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Friday, 21 April 2017

April 21, 2017

California: Election officials push $450M voting machine bond for 2018 | Legislation to fix security flaw in state's voter file passes first hurdle | Voter drive earns state's praise | Ballot bill passes Senate floor | Wilson considers recount options

Colorado: Fremont Co. recall election could cost taxpayers $85K

Florida: Supreme Court OKs felon voting rights amendments | Voting rights for ex-felons closer to getting on ballot | Brevard SOE to hold bake sale for nonprofit

Georgia: Group files voting rights lawsuit against Ga. election law | Suit claims Ga. voter registration violates federal law | Live in the 6th district and want to register for June runoff? Too late | A familiar face joins Bibb elections board

Idaho: Ada Co.'s mobile voting food truck named World Changing Ideas finalist

Illinois: Chicago board of elections commissioners ensures ADA accessible polling sites by 2018 | Orland Park elections run up $362K price tag | Coin toss decides election winner

Indiana: $587K upgrade will make county voting machines more secure

Massachusetts: Sherborn town meeting to have poll pad technology

Michigan: Kent Co. clerk announces selection of new voting equipment

Mississippi: Hosemann praises maintenance of Vicksburg voter rolls | Voting machines tested ahead of primary election

Nebraska: Resolution to require voter ID advances

New Hampshire: Sununu to sign bill allowing ratifications of snowstorm-delayed local elections

North Carolina: Elections board overhaul not yet law, but GOP already making nominations

North Dakota: Evnen makes Fremont stop

Ohio: Preparing for election day | Franklin Co. moving to e-poll books | Tuscarawas Co. will return to using paper ballots | Election board prepares for May 2

Texas: Court finds intentional voter discrimination in Texas | Minority votes intentionally diluted by GOP-lead House

Utah: State plans for possible special election

West Virginia: Thousands booted from voters rolls regionally

Thursday, 20 April 2017

April 20, 2017

National News: There's also a partisan split *when* people vote

Alabama: Voting box must move for election

Arizona: Maricopa Co. holding all-mail 2017 election

Arkansas: Election commission waiting on new voting machines | If state partnership approved, county to buy 200 new voting machines

California: Secretary of state urges Riverside teens to register to vote | Bill to move primary clears first hurdle

Colorado: Legislators ponder alternative method to elect candidates

Connecticut: Registrars provide Greenwich voter demographics online

Florida: Quincy city commissioner accused of election violations | Washington Co. may see a decrease in number of polling precincts

Georgia: State opens investigation into issues with special election | Stolen election equipment is safe in landfill, officials say | Police arrest man accused of tealing election equipment | Not again, Fulton: Another election, another new and different snafu | Sec. of State: User error responsible for long pause in special election results

Idaho: Denney announces re-election bid

Indiana: A federal voter ID law: Indiana's Messer proposes it, Dems object | State prepares for future elections by cleaning up voter rolls | 50K removed from voter rolls since election | Porter Co. says not to panic over voter list purge

Kansas: Kobach seeks stay in judge's order to hand over documents

Maryland: Conservative watchdog group questions MoCo's voter rolls

Michigan: Ex-aide says Macomb Co. clerk saw employees as 'her enemies' | Oakland Co. in process of purchasing new voting equipment

Montana: Green Party appeals ballot access decision to SCOTUS

Nevada: Investigation finds that 3 non-citizens voted in Nevada's 2016 election

New York: Orange Co. marks completion of BOE complex

Ohio: Hearing officer recommends Hartley's removal from Lucas Co. elections board | New changes to voting polls in Cuyahoga Co.

