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November 2015

Monday, 30 November 2015

November 26-30, 2015

National News: FVAP simplifies absentee voting

Arkansas: County given option for new electronic voting machines | Polling centers given state's OK | Commission seeks public input on vote centers

California: San Francisco sets sights on open source voting by 2019

Colorado: Low voter turnout among young Tri-County voters

Delaware: Rehoboth seeks to streamline voter registration

Florida: Plaintiffs back off changes to Tampa-area voting districts

Georgia: Runoff set for Dec. 1 | Secretary of state works with board of elections

Illinois: Tallian makes call for easier voting process

Indiana: Jasper candidates agree on judge for recount

Kansas: Kobach, public await actions by two courts on proof-of-citizenship law | Kansas black leaders call for same-day voter registration

Kentucky: Home for voting machines tops Bracken meeting

Louisiana: Recapping election night 2015

Massachusetts: Maynard, Stow town clerks prepare for early voting | At-large council recount shelved, complaints remain|

Michigan: Michigan's straight-ticket option may be eliminated

Nevada: Election Day ramblings from long time poll workers

New Jersey: Winner of Neptune City council race changes after recount | Recount fails to change election outcome in Morris Twp.

New York: New petition to improve voter experience under way | Court to hear challenge to Lewiston election results

North Carolina: NAACP seeks to block 2016 voter ID requirement | State NAACP files preliminary injunction of photo ID law | Elections board supports second vote in Benson | Elections board plans hand recount

Ohio: County agrees to help pay for e-poll books

Texas: Harris Co. mulls easier voting

Utah: Utah Dems will be able to include independent voters in primaries

Virginia: Election fraud charge tied to Nelson Co. residency

Washington: Port of Olympia recount set for Wednesday| Close Benton Co. election requires manual recount

Wisconsin: Longtime election clerk has seen it all | Call for more election workers

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

November 25, 2016

Editor’s Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, electionlineToday will not publish on Thursday, November 26 or Friday November 27. There will also be no electionlineWeekly on Thursday the 26th. We’ll return with the daily news roundup on Monday, November 30 and the newsletter on Thursday, December 3. Travel safe and enjoy your holiday!

Alabama: Library deemed new polling place

Connecticut: Secretary of state involves Essex students in election audit

Florida: Jackson Co. receives 23 new voting machines | Plaintiffs back off changes to Tampa-area districts | Santa Rosa voters may see changes | Party affiliation floundering amongst Florida voters

Georgia: Lawmakers want proof voter information has been secured | Hundreds of calls to Ga. hotline on massive data breach | Hazlehurst mayoral race voting issues head to court | Marjorie Strickland: Hagan election polls mainstay

Indiana: Recount set for Dec. 1 | Elkhart Co. voter turnout just higher than overall state turnout | 20 percent of eligible voters did so in Indiana election

Kansas: Black leaders in Kansas call for election day voter registration

Kentucky: Kentucky governor restores voting rights to thousands | Outgoing Kentucky governor restores voting rights for thousands | House Republican leader takes issue with executive order

Massachusetts: Chelmsford town clerk weighs in on early voting | Attleboro area communities get state aid for polling costs

Michigan: Presidential primary ballot can include local races, proposals under new law

Mississippi: Franklin Co. poll workers, commissioner face charges | Longtime Hinds constable contests election loss

Missouri: New voting equipment purchased

New Jersey: County recounts votes from Morristown, Morris Twp. | 7-vote lead maintained | Plan to move elections may hit roadblock | Recount flips Neptune City results--again

New York: Greece hosts public hearing on school polling locations

North Carolina: Early state presidential primary moves all election matters forward | State elections board chairman to step down | Wake Co. early voting set for 2016

Ohio: Board of elections searches for new site | Recounts coming next week in some Southwest Ohio races | Grudge could impact board appointment

