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2015

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

December 30, 2015

Holiday Schedule: electionlineToday will not publish on December 31 and Jan. 1, 2016. Thank you for your patience and understanding and have a happy holiday.

California: California elections officials probe voter data breach claims | State officials investigating potential data leak on millions of California voters

Indiana: Preview voting centers Monday | Sen. Tallian aims to make voting easier in Indiana

Kansas: LWV keeps close eye on incomplete voter registrations

Kentucky: No felons had rights restored

Louisiana: Secretary of state plans to replace voting machines with iPads

Maine: Maine voters' data ended up in a mysterious database

Maryland: City to host voting demonstrations on new ballot system

Minnesota: House-Senate panel recommends election-emergency legislation

New Mexico: Online voter registration is coming to New Mexico

North Carolina: Iredell elections board to hold emergency meeting

Ohio: Akron-area officials skeptical that envelope change may solve absentee ballot postmark problem | More than 100 Portage voters notified their ballots were voided | Postal officials stand up Summit Co. elections board | Elections board needs additional poll workers | County approves added funding for election panel

Oklahoma: Commissioners approve polling places, times for early voting

Texas: Voter cards set to be reiussed due to misprint | County expects answer soon on future of vote centers

West Virginia: Cabell commission OKs precinct changes

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Monday, 28 December 2015

December 24-28, 2015

Holiday Schedule: electionlineToday will not publish on December 31 and Jan. 1, 2016. On December 28, 29 and 30, electionlineToday will publish, but not until 8 a.m. each day. Thank you for your patience and understanding and have a happy holiday.

National News: Rep. Keith Ellison hones new voter-turnout strategy for Dems | American voting laws a concern for Democrat candidates

Alabama: Alabama's secretary of state shakes up voter engagement

Alaska: Local rep petitions for voter registration changes

Arizona: Pima Co. expects to spend $2.1M on education vote | PV prepares for its first fall election

Florida: Supervisors want new Senate districts by mid-March | Voters told to update signatures in advance of Florida's primary | Polk seeks elections workers for March primary | Taxpayers pay legal bills for both sides in ballot fight      

Georgia: Culture of expediency also to blame in Ga. data breach | Georgians stung by confusion over voting law

Illinois: More voting technology changes coming | Eastland Mall to host early voting

Indiana: Clark Co. recount commission results still in question

IowaAdvocates: Iowa's online voter registration could violate ADA | Online voter registration causing concerns for Iowans

Kentucky: Candidate calls vote recount hijacking of democracy

Louisiana: 'Drastic change' coming as Louisiana shifting to iPad voting, and it won't be cheap | New technology possibly on tap for Louisiana elections

Maryland: Black Girls Vote seek to boost registration at the polls

Massachusetts: Court-ordered recount in Revere mayor's race

Michigan: High price for special election | Ferndale adds precincts in preparations for primary

Minnesota: Aging voting machines may take bite out of budgets

Mississippi: Mississippi's secretary of state has led state through changes

Missouri: Lawmakers file bills on voter ID | Lawmakers renew push for photo ID for voters

Nebraska: GIPS seeks to move voting out of schools

New Hampshire: E-signup urged for NH voting

New Mexico: New secretary of state 'excited about turning the page'

North Carolina: El-Amin to appeal drop of WSSU early voting site | One stop location added | Three black groups partner in voter effort | Missing the vote?

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. seeking new deputy election director

Ohio: Dispute over Ohio's voting rules in hands of federal judge | Charles Hartley appointed to Clark Co. BOE

Oregon: Voter numbers likely to swell in January | Motor voter won't trigger immediate change

Texas: Major collection on Latino voting rights collected at UTSA

Utah: Vote by mail leaves its mark

Virginia: Democrats praise Virginia court settlement in voting rights case | Settlement will fix issues with long wait times at Virginia polling places | Settlement reached to shorten wait times to vote in Va.| City moves voting precinct

Washington: County aims to increase ballot drop boxes, making voting more accessible | County mails mismatched voter-verification cards

West Virginia: Residents to see changes in voting process for 2016 elections | Tennant predicts strong OVR numbers heading into 2016

Wisconsin: Photo ID a must for Wisconsin voters in 2016

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

December 23, 2015

Holiday Schedule: electionlineToday will not publish on December 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, 2016. On December 28, 29 and 30, electionlineToday will publish, but not until 8 a.m. each day. Thank you for your patience and understanding and have a happy holiday.

