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November 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

November 26, 2014

Arizona: Barber and McSally camps in court today over ballots

California: Two-thirds of Sacramento Co. voters cast ballots by mail | Dead voters purged from OC voter rolls | No recount in Palo Alto

Colorado: Concerns raised about Pueblo councilwoman handling mail-in ballots

Connecticut: Weston's election audit shows no discrepancies | More problems in the registrar of voters' office

Hawaii: Council candidate seeks recount or new vote

Illinois: Thomas Leach, longtime Chicago elections spokesman, dies at 76

Indiana: Residents asked to weigh in on vote center idea

Kansas: Malfunction results in missing votes

Louisiana: Early voting period is shorter by two days this time | Lawsuit challenging early voting reduction rejected | Early voting not extended

Maine: Question of voter fraud raised after untraceable ballots change outcome of Senate election | Mystery ballots in state Senate race bring call for investigation

Minnesota: Ritchie reflects on 8-years as secretary of state | State's voter turnout at a near 30-year low

Montana: State board of canvassers certifies election

Nevada: Nevada election results certified as official

New Mexico: Land commissioner race recount gets go-ahead | New Mexico city enter national voter ID fight | Canvassing board orders recount in statewide race

North Carolina: Voting machine problems do no change election outcome | Report claims NC's election changes 'silenced' 50K voters| Lawmakers told to hand over some docs as voter ID trial nears | Report: 2014 election 'silenced' voters | Elections board squabbles over minutes from protest hearing | Officials vote to certify election results | Elections appeals won't be heard until Dec. 3

Ohio: Election board certifies results | Uncounted ballots give Pepper a push | Coshocton board's error eliminated voters | USPS probing delayed absentee ballots

Tennessee: Activists planning citizen's audit of votes cast at Cora Howe precinct

Texas: Polling places set for special election

Utah: Utah's 2014 general election certified

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections boards petitioned to recount ballots

Virginia: Va. election officials call for review of voting equipment | Virginia election official calls for equipment review

West Virginia: Kanawha Co. clerk filed complaint against Tennant

Wisconsin: Vos' attacks on elections draws return fire

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

November 25, 2014

National News: Obama awards freedom medal to Miss. burning trio | Southern states look to regional primary in 2016

Alabama: Alabama's voter ID law declared a success; not everyone agrees

Arizona: Federal suit filed in Barber, McSally CD2 race | Barber sues to count 133 votes in McSally race

California: Voter turnout in San Bernardino cause for concern | Registrar of voters to review ballots in tied Chula Vista race | It's official: County election turnout abysmal | Santa Clara Co. supervisors looking into vote-by-mail only elections | Recount called off

Colorado: State says clerk to certify election

Connecticut: Hartford registrar has been center of complaints prior to Election Day

Florida: Florida redistricting emails leaked early | Scott orders special election for Tampa House seat

Guam: 2nd volunteer speaks on ballot issue

Hawaii: Challenge filed in race for Honolulu city council seat

Michigan: Kalamazoo Co. recount to begin Dec. 8

Mississippi: Problematic vote printers won't be used in election

New Jersey: Dennis election headed to court | Council moves to enhance voter registration through city agencies

New York: County Dems pick new election commissioner | Still waiting on final numbers in Jefferson Co. elections | Former BOE commissioner fined $5,500 for helping sister find job at agency

North Carolina: Board likely to hear Fansler's protest next week | Election appeal could delay swearing-in

North Dakota: ND doesn't have voter registration, but if your ID is expired, you can't vote

Ohio: Summit elections board to do automatic recount | Lorain Co. GOP to meet, nominate elections board member

Oregon: Food label measure headed to recount | Polk Co. recount begins tomorrow

Pennsylvania: Northumberland Co. to check status of 280 voters

Rhode Island: Rhode Island's new Latina secretary of state

Texas: Webb Co. employees not happy about election payroll

Utah: Lt. Gov. reports 46.25 percent voter turnout

Virginia: Almost 800 cast provisional ballots because of voter ID law

West Virginia: McCormick files election complaint against Tennant

Monday, 24 November 2014

November 22-24, 2014

National News: Southern states look to regional 2016 primary

Arizona: Barber asks SoS to count votes | Election watchdogs concerned about CD2 recount protocols | Vote tally yields turnout surprise

