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May 2014

Friday, 30 May 2014

May 30, 2014

National News: Red, blue states find some common ground on election reform

Alabama: New voting machines, polling places await voters in primary | NAACP criticizes section of state's voter ID law | Competitive race for GOP SOS nom | Voting precinct location changes in Houston Co.

Arkansas: Two dozen Pulaski Co. provisional ballots not counted

California: All quiet on the ballot front | Court's voting-rights ruling favors minorities | San Diego mail-in ballots coming in slowly | Four local libraries added as early voting sites | Assembly approves bill for all-mail special elections

Connecticut: Woman seeks primary for Democratic registrar of voters

Florida: Man pleads guilty to voter intimidation

Georgia: Fulton to conduct recount today

Indiana: Is Indiana's voter ID law disenfranchising immigrant voters?

Iowa: Auditor's office clarifies information for primary

Kansas: Kobach on campaign trail in Garden City| Kobach losing radio show while on campaign

Maryland: Changes abound for voters in upcoming primary

Massachusetts: Council OKs merging polling sites

Mississippi: No issues expected for primary | County officials prepare for Tuesday

New Jersey: Woodbury releases new polling locations

New Mexico: County gets approval to move voting site| Independent voters plan lawsuit over closed primary elections

New York: Steuben Co. elections commissioner resigns

North Dakota: Voter ID laws have changed slightly

Ohio: Group seeks to spur action on Ohio voter ID bill | Convicted poll worker wants to be paid | Election determined by flip of the coin

Pennsylvania: Election aide suspended

Rhode Island: Chafee nominates Erickson, Perry to BOE

South Carolina: Officials spot, fix error on ballot | Lawmakers repeal Election Day alcohol sales ban

Texas: Voting machines cause election return delays | State lawmakers consider online voter registration

Washington: Costs rise for ballot mix-up

West Virginia: New Haven election dealing with candidate's death

Thursday, 29 May 2014

May 29, 2014

Alabama: Madison Co. testing voting machines today | Primary to be high tech | Voting machines ready before primary election | First election with voter ID will be enforced Tuesday | Voter rolls top 22K, IDs needed | Thousands will vote at new precinct | Shelby Co. must pay attorney fees | County, Lions agree to change polling location | Warrenton polling place moves to church | Marshall Co. voting site in cemetery

Arkansas: Voter ID complaint officially filed | One more vote counted in Jefferson Co. | Election commission: No races affected in vote certification process

California: Most Butte mail-in ballots yet to come in

Idaho: Woodings seeking SOS post

Kansas: Kobach officially files for re-election | Decision on Kansas voting law could come in time for general election

Maine: Biddeford polls merger wins few fans

Massachusetts: Saugus clerk proposes polling place switch

Mississippi: More than 1K voter ID cards issued | Observers prepare for primary under new voter ID law | Hosemann: Don't forget to bring ID to vote Tuesday | Absentee voting resumes

Missouri: GOP consultant questions signatures for early voting

New Mexico: 14 voting centers open on Tuesday | Eddy Co. elections official says higher voting numbers are skewed

North Carolina: July 15 runoff could cost as much as $140K

North Dakota: SOS challenger urges 'no' vote on June ballot

South Carolina: New Beaufort Co. voting procedures | Elections oversight begins in fall, as reform passes | Florence Co. voting commission set for primary

South Dakota: Voting centers change for primary

Texas: ID law one more hurdle for trans voters | Game of chance will determine Cochran Co. race after tie

Utah: Residents speak up on by-mail voting

Washington: Students try to bring permanent ballot drop box to campus

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

May 28, 2014

Alabama: Election work gearing up | AG warns against voter fraud | McKinney focused on election integrity in bid for SOS

Arizona: Woman sentenced to probation for illegal voting | Bennett taking head for proposed election education ads

Arkansas: Dozens of ballots tossed because of voter ID law | New voter ID law has little effect on Pope Co. | 24 ballots not counted in largest count as 'cure period' end for voter ID law  

California: Election official hopes you'll head to the polls | LA County faces poll worker shortage | Officials ramp up for busy Tuesday

Colorado: Ballot to be mailed in El Paso Co. for primary

Florida: Elections supervisor: Keep November ballot clear of local issues

Georgia: Bowman seeks vote recount this week

Idaho: A few voters were denied ballots in last week's primaries

Iowa: Early primary voting keeping auditors office busy

Kansas: Kobach to file for re-election

Kentucky: Calloway Co. race to receive ballot recanvass Thursday

Mississippi: Hood issues opinion on enforcement of voter ID | Secretary of state worried about Tuesday's election turnout

