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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March 21, 2017

Alabama: County approves contract for voting machines | Governor wants to toss lawsuit on delayed Senate election

Alaska: House Majority Leader pushes reforms to improve voter turnout

Arizona: Court denies bid to change Tucson election method

Arkansas: Lawmakers send voter ID bill to governor

Florida: Local rep calls for vote-by-mail laws after Post investigation | After complaints, Florida may share voting information

Georgia:  Residents fight for voting rights in S. Fulton Co.

Illinois: Early voting turnout subdued

Indiana: Dems do election board three-step

Kansas: House committee approves restriction on voting-site changes

Michigan: Who wants to make absentee voting easier in Michigan?

Minnesota: Minnesota tops turnout in 2016

Montana: Interesting history of Montana's special elections

Nebraska: Secretary of state will not seek re-election | Senators may seek to succeed John Gale | Election officials extend voting hours

New Hampshire: Untangling a question at the heart of 'domicile' debate | Controversial 'police provision' to be removed from election reform bill

New Jersey: No June primary for BOE commissioner | Hourigan elected chairman of Salem Co. BOE

New York: Village elections on Tuesday: Should they be in March? | Don't vote? Pay a fine (if this bill passes) | Proposed Assembly bill fines voters for not voting on Election Day

Ohio: Elections board members in dispute over alleged agreement | E-poll books arrive in Shelby Co.

Texas: Lawmakers pull bill to change early voting in Texas | Texas' horrible voter turnout continued in 2016, new study says

Utah: Herbert signs election bills

Monday, 20 March 2017

March 18-20, 2017

National News: Dem bill would codify elections at critical infrastructure | Same-day registration helped boost turnout

Arizona: Thorpe defends bill to limit student voting, citizen initiatives

Colorado: Tate early-voting cost-saving bill still waiting back stage

Florida: Ballot box blues

Georgia: Judge dismisses suit alleging Ga. wrongly bumped voters off rolls

Guam: Senator proposes doing away with primaries

Hawaii: Lawmakers say mail-in voting could bolster Hawaii's turnout

Idaho: County elections director retires

Illinois: Videos suggest teens on party bus were promised pay for their votes

Indiana: Hammond attorney named to Lake elections board | Miami Co. poll worker surprised with state award

Iowa: JoCo auditor considers run for secretary of state

Kentucky: Bill would allow local option questions on general, primary ballots

Louisiana: Norton launches voter registration campaign

Maine: Maine shoots to 2 in nation for voter turnout

Missouri: Missouri begins voter ID rollout amid questions about money and security

Montana: Lewis & Clark Co. prepares for special election | All-mail election would save Yellowstone Co. $50K

New Hampshire: New report: NH had nation's third-highest turnout | Senate OKs bill to hire full-time election law attorney | Moderator will not conduct voting machine audit

New Mexico: Senate OKs bill to consolidate most local elections, let cities opt out

New York: Advocates urge state lawmakers to budget for voting reforms | Crowds call on Cuomo for voting reform | New Yorkers called on to create new 'I Voted' sticker designs

North Carolina: Local voters falsely accused of fraud seek changes in election protest process

North Dakota: Lawmakers considering changes to the state's voter ID laws

Pennsylvania: Senator proposes auto voter reg | Allegheny Co. election workers may get their first raise in almost a decade | Lawrence now chair of Montco. election board | Dauphin Co. looking to change where people vote

Texas: A Texas woman 'voted like a U.S. citizen.' Only she wasn't

Utah: Report: 42% of voting age population didn't vote | Governor signs bill to cut election wait times

Washington: County makes precinct changes

West Virginia: Lawmakers propose stringent voter ID law

Friday, 17 March 2017

March 17, 2017

Arizona: Legislation would give counties more money for presidential primary elections | Senate panel OKs bill targeting initiatives

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. election panel to hold vote center meetings

California: Bill would require runoff elections in supervisor races

Colorado: GOP sponsor of a bill to reduce early voting centers says it will actually increase access | Colorado's voter turnout ranks near top for third presidential election running

Connecticut: Wallingford's turnout in presidential election among highest in state | State may require borough elections to be held in November

Georgia: Senate backs voter-registration changes opposed by rights advocates | Elections bill passes Senate after debate | Ga. Dems turn to KSU for answers in data breach

