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May 2014

Thursday, 15 May 2014

May 15, 2014

National News: Senate gridlock and voting | New front opens on voter-law battles | Klobuchar chairs hearing on strategies for improving U.S. elections

Alabama: On primary day, feds will be watching | One of Morgan Co.'s largest voting precincts changes location

Alaska: Trial scheduled in voting rights case

Arkansas: New voter ID law will be used Tuesday | Arkansas voter ID law reinstated | Court says judge's ruling went too far

Colorado: Military primary ballots sent out | Mail ballots: 'Too easy to cheat'

Florida: Longtime elections supervisor Dee Brown dies

Idaho: Three opponents take McGrane to task

Indiana: Elkhart Co. to review 39 provisional ballots | White files to run for secretary of state | St. Joseph considering vote center election next year

Iowa: State auditor agrees to review SOS scandal

Kansas: Polling location changed

Louisiana: Connie Crumhorn to become new St. Bernard registrar

Maine: Biddeford may consolidate polls

Maryland: Early MoCo primary has county needing election judges

Massachusetts: New voting machines OK'd for Mansfield | Election reform bill passes Mass. House

Mississippi: Number of voter ID cards issued tops 1K

Missouri: Lawmakers send early voting proposal to ballot | Mott: Early voting proposal would add complexity, costs

Montana: Missoula commissioners hear arguments on making elections chief appointed

Nebraska: Low turnout mystifies county officials

Nevada: Voter ID initiative revised, refiled

New York: Court OKs improving polling places for disabled

North Carolina: Run off set for coroner's race

Ohio: Voting rights redux | Election official resigns; 4 face hearing

Oklahoma: State election board launches online voter tool

Oregon: Voters need to mail ballots earlier | Reed College professor Paul Gronke heads to Ukraine to monitor presidential vote

South Carolina: Election officials hope new tech will decrease wait times | Richland legislators wrap interview for elections board seats

Tennessee: Most Tenn. reps stay quiet about voting rights legislation | Donna Barrett named to state election commission | Wall got big raise before flawed vote

Texas: Ore City to decide race by coin flip | Voting boxes will consolidate for runoff

Virginia: Changes should make voting in Fairfax Co. easier in 2016 | Say cheese, Virginia voters | Prince William Co. selects Hart InterCivic's new Verity Voting System

West Virginia: Machine glitch causes election confusion | Technical difficulties delay voting results in Clay Co. | Most counties use only electronic voting machines | Monongalia looking for answers to low voter turnout

Wyoming: Interim committee to consider bill to automatically restore ex-felon voting rights

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

May 14, 2014

Alabama: Felon voting changes made after outcry | Numerous eligible felons left off voting list | Commission approves bid for ramps at voting location

Alaska: Voting rights lawsuit says state ballot translations were wrong

Arizona: Arizona, Kansas defend proof-of-citizenship law

Arkansas: Martin adds new burden to voter registration | 'Voter report card' unauthorized, Martin's office says

California: Smartphone app to make voting easier

Florida: Volusia Co. chair to step down from elections oversight board

Georgia: City wins lawsuit over change in election date for local offices

Indiana: Vote centers a week later: How did they do?

Iowa: Absentee voting rules changed at Johnson Co. nursing homes | Two special elections this summer in Bettendorf

Kansas: Kansas, Arizona defend proof-of-citizenship

Kentucky: Prepping for election day

Maine: York implements high-speed voting machines for election

Maryland: PGA Tournament threatens primary election voting in Bethesda

Massachusetts: Panel seeks early voting

Minnesota: E-poll book regulations advance

Missouri: Election result unchanged after recount

Montana: Election office mails billfolds, prepares for primary | County bans food, guns from polling places | Cascade Co. election officials begin processing primary ballots

Nebraska: State election officials report few problems | Hall Co. using new tech at the polls | Polling places moved due to storm damage

New Jersey: Patterson seeing unusually large number of absentee ballots | Contentious primary ends quietly | Judges haven't seen anyone regarding problems at Hudson Co. polls

New York: County kicks off voter registration initiative, events

North Carolina: Ballot of Harris' father won't count

Ohio: Lucas co. elections officials warned of hearing | Husted won't detail charges against 5 elections officials

Tennessee: Election office scrambles to explain 6th District error | Commissioner disappointed in election office response | Davidson Co. election administrator says he's looking into discrepancies

Texas: Election machine analysts arrive in Hidalgo Co.

