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February 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

February 17-20, 2018

National News: Russia looms large as US election officials prep for 2018 | Russians indicted in 2016 US election meddling investigation | State elections officials fret over cybersecurity threats | Activists launch voter registration drive at 'Black Panther' screenings | States move to protect voting systems with little help from Congress | Election chiefs 'straddle the line between sounding the alarm and being alarmist' | Election security a high priority--until it comes to paying for new voting machines| State officials say they are told too little about election threats | Republican gains in secretary of state posts jolt Dems | States seek to prevent election hacking

Arizona: Voter registration mix-up lists wrong party for Scottsdale woman

Arkansas: Vote center ordinance gets second reading | Election security scorecard: Arkansas grades between D and F | Lawrence Co. prepares for upcoming election season |Report questions early voting procedure in Searcy Co.

California: Elections dept. seeking vote center workers

Colorado: Longmont Voter Service Center opens Monday

Connecticut: Voting booth to the mailbox: Malloy pushes for electoral reform | Candidates call for stricter absentee ballot oversight

Florida: Lake supervisor of elections to relocate | A new path to restoring Florida felon's voting rights

Georgia: Barrow back campaigning, this time for secretary of state | Gwinnett Co. elections officials seeking poll workers, especially Spanish speakers | Secretary of state's office looking into alleged vote-buying in Milton | Kemp faces new voter security questions amid Russia probe

Illinois: County officials say local election system secure | Aging equipment could threaten future Illinois elections | Chicago ID card would be valid voter identification | Early voting in Lake Co. gets greenlight after postponement | Effingham Co. considers fewer election judges

Indiana: All Greater Lafayette public high schools will be vote centers for a day

Kentucky: Secretary of state responds to poor election security grade

Maine: Maine ranked-choice voting backers file suit to ensure system is used in June | Maine Dems split on value of ranked-choice voting lawsuit | Bill would make it harder to get citizen questions on Maine ballot

Massachusetts: Amherst, Hadley considering change in the way residents vote

Michigan: Proposed constitutional amendment would streamline voter registration

Minnesota: Supreme Court will consider case involving polling place attire | Poll equipment grant helps to upgrade devices | Minn. election chief among those straddling line between sounding alarm and being alarmist | Commissioners consider voting equipment grant

Montana: Stapleton updates review process for problematic mail ballots

Nevada: Carson City's new voting machines simple to use

New Mexico: Wife of Espanola candidate disputes voter fraud charges

New York: Kennedy delays plans to withhold Suffolk election workers' pay

North Carolina: AP Explains: Why is NC election board fight still unsettled? | Confusion over election districts could have consequences

North Dakota: Al Jaeger defends ND's protective measures for election results

Ohio: Debate over voting machine replacement continues in Ohio | Officials say Ohio's voting systems are secure from breach

Oregon: Richardson gets classified briefing on Russian election meddling

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania moves back towards paper ballots | Second polling location to be opened in area

South Carolina: Orangeburg Co. special election revealed voting problems | Local election officials taking meddling threat 'seriously'

Tennessee: US Rep. Jim Cooper calls for $28M to address hacking threat for TN voting system | Fearing more meddling, Dems go back to paper ballot push | New actions against ranked choice voting | Memphis City council quietly works on anti-instant runoffs bill

Texas: Lubbock Co. elections offices provides pro-tips ahead of early voting | Texans aren't great voters, but they are good neighbors, study finds | Mail-in ballot confusion frustrates local Democratic retirees | Report: Texas gets a 'D' grade for election security | Harvey looms over Texas primary, but effect may be minimal | Voter fraud gaining more attention in Valley

Washington: Senate plan would block the public from some voter data | Democrats seek automatic and day-of voter registration

West Virginia: Senate passes election vacancy bill that Justice vetoed last year

Wisconsin: Clerks test new voting machines in preparation for Tuesday's primary | Dodge Co. to use new voting machines Tuesday | Voter IDs for students available at two sites on campus | Security of Wisconsin's election system | Elections commission warns clerks of primary election weather problems | Town of Madison offers first bilingual ballots in Dane Co. | Wisconsin elections officials prepare for bad weather | State officials promise election is secure on two-year anniversary of voter ID | Fox Crossing moves polling place | Winter weather won't deter Tuesday's election in Eau Claire