Illinois: AVR advanced again in Senate

Minnesota: Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout-again

Montana: County endorses mail ballots for special election | 46 of 56 counties support mail ballot for special election | Lewis & Clark commissioners pass resolutions for special election | Cascade Co. votes mail-ballots for special election | County endorses mail-in ballots

Nebraska: Murante, Morefeld spar over voter ID | Nebraska Senator warns of federal action on election systems | Bills that could change election day

Ohio: County to offer veteran IDs

Oregon: Commissioners appoint interim clerk

Nebraska: Voters face changes in Nebraska

Nevada: Bills would restore voting rights to some ex-felons

New Hampshire: Gilmanton endure election night without power, Internet | Town: No ballot review needed | Bill aims to legalize town meeting elections moved for Nor'easter | Secretary of state opposed to bill to ratify results for towns that rescheduled elections | Greenfield moves voting to Friday

New York: Freeport candidates' dead voter registration lawsuit dismissed | Report: New York ranks 41st in voter turnout in 2016

Tennessee: Rep. says 94-year-old mom can't get ID under TN law | House OKs bill to offer reward for voter fraud tips

Texas: Groups awaiting latest decision regarding the long-contested voter ID law

Wisconsin: Elections commissioners: Walker budget cuts hurt service to local clerks

Thursday, 16 March 2017

March 16, 2017

National News: Senator asks DHS for plans to treat election infrastructure as critical | New report finds that voter turnout in 2016 topped 2012 | GOP relieves president eased up on voter fraud claims| Top election officials have no information about voter fraud investigation

Colorado: Man fined $6K for voting in both Colorado and Kansas

Georgia: Election officials reject advocacy groups' call for paper ballots | Fulton Co.: Some voters in special election must cast multiple absentee ballots

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting dies in Senate

Illinois: State lawmakers revive AVR push | AVR moves to Senate floor

Indiana: Lake Co. precinct consolidation remains on hold | State lawmakers likely to set minimum Lake Co. precinct size

Kansas: Man fined $6K for voting in both Colorado and Kansas | House members seek to strip Kobach of power to appoint election commissioners

Massachusetts: City commends elections department on early voting success

Michigan: County moves ahead with voting machine replacement | County to upgrade to new election equipment

Missouri: County clerk explains voter photo ID

Montana: Cascade Co. commission supports mail-in ballot for special election

Nevada: Dems are trying to restore voting rights for ex-felons

Nebraska: Senator: Nebraska voting equipment needs to be replaced

New Hampshire: Delayed voting complicates results for some

Ohio: More than a dozen Franklin Co. polling locations changing

Rhode Island: Town leaders raising doubts about early voting proposal

Texas: Older voting machines present no worries for JC | Missing ballots lead to policy change | Think an election is rigged? Watch the equipment test | Support for online voter registration could take time

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas elections board approves ballot

Utah: Slew of election bills could streamline voting

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights | Waverly mayor indicted on election fraud charges | Fredericksburg's Ward 3 to get new polling place

Washington: Lawmakers consider bills to change election deadlines

Wisconsin: Pewaukee, Summit named in report on 17-year-olds | Clerk: Underage voters challenged poll workers | Prosecution doubtful for area 17-year-olds

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

March 15, 2017

National News: Lawmakers eye cyber help for states

Alabama: Gordon mayor arrested for voter fraud

Colorado: City gives behind-the-scenes look at ballot processing

Connecticut: Storm delays presentations of Greenwich voter turnout award

Florida: Florida ex-felons file class action suit over voting laws | Election day turnout varies widely across Sarasota Co. | Longboat Key polling sites keep busy | Why so many ended up at wrong polling sites in Boca

Georgia: Advocates call for paper ballots in Ga. amid FBI review | Buzz Brockway planning run for secretary of state in 2018

Iowa: LWV takes exception to lawmaker's use of testimony to support ID proposal

Kansas: Report: Kansas law suppressing turnout

Massachusetts: Lynn postpones override vote to March 21 | Officials discuss using Attleboro schools as polling places

Michigan: Voting machine grant on agenda | Muskegon Co. gets more than $670K for new voting equipment