Alaska: Native groups, unions put cash behind effort to link PFD, voter registration

California: Voting after relocating just got easier in Napa Co. | Whittier group seeks early voting for districted city council election

Colorado: Colorado selects uniform system for voting public

Indiana: Indiana mayor re-elected by 1 vote after ballot challenge

Iowa: Iowa program helps domestic violence survivors feel 'Safe at Home'

Kentucky: Bevin reverses Beshear on felon voting rights | Jeff vote recount changes at-large council win

Maryland: Hogan's 2015 vetoes could all be overridden

Massachusetts: New voting machines on tap

Mississippi: Incumbent: Votes properly counted in tied election

New York: County GOP elections commissioner to step down

North Carolina: Local agencies say they're complying with federal law in advocating voter registration | McDowell GOP to fill vacancy on elections board

Oklahoma: Commissioners move to simplify procedures for county election workers

Oregon: "Motor Voter' system starts Jan. 1 (Q&A)

South Carolina: Pickens Co. comes through with funding to ease elections budget crunch

South Dakota: Pine Ridge group urges judge to keep lawsuit going against Jackson Co.

Tennessee: Judge dismisses TN students' voting rights case | Students lose challenge to Tennessee voter ID law

Texas: Heavy voter turnout predicted for March 1 primaries | New voter registration cards mailed | AG rulings clarify Open Carry

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

December 22, 2015

Holiday Schedule: electionlineToday will not publish on December 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, 2016. On December 28, 29 and 30, electionlineToday will publish, but not until 8 a.m. each day. Thank you for your patience and understanding and have a happy holiday.

National News: Voting only by mail can decrease turnout. Or increase it. Wait, what? | Is your election night reporting system ready for 2016?

Alaska: Juneau to hold March special election for new mayor

California: Fullerton narrows plans for new district voting system

Florida: Trial ends with speculation judge could draw new Florida Senate map

Indiana: Pair of local county election officials earn prestigious honors from state | Election board to draft vote center plan | Seitz refuses special election option

Louisiana: Officials consider election logistics | Strawberry festival conflicts with election

New York: Elections official files $8M lawsuit in ballot case

North Carolina: Elections officials notifying voters who have no valid ID

Ohio: More than 20 contests in November election decided by one vote throughout Ohio

Oregon: Oregon's automatic voter registration law kicks in January 1 | After slight adjustments, Oregon's Motor Voter is set for launch

Pennsylvania: County voting board sides with residents | Losing candidate contests result of Upper St. Clair commissioner's race

Texas: Voting in the primary by mail

Utah: Flagged Bill: HB 21

West Virginia: Harrison Co. investing more in new voting technology

Monday, 21 December 2015

December 19-21, 2015

Holiday Schedule: electionlineToday will not publish on December 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, 2016. On December 28, 29 and 30, electionlineToday will publish, but not until 8 a.m. each day. Thank you for your patience and understanding and have a happy holiday.

National News: Beefed-up DoD voter education campaign to launch soon

Alaska: Doyon CEO joins PFD voter registration campaign

Arizona: Homeless disenchanted by politics face barriers to vote

California: Blind Bay Area voters object to paper ballots | When legislators resign, costs can be high

Georgia: Busy Floyd county election year includes local, state and presidential bids | Evon Billups ending Rome elections career after decades of service, happiness

Illinois: Effort to make CLC early voting site

Indiana: Special prosecutor to review recent voter fraud allegation | Combining Monrovia polls considered | Clark Co. election board votes on absentee ballots

Kentucky: County clerk office under budget; seeking new voting machines

Maine: Bill would target videotaping, intimidation at Maine polling places

MarylandNew voting system in Wicomico Co. | COG moves forward on proposed election changes

Massachusetts: Longtime Westminster town clerk to retire Jan. 3

Michigan: Clerks say they'll be ready if voting measure is signed

Mississippi: Pike considers replacing voting machines with tablets | Pike Co. may replace voting machines

New York: So what's Victor going to do with those old-school voting machines anyway?

North Carolina: Forsyth Co. elections board turns down request for voting site at WSSU | Election protests won't be heard until January

North Dakota: Jaeger: ND needs new voting machines

Ohio: Huber precinct to be split

Pennsylvania: County takes over handling of Lopatcong mayor's recall

South Carolina: Busy election year will test aging SC voting machines

Tennessee: Election techs get hands-on training on county's new voting machines

Virginia: Public hearing set on new Bland Co. voting machines | Judge rules voter ID challenge can proceed

Wisconsin: Federal court decisions could impact Wisconsin voters in 2016

Friday, 18 December 2015

Thursday, 17 December 2015

December 17, 2015

National News: Bill includes money for EAC | More than a dozen states eye automatic voter registration

Arkansas: New voting machines assembled in Boone Co.| Justices hear report on new voting system but can't take action due to lack of quorum | Quorum court OKs 2016 vote centers

California: Mill Valley voters' postage will be covered by county in vote-by-mail elections | Larkspur, Corte Madera voters' postage paid for by county