Montana: Election office preparation

New Jersey: County approves new polling locations | Hudson Co. superintendent of elections dies

New York: Dering Harbor resident charges vote fraud | NYC BOE fires finance chief

Ohio: Bill would prevent candidates from putting names on absentee ballot applications | Counties prepare for levy recounts

South Carolina: New voter ID cards to be mailed out | Lawmakers look to boost voter confidence

South Dakota: No vote centers for Tuesday's elections

Texas: Weather, outages don't stop voting | County to hold public hearing on vote centers | Voting location consolidation causes some confusion | Tough morning for Bexar Co. election workers | Sloppy conditions hinder voter turnout | Precinct 114 voting location changed, effective immediately

Virginia: Poll changes top BOS talks | Lisa Martin recognized by board

Washington: Port Angeles student's artwork to adorn state voter guides

West Virginia: Recount to take place June 2

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

May 24-27, 2014

Alabama: Photo IDs needed for upcoming primary

Alaska: Begich introduces voting rights bill

Arkansas: Judge files rejection of state voter ID law | Judge keeps stay on voter ID ruling | Courthouse closed when candidate tried to request recount

California: County registrar expects smooth election night | Fresno to offer 10 drive-thru voting sites | Door hangers spread the word for special election | Contra Costa Co. mail-in ballots only need one first-class stamp | Santa Cruz Co. elections dept. says it desperately needs poll workers | Voter malaise may bring record-low primary turnout | LA Co. elections officials seek poll workers

Connecticut: East Windsor Dems pick Sevarino as registrar

Florida: Manatee elections supervisor wants remote vote boxes | Possible changes for Manatee Co. voters

Georgia: Dalton family aims to raise awareness about voting issues | Taxpayers could foot bill to remove election signs

Idaho: How are polling places chosen?

Indiana: Lake Co. tallies the cost of election | Hoosier voters starting to receive postcards for state voter list refresh | Lake, Porter eye adding e-polling for November election | Indiana to trim bloated voter registration lists

Iowa: Montrose woman acquitted of voter fraud speaks out

Maryland: Baltimore Co. BOE to move from Catonsville to Hunt Valley

Massachusetts: NAACP applauds state's new early voting law | Would early voting increase turnout?

Mississippi: County elections challenge ruled moot

Montana: Return of absentee ballots lagging | Election center at fairgrounds ready to assist Missoula Co. voters

Nevada: Voter turnout light on first day of early voting

New Hampshire: Primary college course moving online

New Mexico: Reports: MVD has voting registration problems

North Carolina: State BOE turn down Davis appeal | Madison election board chief resigns | FBI agent to join state elections board

North Dakota: Proper North Dakota ID needed for primary vote

Ohio: Mahoning elections board offers to help Youngstown with redistricting | Primary results trigger recounts in Franklin, Fairfield counties | Voters in part of Huron co. received wrong ballot  

Oregon: Outside software blamed for SOS computer breach

Pennsylvania: Erie Co. completes official vote count | Huntingdon Co. BOE continues to count ballots | Antiquated state election law blamed for low turnout

South Carolina: Potential election law fix returned to Senate | Richland elections officials, pollworkers say they are ready for primary

Tennessee: Sebastian Co. election commission OKs coordinator hiring | 'No confidence' vote expected on Shelby Co. election administrator

Texas: Remaining 3 in voter fraud case sentenced | Aggressive poll workers disrupt Mont Co. elections | Heim wins coin toss to gain seat on Ore City council

Vermont: SOS's office website gets a makeover

Virginia: City officials ponder voting place changes

Wisconsin: Marquette poll finds support for voter ID

Wyoming: Enzi makes it official by filing for secretary of state | Illoway files for secretary of state

Friday, 23 May 2014

May 23, 2014

Arizona: Bennett seeks OK to appear in voter education ads

Arkansas: Timeline of voter ID law | Absentee ballots rejected because of new voter ID law | Voter ID law nullifies nearly all absentee ballots in one county | New voter ID law causing confusion with absentee ballots | Pulaski Co. election commission addresses absentee voter ID issues | Some scrutiny of voters' ID went too far

Colorado: Special District Elections: The 'Wild West' of voting

Connecticut: Federici wins endorsement of GOP registrar | Dems to pick registrar candidate

Florida: Former Manatee elections official convicted of embezzlement

Georgia: Tech ills plague election night | Cobb residents frustrated by long wait for results

Idaho: Low voter turnout in Nez Perce Co. leaves officials worried | Primary night headaches: Misplaced ballots, software glitches | Why did Kuna run out of ballots?

