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April 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017

April 28, 2017

Arkansas: County to try voting centers

California: Moving primary gaining traction

Florida: CP Interview: Orange Co. SOE Bill Cowles

Illinois: Partial recount to start May 9 in Normal mayor's race | Election board enters settlement agreement with DOJ

Kansas: Women for Kansas look at voting reliability

Massachusetts: Pembroke town clerk welcomes new voting machines

Michigan: Alma approves resolution for voting equipment purchase | House passes bills disallowing party names, logos on ballots

Mississippi: Secretary of state visits Starkville to talk voter education

Montana: Odd election date closes some polling places

Nebraska: Ricketts vetoes bill that would grant voting rights to newly-released felons

New York: Groups ask NY to allow early voting

North Carolina: GOP lawmaker backtracks on voting plan

Ohio: County officials want help with old voting machines | Butler Co. moving to e-poll books | Mahoning elections board adding new online reporting system | E-poll books may update voting process in county | Latta: Postal service vows faster delivery

Oregon: As ballots hit inboxes, election officials push online tracking

Pennsylvania: Philly prisons ramp up voter education for inmates

Rhode Island: RI tackles issues with non-existent voters on file

Tennessee: Shelby Co. elections folks offer classes for deputy registrars

Texas: Minority groups want trial on Texas voting maps before 2018 | Tarrant Co. needs bilingual poll workers

Virginia: McAuliffe says he has broken US record for restoring voting rights | Website helps felon restore voting rights

West Virginia: West Virginia narrows poll restriction on electioneering

Thursday, 27 April 2017

April 27, 2017

National News: Holder: President's election fraud claims are laying foundation for voter suppression

Alabama: Houston Co. plans for special election | Moore plans to move two polling sites | Lauderdale Co.'s largest polling location has been moved

Illinois: Woman arrested for voter fraud in Macon Co.

Louisiana: House lawmakers nor keen to restore vote to some ex-felons | Let 70K ex-felons vote? No, says Louisiana House committee

Maine: Lewiston rep seeks to make voter registration automatic | Judicial branch speaks out against bill to have courts review citizen initiatives

Massachusetts: Three MIT scholars awarded prestigious Carnegie fellowships

Michigan: Ingham Co. voters will use new equipment this fall

Mississippi: Judge mulls whether to delay election challenge

Montana: Voters confused over multiple ballot elections | Special election ballots are keeping Gallatin Co. courthouse busy

Nebraska: Election commission open for longer early voting

New York: LWV, legislators push for voting reforms | Election reformers make case for early voting

North Carolina: Extended voting hours would be discouraged under bill | Moore Co. men convicted of voter fraud | DA's office decline to prosecute case involving alleged voter fraud | Governor asks court to block elections law measure | Woman fulfills mom's dying wish by voting in her place | DA cites 'compassion' for not prosecuting voter fraud case | Senate OKs elections changes

Ohio: Latta continues probe of USPS delivery of absentee ballots

Texas: Stakes are high for Texas voting laws with 2018 election looming | McAllen notes surge in mail-in ballot applications

Virginia: Augusta Co. to get new voting machines for June primary

Washington: Better voting access tends to help Dems. So why is a rural Republican championing it?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April 26, 2017

Alabama: Bill would eliminate requirement to give reason for voting absentee | Special election will cost Houston Co. $29K | Commission approves moving Greenhill voting box for special election

Arizona: Ducey to decide if voter registration controversy repeats

Arkansas: Benton Co. seeks funding for upgraded voting machines

California: Contra Costa Co. becomes first in country to try new teen voter app

Georgia: Bacon going back to one polling place

Indiana: Lawson says DHS is acting in violation of Indiana Constitution

Kentucky: Election board looks at new polling places

Maine: House rejects requiring voters to show ID

Michigan: State audit stirs challenger in Detroit clerk race | Questions swirl around Macomb Co. clerk

Mississippi: Hosemann concerned about low voter turnout

Nebraska: Ricketts won't sign bill to restore felons' voting rights sooner

Nevada: Same-day voter registration gets OK from Senate

New Mexico: New task force aims to boost voter registration

New York: Skoufis secures new voting location for Whispering Hills residents

North Carolina: Should NC drop literacy requirement for voting? House wants to update constitution | General Assembly overrides Cooper's election board veto | Badin against possible polling place change

Ohio: Board of elections testing machines | State senator revives push for modern voting equipment | Granville High School student seeks teen voting

Oregon: Dennis Richardson unveils complex redistricting plans

South Carolina: Fifteen Sumter Co. precincts will be realigned for next election

Tennessee: Students now able to earn volunteer hours for election work

Texas: Cameron Co. to use old-style ballots in upcoming election | House committee mulls changes to mail-in ballots | Williamson Co. commissioners court adjusts election precincts | Anticipating 500+ absentee ballots, McAllen approves Signature Verification Committee

Virginia: Filing mix-up sends Roanoke Co. election officials back into 2016 records | Lynchburg registrar's office now located at Kemper Street Station

West Virginia: Voter turnout up in Morgantown, but still room to improve | Clerk: Smooth election day for Morgantown

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April 25, 2017

Alabama: City, state won't combine ballots

Florida: Newly elected official pledges to bring OVR to Lake Co. by this fall | Outgoing Orange Park mayor questions election result | Could Fla. voters soon drop off mail-ballots in more places?

