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Friday, 03 November 2017

November 3, 2017

National News: White House voter fraud panel member fights back against critics | Observations on polling place accessibility and related federal guidance | Report: Many 2016 voting sites lacked full disability access | Lawyers' Committee spearheading election protection efforts across US

Alabama: Montgomery probate judge questions focus on crossover voters | Congresswoman, secretary of state trade accusations

California: Displaced residents in fire affected areas can still cast ballots

Colorado: El Paso Co. announces new drop-off points

Connecticut: Nursing home residents relish right to vote

Georgia: Georgia's AG won't defend state in voting machine case | Aragon to move precinct back to community center in 2018 | 'Dumbfounded.' Some Dems infuriated by Barnes hire in voter case | CSU professor talks possible impact of Ga. voting breach in the Valley

Iowa: Linn Co. elections officials expect more cyber attacks

Maine: Sen. Collins says states need federal help to protect elections

Massachusetts: Election officials nullify six absentee ballots after reports of coercion

Michigan: Challenger hits Detroit's clerk on election mishaps

New Jersey: Further AC election drama at mail-in ballot review meeting

New York: Port Chester hires voting rights expert | Appellate court rejects BOE appeal

North Carolina: Commissioners, elections officials discuss costly election system revamp

Ohio: Challenges filed against 7 percent of Urbancrest's voter registrations

Pennsylvania: County election safe from hacking, director says | Berks Co. faces serious shortage of poll workers | Nursing home resident's son: 'That's voter fraud' | Construction at fire station forces polling place change

South Carolina: Five years after disastrous election, this Richland Co. official is finally leaving | Poll workers, other react to former Richland election leader's retirement plans

Texas: Polling site surveillance cameras raise questions in La Joya election | Is voter fatigue keeping people away from polls? | Penitas claims polling place cameras in compliance

Vermont: Secretary of state Jim Condos speaks at national forum on election cybersecurity

Washington: Fundingsland named new Cowlitz Co. auditor | Secretary of state visits Bellingham

Wisconsin: Suspend voter ID law, Dane Co. supervisors say

Thursday, 02 November 2017

November 2, 2017

National News: States race to secure their voting systems

Alabama: Even sponsors of the crossover voting law disagree on prosecuting cases as voter fraud

Alaska: PFD voter program sends first mailers this week

Arizona: Maricopa Co.'s recorder apologizes for his online tirade

California: Mendocino Co. residents in fire affected areas can vote at usual polling places

Connecticut: UConn's Center for Voting Technology Research supports fair and free elections

Florida: Restoration of rights backlog highlights need for change, committee says

Georgia: Former Gov. Roy Barnes' firm to represent state in voting machine suit | Secretary of state's office: Elections server wipe followed standard practice | Elections supervisor hopes to boost Crips Co. early voting | DeKalb clarifies voting hours after candidate warns of confusion

Idaho: Latah Co. will use new ballot-counting machiens on Election Day

Massachusetts: Town clerk prepares for Braintree's write-in campaigns | Boston elections department reaching out to voters after fraud complaints

Michigan: This Detroiter wants to change how the city votes | Here's how to use Kalamazoo's new voting machines | Secretary of state, clerk roll out new voting equipment

Minnesota: New electronic voter check-in | Minneapolis promises faster mayoral race results next week

New Jersey: Allegations of voter fraud erupt in AC a week before election

New York: NYC elections board settles case over voter removal| City election board to revamp voter registration roll procedures | Museum to mark 100 years of women's suffrage

North Carolina: Greene Co. testing new voting equipment | NC judges: Law cutting governor's election role is valid

Pennsylvania: Two dead candidates will be on Nov. 7 ballot | Westmoreland Dems to challenge absentee ballots erroneously granted by county elections officials

Texas: 'Just dismal': 3 percent turnout in Potter, Randall as early voting draws to a close

Virginia: Max Healy honored for his 60 years as election official | William & Mary law students to host Election Day VOTEline

Washington: New mandate requires 10 new ballot drop-boxes

West Virginia: Over a thousand high school students registered to vote

Wisconsin: Madison city clerk's office to offer voter outreach training

Wednesday, 01 November 2017

November 1, 2017

National News: Senators release new election cybersecurity bill | Senators push legislation to protect election systems | Voting does not reduce crime, study shows

