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January 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

January 17, 2018

National News: Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference | DHS won't do voter-fraud investigation after commission shut down

Arkansas: Marion Co. election commission in waiting mode

California: Supervisor Fewer calls for delaying non-citizen voting

Florida: Felon voter restoration initiative close to making 2018 ballot

Georgia: Elections board scraps plans to provide ballots in Spanish

Illinois: Illinois delays sending voter data to multi-state program

Indiana: Senate OKs bill for dead voters | Election board president receives lifetime achievement award

Iowa: New voting machines may save time, money | Pate: Rollout of voter ID law goes smoothly in first election

Maine: Town clerk says election costs will go up if allots aren't shortened

Massachusetts: Easthampton council may adopt new voting machines | Ranked choice voting education event includes cookies, presentation | Concord owed money for early voting

Nebraska: Lawmakers debate felon voting rights

New Hampshire: Town Clerk: Voting costs to increase soon | Senate Dems push for NH withdrawal from voter database program | Bill would let secretary of state postpone local elections for inclement weather

Oregon: Oregon election results to be live-streamed on Facebook

South Dakota: SD House OKs three sets of changes for elections

Tennessee: Election officials reassure worried lawmakers that Tennessee's voting records are secure | Tennessee election officials say state voting system is secure

Texas: As Supreme Court takes up Texas redistricting case, it dismisses partisan gerrymandering appeal | Voting centers OK'd for future, not March primary | Dallas Co. clamps down on mail-in ballots following last year's fraud | Tarrant Co.'s elections office is hiring for March primary

Virginia: Va. election commissioner not retained following dramatic 2017 races | Bill would clarify law on recounts

Wisconsin: Election administrator takes to Twitter to defend his job | Legislation to allow municipal officials to serve as election officials passes Assembly

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018

January 13-15, 2018

National News: How state voting laws are changing ahead of the 2018 midterm elections

Alabama: NAACP Legal Defense Fund 'disappointed,' appealing judge's ruling | Interpretive center explains voting rights efforts in Alabama

Arizona: Maricopa Co. preps for special election

Arkansas: Election commission talks vote centers

Florida: ACLU sinks $400K into felons' rights amendment

Georgia: Kemp: University's blunder led to elections server issue

Hawaii: A new way to modernize Hawaii's voting process to encourage people to vote

Idaho: Canyon Co. hires firm to bring polling into accessibility compliance | County updates its polling precincts

Illinois: State elections board says Kansas-based voter database not up to task | County adopts new voting system | Voter registration drive held at Cook Co. jail

Indiana: Smith denies allegations in lawsuit | Voting bills big discussion at crackerbarrell session

Iowa: Siouxland election is first in Iowa with new voter ID law | Iowa voters face new election laws

Kentucky: Lundergan Grimes announces she won't run for mayor of Lexington

Maine: Phish drummer helping with Maine ranked-choice voting drive

Massachusetts: Scheduling state primary turns into major political headache | City expected to be reimbursed for costs of early voting

Minnesota: Sartell man pleads guilty to voter fraud charge

Missouri: Could foreign hackers mess with Missouri elections? Jay Ashcroft doesn't think so

Ohio: Contrary to video impressions, Jon Husted had nothing to do with Army vet's voter registration purge | Arndt awarded for making voting more accessible | Mahoning GOP wants to keep voter roll purge policy

Texas: Cedar Hill election workers cut deal to avoid prosecution

Virginia: March to focus on need for change in Virginia's election system

Washington: Legislators consider expanding voting rights

Friday, 12 January 2018

January 12, 2018

National News: 3 ways DHS is helping states with election security | Elections: Another unsecured enterprise application? | WH official on Russian hacking: 'A national security issue'

Alabama: Voter ID suit thrown out in Alabama | Commission closes polling location at county health department

Arizona: Franks seat election to cost $3.5M, lawmakers offer $2.5M | Maricopa Co. updates voting precincts

Arkansas: Voting center ordinance tabled in Marion Co.

