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October 2015

Friday, 30 October 2015

October 30, 2015

National News: Group wants federal health exchange to register voters too | State laws vary on felons' rights to vote

Alabama: Merrill to host voter registration drives across the state

Alaska: Blind man files rights complaint

Arkansas: Benton Co. officials favor vote center plan

California: Ventura man convicted of fraud after voting twice in election | City offers numerous languages, methods of voting | All-mail election expected to boost turnout

Colorado: State, county officials encourage hand delivering ballots | County's voter turnout slightly ahead of last 'off-year' election | Jefferson Co. corrects 77 erroneous ballots

Georgia: Fayette, NAACP resume voting rights mediation Friday| State investigating possible election violations in McIntosh Co.

Indiana: Were St. Joseph Co. commissioners cutting costs or playing politics? | Portage leads county in early voting | Police investigating ballot mishap | BMV branches giving voters more time to get ID cards

Kentucky: Grimes enters final days of re-election campaign in strong position against GOP challenger

Maryland: Voting problems in Rockville | Board of elections caves on early voting locations

Massachusetts: Election marks debut of new voting machines | Randolph poll workers to make your vote count Nov. 3 | Former elections employee claims she was improperly fired | Voters get ready to cast their ballots at museum

Mississippi: Counties prep voting machines for upcoming elections

Missouri: County tests new voting machines

New Hampshire: New Hampshire shows off desk of man who proposed first primary

New Jersey: Atlantic Democratic chairman asks for list of contested ballots

New Mexico: Bernalillo Co. clerk applies for secretary of state job

New York: Concerns raised over county board's handling of new voter challenges | Orange Co. BOE to ensure equal access to ballot box | Jefferson Co. BOE extends hours

North Carolina: Slow year reported for early voting | Early voting mostly lackluster across mid-state | Belhaven's mayor files complaint against precinct officials

Ohio: Gallia Co. prepares for Election Day| Ohio BCI investigating potential voter fraud in two counties | State elections officer warns of 'irregular' voter registrations | Tuesday election first with e-poll books

Oregon: Dennis Richardson announces run for secretary of state | Election turnout at 27 percent

Pennsylvania: Philly Election Day experiment wants to make voting fun | 200 high schools students prepare for Election Day as part of Ambassador Corps

South Carolina: Election controversy arises over viewing of results | Last minute Saturday course to train poll workers

South Dakota: Audit finds more problems for former secretary of state

Texas: Liberty Co. looks at new voting machines | Is Houston headed for a big jump in voter turnout? | Early voting in Texas tops records

U.S. Virgin Islands: New machines will reduce errors, save money

Virginia: New way of voting introduced in upcoming election | Virginia Beach gets new voting system in time for Election Day| After ballot error found, Albemarle spot-checks data | Virginia moves back to paper ballots

Wisconsin: County board committee approves amendment to arrange free bus rides for voter registration, ID

Thursday, 29 October 2015

October 29, 2015

National News: SCLC calls for fully restoring the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Arizona: Elections office admits break in protocol in preparation of November election

California: Authorities investigate voter fraud allegations in Chinatown | Council to meet again over botched election

Colorado: Adams Co. gives new voting machines a try | Boulder Co. ballots can be taken to drop-off sites | Elections officials recommend dropping ballots off in person

Florida: Tempers flare when Senate approves redistricting plan | County pays tribute to Ida Cooper Elliott | Bill would expand acceptable ID to register to vote

Georgia: Floyd Co. names new elections supervisor

Idaho: Several dry runs before Election Day | Ada Co. absentee ballots delayed

Indiana: Early voting busier than expected | Debate on St. Joseph Co. voting precincts was tinged with politics, emails show

Kansas: Agency spokeswoman's Facebook posting draws criticism | Former Olathe couple among those charged with voter fraud | Couple in midst of move charged with voter fraud |