Virginia: Nelson sheriff's investigator charged with election fraud

Washington: Recount will decide Lynwood race; election turnout deemed 'discouraging'

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

November 24, 2015

Alabama: Rally: 'Give us the ballot, not just the bottle'

Arizona: AZ counties looking to replace voting machines

Arkansas: Heber council passes voting site change

California: Electronic voting machines leased | VoteCal reaches key milestone | San Mateo Co. mail voting led to jump in youth turnout

Illinois: Board of election commissioners approves updated polling locations, software | Elections computers haven't been paid for

Kansas: Want to get out of voter purgatory in Kansas? Try suing

Kentucky: Beshear calls news conference on voting rights | Kentucky lawmakers consider clean slates for some felons

Louisiana: After losing by 115 votes, candidate not conceding yet| People who've served time are being left out of voting

Maine: Lewiston warns absentee voters to mail ballots early for runoff

Massachusetts: Auditor: Cities and towns to get $2.76M for 2016 elections

Michigan: Election Day elbow room

Mississippi: Banks goes to court seeking election recount | Franklin election workers charged

New Jersey: Court-ordered recount begins

New York: Low voter turnout causes concern | Early voting pushed

North Carolina: Study: North Carolina polling site changes hurt blacks | 2 sides argue impact of redistricting lawsuit on primaries

Ohio: Holmes Co. commissioners fund more polling equipment | Single vote separates winner, loser in Milan race | BOE finalizes election

Pennsylvania: York Co. breaks write-in election ties

South Carolina: Rides offered on Hilton Head Island to obtain voter IDs

Texas: County applies to make voting process permanent

Utah: Eliason looks to end post-election limbo

Virginia: North Reston voters may get a new polling place

Washington: Record low turnout in Washington; Why?

Monday, 23 November 2015

November 21-23, 2015

Arizona: Secretary of state addresses concerns with Pima Co. election process

Arkansas: Benton Co. vote centers OK's to bump polling places

California: Richmond youth council aims to lower voting age | California will rock the 2018 | San Mateo Co.: Mail voting boosts turnout

Colorado: Coram wants voter ID measure

Georgia: Kemp: Leak contained, but ID protections urged | Improper release of voter data prompts outside audit of state agency

Kentucky: Four face charges of vote buying in Magoffin Co. | Kenton Co. clerk to recognize poll workers

Louisiana: Turnout slightly higher for runoff election

Maryland: MoCo election officials worried new voting system may cause long waits

Massachusetts: Worcester recount is canceled | Early voting coming to Massachusetts in 2016

New Jersey: Judge orders Nov. 24 recount

New Mexico: County begins online voter registration Jan. 1

New York: Absentee ballots swing another East Hampton seat

Ohio: BOE 'pleased' with runoff election | Provisional ballots change election results | Recount for 5 Montgomery Co. election races

Pennsylvania: No recount in 'razor-thin' commissioner's race

South Dakota: County settles, but court case not over

Tennessee: Hawkins election commission seeks 2016 workers, volunteers

Texas: Commissioners to discuss future of vote centers

Utah: Historic number of voters decide Salt Lake City mayoral race

West Virginia: Secretary of state's office prepares for changes in 2016 election

Wisconsin: GAB chief: Replacing board in June irresponsible | Pat Kjelllander recognized for 36 years as Twin Lake election official

Friday, 20 November 2015

November 20, 2015

Arkansas: Benton Co. vote centers OK'd to bump polling places

Colorado: Election was smooth sailing, county clerk says

Florida: Supervisor of elections office receives award

Georgia: Kemp tries to contain damaging Ga. data leak | Kemp: All voter data secure | Employee fired after data leak

Illinois: 'Professor Fraud' named city election commissioner

Indiana: Special judge to hear election case

Kentucky: AG's office selects 6 counties for post-election audit

Louisiana: Few take advantage of law allowing them to vote without photo ID

Maine: Ballot inspection raises questions for challenger, confirms result

Maryland: Caroline to demonstrate new voting systems | Aberdeen BOE urges runoff election

Michigan: Recount doesn't change election night tally

Minnesota: Secretary of state wraps up statewide tour

Mississippi: Drawing of straws set for tied election

New York: Reform groups say Cuomo should include funds for early voting in 2016 budget | Do you know Hazel Thompson?