Florida: The history behind Florida's felon voting ban | Panel rejects elected secretary of state | Former Sweetwater commissioner slapped with absentee-ballot charge

Illinois: Voter registration assistance for elderly, disabled in DuPage

Iowa: Elections official to travel Iowa promoting new voter ID law

Maine: Administration says it will destroy voter data

Michigan: Macomb Co. clerk's lawyer quits, says she can't pay him

Missouri: Brianna Lennon announced candidacy for Boone Co. clerk

New Mexico: Sandra Jeff changes party registration, eyes secretary of state position

Ohio: Butler Co. BOE official to be sworn in as state association president | Lawmaker prepares to introduce election cybersecurity bills

South Dakota: Secretary of state proposes further budget cuts to own office

Texas: Texas plaintiffs still fear exposure of voter data even with fraud commission dissolved

Utah: Washington City moves toward vote-by-mail

Virginia: Fairfax Co. board orders registrar to process voter address updates

Washington: Legislators consider expanding voting rights

West Virginia: Marshall to become early voting location

Thursday, 11 January 2018

January 11, 2018

National News: '42 states haven't upgraded their election equipment in over a decade and Russia knows it' | In voter purging case, Supreme Court appears divided | White House says it will destroy voter panel data, send no records to DHS | DHS speeds up election security to states | Voter fraud commission may be dead, but president's quest continues | Groups document voting rights abuses in Indian Country

Alabama: Judge throws out challenge to Alabama ID law | Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging voter ID law | House committee approves bill revising special elections

California: What they're saying about Jerry Brown's California budget | Sen. McGuire introduces bill to ensure all vote are counted

Colorado: Boulder seeks applicants for new working group on election law reform

Georgia: Fulton Co. asks state to count early votes before polls close

Illinois: Judge: Referendum on Aurora election law can go on March ballot

Indiana: Register to vote in Indiana with this new app

Iowa: Pate reminds Iowans of new voter ID law | Woodbury Co. special election is first test of new voter ID law

Massachusetts: Marshfield to upgrade voting equipment | Secretary of state hopeful is putting focus on voting rights | Blowback over day-after Labor Day primary | Why doesn't Massachusetts hold its state primaries earlier? | Early voting expansion proposed to include primary

Minnesota: Reality Check: Voter fraud in Minn.

Missouri: McCaskill bill addresses northern Missouri mailing quirk

Montana: Elections administrator finalists chosen

New Mexico: State agency argues against paid time off for voting

North Carolina: Durham elections worker pleads guilty to altering vote counts in 2016 primary | Local election boards in limbo following redistricting decision

North Dakota: Mandan man announces run for ND secretary of state

Ohio: Candidates outline how they'll protect Ohio from election hack | In voter purging case, Supreme Court appears divided | Supreme Court appears sympathetic to voter purge effort | Rep. Kathleen Clyde to introduce legislation to beef up elections cybersecurity | Cuyahoga Co. elections official subject of criminal investigation | Purged from rolls while deployed, Army vet demands answers | As Supreme Court hears voting case, partisan argue their sides

Oregon: Richardson rescinds election rule changes in hopes lawmakers will do it for him | Jackson Co. adds a ballot box for special election

Tennessee: NAACP wants early voting extended in Jackson Co.

Texas: Researchers find African-Americans are less likely than other Texans to have photo ID

Virginia: Official portrait of Gov. Terry McAuliffe shows him working on felon rights restoration | Roanoke registrar follows up on election district errors report | Series of bills aimed at voting laws in General Assembly

Washington: Washington residents could register on Election Day

West Virginia: Warner: 86K names removed from voter rolls in Mountain State

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January 10, 2018

National News: Maine secretary of state asks court to secure documents of defunct voter fraud commission | Judge ends decades-old court order in GOP voting rights case | WH plans to erase data from voter fraud panel

Georgia: Elections among Fulton Co. priorities

Illinois: New state law allows for easier voting registration

Indiana: Indiana could eliminate excuse requirement for voting absentee by mail | IU students ask for voting site | PAC focuses on process, not party | Senate panel passes bill to allow dead people's votes to count

Kansas: ACLU wants Kobach held in contempt | Subject in voter fraud case was first-time voter

Kentucky: Bill which would move statwide office elections to even-numbered years passes House committee

Maine: Maine secretary of state asks court to secure documents of defunct voter fraud commission

Maryland: Greenbelt lowers voting age to 16 for city elections

Massachusetts: In Lowell, lawyers set timeline for federal voting-rights lawsuit | Mass. primary is set for Sept. 4 | Early voting proposal for primary supported by Senate president, but 1 city clerk calls it 'a total waste of our time' | How much is your town due for early voting | State owes SouthCoast $50K for early voting | New primary election date draws criticism

Michigan: EL City clerk steps down

Minnesota: Is Rochester ready for ranked choice voting?

