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Friday, 16 March 2018

March 16, 2018 (2)

National News: Is your county elections clerk ready for Russian hackers? | States making most of 'forced marriage' to DHS over election security

Alaska: Anchorage ballots hit local mailboxes; some people get more than 1 | Reality Check: Will voting by mail deliver for Anchorage?

Connecticut: Bill would restore voting rights to parolees, pre-trial detainees

Georgia: Jury quickly says 'not guilty' in Ga. elections case

Guam: Election commission meets

Indiana: Election board seeks to bump voter turnout

Iowa: Secretary of state Paul Pate to run for re-election

Kansas: After two years, Johnson Co. still hasn't spent $13M to replace voting machines

Louisiana: Who may run for secretary of state?

Maryland: Thomas appointed to serve on Talbot Co. BOE

Michigan: House approves list of alternative voter IDs | House approves voting-related bills | Online voter registration approved by Senate | Online voter registration gets overwhelming support in Senate | Judge is asked to move up special election

Minnesota: Minnesota will still use same voting machines | Voter registration audit could shed light on ineligible voting claims | Voter registration system under auditor's microscope

Missouri: Push on for return to paper ballots

Nevada: Judge strikes blow against recall effort

New Hampshire: NH House rejects online voter registration

New Mexico: Voters in survey approve of ranked-choice system

North Dakota: With election nearing, state asks for quick review of voter ID case

Ohio: Elections directors explain what it takes to keep votes safe

Pennsylvania: GOP asks voters for irregularities ahead of potential challenge | In Washington Co., they take their ballot counting seriously | Development divided in voter registration glitch

Tennessee: Plaintiff in Nashville mayoral election case appeals to state Supreme Court

Texas: Former state Rep. Norma Chavez sues over alleged election fraud | Coin flip decides race in Lampasas Co.

Virginia: Thousands of Albemarle voters affected by polling place changes | Resignation should not affect voting plan

Washington: Clallam's LWV celebrates 50 years

West Virginia: Kingwood tables election ordinance to discern additional information

Thursday, 15 March 2018

March 15, 2018

Alaska: 198K ballots go out to Anchorage voters

Arkansas: Marion Co. switches to voting centers

California: State using social media site to boost voting

Florida: School's out for Election Day 2018 in PBC public schools

Georgia: Bill to replace electronic voting machines passes committee | Groups threaten to stall Gwinnett's elections over voting rights suit

Illinois: Hopefuls for Kane Co. clerk talk issues at League forum | Voters to decide fate of Aurora election commission | DuPage to debut new election results system | Champaign Co. announces expansion for early voting locations | Election security: Illinois making sure primary votes aren't tampered with

Kansas: Federal trial continues on Kansas restrictions on voter registration

Louisiana: Schedler says he won't resign

Michigan: Branch Co. updating election software

Minnesota: Secretary of state stops in DL | What is ranked choice voting | Commission mum on ranked choice voting

Nevada: Las Vegas man indicted in 2016 voter fraud petition scheme

New Hampshire: Voter turnout affected by weather at some polling locations | Nation's longest-serving secretary of state faces challenge | Salem ballot issue could lead to new election

New Jersey: Steve Chong becomes first Korean deputy clerk in Bergen Co.

New Mexico: Secretary of state wants straight-ticket voting

North Carolina: Cooper agrees to appoint board of elections | State, local boards of elections still in limbo

Pennsylvania: Allegheny Co. rejects claims of voting machine glitches | Pa. race shows need for US voting machine upgrades | Pennsylvania's recount rules | Board: Elections judges have final say at polls

Rhode Island: In Smithfield, voter registration drive follows high-school walkout | Advocates of early voting renew push for legislation

Tennessee: Election commission talks about possible delay in some voting | Judge rules to keep Nashville election in August

Texas: Senate election security committee chair: 'Everyone is looking at Gregg Co. Pct. 4' | Dallas Co. DA candidate considers asking for another recount | Provisional ballots released by county

Virginia: Virginia to adopt new ballot guidelines after confusing 2017 elections | Albemarle supervisors OK changes to some voting precincts

Wisconsin: Watchdog: Haas ouster diminishes confidence in election results | Kaukauna audits Feb. 20 election after resident questions city clerk's involvement

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

March 14, 2018

Alabama: Technology to expedite Morgan voter check-in

Alaska: Q&A: A reminder of how to vote-by-mail in Anchorage | Vote-by-mail election begins

Georgia: Republican secretary of state candidates assert importance of race during forum | Bibb commissioners oppose spending money for special election

Illinois: Coles Co. has new voting equipment | Early voters close to breaking record in Rock Island Co. | Library to organize voting for kids | Chicago students march against gun violence-and to the polls | 3 candidates want to be next Tazewell Co. clerk

Indiana: Porter Co. elections are in new hands | Lawson recommends technology, staffing upgrades to improve election security

Kansas: Researcher takes heat for study at heart of trial | Kobach witness can't support claim that illegal votes helped Clinton | Former deputy secretary of state running for top job

Kentucky: County clerk's office looking at new equipment

Minnesota: Secretary of state talks importance of voting

Missouri: Could voter interference happen in the Heartland?

