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Thursday, 08 February 2018

February 8, 2018

National News: Russians penetrated US voter systems, top US official says | Poll: Most Americans think Russia will interfere again in 2018 elections

Alaska: Mail dominance

Arizona: How a Glendale woman got 2 ballots for special election | Advocacy group says Arizona misleads ex-felons on voting rights

Arkansas: Lawsuit filed over Arkansas' revamped voter ID law | State's '17 voter ID law fatally flawed, suit says | Sebastian Co. election panel approves vote centers | Meeting set for Marion Co. vote centers

California: Oxnard special election could cost county close to $500K

Connecticut: Malloy signs executive order to study vote-by-mail

Florida: Irma flooding caused $174K in damage to St. Lucie elections office

Georgia: Forsyth elections office has new home

Illinois: Early voting delay not expected to affect turnout | Legal action delays start of early voting | Early voting delayed, could start Feb. 20 | Early and mail voting in Peoria Co. will be delayed

Indiana: County's election machines to get upgrade

Kansas: Talk ramping up about replacing Lyon Co. voting machines | County officials at odds over election office budget

Missouri: As petitions to change Missouri laws soar, some want to charge fees to get on ballot

North Dakota: Jaeger visits Fargo to talk 2018 campaign

Ohio: Belmont, Harrison counties prepare for election

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. election director monitoring redistricting impact on May primary

South Dakota: House passes election reform bill opponents call 'onslaught' against initiative process

Texas: Another arrest made in Starr Co. voter fraud case | Nueces Co. commissioners extend early voting polling hours

Virginia: Albemarle Co. supervisors accept voting precinct changes

Washington: 192 Benton Co. voters affected by state voter registration error | Software error fails to send nearly 600 voter registrations to Spokane Co. | State motor voter glitch has limited impact on Kittitas Co. | House committee considers same-day voter registration | Software glitch affects nearly 200 Cowlitz voters

West Virginia: Voter ID law now in effect for West Virginia

Wisconsin: UW voting drive part of Big Ten Voting Challenge

Wyoming: Clerks launch voting survey | State Rep. James Byrd running for secretary of state

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

February 7, 2018

National News: AF streamlines voting program to help optimize Airmen's core missions | Black lawmakers continue King's fight for voting rights

Alaska: Elections Division has plans to save $220K per year

California: Chinese language added to voting materials in Contra Costa Co.

Florida: Lawmakers debate expansion of digital voting, tallying machines | Miami could vote 4 times in 9 months for a state House seat

Georgia: Gwinnett officials: Spanish-language election services cost $700K in 2017 | N. Fulton mayor will resign Feb. 21 before secretary of state run |

Illinois: Early voting postponed | Ballot dispute delays early voting in McLean Co. | Early voting in Rockford pushed back nearly two weeks

Indiana: Elections board to open central IU polling site

Iowa: Eastern Iowans experience first elections with voter ID changes

Kansas: Budget feud escalates between county officials, county election commissioners

Maryland: College Park city council debates making absentee voting more flexible |

Massachusetts: House approves early voting amendment | Braintree polling place moved

Michigan: New voting equipment test by students | Ann Arbor has new 2018 voting precincts, polling places

Minnesota: St. Paul council member charged, accused of helping voter cast ballot

Nevada: County moving away from assigned voting sites in 2018

New York: Assembly passes bill to change date of 2018 state primary election

North Carolina: Supreme Court issues partial stay in voting case

Pennsylvania: Concern over condition of voting machines in PA | Some polling places need changes for disabled voters, but none moving this year | Westmoreland commissioner wants Murphy to pay $230K bill for special election

Tennessee: Most voters at Longview Rec turned away because of confusion about polling location | Instant runoff advocate reacts to council vote for anti-runoff referendum | Voters will decide whether or not to keep ranked choice voting

Texas: Texas AG's office 'fully supports' voter fraud investigation | Confusion surround mail-in ballots in Potter Co.

