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March 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

March 29, 2017

California: Tulare Co. supervisors approve budget consolidation

Colorado: Loveland to remedy post office ballot error

Connecticut: Budget fight over deputy registrars of voters

Delaware: Early voting bill hits Legislative Hall

Indiana: Lake precinct consolidation mandate headed to governor

Kansas: Sedgwick Co. to debut new voting machines with special election

Massachusetts: Ward 5 voters may get new polling location

Minnesota: How legislators are looking to change Minnesota elections

Mississippi: Madison Co. going back to paper ballots

Missouri: GOP lawmakers reject another push to boost voter photo ID funding in Missouri

Montana: Missoula Co. gears up for spring elections

Nebraska: Secretary of state probes inclusion of voter registration info in refugee packets

Nevada: Assembly bill could clear way for primaries instead of caucuses

New Hampshire: Hundreds could be investigated in NH for voter fraud in 2016 | Gov. Sununu on tightening voting laws

North Dakota: Fargo commission looking for input on recommended changes in electoral format

Ohio: Harp gets election board seat vacated by man accused of shooting wife | Husted suspends Lucas Co. elections board member | Board approves workers, contract

Oregon: Senate backs pre-registration at 16

Rhode Island: Elections task force recommends early voting, other reforms

South Carolina: SC officials seek leftover funds for special elections

Tennessee: Fayette Co. alderman charged with voter fraud

Texas: County looks into new voting machines

Virginia: McAuliffe encouraging eligible students to register to vote

Wisconsin: Elections commission makes pitch for positions

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

March 28, 2017

National News: 'Let America Vote' counters president's call for tighter voting law

Alabama: Charity announces statewide voter education program

Arizona: Late-arriving bill aims to tighten ballot initiative rules even more

Arkansas: After its voter ID law was ruled unconstitutional, Arkansas passes a new one | Sebastian Co. election commission hosts meeting to discuss vote centers

Florida: Legislation aims to thwart voter intimidation

Indiana: Senate committee approves watered-down BMV voter reg bill

Kansas: Voting open in special election

Louisiana: Clerk of court addresses low voter turnout in parish

Michigan: Macomb Co. clerk sued by former deputies | Fired clerks say Michigan office on 'brink of collapse'

Minnesota: Ranked-choice opponents push St. Paul to vote on voting, again | Township interested in mail-in ballots

Mississippi: Duties and responsibilities of being a poll watcher

Montana: Special election process stalled | Ravalli Co. moves polling place for special election

Nebraska: Murante urges 'corrective action' after Dems offer voter reg forms to refugees | Plea deal sought in voter fraud case

Nevada: Dems block open primary bill

New Hampshire: Hampton Falls remains divided after recount fails to change results

North Dakota: Fargo could be first city to use 'approval voting'

Ohio: Lake Co. commissioner urges state support to purchase new voting equipment

Texas: Senate tentatively approves voter ID fix | Voter ID bill gets initial Senate approval | New technology for Amarillo voters | Elections administrator leaving county job | Victoria Co. officials pick new elections administrator

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes three voter reg bills | Young Democrats upset about use of caucus in county board race

Washington: Pierce Co. to roll out redesigned ballots, new election system | Secretary of State Kim Wyman undergoing cancer treatment

Monday, 27 March 2017

March 25-27, 2017

Arizona: Governor signs bill barring pay-per-signature petitions | Reagan election pamphlet probe drags into 10th month

Arkansas: Governor signs voter ID bill | Voter ID law on books; it's different from '13 governor says

California: As record state voter registration climbs, San Bernardino Co. still lags | Napa Co. will go all vote-by-mail in June 2018 | Tulare Co. to appoint new registrar of voters | State reps want to change county elections; county reps not so much

Colorado: El Paso Co. clerk & recorder names new chief deputy

Connecticut: Secretary of state supports early voting

Florida: Candidates helping voters vote? Legislator pushes to make it illegal

Kansas: Polling changes could confuse Kansas voters | House bill revoking Kobach's appointment power held 'hostage' by GOP chairman