California: Voting change could reach ballot | former Alameda Co. candidate pleads to election fraud | Registrar of voters provides update on final election canvass | Anaheim election results certified by registrar of voters | Elections official preaches voting | Appointment vs. election, a matter of dollars | Over 62 percent vote by mail | Snail mail the solution to slow Silicon Valley vote tallies? | Election turnout in state was far worse than previous low | Record low OC election turnout continues downward trend

Colorado: Clerk and recorder's office seeking tech upgrade| Canvass board refuses to certify Boulder Co. election results | SoS will review canvass

Connecticut: Support for state election changes | Murphy calls for overhaul of elections system| After election debacle, future of registrars debated| Bipartisan support develops for state election changes

Florida: Supervisor of elections challenges FAMU students | Election snafu could leave Dist. 64 constituents without representation | Florida, Volusia concerned about aging voting equipment

Guam: Allegations of election fraud recanted; results certified | 2nd volunteer speaks on ballot issue

Indiana: Election board plans open meeting on vote centers

Kansas: Kansas SoS to see expanded power | Lawmakers study pros and cons of moving municipal elections to November| Kobach tells lawmakers he supports election consolidation with conditions

Louisiana: Campaigns courting early voters before holiday distractions | Marcus Hunter to sue for early voting extension | State rep. to use SoS for more early voting days | Surprising number of voters on first day of early voting

Massachusetts: Town Meeting votes to restore voting at Falmouth Elem.

Nebraska: SoS gives his opinion about online voting

New Jersey: Suit for same-day voter registration revived | Bergen Co. clerk's office adds online access to records

New York: Schneiderman plans probe into New York's low voter turnout | Sources: Voter fraud against candidate under investigation | Why were some ballots challenged? | Board of elections balks at special investigators

North Carolina: County BOE completes vote canvass | Solution is critical for BOE space needs | Election night issues in Forsyth Co. prompted a recount | Provisional count doesn't change election results | Troubling mistakes, irregularities found in Forsyth Co. election

Ohio: Ohio GOP push vote on new voter ID law

Oregon: Oregon's mail-in ballots prove effective once again

Pennsylvania: For county voting systems, no clear mandate

South Carolina: Beaufort Co. BOE changes Bluffton satellite office hours

Tennessee: Councilman investigates poll workers concerns | TN voter ID law opponents keep up fight | Advocates continue fight against voter ID law | Hargett won't seek governorship in '18

Texas: Jefferson Co. poll workers failed to ask voters for IDs | Commission to hear election issues | County commissioners to meet Monday | Portrait honors 56-year Victoria Co. clerk

Vermont: Election audit of 6 towns, complete

Virginia: Fairfax LWV presses board of supervisors

Friday, 21 November 2014

November 21, 2014

Arizona: Cochise Co. rejects Barber request to delay canvass

Arkansas: Martin certifies November 4 election

California: After 15 vote loss, candidate seeks recount

Colorado: Board fails to certify election | Canvass and general election completed

Connecticut: Fairfield appoints committee to investigate Election Day mishaps

Florida: Weeks caps final canvassing with hit list frown song

Guam: GEC to audit 4 precincts

Idaho: Idaho voter turnout 'abysmal' at 38 percent

Illinois: Same-day registration could become permanent

Louisiana: Early voting begins Saturday

Massachusetts: Chelmsford considers consolidating polling places

Michigan: State to change voting system in wake of Norton Shores voter problems

Mississippi: Top election officials says state needs to throw-out ballot rules

Montana: Powell Co. sheriff candidate won't sue over uncounted ballots

New York: AG to examine low voter turnout

North Carolina: Elections board stays busy | Court: Some NC legislator emails must be released | Elections board dismisses protest of Williston precinct | Forsyth recount unfinished | Veterans upset about military ballots made public | New Hanover Co. BOE holds closed-door meeting | New Hanover Co. BOE tackles many major issues in 1 meeting | Forsyth election officials refer protest to state board | Campaign says absentee ballots found on public server, personal info exposed

