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Friday, 05 February 2016

February 5, 2016

National News: New evidence that voter ID laws 'skew democracy' in favor of white Republicans | Federal official requires citizenship proof for voter registration in 3 states

Arizona: No transparency: Ballot envelopes to be opaque | House passes bill making it a crime to turn in others' early ballots

Arkansas: Election commission to pay poll workers during early voting

California: SoS urges San Diego students to vote | New Tech students prepare for election season

Colorado: Clerks learn of assisted funds to purchase new voting equipment

Florida: Legislature may force cities to hold elections in November

Georgia: Macon-Bibb elections board clears another hurdle to moving office

Illinois: In DeKalb Co. early voting begins without ballots

Kansas: Commissioners agree to 8-year lease on voting equipment | Kobach seeks to stop ballot questions mailers at taxpayer expense

Kentucky: House passes felon voting restoration bill

Maryland: Md. ditches early-voting machines that don't display all candidates' names | Maryland ditches touch screen machines for early voting | Alphabet soup: Glitch prompts state to scrap machines for early voting | MD Senate scheduled to vote to overturn veto of felon voting bill

Massachusetts: Galvin: OVR 'phenomenal' as deadline approaches

Missouri: Senate Dems likely to filibusters photo ID proposals | Secretary of state candidate targets voter fraud

Montana: Fort Belknap calls for more voting offices

New Hampshire: Tuesday's NH primary will be first with voter ID law in place | Election officials in NH to use cameras to document voters | Meet the guard dog who keeps the New Hampshire primary first

New Mexico: Gov. OKs action on election bills

North Carolina: Does NC voter ID law suppress minority votes? | McGrady, Whitmire comments come up in voter ID trial | Forum takes place explaining new voter ID law | Video tries to clear up confusion on voter ID | Judge now debating voter ID case | Idea of absentee voting gaining attention

Ohio: 4100 Ohio ballots tossed in 2014-15 for technical errors, lawsuit says | Hamilton Co. BOE move puts city and county at odds | Butler Co. needs poll workers | Jones retires from election board

Oregon: Voter registration climbs under Motor Voter | Gov. Brown: Motor Voter makes Oregon a 'leader' | Oregon's Motor Voter law boost rolls by 4300

Pennsylvania: Voting wards changing

Tennessee: Republican primary voters to see 10-page ballot

Virginia: Botetourt Co. seeks election workers for primariesVa. elections board officially repeals loyalty oath | Fairfax Co.: Election officers still needed

Washington: House once again passes Voting Rights Act

Wisconsin: Interest in early voting surges

Wyoming: Secretary of State Murray announces new election director

Thursday, 04 February 2016

February 4, 2016

National News: Ryan backs voting rights bill--but tells black caucus it's out of his hands

Alabama: State urges judge to let voter ID stand

Arkansas: John Lyon elected Crawford Co. election commissioner | County receives state funds to help with primary election costs

California: Santa Rosa City Clerk Terri Griffin retiring

Colorado: Logan Co. commissioners discuss new voting equipment purchase | El Paso Co. hasn't notified voters about precinct changes

District of Columbia: D.C. elections board seeks to reverse judge's ruling

Florida: New voting machines this election season

Georgia: Georgia sets new voter registration record | Phyllis Wheeler rehired to lead McDuffie elections | It may soon be safe to wear NRA cap to polls in Georgia

Illinois: State certification eases ballot delay, all objections lifted

Louisiana: Schedler speaks on voting process, new tech

Maryland: Maryland may scrap touch-screens for early voting too

Massachusetts: Scituate town clerk's office has 4 elections and town meeting to prep for | Attleboro councilors vote to move city's Ward 1 polling place

Michigan: State error prompts voter cancellation notices | Township clerk helps dozens of students register

Mississippi: Election reform may actually happen in Mississippi

Missouri: City to refer all calls concerning the election process to the county

New Jersey: Why the 2015 election is (still) not over in Salem Co.

New Mexico: Candidates vie for secretary of state post after scandal

New York: Debate over early voting in New York heats up

North Carolina: Cooper, Spaulding spar over voter ID | Mecklenburg elections office shows Panther pride

North Dakota: Motion to dismiss voter ID lawsuit filed

Ohio: Hamilton Co. BOE approves relocation to Norwood | Sullivan elections commissioner resigning

Oklahoma: New online absentee ballot request system launched

Tennessee: Voting convenience centers on the horizon

Texas: Democrats struggle to find poll workers | Future election day voting locations could change in Wichita Co.