Louisiana: Dismal day for voter turnout in municipal elections

Maryland: Cook is new Talbot Co. elections director

Michigan: County gets new voting equipment at little cost | East Grand Rapids changes voting location | Lawsuit: Macomb Co. clerk's office near 'collapse'

Minnesota: Winona State wins award for electoral efforts from secretary of state

Mississippi: Hub City election committee provides voting information | No primary to be held in Picayune for coming election

Missouri: Election officials test voting machines ahead of Election Day | County clerk's offices test voting machines ahead of elections | Ashcroft confident voter ID funding request will be honored | Livingston Co. clerk to extend hours for absentee voting | Missouri election expert: Organization's services better than applying voter ID law

Montana: Election administrators react to new ballot suit

Nebraska: Dems criticizes by far-right outlets for giving voter registration forms to refugees | Senators move bills to help felons re-enter society

Nevada: Turnout vs. burnout: What would it take to get more people to polls for local elections

Pennsylvania: Philly prosecutors to probe wacky special election | Special election has an unofficial winner, and an official investigation  

South Carolina: Richland election officials OK legal bills they can't pay | Who's responsible for Richland Co.'s election office legal bills?

Texas: Hays Co. elections administrator will be taking questions at public meeting | County to appoint elections administrator | Tarrant Co. elections office: Help wanted

Wisconsin: State appeals ruling on voting districts to SCOTUS | Lafayette clerk candidates spell out plans to make elections smoother

Friday, 24 March 2017

March 24, 2017

National News: One rationale for voter ID debunked, GOP has another

California: County to review vote-by-mail ballots in Woodside election

Connecticut: Westport Dem registrar of voters sworn in

Florida: Vote-by-mail ballots fix passes House | Supervisor of elections wants to hear from voters

Georgia: Voter advocacy group aims to vote fight voter suppression

Illinois: Adams Co. clerk hopes mayoral race will boost turnout | Alternative to AVR bill introduced | Questions on timing, costs remain for AVR bill

Indiana: State honors local poll worker for her contribution to election process

Iowa: Voter ID bill gets Senate OK after contentious debate | Voter ID clears Senate; Dems warn of voting delays | Senate Republicans propose shortening early voting time

Kentucky: Grimes tackles fake news, low voter turnout during Paducah visit

Louisiana: New Orleans tornado damage forces precinct relocations

Maryland: County wants to move elections board to former Macy's site

Massachusetts: Lawmakers propose electronic voting registration system

Mississippi: 5K purged from voter rolls in Madison CO. | Hosemann encourages importance of voting | Madison Co. makes move to paper ballots

Montana: Legislature hears heated testimony on mail voting bill | Tempers flare over mail-ballot bill; committee room briefly cleared | 2 suing for right to run in special election | Adding 4th candidate to special election ballot could cost county about $45K | Lawsuit could force Gallatin Co. to shred, reprint ballots costing thousands

New Hampshire: The history of voting boxes | Judge allows fraud claim against NH secretary of state | Vice chair wants investigation into election | Lawmakers eye protections for towns that postponed elections

New York: Carroll seeks to lower voting age

North Carolina: County wins award for early voting website

Ohio: Springfield voting precinct leaving church location

Oklahoma: As court challenges continue, Oklahoma looks to solidify voter ID law

Pennsylvania: Dauphin Co. BOE polling place changes | Controversial special election heading to federal court?

