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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

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

March 7, 2017

National News: States find little evidence of voter fraud in months after election

Alabama: Merrill touted voter ID at Selma service, churchgoers left in protest

Arkansas: Effort to reinstate voter ID falls short in Senate | Senate rejects photo-ID voter bill

Arizona: Legislation being considered to limit Fontes' power

California: Future changes to local elections could boost turnout

Colorado: Routt among Colo. counties seeking to strengthen faith in voting process

Connecticut: Lawmakers consider allowing early voting | Merrill urges lawmakers to allow early voting

Florida: Voting rights supporters encouraged by Bondi's silence | Fla. justices mull ballot question for felon voting rights | House elections bill tightens poll closing hours

Georgia: Feds continue to look into alleged breach of voter records in Ga.

Idaho: Lawmakers reject bill to make every Election Day a school holiday

Iowa: Divided testimony on voter ID | Iowans voice concerns as voter ID changes get public hearing

Maryland: Election officials say numbers too close for them to call

Massachusetts: MIT launches an election data and science lab

Mississippi: Oktibbeha Co. eyes move to electronic poll book

Missouri: State election officials start spreading word about voter ID | Secretary Ashcroft pushes public awareness for new voter ID law

Nevada: Assembly schedules vote on DMV voter registration bill

New Hampshire: Bill would bar voting by people in NH for 'temporary purposes'

New Mexico: Council opposes same-day elections

North Carolina: Comments by elections board member face scrutiny | Voters to say good-bye to Sandy Mush precinct? | Council supports plan to move city election years

Ohio: East Liverpool woman sentenced for voter fraud | Stark elections board approves polling changes

Oregon: Should voting in Oregon be free?

Pennsylvania: Secretary of state to recognize longtime polling place | Quakertown school district asks county relocate polling places from schools

Rhode Island: GOP legislator will ask RI House to support proof-of-citizenship

Utah: Auto voter reg bill heads to full Senate | Senate committee kills ranked choice voting 

Washington: Senate votes to move primary

West Virginia: Mineral joins other counties in cleaning up voter registrations | Cabell cuts outdated voter registrations

Wisconsin: Elections commission member Millis resigns

Monday, 06 March 2017

March 4-6, 2017

National News: Judge sends voter registration case back to agency

Alabama: NAACP Legal Defense Fund: More than 100K Alabama registered voters can't cast a ballot | Tablets will streamline voter check-in Tuesday

Arkansas: Panel OKs 2 voter ID proposals | Sebastian Co. election panel to seek public input on vote centers

California: South Gate delays action on changing elections | City to offer WeHo residents free rides to the polls

Colorado: State Senate OKs lifting ballot selfie ban

Connecticut: Meriden voting officials support changes to election day registration

Georgia: Ga. university hack may have compromised voter records | As many as 7.5M voter records involved in Ga. data breach | New voter elections building approved in Cumming | Mum's the word after alleged KSU hack

Indiana: Security may spur voting machine upgrade in Lake Co.

Iowa: Concerns growing on voting reforms underway in Legislature | Judge reverses reprimand for former Johnson Co. auditor

Kansas: Judge hears arguments in Kansas voter registration case | While Kobach keeps an eye on voter fraud, some say it's not an issue | Topeka legislator calls for changes to Kobach's authority after Shawnee Co. tension

Maine: Legislative committee splits over voter ID, clean elections bill | Briefs filed over ranked choice voting case | Maine AG, Republicans tell high court they believe ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional

Massachusetts: Auditor's ruling renews calls for early voting funds | Senate Republicans propose plan to reimburse cities and towns for early voting costs | Holyoke to be reimbursed for early voting costs | Hearing held on subdividing polling places

Michigan: New voting equipment options considered

Minnesota: Officials say eBay not the answer for voting machines

Missouri: Conway proposes election reforms | St. Louis prepares for primary

Montana: Election by mail would save county an estimated $65K | Election administrators struggle to prepare for special election | Money, scheduling, other obstacles on path to fill Zinke vacancy

Nebraska: State senator pushes for voter ID law

New Mexico: Mayor Hull: State election bill takes power from city, voters | Bill to streamline elections stirs debate

Ohio: Elections board makes appointments | Homeless advocates ask SCOTUS to take up voter disenfranchisement case | Election officials sworn in | 2 Wood Co. BOE members reappointed | Robson named director, Fox chairman of Meigs BOE | County set to tackle non-citizen voter case | Only one non-citizen from county on state registration voter rolls | Amid conflict of interests, Ferrell named to elections board

Pennsylvania: Pol pushes for state to take closer look at non-citizens on voter rolls

Texas: Judge denies motion to dismiss election suit | Search is on for Victoria's next elections administrator

Utah: After unusual GOP support, Democrat passes election-reform bill | Utah House approves ranked choice voting for primary elections

Washington: Pre-paid ballots may come to more King Co. mailboxes

West Virginia: Secretary of State Mac Warner touts updates to voter rolls | Bill passed to allow electioneering closer to polling places | Belmont council talks polling place | Liberty High senior trying to register full senior class to vote | Sutton responds to brouhaha