Kentucky: Grimes reminds voters of Election Day dos and don'ts | Poll: Grimes pulls ahead in re-election bid

Michigan: Adrian officials prep the polls

Minnesota: Reinert, Simonson voice support for ranked choice voting | Some politicians approve ranked choice voting | Campaign on ranked choice voting heats up

Mississippi: How voter ID and voter turnout could affect elections

Montana: Missoula elections office aims for more satellite registration in 2016

New Hampshire: Secretary of state brings together ballot boxes, desk, descendants to mark primary history

New Jersey: County clerk candidates seek technology, public outreach improvement | Appellate judge sides with super PAC, allows ballot applications to be accepted

New York: Veterans to provide rides to polling places on Election Day | AG to monitor Deerpark elections after complaint

Ohio: Commissioners oppose online voter registration proposal | Covey again claims she was robbed of victory in 2013 primary | Two Portage Co. poll workers honored by secretary of state | Local woman questions BOE outreach

Pennsylvania: Expect detours at Warrington polling place

South Carolina: Election director explains absentee voting process after voter suppression claim | Bluffton polling location change

Tennessee: Election nullified by procedural error

Texas: After ballot mix-up, Martindale voting for mayor again | Voters without photo ID may qualify for exemption or free ID | Voters make strong showing throughout early voting in Harris Co.| DeWitt Co. consolidates polling places for constitutional election

Utah: Does vote-by-mail help or hurt the election process? | Santa Clara city election cancelled | Judge set to rule soon on Utah law overhauling elections

Virginia: Voters to use paper ballots in upcoming election | It's in the Isle of Wright's budget: $25,020 for voter registration | A challenge, getting young voters to the polls

Wisconsin: State Senate leader hoping to vote on elections board next week

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

October 28, 2015

Alabama: Merrill: Alabama working to finally comply with motor voter rules | Coffee Co. registrars attend training

Alaska: Mat-Su Borough rejects defeated candidate's election challenge

Colorado: Secretary of state warns against mailing ballots | Postal service urges voters to mail ballots now | County clerks worry about mail-ballot delays, urge voters to use dropoff boxes | Denver mail, AdCo, ArapCo officials counter warning that it's too late to mail election ballots

Florida: Senate changes map amid Miami-Dade questions

Georgia: Bibb Co. may move BOE office

Indiana: Porter Co. council attorney to give opinion on unapproved poll book purchase | Council won't sign off on election board's '16 budget

Kansas: Hearing set on Kansas voting rights

Kentucky: Secretary of state candidates, where they stand | Kentucky county clerks give voters Election Day tips

Louisiana: Election returns gathered for certification from voting machines | Schedler says frustrations 'no reason' not to vote, hopes for higher turnout in runoff

Maryland: Redistricting reform commission reaches consensus on new independent process

Massachusetts: Boston readies for citywide municipal election

Michigan: Trenton city clerk to retire after serving for more than two decades | Slower mail delivery may prevent some absentee ballots from being counted

Mississippi: Some voting precincts change | State official brings mock elections to high schools to promote the vote

Montana: Student Voter Day pushes more people to the polls | Broadview voters to get a replacement ballot | Cruzado wants Montana State to offer on-campus polls

New Mexico: Lining up for the job

New York: Chinese-American students file lawsuit alleging voter intimidation

North Carolina: Challenges for student voters outlined at teach-in | Forsyth needs at least 10 early voting sites in March

Texas: New voting app has LWV guide | Voting centers to be used in Ector Co.| County approves pay hike for election workers

Utah: Utah GOP believes it has gutted election-reform law

Virginia: New voting machines in region

Wisconsin: When Milwaukee Co. residents go to the polls next, voting will be a different experience | Future of bill to dismantle GAB unclear

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

October 27, 2015

Alaska: Doyle Holmes' election challenge heard by borough attorney

Arizona: Helping educate voters, county elections making the rounds

California: Motor Voter Act: New law in slow lane | Chinatown seniors caught in middle of voter fraud claims--again

