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February 2015

Friday, 27 February 2015

February 27, 2015

National: 'Ballot selfies' clash with sanctity of secret polling

California: California elections officials, voting advocates tackle low voter turnout

Colorado: Adams Co. looks to improve vote-counting after difficult elections

Connecticut: SoS proposes changing registrar of voters

Georgia: Suit over military voting in Ga. now moot

Illinois: Champaign Co. clerk opens in-person, by-mail voting

Iowa: Online voter registration bill moves forward

Kansas: Bill would prevent candidates from removing names from ballot | Senate passes bill that would move local elections to November

Kentucky: Supporters rally for felon voting rights | Election board discusses pay for workers

Minnesota: Secretary of state backs pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds

New Jersey: Polling places likely to remain in Summit schools, for now | Lawmaker wants to count dead peoples' votes

North Carolina: Tillis cites voting lawsuit to explain "no" vote on Lynch

Ohio: Election board clarifies voting site letter

Oklahoma: Election legislation advances

Rhode Island: Gorbea releases 'Restart Rhode Island' report

South Carolina: Seneca officials tending not to favor second election polling site

South Dakota: County to purchase 39 e-poll books

Tennessee: New GOP representative appointed to Knox election commission | Bill proposed to change public notices for voters

Texas: Sen. Perry files two bills on election integrity | Two indicted amid Cameron Co. voter fraud investigation | Lubbock senator looking to ensure voter registration lists

Virginia: Botetourt Co. supervisors approve precinct consolidation

Wisconsin: Civil rights alliance weighs in with high court on voter ID

Thursday, 26 February 2015

February 26, 2016

National News: Dems urge passage of voting rights bills

California: OC recount ends; no change in certification

Connecticut: Merrill proposes registrar reforms; critics skeptical | Secretary of state wants to do away with registrars | Registrars ready to oppose Merrill's plan

Georgia: Threat of snow cancels early voting

Indiana: He wants to make sure every vote counts

Iowa: Wellhausen, Hysell selected to advisory panel

Kansas: Kansas advances plan to allow Kobach to prosecute election fraud | Panel considers holding 2016 primaries

Kentucky: Voting rights issue at familiar crossroads in Kentucky Legislature

Maine: Voter ID brought back to Legislature

Maryland: Freshman Md. delegate pushes bill to restore voting rights for felons | Parrott bill would move voting around religious holidays

Massachusetts: Somerset selectmen make polling site consolidation official | Westboro changes polling places for town election | Marblehead selectmen reshuffle precincts again

New Jersey: Closing schools to students on Election Day seen as answer to polling place safety | Emerson church under consideration for possible polling place

North Carolina: County cuts precincts to save money

North Dakota: Senate votes down provisional ballots

Tennessee: Polling places to be mulled

Texas: Potter Co. vote center advisory committee moves meeting | County commissioners consider precinct boundaries

Utah: Cedar Hills to conduct vote by mail

Virginia: Senate passes bill to simplify MoCo elections | In Va., many bills die by stealth

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

February 25, 2015

Arkansas: Second company display new voting machines for county

Connecticut: SoS to unveil proposed election changes

Delaware: State rep to reintroduce absentee voting measure

Florida: 'Hard to predict': Turnout could be low in city elections

Illinois: Low voter turnout amid cold temps | Frigid day dulls voter vigor | Morgan Park voters asked for IDs, but judge says no one turned away | That last language on your ballot receipt? It's Hindi | Elections board dismisses calls for probe in to 'irregularities' | Election complaints include food reheating tiff, the case of the missing furniture | Election judge may have told people how to vote | 19-year old helps out on election day | Hermosa man, 76, disappears on way to polling place

Iowa: Lawmakers mull expanded online voter registration | Online voter registration coming to Iowa

Kansas: Senate edges closer to handing prosecutorial power to Kobach on voter fraud

Kentucky: House passes Grimes' elections initiatives

Maryland: Ex-offenders pushing for voting rights | Ex-offenders push for voting rights

Minnesota: Early voting bill advances

Missouri: Progress seen on voter ID bills | Settlement reached in harassment suit against elections director

Nebraska: Voter ID bill discussed | Winner-take-all voting bill faces test in Legislature