Wyoming: GOP considers Murray replacement with election looming

Friday, 16 February 2018

February 16, 2018

National News: Most states' voting tech is outdated, without replacement funding | Voting lines are shorter, but mostly for whites | Feds pressed to unredact names in voting panel emails | Blunt calls Russian election influence 'marginal;' Intelligence Committee report coming soon | US intel, state elections officials to discuss security issues

Alaska: Alaska praised for election security in national report

Arizona: Feds sue Arizona over rushed absentee voting

Arkansas: Arkansas receives poor grade in election security |Democrat to switch from secretary of state's race to lt. governor

Connecticut: Merrill wants protections for voters' privacy

District of Columbia: The director of the DCBOE does not live in DC

Florida: Escambia supervisor of elections registers Northview students to vote

Illinois: Sign up teens to vote? For Champaign Central senior, 'it matters' | Early voting becomes issue in McLean Co. clerk election

Indiana: Porter Co. voter official threatens legal action if not paid overtime

Kansas: Lyon Co. approves purchase of new voting equipment

Maine: RCV ball back in Legislature's court

Maryland: TurboVote seeks to ease student voter registration | Apartments a problem in Gaithersburg elections

Minnesota: State pushes for tighter cybersecurity in wake of 2016 election

Missouri: Blunt calls Russian election influence 'marginal;' Intelligence Committee report coming soon | Boone Co. clerk reduces polling places for April elections

Mississippi: Provine students learn election process

New Hampshire: Bill to prevent involvement in cross-state voter database killed in Senate

New Mexico: Cooperative legislative session ends with rush of bill approvals | Seeds, Herrera indicted for voter fraud

New York: Judge rejects petition seeking recount in Saratoga Springs | Study finds voting machines need updating | Early voting supporters pleased with funding added to governor's budget | PS 164 still no polling site

North Carolina: Elections board approves early-voting sites for primary

Ohio: Lawmakers, Kasich deciding how much counties get for voting machines | Will counties get enough state cash to buy new voting equipment?

Oklahoma: Divelbiss undecided about challenging election results

Pennsylvania: Cost of special election to Washington Co. taxpayers estimated to top $100K

South Dakota: League of Women Voters launching in Pierre

Tennessee: Primary costing $150K has only one contested race

Texas: Texas receives poor grade in election security | Voter fraud allegations under investigation in Dallas Co.

Utah: Davis Co. man charged with election misconduct

Vermont: House lawmakers vote to conceal voter data from feds

Virginia: Hundreds more Norther Va. voters assigned to wrong district, review finds

Washington: Every day, hackers try to get into Washington's voting systems

Thursday, 15 February 2018

February 15, 2018

National News: Democrats will push Hail Mary plan to secure the midterm elections | Ill-prepared and underfunded, election officials brace for more cyberattacks | Democrats intensify push to protect voting machines from hackers | Can the US combat election interference if some don't believe it's happening?

Alaska: Eagle River council briefed on mail-in election procedure

Arkansas: Election commission discusses equipment, polling sites

California: Supes call for expanding voting rights for eligible ex-felons | Newport Beach launches its own look into potential voter fraud | Oxnard council approves $467K in election services contracts

Colorado: Colorado elections director is confident the state's systems are well defended | Colorado election system safe from interference, secretary of state says

Connecticut: Move to shield voter identity information

Delaware: Delaware vulnerable to election hacking, group says

Georgia: Georgia says no thanks to in-depth election security help from feds | Gwinnett elections office sends new precinct notices

Idaho: Idaho receives 'C' grade for election security | Lawmakers will discuss if Idaho should keep using criticized elections tool

Indiana: For voting center plan, it's back to the drawing board | Lawmaker blocking bill to count dead people's votes

Kansas: House panel prepares for votes on precinct results

Maryland: Local officials respond to threats of Russian election meddling | Mysersville council green-lights election code updates

Missouri: Election officials give reasons why local systems are protected from hacking

New Hampshire: Bill would grant town meeting postponement power to secretary of state