Georgia: More early voting sites may be added for runoff | Computer experts petition Ga. for more transparency in voting systems | Lawsuit: 2015 redistricting violated black voters' rights | Alpharetta mayor announces candidacy for secretary of state

Kansas: Judge's ruling gives Kobach time to prepare for appeal

Maine: Ranked choice voting coming to Maine unless Legislature says no

Maryland: Montgomery election board to review registration practices

Michigan: Residency of Macomb Co. clerk uncertain

Montana; Election manager says accuracy is paramount | Election administrators deal with ballot confusion; Missoula tries new due by date stamp | Senate rejects mail-ballot measure for special election

Nebraska: Lawmakers pass bill to restore felons' voting rights sooner, unclear if governor will sign

North Carolina: Senate overrides Cooper's veto on elections board bill | Senate completes its part in overriding elections board veto

North Dakota: Burgum signs voter ID bill | Attorney: ND voter law still unconstitutional

Ohio: Indicted BOE director, employee take plea deals

Texas: Elections Dept. replaces voting machines in Sullivan City after battery problems | Long lines reported as early voting gets underway in Corpus Christi | Faulty machines briefly delay early voting in Sullivan City | Recent rulings that Texas' voting laws discriminate put pressure on state | With early voting comes mobile app to inform you on ballot | Suspected voter fraud in Grand Prairie fits same pattern | Concerns fiesta could affect early voting | Commissioners to consider new voter precincts

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board votes against certifying special election

Virginia: Charlottesville electoral board tests voting machines

West Virginia: Secretary of state visits county clerks in Northern Panhandle

Monday, 24 April 2017

April 22-24, 2017

National News: President was going to investigate voter fraud, what happened?

Alabama: New voter registrar appointed

Arkansas: As elections association comes to end, NW officials look to form replacement

California: Secretary of state takes youth voter drive to Linden

Florida: County mulls reduction of voting precincts

Georgia: DeKalb officials demand new early voting sites for runoff

Illinois: Lake to spend $1.1M on voting machine upgrade | DuPage voter registrations don't add up, group alleges | Danville elections chief leaving for private sector

Indiana: Inactive voters purged in Elkhart | Holcomb signs voter registration bill

Kansas: Judge stays order for Kobach to turn over documents

Massachusetts: Longtime elections commissioner chair looks back on an American career

Missouri: New Madrid Co. ballot mix-up could lead to special election

Montana: Moore explains voting process for special election

Nebraska: Panel advances voter ID constitutional amendment | Secretary of state candidate speaks to local GOP

Nevada: Nevada flirts with primaries

New Hampshire: NH advances bill to clarify postponed election results

New Mexico: Secretary of state announces Native American voting group

New York: 10 things to know about women's voting rights in NY

North Carolina: 508 ineligible voters cast ballots in '16 according to NC BOE |Tallying NC voter fraud: Felons, non-citizens and a dutiful daughter | Cooper vetoes bill on elections | State finds 15 voting irregularities in Alamance Co.

Ohio: Husted removes Lucas Co. BOE member | Secretary of state press secretary steps down | E-pollbooks coming to an election site near you | Franklin Co. gets poll pads

Pennsylvania: For Philly's voter fraud reputation, more poll watchers may be the cure

South Dakota: Barnett announces bid for secretary of state

Texas: County gets glimpse of voting tech |Denton Co. elections faces biggest challenge yet | Judge considering special master to oversee disabled voter access to polls | Reports of voter fraud in West Dallas have 'deeply troubled' officials | Dallas DA investigating mail-in ballots | Webb Co. voting precinct out of compliance

U.S. Virgin Islands: Sarauw leads after count, now she just has to win

Utah: An early departure for Chaffetz would cost big money

Wisconsin: Late absentee ballots more than doubled after deadline moved up

Friday, 21 April 2017

April 21, 2017

California: Election officials push $450M voting machine bond for 2018 | Legislation to fix security flaw in state's voter file passes first hurdle | Voter drive earns state's praise | Ballot bill passes Senate floor | Wilson considers recount options