Virginia: Richmond launches initiative to register city high school students to vote | Changes proposed for Albemarle Co. voting precincts | 2018 will be a no-go for satellite absentee voting centers in Arlington | Prince William wins $2K to preserve segregated polling books

Washington: Nearly 7K Washington voters will get last-minute ballots due to motor voter error | Some Lyman voters' ballots delayed

Tuesday, 06 February 2018

February 6, 2018

National News: Voting rights for women: How countries stack up

Alaska: Anchorage to hold first vote-by-mail election in April

California: County ballots, voter guides to now include info in Chinese

Georgia: Student ambassadors help with voter registration | Secretary of state candidate meets with voters in Columbus

Idaho: Whitman Co. asks for help with forthcoming election

Illinois: Early DuPage primary voting delayed by ballot changes | Student leaders respond to clerk's decision not to grant more early voting locations | Voting rights suit against Chicago Heights flops before federal appeals court | Early voting may be delayed for millions in Chicago area due to ballot challenges

Indiana: Porter Co. Dems, GOP optimistic for polling place issue resolution

Kansas: Public demonstration of new voting machines to be held| Bills clarify that yes, Kansans who have trouble signing their names can vote-by-mail

Maine: What Mainers need to know about latest ranked-choice voting twist | How the ranked-choice voting people's veto would affect 2018 Maine elections

Massachusetts: Town poised to receive compensation for unfunded state mandate

Minnesota: Ranked-choice supporters gather signatures for ballot question | Lincoln Co. receives grant for voting equipment

Missouri: Election czar wants new rules for ballot questions | Election officials prep for primaries

Ohio: Deal struck on congressional redistricting

Pennsylvania: Settlement reached over Cumberland Co.'s access to polling locations | Justices won't block Pa. gerrymandering decision

Texas: Paxton pushes for new checks on voter fraud | Voting rights groups focus on turnout as registration period ends | Jefferson Co. officials working to find location of displaced voters | Abbott's mail-in ballot push creates backlog for county election workers | Ballot confusion for those voting by mail ahead of the March primary

Virginia: Will Martinsville merge voting precincts? | Arlington electoral board OKs officers of election for 2018

Wisconsin: ExpressVote to debut at primary | MMSD employee pushes to have staff development days held on election days

Monday, 05 February 2018

February 3-5, 2018

California: Napa Co. readying to pioneer new state election approach | Local election season officially kicks off

Colorado: Election year adventure begins for new Eagle Co. clerk

Delaware: Delaware changing voter registration forms amid legality concerns

Florida: Cybertraining election officials for this year's voting | Ruling on voting rights for felons could impact upcoming elections

Georgia: Georgia ACLU, secretary of state settle voter roll 'purge' suit | Georgia to end controversial step in voter roll deletions

Idaho: Secretary of state seeks budget boost to upgrade software, transparency

Illinois: Tazewell Co. voters get new voting machines | Expect late start to early voting in Chicago | UI students' request for early voting expansion rejected | Proposed bill would allow inmates to vote from jail

Indiana: Vigo Co. electoral board hopes to engage young voters this year

Iowa: Iowa prepares for new voter ID setup | Pate seeks uptick in young voters

Kansas: Kobach will represent himself in upcoming trial

Maine: Primaries could feature ranked choice voting | Ranked-choice voters submit signatures for 'people's veto' ballot initiative

Michigan: 'Promote vote' petition would OK no-reason absentee

Minnesota: Counties get money for new equipment

New Hampshire: Shaheen, UNH Dems fight GOP voter eligibility bill

North Carolina: Citizens learn about gerrymandering, voting rights at local workshop | Federal panel holds voting rights hearing | State GOP warns Cooper against elections board actions | NC justices won't move elections ruling quickly

Texas: Displaced Harvey victims with suspended registration can still vote in primary | Harris Co. needs updated address info from 175K voters | Registrars help MSU students prepare for March primaries | Abbot mail-in ballot twist means extra work for local election officials | Tarrant Co. hires second elections administrator of the year

Utah: Some county municipalities begin switching to vote-by-mail

West Virginia: Secretary of state marks voter achievement in Hedgesville | County Clerk: Merging election dates would save Morgantown money

Friday, 02 February 2018

February 2, 2018

National News: How voters with disabilities are blocked form the ballot box | Why is disabled voter turnout on the decline?

