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National News: New bipartisan Senate bill seeks to bolster election security at state level | Bipartisan group of lawmakers backs new election security bill | In tied elections, chance, not voters, often decides final outcome

Alabama: Secretary of state clears voter fraud investigation

Colorado: 'Growing like a weed,' Douglas Co. will create 13 new voting precincts for next year's election

Connecticut: Justices take lawyers to task in Bridgeport primary case

Illinois: Chartwell Agency hired by Rockford BOE |

Indiana: Lake Co. joins 10-county voter security pilot program

Kentucky: Legal action threatened against Trimble over voter rolls

Maine: Ranked choice backers push for a veto

Michigan: Battle Creek considers revising voting precincts

New Mexico: Council approves RCV details for March

New York: What you should know about Cuomo's 2018 election reform agenda | Cuomo unveils 'Democracy Agenda' of election security and voting reforms | Cuomo to pitch early voting in State of State speech

North Carolina: NC has its own one-vote-winner election controversy. How will it end? | Judicial review panel filed over Winterville election | Youngblood pleads to lesser charge of attempted voter fraud | State files petition in Sharpsburg election case

North Dakota: New complaint challenges latest ND voter ID law

Pennsylvania: Official: Feds will review polling places

Rhode Island: RI lost years worth of government emails in 2015 system change

Texas: Secretary of state pushes student voter registration during local stop

U.S. Virgin Islands: As election year dawns, BOE offices remain closed 'until further notice'

Virginia: In recount of Fredericksburg-area race tainted by ballot mix-ups, judge relents on media ban | Two recent Williamsburg elections were decided by drawing names from a hat | Thomas declared winner in 28th by narrower margin

West Virginia: Some West Virginians may receive voter registration confirmation postcards