North Carolina: Absentee ballots are expected to increase with new voter ID requirements | Cumberland Co. asked to increase early voting hours | State officials to decide whether to hold new election  

Ohio: Postal Service to develop policy for postmarking ballots | Federal trial continues over voting changes

Pennsylvania: Drawings settle outcome of Westmoreland Co. races

South Carolina: Bluffton elections office to temporarily reduce hours

Tennessee: Older voters often fulfill a 'civic duty' on Election Day

Texas: Former city commissioner arraigned in voter fraud case

Utah: Syracuse, Farmington request recounts after canvass flips results

Virginia: Recount procedure set | Langley senior aims to engage young voters

Washington: Financial strain impacting auditor's office, elections admin resigns

Thursday, 19 November 2015

November 19, 2015

Arkansas: New voting machines arrive in Boone Co. | Machines promise smoother elections

Florida: Some Florida voting machines not replaced since Bush v. Gore | New voting machines arrive | Senate sends combination map to court

Georgia: 'Clerical error' in data breach involving 6 million voters | Georgia secretary of state to increase presence during Savannah runoffs | Clinch Co. BOE investigated

Illinois: New state law has Kendall Co. clerk seeking 500 election judges

Iowa: Runoff absentee ballot information corrected

Kansas: Attorneys seek class action status for voter registration lawsuit | Kobach's plan to remove 36K suspended voters may be headed for class action

Maine: Maine validates petition for ranked-choice voting system| Maine election officials certify ranked-choice voting proposal for 2016 ballot

Massachusetts: Longtime Quincy Clerk Joe Shea to retire early next year | Worcester officials to poll residents about early voting | Early voting coming to Massachusetts in 2016

Maryland: This Baltimore entrepreneur wants you to vote | Proposed laws for MoCo focus on election regulations

Mississippi: Precinct polling move, split get DeSoto OK

Nevada: Now what? Court finds Reno election system unconstitutional

New Jersey: Judge OKs recount in tight Salem Co. freeholder election | Morristown and Morris Township candidates file for recounts

New Mexico: Recount produces no change

New York: New York State Bar Assoc. calls for modernization of voting system | State panel looks at ways to make voting easier

North Carolina: Former Charlotte mayor could return to face voter fraud charges

Ohio: Nearly 900 absentee ballots in Summit Co. thrown out for lack of postmark | Eleven percent of Stark provisional ballots cast by unregistered voters | Summit elections board to hold hearing on racial bias complaint

Pennsylvania: Election board OKs increase in rental fees for polling sites

South Carolina: Election of Darlington mayor ends in tie

Utah: Bill would end two-week wait for Utah election updates | Judge's ruling may leave Independent voters out in the cold

West Virginia: Online voter registration a success across the Mountain State

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

November 18, 2015

National News: Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins lead LWV tour

Arizona: County election highlights growth in early voting | City will ask Ninth Circuit for rehearing of elections case

Arkansas: Commission condenses polling locations for 2016

California: Voter turnout rises in 'all-mail' ballot election | Stanislaus Co. election official not concerned about Measure I complaint

Connecticut: Petitioners gather enough signatures for town meeting on Killingly polling places

Florida: County agrees to borrow $1.65M for new voting system

Georgia: Supervisor cites collusion to commit fraud in DeKalb election

Indiana: How a recount works: 'Minor mistakes matter' | Miami Co. considers reducing number of voting precincts | Buncich pulls Kevin Smith from electoral board