New Mexico: Ranked-choice system gets mixed reception among early voters

New York: Early voting proposal finds funding as locals ask implementation questions

North Carolina: Elections board rewrite heads to governor | Temporary parking planned for Iredell early voting

Oklahoma: Major headaches in Muskogee elections | Voters turned away at Jenks polling place

Texas: Rockwall Co. elections administrator addresses questions about new digital voting system | Travis Co. voter registration youth PSA contest winners are in | Judge allows Dallas Co. election officials to examine suspicious mail-in ballots | Commissioners raise wages for election workers

Virginia: Local officials respond to threats of Russian election meddling | Exclusive: Confusion reigned ahead of Va.'s 2017 election

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

February 14, 2018

National News: Voting machines didn't produce 4M fraudulent votes | Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries | Experts: What states can do to secure their elections | As foreign hackers plot next attack, Washington struggles to shore up vulnerable voting systems | Citing costs, some governors refuse to hold special elections | Intel officials sound the alarm on Russian meddling in 2018 midterms

Alabama: Changing voting locations is a process | Those who previously voted at Armory will get new polling place

Arizona: Bill would require voters to update address or risk losing license | Arizona receives a 'D' in election security | Ducey signs bill partially funding cost of special election

Arkansas: Local Arkansans vote for 1st time with new voter ID laws

California: Counties await state funds for new voting systems | Nevada Co. commissioners approve Voters' Choice Act | Mary Anne Davis announces bid for Nevada Co. clerk-recorder, registrar | What you need to know about voting changes coming to Sacramento Co.

Colorado: Colorado lauded in report on election security | Third Democrat seeks Boulder Co. clerk's post

Connecticut: Young-Kleinfeld will leave Wilton registrar's office

Delaware: Elections commissioner confident in election security

Florida: New report gives Florida an 'F' for election security

Indiana: Vote center request cut short

Iowa: Bipartisan bill would restore voting rights for Iowa felons

Kansas: Report: Kansas gets failing election security grade | Senate bill would remove secretary of state's authority to appoint election commissioners

Michigan: Voting reform in Michigan marches forward | Voter rights overhaul petition approved for circulation

Minnesota: St. Louis Park charter commission to host sessions on ranked-choice voting | Freedom of expression case before SCOTUS aimed at Minnesota law

Missouri: Carroll Co. using new voting machines

New Hampshire: Alternative voting shot down by NH House

New York: De Blasio looks to boost voter turnout in NYC | Early voting plan draws mixed reviews | De Blasio targets elections in state of the city address

North Carolina: Drama over early voting locations in Brunswick Co.

North Dakota: Stark Auditor ready for 2018 elections | Secretary of state stands by election security

Oklahoma: Voting irregularities alleged in municipal contest | Glitches at a couple of precincts mar election day in Muskogee Co.

Pennsylvania: Dauphin Co. election head says voting machines can't be hacked

Rhode Island: Secretary of state pushes for early, in-person voting | Rep. Solomon legislation would allow early voting

Texas: Dallas Co. elections officials seeing suspicious activity ahead of election | Disabled job-seekers no longer received voter registration assistance, rights group says | New voting center location for some Randall Co. voters

Washington: How WA is preparing for 2018 election interference

West Virginia: County votes to consolidate precincts | Kanawha Co. to offer community early voting locations

Wisconsin: Voters reminded to get proper ID before spring elections | Janesville city council directs staff to find a different polling place

Wyoming: GOP seeks applicants for secretary of state

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

February 13, 2018

National News: State voting systems remain vulnerable to hackers | Fights over voting rights a prelude to November midterm election | Homeland Security calls NBC report on election hacking 'false'

Alabama: Civil rights advisory committee to host voting access forums | County votes to realign polling precincts

Arkansas: Arkansas gets an 'F' in election security

California: Tuteur seeks re-election to sixth term

Colorado: Colorado praised in national election security report

Florida: Federal judge asked to give voting rights to ex-prisoners in Fla. | Scott and Cabinet want sole power to change felon voting rights | Florida gets an 'F' in election security, new report says

Georgia: Woodlawn polling place to change

Idaho: Balukoff supports legislation that would pull Idaho out of voter crosscheck

