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2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

September 9-11, 2017

National News: Documents released for Tuesday's election commission meeting | Is low-tech the answer to election security? | Kobach-lead federal voter commission prepares for 'first substantively significant' meeting | Democrat to stay on WH voter panel despite calls to leave | Election commission faces public record violation claims | Voter fraud panel, no stranger to controversy, creates another one

Arizona: Reagan unveils real-time voter registration information tool

Arkansas: City, county officials debate purchasing new voting machines

California: West Valley teens travel to Sacramento to advocate for lowering the voting age

Kansas: Idea could make voting easier, but faces Kobach opposition | Official: FBI has not contacted Kansas elections office

Louisiana: Voting precincts to remain unchanged

Maryland: Greenbelt could lower voting age to 16 for local elections | As tragedy struck, Frederick city residents voted during 'surreal' city primary on 9/11

Mississippi: Supervisors, election commissioners look to consolidate voting precincts

New Hampshire: Election integrity commission members accuse NH voters of fraud | Gardner: Attacks obscure voter facts | NH senators say voter fraud panel is using state data to mislead the public | Senators want secretary of state to leave election commission | Gardner rejects calls to resign

New York: County Exec.: Probe needed of 500+ last-minute voter registrations | Do homeless people vote? | Officials push for NYC students to get second day off for an election | Concord HS, Parkview Apartments won't be polling sites

North Carolina: Misleading mailer causes confusion among Craven Co. voters | Court ruling saves early voting in Pitt | Court order lets Cumberland BOE do its job | Durham and state election officials object to NY Times story about Russian hacking

North Dakota: ND won't give voter data to WH panel

Ohio: Democratic elections officials blast own party for 'political theatre' around unlocked voting building | Elections staff updates checklist

Oklahoma: Special election could cost $600K

Oregon: Feds come up with $500 for statewide voter info list

Texas: Appeals court asked to block voter ID law | Texas' losing streak on voter-rights decisions could complicate 2018 primaries

Virginia: Virginia scraps touch-screen voting machines as election looms | Virginia bans touch-screen voting machines over hacking concerns

Friday, 08 September 2017

September 8, 2017

National News: UNH professor, local election officials among those addressing voting panel | Democrats question lawmakers motives in getting voter data

Alabama: County engineer urges voting sites be consolidated

Arizona: State voter data now available in real time

California: One hurdle to voting by mail: Mistrust of the post office | Tuolumne, Calaveras won't implement new election system in 2018 | Lawmakers vote to slim down bulky statewide voter guides

Florida: Lee Co. primary elections halted due to hurricane | Voting rights amendment passes 100K signatures

Georgia: Ga. will test voting with paper ballots in November election

Illinois: New polling sites this year for some

Iowa: Iowa's new voter ID law

Maryland: College Park city council split on holding referendum on noncitizen voting

Massachusetts: Saugus selectmen authorize use of new voting equipment

Nevada: Clark Co. demonstrating new voting machines

New Hampshire: UNH professor, local election officials among those addressing voting panel | New voting statistics show 6,540 people registered to vote in NH last year using out-of-state driver's licenses as IDs

New York: The odd timing of the city elections in New York | Rockland exec raises questions over voter registrations | Polling site won't return to housing complex | When will PS 164 be a polling site again?

North Carolina: Elections chief watching storm as primaries near | Elections board sets early voting plan

North Dakota: ND unable to provide voter data to commission

Texas: Open house dates set to test new voting system | CARTS offering free rides to voter registration events in Bastrop Co.| Election workers spied on black voters, complaints say

Utah: Provo recount uncovers 150 unrecorded ballots | Judge won't toss lawsuit over vote-by-mail in San Juan Co.

