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March 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014

March 29-31, 2014

National: New GOP bid to limit voting in swing states | Voting rights activists appeal proof-of-citizenship ruling | Dems call on GOP to move voting rights bill

Arkansas: Craighead Co. closely watching voter ID lawsuit | McDaniel: Voter ID fight needs no help

California: Local couple upset after receiving pre-marked voter registration card

Connecticut: Registrars at odds over sign for office

Florida: Will other states delay use of SAVE for voter checks | State tells Weeks to run Palm Coast election 'without disruption and confusion' | Highlands voter purge grinds to a halt | Election's timing questioned

Guam: GEC will get new tabulators for election

Hawaii: State shortens work shifts at polling sites

Idaho: Of Duck Dynasty, Denney and the Idaho secretary of state's race

Illinois: Clerk's office disputes teen voting snag | Big election night errors discovered

Indiana: Voters practice on new machines

Iowa: O'Brien Co. auditor's office to use new electronic poll books

Louisiana: Voter ID cards needed for few | Port Allen voter fraud investigated

Massachusetts: Hearing in Boston to focus on voting reform in New England | Three Framingham polling places changing

Missouri: Officials trained on new voting equipment; machines cost $414K | Ballot blunder could cost taxpayers thousands | Primaries could be moved to March

Montana: Molloy rules Montana tribes' voting rights lawsuit will go forward

North Carolina: Changes in store for elections | Voter ID suit could open lawmaker emails to public for first time | Groups fighting voter ID law say state holding documents | Voting to be moved off campus at Appalachian State

Ohio: Primary election to debut new optical scan voting system | County elections board reorganizes under new director | Ten things to know about Ohio's primary | Miami County BOE to make voting precincts ADA compliant | Mahoning Co. hosts state elections officials | Early voting offers twist of one blank ballot

Pennsylvania: State looks into voters registered in other states

South Dakota: Wrong absentee ballots sent to 2 voters | Minnehaha County auditor's office fixes ballot blunder

Tennessee: Sullivan County BOE mulls closing schools for election days | 'No confidence' vote expected on Shelby Co. election administrator

Texas: New judge appointed to hear Burnam election challenge | Upshur Co. court considers May runoff polling

Utah: Davis picks 7 polling places for those uncomfortable with mail voting | Sevier Co. voting to change in 2014

Wisconsin: City clerk expects smooth election day | Chad Vader embraces laser ballot readers | Larson defends changes in absentee voting

Friday, 28 March 2014

March 28, 2014

National: Voting rights fight takes new direction

Alabama: Some Birmingham polling places may serve only 1 registered voter

Arkansas: Arkansas GOP asks to intervene in voter ID suit

California: Leland Yee quits secretary of state race | Expensive special elections are often ignored by voters | Judge orders change to secretary of state ballot

Colorado: Fremont Co. primary a mail-in election

Florida: Election chief halts voter purge for 2014 | Purge of non-citizens from voter rolls will wait until after 2014 elections | National commission for voting rights hosts hearing in South Fla. | Palm Coast voters may have to cast multiple ballots on election day | Paid poll workers needed in Pasco Co. |

Illinois: Arlington Heights teen triplets work as election judges

Indiana: Monroe Co. voter registration office has moved

Minnesota: Severson plans second run for secretary of state | Former Sen. Ted Daley won't run for secretary of state

Missouri: Senate passes voting machine phase-out

New Mexico: Recount ends in tie | Martinez wins by coin flip | Ex-Duran Dem endorser endorses Dem challenging Duran

North Carolina: Judge rules correspondence, emails over voter ID law a public record | Buncombe voter challenges move forward | Elections overhaul law likely focus at meeting

Oklahoma: Tulsa Co. early voting reportedly light so far | Voting underway in city election

South Carolina: State GOP target Richland Co. senator over elections mismanagement

Tennessee: Sumner election commission readies for primary

Texas: Comal County sacks first elections administrator | Hidalgo Co. grand jury to hire forensic analyst for voting machines | Seniors learn about Bell County voting process | Judge to consider 'mini trials' of Weslaco election contests over next month

West Virginia: Voter registration effort underway by clerk

Wisconsin: Walker signs bill limiting early voting | Walker signs early voting bill; partial veto extends voting hours | Barrett upset over early voting restrictions | Cheat sheet need to help voters understand Milwaukee Co. ballot question

Thursday, 27 March 2014

March 27, 2014

National: For many Americans, obtaining a birth certificate proves challenging | Watch the host of 'Catfish' promote online voter registration