Colorado: New tablets open for voting | Douglas Co. to test new voting machines | Delayed election ballots are in hands of Routt Co. voters | Promoting the vote

Florida: Voting rights groups oppose Webster's motion | Pasco elections supervisor, schools holding student essay contest |

Indiana: TurboVote streamlines election process for young voters

Kansas: MOD Squad speaker suing for audit of voting machines urges paper ballots, improvements | Affidavit gives new details of fraud prosecution by Kobach

Louisiana: 7 things to know about what's next in Louisiana elections

Mississippi: Neshoba voters face lengthy ballot in general election

Missouri: KC voting machines tested ahead of November elections

Montana: Voter registration services being offered at UM

New Jersey: New Union Co. vote app unveiled | Plan ahead for Election Day--Union Co. clerk's office open on Halloween| Appeals Court to rule on partially completed mail-in applications

North Carolina: Cumberland Co. BOE says calls are false

Ohio: Lake, Geauga counties seeing absentee voter increase | Mahoning Co. elections board has new app

Oregon: Oregon expects influx of new voters with automatic registration| Democratic candidates for SoS debate in Seaside

Pennsylvania: Allegheny Co. urges voters to double-check polling places

Tennessee: Return to sender | Shelby Co. election commission changes preparations following tabulation issues

Texas: Did Patricia affect early voter turnout in Harris Co.? | County seeking volunteers to boost voter registration

Utah: Postal Service, county clerk urges voters to mail ballots now | Mediation fails in eleciton law dispute

Virginia: On Election Day, Richmond and Henrico voters will use paper ballots

Washington: Voting machines in Clallam, Jefferson counties available for disabled, but rarely used | Clark Co. elections office going mobile to retrieve ballots

Wisconsin: Voter ID debate continues | County supervisors propose local ID cards for those without licenses | Senate abruptly cancels Tuesday floor session | Village shuffles voting locations

Monday, 26 October 2015

October 24-26, 2015

National News: Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic | Rock the Vote still hip, still needed after 25 years

Alabama: NAACP president blocks Merrill from giving out voter registration posters

Arizona: New ballot envelopes still secure, but cost less

California: Sacramento Co. elections chief tied to group chosen to review her office | Ranked-choice voting linked to lower voter turnout | San Francisco could lead on open source voting

Colorado: Clerk's office has 2K+ ballots back | Boulder Co. opening more voter service and polling centers

Connecticut: Merrill hires applicant with political ties over three ranked higher by selection panel | Nov. 3 ballot expected to be longest in recent history

Florida: State has 45 witnesses in Kimberle Weeks' case

Georgia: Officials: Old voting machines still good | Macon-Bibb committee to vote on proposed site for BOE office

Hawaii: Judge OKs election

Indiana: Hammond write-in candidate complains ballot has no write-in area | Early Courthouse voters appreciate opportunity | Clerk responds to voter's complaint about phrasing of letter

Kansas: College course on voter registration is proposed in Kansas

Kentucky: SoS race pits incumbent against former councilman

Louisiana: Malfunctioning voting booth at Baton Rouge voting site leads to long waist for some voters | 28 Jefferson polling sites change for disabled voters | Secretary of State Tom Schedler re-elected | Election day weather worries | Voter apathy a real concern after low turnout at polls | Rain does not hinder Caddo voters

Maine: South Portland names new clerk

Maryland: Montgomery Co. early voting site dispute settled with OK from state board

Minnesota: Duluth mulls ranked-choice elections

Mississippi: Dueling initiatives baffle voters

New Hampshire: State law bars write-ins from using stickers

New Jersey: Judge issues stay on new vote-by-mail applications until Monday

New Mexico: Duran's long political career comes to incongruous end | New Mexico secretary of state resigns, enters guilty plea | Duran's downfall ended 36-year career | Governor to pick Duran's replacement | Duran's out, here's what will happen next