Friday, 03 March 2017

March 3, 2017

National News: Lawmakers unveil bill to help state, local governments with cybersecurity

Alaska: City opens new Anchorage elections center | Bill that would legalize taking selfies with your ballot passes in the Alaska House

Arizona: Ken Bennett angles for Maricopa Co. elections job

Arkansas: Panel OKs 2 voter ID proposals

California: New polling place found after fire damages church | SLO Co. clerk-recorder's office accidentally releases Social Security numbers |

Colorado: Appeals court remands case on secretary of state fees

Connecticut: Registrars hold high school voter registration drive

Florida: He forged signatures and registered a noncitizen to vote, police and prosecutors say | New information cards mailed to independent voters

Idaho: Ada Co. moves some polling places

Indiana: To vote center or not to vote center

Iowa: Voter ID bill would hurt out-of-state students

Kansas: Shawnee Co. commission slashes election commissioner's salary for overspending

Louisiana: Voters in some flooded precincts to return to regular polling places

Maryland: Early voting and new precinct lines set for city elections

Minnesota: US Appeals Court rules against 'please ID me' buttons at polls | Three Minnesota felons charged with voter fraud | Senators debate provisional ballots | Hassell finds absentee vote-by-mail efforts have little impact

Missouri: St. Louis circuit attorney sets up hotline to report alleged voter fraud during Tuesday's primary | St. Clair Co. taxpayers shell out big bucks for East St. Louis elections board

Montana: Mail only voting for special election could save $500K | Counties race to prepare for special election | Upcoming special election brings up questions

Nebraska: Senator wants constitutional amendment for voter ID | Voter ID bill faces opposition | Voter ID heads toward showdown

New Hampshire: New sweeping NH Senate GOP voter registration bill detailed

New Mexico: Magdalena opposes election consolidation

New York: New elections commissioner keeps staff, tries to learn ropes

North Carolina: NC NAACP concerned about voter ID reversal | Court rulings mean NC is without an elections board

North Dakota: Jaeger hopes to restore funding for voting machines, electronic poll books

Ohio: Elections board to decide whether to keep director | Husted makes GOP appointment to Trumbull elections board

Pennsylvania: MontCo releases performance review for last year's problem-plagued election | Why thousands of Montco absentee ballots went uncounted by election deadline

Rhode Island: Fung announces possible voter fraud in Cranston, calls for reforms | Cranston police investigating eight cases of illegal voting

Tennessee: Last-day surge leads to increased turnout for early voting | Haslam issues order for special election

Texas: 'This is our building' | Were cases of improper voting in Texas the result of fraud or confusion? | Tarrant Co. woman convicted of voter fraud released on bond

Virginia: Free Union voters get new polling place

Wisconsin: Dane Co. puts window on ballot box

Thursday, 02 March 2017

March 2, 2017

Alaska: Ballot selfies come closer to reality in another state

Arkansas: Senate rejects election board's shift to secretary of state

California: County seeks to quell smell | WeHo offers free ride to the polls on Tuesday | LA Co. announces plans for election night

Florida: Lee Co. has a new elections supervisor

Iowa: Election officials, braced for write-ins, still surprised by volume | Contentious voter ID bill advances in Senate | Voter ID bill now eligible for debate in House

Maryland: Board of elections to add 11th early voting site for 2018

Massachusetts: Baker administration will pay Mass municipalities' 2018 early voting costs, if needed

Michigan: Grand Rapids-based company hoping for winning bid with new, secure voting machines | County removes itself from election programming to resolve dispute

Minnesota: Ranked choice voting | Minnesota residents vote, and they want you to know it | Harris Twp to consider changing elections to November | 8th Circuit affirms Minn. polling place apparel ban

Missouri: Missourians overwhelmingly passed photo voter ID, now what?

Montana: Montanans at odds on mail-in election | County administrators gear up for special election | Governor sets May 25 for special election

Nebraska: Nebraska bill would restore ex-felons' voting rights sooner | Committee advances bill to allow for immediate restoration of rights

New Hampshire: Dartmouth researchers find no evidence of bused-in voters

New Mexico: Bill to permit later registration OK'd | Change strips purposed from automatic voter registration bill

North Carolina: Chatham Co. appoints new elections director

Ohio: Dorothy Pelanda to run for Ohio secretary of state | Trumbull GOP doesn't decide on elections board member

Oregon: Lawmaker pushes last-minute voter registration in Oregon

Pennsylvania: Senator wants independent voters in state primaries | Elections office proposes relocation of two polling sites

Texas: Here's how some Hays Co. races would have ended if all votes were counted | Convicted felon indicted on illegal voting charge in Tarrant Co. | Bill could raise election costs, local administrator says

Utah: Committee approves bill aimed at stopping ballot alphabet games | Bill goes to governor seeking to shorten election lines

Virginia: US top court backs review of Virginia voting districts in race case

Washington: State House passes bill to give local voters stronger voices

Wisconsin: Clerk gives mixed reviews on new voting locations in Wauwatosa

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

March 1, 2017

National News: After court setbacks, lawmakers push for new voting restrictions

Arkansas: Bill assigns elections board to secretary of state

Florida: Supervisor of elections offers tip for smooth election day in Sarasota Co. | Christina White: Annually handles more than 20 elections in Miami-Dade

