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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

January 14-17, 2017

National News: What election technology actions are needed now? | President-elect meets with Martin Luther King, III to discuss voting rights

Arizona: New Maricopa Co. elections chief disagrees with plans for election reform

California: San Joaquin Co. registrar to retire | Lawsuit focuses on disqualified ballots | Complaints against former city clerk prompt election questions

Connecticut: Monroe swears in new registrar of voters

Florida: Judge dismisses lawsuit against city for special election

Georgia: McIver still on state elections board despite arrest in wife's death | Former secretary of state passes away | County elections office has moved

Idaho: Voter intimidation case yields no criminal charges

Illinois: Bill aims for precinct consolidation

Indiana: Judge suggests special election

Iowa: Pate lowers cost estimate of election integrity law

Kansas: Few cases, many questions about Kobach's war on voter fraud | Kansas election officials threw out thousands of ballots | Longtime poll worker dies at 94

Kentucky: Grimes again backing early voting

Maryland: Separating churches from elections not likely to happen in 2017

Michigan: House Democrats start year with push for voting reform

Minnesota: South Washington Co. lawmakers agree on voting change | Fergus could have a new voting precinct

Nebraska: Would Nebraskans embrace mail-only voting?

New Hampshire: Forty bills in NH Legislature target voting

New Jersey: Brothers testify to living at one address and voting from another in fraud trial

New York: Group gives NY poor grade for voting rights, elections | U.S. threatens to sue NY over voting rights | A push to allow early voting in next election | NY voting process very close to failing, advocates say

North Carolina: Parker: BOE makeup may change | Election irregularities, precinct workers investigated

North Dakota: Secretary of state requests funding for electronic voting booths

Ohio: Husted worries feds' national security concerns could encroach on state elections

Pennsylvania: In final count, local recounts cost taxpayers $37K in OT | Luzerne Co. reaches settlement with government over polling place accessibility | Election judge in Springdale to face charges for being a no-show

Texas: In Texas, a test of whether the Voting Rights Act still has teeth

Vermont: Same day voter registration arrives in Vermont

Virginia: Montgomery Co. elections board discussing new precincts

West Virginia: Piedmont to continue with early voting at city office

Wisconsin: Recount costs show Pierce Co. well under budget | Audit: Sheboygan polls aren't ADA compliant

Friday, 13 January 2017

January 13, 2017

National News: New administration likely to shift approach to Voting Rights Act |Should election systems be a top priority in US cybersecurity right now?

California: SJ registrar of voters to retire in March

Colorado: Singer proposes approval voting bill at start of legislative session

Florida: There's not time for a special election officials say | County celebrates Laura Dees' retirement

Georgia: LaVista Hills vote investigation tied up in records dispute

Hawaii: Lawmakers to again consider vote-by-mail, automatic voter registration

Indiana: Lawson: Modernization an ongoing challenge

Iowa: Voter ID plan isn't aimed at election fraud, Pate says

Kansas: House passes special election bill

Massachusetts: Clerk change waits on Legislature

Michigan: Martin settles in as new county clerk

Mississippi: UM professor hopes to shed light on voter wait times

Montana: Bill would end Election Day holiday

Nebraska: Resolution on voter ID could change state's constitution

New Jersey: Judge hears mixed testimony in election fraud trial

New York: Justice Dept. looks to intervene in lawsuit against city BOE over voter roll purge in April | NY attorney exonerated of voter fraud charges in Brooklyn

North Carolina: Cumberland elections board probes double voting, felons voting

Ohio: Hamilton Co. BOE moves | Lucas Co. elections officials honored for restoring stability to board

Pennsylvania: Eligibility of Luzerne Co. BOE member questioned

Tennessee: Election commission reviews e-pollbook technology

Texas: County questions purchase of voting machines

Utah: Lawmakers racing to fix hole in Utah election law

Virginia: Voter registration worker convicted of submitting fake names

Wisconsin: Vote recount raised 'human error' concerns | Hansen pushing redistricting reform bill

Wyoming: Laramie Co. prepares to purge voter roll

Thursday, 12 January 2017

January 12, 2017

National News: New election cyber protections cause confusion and concern | Will blockchain-based election systems make e-voting possible? | Jeff Sessions' views on voting rights debated during hearing

