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February 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February 28, 2017

National News: Congressman tries to kill election commission

California: Consolidating WeHo's March 7 election with county brings some changes

Idaho: Ada Co. early voting begins as lawmakers consider bill to limit timeline | Bill targeting 'government interference' in elections surfaces at Idaho Legislature

Illinois: A day in the life of an election judge | Suffredin and Orr hold town hall on voting, election process

Iowa: 'Fixes' in election integrity bill not needed, speakers tell lawmakers | Voter ID legislation advances in House

Maryland: Baltimore Senator says he didn't sponsor voter ID bill introduced under his name

Massachusetts: Suit tests 20-day voter registration cutoff | Woburn clerk inquiry on early voting garners state response

Minnesota: Effort to do away with ranked choice voting in St. Paul encounters resistance | Ballot question to repeal ranked choice in St. Paul is under debate

Missouri: Kander encourages community to fight voter suppression

New Hampshire: State legislation prohibiting out-of-state voting pending

New Jersey: Is NJ election law commission stalemate at an end?

New Mexico: Open primary bill moves forward in Senate

North Carolina: NC legislators ask SCOTUS to add them to voter ID case | Judge asks US election commission to weigh in on lawsuit

Ohio: Ohio investigation found 385 non-US citizens registered to vote, 82 cast illegal ballots | Ferrell named to EC elections board | 5 non-citizens registered to vote in Clark Co. did not cast ballots

Oregon: Richardson's communications director submits resignation

Rhode Island: Election task force to hold first meeting

Tennessee: Anti voter-fraud bill to offer $5K for tips

Texas: Administration drops DOJ's opposition to Texas voter ID law | Justice Dept. reverses position on Texas voter ID law case | Tarrant Co. election documents sent to DA for investigation | Online voter registration

Monday, 27 February 2017

February 25-27, 2017

National: Senators ask feds for 'full account' of work to secure election from cyber threats

Alabama: Commission approves creation of voting center

Arizona: Senate to weigh asking voters to toss initiative protections

California: San Mateo Co. to begin testing voting equipment

Connecticut: Election commission rules against Smart | State regulators say voter fraud rare in Conn.

Florida: Leon Co. supervisor of elections celebrated for 28 years of service

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting headed to Senate | Divided House passes bill limiting early voting period

Kentucky: Local, state officials find no evidence of voter fraud

Minnesota: City announces change in polling locations | Debate over ranked-choice voting reignites in St. Paul

Mississippi: Senate prospects dim for early voting bill

Montana: Senate endorses bill to allow mail-ballot special election | Secretary of state continues opposition to SB 305

New Hampshire: Bills seek to tighten NH's voter eligibility | Sununu: I've asked White House for voting fraud proof

New Mexico: Automatic voter registration bill dies in committee | House OKs legislation that would consolidate most local elections

North Carolina: Confederate flag issue results in polling place change | County elections board chairman to seek GOP's top job

Ohio: Lake Co. BOE chooses e-poll book provider

Texas: Judge denies request to delay Texas voter ID lawsuit | Texas Dems say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018 | Flawed voting in Texas likely the result of confusion, not fraud

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections officials say they need more flexibility in scheduling early voting

Utah: Utah GOP reverses decision to drop Count My Vote lawsuit | Proposal would make voter records private

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes bill to investigate possible voter fraud | Staunton polling place on the move

Washington: Clallam auditor to replace election supervisor after ballot mishap | King Co. successfully pilots pre-paid postage; voter turnout exceeds projections

Wisconsin: Federal appeals court could reinstate Wisconsin early voting limits

Friday, 24 February 2017

February 24, 2017

Arizona: House to debate bills targeting voter initiative rules | County recorder outlines vision, department changes at town hall

Arkansas: House approves voter ID measure

Colorado: Voter hindrance or money saver?

Connecticut: Selectmen approve $22K for New Canaan's third registrar

Georgia: Carroll Co. says no to voter fraud

Illinois: Voters turned away from Kendall Co. early voting

Indiana: Lawmakers advance two voting bills | Secretary of state: DHS 'hacked' Indiana electoral system

Kanas: Kobach: Only obstacle to voter ID causes may be 'exerting calories'

Maine: Big turnout in opposition to voter ID bill

Michigan: Previewing voting machines | Eastpointe violates Voting Rights Act, says DOJ

Montana: County officials urge Legislature to approve mail ballots for special election | Accusations of voter suppression fly ahead of MT special election | Secretary of state opposes mail-in ballots for special election

Nevada: Presidential primaries could be on the horizon

New Hampshire: Exeter to fund technology for blind voters | New state Senate GOP voter registration plan tightens proof-of-residency requirements

New York: Suit that calls for Freeport voter list purge discussed in court

North Carolina: El-Amin steps down from elections board| Baker resigns from Cumberland Co. elections board