Illinois: Kane Co. clerk hopefuls at odds over Aurora election commission

Kansas: Kansas vulnerable to election hacking, gets failing grade on security, group says | Voting rights challenge headed to trial | Teen withdraws from secretary of state race

Kentucky: County clerk: No way to police address of registered voters | County seeking polling places for two precincts

Louisiana: Report: Louisiana earns 'D' for election security

Michigan: Ballot language for voting reform petition up for consideration

Minnesota: Grant awarded to upgrade Kandiyohi Co. voting equipment

New Mexico: Toulouse Oliver talks voting opportunities and the road ahead

New York: City public schools to kick off voter registration program in the spring | Cuomo adds $7M to budget proposal for early voting

North Dakota: New report gives ND a 'C' for election security

Tennessee: Officials partner in voter registration initiative in Cheatham schools

Texas: Voting goes digital in Rockwall Co. | Disability rights group threatens to sue TX for not offering voter registration services | New program expands voter registration effort at Travis Co. jail | Election administrator talks voter registration | Texas defends against Latino voting rights claims

Virginia: Bill on instant runoff voting hits procedural roadblock

Washington: House passes automatic voter registration

Wisconsin: Eau Claire Co. residents to see new voting equipment

Monday, 12 February 2018

Feburary 10-12, 2018

National News: Restrictive voter ID laws are no match for this group | Time's just about up to secure the 2018 midterm elections

Alabama: Transgender plaintiffs sue Alabama over state ID laws | Voting rights museum a dream that became reality | Legislature pitches election reform measures following Senate election

Alaska: Anchorage mayor assesses vote-by-mail method

Arizona: Groups seek clarity on felons' voting rights in Arizona

Connecticut: Secretary of state announces voter registration drive for Puerto Rican families

Florida: New smart tablets help Lee Co. avoid voter fraud | Lawmakers consider severely restricting access to voter information

Georgia: Gwinnett mails bilingual voter cards; 1600 have new polling place | Gwinnett unveils new voter information materials | Hall now planning to hire elections superintendent

Illinois: Pending candidate challenge delays early voting in some Southern Illinois counties | Local elections director: Expect cyber incidents in the midterms | Election equipment up to the task? | Thirteen polling places might have to shut down

Indiana: McKinney professor testifies on voting case's lasting effects | AG opinions sidelines bill to allow dead people's votes to count | IMU polling stations to be introduced in fall 2018

Kansas: Vopat discusses election equipment | Kansas voting rights challenge headed to trial

Massachusetts: Galvin, voter groups press for same day registration | Cost of same day registration concerns local clerks

Minnesota: Morrison Co. receives $89K grant for new election equipment | Hibbing gets grant for voting machines | New election equipment coming to Central Minnesota

Mississippi: Felony voting proposal still alive in Legislature

Nebraska: Gretna senator renews push for voter ID laws

New Jersey: NJ wants to expand voting access and give new voice to marginalized populations | Hoboken council members respond to voter fraud

New Mexico: House bill to secure local elections

New York: NY targets Blockchain for voter security

North Carolina: Voting machine mandate irks county

Ohio: Cheney tapped to fill unexpired term on Allen Co. BOE

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania to require voting machines with paper backup | State issues voting directive for county election officials | County election readiness hinges on new map

South Carolina: Repeat election in West Columbia raises questions

Tennessee: Election fraud case dismissed

Virginia: Bill on instant runoff voting for Arlington Co. board races clears committee | College Republicans, University Democrats endorse bill for ranked choice voting

Washington: Mid-Columbia voters affected by registration mix-up

West Virginia: County votes to consolidate voting precincts

Wyoming: Secretary of state resigns | Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray resigns | Republican Leland Christensen second to enter secretary of state race | Laramie Co. Clerk Debra Lee reflects on global experiences

Friday, 09 February 2018

February 9, 2018

National News: Judiciary Dems demand immediate hearings on election hacking

Alabama: Vote in Houston Co.? Your polling place could change soon

California: Sacramento Bee leaks 19.5M California voter records

Florida: Gilchrist to purchase voting equipment | Hackers did not gain access to Florida registration rolls, state election officials say | Voter information legislation stalls in state session | Lee and Collier Co. officials look to prevent Russian hackers