Colorado: Williams drops in on staff at Pitkin clerk's office

Florida: Longtime Sebastian City clerk announces retirement

Georgia: Credit monitoring sign-up opens for Ga. voters

Indiana: Judge: Charlestown's election results stand as is

Kansas: League to take voter registration to schools

Maine: Bill to control video recording at polling places among 50 vying for consideration

Maryland: When one pick isn't enough, county considers ranked choice voting

Massachusetts: Worcester hopes to limit long lines at polls for presidential election

Michigan: Senate plans to pass straight-ticket voting ban, ditch absentee voting billLegislature caps 2015 with flurry of election bill action | Good news, bad news with Ferndale poll locations | Some residents will see polling location changes

Mississippi: Madison Co. election commission deletes minutes raising questions

Missouri: Number of Wayne Co. polling places to be reduced | Automatic voter registration filed by two house Dems

Nebraska: Possible mail-in ballot voting in 2016 elections, county clerk waiting on approval

New Jersey: Morris election official accused of having child porn

New Mexico: Duran accepts penalties, will begin serving sentence Friday

New York: Group strives to resuscitate voting at turnout declines

North Carolina: Sunday early voting returns to New Hanover after 12 years

Ohio: Portage Co. getting new voting machines

Pennsylvania: Elk Co. commissioners hear of voting precinct concerns

Tennessee: Election office can't have own vacation policy

Texas: Weld Co. officials seek input on vote centers | Ahead of open carry, Dallas officials urge residents to keep calm if they see handguns next year | County agrees to joint election

Virginia: Franklin going back to paper voting

Washington: County council, elections partner in making voting more convenient and accessible

Wisconsin: Scott Walker dramatically rewrites election rules in Wisconsin | Walker signs bills scrapping elections board

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

December 16, 2015

Arkansas: Vote center designation on Quorum Court agenda

California: LA County now lets residents register online to vote | Interim clerk-recorder appointed

Colorado: Williams visits Aspen, discusses new voting system

District of Columbia: In fight over minimum wage vote, a larger issue looms: D.C.'s elections

Georgia: Report gives details on massive data breach | Ballot system to ease absentee ballot woes

Kansas: Campuses to offer voter registration training | Voter 'suspense list' prompts LWV initiative

Maryland: Polling places unaffected by school closures, for now

Massachusetts: Waltham council examines early voting possibility

Michigan: State Senate to untie tie-bar bills on balloting

Minnesota: Counties to face replacing voting machines

Missouri: Nearly half of Missouri counties have no election websites, according to one nonprofit

Nebraska: Ricketts names election commissioner

New Mexico: ABQ councilor sworn in as secretary of state

New York: Victor's old school lever-style voting machines headed for scrap

North Carolina: State attorneys oppose call for preliminary injunction against photo ID law | NC groups accuse state of violating Motor Voter law | New Hanover to offer Sunday early voting | Lawsuit: State isn't complying with federal motor voter law | Local boards of elections preparing for early primaries

North Dakota: Time crunch means voting change in special election

Ohio: Summit Co. not alone in postmark problem; other counties had same issue in November

Pennsylvania: Four polling places on chopping block

Texas: Upshur buys electronic voting machines, eyes polling centers | City election date moved to November | County fills elections position | Upshur Co. to post signs at several buildings banning guns | Montgomery Co. officials voice concerns over open carry law

U.S. Virgin Islands: Former solicitor general joins voting rights case

Virginia: Recount in Roanoke Co. confirms election results | No election do-over in future | Senate rests case in redistricting trial

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

December 15, 2015

Alaska: Ballot initiative seeks to register voters during PFD season | Ballot initiative seeks to streamline PFD, voter registration process

Arizona: Beer-pong balls will decide Arizona ballot order

Arkansas: Quorum court to discuss vote centers

California: New voter registration database

Colorado: Colorado poised to overhaul voting system

Georgia: New details on Ga. secretary of state office's massive data breach| Report blames IT worker for data breach

Massachusetts: Worcester recount never held, but costs city $5575

Minnesota: Outdated voting machines questioned

Mississippi: Confusion over attorney for Madison Co. election commission

Missouri: Rep. Dunn pre-files legislation on automatic voter registration

New Mexico: Ex-secretary of state sentenced to 30 days in jail | Gov. Martinez to appoint Brad Winter as secretary of state

New York: Michael Torres files federal suit over firing by elections board | Castorina resigns from BOE to prep for Assembly run

North Carolina: Leaders meet after Buncombe Co. reduces voting hours | Cumberland Co. election night drama | Federal court to scrutinize Wake Co. election lines

Texas: New letters meant to help voters cause some confusion | Commissioners approve extended early voting hours

Virginia: Voting machine upgrades funded | Judge suggests conditional ruling on Va. congressional districts

Washington: Return of the dropbox(es)? King Co. council promises more

Wisconsin: Democratic lawmaker says Republican-backed bills are an early Christmas gift to special interest groups