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November 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

November 30, 2017

National News: Experts: States need federal help to protect voting machines | Across the country, election officials search for way to keep up with cybersecurity | Vote-hacking fears help state officials get security clearances

Alabama: Election officials get ready for senate election | City council members speak out on Phenix City voter fraud | Secretary of state answers questions about write-in ballots | Interest high in casting write-in votes in Senate race, state election official says

California: Latino groups join voting rights lawsuit | Big changes in store for voters in Madera Co. elections

Colorado: Colorado completes statewide election audit | County completes election audit

Illinois: Bill introduced to help Illinois voters counter Crosscheck system | DuPage voters may get say in dissolving election commission | Schools want reimbursement for election security

Indiana: Porter Co. closer to new voting equipment

Kentucky: Kentucky elections worker claims he was fired for reporting problems. Now he's suing

Louisiana: Schedler testifies before Congress

Michigan: Port Huron Twp. wins elections award | Court to decide if Macomb clerk violated order

Minnesota: County, city seek voting equipment grant money | Four felons charged with illegal voting, registering to vote

Mississippi: State Sen. Blount wants voting process more convenient to increase participation

New Hampshire: Critics say bill targets students

New Mexico: Judge rules city must use ranked choice voting system in March election | Santa Fe ordered to implement ranked choice | Ranked choice voting in Santa Fe: A guide

North Carolina: Coin toss will break tie in Manteo | Glass bowl resolves Carteret Co. race, another ends in one-vote difference

Ohio: Coin flip determines area election | Tie race settled by drawing name from hat

South Dakota: Aurora Co. upgrades election equipment

Tennessee: Second graders learn about elections

Texas: Nine early voting locations open in Harris Co.

Virginia: Absentee votes in the Valley arrive late, but barely | Simonds campaign files for recount

Washington: Nonprofit spots discrepancy; county elections officials call it human error

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

November 29, 2017

National News: House Oversight subcommittees to hold postponed hearing on cybersecurity of voting machines

Alabama: Secretary of state weighs in on Phenix City voting fraud | 300+ Marshall Co. votes not counted in August election because of error

Colorado: Colorado, Moffat Co. first to complete new kind of election audit

Connecticut: Testa's alleged absentee ballot meddling questioned | Judge ponders ordering new primary in Bridgeport race

Georgia: Polling places stay open until 8pm in Atlanta, Fulton Co.

Indiana: Porter Co. election official said voting equipment no longer keeping up

Kansas: Watchdog group calls for investigation of Kobach

Louisiana: Schedler to Russians: Keep out of La. elections

Michigan: Legal woes mount for embattled Macomb Co. clerk

Minnesota: Experts say voting laws in the Twin Cities helped to usher in historic election results

Mississippi: Some Hinds Co. voters given old ballots | Lawmaker hopes to increase low voter turnout

Montana: At secretary of state's behest, county elections delves into ballot rejection process | Stapleton now says no evidence of voter fraud

New Hampshire: Amendment would raise bar for voting eligibility in NH

New Mexico: Judge promises ruling Wednesday in ranked-choice voting case | Toulouse Oliver: Santa Fe has time to implement ranked choice

New York: After hacking revelations, Assembly examines NY election security | In Internet age, elections officials try to keep pace with security threats

Ohio: LWV Licking Co. awarded grant | Coin flip determines election

Pennsylvania: Lackawanna Co. counts, dismisses absentee ballots | Election Day city voting required translator

Texas: City clerk dispels runoff election rumor

Virginia: Virginia elections official to testify before Congress | Nearly 150 Virginia voters cast ballots in the wrong race. But how?