Georgia: Ga. license bill tweaked: 'Noncitizen' become 'ineligible voter' | Forsyth commissioners approve new elections headquarters

Indiana: Lake precinct consolidation mandate faces uncertain fate in House

Iowa: House panel debates elections bill

Kentucky: House committee approves special election rule change

Maryland: Washington Co. must move early voting center

Massachusetts: 2 missing words could cost city $9K | Ballot snafu haunts Lynn override vote

Michigan: State finalizes $82M contract for new voting machines | Michigan elections director retiring after 36 years

Mississippi: Early voting, online registration die in committee

New Mexico: A less automatic voter registration bill clears committee

North Carolina: Bill to match jury excuses with voter lists raises concerns

Rhode Island: Elections best-practices task force meets for first time | Cranston police probing general election voting irregularities

Tennessee: Feds charge two TN residents with buying votes in U.S. Senate election

Texas: Hays Co. hears update on errors during November election | Was Texas ID law biased? DOJ stays out of argument | Texas' voter ID law in court after DOJ pulls out

Utah: Voter registration privacy bill goes to full House | Primary may replace caucuses

Virginia: Randy Wertz retires as director of elections

Washington: Senate OKs bill to add hundreds of ballot drop boxes | Shoreline sees higher turnout with pre-paid ballot envelopes |

West Virginia: Secretary of state says staffing just one change since taking office

Wisconsin: Ex-con charged with voting illegally

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February 28, 2017

National News: Congressman tries to kill election commission

California: Consolidating WeHo's March 7 election with county brings some changes

Idaho: Ada Co. early voting begins as lawmakers consider bill to limit timeline | Bill targeting 'government interference' in elections surfaces at Idaho Legislature

Illinois: A day in the life of an election judge | Suffredin and Orr hold town hall on voting, election process

Iowa: 'Fixes' in election integrity bill not needed, speakers tell lawmakers | Voter ID legislation advances in House

Maryland: Baltimore Senator says he didn't sponsor voter ID bill introduced under his name

Massachusetts: Suit tests 20-day voter registration cutoff | Woburn clerk inquiry on early voting garners state response

Minnesota: Effort to do away with ranked choice voting in St. Paul encounters resistance | Ballot question to repeal ranked choice in St. Paul is under debate

Missouri: Kander encourages community to fight voter suppression

New Hampshire: State legislation prohibiting out-of-state voting pending

New Jersey: Is NJ election law commission stalemate at an end?

New Mexico: Open primary bill moves forward in Senate

North Carolina: NC legislators ask SCOTUS to add them to voter ID case | Judge asks US election commission to weigh in on lawsuit

Ohio: Ohio investigation found 385 non-US citizens registered to vote, 82 cast illegal ballots | Ferrell named to EC elections board | 5 non-citizens registered to vote in Clark Co. did not cast ballots

Oregon: Richardson's communications director submits resignation

Rhode Island: Election task force to hold first meeting

Tennessee: Anti voter-fraud bill to offer $5K for tips

Texas: Administration drops DOJ's opposition to Texas voter ID law | Justice Dept. reverses position on Texas voter ID law case | Tarrant Co. election documents sent to DA for investigation | Online voter registration

Monday, 27 February 2017

February 25-27, 2017

National: Senators ask feds for 'full account' of work to secure election from cyber threats

Alabama: Commission approves creation of voting center

Arizona: Senate to weigh asking voters to toss initiative protections

California: San Mateo Co. to begin testing voting equipment

Connecticut: Election commission rules against Smart | State regulators say voter fraud rare in Conn.

Florida: Leon Co. supervisor of elections celebrated for 28 years of service

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting headed to Senate | Divided House passes bill limiting early voting period

Kentucky: Local, state officials find no evidence of voter fraud

Minnesota: City announces change in polling locations | Debate over ranked-choice voting reignites in St. Paul

Mississippi: Senate prospects dim for early voting bill

Montana: Senate endorses bill to allow mail-ballot special election | Secretary of state continues opposition to SB 305

New Hampshire: Bills seek to tighten NH's voter eligibility | Sununu: I've asked White House for voting fraud proof

New Mexico: Automatic voter registration bill dies in committee | House OKs legislation that would consolidate most local elections

North Carolina: Confederate flag issue results in polling place change | County elections board chairman to seek GOP's top job

Ohio: Lake Co. BOE chooses e-poll book provider

Texas: Judge denies request to delay Texas voter ID lawsuit | Texas Dems say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018 | Flawed voting in Texas likely the result of confusion, not fraud

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections officials say they need more flexibility in scheduling early voting

Utah: Utah GOP reverses decision to drop Count My Vote lawsuit | Proposal would make voter records private

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes bill to investigate possible voter fraud | Staunton polling place on the move

Washington: Clallam auditor to replace election supervisor after ballot mishap | King Co. successfully pilots pre-paid postage; voter turnout exceeds projections

Wisconsin: Federal appeals court could reinstate Wisconsin early voting limits