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Friday, 22 January 2016

January 22, 2016

Arizona: Arizona secretary of state pushes to defund presidential primary

Arkansas: Election commission measures fail for lack of consensus | Winter weather worries Benton Co. election officials

California: Mock election, voter drive aims to teach high school students | Extra days to mail-in absentee ballots

Colorado: Secretary of state: Money available for new voting machines

Florida: Try out new Hillsborough voting equipment at open houses

Georgia: Hall Co. rejects bilingual ballot request | Macon-Bibb elections board moves closer to identifying new early voting location

Indiana: Elkhart Co. hoping to increase voter turnout numbers| Secretary of state distributes voting accessibility funds to Vermillion Co.

Kansas: Senate Dems want to ease voter registration

Louisiana: Ponchatoula precincts move approved by state

Maine: Senate president seeks opinion on whether ranked-choice voting would be constitutional

Maryland: Senate postpones vote on Hogan's veto of felon voting rights bill | Takoma Park considers election changes to ease voter access

Michigan: Cost of election messages on billboards skyrockets

Minnesota: Minnesotans turning 18 will get a reminder from the secretary of state

Missouri: Voter ID wins final approval in Mo. House | Senate won't delay on voter ID issue

Montana: Blaine Co. offers 2-day offices for Fort Belknap voting | Vote-by-mail status confirmations mailed in Missoula Co.

New Hampshire: Senate passes 30-day residency requirement for voting

New Mexico: Democrats push to expand voter registration rolls | New secretary of state meets with county clerk

New York: County elections commissioner divided on Cuomo's voting reforms | Brisky selected as next Republican election commissioner

North Carolina: Lawyers return to court to argue NC voter ID case | Voter turnout encouraged with or without ID | Green Creek early voting closed this year | Forsyth election officials address questions about early voting sites

North Dakota: ND tribal members sue over voter ID law

Ohio: Cuyahoga Co. elections officials find 250 ballots should have counted as plan to fix broken voting system stalls | Husted talks voting at high school | Allen Co. elections director stepping down

Pennsylvania: Lebanon Co. relocates three polling places | Burnside Borough seeks new polling site

Rhode Island: Visitors get scoop on maintaining voter registration

South Carolina: Groups offer transportation to get voter ID

Tennessee: Wilson assistant elections administrator up for top job in Shelby Co.

Texas: Lawsuit claims voter fraud by former state rep.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Bill to create one BOE for entire territory moves ahead

Virginia: Virginia urges SCOTUS to let redistricting plan stand | Albemarle weighing closing schools for primary

Wisconsin: Events aim to help voters navigate new laws, including voter ID

Thursday, 21 January 2016

January 21, 2016

National: Latino Millennials could be major voting block if turnout is high enough

Arizona: GOP, Dems nix county bid to cancel hand count of presidential primary

Arkansas: Boone Co. looking for poll workers

California: Appeals court overturns voter-fraud conviction

Connecticut: State makes strides with voting laws

Florida: County unveils new voting machines | Detzner reports OVR on track to begin in October 2017 | Voting 2.0: Bay Co. shows off new voting equipment | Legislature won't appeal redistricting ruling | Plan to shield voters' information stalls before first Senate vote

Idaho: Bill targets party switchers

Illinois: Cook Co. clerk honors election judges

Indiana: Bloomfield commissioners vote to combine polling places

Kansas: Kobach: No plans to ask lawmakers for dual registration law

Maine: Maine officials, legislators question legality of ranked-choice voting | How an 1880 Maine insurrection could sink ranked-choice voting

Maryland: MD House vote to override Hogan veto of ex-felon voting rights law

Massachusetts: Worcester denies claim election worker's firing was political

Missouri: Bollinger Co. buys new vote-counting equipment | House Republicans advance voter ID bills over Democratic opposition | Voter ID bill wins initial approval in Missouri House

Montana: Blaine Co. offers 2-day a week satellite office

New Hampshire: 'Approval voting' bills would let you vote for as many people as you like | Logistical problems for upcoming election

New Mexico: APS board votes for 2 additional early voting sites

North Carolina: Fayetteville resident challenging 250 voters on Cumberland voter rolls | Watauga BOE: No ASU site for early voting | Five NC towns to hold 2015 elections again

Ohio: Kent lawmaker urges quick fix to voting error

Oklahoma: Oklahoma lawmaker wants to clarify state law involving a convict's voting rights

Tennessee: Voting in future elections requires some preparation | Search is on for new head of elections

Texas: Waller Co. puts off decision on campus early-voting site | Texans voting smarter, avoiding long lines on election day | Commissioners approve 17 early voting sites

