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Friday, 30 June 2017

June 30, 2017

(Editor’s Note:  Unless there is breaking news, electionlineToday will be taking a small break for the holiday and will be back on Wednesday July 5, maybe just a bit later in the morning, say 8am!)

National News: EAC's 2016 survey provides deep dive into wealth of voting information | Presidential election commission wants to know voting history, party ID and address of every voter in US | White House panel asks state for their voter rolls | States refuse to cooperate with voter fraud probe | Labor lawyer tapped to be Civil Right chief | Activists not happy with nominee to lead civil rights unit | House Dem seeks to restore funding to EAC | House Democrats launch election security task force

Alabama: Registering felons to vote in jail: How new Alabama law impacts voting rights | Colbert Co. moving to electronic poll books

Arizona: Arizona settles lawsuit to make voter registration data more accessible, affordable

Arkansas: Laptops on Marion election commission's wish list

California: County official says Russia did not hack elections | Padilla to president's voting fraud panel: No | California official bristles at panel's records request

Colorado: Elections chief will withhold confidential data from WH commission

Connecticut: Voter fraud panel request for information gets chilly Connecticut reply

Florida: Supervisor of elections office set to relocate

Kansas: Kobach wants voters' personal information for presidential commission | Kander, Kobach tussle on changes to Kansas voting laws

Kentucky: Grimes to president: I won't send Kentucky voter data

Maine: Ranked-choice voting supporters consider people's veto if Legislature scraps law

Massachusetts: Retiring Northampton clerk: 'Remember you're here because the voters put you here

Michigan: Ingham Co., Lansing launch new voting equipment technology for primary

Minnesota: Simon skeptical of White House request for voter data

New Hampshire: Democratic voting rights activist Kander to return to NH next week | Gardner says election commission call 'couldn't have been better'

New Mexico: Cost of special election lower than anticipated

New York: State election board to Nassau: Follow the law

North Carolina: New Hanover BOE names new director

North Dakota: New ND voter ID law goes into effect

Ohio: Elections board to consolidate polling locations

Oregon: Longtime clerk set to retire

Pennsylvania: County refutes "voter suppression"

Rhode Island: Nearly 66K names removed from rolls since 2015

Texas: County unveils new voting machines | County moves toward vote centers | County moving forward with electronic voting measure | Voting machines to be replaced

U.S. Virgin Islands: What's next? St. Thomas-St. John elections board could wait until July 20 to decide on Senate vacancy

Virginia: McAuliffe has 'no intention' of honoring commission's request

Washington: Secretary of state will review voter rolls request

Thursday, 29 June 2017

June 29, 2017

National News: Should it be easier to vote? Americans are deeply divided by party | Election integrity commission will meet for first time in July | Readout of vice president's call with election integrity commission | Senate Intel asks 21 states to publicize election hacking | More public awareness encouraged on Russian hacking | Kelly: Election hacking attempts 'way of the future'

Colorado: Clerks report confidence in voting system

Florida: Collier Co. to upgrade some of its voting machines

Georgia: Voting rights advocacy group claims censorship

Illinois: Peoria-area election officials say hackers kept out of local voting | Keeping elections safe from hackers

Maine: Voter-approved ranked-choice voting stays in effect as repeal bills fail

Massachusetts: Automatic voter registration proponents make push

Michigan: First female elections bureau chief chosen | Laptops to aid election workers | Senate OKs removing party vignettes from ballots

Missouri: Two Republicans seek appointment as Boone Co. clerk

Montana: Should voters in Montana be able to change their vote?

New Mexico: City Council delays ranked choice voting

North Carolina: Three towns' elections moved to 2018

Rhode Island: Gorbea advances on clearing old names off voter rolls

South Carolina: Election commission continues to improve cyber security

Texas: Hidalgo Co. obtains new machines to replace current voting method | County postpones voting equipment purchase | AG to join Dallas voter fraud investigation

U.S. Virgin Islands: Legislature votes not to admit Rodriquez, seat remains unfilled

Virginia: Communities scramble to translate ballots

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017

June 24-26, 2017

National News: Election hacking fears turn heat on DHS | Activist says voter suppression is a 'greater threat to U.S. democracy than Russian election tampering' | White House says election commission will examine hacking

Alabama: Campaign to help ex-felons learn about voting rights

Arkansas: Arkansan on US list for vote-system study

California: Secretary of state alleges politics may have caused Orange Co. supervisors to reject cost-saving voting system | SLO Co. saw spike in election day cyberthreats

Idaho: Elections office short on staff at a bad time

Illinois: Rockford, Winnebago Co. may revisit election office merger

Indiana: Treasurer arrested on charges of theft from voter registration association | State commission takes up task of consolidating Lake Co. election precincts | Vigo Co. official charged with voting outside precinct

Kansas: Secretary of state fined for misleading court | GOP state Rep. Keith Esau seeks 2018 secretary of state nomination

Maine: Russia's still targeting US elections, King warns | Constitutional amendment to fix ranked-choice voting falters in Maine House