Indiana: State moves to update voter registration rolls

Kansas: A paper trail

Massachusetts: Patrick signs elections reforms into law | Falmouth voter turnout drops at relocated polls

Montana: Tester, Walsh back Indian voting rights

North Carolina: Elections board certifies primaries, runoffs | Shortened period didn't dampen early voting | Resident files election complaint

Ohio: Election board on the move

South Carolina: Election commission, voter registration board consolidated

Tennessee: Will 13-vote margin hold? Primary results certified today

Texas: House lawmakers debate OVR | A longer, costlier grind for primary candidates | Parten parts ways with Parker Co.

Virginia: 4 Hanover voting precincts could move

Wisconsin: Grafton felon accused of illegally voting twice

Thursday, 22 May 2014

May 22, 2014

Alabama: Voting machines feature minimal changes | County officials preparing for primaries

Arkansas: Garland Co. runs into vote machine trouble | Voter ID Law: Allegations of impediments and disputes between ACLU and SOS | Problems alleged over voter ID requirement | Provisional ballots remain to be counted | Claim: Poll worker 'slammed door in my face,' failed to post final voting results

California: LA County officials try new methods to fill 'urgent need' for poll workers

Connecticut: Merrill announces voter registration smartphone apps

Florida: Election office to be named for Brown

Georgia: Activist offers $100K to prove e-voting verifiable | Few hiccups on election day | Long ballots, missing card slowed Bibb, Houston returns | Cobb elections head not sure what caused delay | The cost of a runoff and who can participate

Idaho: Voting mostly glitch-free in Idaho primary | Glitch blamed for late results | Caribou Co. election snafu

Indiana: Voters get postcards for upcoming November election

Iowa: Felon sentenced to prison for voting in 2012

Kansas: Lawrence Republican files to challenge 'bully' Kobach

Kentucky: Grayson returning to Kentucky

Louisiana: New St. Bernard Parish registrar sworn in to post

Massachusetts: Gov. to sign early voting bill

Michigan: Judge to rule on Conyers' case Friday after ballot status decision | Holland to pay $1M to former clerk to settle fight from 2006 firing

Mississippi: Voter ID requirement for primary

Missouri: One-vote loser files suit to try to force new election

Nevada: Clark Co. polls: Spanish, Tagalog also spoken here

New Mexico: City council discusses problems with recent election

Ohio: Judges oversee local elections board meeting | Pair of retired judges to monitor BOE

Oregon: Primary election turnout could be lowest in more than 50 years

Pennsylvania: Facing host of write-ins, counting board could have a long day Friday | Kensington election craziness raises doubts about Philly's weird poll-watcher rules | Glitch delays county's online election results

South Carolina: Officials changing gears to advance SC elections board bill | List of finalists for election board seats goes to Richland legislators

South Dakota: New city vote center prospects suffer setback | Hughes Co. residents to utilize vote centers

Tennessee: After inspection tour, Jones still plans to request recount | Election commission looking into how to improve voter experience

Texas: Waco woman gets voter certificate day after being denied | Murphy City council election proves that every vote counts | Campaigns verbally tussle after courthouse incident | Lawyer: Voters turned away | Registering to vote in Texas could go online

Virginia: Hart InterCivic awarded Va. contract

West Virginia: Recount requested

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

May 21, 2014

National News: The new partisanship of secretaries of state | What you can do with Facebook's 'I'm a Voter' button

Alabama: Secretary of state: Three candidates in hunt for GOP nom

Arkansas: Benton Co. adds 20 polling sites | New voter ID law being tested in primary | Gubernatorial candidate forgets ID | Polls operating smoothly so far, elections officials say | Turnout light, no problems reported | Voters report balloting problem | Primary marks first statewide election under new voter ID law

California: County needs 1,500 for primary election | SOS campaign takes on a higher profile | Elections office 'short on help' for primary | Nevada Co. going (partly) digital for primary | Poll workers prepare for June primary

Colorado: Westminster pulling back from landlord voting info requirement

Florida: Orange wins Hispanic voting rights lawsuit | Elections office takes steps to remove schemer from voter rolls

Georgia: Two Whitfield Co. precincts to stay open an extra half-hour | Voters confused after finding polling place moved to Georgia Tech campus | Secretary of state responds to early voting numbers | Primary voting 'going as expected' in Henry Co.| Voting steady after slow start | Glitches force delays with Cobb primary election results | Election board seats filled | SOS office reports no major problems with primary

Idaho: Some voters report confusion with GOP ballots | Denney wins GOP secretary of state primary | Some Kuna polling places see high turnout, run out of ballots | Kuna precincts run out of ballots