Virginia: No school for Prince William students on primary day

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

January 20, 2016

Alabama: Lawmakers to push for ex-felon voting rights

Arizona: Most early vote county officials say | Summit aims to engage Latinos in voting process

Colorado: Election equipment debate: bulk discount vs. state backed monopoly

Connecticut: CT gets higher marks for access to voting | Democracy's torch passes | Merrill releases report on state's civic life

Florida: City to hold referendum on election schedule | City takes first step toward moving elections

Georgia: County officials encouraging use of early and absentee voting | Gwinnett rejects call for Spanish ballots | Kemp tells lawmakers 'bad guys' don't have Ga. voter registration data | Funding approved for new Macon-Bibb voting site

Illinois: Park Ridge early voting moves from City Hall | Secretary of state on automatic voter registration | Legislation for automatic voter registration may see tough times ahead

Indiana: Commissioners vote to combine polling places

Maryland: Maryland Bill on Felons' voting rights still appears short of votes to override veto

Massachusetts: Attleboro's Ward 1 polling place moving for second time

Michigan: Students register to vote on campus

Mississippi: Hosemann proposes 'complete revision' of election laws | Early voting among election changes Hosemann would like to see | Panel sides with Dearing in election challenge | New polling place for Southeast Philadelphia precinct

Missouri: Missouri voter ID plan could be among most restrictive in country | Missouri lawmakers mull tighter voting requirements

New Hampshire: Don't want to vote for just one candidate? Bills would allow multiple votes

New Jersey: Ask anything you ever wanted to know about voting in NJ

New Mexico: Rio Rancho could get an early voting site for bond vote

New York: Big change coming for Rochester's Precinct 5 voters | Board of elections prepping for combined Assembly, presidential elections | Election inspectors in short supply | Officials split on Cuomo early-voting proposal

North Carolina: Voting in 2016 primary

Texas: Lawmakers introduce bills outlawing early ballot collection | Polling place sites again an issue in Waller Co.

Utah: Utah's voting system considered outdated in digital age | New lawsuit adds to confusion about the SB54 Utah election law

Virginia: Legislative panel rejects universal early voting

Washington: Bills to allow 17-year-old voter registration

West Virginia: Harrison Co. Dem to challenge Natalie Tennant in primary election

Wisconsin: City to bring ballots to senior facilities

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

January 16-19, 2016

National News: Facebook makes voter registration push | Voting rights advocates observe somber King holiday | Partisanship barges in on John Lewis' dream

California: Applicants wanted for Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee

Colorado: Unified voting system has clerk excited | New voting machines come to Pitkin Co.

District of Columbia: Old machines and missing dollars. Is D.C. ready for an election?

Florida: Casting ballots twice is not a big problem advocates say, but some want action | A voting victory for veterans | Florida cities burning your money to reduce voting

Illinois: Push for automatic voter registration | More judges, early voting needed for primary election

Kansas: Judge: Kobach had no authority to encumber voting in Kansas| Judge rules Kobach can't operate two-tier election system in Kansas

Kentucky: Stark join Calloway BOE

Maine: Maine clerks busy verifying referendum petition signatures | Maine municipal offices swamped under flood of referendums| Group looking to move Lewiston voting day looking for help

Maryland: Paroled ex-offenders want voting rights upheld | Voting rights for felons spur impassioned debate

Massachusetts: Change proposed for polling locations

Michigan: Election costs approaching $60K | Canton ramps up absentee ballot process, seeks workers

Minnesota: Ranked-choice campaign revisited

Mississippi: Panels pushing to wrap up 2 election challenges | Senate rejects Sojourner challenge, seats Dearing

Missouri: Jasper Co. clerk's office mails new voter ID cards | 720 residents could get voting rights restored

Montana: Missoula Co. asking for 800 poll workers

New Hampshire: Local plan pleads guilty to voter fraud | Town looking for election volunteers

New Jersey: Local activists push for voting rights

New Mexico: Duran released from jail after 30-day sentence | Early voting site in NW in works | 2 more early voting stations may be added

New York: Concerns of 'voter fatigue' as New York schedules four 2016 election days

North Carolina: Judge denies state NAACP's request to delay voter ID trial | Local boards of elections prepare to implement new voter ID law | Charlotte attorney sworn in as chairman of elections board | Owen appointed as Watauga elections board member | State gives OK to Sunday voting in Gaston | State orders new election in Benson | Anson Co. preps for March primary

Ohio: Problems surface with voter registration system | Will your mail-in vote count in the presidential primary? Husted working on solution

