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May 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

May 27-30, 2017

National News: Do voter ID laws help or hurt voter turnout?

Alabama: New cross-party voting rules could cause headaches at the polls

Arizona: Judge: While records, ballot images not subject to public release

California: Feinstein supports vote-by-mail bill | Assemblyman Evan Low pushes to lower state voting age

Colorado: Proposal to change precinct boundaries unveiled | After 24 years as city clerk, Tuin ready to have fun

Florida: 1 in 4 Florida adults aren't registered to vote, according to non-partisan group

Georgia: Lawsuit seeks paper ballots in Georgia runoff | Elections director wins state award

Illinois: Legislature OK's automatic voter registration | Illinois budget fight could affect 2018 elections | House OKs bill to automatically register voters

Kansas: Election official wants to add polling places in Sedgwick Co.

Maine: Lawmakers may undo new voting system approved by public | LePage, lawmakers oppose voter-approved laws

Minnesota: 'I Voted' stickers for all

Missouri: Cape Girardeau Co. clerk explains new law

Montana: Montanans look to what's next after special election | Most Montanans had voted before incident | Special election goes smoothly for Cascade Co.

Nevada: Governor signs 19 bills into law

New Hampshire: Gardner defends role on election commission

New Jersey: Ortley polling place approved

North Carolina: Judges weigh law cutting governor's elections oversight role | NC GOP plan new voter ID law, setting up another partisan battle | NC's battle over voting rights intensifies

Ohio: Elections board eyes reimbursement

Tennessee: Rate increase for election officials OK'd | Budget committee hears electronic poll book presentation

Texas: House, Senate OK compromise on bill to soften voter ID law | Most Texas House changes kept in voter ID bill | Villalba: AG should join Dallas voter fraud investigation

Utah: 'Prophecy coming true' says Utah early voting critic

Virginia: After federal review, Chesapeake addressing accessibility issues

Friday, 26 May 2017

May 26, 2017

National News: Democrats focus on voting rights to fight president's fraud commission | Oregon's congressional Democrats push for national vote-by-mail

Alabama: Paul Lee: New felony voter law will eliminate confusion | Sewell named vice chair of voter protection group

Arizona: Secretary of state looking to upgrade state's registration system

California: Santa Clara considers changing local elections

Georgia: 12 Fulton polling places changing for runoff

Guam: GEC looking for volunteer voter registrars

Louisiana: Flags ordered at half staff to honor Ater

Maine: State House leaders allow opposing bills to address RCV

Maryland: Judges locked out of polls has no impact on election

Minnesota: Simon urges funding for voting equipment

Missouri: Boone Co.'s old voting equipment | Secretary of state publishes emergency voter ID rules

Montana: Ravalli Co. election chief says controversy increased turnout | Voters can't change ballots in Montana | Ravalli polls busier than expected | Special election brings good voter turnout in Yellowstone Co. | No, you can't change your vote | Gallatin Co. plans business-as-usual election | Montana law doesn't allow cast absentee ballots to be changed

Nevada: Vegas man pleads not guilty to paying for GOP voter sign-ups | Senate hears bill on voting rights for felons in Nevada | Flathead Co. gears up for busy election day

New Jersey: Lawmakers to test Christie again on changing NJ elections

New York: Bloominburg developer pleads guilty in voter fraud case | Board of elections still recovering from August fire

North Carolina: Charlotte mayoral primary would change under bill

Oregon: Oregon lawmakers want nationwide vote-by-mail option

Pennsylvania: County hires new assistant elections director

Texas: County to replace voting machines

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

May 24, 2017

National News: Top hacker conference to target voting machines | How applied mathematics could improve the democratic process

Connecticut: House takes step on long road to early voting | Early voting could be on the ballot in 2020

Georgia: DeKalb halts plan to penalize early Dunwoody voters | Police honored for swift work recovering stolen voting equipment | Efforts to fire board of elections in Stewart County

Indiana: Putnam clerk proposes vote centers for 2018

Kansas: Civil rights group wants Kansas official's documents public

Louisiana: Lafourche Council appoints new registrar

Maine: Ranked choice voting system violates Maine's constitution, court says | Maine's highest court rules ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional | How Joshua Chamberlain's ghost struck down ranked-choice voting

Massachusetts: Norwell committee hears vote of confidence for electronic voting

Michigan: Saugatuck applying for new voting equipment | Stein recount sparks Michigan to double fees | Costs for some election recounts double

Montana: Many Montanans unsure how to vote in special election, officials say | B-SB officials ready for special election | Special election absentee ballot returns continue at steady pace

Nevada: Voting rights for felons part of Legislature's criminal justice reform push

New Hampshire: Measure would clarify absentee voter signature rules

Rhode Island: House panel set to vote on AVR

South Carolina: Richland Co. must make polling places accessible by June

Texas: House backs voter ID overhaul, with changes | House approves voter ID overhaul | House reforms ID law, but legal fight looms | Phillips: Denton Co. election systems were not vulnerable to tampering