Virginia: Alexandria to purchase new voting equipment | SBOE talks voter fraud with LWV

Thursday, 07 September 2017

September 7, 2017

National News: Voting-roll vulnerability | Voter fraud commission violated federal rules, lawsuit claims | 60 cents to mail a letter? Maybe | WH panel to focus on voter confidence at NH meeting | Members of WH panel used personal email accounts

Arkansas: Voters contend with ID law, relocated polling site

Florida: Hurricane causes Fort Myers, Cape Coral to suspend early voting | Early voting suspended; city elections to be postponed

Idaho: Idaho hands over public voter data to WH panel

Illinois: Illinois to without voter data from WH panel, for now | Ammons opposes consolidation of polling places

Iowa: Secretary of state says some voters need to bring some proof to the polls next week

Kansas: In response to DOJ, Kobach cites voter database as key Kansas resource

Maine: Scarborough officials order audit after election errors

Massachusetts: Melrose approves new voting machines for upcoming city election

Michigan: House votes to fix empty ballots after clerk errors

Mississippi: Hosemann announces 'Y'all Vote' feature to allow voter registration status online

Nevada: New voting equipment for Carson City

New Hampshire: Lawyers argue over new state voting registration law

New York: New York sued over voter roll purges

North Carolina: State responds to election integrity commission request | NC information sent to voter fraud commission | Could Irma blow back Charlotte's primary elections? | Justice's order lets shorthanded county boards proceed with election plans

Ohio: Elections board makes adjustments | E-poll books coming soon for Lucas Co. | Cleveland mayoral candidate asks state to investigate security breach at Cuyahoga elections offices

Oregon: Could hackers change voter registrations?

Pennsylvania: Challenges persist in funding election system upgrades

South Carolina: Hurricane or not, City of Orangeburg election will be held

Tennessee: Tennessee launches online voter registration

Virginia: Supervisors approve location change for two polling places

Washington: Online voter registration can be hacked, study warns

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

September 2-5, 2017

National News: Russian election hacking efforts, wider than previously known, draw little scrutiny | Cash-strapped states brace for Russian hacking fight | 4 ways the US could fight future election interference

Alabama: Federal court keeps voting rights lawsuit in play | Commission to address several election-related expenses Tuesday

Arkansas: Judge to election commission: Perform your duties

California: San Francisco could become first local government to use open-source voting system | Sonoma Co. clerk-recorder-assessor says he will not seek re-election | 'Inactive list' voters can find ways to vote

Colorado: County clerk to use BallotTrax system for November election | National group tries to boost voter registrations

Florida: Collier Co. elections employees receive national designation

Georgia: Details on Georgia's test to use paper ballots in elections

Guam: GEC preparing for next year's elections

Illinois: Four vying for Will Co. clerk in 2018

Iowa: Linn Co. auditor hires ProCircular Cybersecurity to review and secure election systems

Maine: Marijuana, ranked-choice to be mulled by Maine lawmakers

Massachusetts: Lynnfield ponders Town Meeting changes

New Hampshire: Federal election audit questions NH spending | Oversight agency faults how NH accounts for federal election money

New Mexico: Deadline set for Santa Fe response to ranked-choice voting petition

New York: Suffolk Republican election official to hold job, attend law school

North Carolina: While Cooper and lawmakers struggle in court NC local elections can proceed

North Dakota: Minot leaders considering city auditorium as central polling location

Ohio: Clark Co. preparing to replace voting machines, possible $1M cost | Investigation continues after Kucinich finds Cuyahoga Co. BOE building unlocked | Former election director clarifies past election practices

Tennessee: Washington Co. election officials still sorting out precincts

Texas: Justice Dept. wants Texas to keep invalidated voter ID law | Ballot battle heads to high court

U.S. Virgin Islands: Senate moves board of elections bills

Virginia: Central Va. localities facing increases in election costs | Public can weigh in on polling place changes | Former Giles Co. registrar dies

West Virginia: WV National Guard to help protect election systems from cyber threats | Cabell commission names new county clerk

Wisconsin: Elections commission to make e-poll book technology available to cities, towns

Wyoming: Special election to use paper ballots

Friday, 01 September 2017

September 1, 2017

National News: Voting rights group will target more politicians who block ballot access | Dem pushes to defund voter fraud commission

Alaska: State of Alaska weighing options for conducting elections

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. election board certifies testing results

California: Senate passes bill to change San Diego elections | August mail-in ballot elections may disappear

Georgia: New voting machines could change how your vote is cast

Illinois: Board of election commissioners of Chicago met July 25

Indiana: Lawson: Reforms have not lured voters

Iowa: Cybersecurity firm to review Linn Co. election system

Kansas: Schwab supports Kansas voter registration policies | Kobach files two new election fraud cases

