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February 2011

Monday, 28 February 2011

Feb 26-28, 2011

California: Residents can 'go-green' by rejecting paper pamphlets

Colorado: Saguache County's election problems have residents crying foul

Florida: Elections chief wants to change the way we vote

Georgia: Voting snafu heard by state board

Guam: Respicio introduces third bill on election reform

Indiana: Co-director signs on for smooth elections

Kansas: Kobach's voter ID bill approved  |  Election fraud bill to receive scrutiny  |  Dems call Kobach bill voter suppression

Maryland: Senate bill would establish five full Frederick County BOE members

Missouri: House to move forward on voter photo ID  |  Sen. Bill Stouffer plans to run for secretary of state  |  Stouffer could face Rupp for GOP secretary of state nod

New Hampshire: Legislators debate student voting

New Mexico: Clerks: NM election code needs updating  |  Herrera may pursue legal action

New York: Three villages in Sullivan to use paper ballots  |  Burling supports extending deadline for absentee military voting

Ohio: Allen County names new elections director

Oklahoma: Presidential primary likely to be in March

Pennsylvania: DePasquale pushes election reform package

South Carolina: Early voting bill gets Senate approval

Tennessee: Tre Hargett cites people as culprits  |  County balks at election staff raises

Texas: Hidalgo County decides not to lease voting equipment next year

Utah: Utah may OK optional Election Day polling places

West Virginia: Former secretary of state James McCartney dead at 90  |  Tennant: Voting deadlines important  |  Ireland proposes changes to Electoral College  |  Election day liquor sales OK'd by House

Friday, 25 February 2011

Feb 25, 2011

Arizona: Secretary of state names communications director

California: New registrar takes hands-on approach  |  Grand jury debunks reports of local voter fraud  |  Effort to move Chico election date moves closer to vote

Colorado: Meyers postpones testing of counting machines  |  Transparency issue in election  |  Craig to vote by mail in April

Connecticut: Absentee voting may not attract students

Florida: Bondi wants to do away with automatic restoration for felons  |  Duval purges 650 from rolls

Georgia: Georgians suspected of voting twice could face prosecution

Indiana: Poll inspectors to be paid more

Iowa: Senate bill takes aim at satellite voting during church services

Kansas: Voter ID measures advance in Kansas, Missouri  |  House passes voter ID bill

Kentucky: Felon voting bill stuck in Senate

Massachusetts: Church will likely remain a polling place

Mississippi: Hosemann will seek re-election

Missouri: Voter ID measures advance in Kansas, Missouri

New Hampshire: Voting bill draws public protest  |  Students rally against bill to restrict rights

New Jersey: Defense rests in AC vote fraud trial

New Mexico: House panel shelves proposal to require ID

New York: Martins urges Cuomo to sign ballot bill  |  New motion filed in Troy voter fraud case  |  Cuomo may not need to call special election

Ohio: Milken resigns from BOE

Pennsylvania: State lawmaker pursues big voting reform ideas

Tennessee: Heron says he's fighting for voting rights for seniors  |  Ransom Jones named chairman

Virginia: Second guilty plea in voter fraud case  |  Langhorne leaving longtime electoral board seat

West Virginia: Ex-secretary of state McCartney dies

Wisconsin: Voter ID bill amended  |  Senate stops short of voter ID passage

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Feb 24, 2011

Arizona: Supervisors vote to consolidate polls for special election

California: Election offiical returns to Riverside  |  Voting rules remain vague  |  Calaveras to buy 10 voting machines

Connecticut: What it takes to be a registrar

Florida: Stuart may change election dates to save money

Georgia: County delays vote on election plan  |  House OKs early voting bill

Idaho: Bill requires election workers to register

Illinois: Officials: Tuesday's election was one of the fastes reported ever

Indiana: New polling locations for Allen County in 2014

Kansas: Senate votes to skip presidential primary again

Maine: Bill would disallow 'do-overs' for absentee voters

New Mexico: Duran: Herrera left office in disarray  |  Duran refers concerns to attorney general