West Virginia: Secretary of state: Primary voting goes smoothly | Technology vs. tradition | Few surprises in W. Va. primary | Football teach pitches in | Tennant wins Democratic primary for Senate seat

Wisconsin: After appeal, what's next for voter ID law? | Lawmakers look at rules for election observers

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

May 13, 2014

National News: New voter ID laws hit setbacks

Alabama: Coffee Co. voting machines ahead of upcoming state primary | Opp to integrate polling places

Colorado: County GOP to hear from mail-ballot opponent

Florida: New Pasco polling place may boost early voting | Faulty filter lets Hillsborough voters list unlawful addresses

Indiana: Lake election officials take last look at vote tally

Iowa: Voters in care facilities can now vote by mail

Kansas: Fight over Kansas' voter ID law heating up

Maine: Biddeford looks at plan for just one polling place

Massachusetts: Panel recommends early voting, rejects same-day registration

Mississippi: Voter ID law takes effect with June 3 primary

Missouri: Lawmakers consider voter ID measure | Senate endorses early voting measure | Clerk schools students on voting

NebraskaSome local polling sites to feature new tablets | DOJ will monitor primary| Storms having an effect on the primary election as well | Polling places moved in Seward Co. due to storm damage | Polling place changes

New York: NYC's lever voting machines warehoused, but not forgotten

North Carolina: Group: 4 lawmakers have duplicate registrations | Judge considers voter ID arguments | Voter rights group says match does not mean fraud | Aiken's Democratic rival dies suddenly |

Ohio: Husted schedules hearing for removal of Lucas Co. BOE members | Husted: Elections board may appeal | Husted fires five election board officials | Husted to remove five from Lucas Co. election board

Oregon: County clerk debunks election accusations

South Carolina: Richland Co. looks to avoid 2012 voter headache remake

Tennessee: Irregularities in voting data led to double voting in May 6 election | Election worker fired over double voting

Texas: Recount could cost Gutierrez $4K | Dayton election results challenged, said to have errors

West Virginia: Election day FAQs | Clerk is ready for primary election | Kanawha Co. prepares for primary | W.Va. voters hit the polls | Early voting numbers set record

Wisconsin: Judge puts off deciding fees in voter ID case | Taxpayer bill for voter ID court battle expected to take some time | Van Hollen appeals ruling striking down voter ID law | Canvassers find no change in recount

Monday, 12 May 2014

May 10-12, 2014

National News: Paul diverges from his party on voter ID | Push stalls to revive VRA provision in Congress

Alabama: Required photo ID, new polling precincts among changes for primary | Polling precincts upgrade system to avoid election day tech setbacks | Three Houston Co. women accused of felony voter fraud

Arizona: Court temporarily blocks voter citizenship requirement

California: Millions of Californians missing from the registration rolls | Registrar of voters office mails out absentee ballots; data shows most county residents vote absentee | Padilla makes case for secretary of state | Democrat files complaint against SOS candidate

Florida: Orange's Latino voting rights lawsuit begins

Georgia: Saturday Voting: Is convenience worth the cost? | Interviews with candidates for secretary of state | Voting expanding this week for primary

Illinois: Clerk recommends combining precincts | Langdon Neal reveals turnout for 17-year-old voters

Indiana: Vote centers will be scrutinized after debut | Dems dodge election day bullet | State beginning process to purge voter registration list | Valpo man tapped at Libertarian candidate for SOS

Kansas: 55 in Clay 'suspended' under new voter law

Louisiana: Voter Registration Week begins across state | Events aim to encourage more registrations

