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August 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

August 31, 2017

National News: Protecting the right to vote: How foundations are helping ensure American's access to the voting booth | Election commission apologize after judge calls failure to disclose information 'incredible' | Schiff introduces amendment to prohibit funds for election commission | Judge nails election commission on records handling

Alabama: Hillcrest Baptist approved as polling place

Arkansas: Benton Co. eyes election costs

California: Some counties racing to adopt vote-by-mail process

Georgia: Mailed voter forms are part of unofficial effort to expand election participation | After 2016's long lines, Gwinnett may add more early voting days | Cass Co. election officials attend training

Illinois: County clerk's employee seeks to become his successor | Election transparency initiative signed into law

Indiana: Lawson: No link between early voting access and turnout. Dems: Get real | Study committee considers automatic voter registration | May 2018 early voting dates selected

Kansas: Two charged with voter fraud

Louisiana: Local initiative seeks to mobilize Millennial voters

Minnesota: Are our elections secure? Minnesota's in better shape than most states

Missouri: County voting precincts will remain the same | Commission to present proclamation to former clerk Wendy Noren

New Mexico: FairVote NM sues city in effort to get ranked-choice voting | Fight over ranked-choice voting hits state Supreme Court

Ohio: Cuyahoga Co. BOE training students to work on Election Day

South Carolina: SC has kept hackers out of voting systems, but watchdogs want details on the attacks

Tennessee: Knoxville city council will vote to break tie or flip a coin after Sept. 15

Texas: Voter fraud probe launches

Utah: County My Vote may take initiative to the ballot

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August 30, 2017

National News: Cybersecurity experts were blocked in their push to patch voting systems in 2016

Alabama: Bill would align special US Senate races with general elections

Arizona: Ann Kurasaki name AMCA 'Clerk of the Year'

California: Voters don't like move to voting centers in place of neighborhood polling places | Resolution urges other states to oppose election commission

Georgia: Gwinnett elections officials want Sunday voting in 2018 | Walker Co. voters get partially completed registration forms

Idaho: Commissioners postpone proposal to eliminate 24 voting precincts

Massachusetts: AVR proposed for Mass.

Michigan: President's co-chair running for secretary of state

Missouri: Secretary of state seeking dismissal of voter ID lawsuit

New Hampshire: Handwritten notes on voter check lists stall release to WH fraud panel Review shows private voter info make public in about 42 cities, towns

New York: Minority, elderly voters shut out by removal of polling site | Ballot selfie ban opponents defend voting booth photos | After 5 years, shuttered polling site in Astoria reopens for the 2017 elections

North Carolina: Precinct polling place moved | Elections officials push to get 17-year olds working polls

North Dakota: City election date debated by ND lawmakers

Tennessee: Rutherford Co. to go from 49 to 28 polling locations in 2018 | After a year in the works, online voter registration goes live

Texas: SCOTUS temporarily blocks ruling on TX congressional map

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections system office on St. Croix remains closed

Utah: Utah Co. election canvass complete

Virginia: No evidence of voter suppression after ID law change, Dan River registrar says |

Wisconsin: Oak Creek moves polling locations out of schools

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

August 29, 2017

National News: Voter fraud panel chair swipes at Schumer over Charlottesville | WH panel apologizes to court for 'good-faith error' on transparency

Alabama: Budget chairman proposes eliminating special Senate elections | Judge delays hearing on Anniston council election challenge

Arkansas: Will Benton Co. return to paper ballots?