Oregon: Recount likely in GMO measure

Pennsylvania: Pa. checks potential duplicate voter registrations

Rhode Island: Ballot fraud charges not supported by evidence | State police find no evidence of ballot tampering

Texas Some commissioner eyeing new voting plan; vote set for Tuesday | Possible inappropriate voter influence

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections begin counting absentee ballots from runoff

Virginia: Students stabilize, increase voter registration in City of Williamsburg

Thursday, 20 November 2014

November 20, 2014

Arizona: House race too close to call

California: Registrar of voters office begins manual tally for Lake Co.| Why was Santa Clara slowest in Bay Area?| Sacramento Registrar: No provisional ballots left to count | Mendocino Co. election results expected by Thanksgiving | New law may prolong vote counts

Colorado: Board fails to certify election | Vote canvass takes day and half

Connecticut: Voting district chosen for audit | Weston conduct post-election audit | Hartford election returns were submitted hours after those of other cities

Florida: Florida elections chief concerned about aging voting equipment | Detzner concerned about aging election equipment | County seeks state input on canvassing board removals | Growing concern at supervisor of elections offices across Florida

Guam: Off-island, absentee ballots counted

Idaho: Idaho voter participation hits record low

Illinois: Same-day registration could become permanent

Maine: Senate recount may be undecided for weeks

Maryland: Election board talks ways to faster reporting of results

Michigan: Election brings unique passing of the torch

Mississippi: NAACP chapter wants election commissioner to resign

Montana: Post-election audits find accurate counts

Nevada: Washoe Co.'s registrar office will initiate recount process Friday

New Jersey: Chairman: No recount in Cumberland Co. race | NJ college students win appeal in voter registration lawsuit

New York: The counting continues | Clausen election complaint dismissed

North Carolina: Candidates request recounts after canvass | Scotland Co. sheriff seeks new election, alleges fraud | Pitt Co. finishes recounting 45K ballots | Elections complaint filed in New Hanover County | Absentee ballots in 2014 represent cost increase for BOE

Ohio: BOE tosses 20 ballots | Elections panel aims to speed up | Husted says redistricting reform must be bipartisan

Oregon: More Oregon voters able to fix issues with ballots

Pennsylvania: Pa. checks potential duplicate registrations

Rhode Island: Gorbea seeks public input before taking office | Town council recount date postponed by BOE

U.S. Virgin Islands: Sun shines on voters in gubernatorial runoff | Voters experience few problems at polls for runoff election

Vermont: Vermont to audit election results of 6 towns

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

November 19, 2014

National News: Voter ID laws scrutinized for impact on Midterms

Arizona: Supervisors deny Barber request to delay vote certification

Arkansas: Ready for early voting

California: Santa Clara Co. slowest to count votes in Bay Area; Supervisors want answers | Election certified, but Garden Grove mayor asks for recount | Job frustration lead to abrupt resignation of SC Co. IT chief | Final Sonoma Co. tallies expected next week

Connecticut: State rejects Hartford request for more time on election results | State begins investigation into Hartford voting problems | Changing vote count prompts call for audit

Delaware: Dover will not hold special election

Florida: Drive to restore voting rights for ex-felons coming to Florida? | Judge grants injunction to halt action in tied Mount Dora race

Georgia: Hall Dems tap two veterans for elections board | Macon Co. wraps up final ballots; 99 new votes found

Illinois: Danville election official, criticized over absentee ballots, opts for retirement | Nurse, pharmacist angry they couldn't vote

Indiana: Monroe Co. election board validates 12 provisional ballots | Madison Co. prosecutor asked to investigate voter fraud

Iowa: Upgrades for Iowa voting system sought

Kansas: Ellis Co. experiences issue with voting machine

Maryland: County BOE certifies results

Massachusetts: Worcester looking for good deal on new voting machines

Mississippi: Unused Hinds ballot money paid for counting machine

Missouri: County officials explain why they ran out of paper ballots Election Day | St. Louis Co. sees record number of write-in vote | County to pay for reprinting election ballots

Nevada: Krasner files for assembly election recount

New Jersey: Eatontown mayor seeks recount after 2-vote loss | Parents don't want schools used for voting