Montana: Counties prepare for special election

Nevada: Sandoval may veto Nevada voter registration petition

New Hampshire: Blizzard delays scores of town elections across NH | Blizzard reveals local election law confusion | Voters head to town polls as nor'easter bears down on NH | Snowstorm raises havoc on NH Election Day | By ski and sled, voters make it to polls | Snowstorm doesn't keep Danville voters away | Sununu: NH towns that postponed local elections took 'risk'

New York: Advocates: Early voting would boost female turnout in NY

Oregon: Oregon mulls National Popular vote movement

Tennessee: Time for new voting machines | City council asks for 2nd location for early voting

U.S. Virgin Islands: Special election moving forward despite lawsuit, budget constraints | Rodriquez files to temporarily stop special election

Wisconsin: Chairman promises better training after 17-year-olds vote | Voter fraud charges for Dane Co. teens who voted | Official: Sanders shares blame for minors voting in primary | Panel prepares to purge non-voters from registration rolls

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

March 14, 2017

California: Grand Jury finds no signs of major voter fraud in OC

Colorado: Voter turnout dramatically drops for local elections

Florida: Elected secretary of state gets backing | Lawsuit challenges state on felon voting rights | Federal lawsuit challenges 'arbitrary' clemency system

Georgia: Democratic leader demands details on data breach | Kemp to run for governor

Idaho: Bill to clamp down on special House elections advances

Illinois: Alorton man pleads guilty to voter fraud during 2013 election

Iowa: Linn Co. supervisors prepare for voter ID bill | Voter ID bill likely to pass, but not without opposition

Louisiana: Low turnout expected as early voting begins | Judge doesn't like it, but upholds voting ban on some felons | Baton Rouge judge upholds law barring some felons from voting

Massachusetts: Voter registration deadline extended | Glimanton clerk battles 'misinformation' about early voting | Dartmouth extends voter registration

Michigan: Muskegon Co. clerk picks new voting equipment | Macomb Co. clerk fires her 2 deputies 3 months into office

Missouri: Reisch backs legislation targeting voter rolls

Montana: Time running short to pass mail-in ballot bill | County sets special meeting to approve mail ballot | Mail-in voting bill sent to 'kill committee'

Nevada: Nevada could become 7th state to approve AVR | 'Motor voter' passes Senate, heads to governor's desk | Lawmakers want voter protections included in state constitution

New Hampshire: Senate passes bill to allow e-poll book pilot, rejects OVR | Bill redefines domicile for voting purposes and reignites voting rights debate | Towns unclear whether weather can postpone elections | Some towns postponing elections due to storm | Gov. urges elections to go on, some towns won't comply | Sununu surprised some towns have postponed voting | Blizzard delays Belmont vote

New Mexico: Committee tables bill to open primaries

New York: As NY marks 100 years of women's suffrage, lawmakers push voting reforms | City continues board of elections budget dance | BOE seeks $1.3M for cybersecurity measures

Oregon: Klamath Co. clerk retiring

South Dakota: Krebs announces congressional bid

Texas: Senate committee approves Texas voter ID overhaul | Voter ID changes clear Senate committee | Pasadena prepares for first election since voting rights ruling

West Virginia: Morrisey, Warner support state's method of maintaining voter lists

Wisconsin: Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally in 2016 | Social media gets blame for teen voting

Monday, 13 March 2017

March 11-13, 2017

National News: Presidential voter fraud investigation is off to a slow start | States scramble for funding to upgrade aging voting machines

Arizona: Did Katie Hobbs beat Greg Stanton to the punch?

Arkansas: Senate approves voter ID bill

California: 16- and 17-year-olds can now pre-register to vote online | California election leaders stay focused on reform in politically charged era | California's electoral future is rooted in the old-fashioned absentee ballot | Valid voter fraud complaints in California are in the dozens, not the millions | LA Co. registrar talks turnout, post-election fallout

Colorado: Colorado Springs election ballots--all 263,000 of them--are in the mail

Florida: Why 30% of Florida's voting is ripe for fraud | Comparing signatures: Good enough to hand an election on? | Winning candidates helped voters fill out their ballots | Vote-by-mail fix ready for the full House | How The Post got the absentee ballot story

Illinois: McGhee testifies in Springfield on potential voter suppression | County clerk keeps learning from election monitoring