Pennsylvania: PI Week panel cites voter suppression, not fraud as challenge

South Dakota: Crum serving on state election board

Texas: Why 1816 ballots in Hays Co. went uncounted last November | New voter registration office begin built | Grimes Co. to keep countywide polling places

Vermont: Questions raised over canceled recount

Virginia: Chesterfield Co. electoral board appoints new general registrar, director of elections

Thursday, 23 February 2017

February 23, 2017

National News: How politics could put the reliability of future elections at risk | Perez calls president's voter fraud claim 'bunk' | Vice president filling out voter fraud task force | States balk at election system move by DHS

Alabama: Colbert commission will maintain ADA voting machines

Alaska: Ballot selfies bill moves in Alaska

Arkansas: House committee selects voter ID measure as proposed constitutional amendment | Panel endorses bid to add voter ID amendment to constitution

Colorado: County clerk proposes new voting machine lease

Georgia: Grant requested for new voting site for Hogansville |

Guam: GEC staff return from off-island training and certification workshop

Indiana: Voter registration bill moves to Senate | Indiana joins Idaho in claiming DHS tried to hack their election

Iowa: Dallas Co. general election review commission analyzes election error

Kentucky: Elections board approves merger of precincts

Maryland: Public input wanted for proposed election date change in Takoma Park

Mississippi: Pascagoula city council makes decision on polling places

Montana: GOP leader opposes mail ballot for special election | GOP chairman says mail elections hurt Republicans, is accused of voter suppression

Nevada: Motor Voter clears first hurdle

New York: AG says voter fraud a 'non-issue' in NY

North Carolina: Law firm disputes dismissal from NC voter ID case

Ohio: Election board sends voter fraud complaint to prosecutor's office | Grubbe gets the boot

Texas: Delay sought in voter ID hearing | Officials: Voter ID confusion, not voter fraud at issue in election | Human error to blame for 1800 missing votes

U.S. Virgin Islands: In rowdy Senate session, senators keep unified elections board

Utah: Bill protecting voter information held by committee | Lawmakers consider letting voters rank their candidates

Vermont: Ready! Set! Stop! Recount gets called off | How a recount in the Vermont House turned into a 'comedy of errors'

Virginia: Senate passes voter photo ID measure in close vote

Wisconsin: Clerk: City voter turnout 'pretty darn good'

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

February 22, 2017

Arizona: Scottsdale man gets probation for false voter registration

Arkansas: Amendment softens voter ID bill | Voter ID bill advances

Georgia: House to vote on bill that groups say hurts minority voters

Illinois: Auto voter reg bill revived

Indiana: Lake Co. to eliminate small precincts | Lake precinct consolidation inches forward

Maryland: Changing date of Takoma Park elections considered

Massachusetts: Little hope seen for recouping municipal early voting costs

Minnesota: County officials seek voting machine funding | Future of county's election process discussed

Mississippi: Election commission withdraws offer to help

Missouri: State rep. offers help with voter ID

Montana: Zinke special election to come at a cost to taxpayers | County officials ask lawmakers to allow all-mail ballots in special election

New Hampshire: Lawmaker proposes closing NH's primaries

New Mexico: Not all support proposal to consolidate local elections

New York: Saratoga council rejects funds for special election

North Carolina: Cooper, Stein ask SCOTUS to end voter ID review | NC governor & AG seek to end SCOTUS review of voter ID

Oregon: Richardson: 2 addresses are receiving a suspicious number of ballots

Pennsylvania: Local elections inspector alleges fraud | Lawmakers tangle over allegations of fraud

Texas: Hays Co. elections administrator's investigation finds an 'anomaly' in November election | Republicans pitch new voter ID law

U.S. Virgin Islands: Senate re-creates district elections board, for now

Vermont: New recount in disputed House election to start Wednesday

Virginia: Appeals court dismisses case seeking party ID in local elections

Washington: Monroe lawmaker wants more ballot drop boxes in county

Wisconsin: Outagamie may buy municipal election machines

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

February 18-21, 2017

National News: How voter ID laws discriminate

Alabama: Decision pending on voting machines

Arizona: Voting rights advocates see little change, but hope for future | Secretary of state hopes other election officials learn from her tumultuous year

Arkansas: Lawmaker adds affidavit option to voter ID bill

California: California's top elections officer finds his critique of president's voter fraud accusations blocked at national meeting | SF's election commission asks mayor to put $4M toward open source voting system | Fresno Co. GOP wants voter fraud investigation

Colorado: Secretary of state sees new role for state officials to combat unsupported claims of mass voter fraud

Florida: Al Jacquet files bill to restore felon voting rights | Florida bills would resolve mail-in ballot 'signature mismatch' | Polk to replace voting machines by the end of the year