South Carolina: Cottageville's polling place may move to school

Texas: Court asked to block congressional map for 2018 election

U.S. Virgin Islands: Early voting to go ahead in reduced timeframe | District court declines to delay special election

Virginia: Several Virginia Beach precincts change polling places

West Virginia: Committee sends watered-down voter ID bill to House floor | Two Harrison Co. students chosen as honorary secretaries of state

Thursday, 23 March 2017

March 23, 2017

National News: FEC commissioner sends letter to president: Where is your proof of voter fraud

Arizona: Recorder's office settlement with Project Vote could show voters who were kicked off rolls | Senate Republicans OK bill on initiative signatures

Arkansas: Bill to buy poll gear falls short | Governor signs bill allowing concealed carry in polling places

California: California has new voter registration record | SF pro-development activist takes plea deal in voter fraud case

Connecticut: Court rules Brookfield must pay former registrar's legal fees

Delaware: Trio of bills hopes to increase voter turnout

Guam: Election commission to meet on Bill 45

Illinois: Saline Co. voting machines ready

Indiana: County considers e-poll books for next election | Election board sees need to update early voting system | House panel approves Lake precinct consolidation mandate

Michigan: Raisin Twp. election commission establishes third election district

Montana: House panel to hear mail-in ballot bill | County officials anxious for lawmakers to act on special election | Commissioners approve mail-in ballots pending Legislature

New Hampshire: Bonds OK'd at rescheduled town elections called into question

New Jersey: Feds subpoena Ocean Co. election board

New Mexico: Los Alamos Co. 2017 vote purge completed

Ohio: Husted: Lucas Co. elections board actions 'troubling' | Husted seeks more information before appointing Lucas Co. elections director | Changes to Allen Co. polling locations

Pennsylvania: Republicans call for investigation of special election

Tennessee:  Montgomery Co. may ask for no more local party primaries

Texas: Storm delays counting

Utah: Governor signs bills

Virginia: Botetourt election officials raise concerns about security of voting machines | McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights

Washington: Secretary of state testifies on presidential primary bill

West Virginia: Two honored as honorary secretaries of state

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

March 22, 2017

Alabama: Alabama secretary of state's office honored with award for mock election

Arkansas: Arkansas lawmakers approve voter ID law, send it to Hutchinson

California: Supervisors slam proposed election changes | Final election tallies put voter turnout at 20%, so it wasn't LA's worst ever

Colorado: Former chairman of Colorado GOP suspected of voter fraud, forgery | New voting services agreement | Early voting centers could be reduced under bill | Behind the scenes: The ballot counting process | Colorado Springs clerk: Some voters don't realize they need to unfold their ballots to vote for all races

District of Columbia: Bill would make June the permanent month for DC's primary election | DC primary may move to June to avoid breaking federal law

Florida: Indian River Co. will spend $1M for new voting machines | Lawsuit challenges state on ex-felon voting rights

Georgia: Kennesaw State was warned its server may be vulnerable to data breach | Polls reporting a light turnout; no issues | Forsyth to hold voter record hearings | BOE retiree gets party

Indiana: New voting machines eyed | Hundreds of Lake precincts to get the ax | Lake precinct consolidation deal stalled

Kentucky: Grimes named Kentucky communicator of the year

Massachusetts: Plymouth town election will feature new voting equipment

Michigan: Longtime elections coordinator plans to retire

Montana: Special election legislation now in House Judiciary Committee

Nevada: Nevada moves to join 11 other states in popular vote effort | Sandoval's first veto of 2017 rejects AVR | Sandoval vetoes AVR

New Hampshire: Divided Senate panel narrowly recommends passage of revised voting reform bill | Bill to tighten election laws clears first hurdle | Lawmakers eye protections for towns that postponed elections | Lisbon officials scramble after all selectmen resign on eve of election | Lawmakers dig through legal consequences of snowy town voting mess

Ohio: Changes coming to Allen Co. polling locations | Elections board members in dispute over alleged agreement

Oregon: Oregon gets high marks for voter turnout in new report

Pennsylvania: Write-in candidate appears to win special election

South Carolina: Spartanburg GOP to hold precinct reorganization

Tennessee: Electronic poll book included in EC budget

Texas: Dublin man indicted for voter fraud

Utah: Provo municipal council approves vote by mail | Springville considers a move to vote-by-mail