Pennsylvania: Pa. Supreme Court tosses lawsuit seeking replacement of city commissioners | Poll watcher bill clears committee

South Carolina: SLED investigating after woman had issue trying to vote in Marion election

Texas: Williamson Co. outsources payroll for election workers

Washington: Ballot box bill near becoming law, but not popular with elections officials

West Virginia: Secretary of state, clerks purge voter rolls | Secretary of state stops in Preston Co.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

April 19, 2017

Alabama: Special election estimated to cost up to $15M

Florida: Bipartisan effort to help restore ex-felons' rights faster could be in the works for 2018

Georgia: Fulton extends polling hours; DeKalb and Cobb smooth | What happens to your ballot after you cast your vote | Voters frustrated they couldn't vote in special election | Lee named for potential electoral list problem | Hall weighing changes to elections office | Poll theft discussed in private by Cobb commissioners and secretary of state's office officials | Fulton extending voting hours at two polling places | Fulton Co. experiences data issues while counting votes

Hawaii: Hawaii lawmakers considering vote-by-mail bill

Indiana: Indiana cancels nearly half a million voter registrations

Maryland: Conservative group urges Maryland to do more to weed out ineligible voters--or it will sue

Massachusetts: City clerk is looking at busy election season

Mississippi: Election commissioners present plan for precinct consolidation | Poll workers preparing for Meridian municipal elections

Missouri: Voters will be asked to show photo ID starting June 1

Montana: Is there still a chance for mail ballot election? | Mail-in ballots for special election probably won't be voted on again | House speaker kills mail-ballot bill with parliamentary power | Mail-in ballots for special election probably won't be voted on again | Green Party, independents won't be on Montana's special election ballot

Nevada: Clark Co. could switch to vote centers by 2018

New Hampshire: SB3 hearing draws debate over student participation, message sent to young voters | Heated hearing for bill to plug voter 'domicile loophole' | House debates bill that would change voting rights in NH

New York: City, group working on deal for suit over purge of 200K voters | On the heels of the presidential election, there's now a shortage of poll workers

North Carolina: Voting rights group wants Republican voting protests probed | Democracy NC calls for criminal probe of NCGOP for unfounded voter fraud claims

North Dakota: Lawmakers pass voter ID bill, but attorney says it doesn't follow court ruling | North Dakota lawmakers pass voter ID bill

Ohio: E-pollbooks to be demonstrated at area libraries

Tennessee: Mike Walden begins 10th term as election commission chairman

Texas: Nonpartisan group urges Paxton to stop appealing decisions on voter ID laws | Election officials don't believe ad typo affected registrations | Political group files complaint over ballot irregularities in Dallas Co. | Alvin voters warned massive ballot can take 30 minutes to read

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board won't certify vote, for now | St. Thomas-St. John district board can't certify special election until Rodriquez de-certified

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April 18, 2017

Arizona: Why won't Arizona consider automatic voter registration?

Connecticut: Greenwich registrars create online database of town voter data

Florida: Collier elections office recognized for its communication skills

Georgia: Voters' personal data at risk in Cobb theft | Equipment stolen days before special election | Officials investigate outage that caused long lines for Fulton voters | Judicial Watch threatens suit over voter rolls in 10 counties

Indiana: Lawrence Co. BOE votes to conduct study to develop voting center

Iowa: Auditors break with state on felons

Kansas: Federal judge orders Kobach to share documents from his meeting with then-president elect

Michigan: Oakland Co. looks to future with modern election technology | Macomb Co. clerk has aide call 911: Reporters harassing me

Mississippi: County clerk: Hannibal's runoff elections pose law 'issues'

Montana: Gallatin Co. sends out mail ballots | Voters to decide on ballot harvesting in 2018

Nebraska: Evnen supports voter ID requirements

Nevada: Sandoval awaiting details about alleged voter fraud | Secretary of state alleges voter fraud, blames DMV

New Hampshire: Showdown over controversial voting rights bill moves to House | Durham council passes resolution opposing SB3 | As SB3 moves to House, opponents and proponents striving for strong turnout at public hearing

New Jersey: Berkeley Heights changes polling locations to enhance school safety

New Mexico: Dona Ana Co. clerk reaching out to prospective voters

North Carolina: Granville election worker appears in court

North Dakota: State attempting to fix voter ID rules after lawsuit | New voter ID bill heads to governor | Grand Forks' Arbor Park polling place approved over access concerns