Illinois: State BOE deals blow to redistricting

Kansas: Morgan to take on Kobach for SOS

Kentucky: Candidate jokes about voting machine glitch | Students excited as voting machines arrive at school | Voting machines malfunction because of bad ballots | More than 2 doz. election complaints reported | Despite changes in polling places, clerk not expecting lower turnout due to redistricting | Lundergan Grimes cruises to victory | Jefferson Co. voting problems are few | Family of fallen officer want his election votes counted | Republican candidate registered as a Dem. | Christian Co. clerk reporting minor polling issues

Maryland: Advocates for the blind sue election officials

Massachusetts: State poised to allow early voting, online registration

Michigan: Elections officials defend law that congressman kicked off ballot

New Jersey: Councilman and wife plead not guilty to election fraud charges

North Carolina: Civil rights groups ask for voter ID injunction | Denied right to vote? | Voting law opponents file for preliminary injunction

Ohio: FitzGerald proposes 'voting rights' amendment to Cuyahoga Co. charter | Husted names 2 former judges to oversee Lucas Co. BOE | Late delivery of ballots causes delay in final tally | Ohio's choice for SOS could influence elections in 2016

Oregon: Midterm election turnout surges as ballots arrive 'nonstop' | SOS website experiencing glitch with election results

Pennsylvania: A few minor glitches and some confused voters | Few problems reported in first hours of voting | DA's office expected a 'busy' day for reports of election fraud | Voting sharply declines after polling place moved out of Fishtown bar | Election official on low voter turnout: 'It's disappointing' | Montgomery Co. polls up and running on time | Poll workers question registrations in Kensington | Election going smoothly, but numbers low | Police and DA called to polling place | Bomb scare fails to disrupt voting | Election shenanigans abound | In Center city, lack-of-sticker shock | In Pa., beautiful weather, bad turnout | Voting machines malfunction in 13 Westmoreland precincts | Primary was a confusing day for some Bucks Co. voters | Primary election drawing in more young blood | 70 years of voting

Rhode Island: Investigation of botched election sparks action

South Carolina: Richland Co. preparing for June primary

South Dakota: Voting centers to replace precinct-based polls

Tennessee: Former councilwoman sentenced for voter fraud | TBI launches voter fraud probe into failed recall

Texas: Councilman named after coin toss | Secretary of state says no big problems with voter ID laws

West Virginia: Clerical error blamed for ballot error

Wisconsin: Prosecutors consider 28 possible cases of felons voting

Wyoming: Illoway joins crowded SOS field

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

May 20, 2014

Arizona: Court extends stay in voting case

Arkansas: County prepares for primary | Benton Co. gets ready for the primary | Primary is first big test for state's voter ID law | Allegations of election irregularities in Jefferson Co. | Election officials warn voters to bring photo ID to polls

California: New L.A. polling place kiosks speak 10 languages | Candidate charged with voter fraud drops out of race | Long Beach voters must cast two ballots on June | LA County seeking bilingual poll workers

Colorado: Mesa Co. checks up on its voting system

Georgia: Garden Lakes precinct manager prepares for primary | Early voting numbers up as primary day arrives | Dade Co. ready for elections

Idaho: Preparing for the primaries

Illinois: Missouri, Illinois conducting voter purges

Indiana: State moves to update voter registration rolls

Kansas: Voting machine demonstration planned | Court extends stay in voting case

Kentucky: Warren Co. polling places see big changes

Maryland: Traffic concerns primary coincides with golf tournament

Missouri: Missouri, Illinois conducting voter purges

New Jersey: Provisional votes don't change election outcome

New York: Push for combined primaries hits partisan roadblock

Ohio: Elections officials review primary ballots | Officials keep tallying while awaiting fate | Probe launched at Franklin Co. BOE

Oregon: Ballot return slow, but on track with previous years

Pennsylvania: Moco officials say they are ready for primary | Voters reminded of new locations | Voters get good weather for trip to polls | Montco has poll workers for each poll | Newtown voters able to vote in one location

South Dakota: Website helps voters see primary ballots

Tennessee: Davidson Co. officials discuss double voting probe | Double Springs precincts combined | Jones seeks recount

U.S. Virgin Islands: DeJongh vetoes early voting legislation

West Virginia: Counting provisional ballots puts Tennant on top

Monday, 19 May 2014

May 17-19, 2014

National News: Poll: 70 percent support voter ID laws

Alabama: Poll workers training on new voting machines | Voter ID law will have exception for nursing homes | Marijuana possession doesn't stop voting in Alabama