Colorado: Fremont Co. recall election could cost taxpayers $85K

Florida: Supreme Court OKs felon voting rights amendments | Voting rights for ex-felons closer to getting on ballot | Brevard SOE to hold bake sale for nonprofit

Georgia: Group files voting rights lawsuit against Ga. election law | Suit claims Ga. voter registration violates federal law | Live in the 6th district and want to register for June runoff? Too late | A familiar face joins Bibb elections board

Idaho: Ada Co.'s mobile voting food truck named World Changing Ideas finalist

Illinois: Chicago board of elections commissioners ensures ADA accessible polling sites by 2018 | Orland Park elections run up $362K price tag | Coin toss decides election winner

Indiana: $587K upgrade will make county voting machines more secure

Massachusetts: Sherborn town meeting to have poll pad technology

Michigan: Kent Co. clerk announces selection of new voting equipment

Mississippi: Hosemann praises maintenance of Vicksburg voter rolls | Voting machines tested ahead of primary election

Nebraska: Evnen makes Fremont stop | Resolution to require voter ID advances

New Hampshire: Sununu to sign bill allowing ratifications of snowstorm-delayed local elections

North Carolina: Elections board overhaul not yet law, but GOP already making nominations

Ohio: Preparing for election day | Franklin Co. moving to e-poll books | Tuscarawas Co. will return to using paper ballots | Election board prepares for May 2

Texas: Court finds intentional voter discrimination in Texas | Minority votes intentionally diluted by GOP-lead House

Utah: State plans for possible special election

West Virginia: Thousands booted from voters rolls regionally

Thursday, 20 April 2017

April 20, 2017

National News: There's also a partisan split *when* people vote

Alabama: Voting box must move for election

Arizona: Maricopa Co. holding all-mail 2017 election

Arkansas: Election commission waiting on new voting machines | If state partnership approved, county to buy 200 new voting machines

California: Secretary of state urges Riverside teens to register to vote | Bill to move primary clears first hurdle

Colorado: Legislators ponder alternative method to elect candidates

Connecticut: Registrars provide Greenwich voter demographics online

Florida: Quincy city commissioner accused of election violations | Washington Co. may see a decrease in number of polling precincts

Georgia: State opens investigation into issues with special election | Stolen election equipment is safe in landfill, officials say | Police arrest man accused of tealing election equipment | Not again, Fulton: Another election, another new and different snafu | Sec. of State: User error responsible for long pause in special election results

Idaho: Denney announces re-election bid

Indiana: A federal voter ID law: Indiana's Messer proposes it, Dems object | State prepares for future elections by cleaning up voter rolls | 50K removed from voter rolls since election | Porter Co. says not to panic over voter list purge

Kansas: Kobach seeks stay in judge's order to hand over documents

Maryland: Conservative watchdog group questions MoCo's voter rolls

Michigan: Ex-aide says Macomb Co. clerk saw employees as 'her enemies' | Oakland Co. in process of purchasing new voting equipment

Montana: Green Party appeals ballot access decision to SCOTUS

Nevada: Investigation finds that 3 non-citizens voted in Nevada's 2016 election

New York: Orange Co. marks completion of BOE complex

Ohio: Hearing officer recommends Hartley's removal from Lucas Co. elections board | New changes to voting polls in Cuyahoga Co.

Pennsylvania: Pa. Supreme Court tosses lawsuit seeking replacement of city commissioners | Poll watcher bill clears committee

South Carolina: SLED investigating after woman had issue trying to vote in Marion election

Texas: Williamson Co. outsources payroll for election workers

Washington: Ballot box bill near becoming law, but not popular with elections officials

West Virginia: Secretary of state, clerks purge voter rolls | Secretary of state stops in Preston Co.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

April 19, 2017

Alabama: Special election estimated to cost up to $15M

Florida: Bipartisan effort to help restore ex-felons' rights faster could be in the works for 2018

Georgia: Fulton extends polling hours; DeKalb and Cobb smooth | What happens to your ballot after you cast your vote | Voters frustrated they couldn't vote in special election | Lee named for potential electoral list problem | Hall weighing changes to elections office | Poll theft discussed in private by Cobb commissioners and secretary of state's office officials | Fulton extending voting hours at two polling places | Fulton Co. experiences data issues while counting votes

Hawaii: Hawaii lawmakers considering vote-by-mail bill

Indiana: Indiana cancels nearly half a million voter registrations

Maryland: Conservative group urges Maryland to do more to weed out ineligible voters--or it will sue

Massachusetts: City clerk is looking at busy election season

Mississippi: Election commissioners present plan for precinct consolidation | Poll workers preparing for Meridian municipal elections