New York: State corruption prompts special elections, but little debate | Final legal effort denies Barrett tie-breaking ballot | BOCES, BOE partner to service voters and enhance security

North Carolina: Judge refuses to dismiss NC voter ID challenge | Federal lawsuits over NC voter ID mandate stay alive

Pennsylvania: Voting advocates turn Philly election into lottery | Pa. elections official: Positive reaction to OVR

Tennessee: Election commission certifies results of Oct. 8 Memphis elections | Bipartisan effort wants more Nashville teens voting

Texas: New elections department facility ready for November | Vote centers OK'd for 2016

Vermont: Now online: Voter registration, election tools, reports

Virginia: Paper ballots return for Nov. 3 general election | Teens arrive a tad early to register for 2016 elections| Fairfax Co. schools to open late for 2016 presidential primary

Washington: King Co. acknowledges using cardboard boxes to collect ballots

Wisconsin: New Life Assembly of God again to be considered for voting site

Friday, 23 October 2015

October 23, 2015

National News: American women who were anti-Suffragettes | Army installations kick off voting season

Alabama: Early voting 'running smoothly' in first week

Alaska: AFN unanimously supports PFD voter registration initiative

Arizona: It's no longer illegal to post your ballot on Facebook

Colorado: Colorado SoS visits Summit during voting season | Human error in county clerk's office delays election ballots

Florida: Orlando elections | Precinct line changing to benefit voters

Georgia: Voting machines aging, but have plenty of life, caretaker says | Fayette voting case awaits mediator| Push to improve turnout as election draws near

Indiana: Program preps students for voting | Incarcerated, homeless excluded on Election Day | More people voting early this election

Kansas: Secretary of state dismissed from voting machine lawsuit

Missouri: New ballots go back to simpler format

New Jersey: Fairfield Twp. ballot battle almost holds up Cumberland Co. election | Judge sides with super PAC in ballot application battle | Mount Laural school district thankful for polling place changes

New Mexico: NM Dems: Internal email claims Duran has resigned | Duran to return to court on Friday

North Carolina: NC's voter ID challenge is getting a status hearing | Early voting opportunity does not draw early bird ballots

Ohio: Husted: About 223K absentee ballots requested so far | Elections board OKs pay raises | In Hillsboro, Husted touts voting

Pennsylvania: York Co. poll workers, the unsung heroes of Election Day | As incentive to vote, 1 Philly resident will win $10K | A $10K prize...for voting in Philly

Tennessee: Election workers to use Nixle system

Texas: Texas asks High Court to axe fees in voter ID challenge | Paxton asks SCOTUS to invalidate order that Texas pay $1M in legal fees

U.S. Virgin Islands: Lottery official chosen for key elections post

Vermont: Vermont moves to online voter registration | Officials say new OVR program is off to a promising start

Virginia: It's in Gloucester's budget: $30K for election supplies | Changes at the polls | Virginia House districts upheld | Court upholds Virginia State House districts

Washington: King Co. elections issues correction to text of state advisory on ballots | Extra-heavy ballots still reach Whatcom elections office | Another mistake found on Whitman Co. elections ballot  

Wisconsin: Senate panel passes elections board legislation | Dissolving elections board may not have Senate support

Thursday, 22 October 2015

October 22, 2015

Alabama: Secretary of State John Merrill: We do not have a photo ID problem

Arizona: AG: Pima Co. can hand count ballots in bond election | Supervisors approve hand count of select November ballots

Arkansas: Election officials are already preparing for the 2016 primary

Colorado: Aspen's younger generation seeks to 'make voting cool again'

Connecticut: Dems attack town clerk for ballot error, Republicans strike back

Florida: County to receive new voting system | Chairman releases redistricting plan amid controversy | Grand jury to investigate claims Eatonville mayor rigged election | Morriston voters won't have to travel so far to polls