New York: Voter suppression in Essex Co.? Unlikely says BOE | Highway race ends in tie | Election commissioners to poll workers: Avert your gaze

North Carolina: Election protest dismissed | Elections board to hold recount | Vote recount stall investigation on former councilman | Recounts underway in 14 NC contests

OhioLorain Co. elections board chairman dies | Turner pushes election reforms

South Dakota: Committee to review county's vote counting delays

Texas: El Paso Co. election results finalized | Voting problems cause concern for some East Texas residents | Rockwall commissioners uphold recommendation to terminate elections administrator

Utah: Cache Co. clerk: Mail-in ballots increase voting numbers

Wisconsin: Rock Co. prepares to use new vote counters

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

November 18, 2014

National News: Voter ID Laws: A microcosm of a divided America

California: Review of Santa Clara Co. registrar of voters' office to be considered

Connecticut: Segarra calls for Hartford registrar to resign

District of Columbia: Election over, D.C. workers keep counting ballots--thousands of them

Florida: Residents seek injunction to prevent drawing of lots in tied race

Georgia: Atkinson BOE sued

Illinois: Kirk wants voting investigation

Indiana: GOP chair calls for recount

Kansas: Voting machine mistake could lead to Ellis Co. recount | Recount sends incumbent back to Legislature

Louisiana: Runoff early voting begins Saturday | Judge dismisses Turkey Creek election lawsuit

Maine: Recount confirms victors

Maryland: Elections board seeks probe into noncitizens voting

Massachusetts: Mass. close to settling voting rights lawsuit |

Mississippi: Hinds election commissioner admits she broke law before | Hinds election snafu could bring sanctions | Hinds Co. board requests AG, SoS to investigate ballot issues

Missouri: Election Day 2014 finally in the books | Cost of Nov. 4 elections was $26,530

Montana: County commission accepts election results

Nevada: Washoe Co. registrar's office receives request for recount | Elections office nears end of unofficial tally

New Jersey: Clerk amends vote stats, no contests affected

New York: NYS assemblyman urges lawmakers to pass early voting

North Carolina: Candidate calls for recount, files protest | Two recounts requested, election board calls emergency meeting | It's Official: Elections board tallies results | McFadyen remains elections director despite arrest | Jones files election protest | No major shifts following canvass

North Dakota: Almost half of eligible voters cast a ballot in midterm election

Ohio: 1,175 ballots to be counted to decide Stark races

Oregon: 94 percent of people haven't fixed their ballots

South Carolina: Black withdraws election protest

South Dakota: Krebs 'forward-thinking' in new role as secretary of state

TexasCommittee to start hand recount Wednesday | Hobbs voter ID advocates aim to combat fraud | State: Harrison Co. voters rights' impeded | County votes to remove Denton, effective Nov. 30 | Collin Co. reports success with polling place application

U.S. Virgin Islands: How to ensure your vote is scanned | Counting comes to an end in time for runoff | Hansen demands recount after write-in effort fails

Vermont: Condos' office to conduct random audit of election results

Virginia: Roanoke voter precinct plan still ensnared by district lines

West Virginia: Wood Co. clerk candidate withdraws request for recount

Wisconsin: A week later, referendum passes

Monday, 17 November 2014

November 15-17, 2014

National News: Races influenced by strict voting restrictions | In 2014, Americans still vote like it's 1776

Alabama: Heflin's John Merrill has big plans for state office

Alaska: Mallott is new Alaska elections chief

Arizona: Barber-McSally: Arizona's first congressional recount

California: Election results unchanged with latest release | Elections will never end | California officials ponder all-mail voting | MALDEF files federal lawsuit against City of Pasadena | Lake Co. registrar of voters hopes to complete election results by Thanksgiving | Internal investigation launched into departure of IT director | No recount set in close San Jose mayor's race | County calls for post-election manual tally, not a full recount | Tehama Co. election ballots all counted

Colorado: Eagle Co. observes record voter turnout

Connecticut: Seventy-seven precincts selected for election audit | Weston for post-election audit | Panel studying Hartford election begins seeking documents, witnesses

Florida: Supreme Court: Release redistricting documents | Game of chance | Tie broken, lucky incumbent wins another term | Mount Dora election still tied, could be decided by drawing | State tells county provisional ballots should have counted