Massachusetts: Teens not eager to register to vote

Michigan: Ingham Co. clerk debuts new voting machines

New Jersey: Judge invalidates 22 votes, putting 2016 election in doubt

New York: Cuomo launching voter registration push at Pride March

Ohio: Could the 2000 election debacle in Florida happen in Ohio? | New voting machines in store for voters | Despite Mahoning case, data suggests voter fraud is rare | Officials respond to voting concerns at Union precinct

Oklahoma: Online registration moves slowly

Pennsylvania: Why funny write-in names on ballots aren't a laughing matter

Tennessee: TBI investigating May election

Texas: Tallying 2016 voting complaints: Scare tactics, equipment glitches, snafus | Hidalgo Co. elections department's new voting machines raise security concerns | Tarrant lawmakers tapped to lead charge against mail-in voter fraud in Texas | County seeks to ease voting for residents | Gregg Co. accepted into countywide voting program

U.S. Virgin Islands: Superior Court likely won't soon rule on special election

West Virginia: WV county clerk tapped to serve in presidential commission

Friday, 23 June 2017

June 23, 2017

National News: Election hackers altered voter rolls, stole private data, officials say | Steyer to plow $7.5M into voter mobilization efforts | President's voter-fraud panel wants to look into Russian hacking, too | House Democrats, looking ahead to 2018, pledge to prioritize voting rights

Alabama: Terri Sewell intro's legislation to restore VRA

Arkansas: Arkansas closer to adopting voter ID law | Crawford & Cotton question intelligence officials on election meddling | Former legislator lands on president's vote fraud commission | JPs approve plan for voting centers

California: Padilla calls on OC supervisors to reconsider Voter's Choice Act

Connecticut: Tong calls for full investigation into alleged voter fraud | Brookfield will reimburse former GOP registrar for legal fees

Florida: Local official: Russian phish attempt reached Fla. but didn't affect election result | After attempted hack, Florida elections officials reviewing security of vote

Georgia: He has served 44 years on election board, and isn't done yet

Illinois: Automatic voter registration coming soon to Illinois

Indiana: Elkhart Co. turns to tech to speed up voting process

Maine: Maine member of president's voter fraud panel wants it to probe Russian election hacking | Future of new ranked choice voting system remains unclear

Missouri: Brianna Lennon recommended for county clerk position

New York: NY settles lawsuit over voter registration | Cuomo: State stepping in to protect electoral system

North Carolina: No evidence of Russian hacks in Mecklenburg Co.

Ohio: Pursuit, crash leads to fire at Shelby Co. BOE

Oklahoma: Oklahoma elections not targeted by Russian hackers, state says | State election board allows voters to sign up for election reminders

Tennessee: Cost of special election could top $70K

Texas: Hays Co. elections committee recommends new voting equipment | Court sets fast pace for possible voter ID penalties

U.S. Virgin Islands: Court hears arguments on Sarauw's motion to certify special election

Virginia: Provisional votes win OK of Arlington electoral board

West Virginia: Wood Co. clerk to study federal elections

Thursday, 22 June 2017

June 22, 2017

National News: DHS official: Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states | Senators press officials for more details on Russian hacking | Congress urged to increase voting system security | US elections systems vulnerable, lawmakers told in dueling hearings | Federal officials say they're stepping up efforts to protect election systems

Arkansas: Election panel endorses rules under ID law | GOP state legislator announces run for SoS

California: Election officials respond on election hacking | Lawsuit challenging Santa Monica elections survives city challenge

Colorado: Colorado voters should feel secure, says secretary of state

Connecticut: Prosecutors probe possible Stamford election scam

Florida: Test driving Florida's new voting option: Registering online | Lee Co. elections supervisor warned of Russian hacking threat

Illinois: David Orr will not seek re-election as Cook Co. clerk | Illinois BOE director discusses Russian hacking | Rockford attorney appointed to SBOE | Cook Co. Clerk David Orr won't seek 8th term

Indiana: No more voting at Logan Mall | Lawson: DHS withheld hacking threat info from state election officers

Iowa: New large print voter registration card

Kentucky: Grimes releases statement on 2016 election

Maine: Senate sets aside legislation to repeal ranked choice voting law

Massachusetts: Officials look to move election polls from school to church

Missouri: Kansas City is looking for your thoughts on new voting equipment

Montana: Missoula leaders vote 'no' on municipal election primary

Nebraska: Secretary of state hires new elections deputy | Officials: No reports of election system hacks in Nebraska

New York: Commissioners push back on voter suppression charge

North Carolina: New policy to promote voter registration in high schools

Ohio: Erie Co. voters can test new technology | House passes early voting bill | Rules change for absentee voting draws debate in House

Oregon: Bulking up the ballot box

Texas: Hays Co. hold public forum for new voting equipment | Group that fueled president's fraud claim scales back 2016 election audit | 6 key bills vetoed by Gov. Abbott | Denton Co. going back to paper ballots

Utah: Lawmakers put brakes on action against governor over special election

Wisconsin: Assembly passes bill limiting who can seek recounts | Wisconsin's top election officials testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

June 21, 2017

National News: Despite NSA claim, elections vendor denies system was compromised | 5 questions ahead of the election hacking hearings | House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary | Lawmakers zero in on election system security

Alabama: New law more clearly defines which felons can lose their voting rights

Arizona: Soon you could cast your ballot anywhere in Maricopa Co.