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting heads to House floor

Illinois: Lawmakers consider automatic voter registration | Committee updates Legislature on precinct consolidation progress

Indiana: Union Co. might need new voting equipment

Iowa: Poll: Majority support mandatory voter ID | Secretary of state urges voters to respond quickly to change of address notices

Kansas: Sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud

Michigan: State paying for new voting equipment | Rep. Lower declines to request AG opinion about election programming

Mississippi: City of Meridian wants to handle elections in-house | Pascagoula explores idea of central voting location

Missouri: Elections are expensive necessity for county | True cost of voter ID still unknown | No armed deputies at Greene Co. polling places for April election

Montana: Lawmaker puts breaks on his own voter ID bill | Counties seek help with special election | County officials ask lawmakers to allow all-mail ballots in special election | Lawmaker angry over special elections request

New Hampshire: Lewandowski saw no evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire

New Mexico: Senate advances Sen. Steinborn's bill to expand voter reg time period | LC officials debate moving local elections to single day

New York: In New York, voter fraud tends to be local

North Carolina: Former elections board chief among Cooper judge appointments | Pasquotank puts elections staff on higher pay schedule

Ohio: Clyde pitches voter registration | Two precincts cut from county landscape | State lawmaker proposes changes to early voting, ID process

Oregon: Rep. McLane submits election reform bill | Richardson sends letter to president rejecting voter fraud claims

Pennsylvania: Polling place change in works for S. Lebanon

Tennessee: Disability rights group cites voting issues

Texas: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly | Judge sanctions Texas in voter registration case | Estimate: Special election costs less than expected| 13th Court of Appeals halts Hidalgo's plan to hold special election | Around 1,800 Hays Co. ballots not tallied in November | County starts high school voter registration drives

Utah: Settlement talks underway in ACLU's lawsuit over Navajo voting access

Virginia: Va. voter registration records have loopholes, but no evidence of widespread fraud | House Republicans stop Sen. Norment's felon voting rights proposal | Felon voting rights amendment fails in committee | McAuliffe pushes for election reform funding

West Virginia: New machines will allow community voting in Kanawha Co. | Secretary of state defends firing 1/3 of staff | Prosecutor finds errors in November election

Wisconsin: Spring primary draws record-breaking early voting in Madison

Friday, 17 February 2017

February 17, 2017

California: Republicans in California Assembly propose bills they say will limit voter fraud--including showing ID | Bill would make Election Day a holiday

Florida: Bill to fix vote-by-mail rules clears first committee

Georgia: Hall elections board member accused of shoplifting resigns position

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting in ID headed to House floor

Illinois: Biss introduced ranked-choice voting bill | Moline election still confusing

Indiana: BMV staff would ask, register patrons to vote under amended bill

Kansas: Shawnee Co. commission at odds with election office spending |

Kentucky: Voting fraud vs. election fraud and claims of chicanery in Kentucky

Massachusetts: State funds may offset early voting costs | No quick way for cities and towns to recoup early voting costs

Michigan: Secretary of State Ruth Johnson contemplating run for state senate | New company will print Genesee Co. ballots after mishap

Nevada: Initiative would require DMV to provide data that could boost voter registration | Automatic voter registration moves one step closer to reality in Nevada

New Hampshire: Shaheen: Sununu should push back harder on voter fraud claims | Former GOP AG: President is wrong on NH voter fraud

New York: Tonoko backs bill to move Election Day to the weekend

Tennessee: After busy 2016, only 1 local election this year |

Texas: San Jacinto Co. switches to Hart InterCivic | AG's office seeks San Antonio records for general voter fraud investigation | Commissioners pause Jones' election-prep plans for now

U.S. Virgin Islands: Walker: Elections boards survive intact

Utah: Statewide Election Day registration bill halted in House committee

Virginia: Peake's provisional ballot bill dead in House subcommittee

West Virginia: Kanawha Co. step closer to new voting equipment

Wisconsin: FDL Co. clerk glad to see recount legislation

Wyoming: Party switching on Wyoming primary day lives on; bill dies

Thursday, 16 February 2017

February 16, 2017

National News: Locking down voting tech | Inside the recount | Do voter ID laws suppress minority voting? | With party in trouble, Dems hit voting laws

Alabama: County moves busy polling place from school

Arizona: Council votes against special election

Florida: Voting machines undergo testing ahead of Mexico Beach election | Lawmakers consider allowing guns at polling places

Georgia: State probe into Sandy Springs special election still ongoing | No March election in Polk Co. | Retiring poll managers honored at reception

Idaho: Bill to add concealed carry permit as voter ID moves forward | Idaho official: Federal agency may have tried to hack state elections site

Illinois: Champaign Co. board reverses itself, nixes polling place merger | Bureau Co. precincts change for wheelchair access