Georgia: Fayette Co., NAACP enter mediation in voting rights suit

Idaho: Latah Co. clerk reports election process going smoothly so far

Indiana: Rising Sun police officer accused of voter fraud | Hoosiers can take their ballot selfie sticks to the polls

Kansas: Ben Carson dismisses idea anti-voter fraud measures racist

Kentucky: State board of elections website has wealth of information

Minnesota: Duluth mulls ranked choice voting | New law complicates school board replacement

Mississippi: Alcohol petition ends use as polling place

Missouri: Clerk's office canvassing voter registration records

Montana: Election ballots pouring in

North Carolina: Early voting set | Democratic party chair says BOE votes not legal

Ohio: County to jump to e-poll election books

South Carolina: Uncontested election to cost taxpayers $4,500

Texas: Questions arise over billion-dollar MUD bond in Montgomery Co. | Elections commission discusses locations, turnout | Temporary polling sites for TISD bond start today

U.S. Virgin Islands: District BOE to demonstrate voting equipment

Utah: Election reforms pass committee

Virginia: Commonwealth secretary talks about efforts to restore voting rights

West Virginia: Online voter registration successful, Tennant says

Wisconsin: UW-Madison raises awareness of nonresident voter ID options | Assembly dissolves GAB | Dissolving elections board may not have Senate support| Assembly approves splitting GAB

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

October 21, 2015

National News: Blue states make voting easier as red states add restrictions

Alabama: Driver's license reopenings won't happen until November

California: California voter law could register millions--for a start

Florida: Hillsborough may soon see new voting machines

Georgia: DeKalb mistake forces reprint of city ballot | Fayette's voting fight proves costly

Idaho: Whitman Co. still working to mail correct ballots

Indiana: Indiana voters can now take selfies while voting | Election officials ponder ballot decision

Kansas: Kansas voting machine lawsuit set for trial next year | Area county clerks working to get voters registered, not purged

Louisiana: Elections policy divides in secretary of state race

Maryland: City council votes to use electronic voting machines for election | BOE president says restored early voting sites 'win-win'

Minnesota: Secretary of state visits Wilkin Co.| Ranked choice voting forum

Mississippi: Election officials test machines for voting errors

Montana: Satellite voting access set for all Indian Reservations in Montana

New Jersey: New law to impact this year's vote-by-mail ballots | Atlantic counsel defends rejection of PAC-mailed ballot applications

North Carolina: On-demand ballots getting a test in Cleveland Co. | Early voting list may include schools | Harris: County won't dictate to BOE

Ohio: Redistricting plan as support, if not interest

South Dakota: More counties might operate satellite voting centers in '16

Texas: Voter ID still required to vote on these amendments

Utah: Bountiful, 64 other Utah cities canceling local elections this year

Virginia: County records sought in suit; Dems challenging state's photo ID law want election info

Wisconsin: Judge won't expand voter ID law | Clerks voice support for embattled elections board

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

October 20, 2015

National News: How to get your kids interested in U.S. election

Connecticut: Maloney HS not ready for voting

Georgia: How do Georgia's voting machines stack up? | Fayette voting rights case headed to mediation on Wednesday | Fulton Co. expands early voting

Idaho: Ada Co. opens two new polling locations for early voting

Illinois: Election officials urge us to vote early, but not often | Lawmakers debate automatic voter registration

Indiana: Lake Co, error writes off write-in candidate | Judge bars Indiana from enforcing ballot selfie law | Lake Co.'s first countywide election with consolidated polling locations coming up

Kansas: Lawsuit over possible voting machine 'anomalies' in Sedgwick Co. moves forward

Maine: Ranked choice advocates deliver signatures

Maryland: Laurel election supervisors to demonstrate city's voting machines | MD Congressman weighs in on MoCo voting issue | MoCo elections board backs down from early voting plan