South Dakota: City clerk changeover

Tennessee: Elections commission committee wants to vet candidates in private | Legislators introduce online voter registration bill | Is online voter registration coming to Tennessee | RuCo prepares for presidential preference primary | Rutherford Co. teachers sought as poll workers

Texas: Stan's stand: The county clerk's 3D-printed voting gizmo | Harris Co. to participate in state-mandated voter roll update | Many Texans likely will vote before March 1 primary

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections officials hope school outreach will inspire students to vote

Virginia: Voting in Augusta Co.: Past, present, future | 3 voters hit the polls as Fairfax Co. voting opens

Washington: Challenger announces in race for secretary of state | Ranker presses for automatic voter registration

Wisconsin: Voter ID enforced | New voting machines in Door Co.

Friday, 15 January 2016

January 15, 2016

Alaska: PFD voter initiative nets needed signatures for ballot | PFD voter registration campaign awaits election date | Anchorage election deadlines changed

California: VoteCal reaches critical milestone | Take pictures with your ballot? It's illegal, but not for long...

Connecticut: New survey reveals improvements in state's voting access

Delaware: Kent Co. gets ready for 2016 election season

Florida: Analysts say 14 PBC residents voted twice in 2014| City prepares to vote on potential election day move

Georgia: Fractious Fayette voting fight comes to an end | Groups ask Gwinnett, Hall counties to provide Spanish ballots | Elections office gears up for primaries

Indiana: New voting machines are in | Jeffersonville city councilman who won recount asking for special election trial | Vote centers on the verge of becoming reality

Maryland: Frederick Co. makes transition to new voting systemMore than 40K ex-felons could regain their voting rights | New voting system for 2016 elections

Massachusetts: Special election drive halted

Mississippi: Sojourner: 'Re-tabulate vote, name me senator' | State House might count 1 vote in disputed election | Ex-state senator questions election process in 2 counties

Missouri: Voter photo ID bill advances to House floor | Area election officials support voter photo ID legislation | Schaff: Restore voting rights to ex-felons

New Hampshire: Logistical concerns for upcoming election

New Mexico: Some concerned over few early voting sites for APS bond election

New York: To increase turnout Cuomo eyes automatic voter registration | Cuomo pitches early voting, automatic voter registration | Hasidic voters win settlement in Bloominburg

North Carolina: Polk hires new board of elections director | NAACP wants voter ID trial delayed if injunction denied | NC board, NAACP deliver conflicting messages on voter ID

Ohio: Husted saves mail from haters and fans | Northeast Ohio lawmaker honored for safeguarding voters' rights

Oklahoma: Election board announces new polling location

Pennsylvania: Meeting sought over voting plan

Tennessee: Carson-Newman University exhibit focuses on voting rights

Virginia: City moves Hampton East precinct polling place | Judge refuses to block GOP loyalty pledge

Washington: Auditor's office closures frustrate commissioners

Thursday, 14 January 2016

January 14, 2016

National News: For government's top lawyer on voting rights, presidential election has begun | Could pop-up social spaces at polls increase voter turnout?

Alabama: Secretary of state speaks about primary voting

Alaska: Alaska establishes OVR

Arizona: Additional polling site sought for Fort Mohave

Florida: Reports of voters twice casting ballots probed in Broward, PBC | New voter ID up for consideration

Georgia: Fayette voting rights battle could be nearing end

Idaho: Cassia commissioners consolidate two Burley voting precincts

Illinois: Automatic voter registration bill could simplify process for many in Illinois, supporters say | Manar supports automatic voter registration | Stephenson Co. clerk doubts proposal would draw out more voters| Pembroke voting precinct changed, for now | How many pollign palces does Pembroke need?

Indiana: County clerk admits election mistake | Elk Co. voting districts to consolidate

Kentucky: House committee OKs felony expungement bill

Michigan: Erwin Township looks for election workers

Mississippi: Ex-Senator questions election process in 2 counties | Senate panel hears Sojourner challenge of loss to Dearing | Career-Technical Center to serve as polling place

Montana: Absentee voters must confirm voting status

New Jersey: Mercer Co. clerk's office relocating this weekend | With tie vote in Salem Co. freeholder race, board seat now vacant

North Carolina: NAACP wants to delay voter ID trial | NAACP: Postpone NC voter ID trial until after primaries | Early voting sites determined for county | Forsyth election official submits early voting options  

Ohio: Election board preps for primary election | Husted defends approach to OVR | Husted focuses on poll worker recruitment | Elections board probes possible irregularities | Ballot proofs now available | Husted to election officials: You don't get two mistakes | Husted says he's intent on finding fix to absentee-ballot postmark issues | Trial set in lawsuit over Ohio blind voters' ballot access