Virginia: Richmond's mayoral dropouts inspire change to Va. election law

Washington: Precinct changes affect about 18,500 voters

Wisconsin: Need an ID to vote? Here's how to get one in time for spring | Wisconsin had second-worst presidential election turnout decline since 2012

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March 21, 2017

Alabama: County approves contract for voting machines | Governor wants to toss lawsuit on delayed Senate election

Alaska: House Majority Leader pushes reforms to improve voter turnout

Arizona: Court denies bid to change Tucson election method

Arkansas: Lawmakers send voter ID bill to governor

Florida: Local rep calls for vote-by-mail laws after Post investigation | After complaints, Florida may share voting information

Georgia:  Residents fight for voting rights in S. Fulton Co.

Illinois: Early voting turnout subdued

Indiana: Dems do election board three-step

Kansas: House committee approves restriction on voting-site changes

Michigan: Who wants to make absentee voting easier in Michigan?

Minnesota: Minnesota tops turnout in 2016

Montana: Interesting history of Montana's special elections

Nebraska: Secretary of state will not seek re-election | Senators may seek to succeed John Gale | Election officials extend voting hours

New Hampshire: Untangling a question at the heart of 'domicile' debate | Controversial 'police provision' to be removed from election reform bill

New Jersey: No June primary for BOE commissioner | Hourigan elected chairman of Salem Co. BOE

New York: Village elections on Tuesday: Should they be in March? | Don't vote? Pay a fine (if this bill passes) | Proposed Assembly bill fines voters for not voting on Election Day

Ohio: Elections board members in dispute over alleged agreement | E-poll books arrive in Shelby Co.

Texas: Lawmakers pull bill to change early voting in Texas | Texas' horrible voter turnout continued in 2016, new study says

Utah: Herbert signs election bills

Monday, 20 March 2017

March 18-20, 2017

National News: Dem bill would codify elections at critical infrastructure | Same-day registration helped boost turnout

Arizona: Thorpe defends bill to limit student voting, citizen initiatives

Colorado: Tate early-voting cost-saving bill still waiting back stage

Florida: Ballot box blues

Georgia: Judge dismisses suit alleging Ga. wrongly bumped voters off rolls

Guam: Senator proposes doing away with primaries

Hawaii: Lawmakers say mail-in voting could bolster Hawaii's turnout

Idaho: County elections director retires

Illinois: Videos suggest teens on party bus were promised pay for their votes

Indiana: Hammond attorney named to Lake elections board | Miami Co. poll worker surprised with state award

Iowa: JoCo auditor considers run for secretary of state

Kentucky: Bill would allow local option questions on general, primary ballots

Louisiana: Norton launches voter registration campaign

Maine: Maine shoots to 2 in nation for voter turnout

Missouri: Missouri begins voter ID rollout amid questions about money and security

Montana: Lewis & Clark Co. prepares for special election | All-mail election would save Yellowstone Co. $50K

New Hampshire: New report: NH had nation's third-highest turnout | Senate OKs bill to hire full-time election law attorney | Moderator will not conduct voting machine audit

New Mexico: Senate OKs bill to consolidate most local elections, let cities opt out

New York: Advocates urge state lawmakers to budget for voting reforms | Crowds call on Cuomo for voting reform | New Yorkers called on to create new 'I Voted' sticker designs

North Carolina: Local voters falsely accused of fraud seek changes in election protest process

North Dakota: Lawmakers considering changes to the state's voter ID laws

Pennsylvania: Senator proposes auto voter reg | Allegheny Co. election workers may get their first raise in almost a decade | Lawrence now chair of Montco. election board | Dauphin Co. looking to change where people vote

Texas: A Texas woman 'voted like a U.S. citizen.' Only she wasn't

Utah: Report: 42% of voting age population didn't vote | Governor signs bill to cut election wait times

