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Monday, 08 January 2018

January 6-8, 2018

National News: How cities are bypassing states to explore registering voters | President's voter fraud commission is dead, but critics worry its mission may live on | For some older voters, a trickier route to the ballot box | Justice Dept. refuses to turn over voter fraud commission documents to Dunlap | DHS election unit has no plans for probing voter fraud: sources

Alabama: Election official: President's voter fraud commission 'poorly thought out' |GOP sponsor bill that would change special election laws

Arkansas: Jefferson CBEC de-certifies election coordinator

California: Six new languages added to 2018 election-language assistance requirements

Illinois: Judge will rule this week whether or not to eliminate Aurora election commission

Indiana: Indiana PAC focuses on process, not party

Kansas: Court fight over voter registration will exclude some evidence

Kentucky: Louisville lawmaker files bill requiring special elections

Maine: LePage again calls for stricter voter ID law in Maine | Justice Dept. refuses to turn over voter fraud commission documents to Dunlap | Signatures collected to support ranked choice voting

Maryland: Rockville considering vote-by-mail elections | State's attorney to review alleged election law violation

Michigan: Wright reflects on time as city clerk | Ballot tampering charge dropped for Grout clerk

Missouri: Elections chief changes mind, won't seek another term in St. Charles Co.

Montana: Missoula Co. starts recruiting election help for 2018

Nebraska: Training session teaches people how to register people to vote

New Hampshire: Top NH election official has no regrets about being on panel

New Jersey: Booker: President's now-disbanded voter fraud panel was 'based on a lie'

New Mexico: Santa Fe mock ranked-choice election

New York: Counties worried about cost to come with early voting

North Carolina: League gets $800 grant for voter registration| Study outlines problems, improvements needed for elections

Ohio: Lucas Co. BOE members discuss consolidation of locations | Husted responds to dissolution of voter fraud panel | One vote decided 29 elections in Ohio in 2017

Pennsylvania: County seeks new director for Office of Voter Services

Texas: Texans face new voter ID law for March primaries

U.S. Virgin Islands: Election board defunds primary race

Vermont: Condos: 'Not surprised bogus' voter pane has been shut down

Virginia: New delegate proposes a vote-by-mail program for Va. | Judge denies special election in 28th District house race

Washington: Inslee supports package of voter access bills | Wyman proposes programs to increase voter participation | Washington seeking ways to get more voters registered and casting ballots | Yakima deputy mayor offers support for better voting rights

West Virginia: New law means voters have to show ID when casting a ballot

Friday, 05 January 2018

January 5, 2018

National News: Bipartisan Senate bill would help states beef up election cybersecurity | After killing his 'voter fraud' commission, president calls for new ID laws | Foes wary as president hands election probe to Homeland Security | Blackwell: Lawsuits, Dems at fault for end of voter fraud panel | President's election fraud investigation's fate unclear after move to DHS

California: New voting model coming to SMC, county seeks input

Colorado: County election division seeks resident input on polling centers

Hawaii: The unretirement of Maui Co. Clerk Danny Mateo

Illinois: Voter registration series seeks to ensure all voices are heard, votes counted | Judge hears arguments about Aurora election commission referendum

Indiana: Riskovitch hired as St. Joseph Co. GOP voter registration official | State GOP mum on voter fraud

Iowa: New voter ID card law starting

Kansas: Kris Kobach on what led to the disbandment of PACEI | Voter registration suit continues forward; trial scheduled for March | Kobach files two more criminal voter fraud complaints | Court fight over Kansas voting rights will exclude some evidence

Kentucky: Grimes responds to disbandment of voter fraud commission

Massachusetts: Galvin welcomes demise of voter fraud commission

Nebraska: No Nebraska voter info shared with WH commission

New Hampshire: Longtime Brentwood town clerk retires | Senate votes to tighten voter eligibility | Gardner says despite end of commission, he'll work for 'accessible, trustworthy elections'

Ohio: Secretary of state speaks out on shutdown of voter fraud commission | Supreme Court to decide legality of Ohio's process for removing inactive voters

Rhode Island: Dissolution of voter-fraud commission hailed by RI secretary of state

Tennessee: Election preparations are underway in Houston Co.

