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Wednesday, 07 October 2015

October 7, 2015

(Editor’s Note: ElectionlineToday will not post on Friday October 9 and Monday October 12. We’re going to California in search of the one of the coolest polling places. We’ll be back with all the news from Oct. 9-12 on Tuesday the 13th. Apologies for the inconvenience, but we’re fairly certain this is our last break until 2017!).

Alabama: Governor says decision to close driver's license offices not race-based | Lowndes Co. leaders ask for more diversity on board of registrars | Chance meeting sees Jesse Jackson and Merrill meet and discuss DMV closings | Last election for Daniel Baxter | Commission approves polling place changes

Alaska: New voting machines tested | Borough mayor's race too close to call

Arkansas: Funding approved for additional Washington Co. voting machines

Connecticut: Voting districts have totals audited

District of Columbia: New Voting Rights Institute allowing G-town students to work on cases

Florida: Gill warns of calls from vote center | Brevard SOE announces winners of annual Launch the Vote student art contest | Harrington says audit will prompt change

Idaho: Bonneville announces new voter precincts

Illinois: Early voting starts, attracts 102 in Lake Co. | Sangamon Co. beginning to verify voter registration

Indiana: Election Day tech offers convenience, raises concerns

Kansas: Davis rejects GOP call to step aside from voting rights case | Lawsuit over voter rules to be discussed | GOP senator denounces critics of Kansas voting law | Douglas Co. clerk urges cleanup of law moving date of local elections

Louisiana: NAACP challenge of Terrebonne Parish voting methods filed

Michigan: New city clerk brings experience to position

Mississippi: Forrest Co. receives reimbursement for voting machines | Hinds absentee ballots muddle election initiative | Jackson councilman unhappy about polling changes

Missouri: Gasconade Co. official remains hopeful of finding poll workers for 2016 elections

Montana: Polling place to change for some Bozeman residents

New Hampshire: Poll: 30-day residency requirement favored by nearly 2-1 margin

New Jersey: Judge halts ballot printing until court rules on candidate

New York: Borough faces shortage of voting machines

North Carolina: Changes could affect Lee voters | Automated Asheville voter system had problems, shut down

Ohio: Hamilton Co. BOE investigating possible voter registration fraud

Pennsylvania: Online voter registration system could see delays | Pa.'s new OVR system draws thousands | More than 32K use state's OVR system in just six weeks | Startup uses Philly barbers to shape up black male voter turnout | Philadelphia's election watchdog on trail of city's top elections official

South Carolina: Director: Pickens Co. elections office will run out of money

Texas: Nirenberg attempts to reverse decades of voter apathy

Utah: County to conduct first vote-by-mail election | 402K ballots mailed

Virginia: Reprinting Prince William election ballots could cost thousands | Use of electronic signatures for Va. absentee-ballot requests causes alarm | Republicans take electronic voter fraud concerns to state board | E-signatures for absentee ballots spark debate at elections board | State board prepares for upcoming election

West Virginia: Ohio Co. commission OKs voting machines