Texas: Gregg Co. hears pitch for new voting machines | House committee approves bill to make changes to voter ID law | Texas AG concludes election judges must take constitutional oath

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board could delay final approval of special election

Washington: People in Politics: Kim Wyman

Wisconsin: Plans for new voting equipment in Racine Co. move forward

Monday, 17 April 2017

April 15-17, 2017

National News: Lawmakers across U.S. move to include young people in voting | The mathematician who's using geometry to fight gerrymandering

Arizona: Ducey signs initiative proposal | How do officials prevent voter fraud | Restrictions on citizen initiatives came after years long effort

Arkansas: Quorum Court considers appropriating $500K for new voting equipment | In Little Rock, election location an issue | Preparing for early voting

California: In California, teens can now register in advance to be voters | Facing a voting rights lawsuit, council appoints new charter review committee | Teens can register to vote via text

Florida: Activists push for ex-felon voting rights restoration

Georgia: Internet issues, multiple ballots cause headaches on last day of early voting | Outages force two North Fulton polling places to stay open late

Illinois: Peru native who voted illegally in 2 elections now faces deportation | Coin flip decide Tazewell Co. election

Indiana: Indiana counties purging inactive voters from rolls

Kentucky: Early voting provisions become law

Massachusetts: New tech at Town Meeting in Sherborn

Nebraska: Evnen ready to enter race for secretary of state

Nevada: DMV responds to illegal voting investigation | Investigation targets alleged voter fraud in 2016 election | DMV rejects secretary of state questions about its voter registration system

New York: Early voting still unsolved in NY

North Dakota: Lawmakers approaching changes to voter ID law

Pennsylvania: Bucks Co. announces polling place changes in four voting districts

Tennessee: Voting selfie bill sailed through senate

Texas: Harrison elections administrator changes some polling locations

Friday, 14 April 2017

April 14, 2017

Alabama: Governor concerned about $15M cost of special Senate election

Arizona: Massive voter fraud in Arizona? No, election officials say

Arkansas: Judge, commission at odds over election aide

California: New bill designed to pay for vote centers | Youth outreach program planned for high school voter education week

Florida: In Putnam Co. allegations of voter fraud cast new doubt

Illinois: DuPage seeking cause of election night website glitch| Lemont students learn about the privilege of voting | Galesburg reduces precincts

Iowa: Contentious voter ID bill gets final OK; heads to Branstad | Advocacy groups voice disdain for voter ID bill

Maine: Maine's highest court hears arguments over ranked-choice voting | High court hints will have to rule on ranked choice vote legality

Michigan: New voting equipment in Kent Co. for November election

Montana: Gallatin Co. election officials fielding questions from confused voters | Legislature passes more than a dozen bills | Special election continues to be mired in confusion

New Hampshire: Clerk: GOP voting bill 'overwhelmingly complicated and confusing'

North Carolina: Data shows Chatham Co. has more registered voters than eligible citizens

North Dakota: Fargo city attorney disputing Jaeger's interpretation on recall effort, seeks AG opinion

Ohio: Ashland Co. BOE prepares for possible special election

South Carolina: Four Spartanburg Co. precincts slated to be divided

Tennessee: Senate OKs cellphones, selfies while voting | Election commissioner sworn in

Utah: Utah Co. cities making big move toward vote-by-mail

West Virginia: Secretary of state sits down with county clerks

Thursday, 13 April 2017

April 13, 2017

National News: Top U.S. election official: There is no voting fraud 'epidemic' | Safer elections mean newer equipment, no networks

Arizona: Dispute arises from state query about election system | Senate advances another initiative-limiting bill | Maricopa Co. installs new elections director | Recorder returns checks for ballot overcharges

Colorado: Hickenlooper signs bill banning 'free speech zones' from college campuses