Utah: Clerks close to receiving OK to release unofficial results prior to official count

Virginia: JUM students promote the vote | Senate committee passes bill banning primary loyalty oaths | Polling changes approved

Wisconsin: Bill to allow online voter registration, bar local IDs | OVR bill clears election committee

Wednesday, 03 February 2016

February 3, 2016

National News: Change at federal election agency muddles Kansas voter registration laws

Alabama: State urges judge to let voter ID law stand | Alabama launches online voter registration | House Democrats push for automatic voter registration

California: Secretary of state's office recruiting new CIO | Conference to spotlight efforts to modernize elections and boost turnout

Connecticut: Feds probing how Connecticut handles disabled voters ballots

Florida: Voter website exposing personal information

Illinois: Early primary voting in Rockford delayed | Will Co. offers election day registration in all precincts | County early voting back on schedule after board ruling | McHenry Co. agencies aim to boost turnout by informing residents about voting

Iowa: Linn Co. special elections and absentee voting extended due to weather

Kansas: Wichita State statistician casts vote for regular auditing of voting machines

Kentucky: Once again, KY lawmakers consider restoring voting rights

Maryland: Election judges needed in St. Mary's

Massachusetts: Galvin believes Baker underfunded new early voting requirement in budget

Michigan: IM considers single polling location at Bay West College

Mississippi: Election chief pushing for reform

Missouri: Photo voter ID arguments renewed | Crawford Co. mail-in ballot process | Polling sites could deter some voters | Hannibals' Fifth Ward has a new election day home | Primary to cost Pike Co. $23K

Nevada: Post Office: Voter registration snag fixed

New Hampshire: Voter information: Polling places, voter ID, report problems

New Jersey: McGettigan responds to report on provisional ballots

New Mexico: Partisan candidates vie for secretary of state in New Mexico | New Mexico residents embrace online voter registration

New York: Settlement: Village to monitor voter registration challenges | Legislation to combine primaries passes in Assembly

North Carolina: NC awaits voter ID ruling | State NAACP to redouble efforts to get out vote in light of photo ID requirement | Duke campus to host early voting site

South Carolina: Bill proposes requiring high schools to provide voter registration cards

Tennessee: Would-be voter registrants locked out of election office | Auditors sent to review Nashville election commission credit cards

Texas: Bexar elections office sees record increase in voter registration

Utah: Bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting defeated

Virginia: Bill for postage-paid absentee voting dies | Suffolk polling place relocations to be considered tonight | State spent more than $62K on voting oath GOP now wants to scrap

Wisconsin: Advocates work to help older voters avoid polling place setbacks | GAB: Voters should be prepared for photo ID

Tuesday, 02 February 2016

February 2, 2016

Alabama: State: Voter ID law provision expands access | Alabama voters can now register online | Alabama launches online voter registration

Arizona: Phoenix mayor disapproves of ballot collection ban | House panel approves bill changing electoral votes

Arkansas: New voting machines being tested in four counties | Voter registration keeps clerk's office busy

Florida: Flagler commissioner suggests forensic audit of elections office finances

Kansas: Public gets to see new voting machines in Sedgwick Co. | Statistician encourages voters to test new voting machines | Bill for same-day registration introduced

Kentucky: Voting restoration measure again heading to House floor

Mississippi: Rankin election officers request new voting machines

Missouri: Voter ID bills go to Senate committee| House voter ID begins journey in Senate

Montana: Satellite voting offices extend opportunity to thousands living on Indian reservations | McCulloch announces satellite voting offices on reservations | Missoula needs more election judges to prevent long lines

New Jersey: Errors lead to lack of provisional ballots in Atlantic Co., report says

New Mexico: Voters flock to new online voter registration system | State rep. wants to regulate early voting places

New York: $575K settlement in Sullivan discrimination case brought by Hasidic voters | Monitor appointed to protect voting rights of Hasidic Jews | Colton looking for election poll workers

North Carolina: Ruling may be weeks away in voter ID suit | Decision in NC's voter ID suit now rests with federal judge | Marr sworn in as Polk's new election director | Election official's advice to those without ID

Ohio: Absente ballot fix could miss Summit Co.| Location of seven Central Ohio polling places changing | Electronic poll books debut in Marion Co.