Washington: Yakima Co. preparing to recount ballots

West Virginia: Commission purchases new voting machines

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

November 28, 2017

National News: Voting rights advocates monitor who president picks for Census Bureau

Alabama: Behind the voter registration text message campaigns | Thousands of Alabama felons register to vote in last-minute push | Secretary of state says some voters wrongly told they are not registered

Arizona: County considers joining voter registration information center

Arkansas: Benton Co. planning Rogers office site

Connecticut: Bridgeport's Testa a no-show in alleged ballot irregularities case | Connecticut has a new way to count the votes

Georgia: Fannin Co. Board of Registration and Elections sets date to inspect voting precincts

Idaho: Idaho man indicted for illegally voting

Illinois: Precincts, polling places have moved | County clerk to leave next year

Louisiana: Recount adds 3 votes; Banks maintains 128-vote lead

Maine: 2018 primary could feature ranked choice voting

Massachusetts: Galvin draws Democratic challengers

Michigan: Macomb Co. union wants clerk held in contempt of court

Missouri: Postmaster General asked to correct addresses of Missouri residents with Iowa mailing addresses

New Jersey: Atlantic Co. GOP seeking federal probe of voter fraud complaint

North Carolina: Carteret election recount breaks a tie

North Dakota: Grand Forks, grappling with voter access, gives early nod to 2018 polling sites

Ohio: Some races from November election remain too close to call

Pennsylvania: County counts, dismisses absentee ballots

Utah: Errors led to rejection of thousands of votes in this month's Utah elections

Virginia: Electoral Board certifies Thomas the winner of House race | Va. elections board certifies two state House races despite irregularities | New memo details voting problems in Fredericksburg-area House races | Uncertainty reigns in battle for Va. House

Wisconsin: Bill would allow electronic early voting in Wisconsin | Ballot selfies would be legal under proposed law

Monday, 27 November 2017

November 23-27, 2017

National News: Older voters stymied by tighter ID requirements | The time to hack-proof the 2018 election is expiring | Culling voter rolls: Battling over who even gets to go to the polls |

Alabama: Uncounted votes discovered in Marshall Co. | Voter fraud allegations in Phenix City cause complications for runoff | Local man knows the importance of understanding Alabama's voter restoration law

California: City settles Voting Rights Act lawsuit for $25K

Colorado: County clerk announces retirement | Colorado launches first in the nation post-election audits | Colorado's first-of-its-kind election audit is complete, with all participating counties passing

Connecticut: Judge refuses to reject city primary challenge

Georgia: Paper ballots pass Election Day test in Georgia | Proposal would make it harder for state to cancel voter registration | Norwood accuses Reed of widespread voter fraud | Some local polling places to change

Idaho: Grand jury indicts Idaho man for voter fraud

Illinois: Updates to Sangamon Co. election system planned | 'Community bus' to offer voter registration across B-N

Iowa: Secretary of state seeks support for computer upgrades

Kentucky: BOE replaces recently fired executive director, assistant director

Louisiana: Council seat recount to take place Monday

Massachusetts: Town clerks delay holiday for 2018 ballot question deadline | Early voting costs to be reimbursed

Michigan: Restoring Faith: Newly elected Dearborn City Clerk vows to bring integrity to office

Minnesota: County seeking grants for voting equipment upgrades | Recount set for Tuesday in Minneapolis council race | New equipment could automate Rice Co.'s elections

Missouri: Mailing quirk has Missouri residents with Iowa addresses

Montana: County wants public input on making election duties appointed

New Jersey: Roxbury officials look to remove voting from schools

New York: Spa City charter group wants court to impound, recount ballots | Clinton Co. first in state to use new voting tech | Charter commission seeks recount | Berne GOP heads to court to keep 2 absentee ballots from being counted

Ohio: Recount possible for elections board | Cuyahoga Co. elections workers investigated for social media posts | Election results certified, recount triggered | Luck of the draw decides election

Pennsylvania: Recount confirms Greene Co. election results

Utah: Utah Co. releases final and complete canvass of votes from Election Day | Mayoral race decided by coin toss

Virginia: Federal judge rejects Va. Dems' bid to bar state from certifying race | Some 147 voted in wrong House of Delegates race in Va. | With uncanny twists and an allegedly rogue registrar, Va. House left in limbo| As Va. sets to certify election results, expert says 'something really went wrong'

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

November 22, 2017

Editor’s Note: ElectionlineToday will not publish on Thursday November 23 or Friday November 24. We hope you all have safe and happy holiday.