Massachusetts: Pembroke Town clerk sees flaws in election reform

Michigan: Homeless groups say clients struggle for IDs

Mississippi: Hosemann offers mobile voter ID to tornado-affected areas

Missouri: Lawmakers to consider voter ID measure

Montana: Full-time Missoula Co. elections administrator position set for hearing

New Jersey: Cherry Hill moved election day polling places out of public schools | AG sending elections monitors to Paterson, report says

New York: St. Lawrence Co. BOE temporarily moves

North Carolina: Judge hears appeals of NC legislators on subpoenas of election law | Problems with state elections website confuse poll watchers

Ohio: Missing data card delays primary vote results | Panel: Fire Lucas Co. elections board members | Troubled election board in Ohio under microscope

Pennsylvania: Candidate still sorta on ballot | Struggle over controversial voter ID laws continues

Tennessee: Provisional ballots have no effect on Tuesday's results | Election 'glitch' slows vote count

Texas: Lawmakers to call for consolidation of elections | Election workers 'just waiting for voters | Community building only polling place for city election | Polling location confusion

Washington: Clallam auditor announces retirement

West Virginia: Changes come to voters in Wyoming Co. | Voter confidence in Lincoln Co. increases | Wyoming Co. voters to experience changes at primary election | Secretary of state urges people to vote, report problems | Light voter turnout expected for Tuesday primary

Friday, 09 May 2014

May 9, 2014

Alabama: iPads loaded with voters list can help poll workers better handle precinct changes

Georgia: Polls open Saturday too

Idaho: Little, legislators endorse McGrane for secretary of state

Indiana: Low voter turnout, voting machine glitch

Iowa: Schultz says 2-yr investigation found 117 cases of alleged voter fraud | Final Report: 117 fraudulent votes found in investigation

Kansas: Appeals court stays Melgren's ruling in Kansas voter ID dispute

Massachusetts: Accessing polling places difficult for some Sandwich voters

Minnesota: E-poll books may come to Mankato

Mississippi: Voter ID remains hot button issue

Missouri: Election recount upcoming for Nixa, Christian Co. to foot the bill | Voter ID again sidetracked in Senate

Nebraska: Gale offers guidelines for smooth voting on election day | Clerks count down to primary | Prepping for the primary

New Jersey: Prisoners could vote under bill, as long as they are veterans

New Mexico: Group may not get Clovis vote on voter ID proposal

New York: Westchester LWV advocate split-shifts for poll workers

North Carolina: Some elections changes worked, others didn't | Halifax, other counties affected by state election website issue | Agency control of election website fails

Ohio: Losing candidate says poll workers' error cost her votes | Superintendent wants polling places out of schools | Voters bill of rights stop in Toledo

Pennsylvania: Corbett abandons appeal of voter ID ruling | With voter ID scrapped, plaintiffs say it's time for Pa. to expand voter access | Reaction is mixed to Corbett's pulling of the plug on voter ID law | Lehigh Valley leaders call for voting rights reforms | Wagner: Special election could have waited till primary

South Carolina: Some 17-year olds may vote in primary

Tennessee: MicroVote exec assumes blame for election gaffe | Paper ballots won't affect outcome

Texas: Residents of annexed area eligible to vote | Killeen's 3rd voting location a success

Virginia: Event set to help Va. felons regain rights

Thursday, 08 May 2014

May 8, 2014

National News: Problem at the polls: Tech stuck in past

Alabama: Primaries to include voting changes | Nearly 17K Madison Co. voters moved to new polling locations | New polling place in Saint Crossroads community

Arizona: Judge refuses to stay order backing voter ID laws

Arkansas: Early voting shows no signs of ID trouble

California: Judge says state illegally denied voting rights to thousands| CACEO to create new election cost database | Secretary of state candidate open about past legal problems

Connecticut: Registrar of voters hopes to regain election activities funding

Georgia: Plaintiffs in election date lawsuit file response to city of Augusta | Return to normal in sight for Macon BOE

Illinois: Report: Chicago elderly women most likely to vote | 17-year-olds voted at higher rate than parents | The bright spot in March primary turnout: Teens