Alabama: Probate judge says there were 'zero' crossover votes in Jefferson Co. | JeffCo. to spend thousands on tablets, curb crossover voting

Arizona: Maricopa Co. elections boss tells voter criticizing mail-in ballot to 'go F- yourself'

Colorado: They've got jokes at the Colorado secretary of state's office this Halloween

Florida: Voter info measure one stop from House floor

Georgia: Group says state's voting machines aren't safe

Illinois: Russian hacking of Illinois voter registration system did not compromise results, experts say

Iowa: Linn Co. auditor beefing up voting machine security

Kansas: Crosscheck program touted by Kobach under fire for inaccuracies

Louisiana: 6 words could determine the right to vote for 70K La. residents

Massachusetts: 'Vote-farming' fraud alleged in city council race

Michigan: Traverse City clerk prepares for November election | Macomb clerk wants police subpoena quashed

Minnesota: With Election Day approaching, Minneapolis and St. Paul prepare | As election nears, many voters seem confused, ill-informed

Montana: County appoint new elections administrator

New Jersey: Campaign informant: I was paid $30 to hand messenger ballot to Atlantic City Democratic operative | Voting sites moved for Deerfield voters

New Mexico: NM ahead of game on paper ballots | Heinrich co-sponsors bill to guard US elections | Heinrich, Toulouse Oliver host press call on protection US elections | Santa Fe Co. clerk defends consolidating precincts

North Carolina: Judges elaborate on decision to dismiss lawsuit over NC elections board

Ohio: US Rep. Ryan concerned about Russian impact on elections | Husted: Replacing Ohio's voting machines will be costly

Oregon: One week before special election, county clerk testing vote tally equipment

Pennsylvania: Lower Turkeyfoot Twp. polling place changes

Texas: What happened when one county tried to build a cheap, open-source election system | Organization vows to review Hidalgo special election

Utah: 'Dismally slow' ballot returns raises fears about Election Day lines | Mail-in ballots trickling in, causing concern among county clerks | Lt. Gov. appoints new elections director

Virginia: US history course requires students to volunteer in upcoming election | Senior citizens can get free rides to the polls on Election Day

Wisconsin: ASM, Vote Everywhere combat confusion over voter ID laws | Elections chairman: State must be ready for more Russian attempts to hack election systems

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

October 31, 2017

Alabama: 380 voters suspected of crossover voting in Jefferson Co.

Colorado: Polling booths are now open for Mesa Co. local elections

Florida: Hundreds of ballots came too late to swing razor-thin GOP state House primary

Georgia: Some major Atlanta school districts will close on Election Day | Kemp applying for federal security clearance

Illinois: Controversial cuts to election funding restored

Kentucky: Fall out from BOE firings

Maryland: Mayoral candidates debate absentee voting

Michigan: Secretary of state reminds voters about new election equipment

Minnesota: How ranked choice voting could impact the 2017 Minneapolis elections

Missouri: Commission looks to purchase new voting machines

New Hampshire: Bill gives state power to postpone local elections | AG issues cease and desist order to stop election day raffles

New York: Albany pols call on state, local officials to probe absentee ballots

Ohio: Sheriff's department investigation finds faulty door likely reason Cuyahoga Co. voting office was found unlocked | Days before election, Greene Co. is short about 200 poll workers

Pennsylvania: 4 election workers charged with fraud, voter intimidation

South Dakota: Elections board endorses electronic voting system law change

Texas: If you vote on Halloween, leave the mask at home | VIA to offer free rides on Election Day | Burnet Co. elections office moves to courthouse square | Before you head to the polls in Harris Co., check your t-shirt

Utah: Utah Co. vote-by-mail turnout on track; Salt Lake Co. behind projections

Virginia: Polling place change announced for one Roanoke Co. precinct

Monday, 30 October 2017

October 28-30, 2017

National News: States struggle to upgrade aging voting equipment | High Court delays voter-purge case due to lawyer's medical leave

Alabama: Democrats want to ditch new crossover voting law | Ousted Brighton mayor to fight for voting rights

Arkansas: Investigation into alleged Shady Grove voter fraud closed

California: UC to create online voting portals, centralized polling stations

Florida: Voting rights effort finds a new venue in constitution commission | Seminole Co. residents still flooded out by Irma