New York: Cuomo seeks new law on special elections  |  Proposed bill will give military and overseas voters more time to vote in special elections  |  Election for Lee seat stalled by legalities

North Carolina: Poll worker says she was unfairly fired  |  Opposition mounts against voter ID bill  |  DA will not press charges in voter fraud case  |  Elections board closes probe, keeps director  |  County pushes out long-time elections board member

North Dakota: House wants polling places in larger cities  |  House approves tougher voter checks

Ohio: Lake County commissioners, board of elections battling out budget

South Carolina: Report: More than 1000 Richland County votes missing  |  Senate passes voter ID bill  |  New voter ID requirements get Senate approval

Tennessee: Tim Rudd, Karen Hudson re-interview for election admin job

Texas: Llano County gains new elections administrator  |  El Paso city council bans mobile voting sites at churches, businesses  |  Mobile-voting sites now limited to public locations

Washington: Court of Appeals upholds state's underage voting practices  |  Two Washington counties select Hart InterCivic

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Feb 22, 2011

Alabama: Shelby County's lawsuit over VRA could turn on 2006 renewal

Arizona: Supervisors set to consolidate polling places

California: County clerk-recorder backs online voter registration  |  Some activists want Harman to pay for special election  | Redondo Beach launches first vote-by-mail election

Colorado: Ranked voting will be on the ballot in Fort Collins  |  House OKs voter ID bill

Connecticut: Peggy Reeves appointed to secretary of state's executive team  |  Registrar takes step to prepare for the first election since ballot recount  |  Is it time to allow voting by mail?

Florida: Felon charged with voter fraud  |  Florida looking to move primary ahead of New Hampshire's

Georgia: Jackson commissioners considering consolidating election duties

Illinois: Voting options for Will County election  |  Alvarez says office on lookout for election fraud  |  County unveils booth for voters with special needs  |  Counts could take an extra day

Iowa: Auditor: Voters in motels are no reason for voter ID law

Kansas: House panel backs voter ID  |  Committee forms to make election polling more efficient  |  Election office extends hours  |  Head elections official has reports missing for FEC

Maryland: Nearly 25 precent of MVA voter registrations fail  |  Legislation to allow voting by mail withdrawn  |  County board of elections may stay the same

Massachusetts: Election commission addresses complaints of voter fraud

Michigan: Outages force move to two polling locations

Mississippi: Critics say Mississippi House voter ID bill too weak

Missouri: Blizzard cancels holiday for some workers

New York: Bill would let villages use lever-voting machines through 2012  |  Dutchess comptroller says 2010 election season managed 'quite well'

North Carolina: Forsyth voter probe was limited

Ohio: Debate over date of Ohio's 2012 primary

Pennsylvania: Andrews, Eaton appointed to Bradford County BOE

Tennessee: Election commission turns page on past  |  New chairman next for revamped board

Texas: State bypasses DA in Dallas County vote probe  |  County may take over elections

Utah: Students get hands-on experience with democracy

Vermont: Burlington ballot question draws picketers

West Virginia: Kanawha leaders want early voting throughout county

Wisconsin: GOP may bring voter ID to vote in Dems' absence  |  Election officials: Don't get Daffy with write-in votes

Friday, 18 February 2011

Feb 18, 2011

Colorado: SOS may have played a role in escalating Saguache election snafu

Connecticut: Norwich to consolidate voting precincts  |  Merrill, elections enforcement committee join forces for upcoming elections

Illinois: Early voting could reach 85K ballots

Indiana: Election board discusses past, future voting policy  |  Officials mull vote centers  |  Grand jury convenes in voter-fraud case