Missouri: Voters will be asked to show photo ID starting June 1

Montana: Is there still a chance for mail ballot election? | Mail-in ballots for special election probably won't be voted on again | House speaker kills mail-ballot bill with parliamentary power | Mail-in ballots for special election probably won't be voted on again | Green Party, independents won't be on Montana's special election ballot

Nevada: Clark Co. could switch to vote centers by 2018

New Hampshire: SB3 hearing draws debate over student participation, message sent to young voters | Heated hearing for bill to plug voter 'domicile loophole' | House debates bill that would change voting rights in NH

New York: City, group working on deal for suit over purge of 200K voters | On the heels of the presidential election, there's now a shortage of poll workers

North Carolina: Voting rights group wants Republican voting protests probed | Democracy NC calls for criminal probe of NCGOP for unfounded voter fraud claims

North Dakota: Lawmakers pass voter ID bill, but attorney says it doesn't follow court ruling | North Dakota lawmakers pass voter ID bill

Ohio: E-pollbooks to be demonstrated at area libraries

Tennessee: Mike Walden begins 10th term as election commission chairman

Texas: Nonpartisan group urges Paxton to stop appealing decisions on voter ID laws | Election officials don't believe ad typo affected registrations | Political group files complaint over ballot irregularities in Dallas Co. | Alvin voters warned massive ballot can take 30 minutes to read

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board won't certify vote, for now | St. Thomas-St. John district board can't certify special election until Rodriquez de-certified

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April 18, 2017

Arizona: Why won't Arizona consider automatic voter registration?

Connecticut: Greenwich registrars create online database of town voter data

Florida: Collier elections office recognized for its communication skills

Georgia: Voters' personal data at risk in Cobb theft | Equipment stolen days before special election | Officials investigate outage that caused long lines for Fulton voters | Judicial Watch threatens suit over voter rolls in 10 counties

Indiana: Lawrence Co. BOE votes to conduct study to develop voting center

Iowa: Auditors break with state on felons

Kansas: Federal judge orders Kobach to share documents from his meeting with then-president elect

Michigan: Oakland Co. looks to future with modern election technology | Macomb Co. clerk has aide call 911: Reporters harassing me

Mississippi: County clerk: Hannibal's runoff elections pose law 'issues'

Montana: Gallatin Co. sends out mail ballots | Voters to decide on ballot harvesting in 2018

Nebraska: Evnen supports voter ID requirements

Nevada: Sandoval awaiting details about alleged voter fraud | Secretary of state alleges voter fraud, blames DMV

New Hampshire: Showdown over controversial voting rights bill moves to House | Durham council passes resolution opposing SB3 | As SB3 moves to House, opponents and proponents striving for strong turnout at public hearing

New Jersey: Berkeley Heights changes polling locations to enhance school safety

New Mexico: Dona Ana Co. clerk reaching out to prospective voters

North Carolina: Granville election worker appears in court

North Dakota: State attempting to fix voter ID rules after lawsuit | New voter ID bill heads to governor | Grand Forks' Arbor Park polling place approved over access concerns

Texas: Gregg Co. hears pitch for new voting machines | House committee approves bill to make changes to voter ID law | Texas AG concludes election judges must take constitutional oath

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board could delay final approval of special election

Washington: People in Politics: Kim Wyman

Wisconsin: Plans for new voting equipment in Racine Co. move forward

Monday, 17 April 2017

April 15-17, 2017

National News: Lawmakers across U.S. move to include young people in voting | The mathematician who's using geometry to fight gerrymandering

Arizona: Ducey signs initiative proposal | How do officials prevent voter fraud | Restrictions on citizen initiatives came after years long effort

Arkansas: Quorum Court considers appropriating $500K for new voting equipment | In Little Rock, election location an issue | Preparing for early voting

California: In California, teens can now register in advance to be voters | Facing a voting rights lawsuit, council appoints new charter review committee | Teens can register to vote via text

Florida: Activists push for ex-felon voting rights restoration

Georgia: Internet issues, multiple ballots cause headaches on last day of early voting | Outages force two North Fulton polling places to stay open late

Illinois: Peru native who voted illegally in 2 elections now faces deportation | Coin flip decide Tazewell Co. election

Indiana: Indiana counties purging inactive voters from rolls

Kentucky: Early voting provisions become law

Massachusetts: New tech at Town Meeting in Sherborn

Nebraska: Evnen ready to enter race for secretary of state

Nevada: DMV responds to illegal voting investigation | Investigation targets alleged voter fraud in 2016 election | DMV rejects secretary of state questions about its voter registration system

New York: Early voting still unsolved in NY

North Dakota: Lawmakers approaching changes to voter ID law

Pennsylvania: Bucks Co. announces polling place changes in four voting districts

Tennessee: Voting selfie bill sailed through senate

Texas: Harrison elections administrator changes some polling locations