Alabama: Early voting bill pre-filed ahead of legislative session

Colorado: As Colorado secretary of state, El Paso's Wayne Williams shows how it's done

Connecticut: Lawmakers agree on voting change, differ elsewhere | Wanted: More poll workers, modern tools

Florida: Elections office offering scholarships

Illinois: DuPage looking to merge election commission with county clerk

Indiana: Lake Co. may be forced to merge voting precincts

Kansas: Kansas bill seeks to clarify special election to replace Pompeo

Maine: Lawmakers may seek court opinion on constitutionality of ranked-choice voting | Senate Republicans want Supreme Court opinion on ranked-choice voting

Michigan: Lawsuit: Detroit suburb denies blacks equal voting rights | Eastpointe looking to settle discrimination lawsuit

Mississippi: Hosemann releases statement on state's election system | Hosemann decries DHS move

New Jersey: Oldest Woodbridge poll worker celebrates 100th birthday

New York: Voting reforms would catch New York up to other states | Brooklyn DA moves to exonerate lawyer in notorious vote fraud case | Akshar to retain assignment of Senate Elections Board Committee chair in 2017-18

Ohio: Husted doesn't like fed designation of elections systems as 'critical' infrastructure' | Elections board announces director | Board of elections packing up for next week's move to Norwood

Oregon: County approves funding to cover increase in voters

Tennessee: Justin Timberlake-inspired selfie bill in play in Legislature

Vermont: Condos announces implementation of election day voter registration

Virginia: Governor pushes for easier absentee voting

Wisconsin: Wisconsin recount cost $2M

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

January 11, 2017

National News: Jeff Sessions calls Voting Rights Act intrusive | Sessions and courts have different opinions on voter ID laws

California: Clock ticking on open source voting effort as SF extends voting machine contract | Bid to toss Siskiyou Co. voter-intimidation suit denied

Connecticut: New Haven voting process hearing produced ideas, suggestions

Florida: Report analyzes recent election

Georgia: Floyd Co. elections and registration department have demonstration with ES&S team | Board of elections approves budget proposal

Illinois: Public speaks out on plan to merge DuPage election commission into clerk's office

Kansas: Lawmakers consider bill to alter special election process

Michigan: Almost half voted straight-party ticket in November

Nebraska: Bill would add more early voting sites in cities

New Jersey: Senate confirms Kotch to lead Burlington Co. elections office

New Hampshire: AG seeks high court review of rulings against ballot selfie ban | Town doesn't want special election

New York: Statement by AG Schneiderman on Cuomo's voting rights proposal

North Carolina: US Supreme Court temporarily blocks NC special elections

Texas: Approval of new Hidalgo Co. voting machines tabled for 30 days | Texas AG asked to look at Hidalgo elections

Virginia: Lynchburg voters continue to report problems after ballot shortage | Lynchburg voters face ballot shortage at polls | Gov. McAuliffe proposes expanded voter access | Governor wants to repeal voter ID, expand absentee voting | Arlington board approves polling changes

Wisconsin: State recount costs come in $2M less than expected | Wauwatosa school board approves use of some schools as polling places

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Monday, 09 January 2017

January 7-9, 2017

National News: US designates election infrastructure as 'critical'

Arizona: Maricopa Co. hires team to hack into election system | Experts criticize Arizona elections

California: California primary may move

Georgia: DeKalb election allegations remain unsolved | Two Forsyth churches may opt out of being polling precincts | City revives election dates debate

Iowa: 23 convicted of voter fraud in last 5 years | ACLU hits back at voter ID proposal | Voter ID proposal criticized

Kansas: Wichita lawmaker seeks to rein in Kobach's prosecution powers

Massachusetts: Most poll locations slated to change

Nebraska: Bill on felon voting rights introduced

New York: Cuomo pushes for early voting, automatic voter registration | Schneiderman content with Cuomo's voting rights proposal

North Carolina: What BOE restructuring means for New Hanover Co. | Judges decide to keep NC election law blocked

Ohio: EL woman pleads guilty to 13 counts of voter fraud | GOP picks podiatrist for elections board