National News: Judges question privacy watchdog's right to sue WH election commission

Alabama: Ineligible voter, city officials speak about voter fraud complaints

Arkansas: Benton Co. receives new voting machines

Colorado: Ballot audit in ArapCo created to build voter confidence

Florida: Now you can register to vote online. Here are Florida's one-month totals

Georgia: State to investigate Warner Robins election complaints

Kansas: Elections chair offers different perspective on 2018 secretary of state run | Kobach's office reviewing security of Crosscheck program

Kentucky: SBOE has new director, assistant director

Louisiana: Recount process begins with inspection of voting machines

Maine: Advocates seeking to nullify delay of ranked-choice voting

Michigan: Garlin Gilchrist asks for recount in hotly contested clerk's race

Minnesota: New Cass Co. election administrator | Anoka Co. woman charged for voting twice in 2016 election

Mississippi: Registered voters who aren't voting waste taxpayer's money, election commissioners say

Montana: Gallatin Co. seeks change to elections administrator

New Mexico: Judge wants more details on ranked-choice voting in Santa Fe

New York: Recount could delay certification of Greene Co. election results | City council resists speaker's push to put pal on elections board

Ohio: Lorain Co. BOE OKs counting 9 provisional ballots | Cuyahoga Co. elections board asks prosecutor to review suspect Cleveland absentee ballot applications | Recount to be held in two Lucas Co. races | Election results certifications delayed in Crawford Co.

Pennsylvania: West York councilwoman to challenge results of election marred by oversight | Multiple tied races in Mercer Co.

Texas: Should city elections be moved to odd years?

Virginia: House Republicans threaten to sue elections board | State again delays certification of elections as Dems file third lawsuit | Vienna polling place will return to traditional venue

Wisconsin: Eau Claire woman charged with voter fraud

Wyoming: Murray announces plan to evaluate Wyoming's voting equipment

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

November 21, 2017

National News: How are manufacturers securing their voting machines? | Dems call for states to get $400M for election security upgrades | Judge: Voter fraud commission on ice till next year

Alabama: Town hall meeting clears up misconceptions on voting rights for felons | Phenix City manager calls alleged voter fraud a 'diabolical scheme'

Arkansas: Crawford Co. budget committee approves election equipment purchase

Connecticut: Court challenge to East Haven mayoral results concludes |

Florida: Online voter registration favors Dems over GOP in early run | Bill to protect voter info filed in both houses | Ben & Jerry's calls on Florida to restore voting rights to most felons | Will convicted felons soon have the right to vote?

Georgia: Cherokee schools OK partnership with elections board

Illinois: Divided vote keeps Illinois in Crosscheck program

Indiana: Porter Co. adds new election equipment

Kansas: Budget continues to divide election office and Shawnee Co. commissioner

Kentucky: Information still scarce on e-poll books

Massachusetts: Saugus recount set for Nov. 27 | Zakim, city council push to increase access to ballots | Worcester election commission backs early ballot approach in municipal elections

Michigan: Hackel criticizes board effort to remove Spranger

Montana: East Helena race still tied after recount, other council members to make final decision

New Hampshire: Lawsuit challenging proof-of-residence voting law slated for trial

New Mexico: Precinct consolidation, mail ballots could save more than $66K

New York: Election results remain unchanged following addition of absentee ballot

North Carolina: Some people voted in Winterville council race that shouldn't have | Bladen Co. BOE sets date for Dublin protest hearing

Oregon: Dems vote to keep primary closed

Pennsylvania: York Co. finds only one race could have been impacted by machine glitch | More than 2,900 double votes found in York Co. recount | York Co. officials say overvotes didn't affect results, but numbers tell different story | Former Pa. election czar fired, records show