Iowa: Critics question need for more Iowa election rules | Dolecheck backs voter ID bill | Voter ID won't stop stated concerns, state election officials say | Siouxland election officials: Multiple-state voter registrations no reason to suspect fraud

Kansas: Polling place for Maize voters moved by mistake

Louisiana: Change to early voting location for Livingston Parish | Court ruling on voting rights of felons expected Monday

Michigan: Should ballot selfies be allowed in Michigan? | Macomb Co. clerk seeks lawyer for court battle with Hackel

Missouri: State's top election official uses voter ID to raise campaign cash

Montana: Supporters: Mail ballot bill for special election must pass before April 10

New Hampshire: Senate passes bill to allow e-poll book trial program

New Jersey: Bill would require voting machines to leave paper trail | Lawmakers want to require 'paper trail'

New Mexico: Voter registration bill dies | Compromise with cities moves election consolidation bill forward

North Carolina: Troublesome ballots off to NC prosecutor | Attorney general: North Carolina voting law should end | Local bill gives Winston-Salem voting fix | Both parties benefit from policies that boost voter turnout

Ohio: Prosecutor issues opinion on election board controversy

Pennsylvania: Allegheny voters complained to the feds about these three things on Election Day

South Carolina: Special election funding | Bill would force convicted politicians to pay to replace them

Texas: US court voids 3 Texas congressional districts | Plaintiffs pursue voter ID case despite DOJ absence | Bill would make voter fraud claims public information | County closing in on selecting next elections administrator | Brown Co. elections official cites advantages of new headquarters | Congressman Farenthold addresses VRA federal ruling

Virginia: After 22 years and a few controversies, Chesterfield registrar Larry Haake retiring

West Virginia: Stricter voter ID bill proposed despite lack of in-person fraud | Voter ID bill met with mixed feelings | WV attorney general joins fight to protect election integrity

Friday, 10 March 2017

March 10, 2017

National News: More states propose voter ID laws | State Republicans push for more restrictive voting laws

Alabama: House lists crimes that forfeit voting rights

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. clerk receives award from secretary of state | Senate OKs bill to expand places guns allowed

California: California is making it easier for teens to vote | What would it take to reverse LA's dismal voter turnout | San Mateo Co. starts vote-by-mail process

Delaware: Kent DOE pursues voting machine modernization | Proposed bill would expand early voting | Bill would ease restrictions on absentee voting

Florida: Mail ballot fix clears last committee | Mail ballot fix is in the works

Idaho: Edmark Superstore remains polling place, has new name

Illinois: Park Ridge early voting moves | House committee hears testimony on ballot applications in RI Co.| Kane state's attorney to operate April election complaint line

Iowa: House approves voter ID law after 12 hours of debate

Kansas: Kobach gets plea bargain in seventh voter fraud case | Sedgwick Co. election office gears up for special election

Maryland: Green clings to mayoral win in Williamsport election recount

Massachusetts: Hinghman Town Clerk named citizen of the year

Michigan: County looks to replace current voting equipment

Missouri: County clerk, commissioners discuss new ID requirement

Nebraska: Election, DMV officials testify against AVR bill | Senators look to change voting system

Nevada: Tribes win $60K in legal fees in voting rights fight

New Hampshire: Senate votes down online voter registration bill

New Mexico: Bill to allow voter registration during early voting dies | Later registration shot down in House

North Carolina: Hearings set for inaccurate Forsyth Co. voter registrations

Ohio: Commissioners OK $54K for e-poll books

Rhode Island: Secretary of state intervenes to ensure May 2 recall vote for Providence councilman

Tennessee: Chattanooga election by the numbers

Texas: County elections office makes changes for future elections

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes bill on photo ID | McAuliffe vetoes Fowler bill on photo ID for absentee ballots

Washington: Recount begins as lawsuit is filed

West Virginia: House voter ID bill in subcommittee

Thursday, 09 March 2017

March 9, 2017

Alabama: Jefferson Co. foots $500K bill for special election

Arizona: Katie Hobbs announces she'll run for Arizona secretary of state

Arkansas: On second try, Senate OKs voter ID bill

California: Angelenos may have set a new city record for low voter turnout | New bill aims to improve access for voters with limited English