Indiana: Praise and glitches: Five takeaways from implementation of voting centers in Elkhart Co. | Aftermath of vote problems in Elkhart Co. | Vote centers fail to bring in more voters | Despite computers, ballot counting can drag on | Vigo voters cast opinions on vote centers | Election, vote centers deemed success | Clerk rates vote centers a success | Long lines dominate Vigo election talk | E-poll books helped Monroe Co. primary run smoothly

Kansas: Judge refuses to stay order over voter citizenship

Kentucky: Judge approves deal on challengers at Magoffin Co. polling places

Massachusetts: Hudson to enter electronic voting age | Secretary of state hopeful doesn't plan to use TV for PSA ads

Mississippi: Hosemann talking voter ID around state

Nevada: Judge hears challenges to Nevada voter ID measure | Judge rewrites Nevada voter ID proposal

New Mexico: Many Bernalillo Co. voting centers changed

New York: BOE eyes transfer to digital records

North Carolina: Technical issues make for slow start at 3 sites | State election officials continue efforts to collect voter ID info | Tech issues plague primary | State website frustrates Orange Co. BOE on primary night | BOE officials work out kinks on website | No local problems reported after glitches | New election software delayed voting report | No problems reported in Richmond Co. elections

Ohio: Lucas Co. elections board plagued by problems | Missing cards, wasted time | Missing data cards delay election totals in Toledo | Polling place closures | Long wait for voting results from final precincts | Gas leak at polling location forces evacuation

South Carolina: Polling places temporarily altered for primary

Tennessee: Coffee Co. election results on hold after tallying glitch | Poll worker turned whistle blower raises serious questions after election

Texas: Last election challenger loses; appeals still pending | Some denied vote in Kilgore

Wisconsin: Group wants DOJ to send election observers to Wisconsin

Wednesday, 07 May 2014

May 7, 2014

National News: As states vote in primaries, voter ID laws come under scrutiny | New voter ID laws: Nothing like it 'since Reconstruction'

Arizona: Bullhead City woman prosecuted for double voting

California: Candidate pleads not guilty to voter fraud | Secretary of state candidates spar at San Diego forum | Will next SOS defend nonpartisan primaries? | Postage to return Santa Cruz ballots up this year | Tablets help to simplify elections in Tulare Co.

Connecticut: Merrill, nonprofits team up to offer voter registration | David Smith named new Democratic registrar of voters | Electoral College divides candidates for secretary of state

Florida: New Duval elections office to save $3M | Boca expands what 'library' means for early voting | Signature variations jeopardize hundreds of votes in Florida

Indiana: Early vote drops | Voting underway at new vote centers | Primary election is on, but will voters show up? | County primary goes of without hitch | Vote centers a hit in Elkhart Co. | Problems with electronic voting fixed quickly | Poll workers encounter minor glitches with voting machines | Sponsel: Voting goes smoothly Tuesday | Voters give vote centers early praise in Floyd Co. | Forgotten data card delays Elkhart vote | Vote centers debut in Elkhart Co. primary with a few bumps and hiccups | For many, vote centers prove to be more convenient | Secretary of state visits new Elkhart vote centers | Voting equipment problems occurred when polls opened in White CO. | Officials report minor election day complaints | Taking stock of county's vote center success | Vigo clerk reports voting going smoothly | Provisional ballots still hang in balance

Massachusetts: Supporters hope for new election reform law in coming months

Missouri: Clerk purchases more tablets to streamline elections

Montana: Secretary of state sponsors photo contest for voter pamphlet

New Jersey: County clerk, elections office to show behind the scenes | Westwood successfully moves polling location out of school

New Mexico: Early voting kicks off in Dona Ana Co. building

North Carolina: Voters meet new NC voting laws at polls | 3 injured at Concord polling place; primary voting continues | Glitch slows totals for races | 300 volunteers monitor precincts across NC | Website glitches garble NC election results| Voter turned away from polling place | NC elections results garbled amid website glitches | Election board head issues apology over error with new statewide system | Durham bypassed troubled state site for results | New Rockingham polling place running well | Precinct 8 polling site tardy in getting started