Virginia: Activist files suit against Virginia Beach for violations of VRA | Report shows voter rolls need cleaning | Virginia official: At least 83 Fredericksburg-area voters were assigned to wrong House district | Harrisonburg voting precinct wins distinction | Virginia election officials delay certification in close House race

Wisconsin: Elections officials hoping to restore jobs that were cut

Monday, 20 November 2017

November 18-20, 2017

National News: What are voting machine companies doing about cyber? | 'Proof of citizenship' voting laws may surge | Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking safeguards for elections

Alabama: Merrill promotes new technology for election process in Alabama | Crossover voters will not be prosecuted | Crossover votes: 140 confirmed, no further investigation | Secretary of state releases instructions for casting write-in votes

Arkansas: Benton Co. gets new voting equipment

Connecticut: Small town Conn. election decided by coin toss

Florida: Florida may counter 'growing threat' to election security | New polling places announced for special election primary

Georgia: No runoff in Atlanta council race

Kansas: Schwab makes case for secretary of state bid

Kentucky: Judicial Watch sues Kentucky for 'dirty' voter rolls

Maine: Recount of Winslow votes finds tie for council seat | Secretary of state sets up legal fight with WH fraud panel

Maryland: Federal officials convict 'John Doe' of voter fraud | Washington Co. BOE rejects proposal to use building by senior center for early voting

Massachusetts: Riley petitions for recount

Michigan: Wayne Co. board of canvassers to consider Detroit election results; recount still possible | Judge shoots down challenge to Detroit absentee vote count | Macomb Co. clerk alleges collusion | Embattled Macomb Co. clerk suffers fresh setback in case with union

Minnesota: Voter turnout bounces back in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Nebraska: Election workers honored for long-time service

New Hampshire: Bill seeks to bring ranked choice to NH | Poll: Many not concerned about voter fraud in NH

New York: Poll workers hard to come by

North Carolina: Recount request is denied | Two local elected officials could be chosen by pulling names out of a jar

Ohio: Supreme Court schedules January oral arguments for Ohio voter purge case | Mahoning Co. election grabs attention of the state

Pennsylvania: More Berks voters go to the polls than expected

Tennessee: Ranked choice voting not likely given state's opinion | It's official, Montgomery Co. will have May primaries for county races

Texas: City of McAllen approves $185K purchase of new voting machines

Virginia: Town opts for November election next year | Virginia judge won't force count of 55 absentee ballots

West Virginia: Secretary of state, county clerks urge residents to update voter information

Wisconsin: Wisconsin elections head says reduced staff poses risks

Friday, 17 November 2017

November 17, 2017

National News: Dunlap seeks injunction to force WH fraud panel to release documents

Alabama: Write-in votes are only counted if they could impact election | Voters to use digital poll check-in devices in December election

Arkansas: Polling place closing, clerk explains ordinance

California: Registrar's report explains May election results

Colorado: Colorado embarks on a first-of-its-kind election audit | Boulder Co. to audit election counts

Connecticut: Election decided by coin toss

Georgia: Tight Atlanta city council race could lead to a do-over election

Indiana: Election board tables plan for vote centers

Kansas: Voter turnout grows in city election, with help from KU programs | Shawnee Co. voting canvass breaks tie in local election

Maine: Dunlap seeks injunction to force WH fraud panel to release documents | Jill Stein joins push to save ranked choice | Study: Maine ballot questions too confusing even for college graduates

Minnesota: Will ranked choice get the nod

Nevada: State, county election officials say challenge to recalls should be tossed

New York: City council passes bill allowing NYC voters to register online

Ohio: Mahoning Co. mulls new voting machines | Election board approves provisional count

Rhode Island: Rule change in the works for voter registration

Virginia: Expert: Postal Service change may be key to late-arriving absentee ballots in tight Va. races | Republicans hope to intervene in Stafford Co. suit

Wyoming: Clerk wants feedback on voting equipment

Thursday, 16 November 2017

November 16, 2017

National News: Are voting machine hacks overblown? | Hackers to help make voting machines safe again | After months of silence, a blip of activity from WH voter fraud panel