Maine: Lawmakers could tackle ranked-choice voting bill

Michigan: Pontiac recount results remain the same | Flint mayor drops legal challenge to recall election

New Hampshire: AG moves two lawsuits challenging new voting law to federal court | SoS office examines processes after disclosure of nonpublic info on voter checklists

New Mexico: Push for open primaries coming to Las Cruces

New York: Chisholm keeps elections board post | St. Lawrence Co. sets primary polling sites | Officials get ready for unusual primary day in Watertown

North Carolina: General Assembly moves forward with new voting maps | Polk BOE approves early voting dates

North Dakota: Single poll could be standard for Minot

Texas: Voter ID law stays in place for Sept. 9 elections | Paxton asks SCOTUS to keep state House districts in place | Sword open carry law does not include polling places

Utah: Recounts coming in Salt Lake City, Sandy council races | Voting by mail helped nearly double turnout in Salt Lake Co.

Virginia: State senator urges expansion of DMV to keep early polling place

Washington: Election chief deems 'BS" too vulgar for voter pamphlet

West Virginia: National Voter Registration Month comes just ahead of special election | Secretary of state encourages participation in National Voter Registration Month | Commissioners approve fees for towns holding elections to mirror county

Wisconsin: Polling places moved out of schools

Thursday, 31 August 2017

August 31, 2017

National News: Protecting the right to vote: How foundations are helping ensure American's access to the voting booth | Election commission apologize after judge calls failure to disclose information 'incredible' | Schiff introduces amendment to prohibit funds for election commission | Judge nails election commission on records handling

Alabama: Hillcrest Baptist approved as polling place

Arkansas: Benton Co. eyes election costs

California: Some counties racing to adopt vote-by-mail process

Georgia: Mailed voter forms are part of unofficial effort to expand election participation | After 2016's long lines, Gwinnett may add more early voting days | Cass Co. election officials attend training

Illinois: County clerk's employee seeks to become his successor | Election transparency initiative signed into law

Indiana: Lawson: No link between early voting access and turnout. Dems: Get real | Study committee considers automatic voter registration | May 2018 early voting dates selected

Kansas: Two charged with voter fraud

Louisiana: Local initiative seeks to mobilize Millennial voters

Minnesota: Are our elections secure? Minnesota's in better shape than most states

Missouri: County voting precincts will remain the same | Commission to present proclamation to former clerk Wendy Noren

New Mexico: FairVote NM sues city in effort to get ranked-choice voting | Fight over ranked-choice voting hits state Supreme Court

Ohio: Cuyahoga Co. BOE training students to work on Election Day

South Carolina: SC has kept hackers out of voting systems, but watchdogs want details on the attacks

Tennessee: Knoxville city council will vote to break tie or flip a coin after Sept. 15

Texas: Voter fraud probe launches

Utah: County My Vote may take initiative to the ballot

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August 30, 2017

National News: Cybersecurity experts were blocked in their push to patch voting systems in 2016

Alabama: Bill would align special US Senate races with general elections

Arizona: Ann Kurasaki name AMCA 'Clerk of the Year'

California: Voters don't like move to voting centers in place of neighborhood polling places | Resolution urges other states to oppose election commission

Georgia: Gwinnett elections officials want Sunday voting in 2018 | Walker Co. voters get partially completed registration forms

Idaho: Commissioners postpone proposal to eliminate 24 voting precincts

Massachusetts: AVR proposed for Mass.

Michigan: President's co-chair running for secretary of state

Missouri: Secretary of state seeking dismissal of voter ID lawsuit

New Hampshire: Handwritten notes on voter check lists stall release to WH fraud panel Review shows private voter info make public in about 42 cities, towns

New York: Minority, elderly voters shut out by removal of polling site | Ballot selfie ban opponents defend voting booth photos | After 5 years, shuttered polling site in Astoria reopens for the 2017 elections

North Carolina: Precinct polling place moved | Elections officials push to get 17-year olds working polls

North Dakota: City election date debated by ND lawmakers

Tennessee: Rutherford Co. to go from 49 to 28 polling locations in 2018 | After a year in the works, online voter registration goes live