Washington: New election supervisor | New Clallam Co. elections supervisor takes reins at busy time

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

May 23, 2017

National News: Republican redistricting taking a beating in courts, again

Arkansas: Voting machine proposal heads to committee | Craighead Co. Quorum Court could consider new voting machines in June

Connecticut: South Windsor GOP seeks committee to review school polling places; Dems object

Florida: Special election set

Georgia: New ballot machine saves money

Idaho: Bannock Co. takes closer look at special elections

Illinois: Rock Island Co. voter numbers are solid, clerk contends

Iowa: Branstad leaves Iowa with new voter ID law

Louisiana: Registrar of voters pension plan scouting for custodian

Michigan: Precinct polling locations changing for some Marquette residents

Minnesota: Special election reform in Minnesota

Montana: Lewis and Clark Co. preps for special election | Cascade Co. gears up for special election | Special election to cost Gallatin Co. an unanticipated $200K | Montana special election costs counties big money | Special election means additional costs for counties | Butte gets ready for special election

New Hampshire: House Democratic leader raises concern with Gardner election appointment | Disagreement at State House over payment for Gardner's participation on election commission

New York: Senate passes bill to hold all primaries in August

North Carolina: Supreme Court rules race played large role in districts' creation | Duke doesn't make the cut on list of NC colleges with highest student voter turnout

Texas: House will debate voter ID law Tuesday | Two poll workers plead guilty to illegal voting | Gregg a step closer to countywide voting | County election process to be dissected Tuesday

Virginia: Virginia elections website shows security warning on last day to register

Wisconsin: WI AG asks SCOTUS to block order on voting maps

Monday, 22 May 2017

May 20-22, 2017

National News: Despite high court's decision on NC voting law, activists worry about chief justice | Status Check: Where voting rights cases stand with the Supreme Court

Alabama: Mobile Co. makes changes to election precincts ahead of special election

Arizona: Secretary Reagan seeks updated voter registration system

Arkansas: Rep. Trevor Drown to run for secretary of state in 2018

California: California's top elections officer calls voter fraud allegations a 'smokescreen'

Florida: Former Eatonville mayor found guilty of voter fraud | Elections experts say Florida should modernize rolls | Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Putnam Co. election

Georgia: Johns Creek election may be illegitimate, voting group alleges | BOE election technician awarded certificate from Carl Vinson Institute | Forsyth issues registration clarification

Idaho: Turnout rekindles election consolidation talk

Iowa: Pate talks elections

Kentucky: Election board adjusts precincts, ponders potential polling places

Louisiana: Al Ater, former secretary of state, dies

Massachusetts: Minorities sue Lowell over voting rights

Michigan: Poll finds Detroit clerk vulnerable | Kowall considers run for secretary of state in 2018

Minnesota: Looking for new ways to replace old voting machines

Mississippi: Voting stickers presented to Lauderdale Co. election commission

Montana: Special election means additional costs for counties | Voters, polling stations prep for special election | Voter turnout low so far in special election | Western Montana counties seeing steady stream of returned ballots

Nevada: Lawmakers OK vote center bill before deadline | Voting center bill amended, passed on party lines

New York: Crowley appointee to BOE sees spike in Queens court profits | Carroll seeks election law change to extend run-off

Ohio: 22 face prosecution for double voting | Husted: Voter fraud 'rare' in Ohio

Pennsylvania: Officials find no surprises in official vote count | Lackawanna Co. still working on final vote tally | Northampton Co. 'I Voted' stickers coming back by popular demand

Texas: Texas GOP fears federal oversight as voter ID overhaul stalls | Effort to overhaul Texas voter ID rules survives--for now | Abbott declares voter ID bill an emergency item | Dallas Co. elections department responds to voter fraud concerns | Weak state law makes fraud possible, local leaders argue

Wisconsin: Vida Terry recognized for long service to Brighton

Friday, 19 May 2017

May 19, 2017

National News: 'The Stakes': Let America Vote founder Jason Kander on fighting voter suppression | Kobach says he won't pre-judge voter fraud panel's findings | ACLU take legal action after president launches committee to deal with voter fraud | Bill to reduce waiting time at polls reintroduced

Alabama: Legislature approves bill that would restore 'many' felons' voting rights | Merrill says he will have say in voter fraud panel | Crossover voting bill clears Legislature

Arkansas: Mississippi Co. hopes to add new voting machines

Florida: Supervisor of elections kicks off Annual High School Voter Registration Week | Ex-felon rights restoration clinic | Former Eatonville mayor, aides testify in voter fraud case

Georgia: Metro Atlanta officials honor police for handling of voting equipment theft in Cobb Co.