Texas: County Dems, GOP debate over polling locations

Vermont: Condos agrees with president in dissolving election commission

Virginia: Citing registration concerns, attorney warns of false Va. voter fraud prosecutions | Republicans keep control of Va. state house after tie-breaker | Del. Sam Rasoul releases election reform package | Lesson from Va. recounts: Mark those ballots clearly or ask for a new ballot

West Virginia: Commissioners give a voice to the people with precinct poll surveys | Mark Rhodes talks end of election commission

Wyoming: Murray applauds decision to dissolve election commission

Thursday, 04 January 2018

January 4, 2018

National News: ACLU takes credit for helping end WH voter fraud commission | Election Assistance Commission to host summit on election security | President signs order disbanding voter fraud commission | President disbands commission on voter fraud

California: Los Angeles Co. seeks submissions to enhance the future of voting | California Dems applaud end of WH voter fraud commission

Colorado: Colorado politicians react to decision to disband voter fraud commission

Idaho: 16K Ada Co. voters to be impacted by precinct changes

Illinois: Lack of funding slowing roll out of Illinois voter registration program

Kansas: President disbands Kobach-led voter fraud commission after resistance from states | Trial date set in case challenging Kansas proof-of-citizenship law

Maine: Lawmakers weigh bill to ban signature gathering at polls | Critics warn against ban on signature gathering inside Maine polling places | President disbands voter fraud commission after Maine secretary of state wins judge's ruling

Michigan: New election system coming to county in 2018 | Precincts, polling sites added after population growth | Spranger files federal lawsuit against 'conspiracy' of Democrats and reporters

Missouri: Judge dismisses suit over MO's voter ID law | ACLU to appeal judge's dismissal of voter ID lawsuit

New Hampshire: Senate votes to tighten voter eligibility | Senate OK's residency definition for voting, Sununu remains opposed

New Mexico: Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver statement on election commission dissolving

New York: Voter fraud complaint knocked down

Ohio: Many elections across Ohio won by single vote

Pennsylvania: County to get quotes for e-poll books soon

South Dakota: County raises pay for election workers

Tennessee: New precinct lines to take effect in three Hawkins cities | Sharp: 'Long lines, upset voters' possible if Courthouse remains polling place

Texas: Local Dems ready to take vote-center issue to court

Virginia: Virginia recount court denies Democrat's request, leaving critical House race a tie | This is the bowl that will be used for Thursday's tie-breaker

Wyoming: Laramie Co. clerk hosts voter event Saturday

Wednesday, 03 January 2018

January 3, 2018

National News: New bill could finally get rid of paperless voting machines | Congress faces pressure over election cybersecurity

California: Redondo Beach to challenge state law on election dates

Illinois: Automatic voter registration law doesn't allocate money for implementation | Cronin: Merging two county offices a top issue

Louisiana: Candidates removed from New Orleans ballot sue in federal court

Massachusetts: Galvin facing conflicts for picking state primary date | LWV: Allow early voting during primaries | Jewish holidays prompt state to change primary date | Secretary of state is conducting investigation into how Leominister handled ballots during Nov. 7 election

Nebraska: Secretary of state services will move at the end of January

Nevada: Clark Co. change to absentee voting procedure will save $50K

New Hampshire: Slate of bills could change NH election laws...again

New Jersey: Hillside mayoral candidate files suit challenging election result

New York: Push for early voting | Expert presents options for new Port Chester voting system

North Carolina: With no NC elections board, Winterville race decided by 1 vote and a judge

North Dakota: Aging voting machines could pose a challenge for counties

Ohio: Mahoning elections director proposes changes to comply with secretary of state order

South Carolina: New election set after West Columbia election results thrown out

Texas: El Pasoans are split on whether voter ID law will benefit local voters | What to expect in Texas' voting rights court fights in 2018 | New countywide voting centers for March primaries | Impasse between Tom Green Co. party chair and elections administrator casts doubts on local primary elections

Virginia: Fairfax Co. registrar to deny voter registrations over concerns with Va. system | 'Plenty of better ways to do this': Why it can be hard to assign voters to the right House districts in Va.

