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October 27-29, 2012

National News: How Hurricane Sandy could affect the election | Election's poll workers face a myriad of challenges amid changes in voting rules | Voter ID laws a concern in Indian Country | Lawyers gird for possible recounts | High court weighs new look at voting rights law | As election nears, cries of voter intimidation |

Overseas Voting News: Absentee ballots may have been destroyed in crash

Alabama: How 24K nursing home residents would be affected by voter ID rules in 2014 is unclear

Arizona: Pima sees gains in election security | County letter to serve as voter ID | $30K in election date ads planned in Maricopa County | Counties will soon start counting early ballots

California: Monterey County grand jury finds voting procedures 'more than adequate' | Santa Cruz County clerk's office gears up for election | App allows Palo Alto voters to track mail ballot | Public invited to watch opening of ballots | Butte County reports 25 percent of mail-in ballots already in | New Republicans claim they were flipped | Earlier release for ranked-choice tallies

Colorado: New gear streamlines early voting | More than ever, Boulder County residents are casting early ballots | With mail-in ballots arriving, election process begins

Connecticut: Connecticut planning to deal with 'Sandy's' impact on Election Day | Voting changes highlighted for Norwich residents | Gov. Malloy orders voter registration deadline extended to Thursday

District of Columbia: Early voters overwhelm polling places in D.C. and Maryland | Early voting brings long lines, complaints | Early voters face long waits ahead of Hurricane Sandy | Early voting centers saw long waits, DCBOE remained silent | Early voting sites closed in DC because of Hurricane Sandy

Florida: Lines, scanner problems greet early voters | Eager voters turnout across PBC | Lines long for first day of early voting in PBC | Voters face long lines on first day of early voting in South Florida | Election workers check voting machines | Long lines, long waits on day 1 of early voting | Architect of felon voter purge behind Florida's new limits | Supervisor of elections: Wilcox, Cochran vie for Dee Brown's seat | Palm Beach back under the glare of election scrutiny | First day of early voting a success in Lee County | Early voters jam Manatee elections office | Campaign contributions raise questions in supervisor's race | League of Women Voters getting complaints about confusing ballot amendments | Broward Republicans say early voting locations unfair | Florida's new early voting law prompt retooled schedules for poll workers | Fla.: Election observers can't enter polling places | Supervisor of elections Ann McFall fails to post early voting totals for second consecutive day | Supervisor: Prepared early voters making for fast polling times | Church can have election signs removed at polls | Some Martin absentee ballots have printing errors on envelopes

Georgia: Early voting precincts busy in Ga. | Elderly man possible target of ID theft, voter fraud | Long lines for early voting in Gwinett | Georgia voter says another person voted in his place

Hawaii: Election staff 'sickout' plus 500K incorrectly printed ballots | WWII vet dies after casting a final ballot

Idaho: Voting early? People in Kootenai County will need to go to the election office

Illinois: Long lines for many early voters | Election officials scoff at security experts' questions about voting machines | Researchers break open voting machines in test of security

Indiana: Photo ID card battle won't be resolved before Election Day | Probe in to LaPorte voter purge sought | LP officials say all eligible voters have been reinstated | Switz Co. casts ballots at travelling vote centers | County's early-voting lines form early | Few provisional ballots expected in Indiana | County GOP considers ballot change | Absentee ballot postage confusing voters

Iowa: Debate over Dunkerton polling place following pastor's public letter | Early voting sets record in Linn County

Kansas: Project helps give kids history lesson in voting

Kentucky: Accuracy board meets, voting machines tested

Louisiana: Groups aim to protect voter rights | Voters line up early to cast ballots | Early voter stampede in Caddo Parish

Maine: Many area towns adding electronic vote counters to Nov. 6 effort

Maryland: Early voters overwhelm polling places in D.C. and Maryland | Generators in place to keep early voting going through storm | Early voting centers draw huge crowds | Early voters face long waits ahead of Hurricane Sandy | Experts: Lengthy Maryland ballots could challenge voters | Early voting canceled for Oct. 29 | Early voting, flights canceled and offices close as Sandy approaches | Hurricane Sandy contributes to long lines for early voting | Early voting kicks off with overflowing crowd and lines in Harford County

Massachusetts: Natick residents can help test election voting machines next week | Bilingual ballots increase voter access in Boston and Quincy | Officials ponder storm's possible effect on voting

Michigan: Voter registrations late after NAACP-held drive loses forms | Ruth Johnson has long record of serving public | Consolidation of Muskegon County's secretary of state office concludes with remodeling project | Track absentee ballots online