Tennessee: Election commission inspects early voting machines as primary approaches | Testing voting machines | Election commission votes to move precincts, can't for primary | Nashville election chairman calls TV report 'b----', quits

Virginia: March 1 now a student holiday in Henrico schools | Senate passes bill to expand absentee voting

Wisconsin: Elections board pushes voter ID information | State's low-key educational effort on new voter ID requirement irks critics

Monday, 01 February 2016

January 30-February 1, 2016

National News: Could the 2016 election settle the voter ID debate? | New state voting laws face first presidential election test | Eight states have voter registration deadlines this week | What would happen if America made voting mandatory

Arkansas: Election officials prepare for primary | East Side Baptist Church named early voting site

California: SJ Co. officials work year-round to make elections happen| Paying for California's elections remains big concern among registrars | Internet voting is just too hackable, say security experts | November's big ballot probably won't be downsized by new election law | Gas leak forces Padillia family to evacuate

District of Columbia: Judge halts DC ballot measure| D.C. judge shoots down public vote on minimum wage

Florida: For Miami-Dade, a new 'I Voted' sticker

Georgia: Elections board getting ready for primary

Illinois: Grundy Co. voters to see delay in early voting, vote-by-mail | Issues arise over early voting date

Indiana: Plan aims to increase voter turnout in Elkhart Co.

Iowa: Councilwoman: Special election is costly for city

Kansas: Minority groups push for same-day voter registration | Civil rights panel weighing testimony on Kansas voting laws | Ex-Kansas House member named Johnson Co. elections chief | New voting equipment on the way to Sedgwick Co.

Kentucky: Bill would let voters cast ballots early and in person

Maine: House Republicans question legality of ranked choice voting

Maryland: New voting system | Maryland Senate awaits replacement lawmaker before close veto override vote | Paper ballot system will be ready for April primaries | New paper ballot system ready, but officials question whether voters are

Massachusetts: Selectmen nix polling change

Mississippi: Facebook reminds users about voter registration for upcoming primary

Missouri: County acquires new election technology | NAACP wants some St. Louis Co. polling places moved

Nebraska: Secretary of state says ballot selfies foster fraud

New Hampshire: Voters will be asked for ID, but can vote without it | Midnight voting a tradition for some

New Mexico: Mix-up means some not registered to vote | Panel kills bill to expand state's voter pool | Ex-secretary of state may seek to return to position

New York: Saugerties village won't have to use voting machines

North Carolina: Inside Scoop: Voting numbers | Federal trial on voter ID expected to wrap up Monday | Education about photo ID continues | Democratic candidates for governor spar over voting law | Voting rights teach-in aims to educate

Ohio: Absentee ballot postmark fix proposed by Husted | Husted issues new rules to prevent thousands of absentee ballots from being tossed out, again | Seneca elections board has new director | Officials to redesign absentee ballot envelopes

Pennsylvania: Pa. joins ERIC | Former planning director transitions to new county role

Rhode Island: Lawmakers to vote on online voter registration

South Dakota: Vote at neighborhood precincts in April

Tennessee: Shelby Co. election commission makes offer for new administrator

Texas: Five things to know about voter registration

Virginia: Democrats ask judge to add 1 week to voter ID trial | GOP abandons loyalty oath

Friday, 29 January 2016

January 29, 2016

California: Vote-by-mail continues to grow | Padilla knows firsthand why so many don't vote

Georgia: New app makes voter registration easier as deadline looms

Illinois: Kane Co. clerk announces early voting delay | Early primary voting delayed by candidate ballot challenges

Kansas: Commission on civil rights questions Kansas voter ID law

Maryland: New machines, new location for early voting

Massachusetts: Group pushes for automatic voter registration in Mass.

Michigan: Canton faces 'crunch time' to hire election workers

Missouri: New electronic voting equipment to be utilized in upcoming local elections

Montana: Missoula Co. 'desperate' for election judges

Nebraska: Ballot selfies opposed by secretary of state

New York: Early voting, could it save money?

North Carolina: Witnesses express concern about voter ID law | Plaintiffs rest their case on 4th day of voter ID trial | NAACP lawyer grills elections director in trial over photo IDs | BOE expected to hear challenge for WSSU early voting site

Ohio: Husted throws support behind OVR | GOP replaces elections board member | County BOE preparing for primary |

Pennsylvania: Not yet registered to vote? Now you can do it online | Pa. seeks to improve accuracy of voter rolls | Rahn named to head Chesco voter services | Luzerne Co. officials scramble to fill election board vacancies

Texas: Voting machines presented| Election officials earn certification

Virginia: Little River poll site moved

West Virginia: Commission approves changes to emergency absentee voting policy

Thursday, 28 January 2016

January 28, 2016

Alabama: Online voting for military members from Alabama serving overseas

Colorado: Crane to serve as president of Colorado County Clerk's Association president

Connecticut: Andover Democratic registrar resigns

Florida: See your vote counted with new Hillsborough machines

Illinois: Grundy Co. clerk holds classes for election judges

Iowa: New voting machines coming for Delaware Co.