Guam: Primary election bill sent back to committee

Indiana: Indiana accused of using flawed data to purge voters | IN secretary of state accused of violating federal election laws

Kentucky: Grimes responds to fired elections staffer's accusations

Massachusetts: Longmeadow to use e-poll books for election check-in

Michigan: New voting equipment passes test runs | Michigan gets new voting machines | New user-friendly voting machines unveiled | Michigan resisting challenge to ban on straight-party voting | Judge OKs restraining order against Macomb clerk

Minnesota: Little seeks to make voting easier

Mississippi: Secretary of state visits PHS to 'Promote the Vote'

Missouri: St. Louis City workers testing more than 300 voting machines | Boone Co. Dems name office in honor of Wendy Noren

New Hampshire: Democrats allege Gatsas encouraging voters to break law governing use of absentee ballots

New York: Judge dismisses Yorktown clerk's lawsuit over polling locations

North Carolina: Need a reminder why you should vote? Ask loser of coin flip | Working the polls leads to long days

Ohio: High Court delays voter-purge case due to lawyer's medical leave | Cuyahoga Co. elections officials reviewing 'irregularities' surrounding ballot requests | Voters will see new sign-in at polls

Pennsylvania: County election safe from hacking, director says | Mercer Co. BOE preparing for election day | Conestoga high new voters achieve successful registration drive | Bill would allow Pa. soldiers to vote online

South Carolina: Ex-Anderson mayor sued over ballot dust-up

Texas: Travis Co. Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir reflects on implementing countywide voting centers | Candidate granted restraining order in lawsuit against Donna | Some Texans will have a different way to vote--but only in the Nov. 7 election | Early voting continues, but turnout lowest since 2011

Utah: Utah Co. makes changes to avoid vote-by-mail glitches faced in primary | A polygamous town is having an election people are 'hopeful it's going to be fair'

Virginia: LWV stalwart lauded by Fairfax board of supervisors

Washington: Sheriff recommends 4 voter fraud cases for prosecution | More drop boxes, but are more people voting because of it?

West Virginia: Advocate says hacking, social media the new forms of voter suppression

Friday, 27 October 2017

October 27, 2017

National News: GAO to investigate voter fraud commission | Lawmakers debate how states should maintain voter registration rolls | Kobach transcript: Changes to US election law discussed | Some states look to feds for help replacing old voting equipment | Gardner says election commission staff 'overwhelmed'

Alabama: Jefferson Co. probate judge says crossover not actual votes

Arizona: Cochise Co.: Some voters didn't get mandatory pamphlets

Arkansas: Election commission confirms Elliott as coordinator

Colorado: Logan Co. clerk preps for election

Florida: Judge denies Miami candidate's request to issue new ballots

Georgia: Georgia election server wiped after suit | Kemp starts probe after data on Ga. election computer destroyed

Guam: Senators pass 8 bills

Indiana: State chairman: Election reform next Democratic priority

Kansas: New voting machines familiar, but better

Kentucky: 'Politically motivated and spurious.' Grimes denies allegations of misusing voter data | County waiting on computer precinct rosters

Maine: Analysis: Maine encourages everyone to vote, including prisoners and the homeless

Michigan: Long-shot recounts would get pricey for candidates under bill nearing final passage | This is a drill: Poll worker training in Detroit | Vote in the next election with an absentee ballot | House panel OKs new rules after Stein's halted recount

Minnesota: Hennepin Co. voters to check in using iPads

Montana: Commissioners will continue to appoint elections administrator

Nebraska: Sutherland recall election will by mail only | Bev Sack: Longtime county official integral in many services

New Jersey: NJ Assembly holds hearing to address security concerns | NJ to replace thousands of aging voting machines

North Carolina: Appeal denied, early voting will happen at App State | Attorney accuses poll worker of harassment

Ohio: Poll workers trained on new system | BCC increases poll worker pay

Pennsylvania: Township to use paper ballots for Nov. 7 election due to programming problem

South Carolina: Lawmakers vote to mandate general elections for single-candidate races starting in 2018 | Single candidate race for council chairman cost $30K-$40K

Tennessee: Stewart Co. election commission re-opens application process for elections administrator