New Hampshire: Nor'easter III wallops Seacoast | Van Ostern will challenge Gardner for secretary of state | Incorrect ballots cause confusion in Salem | Snow excuses | Nor'easter leads to low voter turnout in Seabrook | Southern NH voters go to polls despite nor'easter

New Mexico: Two indicted in Espanola voter fraud case plead not guilty

North Carolina: Battle over state elections board rages on

Ohio: Cincinnati teen not permitted to help students register to vote during walkout

Oregon: Multnomah Co. accepts 1st non-binary candidate application

Pennsylvania: After power-switch problem, all machines at N. Strabane voting site running again | Confused voters turned away from polling places during special election | Luzerne Co. council settles Piazza suit for $56K | Voters confused about Congressional districts in special election | 3900 absentee ballots yet to be counted in special election

South Dakota: SD secretary of state blocked from House race info

Texas: Election fraud investigation expands with ballot requests from dead voters |Inconsistent results put mailed votes under Gregg official's eye | 'I feel cheated': Lead vote-getter in Tarrant Co. race contemplates recount | Judge orders provisional ballot to be verified in Jones-Gray primary election

Wisconsin: Cyber test aims to protect Wisconsin election systems from hacking attempts | Wisconsin to test voter system vulnerability | Elections commission to use electronic polling devices

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

March 13, 2018

National News: Secretaries of state slam provision to allow Secret Service at polling places

Arkansas: Arkansas judge considers new requirement for voter ID

California: Joaquin Avila, architect of California Voting Rights Act, has died

Georgia: Georgia plans to throw out old voting machines

Illinois: Early voting site reopens after water main break

Indiana: Voting validation: Test indicates county's voting system in working order | Lawson addresses voters on security issues

Kansas: Kobach, ACLU argue over records of voter registration reviews | Rep. Keith Esau, who supports Kobach voter restrictions, joins secretary of state race; former Kobach assistant also plans to run

Kentucky: Voter ID bill dies in House committee

Massachusetts: Secretary of state calls for postponing election deadlines ahead of storm

Minnesota: Election security is top of mind for secretary of state

Missouri: Tributes to Noren honor her work to improve elections | Columbia voters need transportation after polling station closures

New Hampshire: Deja vu election day | Elections will go on despite nor'easter | Tuesday town meetings will take place despite snow storm | In New Hampshire, snow won't stop local elections | Voting on, regardless of storm | NH voters head into the storm for town elections | NH braces for sequel to last year's snowbound town meeting day | As storm hits NH, it's business as usual for poll workers

New York: Which electoral reforms would make the biggest difference? | Onondaga BOE pushing to move March elections

North Carolina: Republicans want intact lower-court ruling on election board

Pennsylvania: Bill seek to limit schools as polling locations in Pennsylvania

South Dakota: Independent redistricting initiative falls short of ballot

Tennessee: It's expensive to hold an election | Lawsuit: Nashville mayoral election must be in May, not August

Texas: County's primary results delayed by homemade ballots, 'floppy disk system' | Dallas Co. DA investigating more than 1,200 mail-in ballot applications for potential voter fraud | Orange Co. recount comes down to two votes | Three uncounted votes could impact Tarrant Co. judge election | Disabled veteran concerned able-bodied voters broke rules | WFISD schools to no longer be used as Wichita Co. polling locations

West Virginia: Morgantown officials work on ordinance to set special election date

Monday, 12 March 2018

March 10-12, 2018

National News: States aren't shifting voting tech, despite ballot security concerns | President wants new authority over polling places. Top election officials say no

Arizona: Bill would mandate local election schedule for larger cities

Arkansas: Vote center proposal on Quorum Court's agenda | Pulaski Co. gets new machines for upcoming election | Voter ID law faces first legal challenge

Florida: CRC weighs felon voting rights proposal | Sarasota City commission seeks more information about ranked choice voting | Lake's election office to honor veterans with special voter sticker

Georgia: Concern expressed over Georgia's move to new voting machines

Idaho: Canyon Co. polling location changed

Illinois: First jail-wide, in-person voting held at Cook Co. jail | Early voting site closed by water main break |

Indiana: Lawsuit urges federal judge to add more early voting sites in Marion Co. | Indiana Election Commission takes first step toward consolidating Lake Co.'s 'small' election precincts | Five accused of voter fraud in Lake Co.