Minnesota: New TV ads for, against voter ID | Some question tribal ID usability under amendment | Voter fraud: Stuffing ballot boxes or the stuff of myth? | Charting the arguments over vote fraud

Mississippi: Groups aim to protect voters

Missouri: St. Louis tests voting machines | Candidate focusing campaign on voter ID in secretary of state race | Political discussion on photo ID sparks local confusion on voter ID rules | Schoeller touts voter ID support

Montana: US backs Native voting rights in Montana, counties want $90K if they lose | Insufficient postage an issue with many Montana ballots | Flathead Co. seeing record number of ballots | Check your ballot before voting in Missoula County | Some absentee ballots reported missing in Lewis & Clark County | Minister wins suit over 100-year-old election law

Nebraska: Closing rural polling places slow to take hold

Nevada: Early voting draws 25 percent of Nevada | Push for early voting in Clark County continues

New Hampshire: Don't panic: You can vote Nov. 6 without an ID

New Jersey: Extended hours announced for vote-by-mail options | Vote-by-mail deadline approaching, county clerks alert voters to possible storm-related mail disruptions | Voting before the storm | Officials expect more mail-in ballots

New Mexico: Local attorney reports faulty ballot; officials blame human error | Deceptive training for poll watcher investigated in New Mexico | Dona Ana County warns of phone calls to voters giving false information | Las Cruces lawyer complains of ballot misprint

New York: Could NYC BOE absentee ballot application backlog leave voters out? | Cost of Oneida Co. election ballot spelling error: $75K | St. Lawrence County voters urged to check their polling place

North Carolina: Shorter waits can be found for early voters | Hurricane Sandy may impact voting in North Carolina | Elections boss worried about poll incidents | Early voting is a success | Absentee ballots vulnerable in Gaston? | Election officials not worried bout touch-screen voting machines | Officials address non-voter issue | Charlotte-area churches take advantage of Sunday voting | Voters get a head start--but so do problems

North Dakota: Inquiries prompt Jaeger to make sure election workers are 'on the same page' | Thousands expected to vote early in Cass and Clay counties

Ohio: Is Cuyahoga County ready for Election Day? | Elections chief to appeal ruling on counting provisional ballots | Elections board probes early voting complaint | Horne talks elections law violation | New polling locations tripping up some voters | Elections officials help those in nursing homes and jail cast ballots | Husted appeals voting ruling | BOE has plan to weather the storm; Early voting not hampered

Oregon: Brown and Buehler meet in sometimes heated secretary of state debate | Would Knute Buehler put Oregon's vote-by-mail system 'at risk'?

Oklahoma: Vote and get free guacamole on Election Day | Some Tulsans too eager to vote absentee

Pennsylvania: Working together for democracy | Two polling places change locations | Sandy may effect polling locations | Pike County gears up for election | Solobay urges state, employers to ensure storm workers can vote

South Carolina: Obama photo removed from Bluffton absentee-voting office

Tennessee: Ex-felons vote for first time following imprisonment | Voters could see hours-long wait on Election Day

Texas: Hurdles remain for disabled to vote in Texas, advocates say | Tarrant County poised to exceed number of early votes cast 4 years ago | Lubbock county elections administrator discussed alleged voting errors | No problems seen with European election observers | Head of election monitors group tells Abbott to calm down | Political publications found at City Hall polling site | Motor voters missing on rolls

Utah: Mail-in ballot results in staggering voter return numbers for Duchesne County | Davis election official says big early vote turnout 'exciting' | Davis County recognized for making polling places accessible for people with disabilities | More votes cast in churches in Davis and Weber counties

Virginia: DOJ considers investigation into voter registration fraud | Feds agree to 2 Va. counties' voting 'bailout' | Election officials prepared for Hurricane Sandy | McDonnell urges caution and preparation; will expand hours for absentee voting | Va. electoral board offers guidance as storm nears | Registrar offices, polling places to be given 'high priority' in cases of power outage | Va. absentee lists sold to campaigns, candidates | State will ask voter registrars to extend hours

Washington: Mail-in voting means loss of polling places

West Virginia: Kanawha voter office computers down for 90 minutes | Officials on guard against voting fraud | Election fraud not an abstract concern in W.Va. | Secretary of state faces challenge from Putnam delegate | Poll workers in midst of seventh election

Wisconsin: More than 225K Wisconsin residents request absentee ballots | Many Wisconsinites take advantage of early voting