Ohio: Cuyahoga Co. voter turnout lighter than expected; no major issues | Council results stalled by ballot problems | Election day a busy on at the BOE

Pennsylvania: Despite court ruling, candidate will be on ballot | Lawrence, Allegheny keeping ousted candidates on ballots | Election staffers amend ballots in Westmoreland Co | Reprinting primary ballots in Lancaster Co. to cost $27K | Dent's support sought for VRA update

South Carolina: Richland Co. legislators call Thursday meeting to interview election board applicants | No-excuse early voting moves forward

South Dakota: Minnehaha Co. considers counting absentee ballots earlier

Tennessee: New voting machines unveiled in Hamilton Co. | Hendersonville voters met with problems | Sumner's provisional ballots will be counted Friday | Polling places at Knox schools prove challenging for some

Texas: Day before final election contest trial, Hidalgo Co. to hire voting machine expert | Multiple elections may be causing mail-in ballot mix-ups | Double May elections confuse some voters

Virginia: Halifax Co. election results in limbo

Wisconsin: Assembly backers of voter ID vow to reintroduce bill next session

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

May 6, 2014

Alabama: Need a voter ID? Get a free one this week

Arizona: Former AG staffer tells Horne to prepare for litigation over election law violations

Arkansas: Early voting begins; photo ID required at polls | More than 5K turnout for first day of early voting

California: 'Election Day' spans weeks with flexibility of voting by mail | Coding error in Marin's primary ballot will cost $100K | Primary election approaches, mail-in ballots sent out | Measure A snafu on library election pamphlets

Florida: Voting machines fail during special election | New supervisor of elections office opens | Palmetto wants answers on election changes

Illinois: Kane Co. judge recount could take almost a week

Indiana: Allen Co. election board prepares for primary | Elkhart Co.'s new voting centers will get first tests | Crews gearing up for primary elections | Be prepared for a few changes at polling sites | Primary expected to cost millions, bring low turnout | Vote centers make slow gainsFloyd Co. residents dealing with new changes during primary election | Vigo vote centers 'easy and convenient'

Massachusetts: Hudson Town Meeting OKs electronic voting machines

Michigan: GR continues electronic poll book rollout

North Carolina: Primary voters should expect changes at the polls | NC voting law to get first test in primary

Ohio: Election preps underway | Elections officials contend with poll worker call-offs

Pennsylvania: Court decision throws primary preparations into turmoil

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections board prepared for Tuesday's vote | Angela Upchurch named elections director

Tennessee: Election officials' neutrality challenged | Election commission holds high school elections | Maury Co. GOP primary raises concerns | Election official censured

Texas: Judge grants summary judgment in Hidalgo Co. election contest | Voter photo ID law requires some to obtain additional ID | South Texas woman pleads guilty to buying votes

Vermont: Plan to move up Vermont primary passes

Virginia: League of Women Voters honors registrar | Registrar: Voters should remember precinct changes

Monday, 05 May 2014

May 3-5, 2014

National News: The battle to protect voting rights | Democrats propose Feb. voting to begin 2016 race | Voter ID and early voting: A rundown of what's out there

Alabama: Three Republicans battling for secretary of state

Arizona: County to consider moving 13 polling places

Arkansas: Election commission receives Model 650 | Voter ID law again found unconstitutional | Judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional | Cole prepared 'either way' ID hearing goes | Early voting begins | Election coordinator: Voters should bring photo ID | Republicans defend extra time for absentee ballots | Mountain Home locations open for early voters

California: City launches voter education website | Problems could arise with concurrent elections, official says | Alameda Co. candidate hit with six counts of voter fraud | Backgrounds of top SOS candidates | Ethics, transparency play large roles in secretary of state race | Ballots arriving by mail signal start of primary season | Increase in early voting alters election landscape | Siskiyou election planning