Georgia: Candidate files suit against Atkinson Co. BOE | 41 Floyd Co. votes rejected in examination of provisional ballots | Hall Co. GOP select election board appointees |

Hawaii: Election chief absolved in Puna primary

Idaho: Ysursa shares thoughts on election

Illinois: Election board stays mum on fired official

Indiana: Floyd Co. implementing changes after Election Day snafu | Prosecutor asked to review Election Day complaint | Election board certifies ballots and address past issues

Kansas: Douglas Co. election canvass finds 26 ballots rejected over citizenship | Voter ID fight heads to Kansas courts, Legislature

Kentucky: Recanvass completed in Fleming Co.

Louisiana: Caddo voters urged to visit registrar's website | Runoff voting to begin this week

Maine: Intimidating Maine voters, from the shadows

Minnesota: Richfield was first in state to post wait times for polling places | Simon's wish list: June primary, early voting

Mississippi: Hinds election officials certify results | Congressman wants Hinds Co. official charged in ballot shortage | Candidate who drew short straw wants tie-vote change | Runoff voting to begin this week

Nebraska: Gale disappointed not quite half of Nebraska voters turned out for election

New Jersey: Locals work to move voting out of schools

New York: Ulster Co. legislature to vote Tuesday on paying election costs

North Carolina: Former mayor sent letter to election head requesting ballot not count | Board disqualifies November ballot of former Charlotte mayor | New Hanover Co. elections director jailed for assault on female | Election results made official | NHC elections chair says addresses weren't a problem for UNCW voters | Scotland Co. candidate denies allegations of buying votes | 2104 election results official

Oklahoma: Oklahoma law offers conflicting requirements to put initiatives on ballot

Oregon: Is your name on the list of challenged ballots? Fix it by Tuesday

Pennsylvania: Monday Q&A: Erie Co. clerk

South Dakota: Complaints surface about fall election

Texas: Williams Co. election administrator Jason Barnett resigns | Parties receive invoices for final cost report | Emails from secretary of state show elections office warned | Webb County elections office accepts recount request

U.S. Virgin Islands: Christensen joins Mapp in call for voters to scan own ballots | Election results certified; Gubernatorial run-off set for Tuesday | St. Croix Board faces deadline to certify results | Barshinger to introduce bill to scrap voting system | New voters will not be allowed to vote in runoff | Absentee voting begins in runoff | Christensen challenges closing of Coral Bay poll | Supreme Court backs Mapp in use of machines

Virginia: Recount requested in Currituck Co.| Write-in snafu fixed in commissioners race

West Virginia: Hancock election results certified

Wyoming: Clerk: One polling place left out of unofficial election results; does not affect election outcomes

Friday, 14 November 2014

November 14, 2014

National News: Simple hack could alter Internet ballots | Report: Many people say they didn't have time to vote

Alabama: Problems at polls prompt changes | Officials say map-reading error lead to voters getting wrong ballots | Dale Co. voting error could lead to election contest | Hundreds of Level Plains voters received wrong ballot on election night

California: Santa Clara Co. registrar of voters investigates IT chief's sudden resignation | Santa Clara to recount 40K ballots | Election count continues with manual tally | Wesson calls for major election reform in L.A. | In California, close races test resolve of campaigns

Colorado: Williams ready for leap to state office | Douglas Co. election officials sorting uncounted ballots

Connecticut: Hartford Registrar cites multiple problems leading to Election Day | Committee to investigate poll problems

Florida: 'Roll of dice' to decide city council race

Illinois: Technology plays larger role this time | Chicago election manager fired | Chicago official fired

Indiana: Floyd reviews voting after election problems | First forum on proposed vote center switch | St. Joe considering vote centers

Iowa: Iowa governor to defend policy on felon voting | Fire adds excitement to Olin polling place | Controversy emerges Election Day about registering Luther students

Kansas: County officials pouring through ballots

Maryland: New group in PG will push election reform

Massachusetts: Former selectman urges return to four polling places

Michigan: Michigan man casts vote after proving he isn't dead

Nevada: Voter turnout hits low in Washoe

New Jersey: GOP chairman: Election glitch was 'unacceptable'