Pennsylvania: Schuylkill poll workers may get raises next year

Tennessee: Results of Monteagle mayoral race contested

Texas: AG: Voter ID education documents can be withheld from public | Texas city found in violation of Voting Rights Act | Pasadena deliberately diluted Hispanic vote, judge rules

Virginia: Local lawmaker proposes legislation to make proof-of-citizenship a voting requirement | Barbara Lee helps Virginia voters | Absentee voting extended due to storm | Showalter finds money for Jan. 10 election

Wyoming: Bill would expand automatic restoration of voting rights to non-violent offenders

Friday, 06 January 2017

January 6, 2017

Alabama: No special election to replace Sessions; Bentley says move could save $16M | Brighton mayor seeks termination of city absentee manager

Arizona: Secretary of state floats election law overhaul

California: San Jose council candidate will sue after losing election

Connecticut: Bates to be named deputy secretary of state

Florida: New supervisor of elections unveils new website

Georgia: Forsyth to consolidate election headquarters, warehouse

Illinois: City clerk removed from Bellville electoral board | Homer Twp residents can request mail-in ballots for primary

Iowa: Proposal would require ID for Iowa voters | Iowa secretary of state proposes voter ID

Kansas: Don Merriman will retire Monday as Saline Co. clerk

Kentucky: Local clerks OK with early voting

Missouri: Elections, supplies are expensive and thousands spent just to prepare

Nebraska: Murante proposes winner-take-all, voter ID | Bill would restore voting rights immediately for felons who served their time

New Hampshire: Election administration bills on the docket | Secretary of state orders town clerks to accept Libertarian voter registrations

New Jersey: Chesterfield candidate petitioning court to break election tie

New York: Genesee Co. election commission establishes policy regarding usage of county election machines for special elections | Orleans elections official to be replaced

North Carolina: State elections board changes blocked by judges' injunction | Combining NC elections, ethics boards remains up in the air

North Dakota: Fargo task force recommends changing voting system

Ohio: Saferin GOP's choice to fill elections board vacancy

Texas: Rolando Pablos named new Texas secretary of state

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix elections board unable to muster quorum to install new officers

Virginia: Voting changes proposed in General Assembly | Fairfax gears up for providing Vietnamese-language help to voters

West Virginia: Belmont wants polling place | Upshur Co. leaders appoint Carol Smith county clerk

Wyoming: Lawmakers consider reinstating felons' voting rights faster

Thursday, 05 January 2017

January 5, 2017

Arizona: Recorder announces realignment of elections department

California: Vote-by-mail election coming to downtown Berkeley

Florida: Kim Barton reflects on her path to becoming supervisor of elections

Georgia: County elections office to move today

Idaho: Ghost town was once a polling place

Kentucky: Grimes to advocate for early voting | Military population affects voting

Mississippi: Election commissioners take oath | Election commission sworn in Tuesday

Missouri: Kander criticizes Missouri Republicans over voter ID law | Kander, House Republicans clash over photo ID

North Carolina: Governor squares off with Legislature in lawsuit

Ohio: Retired judge quit elections board in December | Peter Handwork resigns from Lucas Co. BOE

Oklahoma: Electioneering, other violations discouraged by Pottawatomie Co. election board secretary

Oregon: Richardson will press for 'transparency, accountability'

Pennsylvania: County poll workers may get raise in 2018

Rhode Island: Police: Election fraud in town unfounded

Tennessee: Early voting sites confirmed for Chattanooga election | Election commission trims early voting sites from 5 to 3

Texas: County mulls options to handle voter registration, elections | County elections office awaits state response | Lubbock Co. chooses Verity from Hart InterCivic | Touchscreen voting coming to San Patricio Co.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Residents ask for access to elections systems' computer

Vermont: Condos rejects challenge to House member over recount

Wisconsin: The end of voter registration drives | Recount expected to come in vastly under budget | Recount costs come in at half of estimate

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

January 4, 2017

Alabama: In statewide effort, NAACP opposes Sessions' nomination for AG

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. election commissioners consider vote centers

Connecticut: Longtime Democratic registrar leaves Greenwich post | Douglas Hamilton, 'true son of Windsor Locks,' dies at 70