California: Allen calls for DVM audit over law that could allow non-citizens to vote | SF District 2 candidate sues to move election up from November to June

Colorado: Pueblo mayor election hits voting pothole

Florida: Florida's scheme for restoring felons' voting rights ruled unconstitutional | Why hasn't there been a rush of Puerto Rico voter registrations in Florida? | Judge strikes down Florida's system for denying felons' voting rights | Should voters' personal data be kept secret? Lawmaker says yes

Georgia: Abrams earns support from civil rights figures, unveils voting package | Gwinnett needs bilingual poll workers | Elections department gets new headquarters

Illinois: Voter Crosscheck program could leave identity vulnerable | Study shows NU voter engagement significantly above national average | Senate passes Crosscheck bill

Iowa: Pate pushes Voter Ready in Page Co. | Fremont Co. upgrades election software

Kentucky: New voting machine demonstration at clerk's office | GOP election lawyer Michael Adams announces run for secretary of state

Maine: Ranked-choice supporters say they have enough signatures to force a new vote

Massachusetts: Council president backs candidate in secretary of state race | North Reading may get compensated by state for early voting | House votes to pay local early voting expenses | Pembroke Town Clerk announces plans to retire

Nevada: New voting machines demo'd | Douglass Co. clerk's office prepares for 2018 elections

New York: Flushing polling site restored

Ohio: Lucas Co. BOE looking for workers

Pennsylvania: Special election will cost Westmoreland Co. $230K

Texas: What do you mean I'm not registered to vote? | Hurricane Harvey victims shocked to find out voter registration was suspended | Second arrest made in Starr Co. voter fraud investigation | Bastrop elections office ensures fair, timely primary despite record

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections system moves ahead with calendar despite divisions in board

Virginia: House backs overhaul of election board's structure | Va. House approves election changes in wake of 2017 drama

Thursday, 01 February 2018

February 1, 2018

National News: Elections watchdog warns of midterm meddling

Arkansas: Plenty of elections coming soon

California: MoFo helps ease California motor-voter mail-in process | Ranch Bernardo High students are encouraging their peers to register and vote

Colorado: Arapahoe Co. redraws election precincts to account for population growth | Pam Bacon turns over clerks association gavel

Connecticut: Puerto Rican voter registration drive gets state help | Democratic party official may challenge Merrill

Florida: Movement to open Florida's primary election system faces test | Activists urge lawmakers to support restoring ex-felons' voting rights | Florida may share voter information with other states

Illinois: Primary 2018 Questionnaires: Champaign Co. clerk | Hastings passes measure to protect the sanctity of Illinois elections

Indiana: Commissioners scuttle election board plan to cut polling places

Massachusetts: Galvin, voter groups press for same-day registration | Advocates lobby lawmakers to pass automatic voter registration | State AG backs same-day, automatic voter registration

Michigan: Campaign cash flowing into race for secretary of state

Minnesota: County gets $40K state grant for new voting machines

Missouri: Voter ID cards are more informational than required to identify voters

New York: Primary day-Rosh Hashanah conflict needs a permanent fix, public advocate says

North Carolina: Judge restores partisan primaries for Appellate Court races | Elections agency vows to continue day-to-day operations

Ohio: Mayoral candidate dismisses complaint against BOE

South Dakota: Senate panel approves bill to allow tribal ID cards for voter registration

Texas: Harvey flood victims face confusion over voter registration | Upshur says no election signs unless polls open

Wisconsin: Search for new elections chief tabled again | State elections panel edges closer to showdown with GOP Senate

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January 31, 2018

National News: Wanted: A firewall to protect US elections | States get policy help in securing the 2018 vote

Arizona: All mail voting system a success for Maricopa Co.