Nevada: Mineral Co. election mess: Former clerk-treasurer speaks out | Bill would allow voters to receive sample ballots via email

New Jersey: Somerset Co. election administrator featured in national publication

North Carolina: Columbus Co. elections officials say they need more space | State elections chairman doesn't 'anticipate' reversal in McFadyen decision

Ohio: Nellie polling location changed

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. election director resigns

South Carolina: Florence voters bear wintry mix to cast ballots

Texas: Campaign workers sentenced for voter fraud | Public invited to meeting on county voting centers

Utah: Senate kills bill to delay County My Vote compromise

Vermont: Windham Co. clerks split on election day registration

Virginia: Botetourt Co. reduces voting precincts to save money

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

February 24, 2015

National News: Democrats want to add right to vote to Constitution

California: Limited English proficiency plays role in CA's low turnout rates

Colorado: City to consider hybrid election

Florida: Voting rights group wants constitutional amendment to make voting easier for felons | Scott cuts state losses in long voting fight

Georgia: Chatham Co. BOE split on chairman | Community group to discuss possible poll changes

Idaho: Cassia District saddled with election cost

Illinois: Suburban primary elections to be decided Tuesday | 2 candidates witness shooting outside polling place | AG assigns teams to monitor Chicago, Springfield elections | County board approves cuts to polling places

Indiana: Local election board calls off primary

Kentucky: House passes OVR

Louisiana: Registrar of voters candidates to be interviewed next week

Maryland: Hogan appoints HarCo elections board

Michigan: Bill could remove limits on Michigan absentee voting

Mississippi: Hosemann runs for third term as SoS

Missouri: Kraus, SoS candidate, renews push for voter ID law | Two different Senate proposals to require photo ID for voting

Nebraska: Lawmakers begin debate on winner-take-all voting system

New Jersey: Attorneys prep for Asbury Park mayoral trial

North Carolina: Audit: NC BOE lost $1M in software upgrade

Pennsylvania: Fresh faces on the 2015 MontCo elections board

South Carolina: Weather could hinder turnout

Texas: Cascos to take oath of office on March 7 | County keeps election boss search open

Virginia: Both sides support precinct changes in Botetourt Co.| Va. lawmakers get more time to redraw districts

Monday, 23 February 2015

February 21-23, 2015

National News: Dent backs voting rights bill, defends photo ID laws

California: Officials seek way to boost voter turnout | Correa concedes but says he will pursue evidence of voter fraud | Correa won't contest election loss in court

Colorado: Littleton sends 165 ballots to underage voters for special election

Connecticut: State praises New Haven's same-day voter registration

Florida: Judge delays Delray-election lawsuit decision until Monday | Software to help Polk manage elections | Support mounts for online voter registration | SWFL lawmaker proposes to push back primary elections | Student conference focuses on Fla. online voter registration bill

Illinois: Early voting ballots surpass 2011 election totals

Kansas: County elections office expands hours for advance voting for primaries | Election bill draws debate

Kentucky: Judge throws out Magoffin Co. election results

Massachusetts: Mansfield group to celebrate Voting Rights Act of 1965

Michigan: 2 clerks resign post in 2 weeks in Pine Township

Minnesota: Push to expand early voting in Minnesota faces hurdles | Senator wants 'none of the above' on ballot

New Mexico: State House committee OKs middle-road bill on voter ID | One bill advances, another tabled in voter ID discussion

New York: Cuomo sets special election date

Ohio: Some polling places face concerns

Oregon: Automatic voter registration passes House on party-line vote | Buehler opposes motor voter bill | Brown to announce new SoS March 6

Pennsylvania: Schools to close during elections

South Carolina: Federal agent looking into alleged Dillon Co. voter fraud

South Dakota: Election review board may propose legislation changes | Committee reviews Minnehaha Co. 2014 election issues

Tennessee: Youth Leadership Wilson visits election commission

Texas: Election commission considering 'super precincts'

Utah: Sunset rejects by-mail election, will go traditional | Same-day voter registration extended to early voting days

Virginia: Bill could mend some of MoCo's 'split' precincts

Washington: No decision from Yakima council on voting rights case appeal | Yakima facing mounting costs in ACLU elections suit