Florida: Tommy Doyle sworn in as supervisor of elections | County elects first black, female supervisor of elections | Alan Hays sworn in as elections chief | Alachua Co. supervisor of elections sworn in | Polk Co. supervisor of elections sworn in | Leon Co. officials take oath of office | Washington Co. elected officials sworn into office | Pinellas Co. supervisor of elections sworn in | Broward Co. elections chief sworn in

Indiana: Commissioners approve maintenance contract for voting machines

Iowa: Branstad: It 'makes sense' for Iowa to consider voter ID

Kansas: Longtime Saline Co. clerk recognized

Mississippi: Newly elected election commissioner take oath of office

New York: NYC elections boss keeps job until city OKs replacement | Rockland ex-commissioner loses lawsuit to keep job

North Carolina: NC appeals voting overhaul ruling to U.S. Supreme Court | Ethics commission--set to become elections board--secures lawyers in Cooper lawsuit | County hopes to get Civitas to scale back request

Ohio: Washington Co. BOE getting ready for 2017 election

Oklahoma: Ringwood polling location changes for Feb. 14 election

Oregon: New secretary of state offers praise to outgoing secretary

Pennsylvania: Elections office proposes changes to voting precincts in seven townships

Rhode Island: State election officials investigating after local votes go missing

Tennessee: $30K set-up coast given for 2 extra early voting sites

Texas: Thousands dropped from registered voter list in Cameron Co. | Victoria county's first elections administrator to retire

U.S. Virgin Islands: New St. Thomas-St. John district elections board members sworn in | Ambiguities in law delay unification of elections boards

Vermont: Barre Town vote a test for same-day registration

Virginia: Habeeb proposes legislation to address felon rights restoration in Virginia

West Virginia: 16 WV secretary of state staffers to be fired when Warner takes office

Wisconsin: Stein: $1.5M refund could pay for new voter advocacy group | Stein unveils post-recount effort in Wisconsin | Man gets 30 days in jail for voter fraud | Counties way over estimated cost of recount | Stein compares cost of recount to financial intimidation | Recommendations on Wisconsin elections from one group that observed polls Nov. 8

Tuesday, 03 January 2017

December 31, 2016-January 3, 2017

National News: Early voting didn't boost overall election turnout, studies show

Connecticut: Verdu to bid adieu as New Britain Democratic registrar

Florida: Ion Sancho, the voters' advocate, steps down | Florida's felons inch closer to regaining right to vote

Georgia: Bruce bill would expand voting sites

Guam: Appellate court decision could greatly impact Guam voting rights

Idaho: Man charged with voting in wife's stead

Illinois: DuPage election commission offers voter registration help for elderly, handicapped | Online app makes getting a Cook Co. ballot easier | Cronin on the issues facing DuPage

Indiana: County voter clerk resigned

Mississippi: Election commissioners sworn into office

Missouri: Incoming secretary of state working on voter photo ID | Elections commissioners pick Stream as GOP director for St. Louis Co. | Ashcroft plans many staff changes | Recap of the November election with Greene Co. clerk

North Carolina: Civitas renews same-day registration challenge | Kimble retires from board of elections

North Dakota: Jaeger asking for new voting machines, electronic poll books

Ohio: Ohioans can now register to vote online | Hackett announces launch of voter registration system | Online registration making process easy, accessible

Oregon: Dennis Richardson sworn in as secretary of state

Tennessee: Shelby Co. election commission puts new voter registration system first | New state law changes RuCo election procedures

U.S. Virgin Islands: Audit upholds election counts

Virginia: Richmond registrar needs money for Jan. 10 special election

West Virginia: WV secretary of state-elect makes staffing announcements | Outgoing WV secretary of state looks back, successor looks ahead

Wisconsin: Recount found thousands of errors, but no major flaws in state election system | Elections watchdog recommends more training, voter education about voter ID | Recount costs may be half of quote | Rock Co. comes in under budget for recount costs | Jill Stein plans next steps for 'unhappy campers' as Wisconsin's recount costs less than $3.9M

Wyoming: Clerk's office flags 27 possible cases of voter registration fraud in Laramie Co. | Bill would give election officials more time to accept mail-in ballots