Iowa: Auditors oppose voter ID bill

Kentucky: Three charged with vote fraud

Maryland: Bill focuses on voter registration upgrades

Michigan: Arenac County election machines updated

Missouri: Senate approves voter ID bill  |  Senate approves photo ID to vote

New Hampshire: Dartmouth students protest bill limiting voting rights

New Mexico: Dems block voter ID bill  |  County clerk, state police clash

New York: Voting machine legislation awaiting governor's approval  |  Lake Placid may be able to use lever machines  |  Village officials still wrestling with voting machines

North Carolina: No widespread voter fraud in Forsyth County

Ohio: Lucase County BOE to upgrade voting machines

South Carolina: Election officials want 'checks and balances'

Tennessee: Roe introduces legislation to protect soldiers' rights  |  Planned return to paper ballots has election administrators calling for change

Texas: Location of polling places still up in the air

Virginia: Guilty plea in Arlington voter-fraud case

West Virginia: Cutting down on vote-by-mail confusion  |  Mon County searches for early voting location

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Feb 17, 2011

Overseas News: Lawmakers: Must troops sue for voting rights?

California: Bill would allow Californians to register online  |  Surprises loom as election debate picks up steam

Colorado: November ballots go through the mail

Guam: Lawmakers ponder possibility of repealing early voting

Hawaii: Instant runoff voting gains traction in Hawaii

Indiana: Grand jury probing vote by White  |  No charges filed in ballot probe

Kansas: Election commissioner forming study committee for voting places

Louisiana: Rep. Walker Hines plans to run for secretary of state

Maine: Bill would require voters to show ID at polls  |  Lawmakers considering bill that would require change in election rules

Maryland: Counties ask for more early voting sites

Nebraska: Vote by mail election gets an 'aye'

New Mexico: Committee vote on voter ID bill postponed  |  Voter ID bill unlikely to pass  |  Feds halt purge of 60K voters

New York: Villages prefer reliable older lever voting machines  |  Croton voters asked to move elections to November

North Carolina: Requiring voter ID: Good or bad for democracy?  |  Opponents speak out against voter ID  |  FSU students lobby against voter ID

Oklahoma: Bill's passage would help military voters

South Carolina: 1,127 voters not counted in Richland in November

Tennessee: Rutherford County elections administrator steps down  |  Walker resigns from post as administrator of elections  | County receives bill for election commission audit

Texas: Commissioners introduce new elections administrator

Virginia: Judge's ruling expands access to Virginian's voting records

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Feb 16, 2011

Overseas News: Absentee voting problems still irk troops

California: Debra Bowen enters race to replace Jane Harman  |  County requests vote-by-mail option

Connecticut: Election reforms proposed

Florida: 17,601 Jacksonville voters must renew absentee ballot requests

Georgia: Costs mount for special election  |  Election board looking ahead

Hawaii: Should residents be forced to register to vote

Illinois: Feds to monitor next week's election

Indiana: Local GOP alleges voting violations  |  Software firm may reap vote center perks

Iowa: Des Moines to look at tweaking election schedule

Maine: Secretary of state seeks to expand powers

Maryland: Some counties seek more early voting centers  |  Frederick County pushes for more early voting sites

Missouri: Required voter ID amendment endorsed by House committee and Senate  |  Lawmakers eye early voting, voter ID |  House panel approves photo ID, early voting  |  Senate says 'no' to paying young election judges

New Mexico: Voter ID bill doomed?  |  Duran: Voter rolls 'inflated'

New York: Legislation extending village use of lever-voting machines passes both houses  |  St. Johnsville to contract with county for use of new voting machines  |  Workers struggle with voting machines at libraries  |  Villages may get voting machine reprieve  |  Russell supports bill to extend deadline for villages to comply with election requirements  |  Voter fraud probe flawed, officials say

North Carolina: Elections chair: Williams not upset with county

Ohio: Polling places to change in Norris

Tennessee: David Edwards, Ransom Jones appointed to election commission  |  Election commission has two new members