Kansas: Official wants to toss lawsuit over audit of voting machines | Kansas voting machine audit lawsuit: Statistician's lawyer says votes audit is vital, each 1 counts

Massachusetts: Holyoke clerk's office preparing for presidential primary | Attleboro councilors balk at changing polling place

Mississippi: Printers removed from voting machines

Missouri: House passes voter ID bills

Montana: Blackfeet push county for Heart Butte voting office

Nebraska: Legislature weighs future of state's election technology

New Hampshire: Bill would allow OVR | Election officials ready for photo ID law

New Mexico: Potential GOP SoS candidate directs petitioners to legislative web page

North Carolina: Plaintiff's testimony to continue on Thursday in voter ID trial | Witness: Cultural differences cause voter ID headaches| Homeless voter get a voice in voter ID trial | Arrest warrant issued for former BOE director

Ohio: Miami Co. BOE proofs, approves ballots | Elections board needs dozens more poll workers | Election official seeks extra poll workers

Oklahoma: Polling places change for Hillsdale, Garber and Kremlin voters

Pennsylvania: Former Philly election official charged | Philly elections chiefs nix dock-their-pay proposal--for now

Tennessee: High school students register to vote in school | Nashville's own 'Rock the Vote' on pace for teen registration record

Texas: Waller Co. OKs 2 days of early voting at historically black campus | Young Co. precincts receive FEMA reimbursements | Burnet Co. to bring back election functions to Square

Virginia: Polling place now on opposite side of GHS

Wisconsin: IDs from Wisconsin towns, counties could not be used for voting under GOP bill | Clerks fear loss of support after GAB dissolves

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

January 27, 2016

California: Here's why California's new DMV voter registration law won't raise turnout rates anytime soon | Santa Clara registrar of voters debuts VoteCal

Florida: Elections chief says Florida ready for a big year | Plan to pay election supervisors more gets pushback | Supervisors want voters to dictate timing | Secret voter data bill, on shaky ground, is tabled a second time

Georgia: Students find long-lost grave of Ga. man killed for voting in 1948

Indiana: Officials question election bill

Kansas: Wichita man accused of voter fraud

Kentucky: Early voting bill under consideration

Louisiana: Registrar of voters stresses primary voting rules | Facebook urging Louisiana users to register to vote

Massachusetts: North Attleborough Selectman proposes election reform

Michigan: Local officials sue Michigan over ballot info law

Missouri: Clinton campaign slams voter ID legislation

Montana: Absentee ballots on the way to Yellowstone Co. voters

New Mexico: Municipal election early voting off to slow start

New York: Mayor Stephanie Minor proposes methods to increase voter participation

North Carolina: Expert at voter ID trial: Blacks are twice as likely to not have photo IDs | How NC voter ID law has become a dangerous force | County officials keep close watch on voter ID trial | Rev. Barber testifies on second day of voter ID trial | Meet the 94-year-old Civil Rights activist who is challenging the voter ID law | SBI to investigate possible vote buying in Lumberton

Ohio: Athens among many Ohio counties seeking poll workers for election day | Christian group, tea party activists urge delay in OVR | State Rep. Clyde calls for solution to some ballots not being counted | Elections board recommendations made | New technology for Auglaize Co. elections

South Carolina: Oconee to prep for primaries

Tennessee: Ballots estimated to cost $38K for March 1 primary | Election commission to appear in court over election results | Lawmakers push for online voter registration

Texas: Paper vs. electronic | Brazos Co. voters no longer have to vote at precincts with new program | Commissioners approve poll worker salaries

Utah: By-mail ballots may come closer to election

Virginia: Senate panel backs bills to ease absentee voting

West Virginia: New voting machines arrive in Ohio Co.