Arizona: Michele Reagan files papers for secretary of state

Arkansas: Ads for Pryor, Cotton matchup worry poll workers

California: Paradise resident challenges long-time Butte clerk-recorder | 3 new voter pamphlets mailed after language mix-up | Vote-by-mail drop box makes it easy to vote | Long Beach voters get two ballots for June 3 | Open race for SOS | SOS race draws crowded field | Leland Yee's name still on ballot

Florida: Lake Alfred commission to determine how to settle tied elections

Georgia: Officials see light early voting turnout | Mother, son trying to raise local awareness of voters with disabilities | Fulton Co. tries to move past election problems with state review ongoing

Indiana: Behind the numbers: Busy lives kept Fishers voters home | Election board OKs 3 of 17 provisional ballots from primary | Provisional ballots rejected by election board | Precinct shuffle spurs 2nd notice

Iowa: Woodbury Co. going high-tech for 2014 elections | Pushing for the vote | Absentee ballot requests steady for June primary | Johnson Co. tests out votemobile for early voting

Kansas: Un-elect Kobach movement goes door-to-door

Kentucky: Slim majority of Kentuckians supports proposal to restore voting rights for most felons | AG: Be on the look out for voter fraud | Voters head to new sites Tuesday

Maryland: With primary elections in June, many other dates are moving up

Massachusetts: Shift to voting machines | Early voting could be coming to state | Longtime Yarmouth town clerk retiring

Michigan: St. Clair hires new city clerk

Montana: Poll workers needed in Gallatin Co.

New Mexico: Dona Ana upgrades voting machines in time for primary

New York: Ruling demands better access to voting booths

North Dakota: Election staff shortage in Cass County|

Ohio: Commissioner accused of voter fraud

Oregon: Jackson Co. already has 30 percent turnout

Pennsylvania: MoCo officials say everything is ready for primary | County prison plays key role in election | Voters won't be asked for IDs at the polls | Montco adds 2 tabulation sites for election night returns | Chesco adds voting into mobile app

South Carolina: Petits precinct voters won't have to relocate

South Dakota: Primary won't use Sioux Falls vote centers

Tennessee: Dems want records to do own recount of commission race

Texas: Burnam appeals election loss to Texas Supreme Court | Private election tabulating firm missed some votes at Ore City and New Diana | 92-year-old Bellmead woman struggles to get voter ID |

Virginia: City polling places getting a look

Wisconsin: Voting bills get little lobby support

Wyoming: Another candidate files for secretary of state

Friday, 16 May 2014

May 16, 2014

Alabama: Recently receive a voter registration card?

Alaska: Voting from home

Arizona: Election notes for Yavapai County voters

California: New app launched to aid local voters | Transparency main focus in secretary of state race

Colorado: Big money targets Colo. secretary of state race

Florida: Pinellas to expand early voting for November election

Hawaii: Hawaii likely to allow same-day registration | Official can keep job while running

Idaho: 4 GOP candidates race for secretary of state

Indiana: Elkhart Co. already looking ahead to fall elections

Iowa: Schultz refers possible double voting cases to local law enforcement

Kansas: Voter citizenship lawsuit looms over 2014 election | Voter rights group: Registration law blocks new citizens

Kentucky: Inmates delivering voting equipment for primary

Maine: Biddeford--one polling place--yes or no?

Massachusetts: Mansfield getting new voting machines | Votes are in: Three decades of excellence | Town meeting backs election change in close vote

Missouri: Lawmakers endorse early voting measure

Montana: Missoula commissioners hear critics of appointed elections administrator | Montana makes voting for military a breeze

New Jersey: Bill would allow overseas military, diplomats to vote online

New Mexico: Voter ID endeavor underway

North Carolina: Voter ID lawsuits: Judge says lawmakers can't ignore subpoenas | Randolph officials probe attempt to vote twice

North Dakota: Jaeger promotes absentee ballot process

Ohio: Dems push for election changes before November vote | Officials make pleas to remain on board | DeGidio says he'll resign if Stainbrook is removed from BOE | Four BOE employees fight for jobs at appeals hearing

Oklahoma: New online voter tool gives voters a lot of info

Pennsylvania: Officials await resignation from judge of elections | County's ballot issue to be resolved by state

Rhode Island: RI master lever myths

Tennessee: Primary results canvassed, certified | Ex-employee says he told election agency about problems

Texas: Voting machine investigation continues | Slim win keeps question of Progreso election challenge open | 16 fewer polling sites set for primary runoff

West Virginia: SOS: Voter turnout for primary election low

Wyoming: Murray files for secretary of state