Texas: Shouting match abruptly ends commissioners meeting  |  County settles lawsuit

Virginia: Councilman pushing for a change in election day

West Virginia: Charelston municipal elections early voting starts Wednesday  |  Council prepares vote-by-mail pamphlet  | Tennant testifies on MOVE Act  |  Morgantown aims to educate voters about vote-by-mail

Wisconsin: Polling places calm statewide due to low voter turnout  |  More ballots ordered in Waukesha County  |  Threat at McKinley forces relocation of polling place

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Feb 15, 2011

Alaska: Write-in bill passes state Senate

Arizona: Election day polling places listed

California: Playa del Norte election results could come quickly  |  Mail-only balloting possible for county  |  Kehoe bill would test out all-mail voting in San Diego County

Colorado: Council, mayor to decide changes to Aspen eleciton code

Connecticut: Bill gives Conn. official more election oversight  |  Merrill proposes voting by mail

Delaware: Estimated cost to implement Dewey electronic voter records lowered

Illinois: Residents vote early for mayor

Iowa: Iowa's county election offiicals oppose bill to require photo ID  |  Changes eyed for city elections in Des Moines

Massachusetts: Handicapped access ramp pitched for polling place

Missouri: Extended hours for absentee voting in postponed election  |  Absentee voters can cast ballots on Saturday

New Hampshire: Students oppose voting restrictions

New York: Lever machines may return for village elections

North Carolina: NHC elections director gives two weeks notice  |  Election critics bring case to county board

South Carolina: Voting machines at issue

South Dakota: Changes proposed for food for votes law

Tennessee: Committee to meet on Steakley/Burks election  |  Photo ID passes state Senate  |  Senate approves voter photo ID

Virginia: First shift of Lynchburg electoral board in eight years

West Virginia: Tennant to testify on MOVE Act

Wisconsin: Unusually high number of poll workers canceling ahead of Tuesday primary

Monday, 14 February 2011

Feb 12-14, 2011

National News: Harper introduces bill to terminate EAC

Overseas News: Expatriate US voters finding it easier to receive ballots

Alabama: Election Center director resigns

Arkansas: Election errors? 'You betcha'

California: Fresno County clerk says votes in danger

Colorado: Clerk's office deleted crucial data from laptop  |  Lawmakers vote to spend Gessler's money on schools

Connecticut: Clemons' ballot bill faces uphill battle  |  Alternatives emerge to assure sufficient ballots at next city polling  | Merrill, lawmakers to unveil election reform

Delaware: Area commission will allow mail-only voting

District of Columbia: D.C. voters might get no notice of special election

Florida: Tampa's election could cost almost $1M  |  Boca Raton's $100K civics lesson  |  In Lee County, an effort to rock the vote  |  Record number of Tampa voters request mail-in ballots  |  Watson wins special election after recount

Georgia: Analysis: Voting too early may not be such a good idea, legislators say  |  Special election money on hold

Indiana: Governor signs voting center bill into law

Kansas: Voter ID bill on hold in committee  |  Area election officers favor Kobach bill

Michigan: Dearborn Heights city clerk and most of staff resign

Minnesota: Andover woman charged with 2008 voter fraud

Montana: Poll: Stop same-day registration

New York: New ballots a catalyst for Staten Island voting trend  |  WFP, Conservatives sue over ballot configuration  |  Third parties lawsuit moves forward  |  18 cited in voter fraud case  |  Special election means added cost to county

Ohio: Polivka seeks to fill election board seat  |  Election board realigns city precinct over voting concerns  |  Revised precincts, polling locations for May vote

Pennsylvania: Polling places moved

Tennessee: Council ponders runoff voting system for Clarksville elections

Texas: Richardson council honors former Dallas elections administrator  |  New Dallas County elections administrator talks

Virginia: Local campaigns on hold till elections calendar set

West Virginia: Officials decide appointments for primary election workers  |  Two precinct changes approved