California: ACLU sues over 45K uncounted ballots

Florida: Nearly 34K early ballots cast ahead of St. Pete primary

Illinois: Illinois governor signs AVR law | Illinois becomes 10th state to automatically register voters | Candidates for Winnebago Co. clerk emerging

Kansas: New candidate adds wrinkle to secretary of state race

Maryland: Early voting in Frederick carried roughly $4K price tag

Massachusetts: New Pepperell town clerk takes creating official records seriously

Michigan: Macomb clerk hasn't submitted budget proposal

New Hampshire: Judge dismisses voter fraud case against Sunapee resident

New Jersey: Here is NJ's latest response to voter fraud commission

New York: Senate GOP must comply with BOE subpoenas | Monserrate allies plan to sue BOE for moving polling sites

Rhode Island: BOE votes to allow 230 mail ballots notarized by same person

Tennessee: Secretary of state's office to roll out online voter registration | Three charged in Bluff City election case arraigned

Texas: State seeks to keep voter ID law in place for handful of elections | SCOTUS temporarily blocks ruling against TX Congressional map

West Virginia: 13 seek to fill county clerk vacancy

Monday, 28 August 2017

August 26-28, 2017

National News: How secure are America's voting machines?| Kander says court cases not enough to protect voting rights | Vote fraud crusader J. Christian Adams sparks outrage | Gardner invites chief panel critic to voter commission meeting in NH

Alabama: AG investigating absentee ballots in Anniston council election, attorney says

Alaska: State to replace Accu-Vote machines | Civil Rights Commission reviews Alaska Native voting rights

Arizona: City manager denies candidate's request for free bus service on election day

Arkansas: Benton Co. seeks vote-device funds

California: California sued over voters' discarded ballots

Connecticut: Hartford fined nearly $10K for 2014 Election Day problems

Florida: Tampa lawyer leads campaign opposing voting rights for felons | Effort to restore felons' voting rights gains momentum

Illinois: Rauner to sign AVR

Indiana: County purchases new voting equipment | Suit claims voter suppression behind Indiana law | Sullivan County's Judson to plead guilty in election fraud case

Iowa: Iowa State celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter registration drive | Linn-Mar High's Friday football game to host satellite voting site

Kansas: Schwab takes step in secretary of state race

Michigan: Elections officials 'err on the side of voters' favor on recall petitions | Complaint claims state elections bureau illegally assisted redistricting group

Mississippi: McGinnis calls for voter awareness ahead of special elections | Lauderdale Co. going back to paper ballots

Minnesota: County's precincts weigh in on election needs

New Hampshire: LWV seeks temporary relief from new voter law

New York: Davis will appeal decision on ConCon ballot replacement | Shuttered Ditmars polling site to reopen for primary election

North Carolina: How much power will NC lawmakers have to shape 2018 elections? NC justices could decide

Oklahoma: Morgan leaves big shoes to fill

Oregon: Legality of Richardson's election rule change questioned

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. council deadlocks on settlement; Piazza lawsuit moves on

South Carolina: 'I deal with a lot of survivor's guilt,' Richland elections director says of attack

Tennessee: County approves e-poll books | Humphrey explains recent comments to election commission

Texas: County not ready to replace voting machines | AG explains decision to appeal ID ruling | After losses on voting laws and districting, Texas turns to Supreme Court | Parker earns CERA designation | Sting of losses in voting rights cases continues for Texas

West Virginia: State, local election officials satisfied with security of voting machines | Raleigh Co. voters honored for casting ballots in 50 elections

 

Friday, 25 August 2017

August 25, 2017

Editor’s Note: Electionline will be in California for the NASED conference on Thursday and Friday so stories will appear a bit later than normal, around 9 a.m. Eastern.

National News: Schumer's post-Charlottesville pitch: Kill the president's voting commission | WH voter fraud commission to meet in NH in September | State election officials still in the dark on Russian hacking | Lawyers try to put Kobach under oath in voter panel case | Could offering spy secrets to state officials help safeguard future elections?