Wisconsin: Ready to vote? Get ready to be carded

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

January 26, 2016

National: North Carolina voter ID case could have ramifications across U.S. | Service members should register and request absentee ballots now

Alabama: Judge sets hearing in suit against Alabama voter ID law | SCOTUS: Shelby Co. cannot reclaim $2M in Voting Rights Act legal fees

Arizona: House committee OKs bill banning ballot collection | County cuts election costs with interchangeable polls

Colorado: Counties receive funding for new voting systems | Voting booth displayed at county courthouse

Florida: Hacking into supervisor of elections office | WMNF tells you how to vote; Craig Latimer answers questions

Georgia: Lawsuit filed over release of Ga. voter's data dismissed

Illinois: Pending objections delay early, vote-by-mail ballots

Indiana: Shortage of e-poll books to limit use in county primary elections

Kansas: Kobach proposes voting-machine audits, files new voter fraud cases | Kobach seeks to mandate audits of Kansas election results | County to hold public review of new voting machines | Former Hays man says Kobach's office never contacted him | County tests ballot machines

Michigan: Mayor puts the brakes on elections billboard contract

Mississippi: Mississippi House election to be challenged?

Missouri: House passes voter ID law | Secretary of state hopeful campaigns in Nodaway

New Hampshire: Judges prepare for first primary with ID

New Mexico: Rep. Espinoza preparing for a possible SoS run | GOP leader weighs secretary of state run

New York: Early voting: Cuomo wants it, counties have concerns | Lawyers clash over sanctions for Suffolk election official

North Carolina: Arguments over voter ID begin in federal court | NC voter ID requirement on trial in federal court | Wisconsin professor questions NC legislators' claims that voter ID law aimed to prevent fraud | Orange Co. prepares for new ID law | Benson to cast ballots again | Expert: Exceptions still leave obstacles

Ohio: House committee will consider OVR | Hamilton Co. BOE making changes to avoid election day glitches | Norwood favorite for new election HQ | Poll changes coming for next election | Husted appoints Rettig to BOE

Oklahoma; Legislation filed to clarify state's voting rights law | Election board prepares for Feb. 9

Tennessee: Proposed laws would stream line Tennessee voter registration

Texas: Sixth and final person sentenced in vote-buying case | State OKs vote centers for Brazos Valley

Virginia: GOP leaders asked to push off ballot questions until after 2016

Monday, 25 January 2016

January 23-25, 2016

National News: This startup wants to replace voting machines

Alabama: Committee working to restore felons' voting rights

Arkansas: Lack of poll workers closes one polling site | Retirements close county polling site | Winter weather worries Benton Co. election officials

California: VoteCal now in Tuolumne Co.

Colorado: Federal funds to help with new voting system costs

Connecticut: Danielson Borough council wants new election option

Florida: Duval Co. task force aims to register 30K Hispanic voters this year

Illinois: Early voting outgrows Park Ridge City Hall | Petition challenges to delay early voting| Kane Co. clerk saves money preparing for new voter registration law

Indiana: Electronic poll books have limited role in Porter Co. | Loser of ties southern Indiana mayor's race won't appeal

Massachusetts: Disagreement over whether town clerk position should be appointed

Minnesota: Parkview withdraws as polling place

Mississippi: Plan to increase Mississippi voter turnout gain steam | ACLU supports changes to election laws | Disputes expose election flaws | Harrison Co. clerk visits schools to register teens

Missouri: New voter ID cards mailed | Secretary of state candidate supports voter ID law

Montana: Group discusses 'motor voter law' claims | Missoula sends out vote-by-mail confirmations

New Hampshire: Clerks expect smooth sailing in first national election under fully-implemented voter ID law

New Mexico: New SoS outlines office's goals, successes | Oliver kicks of secretary of state campaign | New polling places open for early voting

North Carolina: Battle over voting rights restrictions moves to North Carolina | With voter ID mandate soon to begin, trial begins | Trial to start over North Carolina's voter ID | Same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting back--for now | NC voter ID trial opens | Elections officials: ID will combat fraud

Ohio: Ohio heads into presidential primary with unresolved problems | Butler Co. BOE to get new board member

Pennsylvania: In the spotlight: Randall Wenger works behind the scenes to make your vote count |

South Carolina: Richland Co. prepares election equipment | Statewide movement seeks to give Aiken poll workers a raise

South Dakota: Krebs, legislators work to repair election laws after 2015 disarray

Tennessee: New voting machines will be displayed

Texas: Nueces Co. prepares with voting machine tests | Students train to register voters

Virginia: Guiffre faces removal from electoral board

Washington: Benton voters mystified by ballot sleeves

Wisconsin: Voter ID education events begin in Dane Co. | Wisconsin voters now need ID to vote