Arkansas: Quorum court debates funding for voting machines | Miller County to get new voting machines

Colorado: County clerks aren't just guardians of democracy; they're its rock stars

Florida: Florida election officials continue push to protect voter registration information | Security threat on voting system looms as Florida's elections officials gather in Polk Co.

Georgia: Polling problems | Secretary of state says few problems in special election | After mix-up, two DeKalb voting sites remain open till 7:30pm | Inclement weather not deterring people from voting | Scattered problems, but no major issues | Thousands who don't live in 6th district show up vote, are turned away | Election official aims for timely vote totals

Illinois: Illinois elections official to testify to U.S. Senate panel on vote hacking

Indiana: Lawson to testify before US Senate select committee on intelligence | Vote center plan gets OK

Michigan: New voting equipment headed to Lapeer Co.

Missouri: Boone Co. commission appoints interim clerk

Nevada: Sandoval vetoes vote centers

New Mexico: Toulouse Oliver will run for full term as secretary of state

New York: NY settles federal voter registration lawsuit

Oregon: Clerk announces voter registration purge

South Carolina: Turnout moderate to awful in special election | Oversleeping church worker causes late start for one polling place

Texas: County commissioners approve new paper-based voting system | City moves elections back to May

Utah: Lawmakers say special-election process won't withstand legal challenge

Virginia: Man pleads guilty to submitting fraudulent voter registration forms

Washington: Seattle landlords must give voter registration info to new renters

Wisconsin: Wisconsin's decentralized voting system, paper poll books could have deterred hacking | Election officials approve e-poll books | Wisconsin will develop it's own e-poll books

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

June 20, 2017

National News: Elections officials outgunned in Russia's cyberwar against America | Data on 198M voters exposed by GOP contractor | Supreme Court to hear potentially landmark case on partisan gerrymandering

Alabama: Clinics planned to help felons register to vote

Arkansas: Pulaski Co. in line for more voting units

Florida: Voting machines were not hacked during 2016 elections | Voter registration firm denies it got hacked

Georgia: What's behind fewer African-American voters at the polls | Ga. officials prepare for special election | Elections officials say they are ready for runoff | Voters say 6th District border lines are confusing | Polling location changes for special election | BOE election technician receives 19 year recognition of service

Kansas: Sedgwick Co. preparing for August primary

Mississippi: Vigorous absentee voting can sway Mississippi elections

Missouri: Special election puts voter ID law to test

New Jersey: Vote-by-mail recount changes little in mayoral primary

New York: Cuomo to order review of NY election cybersecurity

Ohio: Justices turn away appeal over Ohio ballot law | SCOTUS lets stand Ohio law on voter registration | Ohio may keep rejecting some ballots for errors

Oregon: Oregon's electronic, accessible ballots may soon be available in other states

South Carolina: York County's Northwestern precinct voting moved

Texas: Countywide voting OK'd for Gregg

Utah: Did Russia access Utah voter database?

West Virginia: Snodgrass to be Marmet mayor after canvass

Wisconsin: Commission to weigh electronic poll books

Monday, 19 June 2017

June 17-19, 2017

Alabama: Legal aid groups to hold voting rights restoration clinics

Arizona: Thorpe still seeking to bar student voting on campus

California: Secretary of state calls on NSA to share critical information

Colorado: Park City readies for vote-by-mail

Florida: Alachua Co. had Russian-hack attempt before Nov. 8 vote

Georgia: Cobb early voting more than doubles primary's early turnout | Threats cloud runoff election security | 'Unprecedented' early voting in runoff | Mailer directed voters to wrong polling place

Illinois: Cronin making moves to dissolve elections commission | Hoffman passes legislation allowing counties to streamline election services | Recorder of Deeds to challenge Orr

Iowa: New voter ID starts phasing in

Kentucky: Lakeview residents question voting change

Michigan: New voting machines could be coming to Battle Creek | New voting equipment in Ottawa Co.

Mississippi: Legal path cleared for Caledonia election

Montana: Vote fraud investigation launched in Missoula Co. | Potential voter fraud on a single ballot reported in Missoula

New York: Advocacy group names Greene Co. polling places unfriendly to voters with disabilities

North Carolina: NC has no elections board until Cooper makes appointments--but he's suing

Ohio: New poll books in action | Athens Co. eyes new election equipment but wants state to help pay | Elections board approves Belmont polling place

Oregon: Secretary of state says Russia did not hack Oregon's election systems

Texas: Voter advocacy groups fielded complaints about poll problems | Travis Co. provisional ballot rejects stems from voter registration snafus | Abbott vetoes bills including vote-by-mail |

Virginia: Disabled voters describes 'dehumanizing' treatment at polls

Wisconsin: Wisconsin election official to testify to Congress on Russian hacking