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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

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