Alaska: Activists express concerns over changes still needed for Alaska Native voting rights

California: Vote-by-mail only coming to next November election | ACLU sues California over 45K discarded ballots

Florida: Restore voting rights to most felons? No way Tampa lawyer says

Georgia: Election hacking suit over GA special could be sign of what's to come

Idaho: Bannock Co. proposal could soon consolidate voting precincts

Illinois: New Danville elections chief doesn't plan many changes

Kansas: Jury rejects former secretary of state employee's claim

Maryland: County seeks public input on 2018 early voting changes

Massachusetts: Lawrence candidates seek election oversight

Michigan: Bad math could leave Flint recall election hanging on one signature

Mississippi: Lauderdale Co. election commission looking to return to paper ballots

New York: ConCon supporter will appeal his ballot quest | Polling site change in Albany has some fuming | Gordon Ward named St. Lawrence Co. elections commissioner | Public advocate candidate outlines election reform agenda

North Carolina: Voting rights lawsuit changes how Jones Co. commissioners are elected

Oregon: Public comment requested on proposed elections changes

Tennessee: County may need less than $400K for voting machines | Councilwoman: Davidson Co. election administrator should resign

Texas: What's next in Texas' voter ID lawsuit? | 9 Texas House districts must be redrawn, court rules | Elections boss eager for end to voter ID fight

Washington: Voters slightly prefer mailing ballots over drop boxes

West Virginia: Shifting election could save Kingwood thousands

Wisconsin: La Crosse woman accused of election fraud

Wyoming: Election officials register voters on Louisa Swain Day

Thursday, 24 August 2017

August 24, 2017

Editor’s Note: Electionline will be in California for the NASED conference on Thursday and Friday so stories will appear a bit later than normal, around 9 a.m. Eastern.

National News: More voters will have access to non-English ballots in the next election cycle

Alaska: Alaska to provide public voter data records if fee paid

Arizona: Surprise City Hall become satellite voting site for November special

California: From the archives: 1928 voting machines

Illinois: State BOE postpones decision on releasing voter data

Indiana: Indiana's new voter purge law discriminates, lawsuit says

Kansas: Report: Kansas discarded disproportionate number of ballots in 2016

Louisiana: Will Blue Dog return to ballot box?

Maryland: Public hearing to discuss proposed early voting sites

Michigan: Voting made easier

Montana: Missoula's citywide elections will again be mail-in ballot only

New Hampshire: NH voters, advocates sue to block new law toughening voter registration | Suit filed to block new NH voter registration law  

North Carolina: Elections board to close Scotland Co. precincts | Watauga BOE stalls on approving early voting sites

Ohio: Butler Co. services at stake if sales tax fix isn't found

Oregon: Richardson announces he will not run for governor

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. won't settle suit by fired elections chief

South Carolina: Some Spartanburg Co. voters to be assigned new precinct

Tennessee: Online voter registration coming to Tennessee | Poll worker drive successful

Texas: Federal judge tosses new Texas ID law; state plans appeal | Federal judge throws out Texas' voter ID law | Federal judge tosses out Texas voter ID law

West Virginia: Kingwood to move elections

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

August 23, 2017

Editor’s Note: Electionline will be in California for the NASED conference on Thursday and Friday so stories will appear a bit later than normal, around 9 a.m. Eastern.

National News: Service members turned out in small numbers in 2016 | Policy groups fight for records on president's voter commission | Voting machine companies square off in patent dispute | Many county election officials still lack cybersecurity training

Arizona: Maricopa Co. supervisors concerned about Fontes' 2018 election plan

California: Officials say county should handle recall

Georgia: Gwinnett Co. sends first bilingual letter to voters

Illinois: Rauner plans to sign AVR bill | State officials put off decision on WH panel's request for data

Indiana: Hamilton Co. abruptly disbands bipartisan voter registration board

Kansas: Uncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach's proposals

Louisiana: LWV of Lafayette press local leaders to make early voting more accessible

Massachusetts: Salem seat to remain vacant 14 months

Minnesota: Minnesota secretary of state rejects request for voting data

North Carolina: County board crosses party lines with election judge appointments

Ohio: State representative running for secretary of state

Pennsylvania: Allegheny Co. election integrity coalition won't get a ballot question but is still pushing for new laws

Rhode Island: BOE names Robert Rapoza as new executive director

South Dakota: Proposals could raise the bar for ballot questions in South Dakota | SD open primaries campaign to get $140K boost