Washington: County makes precinct changes

West Virginia: Lawmakers propose stringent voter ID law

Friday, 17 March 2017

March 17, 2017

Arizona: Legislation would give counties more money for presidential primary elections | Senate panel OKs bill targeting initiatives

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. election panel to hold vote center meetings

California: Bill would require runoff elections in supervisor races

Colorado: GOP sponsor of a bill to reduce early voting centers says it will actually increase access | Colorado's voter turnout ranks near top for third presidential election running

Connecticut: Wallingford's turnout in presidential election among highest in state | State may require borough elections to be held in November

Georgia: Senate backs voter-registration changes opposed by rights advocates | Elections bill passes Senate after debate | Ga. Dems turn to KSU for answers in data breach

Illinois: AVR advanced again in Senate

Minnesota: Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout-again

Montana: County endorses mail ballots for special election | 46 of 56 counties support mail ballot for special election | Lewis & Clark commissioners pass resolutions for special election | Cascade Co. votes mail-ballots for special election | County endorses mail-in ballots

Nebraska: Murante, Morefeld spar over voter ID | Nebraska Senator warns of federal action on election systems | Bills that could change election day

Ohio: County to offer veteran IDs

Oregon: Commissioners appoint interim clerk

Nebraska: Voters face changes in Nebraska

Nevada: Bills would restore voting rights to some ex-felons

New Hampshire: Gilmanton endure election night without power, Internet | Town: No ballot review needed | Bill aims to legalize town meeting elections moved for Nor'easter | Secretary of state opposed to bill to ratify results for towns that rescheduled elections | Greenfield moves voting to Friday

New York: Freeport candidates' dead voter registration lawsuit dismissed | Report: New York ranks 41st in voter turnout in 2016

Tennessee: Rep. says 94-year-old mom can't get ID under TN law | House OKs bill to offer reward for voter fraud tips

Texas: Groups awaiting latest decision regarding the long-contested voter ID law

Wisconsin: Elections commissioners: Walker budget cuts hurt service to local clerks

Thursday, 16 March 2017

March 16, 2017

National News: Senator asks DHS for plans to treat election infrastructure as critical | New report finds that voter turnout in 2016 topped 2012 | GOP relieves president eased up on voter fraud claims| Top election officials have no information about voter fraud investigation

Colorado: Man fined $6K for voting in both Colorado and Kansas

Georgia: Election officials reject advocacy groups' call for paper ballots | Fulton Co.: Some voters in special election must cast multiple absentee ballots

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting dies in Senate

Illinois: State lawmakers revive AVR push | AVR moves to Senate floor

Indiana: Lake Co. precinct consolidation remains on hold | State lawmakers likely to set minimum Lake Co. precinct size

Kansas: Man fined $6K for voting in both Colorado and Kansas | House members seek to strip Kobach of power to appoint election commissioners

Massachusetts: City commends elections department on early voting success

Michigan: County moves ahead with voting machine replacement | County to upgrade to new election equipment

Missouri: County clerk explains voter photo ID

Montana: Cascade Co. commission supports mail-in ballot for special election

Nevada: Dems are trying to restore voting rights for ex-felons

Nebraska: Senator: Nebraska voting equipment needs to be replaced

New Hampshire: Delayed voting complicates results for some

Ohio: More than a dozen Franklin Co. polling locations changing

Rhode Island: Town leaders raising doubts about early voting proposal

Texas: Older voting machines present no worries for JC | Missing ballots lead to policy change | Think an election is rigged? Watch the equipment test | Support for online voter registration could take time

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas elections board approves ballot

Utah: Slew of election bills could streamline voting

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights | Waverly mayor indicted on election fraud charges | Fredericksburg's Ward 3 to get new polling place

Washington: Lawmakers consider bills to change election deadlines

Wisconsin: Pewaukee, Summit named in report on 17-year-olds | Clerk: Underage voters challenged poll workers | Prosecution doubtful for area 17-year-olds