Carolina: Forsyth election officials may extend canvass 

Ohio: Votes need to be counted faster says head of Cuyahoga elections board | Voting safeguard for violence victims 

Pennsylvania: OVR site now allows upload of digital signature | Pa. launches voting campaign at SU 

Rhode Island: RI BOE withholds docs on embattled executive director 

Tennessee: Election commission to send more voting machines to voting sites 

Texas: Judge: Commissioner election results stand 

Vermont: Tabulators still available to hand-counting towns 

Virginia: SCOTUS may decide against Va. GOP in redistricting fight 

West Virginia: Wood Co. clerk looking for alternate poll workers 

Wisconsin: Polls busy as early voting begins 

Wyoming: Casper centralizes polling places