Tennessee: Council member recommends sensitivity training for election administrator

Texas: Anti-voter fraud bill increases penalties for violators | Seniors push back against mail-in ballot fraud law | Public invited to test drive voting machines

Virginia: Local felons talk about restoring voting rights

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Monday, 21 August 2017

August 19-21, 2017

National News: States need to modernize the polling place, but funding is scarce | Civil rights panel warns that new DOJ stance opens door to voter disenfranchisement

Alabama: Groups ask Alabama to restore voters to 'active' status | Secretary of state responds to concerns about municipal election monitoring | City of Mobile has several new polling locations

California: Stern's bill set to improve voter registration among foster youth will become law | Is Rancho Water's late-August election legal? Not for long

Connecticut: Merrill will seek third term as secretary of state

Florida: 'I Voted' sticker contest open to students | County OKs two new early voting sites | Absentee ballot fraud: Candidates could be breaking the law

Georgia: Chatham Co. drops voter challenge | Georgia will change policy after complaints over notice sent to voters | Paulding eyes voter convenience by reducing precincts, adding early voting sites

Indiana: Indiana election commission again fails to approve Lake Co. precinct consolidation plan

Kansas: County clerk completes professional certification program | Trial to examine bias claim against Kobach's office

Massachusetts: Early voting unavailable in Holyoke, other municipal elections this year

Michigan: Shelby Twp. clerk to announced secretary of state candidacy | Council candidate request recount in Center Line

Nevada: Recall elections could cost taxpayers $150K

New Jersey: Murphy attacks Guadagno for silence on WH fraud panel | Breaking silence, NJ says it will send some info to WH panel

North Carolina: State bars use of American Legion in King as polling site

Ohio: Old elections building to be razed

Pennsylvania: Zelienople polling site moves

South Dakota: Ballot measure would let people vote at home

Tennessee: Cast a ballot at any vote center in 2018

Texas: Texas asks Supreme Court to uphold voting maps for 2018 | Bastrop Co. elections dept. is asking community partners to help register voters on National Voter Registration Day | No second special session called for redistricting

Virginia: Waverly mayor's election fraud trial underway

Washington: Would moving the state's August primary get more people to vote?

West Virginia: Cabell names deputy clerk Powell to fill in as county clerk

Friday, 18 August 2017

August 18, 2017

National News: US women attain voting rights, Aug. 18, 1920

Alabama: Secretary of state's office to monitor Mobile election

Arkansas: Voter ID changes: Election commission reviews new regulations | Jefferson Co. clerk reminds voters of ID law

California: New motor voter law coming in April, state lawyer says

Connecticut: Hartford registrar of voters office fined $9,600 for 2014 election debacle

Florida: Gainesville city staff draft ordinance to move elections to fall

Illinois: 1.8M Chicago voter records exposed online | Info on 1.8M Chicago voters was publicly accessible, now removed from cloud service

Indiana: Commissioners vote to abolish county's board of voter registration | New voting equipment in store for Porter Co. | AG wants to back state law that is target of voting discrimination lawsuit

Iowa: Woman who tried to vote twice gets probation | County to update voting equipment, software

Michigan: County agrees to consider staffer for clerk

Missouri: November election cost complicates use tax initiative

New Jersey: NJ officials supply data to WH panel

New Mexico: Krahling assists in voting system certification

Ohio: Battle over how Ohio maintains voter rolls nearing conclusion

Texas: Potter Co. spends $1M to replace voting machines | Texas voting law on language interpreters violates Voting Rights Act, court says | AG opens voter fraud investigation into Robstown election | Surprise: Repealed law on nursing-home voting still in effect for November

Utah: Low voter turnout again in St. George, Washington counties | 'County My Vote' readying 2018 ballot initiative to eliminate caucus/convention system | Iron Co. voter turnout steady with vote-by-mail ballots | 14K more counted ballots change little in Salt Lake Co.

Vermont: Condos says AVR program succeeds