Utah: Mark Thomas moves from the Utah elections office to Senate

Virginia: Convicted felon prepares to vote for first time after rights restored

Washington: State's high court says recall effort can move forward

West Virginia: Area seniors try new touch screen voting machine

Wisconsin: Dane Co. board to call on state leaders to suspend voter ID law

Thursday, 26 October 2017

October 26, 2017

National News: Democrats on voter fraud commission urge leaders to be more transparent | 'Nothing going on' with voter fraud commission due to multiple lawsuits

Alabama: Secretary of State: 5-year prison sentences for intentional crossover voters | Senate race has cost $6 per vote locally

Arizona: Report: Secretary of state broke law in late mailing of ballot brochures | Election pamphlet blunder prompts calls for secretary of state to step down

California: Working to secure Siskiyou voter information and election integrity | Lawsuit seeks to curb California Voting Rights Act | Accessible vote by mail system comes to San Mateo Co.

Colorado: Voters who withdrew registrations can re-register | Boulder Co. election HQ offer tours | Younger voters lag behind in mailing back ballots | Chaffee Co. clerk: 'We appreciate our local post office'

Florida: With a few hiccups, online voter registration up and running | In a rare case of election fraud, Palm Coast felon is jailed for casting illegal ballot | Advocacy group pushes for felons' voting rights

Georgia: No Saturday voting offered this year | Dead voters reanimate zombie politics

Guam: Lawmakers vote on bill to eliminate primary elections

Illinois: Aurora city council backs election commission referendum

Indiana: $1.9M plan for voting machines pitched in Porter Co.

Kentucky: Fired elections staffer alleges Grimes improperly gathered voter data during campaigns

Michigan: MSP raid in Hamtramck centers around possible voter fraud

New Hampshire: Rochester to be test site for new electronic voter check-in

New Jersey: Panel to hold hearing on security of voting machines

New York: Voter registration purge lawsuit settled by NYC BOE

North Carolina: Deputy called to Scotland Co. BOE after problems at polls

North Dakota: Burleigh Co. proposes significant reduction in polling sites

Ohio: Cleveland grand jury rejects charges against 17 identified in illegal voting probe | BOE: Ballots safe

Pennsylvania: Lawmakers host public hearing on illegal voting | Pennsylvania finds 544 possibly illegal ballots since 2000 | Raucous committee meeting leaves Pa. lawmakers at odds over illegal voting

South Carolina: State reviews election complaints

Texas: Early elections kick off with new equipment

Utah: Voter rolls lawsuit still active, even if election fraud commission isn't

Virginia: More than $1M spent on new voting equipment in Norfolk | New voting equipment sets Washington, Co. back more than $100K

West Virginia: WV election commission OKs voter IDs for voters without IDs

Wisconsin: Dane Co. board proposes resolution to suspend voter ID law

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

October 25, 2017

National News: State officials press Congress for more election cyber resources | BuzzFeed sues Kobach over denial of records requests | What's become of the president's voter fraud commission? Even some of its members aren't sure | Experts: Citizen's data at risk in hands of voting commission

Alabama: Probate judge says voters shouldn't be prosecuted for crossing over | Merrill's office not ready to release names of crossover voters | Seven crossover votes reported locally, 647 statewide

Arkansas: State land commissioner seeks secretary of state's office

California: State audit probes reasons behind Santa Clara Co. repeated election errors

Connecticut: Connecticut's chief election official addresses voting rights

Florida: Broward needs to trim its voting lists, group tells judge | Fort Lauderdale moves election date

Guam: Election reform may depend on governor

Illinois: 'Embarrassing' data leak will never happen again, official says

Iowa: Auditor's office seeks to clarify voter law changes | Pate discounts Russian involvement in Iowa election

Kansas: Paper wins at ballot box | County OKs purchase of new equipment for upcoming election | GOP chairman Kelly Arnold wants Kris Kobach's job

Kentucky: Board of elections dismisses director, assistant director | Top officials at SBOE fired without being told why

Maine: After Legislature delays ranked-choice voting, push for people's veto is on

Massachusetts: Clerk: No early voting for Framingham city election

Michigan: County secures new election tabulators

Minnesota: Winona Co. to apply for money to improve election process

Nebraska: Platte Co. official Diane Olmer honored by state

New Jersey: County clerk announces mobile elections app upgrade

New York: BOE to admit it purged 200K from rolls | Exhibit, talk celebrate 100 years of women voting in New York | Local students recognized for women's suffrage research | Red flag raised on increase number of absentee ballots