West Virginia: ACLU-WVa official pushes back on voter ID law

Wisconsin: New election system coming to county in 2018

Tuesday, 02 January 2018

December 30, 2017-January 2, 2018

National News: Pressure builds to improve election cybersecurity | Despite reforms, the ghost of the hanging chad still stalks close elections | Ohio's move to toss inactive voters from rolls goes to court | WH panel, stalled by lawsuits, will meet in January

Arizona: Arizona joins national Electronic Registration Information Center

Florida: FDLE reviewing charges that Madison Co.'s elections supervisor overpaid himself

Iowa: With new year comes voter ID requirements in Iowa

Kansas: County upgrades ballot counter | Kobach voter integrity commission, stalled by lawsuits, will meet in January

Louisiana: Who can vote? A US Supreme Court case could alter how Louisiana updates its voter rolls | Voting case to get new judge

Maine: Bill calls for ban on signature gathering at polling places in Maine | Critics vow to keep signature gatherers at Maine polls

Michigan: Macomb Co. Clerk Karen Spranger: I was poor, didn't lie about residence | Candidate for Conyers' seat sues over election date | Exeter clerk submits resignation

Minnesota: New laws establish election dates

New Mexico: Heinrich joins Lankford to introduce major bipartisan election security bill

New York: Groups push for early voting in NY

North Carolina: Judge rules Hines' win should be certified

North Dakota: Attorney contends ND voter law still unconstitutional

Ohio: Ohio's move to toss inactive voters from rolls goes to court

Pennsylvania: Law blocks public from seeing who is buying their voter registration information

Tennessee: Election workers' numbers dwindling

Texas: Court OKs early voting times, sites | Election centers public hearing Tuesday | Upshur finalizes countywide voting | Wichita Co. taking the next steps for centralized voting

Utah: Lawmakers try to eliminate straight-ticket voting

Virginia: The teen who messed up his absentee ballot, creating Virginia's previous tied race | Va. GOP urges judges to stick by ruling on disputed ballot | Va. SBOE announces new date for random drawing | Va. knew of issues with voting in wrong House districts before 2017 election

Washington: Secretary of state wins 'Clearie' award

West Virginia: Voter ID law to take effect Jan. 1

Friday, 29 December 2017

Thursday, 28 December 2017

December 28, 2017

(ElectionlineToday Holiday Schedule: ElectionlineToday will NOT publish on January 1. For December 27 through 29, electionlineToday will publish around 9 a.m. each day instead of 6 a.m. Happy holidays!)

National News: Luck of the draw? Games of chance not uncommon in deciding tied elections

Alabama: Roy Moore files complaint to delay election certification | Phenix city council certifies runoff votes

Alaska: 2018 PFD applications to open Jan. 1

Arkansas: Election commission talks poll merging

California: A hidden cost of sexual harassment in Sacramento: Expensive special elections | City sues over election partly decided by sex offenders at state hospital

Florida: Former Madison Co. SOE says current SOE's audit discrepancy 'unfair' | Ex-lawmaker Alan Hays looks to enhance voters' 'Election Day experience'

Michigan: Gogebic Co. seeks grant for voting system | Clerks group, state, recognize Shields for service

Minnesota: More townships, cities mull merits of mail-in ballots

Missouri: Boone Co. to involve high schoolers during elections

Nevada: Opponents of recall say officials failed to follow Nevada law

New Hampshire: Story of the Year No. 6: NH deals with accusations of voter fraud | State Senate to take up latest version of election reform bill

Ohio: Penska set to join Butler Co. BOE | Elections officials to be questioned in McKinney elections complaint

Oregon: Oregonians can now register to vote in six languages

Texas: County finalizes voting machine purchase

Utah: San Juan Co. wants to appeal Navajo voting rights ruling

West Virginia: Officials stress return of voter registration cards

Wyoming: Lawsuit over voter fraud prosecution dismissed by judge

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

December 23-27, 2017

(ElectionlineToday Holiday Schedule: ElectionlineToday will NOT publish on January 1. For December 27 through 29, electionlineToday will publish around 9 a.m. each day instead of 6 a.m. Happy holidays!)