Maine: Secretary of state says special election error was mistake, not fraud

Michigan: Republicans may have to do a deal over changing how you vote | Legislator's resolution calls for Election Day to be a holiday | Saginaw spends $7,500 on wheelchair ramp at city voting site

Mississippi: Elections in limbo likely to be decided by lawmakers | Lawsuit claims more voters on rolls than residents

Montana: County commissioners examine options for polling place at MSU

New Jersey: Democrats seeking recounts

New Mexico: Ortiz stays with secretary of state rather than go to PRC

New York: Lawmakers proposing closing schools on Election day | New federal subpoenas for Suffolk BOE | NY lawmakers look for ways to make voting easier  

North Carolina: Voting law opponent plan to file preliminary injunction against photo ID | Ramseur election settled; Trinity election still pending

Ohio: Messy vote might impact tight races | Election rights advocates subpoena 19 Ohio election boards | Hundreds of ballots to be added to vote count | Holmes taking polling places down to six

Pennsylvania: Nonpartisan coalition calls for more voter access

South Carolina: Low voter turnout in Charleston runoff election | Pickens Co. council alleges mismanagement in elections office

Tennessee: Vols voter task force aims to get all students registered | Halbert files suit against election commission over clerk's race

Texas: Countywide vote centers the way to go in Fort Bend? | Smith Co. to know by mid-December on countywide vote center status

Utah: Orem voter turnout increased by 100 percent

Virginia: Certification process may delay electronic poll book rollout

Washington: Election supervisor's spot is a hot seat and hard to fill


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

November 17, 2015

National News: U.S. Communities awards contract to Democracy Live

Alabama: Merrill: State will be in compliance ahead of schedule

Alaska: PFD voter registration crosses halfway mark on signatures

Arkansas: Benton Co. panel OKs plan for vote centers, sends it to JPs | Election commission approves polling site changes

Colorado: Denver elections division wins international election award

Georgia: DeKalb election official's email says he suspected fraud | Email shows DeKalb election official suspected collusion

Kansas: Officials to get peek at new poll book system

Louisiana: Early voting pulls about 13 percent of registered voters

Massachusetts: Worcester recount scheduled for next week | Attleboro voter postcard mistake cost $3,743 more than it should have

Michigan: Date set for vote recount in close race for Burton mayor | Lansing redistricting proposal aimed at improving voting access

Mississippi: Noxubee Co. sued over corrupted voter rolls

Missouri: Voter photo ID among top priorities for Senate GOP

New Jersey: Down by one vote, incumbent asks for a recount

New York: Dougherty Co. officials laud election participation by volunteer students | Three local races decided by absentee ballots

North Carolina: Protest filed in Trinity election

Ohio: BOE begins official count with several races in the balance | Elections board rejects close to 500 votes | Judge hears case on changes to Ohio voting laws | New database led to ballot error

Texas: Public invited to check out new voting machines | Vote centers on Smith Co.'s Tuesday agenda

Virginia: Va. election officials discuss voting issues | Roanoke City votes to reduce the number of voter precincts

Wisconsin: Highlights of election board bill | Assembly passes bill eliminating elections board

Monday, 16 November 2015

November 14-16, 2015

National News: Lawyer named voter educator | Opera tenor channels young John Lewis in 'Appomattox' | With more story to tell, opera "Appomattox' gets an update |

Alabama: Alabama agrees to voter registration changes | Alabama agrees with DOJ to comply with motor voter law

California: Turnout soars in all-mail election

District of Columbia: D.C.'s 16- and 17- year olds are eager to vote for presidents

Georgia: LaVista election to stand | Election 2015: Some voters had to go to 2 locations

Hawaii: 2-14th Cav. leads charge in voter registration

Indiana: Recount granted in 5th Ward council election | Election board sticks with current voting machines | Few West Lafayette voters recast incorrect ballots | Candidate considering action against election board

Louisiana: St. Tammany voters express ballot shock over 9 propositions | Louisiana sees over 250K early voters for runoff