Georgia: Kemp: Russia didn't hack Ga. voter rolls | Georgia voters could have paper ballots, voting receipts for elections

Illinois: County clerk prepares for upcoming primary | Old voting machines could pose new election problems | Early voting won't start Thursday as planned | Early voting complicated by ballot concerns | Early voting off to a strong start in Decatur, but not for all in Illinois

Indiana: Vigo voting plan coming together | Officials aim to secure a vote center | 28K voter registrations 'cancelled' in St. Joseph Co. | New website to help Hoosiers vote

Kansas: House panel votes for remedy to election budget squabbles in four counties

Kentucky: E-pollbooks may not fly for primary

Maine: Campaigns unsure how ranked-choice will affect Maine elections

Maryland: Rockville mulls vote-by-mail for 2019

Massachusetts: Panel to tackle voter suppression issues | Local clerks fret over early voting costs

Michigan: Seminar to detail proposed voting law changes

Minnesota: Secretary of state taps attorney as chief of staff

Mississippi: Bills introduced to examine voting rights | 'Promote the Vote' recognizes 105 students at State Capitol

Missouri: Republican and willing to go to North County? The election board has a job for you

Montana: Montana's elections chief talks with Billings high school students

Nebraska: Senator Chambers threatens filibuster over voter ID bill | At Legislature hearing on voter ID bills, both sides say Nebraskans agree with them | Democrat Spencer Danner running for secretary of state | Voter ID opponents say measure would do more harm than good

New Jersey: Runoffs may return to Hoboken

New Mexico: House committee OKs bill to consolidate nonpartisan local elections

New York: High hopes for governor's voting reforms

Pennsylvania: MoCo holding voting machine 'open house' | County election office mailing causes confusion

Rhode Island: Gorbea proposes moving date of September primary

Utah: Two bills to significantly affect voting in Utah

Virginia: Fredericksburg voters quietly drop lawsuit requesting new election

Washington: 650 county residents just now getting election ballots

Thursday, 08 February 2018

February 8, 2018

National News: Russians penetrated US voter systems, top US official says | Poll: Most Americans think Russia will interfere again in 2018 elections

Alaska: Mail dominance

Arizona: How a Glendale woman got 2 ballots for special election | Advocacy group says Arizona misleads ex-felons on voting rights

Arkansas: Lawsuit filed over Arkansas' revamped voter ID law | State's '17 voter ID law fatally flawed, suit says | Sebastian Co. election panel approves vote centers | Meeting set for Marion Co. vote centers

California: Oxnard special election could cost county close to $500K

Connecticut: Malloy signs executive order to study vote-by-mail

Florida: Irma flooding caused $174K in damage to St. Lucie elections office

Georgia: Forsyth elections office has new home

Illinois: Early voting delay not expected to affect turnout | Legal action delays start of early voting | Early voting delayed, could start Feb. 20 | Early and mail voting in Peoria Co. will be delayed

Indiana: County's election machines to get upgrade

Kansas: Talk ramping up about replacing Lyon Co. voting machines | County officials at odds over election office budget

Missouri: As petitions to change Missouri laws soar, some want to charge fees to get on ballot

North Dakota: Jaeger visits Fargo to talk 2018 campaign

Ohio: Belmont, Harrison counties prepare for election

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. election director monitoring redistricting impact on May primary

South Dakota: House passes election reform bill opponents call 'onslaught' against initiative process

Texas: Another arrest made in Starr Co. voter fraud case | Nueces Co. commissioners extend early voting polling hours

Virginia: Albemarle Co. supervisors accept voting precinct changes

Washington: 192 Benton Co. voters affected by state voter registration error | Software error fails to send nearly 600 voter registrations to Spokane Co. | State motor voter glitch has limited impact on Kittitas Co. | House committee considers same-day voter registration | Software glitch affects nearly 200 Cowlitz voters

West Virginia: Voter ID law now in effect for West Virginia

Wisconsin: UW voting drive part of Big Ten Voting Challenge

Wyoming: Clerks launch voting survey | State Rep. James Byrd running for secretary of state

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

February 7, 2018

National News: AF streamlines voting program to help optimize Airmen's core missions | Black lawmakers continue King's fight for voting rights

Alaska: Elections Division has plans to save $220K per year

California: Chinese language added to voting materials in Contra Costa Co.