Missouri: Ashcroft reflects on first year as secretary of state

Montana: Three finalists named for Missoula Co. elections administrator

New Mexico: Court clears way for ranked choice voting in city election | State agency argues against paid time off for voting

New York: Why so many vacant seats? 9 questions about special elections

North Carolina: Court throws out congressional district map again

Ohio: Ohio voter purge case heads to Supreme Court | Supreme Court hears challenge to Ohio's 'use-it or lose-it' voter system | Husted reacts to Supreme Court case | Ohio officials defend voter roll purges before Supreme Court

Oklahoma: Lawmaker wants resigning legislators to pay for special elections

Rhode Island: RI moves date of September primary to avoid Jewish holidays

Tennessee: Sixth Circuit OKs vote on Tennessee abortion measure | Commission designates new voting precinct

Texas: New voter ID law | Commissioners approve election plan

Virginia: Thousands of Virginians may have voted in wrong state House district | NAACP claims black voters denied opportunity in Fredericksburg-area House race

West Virginia: Lewis Co. hosts state's first election with new voter ID law

Wisconsin: Elections commission calls for hearing to confirm leader

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

January 9, 2018

National News: Blockchain voting startup raises $2.2MIntelligence Committee prepares election security plan to thwart hacking | Kobach not part of new voter fraud investigation, DHS says | Maine secretary of state to fight for voting panel documents

Colorado: Secretary of state says he would share voter info again, if asked

Connecticut: Connecticut's top election official says end of fraud commission an 'ominous' sign

Illinois: Two sides face off over Aurora Election Commission ballot question

Indiana: Dead-voter bill passes in Senate elections committee | Senate panel advances bill to allow no-excuse absentee voting

Iowa: Cerro Gordo Co. auditor takes state position

Kansas: Kobach not part of new voter fraud investigation, DHS says

Maine: Maine secretary of state to fight for voting panel documents | Woolwich's new town clerk settles in

Massachusetts: New machines for voting coming to Marshfield | State owes municipalities more than $1M for early voting, auditor says | These North Shore towns may get a refund from the state

Michigan: Lawmakers can be questioned about straight-party voting ban

New Mexico: High court gets arguments from Santa Fe RCV supporters

New York: Friends and family remember former election commissioner Bennett | Cuomo proposal for early voting has commissioners questioning costs

Oregon: 'Voting Center Express' opens in Gresham to expand voting services in Multnomah

Tennessee: Icy weather causes rescheduling of election commission meeting

Texas: Starr Co. outlaws electioneering on county property

Virginia: Virginia voters file appeal to block candidate from taking office in House race tainted by ballot mix-up

Washington: A bill to let Washington localities choose a better voting system

West Virginia: Secretary Warner announces 2017-2018 Honorary Secretary of State program recipients | Lewis Co. commissioners vote to approve emergency absentee voting policy

Monday, 08 January 2018

January 6-8, 2018

National News: How cities are bypassing states to explore registering voters | President's voter fraud commission is dead, but critics worry its mission may live on | For some older voters, a trickier route to the ballot box | Justice Dept. refuses to turn over voter fraud commission documents to Dunlap | DHS election unit has no plans for probing voter fraud: sources

Alabama: Election official: President's voter fraud commission 'poorly thought out' |GOP sponsor bill that would change special election laws

Arkansas: Jefferson CBEC de-certifies election coordinator

California: Six new languages added to 2018 election-language assistance requirements

Illinois: Judge will rule this week whether or not to eliminate Aurora election commission

Indiana: Indiana PAC focuses on process, not party

Kansas: Court fight over voter registration will exclude some evidence

Kentucky: Louisville lawmaker files bill requiring special elections

Maine: LePage again calls for stricter voter ID law in Maine | Justice Dept. refuses to turn over voter fraud commission documents to Dunlap | Signatures collected to support ranked choice voting

Maryland: Rockville considering vote-by-mail elections | State's attorney to review alleged election law violation

Michigan: Wright reflects on time as city clerk | Ballot tampering charge dropped for Grout clerk

Missouri: Elections chief changes mind, won't seek another term in St. Charles Co.

Montana: Missoula Co. starts recruiting election help for 2018

Nebraska: Training session teaches people how to register people to vote

New Hampshire: Top NH election official has no regrets about being on panel

New Jersey: Booker: President's now-disbanded voter fraud panel was 'based on a lie'

New Mexico: Santa Fe mock ranked-choice election

New York: Counties worried about cost to come with early voting

North Carolina: League gets $800 grant for voter registration| Study outlines problems, improvements needed for elections

Ohio: Lucas Co. BOE members discuss consolidation of locations | Husted responds to dissolution of voter fraud panel | One vote decided 29 elections in Ohio in 2017

Pennsylvania: County seeks new director for Office of Voter Services

Texas: Texans face new voter ID law for March primaries

U.S. Virgin Islands: Election board defunds primary race

Vermont: Condos: 'Not surprised bogus' voter pane has been shut down

Virginia: New delegate proposes a vote-by-mail program for Va. | Judge denies special election in 28th District house race