Texas: SCOTUS temporarily blocks ruling on TX congressional map

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections system office on St. Croix remains closed

Utah: Utah Co. election canvass complete

Virginia: No evidence of voter suppression after ID law change, Dan River registrar says |

Wisconsin: Oak Creek moves polling locations out of schools

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

August 29, 2017

National News: Voter fraud panel chair swipes at Schumer over Charlottesville | WH panel apologizes to court for 'good-faith error' on transparency

Alabama: Budget chairman proposes eliminating special Senate elections | Judge delays hearing on Anniston council election challenge

Arkansas: Will Benton Co. return to paper ballots?

California: ACLU sues over 45K uncounted ballots

Florida: Nearly 34K early ballots cast ahead of St. Pete primary

Illinois: Illinois governor signs AVR law | Illinois becomes 10th state to automatically register voters | Candidates for Winnebago Co. clerk emerging

Kansas: New candidate adds wrinkle to secretary of state race

Maryland: Early voting in Frederick carried roughly $4K price tag

Massachusetts: New Pepperell town clerk takes creating official records seriously

Michigan: Macomb clerk hasn't submitted budget proposal

New Hampshire: Judge dismisses voter fraud case against Sunapee resident

New Jersey: Here is NJ's latest response to voter fraud commission

New York: Senate GOP must comply with BOE subpoenas | Monserrate allies plan to sue BOE for moving polling sites

Rhode Island: BOE votes to allow 230 mail ballots notarized by same person

Tennessee: Secretary of state's office to roll out online voter registration | Three charged in Bluff City election case arraigned

Texas: State seeks to keep voter ID law in place for handful of elections | SCOTUS temporarily blocks ruling against TX Congressional map

West Virginia: 13 seek to fill county clerk vacancy

Monday, 28 August 2017

August 26-28, 2017

National News: How secure are America's voting machines?| Kander says court cases not enough to protect voting rights | Vote fraud crusader J. Christian Adams sparks outrage | Gardner invites chief panel critic to voter commission meeting in NH

Alabama: AG investigating absentee ballots in Anniston council election, attorney says

Alaska: State to replace Accu-Vote machines | Civil Rights Commission reviews Alaska Native voting rights

Arizona: City manager denies candidate's request for free bus service on election day

Arkansas: Benton Co. seeks vote-device funds

California: California sued over voters' discarded ballots

Connecticut: Hartford fined nearly $10K for 2014 Election Day problems

Florida: Tampa lawyer leads campaign opposing voting rights for felons | Effort to restore felons' voting rights gains momentum

Illinois: Rauner to sign AVR

Indiana: County purchases new voting equipment | Suit claims voter suppression behind Indiana law | Sullivan County's Judson to plead guilty in election fraud case

Iowa: Iowa State celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter registration drive | Linn-Mar High's Friday football game to host satellite voting site

Kansas: Schwab takes step in secretary of state race

Michigan: Elections officials 'err on the side of voters' favor on recall petitions | Complaint claims state elections bureau illegally assisted redistricting group

Mississippi: McGinnis calls for voter awareness ahead of special elections | Lauderdale Co. going back to paper ballots

Minnesota: County's precincts weigh in on election needs

New Hampshire: LWV seeks temporary relief from new voter law

New York: Davis will appeal decision on ConCon ballot replacement | Shuttered Ditmars polling site to reopen for primary election

North Carolina: How much power will NC lawmakers have to shape 2018 elections? NC justices could decide

Oklahoma: Morgan leaves big shoes to fill

Oregon: Legality of Richardson's election rule change questioned

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. council deadlocks on settlement; Piazza lawsuit moves on

South Carolina: 'I deal with a lot of survivor's guilt,' Richland elections director says of attack

Tennessee: County approves e-poll books | Humphrey explains recent comments to election commission

Texas: County not ready to replace voting machines | AG explains decision to appeal ID ruling | After losses on voting laws and districting, Texas turns to Supreme Court | Parker earns CERA designation | Sting of losses in voting rights cases continues for Texas

West Virginia: State, local election officials satisfied with security of voting machines | Raleigh Co. voters honored for casting ballots in 50 elections