Florida: Decision on Putnam sheriff election challenge still days away | Palm Beach faced with possible change to election or caucus date

Georgia: Democratic Columbus mayor mulls run for secretary of state

Illinois: Boone Co. clerk, recorder to retire

Indiana: Voter registration bill sent to governor's desk

Iowa: Mixed emotions on voter ID bill | State representatives explain reasoning for voter ID bill

Kansas: Issues with two voting machines cause delay in special election results | Kobach says non-citizen has pleaded guilty to voter fraud | Election oddities around the Northland

Kentucky: Early voting provisions Grimes championed become law

Maine: Maine's highest court to hear ranked-choice voting arguments

Missouri: Views on low voter turnout in local elections mixed

Montana: Clerk association chief wants ballot issue on House floor

New Hampshire: SB3 & Voting Laws: Facts, fear and fiction | Another plan to deal with elections moved by the blizzard | Analysis: Blizzard town meeting turnout better than those postponed

Ohio: Erie Co. incorporating iPads into voting process | Indicted elections director wants government pension unfrozen

Pennsylvania: Pa. bill would allow early voting, expand absentee ballots

Tennessee: Cocke Co. reorganizes election commission

U.S. Virgin Islands: Territorial voting rights brief filed in Seventh Circuit | Rodriquez seeks to bar elections board from certifying election

Washington: Clark Co. centenarian honored for her years of voting

Wyoming: Election judges unsung heroes of polls

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

April 12, 2017

California: California election chief wants primary right after Iowa, NH

Georgia: Elections may merge some polling locations

Iowa: Democrats question GOP's spending on voter ID | Budget includes funding for voter ID initiative

Kansas: New machines a hit with early voters in Sedgwick Co. | Error occurs on two Sedgwick Co. polling machines | New voting machines online and working in Sedgwick Co. | Two Wichita polling machines cause problems | Marijuana reform petitioners cause stir at Wichita polling place | Voting goes smoothly

Massachusetts: Methuen to replace voting machines | Sherborn town meeting to have poll pad technology

Montana: Missoula officials change 8 polling places for special election | Judge won't halt special election ballots for appeal | Mail-in ballot drama leaves Park Co. scrambling

New Hampshire: Delayed vote still haunts Hampton Falls

New Mexico: No tacos for voters

North Carolina: Veto fight ahead over elections board rewrite | New Hanover included in lawsuit threat over voter rolls

Ohio: Hundreds of Butler Co. poll workers honored by election board

Oregon: Richardson extends inactive voter period | Oregon extends inactive voter status

Pennsylvania: DeLuca wants bill brought before committee

Tennessee: Election commission says good-bye to retiring Heck, welcomes new member | Chattanooga voters weigh in on runoff election costs

Texas: Laura Pressley appeals 2014 election challenge to Texas Supreme Court | Study: Voter ID campaign failed to prevent ID confusion | Plaintiffs applaud decision targeting voter ID law | Dallas pastor concerned about voter fraud | Dozens of Dallas voters get mail-in ballots they never requested

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board expected to count majority of remaining votes today

Utah: Navajo say Utah county can't dodge voting rights suit

Virginia: AG declines to issue opinion on voting machine security in Botetourt

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

April 11, 2017

Delaware: Bills would move local primaries; allow for early voting

Florida: Hogan: Election Day is just the tip of the iceberg as voting changes loom | Charlotte County's supervisor of elections lectures on 'The Rise of Radical Islam'

Georgia: Early voting in special election surpasses 21K

Idaho: Six polling places change for Canyon Co. voters this May

Iowa: Political back-and-forth continues over voter ID bill at Iowa Capitol | Four Democratic county auditor's consider secretary of state run in 2018 | House modifies election integrity bill | Brandstad: Iowa election reform should include earlier close | House modifying election integrity bill, sending it back to Senate

Kansas: New voting machines working well in Sedgwick Co. | Officials talk changes in voting process and polling locations ahead of election

Massachusetts: Methuen seeks bids for new voting machines

Michigan: Detroit unveils new voting machines | New voting equipment chosen for Livingston Co.