California: Old voting machines are 'biggest threat' to California elections | Budget subcommittee, registrar of voters agree on new proposal for June election funding | Nevada Co. supervisors to examine $258K increase for June primary

Connecticut: Former New Fairfield first selectman to run for secretary of state

Illinois: Sen. Hastings pushes to stop Illinois' participation in Crosscheck

Indiana: Porter commissioners reject plan to reduce number of polling places for primary

Iowa: Iowa's new voter ID law goes into effect | Top administrator is out at Iowa secretary of state's office | Cerro Gordo supervisors approve rental space for counting absentee ballots

Kentucky: Proposal would allow voters to fill vacant Metro Council seats

Massachusetts: Over 8K inactive voters being dropped in Lowell

Minnesota: Grants for new elections equipment to make voting more secure, easier and faster

Mississippi: Secretary of state's office earns awards for web creativity, leadership in cybersecurity

Nebraska: While voter ID is pushed in Legislature, county election officials say voter fraud not an issue | Omahan Spencer Danner to run for secretary of state

New Hampshire: Governor's Millennial Council may take a stand on voting rights

New York: Officials urge state to change primary election due to Rosh Hashanah conflict

North Carolina: Governor's office orders elections boards to refrain from 'substantive action' after court ruling | Cooper seeks fast movement following elections board ruling

North Dakota: Democratic challenger says he would modernize, stream line secretary of state's office

Ohio: Elections board commissioners attend demo | Elections board approves pay raises | Morgan sues board of elections

Pennsylvania: County seeking OK to consolidate Steelton voting districts

Texas: Elections department asks, 'Are you correctly registered to vote?'

Utah: Attorneys seek more than $3M in legal fees for voting rights case

Vermont: Condos joins national group

Virginia: Obenshain voter bill passes Senate

West Virginia: County to consolidate voting precincts

Wisconsin: Electronic poll books may debut in August | DMV issues information on how to obtain free ID for voting | Voters should expect some changes to city's polling places for 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January 30, 2018

National News: Democrats seek subpoena for DHS info on election hacking | Can election security be fixed in time for the 2018 vote?

Colorado: County officials address changes to next election cycle | Colorado's first year of open, mail-in primaries will be an unprecedented experiment

Florida: Special election will cost taxpayers $350K for 9-month term

Georgia: Georgia weighs constitutional amendment making English official language

Guam: Bill combines voter registration, driver's license process

Illinois: Clark promoted participation at polls for 3 decades

Indiana: Voting aids available to the elderly and those with disabilities | Ball State professor campaigning to run for secretary of state | County gears up for primary

Kentucky: Eighth state quietly quit free anti-voter fraud program over security concerns and 'unreliable' results | Secretaries of state in WV and KY arm candidates with cybersecurity playbook

Maryland: Salisbury BOE debuts new facility with open house

Michigan: County hires new elections coordinator

Minnesota: Secretary of state announces $7M for new election equipment

Mississippi: Delay looks likely for county precinct consolidation

Montana: New Missoula Co. elections administrator brings experience to post

New York: Latimer Garden polling place in Flushing will be restored

North Carolina: Election calendar, management unclear 2 weeks before filing| Board of elections says good-bye

North Dakota: Secretary of state race becomes competitive

Tennessee: Grant aims to boost African American voter turnout

Texas: Webb Co. elections committee appoints interim elections administrator | County clerk reports 'tons' of ballot-by-mail requests | Starr Co. woman faces voter fraud charges

Virginia: Senate passes voter ID bill linking poll books with DMV photos

West Virginia: Secretaries of state in WV and KY arm candidates with cybersecurity playbook | Wood Co. commissioners approve move of polling places

Monday, 29 January 2018

January 27-29, 2018

National News: 5 ways election interference could (and probably will) worsen | States, counties seek voting tech upgrades amid security concerns | Group sues for communications with voter fraud panel | Felony disenfranchisement bars millions from voting. That might be about to change | When a t-shirt gets you in trouble at the voting booth

Alaska: Anchorage will soon hold its first mail election. Here's what will change

Arkansas: Vote centers in Marion Co. debated

California: If you don't vote in California, will they take you off the rolls?