Oklahoma: Prepare now for busy election year

Pennsylvania: Three former Philly elections officials plead guilty  

Tennessee: Hawkins voters and election workers invited to test out new machines | Johnson Co. election administrator certified | Mike Long retires as local administrator of elections

Texas: Commissioners hear presentation for new voting equipment | Commissioner vote to support countywide polling place program

Virginia: Judge to rule on bid to block GOP 'loyalty oath' | Lawmakers ask Supreme Court to stop Va. redistricting plan | County passes resolutoin to settle ADA lawsuit

Washington: Tina Podlodowski to challenge Wyman

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

January 13, 2016

National News: Dems stand as Obama calls for redistricting reform

Alabama: 2 local women named to board of registrars

Alaska: Alaska Division of Elections rings in New Year with new OVR and new language compliance manager

California: Supervisors outline plan for replacing Oakley

Connecticut: Falls Village selectmen tap Kelsey for GOP registrar | Killingly registrars say polling consolidation plan not ideal, but best solution

Florida: Lee Co. election official clarifies confusing mail notice | Oxbridge students help classmates register to vote

Georgia: Funds approved for another early voting site | Board of elections encouraging early and absentee voting | Gwinnett seeks poll workers

Idaho: Leaky roof possibly damages voting machines

Illinois: Changes coming to Champaign Co. precincts

Iowa: Auditor readies for special election

Maryland: Citizens get look at new voting machines

Massachusetts: This Boston startup wants to solve America's voting machine problem

Michigan: Canton's Bennett ending 21-year run as clerk

Mississippi: Circuit clerk goes back to high school to recruit future voters | Hearings set for state legislative election challenges

Missouri: Voter ID moves out of first committee | Jasper Co. new polling places | Crawford Co. clerk deals with concerns on mail ballots

Nebraska: Senator eyes aging voting machine challenge

New Jersey: 8 contested ballots in tight race can be considered, judge rules

North Carolina: Voter ID law: How big a barrier? | NAACP challenges NC voter ID law | NC NAACP leader: State unclear on voter ID law

OhioOhio Legislature might OK online voter registration soon | Panel reviewing bill allowing OVR | Elections chief to discuss priorities for 2016

Oklahoma: Wagoner Co. prepares for 2016 elections

Oregon: Motor voter implemented

Rhode Island: Tolman HS senior organizes voter registration drive | BOE executive director ordered to take management classes

Tennessee: Training for new voting machines taking place | Carter election commission prepares for first election at new offices

Texas: Fort Bend moves to lock in countywide voting centers

Virginia: Dems get access to docs in Va. voter ID case | Fairfax schools 'not likely' to close on election day, despite rumors | Va. county supervisors suggest canceling school for voters

Wisconsin: Clerks want voters prepared for new ID law

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

January 12, 2016

Alabama: Alabama man pleads guilty to absentee ballot fraud charges

Alaska: New online Alaska voter registration in place; PFD initiative backers want more

Arizona: Voter registration forms still list just two parties| AZ can leave small parties off voter forms

California: Ballot selfies are illegal, but this Bay Area legislator says they shouldn't be

Florida: Association of supervisors of elections offers three scholarships to college-bound seniors

Georgia: Free credit monitoring sign-up falters, despite Georgia data breach

Maryland: Non-U.S. citizens likely to vote in city elections soon | Baltimore city council urges override of Hogan's veto of sooner voting rights for ex-offenders

Michigan: Mixed feelings on elimination of straight party voting

Minnesota: Blue Earth Co. seeking elections judges

Mississippi: Hearings set for 2 state legislative election challenges

Missouri: House committee to hear voter photo ID proposal

Nebraska: Be prepared on election day

Nevada: Clark Co. pushes electronic sample ballots

New Hampshire: Gilford now distributing absentee ballots

New York: State elections enforcement unit displaced by flooding

North Carolina: Hearing set in Raleigh on Trinity voter fraud case | Early primary, new ID law to challenge poll workers | NC NAACP leaders to discuss voter ID trial

Ohio: Elections experiment in Norton could strengthen voting process for all |Ohio panel reviewing bill allowing online voter registration | Bill provides confidential address for violence victims

Rhode Island: Kando keeps job, with conditions

South Carolina: Some say poll workers deserve a raise in SC

Tennessee: Election commission readies for March presidential primary

Texas: City to send county IGA for election services | Voting places for upcoming election approved | Preparations are underway for March primaries