Colorado: States starting to implement audits to bolster election integrity

Connecticut: Mystery of 'disappearing' ballots solved after election recount

Florida: Pinellas voters set paces as voting rights petitions keep piling up

Georgia: Runoff chosen as method to decide city council tie | Election officials announce recount in Atlanta race

Idaho: Voter Crosscheck concerns merit scrutiny, but reports misconstrued program, Denney says

Illinois: Democratic lawmakers urge end to controversial cross-state voter check

Indiana: Plea deal signed in Vigo official's voter fraud case

Maine: Dentures left in ME polling place remain unclaimed | One week later, dentures yet to be claimed

Michigan: New voting equipment makes Election Day smoother in Macomb Co.

Minnesota: Students gain educational and personal experience as election workers

New York: City council looks at easing online voter registration | New system speeds up ballot counting process

North Carolina: Iredell elections chief: Voters take it for granted | No clarity in two elections

Ohio: Secretary of state responds to Mahoning vote counting snafu | Secretary of state tells Mahoning BOE to document error

Pennsylvania: York Co. recount complete | Campaign workers say they had right to politick inside doors

South Carolina: SC voting machines seeing more problems with age | Voter fraud complaint filed by candidate in Midlands election

Tennessee: Election commission weighing purchase of new voting machines | Daniel Perigo selected as next Stewart Co. election administrator | Election commission reviews map of new voting precinct lines

Texas: Travis Co. seeks to update 16-year-old system | Upshur Co. moving forward with permanent countywide voting

Virginia: County election results certified; Hancock to file for recount | Democrats file federal lawsuit demanding Stafford Co. allow 55 absentee ballots | Latest challenge in 28th District House race claims 600 ballots were miscast

Wisconsin: Election group counts votes despite county getting new voting machines | Milwaukee to more than double early voting sites for 2018 election

Wyoming: State task force created to replace voting equipment | Technology quickly outpacing Wyoming's election equipment

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

November 15, 2017

National News: Russian Twitter trolls stoked voter fraud fear before election

Arizona: Voting rights group says state is in violation of NVRA

Connecticut: Canton polling place chosen in 2017 election audit draft | Last time voting at Ridgefield church

Florida: Students hold campus discussion on voter suppression

Georgia: Two Ga. election servers were erased, here's what we know | Group aims to recall Kemp | Allegations of alcohol for votes is 'outrageous' councilwoman says

Idaho: Idaho will revisit being part of 'sloppy' voter fraud program

Illinois: Debate over crosscheck voter data program reaches to Illinois

Kansas: Coin flip decides suburban Kansas City council race

Louisiana: Local and state officials worried about turnout for Saturday's election

Massachusetts: In wake of dismal voter turnout, legislators consider automatic voter registration

Michigan: New voting machines work well in Clark Twp. | Challenger wants Detroit's absentee ballots tossed

Montana: New election administrator position proposed

New Jersey: Mail-in and provisional ballots sway election night results | Incumbent to seek hand recount of mail-in ballots

New York: City election officials consider online voter registration | Clarkstown, Orangetown election results challenged

North Carolina: Three voting precincts recounted | Election hearing is Thursday |Close races in Brunswick Co. prompt recount for several elections | Election board rejects challenge of Uniontown absentee ballots

Oklahoma: Special elections cost taxpayers thousands

Pennsylvania: York Co. recount underway | Erie Co. official vote count: No changes | Locals recognized for election volunteering

Rhode Island: Group wants director, lawyer removed from RI BOE

Tennessee: State official questions legality of Memphis instant runoffs

Utah: Elections office fills in blank ovals on ballots

Virginia: Lone absentee ballot remains rejected for 94th District race | Judge throws out lawsuit in key Va. House race | After additional votes counted, Dudenhefer, Thomas still come out on top in Stafford election

Washington: Problem ballots can make a difference in an election

West Virginia: Secretary of state's office registers students to vote

Wyoming: Laramie Co. to update older voting equipment