Friday, 20 February 2015

February 20, 2015

National News: Elaine Marshall to become NASS president

District of Columbia: Audit finds problems on Election Day in DC

Idaho: Ada Co. to ditch antiquated voting machines

Illinois: Voters Beware: Don't rely on city website to find new ward

Indiana: Floyd Co. to purchase 86 new voting machines | County board approves vote centers for municipal elections | Sex offenders couldn't vote at schools under bill passed by Senate

Maryland: Count BOE puts faith in new technologies | Local petition drives get more protection under proposed bill

Michigan: Legislature settles on March 8 for 2016 primary date | Trenton council favors relocation of precinct polling place

Minnesota: Senate committee approves early voting | Senate panel approves restoring felon voting rights | Senate committee approves bill to restore ex-felons' voting rights

Missouri: House passes voter photo ID bills; critics call proposal racist | Senate to consider voter ID bills | How they voted: Missouri House votes on voter photo ID | Kander announces he'll seek Senate seat | Ashcroft jumps into open contest for Missouri SoS | Kander exit shakes up SoS race | Legislation to change initiative process approved

Nebraska: Sponsor of photo ID bill insists it will pass, eventually

New York: Donovan: Special election to replace Grimm worth the cost | 2015 village elections to be held on Wednesday due to St. Patrick's Day

North Carolina: NC's new primary date will cost Orange Co. more in 2016

Ohio: Online voter registration would save money, reduce errors, Ohio officials say | Stepping into the present

Oklahoma: Special voter assistance

Pennsylvania: Lower Macungie opposes county plan to redistrict its polling places

Rhode Island: Panel debates whether polling place bill is half-baked

Texas: Brown Co. to hold first paperless election in May | Additional polling place for Denton Co. voters approved

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix board to depose its own officials in dispute

Wisconsin: Lawmaker hopes to have bill reorganizing GAB by April

Thursday, 19 February 2015

February 19, 2015

National News: Arizona lawmaker offers bills allowing new voter registration requirements

Colorado: Voter ID bills struck down | Dems reject photo ID for election day registration

Connecticut: Attorney: Hartford Council can remove registrars

Florida: Civil rights pioneers' voting record found by Brevard elections supervisor

Idaho: Voting in the 21st Century: Ada Co. to ditch 'antiquated' technology

Indiana: Floyd Co. council decides to buy 86 more voting machines | Floyd Co. commissioners sign contract with new voting vendor

Iowa: Absentee ballot deadline could change

Louisiana: Schedler plans layoffs, will reduce hours to suffice mid-year budget cuts

Maine: SoS OKs clean elections signatures

Maryland: Kittleman testifies in Annapolis for referendum reform

Missouri: Voter ID law gets initial House approval

Nebraska: Legislature's proposed voter ID requirement is dead for now | Gale supports voter ID | Legislature shelves voter photo ID bill

Nevada: Mineral Co. election mess: An active investigation or not? | Nevada will be latest battleground in voter ID wars

New Mexico: Legislator wants NM to consider thumbprints, eye scans for voter ID

New York: Cuomo plans to comply with special-election order

North Carolina: Forsyth elections board approves new procedures

Ohio: Bills would let Ohioans register online to vote

Oregon: New bill would make it easier to register to vote in Oregon | Robert Taylor takes over as Oregon's acting SoS

Pennsylvania: Pa. Supreme Court rejects challenge to electronic voting systems

Texas: Cameron Co. judge confirmed as SoS

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board sets rules and procedures

Utah: Lawmakers consider voting bills | Bill to boost countable ballots passes House, moves to Senate

Virginia: Senate Republicans vote for strict mail-in absentee voting restrictions | Change in polling place for Stuarts Draft voters | Students push for on-campus voting site

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

February 14-17, 2015

National News: Around the U.S., voting technology is all over the place

Arizona: Early August primary? Panel votes yes | Election law changes debated in Legislature Monday | House committee backs earlier elections

Arkansas: Craighead Co. elections coordinator resigns over billing

California: Garamendi cosponsors voting rights legislation | OC supervisor recount ends | Study; State open primary fails to deliver | Latino activists consider voting rights lawsuit against Orange Co.| Vote-by-mail drop-off boxes return to county city halls this spring