Missouri: Leader resigns as Nodaway Co. clerk

Montana: Judge's ruling opens ballot access in special election | Mail-in ballots will only have three names | Counties continue planning for special election | Missoula elections office expecting polling places, ballots to remain the same | Time running out for mail-only voting in U.S. House race | Proposal on absentee ballots moves forward | Bill would ask voters to prohibit someone carrying ballots

North Carolina: Senate halts ethics/elections merger bill for now

North Dakota: Arbor Park election taking shape, possibly with one polling site

Ohio: Gabriel wants to 'change the perception' of the BOE | City council mulls candidates for vacant seat

Oregon: State turns back elections complaint

Pennsylvania: Perry Co. voters inducted into PA voting hall of fame | State secretary praises county

Rhode Island: Polling place changes could affect recall election

Texas: Texas' voter ID law found illegal, again | Judge: Voting rights law intentionally discriminates | Lawmakers consider change for language interpreters | Residents claim signatures on some Dallas Co. mail-in ballots were forged

West Virginia: Commissioners look at new electronic voting machines | West Virginia's former secretary of state joins NYU

Monday, 10 April 2017

April 8-10, 2017

Alaska: Almost 80 percent of Anchorage didn't vote in the election. Here are some reasons why

Arizona: Secretary of state to AG: Is what I did legal?

Arkansas: Behind the headlines: Voter ID | Law bars simultaneous election board participation

California: Voting law meant to increase minority representation has generated more lawsuits than seats for people of color | Redondo Beach voters will cast mail-only ballots in May 16 runoff | With counting almost complete, turnout in LA's congressional primary is about 13%

Colorado: Two women face voter fraud charges

Florida: A push for ranked choice voting | State could let voters fix ballot signatures

Georgia: Forsyth Co. BOE talks new building, budget, hearings

Idaho: Ada Co. elections chief deputy preps for Ted Talk

Illinois: Coin toss to determine election winner

Indiana: IU students push for change of campus polling locations

Iowa: Pate confident voter ID law will streamline elections | Senate approves joint school & city elections

Kansas: 15 things to know about voting on Tuesday

Kentucky: Legislators change local option election law | Bill moves special elections to regular election cycle | County clerks excited about new election law

Michigan: Detroit getting new voting machines, bound statewide | Marysville population growth prompts new voting precinct | Berrien Co. seeking $509K for new voting equipment | Detroit department of elections reveals new voting system

Mississippi: Six Mississippians get voting rights back

Missouri: Election turnout only 14 percent in county--less than 10K ballots cast | Program gives students an insider view of elections | County clerk says map error didn't affect election

Montana: Bullock uses veto to insert May 25 mail-ballot option into other bill | Secretary of state: No change to candidate names on special election ballot | Bullock forces legislative vote on special election | Would-be candidates win court case, still won't be on ballot | Elections chiefs prepare for poll election | Cascade Co. elections officials pleased with governor's actions

New Hampshire: E-poll book trial program under consideration at the Statehouse

New Mexico: Governor pocket vetoes proposal to consolidate local elections | Vetoes of bills to increase transparency and to consolidate elections

North Carolina: Did felons vote in 2016 because their registrations were illegally altered?

Ohio: Hartley hires new attorney for upcoming state hearing | Hearing for suspended BOE member called off

Pennsylvania: Democrat's write-in victory challenged in court | Scandal-plagued Philly election taken to court | Berks students serve as poll workers

South Carolina: BOE knocks down polling place move

Texas: Hearing to consider lying on voter ID exemption form a crime

U.S. Virgin Islands: Voters largely skip out on special election

Virginia: Virginia Beach sends out 3K notices of polling place changes-with wrong map

Washington: Bill to add ballot drop boxes awaits governors signature