Colorado: Colorado woman convicted of voter fraud in 2016 primary

Georgia: Georgia county agrees to restore black voters' rights | Suit settled alleging black voters wrongfully disqualified

Illinois: Hulten taking polling-place consolidation to Springfield

Iowa: Democrats dig in as lawmakers debate contentious voter ID bill | Elections officials worry about money amid voter ID debate

Kentucky: Secretary of state takes civic engagement tour to Somerset

Maryland: Losing Williamsport mayoral candidate calls for recount

Massachusetts: Early voting costs weigh on local budgets

Michigan: Ballot selfie battle resurfaces in Michigan

Minnesota: Dated voting machines needing improvements

Montana: Election to replace Zinke will be costly headache for Missoula Co. | Election departments work to secure polling places

Nevada: Voter registration bill heads to Senate after party-line vote in committee | Tribal voting rights case settled

New Hampshire: Derry moderator plans to audit ballot count | Election reform passes

New York: Civil rights groups threaten to sue NY over voting rights violations

Ohio: Elections board approves poll book plan | Husted announces appointment to Morgan BOE | Lawmakers closer to passage of bill eliminating uncontested primary votes | Baker and Hannum reappointed PC BOE

Oregon: Measure aims to allow state to pay for vote-by-mail ballots | Oregon looking at making ballots free to mail

Rhode Island: Langevin backs legislation for improved voter participation

Tennessee: April runoff election could cost Chattanooga taxpayers tens of thousands

Texas: Hearne elections still a go

Utah: Provo municipal council mulls over vote-by-mail

Vermont: Secretary of state says Plymouth most hold new vote | Voting misstep means new election

Virginia: Debate over felon voting rights has a long history in Va.

Washington: Lawmakers on elections: 'Don't beat up the box'

West Virginia: Harrison Co. to exclusively use electronic voting | House: Bill altering voter law needs work | House judiciary mulls stricter voter ID law

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

March 8, 2017

National News: Dems move to give grants to states for boosting voting security | House oversight committee won't investigate voter fraud claims

Alabama: Probate judge wants feedback on moving polling place

Alaska: Ketchikan assembly votes no to new election equipment

Arkansas: Lawmakers refer voter ID proposal to 2018 ballot | Voter ID measure to be on '18 ballot

California: San Mateo Co. encourages voter registration | Should California lower its voting age to 17? Lawmaker says it would boost turnout | Judge rules SoHum residents will have to endure farty election pamphlet | Proposed amendment would lower voting age to 17 | Two Manhattan Beach polling places changed | Voters trickle into polls

Florida: Voting rights advocates await Fla. Supreme Court decision | Legislation that would make secretary of state an elected position advances

Georgia: Congressional candidate inquires about elections probe

Illinois: DuPage Co. seeks high school students for Election Day help

Iowa: Drake law professor discusses proposed ID

Maine: Council says no to consolidating polls in June

Maryland: Questions raised about close Williamsport election

Massachusetts: Auditor's ruling renews calls for early voting funds | Republican bill would allow state to cover early voting costs | Early voting costs weigh on local budgets

Michigan: Bill introduced for ballot selfies

Mississippi: Lauderdale Co. election commission to manage city election

Missouri: Vote buying in East St. Louis? Candidate says no

Montana: School events impact Montana special election polling places

Nebraska: Gale expresses concern that stat's voting system could regress

Nevada: Sandoval: No decision on whether he will sign AVR bill

New Hampshire: Election law changes debated | GOP voting bill draws support from secretary of state, concerns about voter intimidation | Bill would add new requirements to prove eligibility

Ohio: Officials taking steps to wipe out voter fraud | County receives two bids for elections board project | Mahoning Co. elections board re-elects officers | Wilkinson unanimously chosen chairman of BOE

Oklahoma: Clerical error leads to delayed election results

Rhode Island: Lawmaker asks Congress to support stricter voting registration

Texas: Lawmaker: Transparency needed on voter ID spending | Local postal worker pleads guilty in voter fraud case | Elections office gets OK for hires

Vermont: Reminder: Same-day registration law now in effect

Virginia: Where Woodbridge voter office sits, DMV wants its space back | Arlington electoral board says no to satellite absentee-voting locations

Washington: County's elections entering the digital age

West Virginia: Secretary of state weighs in on elections issues