Indiana: Voter registration House Bill 1178 | Howard Sims presented with poll worker of the year

Iowa: Students, officials react to voter ID legislation

Maine: Legislators consider voter ID bills | Bills to tighten voter ID rules in Maine strongly opposed at hearings

Massachusetts: Healey calls NH voter fraud claim 'pathetic'

Mississippi: Pascagoula proposes everyone vote at one location

Missouri: Proposition wording too long to fit on Hannibal ballots

Nevada: Some Nevada cities could go all-mail for municipal elections

New Hampshire: House rejects measure to ban guns from polling places

New Jersey: Promised quorum could bring election commission out of cold storage

New Mexico: Judge rules no voter fraud in Espanola election

New York: Lawsuit seeks to remove names of dead from Freeport voter lists

Ohio: Second name surfaces for BOE seat

Oregon: Ballot initiative would require voters to prove citizenship before voting

Tennessee: Wilson voter handbook now available

Texas: Commissioners back online voter registration | El Paso Co. wants to register more teens | Pasadena won't fight voting rights order | 11K Cameron Co. voters to confirm information

Wisconsin: Bill would prevent certain candidates from requesting recounts in future state elections

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

February 15, 2017

National News: President claims voter fraud, FEC wants evidence | DHS vague on rules for election aid, states say

Alabama: Forest Hill voting box will move to church

Florida: Elected secretary of state pitched in House

Idaho: Denney accuses DHS of attempted website hack

Illinois: Champaign Co. to revisit consolidation of polling sites

Indiana: Kersey bill on automatic voter registration to get hearing today | Precinct consolidation work moves forward

Iowa: Secretary of state requests funds to replace dated technology

Maine: Pair of bills take aim at college voters

Massachusetts: Auditor says state should pay cities and towns for early voting costs

Nevada: Report: 'Motor voter' law could cost Nevada as much as $5M | Here's how automatic voter registration works | Election officials want to ban guns from Nevada polling places | Registrar says election equipment upgrade 'can no longer wait'

New Hampshire: Secretary of state won't buy voter fraud claims without proof | Bill aims to close voting 'domicile loophole' in election law

New Mexico: Open primaries bill clears first hurdle

New York: Elections to stay in school buildings, officials say | New voting rules proposed for state

North Carolina: Committee approves BOE nominees

Ohio: Electronic tablets to assist Toledo poll workers | Lucas Co. to trade paper for tablets| Rep. Kathleen Clyde pitches automatic voter registration | Lorain Co. voter fraud cases heading to prosecutor | Election board seat still vacant

South Dakota: South Dakota voter registration and turnout

Texas: Gregg refines countywide voting strategy | Travis Co. sues to block elections records sought by Laura Pressley | Special election to cost $230K to $480K | Nueces Co. voting centers deemed success | Election administrator to reach out through social media | State approves countywide polling places

Virginia: Fauquier taking action to make voting sites accessible

West Virginia: Students honored for voter registration work | Morgantown polling place changes for 2017 municipal elections

Wisconsin: Elections commission not predicting turnout

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

February 14, 2017

National News: Should Americans trust their voting tech? | The federal voting agency Republicans want to kill | Using tech, data to increase turnout

Georgia: McIver to step down from state election board

Iowa: Dallas Co. to conduct review of missed absentee votes

Kansas: Kobach spars with CNN over voter fraud claim, but fails to provide evidence

Minnesota: Gusties give secretary of state tips on voter turnout

Michigan: Jocelyn Benson considering secretary of state run | Michigan secretary of state urges Pence to make election changes | ACLU happy with Grand Rapids' election changes after 4-hour waits in 2012

Nevada: Assemblywoman introduces voter ID bill

New Hampshire: Prosecutor: State can't investigate all voter fraud claims | Many in NH politics pan unfounded voter fraud claims | Voter fraud in New Hampshire? No proof and many skeptics | Sununu says he's unaware of widespread voter fraud in NH | Lawmakers want tougher enforcement of election laws | How NH tried to guard against 'fraud' when new voters show up on Election Day

New York: Purge outdated voter rolls? NYC tried it, with bad results | Lenihan to step down, Zellner to assume double duty

North Carolina: Lawsuit alleges racial bias in Jones Co. elections |NC Supreme Court reinstates block of elections board revamp | Supreme Court reinstates NC elections board

Ohio: Allen Co. BOE chairman resigns

Oklahoma: Voter fraud in Tulsa?

Oregon: Only 17 precincts open for primary

South Carolina: Beaufort Co. in search of poll workers, training set throughout the year

Texas: Tarrant Co. DA had offered probation in voter fraud case | Upshur commission to consider universal voting sites

Utah: How will the legislative session impact elections in Utah?

Wisconsin: Germantown hires new deputy clerk days before election