Alabama: County receives new voting machines | Mobile units offering free voter ID cards to be in area

California: State Sen. Leland Yee indicted| County says no to moving election | Yee's arrest shakes up race for secretary of state | Poor voter turnout exacerbates election costs | Arcadia police investigating possible election fraud

Colorado: Political group threatens to use Colorado over voter rolls

Georgia: Poll manager sees job as community service | Kemp to unveil new online voter registration system next week

Hawaii: Some election workers won't endure 14-hour shifts this year

Illinois: Champaign County recounting Democratic ballots

Indiana: Winfield early voting site in dispute

Kentucky: Secretary of state calls for privacy on voter registry | Steps underway to return polling place to Kay Jay

Louisiana: St. Landry Parish voting precincts under review

Minnesota: Sauk Rapids native seeks endorsement for secretary of state

Missouri: Legislators could change the way Missourians vote | Voting officials embrace paper trail | County mails new voter ID cards

New Jersey: Failed mayoral candidate hit with voter fraud charges

North Carolina: Election laws in the 'new' North Carolina | Voting from bed: WCU, Jackson Co. election officials hammer out a hopeful home | BOE still working on projects from 2007

North Dakota: Fairfield comes out swinging in secretary of state race

Ohio: 14 write-in candidates on ballot

Pennsylvania: Voter ID remains in limbo as primary nears | Polling place changes in Harrisburg's 14th ward

Texas: Electronic voting drive prompts re-tally of March primary | County clerk to aid of election official | 3rd day of Weslaco contest focuses on mail-in ballot assistance | Reeves Co. race tie to be decided by coin toss

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Rapids mayor admits violating election law

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

March 26, 2014

California: City votes to move forward with changing election dates

Florida: Palm Coast voters may have to cast multiple ballots election day

Idaho: Two counties will receive new election equipment

Illinois: Democratic ballots being recounted over 'undervotes'

Indiana: Cass County prepares for new e-pollbooks

Iowa: Anderson: Use fed money for poll book expansion, not investigations

Kansas: Schodorf wants to restore 'integrity' to state office

Mississippi: County rejects new voting precinct maps

Missouri: Bill would phase out voting machines that don't make paper trail | Proposed changes to election dates worry county clerk

Montana: Court blocks top-two primary referendum from appearing on 2014 ballots

New York: Old NYC voting machines may get new lease on life | BOE Director: Council trying to 'cash starve' us | Elections board head claims agency deliberately underfunded

North Carolina: State board upholds early voting plan | Advocates say politics motivates moving polling places off campus

North Dakota: Fairfield running for secretary of state

Ohio: Savings for proposed online voting registration may not reach expectations from Husted, legislators | Husted backs Carson for BOE head | Harrison Township voters will cast ballots at electric co-op

Pennsylvania: ACLU seeks info on Pa. voter roll purge | More than 300K Pennsylvanians could be registered in another state too | County approves voting precinct changes

Texas: Commissioners Court drops voting machine investigation; DA's probe to continue | Lost ballots in Atascosa County lead to recount | Calhoun County Sheriff's office investigates voter fraud allegations

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

March 25, 2014

National: States, D.C. are told to clean up voter rolls or be sued | VIP prepares San Francisco hackathon

Alabama: Bennett still getting out the vote

Arizona: Democrats launch voter expansion project     

California: Settlement provides voter registration help through Obamacare | Special election may cost $1M

Colorado: City ordered to pay $195,630 to Marks for attorney fees

Florida: Flagler elections chief accuses city council of 'manipulation, micromanagement'  

Illinois: 10 votes apart, still more to count | Complaint asserts 17-year-old almost did not get to vote

Indiana: Public test of voting machines | County political parties in standoff over early voting in Valpo | Ballot room keys turned over to maintenance head

Louisiana: St. Landry residents skip on early voting

Minnesota: With 35 candidates, Mpls. mayoral election cost $17M; officials want change

Mississippi: Poll workers prepare for mayoral election

Missouri: Senate endorses changes to voting machines

New Jersey: Trenton clerk makes mistake in election process

New York: Scharf facing charges in election petition case

North Carolina: State elections board OKs college voting moves

Ohio: Temporary vote center rankles GOP chief

Tennessee: Students stage silent protest in TN House over voter ID law | Knox election administrator wants to pay poll workers more

Texas: Box with uncounted ballots from March primary found | Six candidates challenge election results | False addresses, forgery alleged in 1st day of Weslaco election contest | Burnam sues to reverse election | County delays decision on early-vote locations in May 10 special election