North Carolina: Watauga Co. voting rights task force protest at App State

Ohio: Absentee ballot requests exceeding expectations | Ohio elections chief says absentee ballot requests on rise

Texas: First-day election turnout is low, officials say | Superintendents pledge to increase voter registration of students | Candidate for Dallas Co. commissioner asks judge to remove election official | Can't find your usual polling place? Here's why

Virginia: Absentee voting underway as Tazewell Co. debut new machines

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

October 24, 2017

National News: Supreme Court to decide when state voter purges cross the line | Democrats on WH voter commission say there' in dark about what it's doing

Alabama: Madison Co. Democratic Party speaks out after hundreds of names are turned over to prosecutors for cross-over voting | Local District Attorney will decide if hundreds of accused crossover voters will be prosecuted

California: Injunction sought that would freeze switch to voting by district | Postal worker who threw out Berkeley voter guides found guilty | Sonoma Co.'s November election will be mail-in only

Connecticut: Error forces reprint of some absentee ballots in Stamford

Georgia: Georgia test drives paper voting machines | Lost in translation: Gwinnett Co. voters unhappy with Spanish voting material

Maine: Legislature delays and potentially repeals ranked-choice voting

Michigan: New voting equipment gets positive feedback

Minnesota: What is ranked-choice voting? | A closer look at ranked choice voting

Missouri: How Missouri is handling data request

Nevada: Cegavske running for second term

New Jersey: Campaign seeks to turn voters with disabilities into powerful force | Murphy: President threatens voter rights. I'll massively expand them in NJ

North Carolina: Elections board dismisses historic eligibility case | Local legislators talk override of Cooper veto of election reform

North Dakota: Fargo commission delays action on election reform proposals

Ohio: Supreme Court to decide when state voter purges cross the line | Was county guard sleeping outside elections HQ?

Tennessee: Memphis council may challenge instant runoffs with referendum

Texas: Convenient change for registered voters | 45 polling stations making early balloting available in Harris Co.

Virginia: Gillespie goes after Northam with TV ad on felon rights restoration

Washington: Watch King Co.'s striking new videos prodding people to vote

West Virginia: Fayette clerk gets national award for voter registration

Monday, 23 October 2017

October 21-23, 2017

National News: Presidential voter fraud commission criticized by own members for lack of transparency | A tale of two efforts to improve confidence in US elections | Dems to hear from state officials on election security | More than a dozen states still refuse to release voter data

Alabama: State will give names of crossover voters to prosecutors

California: New voter registration rules help latecomers | Bills mount as cities switch to district elections | Walnut Creek attorney announces candidacy for secretary of state

Colorado: Secretary of state discusses election changes

Connecticut: Rossi campaign files complaints alleging absentee ballot fraud in West Haven election

Florida: In Florida, felons want voting rights back as soon as they complete their sentences

Illinois: Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database | A push for voting changes

Indiana: County mulls voting machine upgrade | Plea deal possible in voter fraud case | Polling locations may be reduced

Louisiana: Schedler proposes appointments to reduce special elections

Maine: Dunlap criticizes voter fraud commission's lack of transparency

Maryland: SBOE to allow release of precinct by precinct results

Massachusetts: Worcester registers, pre-registers 592 students

Michigan: Montcalm Co. clerk's office closed 2 days per week due to budget cuts

Minnesota: Early voting draws thousands in Minneapolis city election

Mississippi: Circuit Clerk's office prepares for special election

New Jersey: Eagleton study finds uptick in voter turnout at Rutgers

New York: Voters shun profusion of local primary elections

North Carolina: Why don't Duke students vote in local elections?

North Dakota: Fargo city leaders discuss ballot measures to reform elections

Ohio: He didn't vote in a few elections. In the next one, Ohio said he couldn't

Pennsylvania: Effort to address Allegheny Co. voting machine vulnerabilities faces hurdles

Tennessee: Election commissioners talk budget| Stewart Co.'s next administrator of elections will come from pool of 14 applicants | Galesburg election commission adds new staffer

Texas: Commissioners Court approves consolidating voting locations

Utah: Navajo case challenging Utah mail-in ballots heads to trial

Virginia: In Dillwyn, lots of candidates, but none on the ballot