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Friday, 02 November 2012

November 2, 2012

National News: Farewell lever and punch-card machines | Hurricane Sandy could affect popular vote in worst-case scenario | Power loss threatens vote in six-plus states | Voting amid the devastation from Sandy | Voter ID laws create unique problems for transgender voters | Registration drives outdo vote fraud at polls as election problem | FBI questions owner of embattled voter registration firm | Civil rights group to monitor Election Day 'hot spots' | Storm-wracked states prepare for Election Day | Campaigns brace to sue for votes in crucial states | Foursquare announces Election Day 'check-ins' at polling locations

Overseas Voting News: Absentee ballots diverted around storm damage

Alabama: Some voter registration cards destroyed

Alaska: Justice Dept. to combat voter fraud

Arizona: 11 polling places to operate in BHC

California: Volunteers will observe at Redlands polls to prevent fraud | County launches mobile app to make it easier to vote | Hand deliver mail ballots | Vote-by-mail eclipse 50 percent | Yolo County elections office busy with mail-in ballots | Full-time truck driver, dedicated poll worker

Colorado: GOP cites voting-machine errors | Potential voting machine error could cast incorrect vote | 'Overvote' on ballot means no vote in that race | Counting ballots is a process

Connecticut: Hurricane prompts extension of city's voter registration | More voters sign up at last minute | McMahon's camp seeks court order over New Haven ballot numbers | One way or another, CL&P promises power at polls

District of Columbia: Sandy forces elections board to hand deliver and FedEx absentee ballots | Early voting resumes in D.C.; Hours extended to 9pm

Florida: The cast behind casting your ballot | With big turnout, Democrats urge governor to extend early voting days through Sunday | Voters on guard for problems in early voting | West Palm Beach woman files lawsuit against elections supervisor | In Pinellas, 300 rejected absentees and counting | Record early voting turnout in St. Lucie County forces library to rearrange schedule | Voters facing absentee ballot backups | Scott not likely to extend early voting hours | PBC military couple still waiting for absentee ballots

Georgia: LaSalle: The calm before Tuesday's storm | State Dems plan new challenge of voter photo-ID law | State says counties must clear up missing voters

Idaho: Ada, Canyon counties test voting methods | Ada County elections staff busy in final days of voting

Illinois: Sun City, absentee voters receive defective ballots | Early voting clarified for Chicagoans | Dems criticize clerk's policy on mail-in registration | County clerk mails voter info to wrong people | Cook County clerk praises election judges | Railroad work creates detour for Lake Forest voters

Indiana: Vote center system faces test: County hopes additional machines will reduce lines | Howard County gets a look at vote centers

Iowa: ID scanners showing up in more polling places to speed up election lines | Auditor Erickson explains voter registration process

Kansas: Kansas voter ID law faces biggest test

Kentucky: AG reminds Kentuckians about election fraud hotline

Louisiana: Early voting, registration sets record in parish

Maine: Secretary of state taking unpaid time to campaign | St. Albans to use tabulator machines for state ballots

Maryland: State sets early voting record | Md. voters face long lines to early polling sites | Despite storm, officials say polling places will be ready for Election Day

Massachusetts: Voter ID question on some Mansfield ballots | Huge turnout in Easton prompts polls to open early on Nov. 6 | Rushton pushing tougher poll rules | Lowell moves quickly to ensure seamless election | Councilor asks Worcester elections workers to show ID | Worcester poll workers to get new orders

Michigan: Voting can be tricky business in Michigan | Absentee voting going strong, officials expect long lines on weekend

Minnesota: Historic voting memorabilia on display at Hennepin County government center | Voter ID amendment issue on Tuesday's ballot | Voter ID costs in Winona County could reach $1 million | Judge rejects GOP Senator's complaint on Ritchie's comments | Judge dismisses complaint against secretary of state | After 2011 incident, Patch reminds voters of polling place etiquette

Mississippi: Dueling voter ID statements

Missouri: Clerk's office tests voting machines for Election Day | Secretary of state candidates square off on military voters | Some local voters still haven't received polling place cards

Montana: Election judge honored | Group's offers to turn in voters' absentee ballots legal

Nebraska: Poll workers reflect

Nevada: RNC alleges voting machines flawed in Nevada, other swing states | Secretary of state responds to RNC voter machine complaint

New Hampshire: NH Supreme Court won't reconsider voter registration ruling | Hooksett, area towns prepare for Election Day | NH Election Day voting hotline created

New Jersey: Camden County elections office vows to enable balloting--electricity or not | Hunterdon County clerk extends walk-in hours, polls to be open Tuesday | NJ to extend mail-in ballot deadline, use military trucks at polling places | Power outages force Morris County officials to scramble to establish voting locations | Monmouth County voters will be able to cast their ballot on Election Day | Camden County elections office works without electricity | In-person voting continues, Nov. 6 contingencies readied | Alternative voting plans eyed after Hurricane Sandy | Somerset County pushes for mail-in ballots ahead of Election Day | New Ocean City polling place, other election changes

New Mexico: Poll watchers nametags with party ID irk some voters

New York: Polling stations not immune to Hurricane Sandy's wrath | Nassau County lacks standing to sue state over voting machines | Absentee ballot deadline extended | College students sue Dutchess County over voter registration address issue | Suffolk elections board: The vote will go on | After Sandy, New York officials rush to patch together an election | Superstorm could disturb Tuesday's election

North Carolina: Elections board says it's ready for big turnout | Thanks to all the poll workers

Ohio: GOP wants Ohio voting machines fixed | Voting machine problems: Reports across county of wrong candidates being selected | Ohio won't count 'wrong church, wrong pew' ballots | Heath church is only voting place in town | Judge won't act in Ohio arrestees' voting lawsuit | Elections board considers changing 2 polling places | Ruling estimated to cost taxpayers $10K | Federal court rules Thursday against counting ballots cast at wrong polling place

Oklahoma: No photo ID required

Pennsylvania: Pa. voting rights advocates plan 'election protection' | Philadelphia officials say city will be ready for Tuesday's elections | Pa. doesn't expect storm to impact voting | Could outages impact our polling places? | European team may monitor Pa. polls, creating a stir | Voters will be asked for ID, but don't need to show it | Philly commissioner agrees that voter rolls need attention | Sandy didn't disrupt vote-by-mail ballots in county | Appeals court rejects PG quest for polling place access | Mercersburg polling place may need generator for Tuesday's election

Rhode Island: Get free voter ID Friday morning | Secretary of state's office offers IDs, advises East Providence residents on voting Tuesday

Tennessee: Confusion occurs after precinct technical difficulties | Millington voting questions resurface

Texas: Elections officials say voting going well, system is secure | Some local election judges ask for ID, though not required by law | Texas' voter purge made repeated errors | Williamson County asked to apologize to voter told to cover 'Vote the Bible' t-shirt

Virginia: Volunteers finish training for Election Day | New voter ID law could delay election results in Virginia | Absentee voting hours extended in some Virginia counties | Fairfax County Dems sue over rules for observers at polling places

Washington: County elections chief to retire in April | Officials report possible attempts to suppress votes in Washington

West Virginia: Machines tested ahead of Election Day | State preps for Election Day in Sandy's shadow | State plans for powerless Election Day