Wisconsin: Strands resigns as Fond du Lac city clerk

Monday, 24 March 2014

March 22-24, 2014

Alabama: After ruling, Alabama joins 2 states in moving to alter voting rules

Arizona: Coconino Co. looks to implement tablets for voting | Registrar: Illegal immigrants not voting in Arizona

Arkansas: Election official says no conflict with state work | Election commission preps for primary election

California: Facing lawsuit, Covered California ramps up voter assistance | Sulphur Springs to move to district elections | Arcadia police, city clerk investigate attempts to collect city's mail-in ballots

Colorado: Senate panel moves forward on recall bill |

Florida: Gearing up for fall elections | Pinellas now ground zero in Florida's fight over voting

Georgia: Fayette appeals district voting | Some BOE members contest status of vice chair position

Guam: 3 bids filed for election tabulators

Indiana: Elections board tweaks polling places in Gary, Hobart | Porter Co. early voting site battle goes on | Clay County to roll out voting centers

Iowa: Foreman: Ex-felon made honest mistake in voting | Dispute over primary risks voting rights for thousands

Kansas: New voting laws adding to confusion, Douglas Co. election official says

Louisiana: St. Landry Parish reviewing 20 precincts for consolidation | St. Tammany Parish gearing up for early voting

Massachusetts: Polls remain at Penn Brook | New polling location begins with Tuesday Natick election

Minnesota: County approves new voting system | Shingobee Township announces combined polling place for future elections

Mississippi: Hosemann releases full report from special election | State releases absentee ballot report from Hattiesburg election

Missouri: County voters soon will receive new ID cards | County moves two voting locations |

New Jersey: Cape May Co. elections board sees turnover

New Mexico: 2012 elections still contentious

New York: Albany forum explores election reforms

North Carolina: Voters will see changes | NAACP reps meet with citizens about voter legislation | Local voter registration challenge draws national media attention

Ohio: Trial date set in early voting dispute | County elections board proposes a change in how Ohioan vote | Democrat leaders fight to keep early voting downtown | Plans going smoothly for May primary

South Carolina: 40 apply for Richland elections board | Judge gives Richland legislators April 1 deadline to resolve election board issue | Lexington looking at town ballot changes

South Dakota: Preparing for April's city election

Texas: Commissioners Court punts on investigation into voting machine tampering | At least 3 Hidalgo Co. primary election challenges to be filed Monday | Voter forums being organized

Utah: Dems excited about same-day registration

Virginia: Voter ID law

Wisconsin: Barrett, most council members urge veto on early-voting bill

Wyoming: Two GOP candidates join race for secretary of state

Friday, 21 March 2014

Thursday, 20 March 2014

March 20, 2014

National News: DOJ plans expansion of voting rights enforcement | Two states win court approval on voter rules | Kansas and Arizona prevail in voter citizenship suit

Arizona: U.S. judge says Arizona can require new voters to prove citizenship

Delaware: Dems rally for same-day voter registration

Florida: St. Lucie County to buy new voting machines | Protestors march for voting rights for ex-felons | Elections office asks state to investigate possible voter fraud case | State's new estimated cost for special elections: $2.1M and growing | Nelson tells state Dems to push election reform

Illinois: Edgar County voting machine mishap resolved | Unexpected computer glitch slows the tally of votes in Will County | New voting system in St. Clair gets big thumbs up | Granddaughter follows in Nana's footsteps serving as election judge

Indiana: Commissioners ask election board to reconsider Valpo early voting location

Iowa: Former felon says she believed she could vote

Kansas: Voter groups blast proof-of-citizenship ruling

Louisiana: House committee gives not to bill allowing 16-year-olds to preregister | House committee kills early voting on Sundays

Massachusetts: Election law conference gets underway with private talks | City eyes merge of polling sites

Michigan: Clerk consolidates precincts for special election

Missouri: Poll iPads to be used in every precinct in April election

New Hampshire: City saves money with one polling place

New Jersey: Linwood attorney, Ocean City man appointed to county BOE

New Mexico: New voting equipment to debut in June primary | Voters in Bernalillo County, elsewhere to use new machines

North Carolina: Absentee- ballot voters will see changes | OC BOE approves five early voting sites | Precicnt 4-1 gets new polling place

Ohio: Putnam elections board hires deputy director

Tennessee: Student protest leads to removal from House panel as tempers flare | Unicoi election officials find no fix on election sites at schools

Texas: Voting machines seized; tampering investigation to follow | Conflict erupts in Precinct 4 recount