Maine: Is an automated vote count good enough? State, parties to petition disagree

Maryland: Agencies spar over readiness of Maryland's new voting system | State elections chief rejects delay in using new voting system | Voters to return to paper ballots in 2016

Massachusetts: Gomez officially files for hand recount | Uncounted votes found in Holyoke School Committee election recount | Activists want more early voting sites

Michigan: Senate votes to eliminate straight-ticket voting

Mississippi: Sojourner to inspect ballots

Missouri: Months later and still no charges in voter fraud case

Montana: Final election results confirm most voters didn't participate

New Jersey: After Christie veto, Dems float voter registration poll measure for subsequent year | Voter reform over the long haul: NJ Dems expected Christie veto, now join national fight

New Mexico: Las Cruces election recount set for next week

North Carolina: Precinct 7 in limbo

Ohio: Local high school seniors work the polls | 448 provisional ballots approved | Dispute over changes to Ohio's voting system heads to trial

Oklahoma: Oklahoma Dems move towards new voter registration option

Pennsylvania: About half of disputed provisional ballots could be counted | Search is on for more poll workers | An insiders look at the importance of voting

South Carolina: Free rides to the polls on Tuesday

Tennessee: Election commission promises 3 changes to avoid another election debacle

Texas: Recount petition filed on Proposition 1 | Vote centers a success | Vote tally corrected in canvass of election

U.S. Virgin Islands: VI residents join federal voting rights suit

Virginia: Supreme Court to decide Virginia redistricting case | Lynchburg registrar's office records one of the largest write-in vote counts in history | Roanoke plans public hearing on new precinct plan| Voting system in Floyd Co. could change by next election  

Washington: Voters who need to fix ballot signatures will get letters

Wisconsin: Opponents of GAB overhauls plan last-ditch rally | Assembly to pass bill eliminating elections board

Friday, 13 November 2015

November 13, 2015

National News: Latino scholars, activists focus on voting rights past, future | Jacqueline Berrien, former EEOC chairwoman, dies at 53

Arizona: Ninth Circuit kills Tucson's 'hybrid' elections

California: Voter registration: Not quite automatic yet | Bill would make voting more convenient | Whittier to pay $750K over district-based elections suit

Colorado: GarCo voting machine pilot going smoothly

Florida: Ransom Middle teams up with the supervisor of elections | Florida makes new bid to get outside expert to draw redistricting map

Georgia: LaVista Hills won't contest cityhood vote

Illinois: Polling changes lead to questions of disenfranchised voters

Iowa: Courthouse is Nov. 22 satellite voting site

Kansas: Vigilance of Saline Co.'s electronic voting system urged | Shawnee Co. election office explains voter purge process

Louisiana: Secretary of state: Voter turnout science not easy

Maryland: Election boards prepare for new voting processes | Maryland's new voting system proves successful

Massachusetts: Recount would cost Worcester $20K

New Jersey: Monmouth Co. Dem chairman calls for recount in close races

New Mexico: DA reviews newly minted legislator's admission of voter fraud

New York: Voter access vs. student safety | Suffolk BOE and provisional ballots to decide council race

North Carolina: Cost of early voting to exceed $200 per ballot cast in Clarkton | Gaston voters just don't vote | Vote recounts set for Saturday morning

Ohio: Cuyahoga Co. to ease e-poll books into precincts

Pennsylvania: Election board orders partial recount in commissioners race | Lawyer for election judge accused of ditching polls says no crime committed | Election board solicitor to forward complaints to DA

South Dakota: Secretary of state's office efficiency improving

Tennessee: Election office sets staffing formula for poll workers

Texas: Poll worker's mistake prompts recount in Caldwell Co.

Washington: Turnout in state's off-year election headed for record low

Wisconsin: Voter ID for veterans | Voter ID law goes into effect with February elections

Wyoming: Cheyenne special election cost $25K-$35K