Idaho: N. Idaho ballot included Canadian as a candidate

Kansas: In new role, Kobach touts evidence of illegal voting in Kansas

Massachusetts: Lowell residents file suit alleging at-large elections discriminate

Mississippi: Winner certified, losing candidate to request ballot box examination

Missouri: Voter ID law effective June 1st

Montana: 60% of absentee ballots returned | Special election brings special challenges for voter access

New Hampshire: ACLU files right-to-know request with secretary of state over election commission

New Jersey: New Ortley Beach polling place finalized

Ohio: County elections board honors official

South Carolina: Election officials prep for recount

Texas: Say good bye (probably) to straight-ticket voting | Whistleblower in West Dallas voter fraud case is person of interest | Paxton rules violent sex offenders can vote-by-mail

U.S. Virgin Islands: Sarauw files certification demand in Superior Court

Utah: 'Fight over process' to replace Chaffetz

Thursday, 18 May 2017

May 18, 2017

National News: 3 things election tech officials need right now

Alabama: Commission reviewing voting places

Colorado: Secretary of state wants your input on election rules

District of Columbia: DC voter registration database to get $3M overhaul

Georgia: Special election latest skirmish in voting rights war

Indiana: Popular polling place may be moving

Louisiana: Committee chooses top three for Lafourche registrar of voters

Mississippi: Hosemann touts importance of voting & state's voter ID law

Montana: Election office holds drive through event for absentee ballots on Thursday

New Hampshire: Election reform bill clears major hurdle in House

New York: 3 win in Bethlehem after messy polling | Skoufis helps pass election reform package of bills

North Carolina: Voter ID still on table for Sen. Tarte | Pierce happy to see High Court decline case

Ohio: Stainbrook not opposed to either elections board pick

Pennsylvania: 20% cast ballots in county on 'quiet' election day | Union Co. commissioner: 'Flawless' response to election day glitches | 'Pitiful' voter turnout reported for many counties in primary | Election director handles 100 poll worker call offs, 'fairly quiet' Tuesday | No names on the primary ballot? In Lewisberry, that's on purpose

South Carolina: Little room for recount to change 5th District outcome

Texas: New recordings suggest voter fraud plot in Grand Prairie | Senate approves ban on straight-ticket voting

U.S. Virgin Islands: VI top court won't force elections board to certify election

Utah: Legislators, county clerks tussle over ranked choice voting proposal

Virginia: Illegal voting in Virginia? Yes. Massive? Doubtful | Primary voting guidelines confuse residents

Washington: New law to incite proliferation of ballot drop boxes

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

May 17, 2017

National News: For voting rights advocates, court ruling is 'temporary' victory | What researchers of voter fraud see in new commission | Supreme Court order unlikely to deter voter restrictions

Alabama: iPads speed up lines to vote, but at what monetary cost?

California: Letters seek to shame neighbors into voting | Secretary of state welcomes new citizens, slams fraud commission

District of Columbia: DC to spend $3M to get clean up voter rolls | DC's primary election date is moving...again

Florida: Six Florida counties warned by Judicial Watch over voter rolls | Legislature fails to approve funding to join ERIC | Early voting sites among county budget requests

Georgia: Dunwoody gets shorted on early voting

Idaho: Election officials test voting machines, prepare for ballot count

Missouri: Ashcroft makes his mark on first legislative session

Montana: Ravalli Co. absentees at high level for special election | Missoula Co. ramps up for special election

New Hampshire: Voter ID bill moves forward | House committee recommends passage of bill requiring stricter ID

New York: Ann Patchett writing book about women's voting rights | Poughkeepsie voters delayed by poll book errors

North Carolina: Voter ID legislation not dead yet

Ohio: Democrat Kathleen Clyde declares for secretary of state | Sen. Frank LaRose declares run for secretary of state | GOP choice for elections board nixed

Oregon: Lane Col elections sees low turnout before deadline

Pennsylvania: Elections Director: Voter turnout better in Mercer Co. municipal primary | Wilkinsburg elections judge in jail; voters use emergency ballots | Some Wilkinsburg voters use emergency ballots because election judge was in jail | Officials: 'Standard' and 'quiet' primary election in midstate so far | Voters scarce in primary election | Election judge in jail; power issues delay voting at polling site | Poll worker: 'My doctor didn't even know there was an election today' | At Philly polls, no lines, no waiting, but some signs of better turnout

Texas: Whistleblower alleges voter fraud extends into Dallas Co. | New details in Dallas mail-in ballot fraud investigation | Pasadena election volunteer files complaint with secretary of state

Virginia: Political parties at odds over voter ID | Albemarle Co. changes voting location

Wisconsin: Rep calls on Walker not to enforce ID law for 2018 | Five elections staff approved despite Walker recommendation | Manitowoc Co. woman sentenced for voter fraud | Lawmakers reject Walker's election commission staffing cuts