Mississippi: Election official: Initiative 42 so confusion, many won't vote on it

Montana: McCulloch orders counties establish satellite voting offices | Counties to work with tribal governments on voting access

New York: County lawmakers want to keep closer tabs on board of elections | Ballot security enhanced

North Carolina: Elections board revisits tentative site list for early voting | Anson Co. voters will see changes this year

Ohio: Dem Party chairman responds to voter registration allegations | Geneva man nominated for election board position

Oregon: Dennis Richardson changes tune, mulls run for secretary of state

Pennsylvania: Berks Co. seeking poll interpreters for Election Day

Tennessee: Creation of new Spring Hill voting precinct announced

Texas: Texans line up for early voting

Virginia: New voting machines help MoCo voters with disabilities | Roanoke considers new plant to realign voting precincts and reduce long lines on election day | Va. woman uses online absentee ballot to vote

Washington: Robocalls accuse elections director candidate of misleading voters

Wisconsin: Newest efforts to expand voter ID options denied | Judge declines to expand acceptable forms of voter ID | Dems lash out at election board changes | Wisconsin's embattled elections board to meet

Monday, 19 October 2015

October 17-19, 2015

Alabama: Clinton slams Alabama's 'discriminatory' voter law | Amid voting rights criticism, Alabama partially backs off controversial plan to close driver license offices

Arizona: Arizona looking to upgrade voting machines | Major county refresh blazes new path for voting centers | Missing proposition pamphlets put city elections in question

California: Here's how California's new voter registration law will work | California expands voter registration, may boost Latino engagement | Signature-gatherers cheer the new voter registration rules

Colorado: Colorado prosecutor plans no charges against Kansas voter

Florida: Caryville scrambling for election funds | Civil rights leader talks Voting Rights Act to UF students

Georgia: Georgia's voting machines could be at risk from age | Early voting underway, only 30 ballots cast on Thursday | At Issue: Should Fayette Co. settle its voting lawsuit?

Illinois: Automatic voter registration plan draws cheers, concerns

Indiana: Voting machines tested and ready for Election Day | Request for more vote machines dies for lack of motion

Iowa: Satellite voting location set in Black Hawk Co.

Kansas: Wichita State statistician garners support for suit over Kansas voting machines | Secretary of state cancels almost 7,000 incomplete voter registrations | Kansas unusual in giving elections chief power to prosecute | Kobach's voter prosecutions draw scrutiny to proof-of-citizenship

Kentucky: 'Terrible' Daviess Co. voter turnout expected

Maine: Ranked choice voting could be headed for ballot | Ranked choice voters ready to deliver signatures

Mississippi: Voter turnout uncertain for upcoming election

Montana: Missoula Co. election office expects big turnout for mail-only election

New Jersey: Cumberland Co. clerk's office cannot accept vote-by-mail ballots

New Mexico: House committee to get briefing on secretary of state's case

New York: Ulster Dems, GOP commissioner in ballot printing dispute | Soos files suit over firing from BOE

Ohio: Voters can help test new machines | State takes up dead voter investigation | BCI investigating reports of voter fraud in Columbiana Co.| Ohio rolls out online voter information | BOE prepares for election

Pennsylvania: Elections board appoints alternate attorney after conflict

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections director says office is ready for November election

South Dakota: Five questions with SD Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Tennessee: Luncheon honors Wilson Co. poll workers

Texas: County gets e-Slate voting machines | Bastrop Co. residents may qualify for voting ID exemption | Secretary of state speaks to students about voting | Election workers get ready for early voting on Monday| Elections administrator named

Virginia: Albemarle Co. using digital ballot scanning system | Edwards, Dye, Caldwell spar over voter ID at forum | Slow start in Central Va. for new online absentee voting service

Washington: King Co. elections candidates disagree over department's performance

Wisconsin: Bill dissolving GAB advances| GAB rep outlines voter ID requirements starting in 2016