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November 7, 2017

(Editor’s Note: Electionline will be posting Election Dispatches throughout the day on Tuesday November 8. Be sure to check them out at www.electionline.org.)

For news from November 5, click here and news from November 6, click here.

National News: How the election could be hacked, and why you shouldn't worry about it | How long are polling places open? | The election will go on even if hackers attack | The art of the vote: Who designs the ballots we cast? | Confusion, obstacles raise voting concerns in some states | Civil rights advocates work to prevent polling place chaos | Why is voter turnout so low in the U.S.? | The next fight to expand voting rights has already begun | Social media helps millennial voters register, turnout worries linger | Democrats falling short on pre-emptive poll-watching lawsuits | We hold these truths to be selfie evident | In the hospital on Election Day? You can still vote | Most states have not laws about guns in polling places

Alabama: It takes a lot of work to prepare for Election Day | Local officials confident in clean election process Tuesday

Alaska: Can I post a ballot selfie in Alaska (and other questions)? | Elections division ready

Arizona: Voter fraud nearly non-existent in Cochise Co. | Three emergency early voting sites are open Monday | Will clearer instructions lead to fewer rejected ballots?

California: Orange Co. says rigged election almost impossible | Valley voters will have 'secure and safe places to vote' | Voter fraud unlikely in SB, SLO counties | Thousands of early voters hit the polls in LA Co.

Colorado: Voting centers open Monday to turn in ballots, register to vote | Judge allows ballot selfies | Six more voter service & polling centers open Monday

Connecticut: New voting devices for voters with disabilities

Delaware: Answers to frequently and infrequently asked questions | Unofficial poll watchers won't be allowed inside voting sites | Delaware is ready for Election Day

Florida: Some improvements made since 2000, but others needed | Nearly 60 percent of all Lee Co. voters have cast ballots | Election general counsel sides with judge on backlogged registrations | Judge extends early voting hours at Miami-Dade site | Bay area counties see record early voting | More than 44K cast ballot on last day of early voting in Broward | Two-thirds of Collier voters have already voted | For Miami-Dade early vote, redemption from a debacle | About 800K absentees yet to be returned | Official: Nothing wrong with keeping site open late | Hillsborough officials working around the clock as Election Day approaches

Hawaii: Early voter numbers in Hawaii indicate good year for election turnout | Unusual congressional election confuses voters

Illinois: Problems at your polling place? Here's what to do | Who exactly are the people who run your polling place?

Indiana: Tumultuous election could result in record turnout | Early voting Sunday receives high turnout in Marion Co.

Iowa: Becky Jordan focuses on voter ID in county auditor race | Voting need-to-know in Iowa | Lucy Martin describes county auditor position, hopes for re-election

Kansas: Candidate asked to leave polling place parking lot

Louisiana: Not much longer | Lawsuit aims to keep recall campaigners 600 feet from polling sites

Maine: Voter suppression effort decried at Bates College

Maryland: Election director discusses turnout, keeping vote fair | Early voting breaks county record

Massachusetts: Clear Ballot says its technology ensures reliable vote counts | Voting hasn't always gone smoothly in Lawrence

Michigan: 10 things Michiganders need to know for Election Day | Secretary of state reminds voters of polling rules | Grand Rapids family has issue with ballot

Minnesota: Judge takes election judges questions under advisement | The tale of Minnesota's iconic 'I Voted' sticker

Missouri: Greene Co. clerk, sheriff's office working to ensure positive voting experience | Where to go and what to know on Election Day | Despite lines, county elections officials say absentee voting similar to 2012

Montana: Elections office provides top 5 reminders for voters

Nebraska: Clerks in 'organized chaos' for election

Nevada: Clark Co. refutes GOP accusation that early voting site was open late

New Hampshire: Poll officials discount threats of fraud, violence

New Jersey: NJ Division of Elections addresses election security inquiries

New Mexico: Missing ballot in Santa Fe Co. found | State prosecutors to monitor polling places

New York: When do polls close and other New York information for Election Day | NYC BOE struggling to meet court mandate to make polls accessible

North Carolina: More than 45 percent of NC voters have already cast ballots | Last day of early voting brings long lines | Flood damage forces officials to move VFW voting | Familiar face has greeted Patterson Precinct voters for 40 years

Ohio: More than 400 poll workers in Franklin Co. gearing up for Election Day | Ohio's elections chief stresses secure voting process | Long lines don't deter early voters | Akron working to bring joy to voting | Last weekend for early voting | Long lines on Sunday were expected | Unregistered poll watchers not seen as local issue | Getting to know an election poll worker | Despite long wait, people were pleasant and patient

Oklahoma: Oklahoma early voting breaks 2008 records

Oregon: Oregon political parties weigh robocalls

Pennsylvania: The mechanics of voting in Cumberland | Election leaders preparing for voting | Lebanon Co. officials preparing for Election Day | Poll workers are ready for the Tuesday rush | Election office directors talk poll watchers, voting rules | Voting in Berks, surrounding counties could be put to test | Judge grants emergency petition in Montco to extend ballot deadline

Rhode Island: Rhode Island voters can register on Election Day

South Carolina: Psst, you really don't have to have an ID to vote in SC | Quick tips and frequently asked questions for SC voters | Record voting expected

Tennessee: Woman concerned about purging of voters in Davidson Co.| Tennessee agencies help voters get free IDs ahead of election |

Texas: Centenarians cast their votes by mail and in person | El Paso Co. addresses possibility of Election Day voter fraud | Polling places, voter ID rules for Tuesday | Poll watching and voter protection fight to start Election Day | Does Election Day weather make a difference? | Texas closed more poling places after VRA ruling than any other state | Election judges busy this weekend getting ready | Court orders recount of Hill Co. primary ballots | Over 600 poll workers ready for Tuesday

Utah: Salt Lake Co. clerk advises voters to return their ballots | Election officials anticipate busy polling day

Virginia: 'Cicada voters' face new system for presidential voting in Richmond | Election Day do's and don'ts | Absentee voting in Virginia breaks record  

Washington: State election officials think they may hit record turnout

West Virginia: Political science professors dissect WV's record-breaking early voting | Poll workers help election run smoothly | Flooding forces polling place changes in Kanawha Co.

Wisconsin: The challenge of voting for aging Wisconsin residents | Poll workers receive training and last-minute instructions | Poll watchers are welcome, but must follow strict rules

Wyoming: Most county clerk's offices closed on Tuesday for election| County clerk busy before election