National News: Bipartisan Senate bill would boost election security aid to states | Black turnout in Alabama complicates debate on voting laws | Judge: WH voter fraud panel must give Dem more records | A Democrat on WH voter fraud commission asked for more transparency, here's what happened next | States say they need federal government's help to secure midterm elections | US Appeals Court rejects challenge to WH voter fraud panel

Alabama: Dallas Co. registrar refutes claims of voter suppression | Black turnout in Alabama complicates debate on voting laws

Arizona: Could dark-horse candidate be secretary of state's biggest threat?

Arkansas: Election commissioners balk at 2018 budget

California: California political trailblazer March Fong Eu dies at 95 | MALDEF suit calls for fair deal for Latino voters

Florida: Should Volusia employees be given 2 hours to vote? | Moving day coming fast | Election supervisors foresee hefty November ballot

Kansas: Sedgwick Co. asking state lawmakers to review mail ballot law

Maine: Judge backs Maine secretary of state in lawsuit against WH voter fraud panel

Massachusetts: Election official wrestling with date for 2018 primary

Michigan: County OKs election equipment purchase

Minnesota: Ranked choice voting in St. Louis Park? Some are making the push

Mississippi: Lauderdale Co. election commission prepares for 2018

Missouri: 2018's 20 under 40: Taylor Burks, Boone Co. clerk

Montana: Stapleton report says no coordinated voter fraud

Nevada: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas voting center add convenience to casting a ballot

New Mexico: Ranked choice voting, explained | Report finds Bernalillo Co. has one of the country's most efficient election systems

New York: Groups pressing for state voting reforms

North Carolina: Felons voting stirs debate in Alamance Co.| With no state board, NC election challenges go to court

Ohio: New Franklin Co. voting machines could cost $30M | Secretary of state asks Mahoning elections board to address shortcomings

Oklahoma: County election board's Kathy Singer fills gap left by Pretty's retirement

Pennsylvania: County's probe finds no evidence of voter fraud

Tennessee: Ketron to back new voting legislation

Utah: New voting districts drawn in Native discrimination suit

Virginia: Elections commissioner responds to voter suppression claims | Democratic candidate asks elections board to delay tiebreaker until court decision | Democrats to file legal challenge asking court to reconsider 'erroneous' steps that led to tied election | Name drawing in tied Va. House race after candidate files court challenge

West Virginia: Two Eastern Panhandle high schools recognized for voter registration numbers | New voter ID law goes into effect Jan. 1 | Officials prepare for implementation of voter ID

Wisconsin: Elections chairman defends administrator

Friday, 22 December 2017

December 22, 2017

(ElectionlineToday Holiday Schedule: ElectionlineToday will NOT publish on December 25 and 26 or January 1. For December 27 through 29, electionlineToday will publish around 9 a.m. each day instead of 6 a.m. Happy holidays!)

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

Thursday, 21 December 2017

December 21, 2017

(ElectionlineToday Holiday Schedule: ElectionlineToday will NOT publish on December 25 and 26 or January 1. For December 27 through 29, electionlineToday will publish around 9 a.m. each day instead of 6 a.m. Happy holidays!)

Alabama: Merrill releases numbers on uncounted overseas, provisional ballots | New system speeds voting process

Arkansas: New voting machines arrive in Benton Co.

Colorado: Boulder city council calls on committee to create 'airtight' local election laws

Connecticut: Hearing on Bridgeport's 'tainted' election ruling

Georgia: Bilingual election materials cost Duluth additional $7,500 | Norwood concedes defeat, won't challenge Atlanta mayoral election results

Illinois: Vote by mail in 2018 Lake Co. primaries | Request period open for voting by mail in primary | Voters to decide on consolidation of county clerk, recorder offices

Minnesota: The Twin Cities adopted ranked-choice voting, how is it working there?

New Mexico: Santa Fe City Council sets rules for ranked-choice voting | The Twin Cities adopted ranked-choice voting, how is it working there?

Ohio: Rep. March Kaptur seeks election hacking investigation | Prosecutor says election officials cannot be made to testify

South Carolina: Hardeeville mulls ending election commission

Texas: Voter registration cards come back due to misplaced residents

Virginia: Virginia elections board to pick random winner in tied House race | Recount confirms winner in Richmond-area House race