New Mexico: Rio Arriba voting problems

New York: Russell, Byrne object to 31 percent of absentee ballots | TurboVote fails to attract student voters

North Carolina: NC elections officials investigate allegation of vote buying | County elections board reviewing vote totals

Oklahoma: Oklahoma senator is seeking online voter registration

Pennsylvania: Fayette election board rejects 6 provisional ballots

Tennessee: Dyer Co. election commission discussed audit, low voter turnout

Texas: Election violations may have forced resignation of county elections administrator | Mexico-born Carlos Cascos is Abbott's pick for secretary of state | Democratic chair voted to keep elections administrator | County seeks to fire elections administrator

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas elections: Voters will be allowed to scan their own ballots for runoff | Joint elections board excludes new voters from Tuesday runoff | St. Croix finishes counting at-poll ballots | Districts split on registering new voters | Elections results report shows discrepancy in total votes cast | Elections mulls absentee votes by email, fax for runoff

Virginia: King William's voting equipment is old enough to vote

Thursday, 13 November 2014

November 13, 2014

National News: In a role reversal, Dems want limits to VRA | Voter turnout lowest since WWII, youth vote just 13 percent of total electorate

Alabama: SCOTUS takes up race, redistricting in Alabama | Madison Co. voting officials review provisional ballots

Alaska: Electronic ballots raise concerns | DOE counts absentee, questioned ballots

Arizona: Barber-McSally race: Recount certain | Pima Co. officials find 208 ballots

Arkansas: Election delays blamed on equipment

California: Voter mistakes and campaign monitors fill elections office | Slow county results to continue until at least 2017 | Voting technology is very outdated | One race tied, two others too close to call | Elections bring out odd write-in candidates from voters | Uncounted ballots leave close elections undecided | Special election could cost $200K | City Council approves ordinance for vote-by-mail balloting on Election Day | Late absentee votes slow count | Anne Boleyn, Bob the Builder both on California ballots

Connecticut: Hartford City Council meeting discusses Election Day issues | Are write-in candidates undercounted? | Merrill wants election reforms; questions 'political will' | Hartford committee to prob problems at polls | Registrars investigating possible Election Day law violations

Florida: Pinellas elections office hiring of relative raises questions | UCF site worst for early voting turnout

Illinois: Kane state's atty says election went smoothly

Indiana: Floyd Council wants efficiency audit | Nobody voted less than Indiana

Iowa: Should convicted felons have voting rights restored? | Branstad will defend felon voting law amid lawsuit

Maine: Town councilor to call for changes to Brunswick election practices after 'ludicrous' lines | Voting delays lead to questions about Brunswick's single polling place | Ranked-choice voting advocates gathered 36K signatures on Election day

Maryland: City hearing to discuss handling of last year's election

Massachusetts: Big turnout for mid-term elections

Michigan: Union Township officials discuss election ballot errors | Voter turnout unchanged from 2010 election | Man goes to vote and told he's listed dead

Nebraska: Election officials performing abstract of votes

Nevada: Nevada GOP prioritizes voter ID law with new majority

New Jersey: Results official, voter turnout 48.7 percent | Cumberland Co. Dem boss calling for recount

New York: NYC councilman pushes bill to streamline voter registration process

North Carolina: Forsyth Co. elections officials adjust Election Day results | Election Day complaint filed against official

Oregon: SoS releasing problem voter list | Some ballots remain uncounted

Pennsylvania: Dauphin Co. may ask municipalities to share cost in educating voters

Rhode Island: Gorbea names secretary of state transition team

South Dakota: Minnehaha Co. voters discuss food-stained ballots

Texas: Impact of Texas voter ID law unclear | Bastrop Co. officials pleased with election day turnaround | Commissioners Court says voting centers a success | El Paso Co. elections administrator resigns

U.S. Virgin Islands: Election system gets ready for runoff | Joint Board considers letting voters scan their own ballots in runoff | St. Thomas elections begins counting write-ins | St. Croix elections board splits into smaller groups to speed up count | Online video shows heated argument in St. Croix elections office

Utah: Election errors prompt concerns

Vermont: Why the long wait for election results?

Virginia: County has expected voter turnout