Florida: Lawmakers debate expansion of digital voting, tallying machines | Miami could vote 4 times in 9 months for a state House seat

Georgia: Gwinnett officials: Spanish-language election services cost $700K in 2017 | N. Fulton mayor will resign Feb. 21 before secretary of state run |

Illinois: Early voting postponed | Ballot dispute delays early voting in McLean Co. | Early voting in Rockford pushed back nearly two weeks

Indiana: Elections board to open central IU polling site

Iowa: Eastern Iowans experience first elections with voter ID changes

Kansas: Budget feud escalates between county officials, county election commissioners

Maryland: College Park city council debates making absentee voting more flexible |

Massachusetts: House approves early voting amendment | Braintree polling place moved

Michigan: New voting equipment test by students | Ann Arbor has new 2018 voting precincts, polling places

Minnesota: St. Paul council member charged, accused of helping voter cast ballot

Nevada: County moving away from assigned voting sites in 2018

New York: Assembly passes bill to change date of 2018 state primary election

North Carolina: Supreme Court issues partial stay in voting case

Pennsylvania: Concern over condition of voting machines in PA | Some polling places need changes for disabled voters, but none moving this year | Westmoreland commissioner wants Murphy to pay $230K bill for special election

Tennessee: Most voters at Longview Rec turned away because of confusion about polling location | Instant runoff advocate reacts to council vote for anti-runoff referendum | Voters will decide whether or not to keep ranked choice voting

Texas: Texas AG's office 'fully supports' voter fraud investigation | Confusion surround mail-in ballots in Potter Co.

Virginia: Richmond launches initiative to register city high school students to vote | Changes proposed for Albemarle Co. voting precincts | 2018 will be a no-go for satellite absentee voting centers in Arlington | Prince William wins $2K to preserve segregated polling books

Washington: Nearly 7K Washington voters will get last-minute ballots due to motor voter error | Some Lyman voters' ballots delayed

Tuesday, 06 February 2018

February 6, 2018

National News: Voting rights for women: How countries stack up

Alaska: Anchorage to hold first vote-by-mail election in April

California: County ballots, voter guides to now include info in Chinese

Georgia: Student ambassadors help with voter registration | Secretary of state candidate meets with voters in Columbus

Idaho: Whitman Co. asks for help with forthcoming election

Illinois: Early DuPage primary voting delayed by ballot changes | Student leaders respond to clerk's decision not to grant more early voting locations | Voting rights suit against Chicago Heights flops before federal appeals court | Early voting may be delayed for millions in Chicago area due to ballot challenges

Indiana: Porter Co. Dems, GOP optimistic for polling place issue resolution

Kansas: Public demonstration of new voting machines to be held| Bills clarify that yes, Kansans who have trouble signing their names can vote-by-mail

Maine: What Mainers need to know about latest ranked-choice voting twist | How the ranked-choice voting people's veto would affect 2018 Maine elections

Massachusetts: Town poised to receive compensation for unfunded state mandate

Minnesota: Ranked-choice supporters gather signatures for ballot question | Lincoln Co. receives grant for voting equipment

Missouri: Election czar wants new rules for ballot questions | Election officials prep for primaries

Ohio: Deal struck on congressional redistricting

Pennsylvania: Settlement reached over Cumberland Co.'s access to polling locations | Justices won't block Pa. gerrymandering decision

Texas: Paxton pushes for new checks on voter fraud | Voting rights groups focus on turnout as registration period ends | Jefferson Co. officials working to find location of displaced voters | Abbott's mail-in ballot push creates backlog for county election workers | Ballot confusion for those voting by mail ahead of the March primary

Virginia: Will Martinsville merge voting precincts? | Arlington electoral board OKs officers of election for 2018

Wisconsin: ExpressVote to debut at primary | MMSD employee pushes to have staff development days held on election days