Colorado: County officials address changes to next election cycle

Connecticut: Supreme Court orders 3rd primary for Bridgeport

Florida: With voting rights on ballot, advocates drop similar proposal | Top-two election system clears constitutional panel

Georgia: Proposal for paper ballots over touch screens sparks fireworks at capitol

Idaho: Two Canyon Co. precincts get new polling locations | Bill to decrease age for appointment on election boards

Illinois: McCall to replace Mullins as county clerk

Indiana: Voters urged to verify registration | Addition of south-side site means early satellite voting will return this year

Louisiana: National group joins fight to repeal four-decade-old La. law on felons voting

Maine: Advocates of ranked choice voting mount campaign to override legislative delay

Maryland: Rockville mulls vote-by-mail | Election officials confused about Baltimore Co. school board race

Massachusetts: Local clerks weigh in on early voting | Massachusetts inches toward election day voter registration

Michigan: New equipment makes it easier for those with disabilities to cast a ballot | Why a new coalition is calling for election reform in Michigan

Minnesota: When a t-shirt gets you in trouble at the voting booth

Mississippi: Aberdeen police dept. launches investigation into alleged voter fraud

Montana: North Carolinian next Missoula Co. elections administrator | Missoula Co. picks new elections administrator

New Hampshire: Local lawmaker proposes online voter registration | NH Election Chief: Voters should have to claim residency to participate

New York: Report finds barriers to voting in some neighborhoods

North Carolina: Supreme Court sides with Cooper in fight over NC elections board | In power struggle with GOP lawmakers, Cooper wins election board revamp lawsuit | Judge refuses to delay legislative districts | Green Co. elections board ponders sending mail-in ballots to all registered voters

Ohio: Husted's tweets about close elections are accurate | GOP secretary of state contenders talk electoral security

Pennsylvania: Election officials brace for changes

South Carolina: SC eyes steps to safeguard your vote from hackers | Some polling places move in Laurens Co. due to accessibility

Texas: Elections officer Parker says farewell to county | Professionals stress voter registration, need for volunteers

Virginia: Chris Piper named commissioner of Virginia elections | After race that ended in a drawing, Va. election law changes advance

Wisconsin: GOP lawmakers will appoint elections chief if commission doesn't act

Friday, 26 January 2018

January 26, 2018

National News: Democratic group will spend $5M to elect secretaries of state, the latest front in 'voting wars'

Florida: Scotts office raps Broward's 'unacceptable' ballot destruction

Georgia: A cutting new fight over paper ballot erupts in Ga. governor race | Fulton Co. will fund election fixes in budget

Illinois: Tiana McCall appointed Winnebago Co. clerk

Indiana: Election board to invest in new voting equipment | Marion Co. election board looks to expand voting options in 2019 | Lawmakers look to open absentee voting to all

Kansas: Kobach pulls personal ID info from state website after Gizmodo report | Kobach announces plan to enhance sensitive voter data security

Kentucky: Proposed Senate Bill 4 aims to move state elections to even years

Massachusetts: Galvin proposes same-day registration for Mass. | Zakim raises nearly $108K for secretary of state bid

Missouri: New voter ID cards issued

Montana: Missoula Co. still needs more election judges

New Hampshire: Online voter registration in NH? Secretary of state's open to studying it | NH lawmakers reviewing voter registration bills

New York: Latimer Gardens polling site to reopen in Flushing

Ohio: Mahoning Co. elections board taking steps to rebuild reputation

Pennsylvania: Little named county's new director of elections and voter services

South Dakota: Lawmakers approve changes untouched for counties on voter confirmation process

Tennessee: Vote buying trial moved again

Texas: Cameron Co. workers prepare for primary election | What happens now to the Webb Co. elections administrator job? | Dallas Co. candidate drops suit seeking to remove elections chief

Virginia: After 'chaos' of 2017, General Assembly looks to overhaul election laws | Local lawmakers to lead group to address election problems | Senate, House to convene interim committee to address election concerns

Washington: State bills allowing same-day voter registration, local redistricting move ahead

Wisconsin: Fitzgerald says lawmakers may name new election chief, heightening showdown with bipartisan commission