Colorado: Despite criticism, few efforts to change Colorado's mail ballot law

Connecticut: Granby legislators thank poll workers

Delaware: Residents' appeals over election practices denied

Florida: Plaque unveiled in honor of former elections supervisor | Supervisor: Elections staff ready for people with disabilities | Voting rights for minorities threatened, experts say | Few voters expected for Tuesday's special election

Georgia: Lumsden: Long early voting period too costly for some | New elections supervisor gets to work | Jones resigns from elections board in Hall

Illinois: Voters to be place in nationwide database | State proposal would require county to buy laptop for each precinct | Plan to join voter registry raises questions | Early voting sites open on holiday | New voter system security questioned

Indiana: Floyd council to decide on voting machines next week | New voting center sites selected for municipal election | No touch screen voting for Porter Co. this year or next | Two Senate bills would affect voters

Iowa: Pate names Hysell to auditor's advisory group

Massachusetts: Change made to eliminate schools as polling stations

Michigan: May election could cost state $10M to conduct

Minnesota: Simon: Off-election year good time to talk voting changes | Bill would make it easier for National Guard to vote

Mississippi: Rankin election commissioners propose parties take on more duties

Missouri: Local lawmakers seek voting reforms

Nebraska: LWV of Nebraska opposes voter ID bill | Broad coalition opposes voter ID bill

New Mexico: Teen voting bill lives another day

New York: Lawsuit begins against Cuomo to force election for Grimm seat | Cuomo attorneys argue against special election

North Dakota: Bill proposed to require ND voters to register

Ohio: Husted tells Congress that Obama's immigration order raises voter-fraud risk | Wayne Co. BOE consolidates precincts | Mahoning elections board reduces polling places | Butler, Warren elections boards don't fire poll workers for not voting | Fewer polling sites in Youngstown | Longest-serving Trumbull employee likes making people feel welcome | Husted seeks help in voter fraud fight

Oklahoma: Years take toll on state's corps of poll workers

Oregon: Oregon governor's resignation elevates secretary of state | Automatic voter registration is cleared for House vote | Motor voter bill splits legislature | Roblan sides with Motor Voter bill

South Dakota: LWV impacts elections in a good way

Tennessee: No food for poll workers| Some 21st Century poll workers may return to the 18th to cast ballots

Texas: Upshur Co. cities, schools to pay more for election services | Commissioners endorse online voter registration option | Sullivan will run May elections

Vermont: Senator wants to match NH for first presidential primary

Virginia: Bencoach gets sworn in as city registrar

Washington: At 95, Bellingham/Whatcom LWV continues to fight for equality | County ballots take on a different look

Wisconsin: Polling places change for three districts

Friday, 13 February 2015

February 13, 2015

Alabama: Court affirms military voting law

Florida: Early voting could be canceled to save money in Ft. Myers

Iowa: Dubuque NAACP chapter starts petition to restore felon voting rights

Kansas: Committee hears testimony in proposed change to election calendar

Kentucky: House passes proposal to restore some felons' voting rights

Maryland: Election officials blame old technology for long results, wait | Man guilty in Elk Neck polling place biting incident

Michigan: Absentee voting bill dies in Senate | Senate votes to move presidential primary setting up possible 'Big Ten' Tuesday

Missouri: Since 2004, St. Louis has purged 25 percent of its voters | Puxico ballot issue would stop write-ins | New, non-election notice law causing some confusion

New York: Legislation would allow New Yorkers to track absentee ballots

Ohio: Husted's testimony about non-citizen voting gets strong reaction at congressional hearing | Dems pick new elections board members | Election board: No election in May | HIggins to resign from BOE

Oregon: Kate Brown 'ready' to replace Oregon governor

Pennsylvania: 'I believe I can still contribute positively': Cortes talks about his new cabinet post

Texas: Webb Co. elections office testing voting machines before special election | Election administration assists voters | Uresti files secure voter registration bill

Utah: Bills to boost eligible ballots advance through House committee

Vermont: Condos reminds Vermonters about early voting

Virginia: New voting machines coming to Va. Beach | Is voting machine replacement funding slipping away? | Special election cost nearly $58K

Washington: As filing deadline nears, Yakima and ACLU await ruling on redistricting proposals

West Virginia: Tennant encourages secure mail service

Wisconsin: Assembly OKs giving auditors access to election records