Washington: Inslee supports package of voter access bills | Wyman proposes programs to increase voter participation | Washington seeking ways to get more voters registered and casting ballots | Yakima deputy mayor offers support for better voting rights

West Virginia: New law means voters have to show ID when casting a ballot

Friday, 05 January 2018

January 5, 2018

National News: Bipartisan Senate bill would help states beef up election cybersecurity | After killing his 'voter fraud' commission, president calls for new ID laws | Foes wary as president hands election probe to Homeland Security | Blackwell: Lawsuits, Dems at fault for end of voter fraud panel | President's election fraud investigation's fate unclear after move to DHS

California: New voting model coming to SMC, county seeks input

Colorado: County election division seeks resident input on polling centers

Hawaii: The unretirement of Maui Co. Clerk Danny Mateo

Illinois: Voter registration series seeks to ensure all voices are heard, votes counted | Judge hears arguments about Aurora election commission referendum

Indiana: Riskovitch hired as St. Joseph Co. GOP voter registration official | State GOP mum on voter fraud

Iowa: New voter ID card law starting

Kansas: Kris Kobach on what led to the disbandment of PACEI | Voter registration suit continues forward; trial scheduled for March | Kobach files two more criminal voter fraud complaints | Court fight over Kansas voting rights will exclude some evidence

Kentucky: Grimes responds to disbandment of voter fraud commission

Massachusetts: Galvin welcomes demise of voter fraud commission

Nebraska: No Nebraska voter info shared with WH commission

New Hampshire: Longtime Brentwood town clerk retires | Senate votes to tighten voter eligibility | Gardner says despite end of commission, he'll work for 'accessible, trustworthy elections'

Ohio: Secretary of state speaks out on shutdown of voter fraud commission | Supreme Court to decide legality of Ohio's process for removing inactive voters

Rhode Island: Dissolution of voter-fraud commission hailed by RI secretary of state

Tennessee: Election preparations are underway in Houston Co.

Texas: County Dems, GOP debate over polling locations

Vermont: Condos agrees with president in dissolving election commission

Virginia: Citing registration concerns, attorney warns of false Va. voter fraud prosecutions | Republicans keep control of Va. state house after tie-breaker | Del. Sam Rasoul releases election reform package | Lesson from Va. recounts: Mark those ballots clearly or ask for a new ballot

West Virginia: Commissioners give a voice to the people with precinct poll surveys | Mark Rhodes talks end of election commission

Wyoming: Murray applauds decision to dissolve election commission

Thursday, 04 January 2018

January 4, 2018

National News: ACLU takes credit for helping end WH voter fraud commission | Election Assistance Commission to host summit on election security | President signs order disbanding voter fraud commission | President disbands commission on voter fraud

California: Los Angeles Co. seeks submissions to enhance the future of voting | California Dems applaud end of WH voter fraud commission

Colorado: Colorado politicians react to decision to disband voter fraud commission

Idaho: 16K Ada Co. voters to be impacted by precinct changes

Illinois: Lack of funding slowing roll out of Illinois voter registration program

Kansas: President disbands Kobach-led voter fraud commission after resistance from states | Trial date set in case challenging Kansas proof-of-citizenship law

Maine: Lawmakers weigh bill to ban signature gathering at polls | Critics warn against ban on signature gathering inside Maine polling places | President disbands voter fraud commission after Maine secretary of state wins judge's ruling

Michigan: New election system coming to county in 2018 | Precincts, polling sites added after population growth | Spranger files federal lawsuit against 'conspiracy' of Democrats and reporters

Missouri: Judge dismisses suit over MO's voter ID law | ACLU to appeal judge's dismissal of voter ID lawsuit

New Hampshire: Senate votes to tighten voter eligibility | Senate OK's residency definition for voting, Sununu remains opposed

New Mexico: Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver statement on election commission dissolving

New York: Voter fraud complaint knocked down

Ohio: Many elections across Ohio won by single vote

Pennsylvania: County to get quotes for e-poll books soon

South Dakota: County raises pay for election workers

Tennessee: New precinct lines to take effect in three Hawkins cities | Sharp: 'Long lines, upset voters' possible if Courthouse remains polling place

Texas: Local Dems ready to take vote-center issue to court

Virginia: Virginia recount court denies Democrat's request, leaving critical House race a tie | This is the bowl that will be used for Thursday's tie-breaker

Wyoming: Laramie Co. clerk hosts voter event Saturday