Virginia: State plans voter ID law campaign

Wisconsin: Limiting early voting 2 weeks before election up for Assembly action

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

March 19, 2014

National: Long lines, disputed counts: Why U.S. elections stumble

Alabama: Mobile voter photo ID site to visit Scottsboro and Pisgah on March 26

California: Judge denies motion to halt Whittier City council elections | Vote Long Beach mobile app puts election info into voter's hands | County counsel says typo won't affect ballot measure

District of Columbia: Elections board acknowledges error in Spanish-language electronic ballots

Florida: St. Lucie County approves money for new voting machines | Nelson to visit Tallahassee to discuss election reform | Orange's Hispanic voting-rights fight moves to court | Tampa civil rights advocates criticize state's policy on restoring voting rights to non-violent offenders

Georgia: 2012 election complaints investigated

Illinois: Voters, candidates report problems at polling locations | Chicago debuts electronic poll books for primary election | Low turnout for primary; scattered problems at polling places | Voting steady, no major problems reported | Electronic or paper ballots? | Court orders 5 polling sites to stay open late | New voting law lets 4K 17-year olds have their say for first time | Early voting declines from previous elections | Election judge waits out polling spot's slog | Judge praises use of new technology | Chicago says electronic poll directories a success | 17-year olds vote in primary | Election day sees historic low voter turnout, polling site glitches | Law enforcement investigate complaints from election day in St. Clair County | Teen voters among those at polls

Indiana: Certification of county's voting system reveals, solves 2 glitches | Candidates clerk plans to set up voting in her office | Vote center revs up April 8 for absentee voting

Iowa: Trial to show state's tough stance on felon voting

Louisiana: Sulphur voting districts redrawn leaving some voters confused

Maryland: Future of Rockville election cycle still uncertain | Dead voters would be removed from voter rolls faster

Massachusetts: Coalition criticizes state polling place report

Mississippi: Changes made to military, overseas voting | Mississippians overseas will get unusual ballot choice

North Carolina: Rockingham elections board restores school as polling place

Pennsylvania: Consolidation of 5 Connellsville, Dunbar Township voting locations OK'd | Confusion at the polls during special election

South Carolina: Elections office legal bills concern some on Richland Co. council | Richland Co. council votes to make elections commission pay its own legal fees

Tennessee: Former councilwoman found guilty of voter fraud again

Texas: Hidalgo Co. commissioners call special meeting to probe voting irregularities in primary

Wisconsin: County approves purchase of equipment | Chad Vader reveals Madison's new voting system is fully operational | Early voting popular in both Republican and Democratic strongholds

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

March 18, 2014

Alabama: Proposal to end newspapers requirement for voter lists | Voter ID unit to visit Tallapoosa County

California: Clerk-recorder candidate sues elections chief | Another challenge to transgender law | Special election could cost Goleta $55K

Colorado: Dems propose tweaks to recall elections

District of Columbia: Snow delays early voting | Snowstorm slows early voting in D.C.

Florida: Manatee County negotiating for new voting equipment | 9 Investigates Florida voting rights for ex-felons | Special elections don't come cheap | Absentee voting extremely popular in special election |

Guam: GEC hopeful for tabulators by August

Illinois: Voters set to make choices in today's primary | Counties prepare for primary day | First Lady of Perry County elections retiring after primary | Ready for duty | Election judges turn out to help make voting a bit easier | Chicago election officials to test out new e-poll books | Let them eat chocolate is one sweet polling place | Rockford BOE prepares for primary | St. Clair County streamlines process for voter complaints

Indiana: Chesterton early voting retained; Valpo dropped | Tippecanoe Co. approves polling center locations

Michigan: How could Michigan elections be improved | Candidate questions voting records of mummified woman

Missouri: Bill extends voter registration for military

New Hampshire: Jaffrey voters debate election transparency

New York: Bill would let young people pre-register to vote

North Dakota: Campaigns underway to educate residents about voter ID requirements | State plans voter ID campaign

Ohio: Rev. Al Sharpton to visit Ohio to promote voting rights | Summit County Council approves resolution opposing early voting restrictions

Texas: Texans take to voter ID | Election officials prepare for manual recount | Jefferson County changing the way people vote

Utah: Count My Vote officially jettisons petition drive

Wisconsin: Senate Republicans not likely to act on voter ID this session | Walker mum on absentee legislation | Early voting popular in both Republican and Democratic strongholds | Protestors ask Republicans to reconsider early voting bill | Madison city clerk says early voting restrictions would hurt low-income voters | Senators attacking early voting have voted early