Virginia: Election officers needed in Gloucester; change at one polling place

Wisconsin: Walker appoints 2 new judges to elections board

Monday, 11 January 2016

January 9-11, 2016

Arizona: New hardware takes county voting high-tech

Arkansas: Voting machine training coming soon to Boone Co. | Exit pollsters put outside in Washington County

Colorado: Former Bent Co. clerk receives NASS award

Florida: Aaron Bean seeks crackdown on noncitizen voters

Idaho: Boundary Co. now has new electronic voting tabulator | Longtime poll worker reflects on 50 years of service | Precinct boundary changes proposed

Illinois: Alternative voting for upcoming primary offered | Lake officials hope to fix election snafu affecting military personnel | New polling place for Will Township

Iowa: Lee Co. begins online voter registration

Maryland: Proposed bill would automatically register Md. voters

Michigan: Bay Co. clerk sues board of commissioners, county exec. over staffing

Mississippi: Doty to help with election snafu

Missouri: ADA voting equipment upgrades | Ferguson voting rights lawsuit heads to trial

Montana: County to offer proposal for satellite voting

North Carolina: State, party officials help voters obtain photo ID | Poll worker shortage continues | Poll workers needed for primary

Ohio: Advance voting begins next month for presidential primary

Pennsylvania: City elections official still under fire for not voting

South Carolina: Vote in Honor of a Veteran | Aiken Co. elections chief: Poll workers deserve a raise | Some polling places changed

South Dakota: SoS approves nonpartisan elections measure for ballot

Tennessee: Nashville teen voter registration campaign aims for new record | Election commission approves early voting locations and hours

Texas: Texas OKs Smith Co. vote centers

Virginia: Richmond genera registrar addresses issues from November election | Electoral board tests Charlottesville's voting machines for primary | Prince William electoral board chair under investigation may lose job | Sunday Q & A with James B. Alcorn, SBOE chairman | Richmond's elections chief says critical report overblown, politically motivated | Prince William Co. elections official may lose post | Polling place changes proposed

Wisconsin: Voter advocates mount photo ID efforts as 2016 elections days approach | Chad Vader voter ID video

Wyoming: Pushing an issue may get tougher in Wyoming

 

Friday, 08 January 2016

January 8, 2016

National News: The Installation Voting Assistance Office is here to show you how

Alabama: Shelby Co. seeks legal fees in voting rights victory

Arizona: Recorder: Allegations of voter fraud unfounded

California: County gears up for election | Elections Chief Alex Padilla on boosting voter turnout in 2016 | Let governor fill vacancies instead of costly special elections

Colorado: Colorado SoS joins 2016 election roundtable

Florida: Tena Pate jumps into Leon Co. SOE race | Elections office prepares for March primaries | First wave of ballots in Florida set to be mailed before voting begins in Iowa, NH

Georgia: Georgia voters can now enroll in free ID protection

Illinois: Lake Co. seeks to create equality in election law for military voters | Kendall Co. clerk still seeks election judges

Iowa: Disability Rights Iowa lists election goals

Massachusetts: Election likely on a school day at Quashnet Elem.

Michigan: Manary: Voters need to do homework now that straight-ticket voting is gone | Saginaw voters receive update on precinct, voting site changes | Clerks weigh in on elimination of straight-ticket voting | Etter named to clerk post, now busy learning election laws| Farmington-area officials concerned with voting bills

Minnesota: Anoka attorney declines to prosecute election complaints

Missouri: SOS receives 'good' rating on audit

Nebraska: Nebraska Senator wants to make ballot selfies legal | Lawmaker: Engage youth voters by legalizing 'ballot selfies'

New Hampshire: New town clerk settling in

New Jersey: Four disputed ballots in Salem to be counted, decision on others pending | Why do we still vote in schools?

New Mexico: Colfax Co. clerk passes away | Secretary Winter outlines efforts to modernize and improve elections| Bernalillo Co. clerk to run for secretary of state

North Carolina: Voter ID case will go to trial in January | Elections board chooses new venue for primary results

Ohio: Ross Co. BOE picks new deputy director

South Dakota: Area schools reluctant to host elections

Texas: Here's the new plan for where to vote early in Waller Co. | Countywide polling now offered in Palo Pinto | Architectural firm hired to make polling locations ADA complaint

Pennsylvania: PA's old voting machines are sticking around

Virginia: State looks to Richmond registrar after Nov. voting issues | Black pastors sue Va. BOE over GOP loyalty pledge

West Virginia: Commission OK's issuance that could change voting precincts

Wisconsin: Trouble at the polls: Bangor seeks poll workers