Colorado: Westminster considers controversial landlord-tenant voter rule

Florida: UF students want early voting site on campus

Georgia: Ga. Dems have secretary of state in their sights | Improving economy blamed for poll worker shortage

Illinois: Amendment petitions present daunting task

Indiana: Poll workers learn the ropes as primary nears | BMV to help with voter IDs | Bartholomew Co. election board holds emergency meeting | New vote centers help county reduce costs, staff | Primary election is first test to Miami Co. vote centers | Elkhart officials are confident vote centers are ready to go

Kansas: CNN analyst, writer Toobin discusses voting rights during Law Day event

Kentucky: Several voting precincts in county merge

Louisiana: St. Bernard Parish receives 20 applications for registrar's job | Polls close on Saturday's election

Missouri: Early voting supporters say they have enough signatures

New Hampshire: Senate considers early presidential primary voting in unincorporated Millsfield

New Mexico: Two candidates seeking to be secretary of state

New York: NYC voter turnout stinks: report

North Carolina: Halifax, Northampton counties ready for Election Day | BOE hits early voting goal | Voter ID facts listed | Aberdeen man charged with voter registration fraud | Paving the way for a smooth election | Election officials to campaign workers: Back off | Voters can do more than cast ballots, thanks to Harrisburg Giving Initiative | Voting law gets first test in Tuesday primary | What to know before you vote

Ohio: Stainbrook says elections board employee not credible | Early voting ends Tuesday

Oklahoma: Voter ID rulings give heart to plaintiff challenging Oklahoma law | Military voters to use e-ballots

Pennsylvania: State court delays hamper Lebanon Co. ballot process | Law Day focuses on the importance of voting

South Carolina: Suburban Richland voters: Look for new precincts | Elections bills: A 'get it done' attitude heading into conference committee

Tennessee: Commission finalizes poll workers | Count primaries approach with impediments to voting for some

Texas: Oops: City mails out double ballots | County weighs benefits of new election equipment

West Virginia: Officials test Upshur voting machines | Health Dept. can't snuff out wafting cigarette smoke

Wisconsin: Local officials weigh in on voter ID ruling

Wyoming: Hopefuls vie for GOP nomination in Wyoming SOS race

Friday, 02 May 2014

May 2, 2014

Alabama: State Supreme Court to look at voter fraud allegations

Arkansas: Elections officials: We're ready for May 20 primary | Hearing on challenge to Arkansas voter ID law

Delaware: Dover Republicans fight same-day registration bill

Georgia: After Wisconsin voter ID ruling, what's next for Georgia | Paulding election director watches launch of OVR, mobile apps | Elections director resigns

Indiana: Highest number of vote centers in place this year | Judge candidate's request for access to voter records denied | Early voting fails to reach 1 percent in Porter Co. | Democratic rivals for county clerk have differing views on handling elections | Young voters skipping early voting opportunity in Monroe Co. | Vote centers moving ahead

Kentucky: Absentee voting now underway | Kentucky sets voter registration record

Maine: New group plans to carry on voter guide

New Jersey: Hunterdon Co. BOE to hold open house on May 13

New York: BOE eyes new site in Forest Hills for boro offices | St. Lawrence Co. BOE moving

North Carolina: Early voting hours extended | More questions arise after latest multi-state voting data | Early voting numbers up

Ohio: Stainbrook accused of trying slow elections prep | Ohio voters want more time to cast early ballots | Group files lawsuit seeking to block voting changes

Oklahoma: Voter ID a must for elections | Military, overseas voters can use new online ballot system

Pennsylvania: Casey to Corbett: Give up on voter ID

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections commissioners test voting machines

Tennessee: Early primary voting ends today

Wisconsin: Voter ID would disenfranchise 300K Latinos, African-Americans in Wisconsin | Voter ID laws unlikely to change prior to Nov. elections | Leibham reacts to voter ID ruling | Business as usual for county clerks after voter ID law struck down | DA looking into free meals provided early voters

Wyoming: County distributes voting machines | Candidate pulls out of secretary of state race