Iowa: Polk Co. voters report issues with voter ID law | Did voter ID law confusion sway election outcome? | Secretary of state announces campaign for third term | DeJear hopes to increase voting as secretary of state

Kansas: Kobach prepared for 'eventuality' of losing voter registration case | Kobach turns to controversial scholar as witness in voting rights trial | Kansas elections director unsure if Kobach followed court order | 'Incredible and offensive': Retired attorney feels sorry for Kobach team in voter fraud trial

Maine: Dunlap calls Lewiston mayor's letter to new voters 'a disservice to public discourse'

Maryland: MD counties score well in vote machine analysis

Michigan: Ballot initiative would make registering to vote easier

Minnesota: Auditor's office gears up for election season | Secretary of state to examine election integrity at PR event | Charter commission continues ranked choice voting discussion | County purchases e-poll books

Mississippi: Election board gets 'long overdue' raise

Missouri: Longtime Boone Co. clerk Wendy Noren dies | Wendy Noren, long time Boone Co. clerk, dies after lengthy battle with cancer | St. Louis Co. election officials headed to Russia to observe election

Nevada: New tech increases ballot access at polls

New Hampshire: Election day, snowstorm on collision course--again

North Dakota: Election training includes cyber-security

Ohio: Husted, other elections leaders slam idea of Secret Service in polling places

Oklahoma: Lawmakers consider amending election laws

Pennsylvania: Voter registration lawsuit filed | Settlement with former Luzerne Co. election director proposed

Tennessee: Nashville mayoral election set by commission but legal challenge looms

Texas: Candidate files complaint against Starr Co. elections | Wichita Falls voting locations to change soon amid security concerns

Virginia: Virginia cities, counties with ancient voting machines

West Virginia: Man accused of lying on voter registration form in Berkeley Co.

Wisconsin: Democrats demand special elections

Wyoming: Public input wanted on election equipment | Sheridan Co. considers election equipment replacements

Friday, 09 March 2018

March 9, 2018

National News: Report: Little progress on Us voting security | Democrats want millions for FBI and states to protect elections

Alabama: Houston Co. looks at making polling locations hi-tech

Arizona: Phoenix will likely change how elections are conducted

Florida: Scott, Cabinet delay dozens of voting rights cases

Georgia: Bill to update Georgia's voting machines runs into resistance | Sen. Josh McKoon celebrates formally qualifying for secretary of state

Illinois: Election protection available during early voting| Stickers become sticky issue for clerk | Clerk instructed not to distribute 'I Early Voted' stickers | Illinois SBOE takes steps to ensure voter security

Indiana: Clerk to take over Porter Co. election duties

Iowa: Cerro Gordo Co. to implement new voter ID laws this year | House Democrats voice objections to Iowa's new election law

Kansas: ACLU: Report to Kobach shows 5 illegal voters out of 1.3M ballots | Federal judge to Kobach: 'That's not how trials are conducted'

Maryland: MD House of delegates passes bill to allow same-day voter registration | County ponders ballot problems

Massachusetts: State kicks in $7400 for Attleboro's special primary election

Michigan: As hacking fears mount, Michigan election security gets middling marks | Online voter registration plan on the move in Michigan | Voter registration would get easier under bills being debated in Legislature

Minnesota: Voter apparel not a hot topic in south-central Minnesota

Mississippi: Did Delbert Hosemann just confirm a bid for Lt. Gov?

Missouri: County clerk admits mistake in closing two polling stations

Nevada: New poll tech increases ballot access | Attorneys suspect tens of thousands of Nevadans wrongly stripped of right to vote

New Hampshire: Bill allowing secretary of state to postpone town meetings passes | Who should have the power to reschedule Town Meetings? Senate sides with secretary of state

New Mexico: Many reasons cited for slow vote results

New York: East Rockaway, Lynbrook parents: Stop voting at schools | CNY election boss pushing for 12 days of early voting in NY | Former Ulster elections commissioner Victor Work dies

North Carolina: Here's which NC counties have ancient voting machines | Sharpsburg: A case study in voter disenfranchisement

Pennsylvania: Dauphin Co. polling places changing for disabled-voter accessibility

Tennessee: Attorney challenges mayoral election date

Texas: Recount requested in Dallas Co. race | Manufacturer will replace 'slow' Gregg Co. voting computers | 2 votes made in error to likely prompt new election in Terry Co.

Utah: Utah enacts widespread election law changes

Wisconsin: Chippewa Valley Votes helps register people to vote

Thursday, 08 March 2018

March 8, 2018

National News: Senators ask vote machine vendors about Russian access to source code | Push to bolster election security stalls in Senate

Alabama: Voter rights restoration workshops help those convicted of certain crimes get back to the polls | House committee approves amendment ending some special elections

California: Elections chief says state security is strong | Three Sonoma Co. employees vie to become clerk-recorder

Georgia: Georgia's plan to scrap voting machines moves to the House | Georgia moves to replace hackable electronic voting machines | Barcodes stir anxiety as Ga. eyes new voting system | NAACP, Common Cause urge 11th Circuit to revive voting lawsuit

Idaho: Secretary of state named to national position

Illinois: Will Co. clerk's office tests election equipment | Eleven Northwest suburban polling locations changing

Indiana: Fewer places to vote early among key revisions

Kansas: Video of Kobach's testimony could give insight on conversations with president | Witness: Kansas law added hours to signup process | Kansas Democratic Party official instructed KU student not to provide documents to vote

Maine: Matt Dunlap talks lawsuits and legislation

Massachusetts: Wakefield selectmen support Galvin polling place plan | Oregon blazes a path for Massachusetts on automatic voter registration

Minnesota: Push to restore parolees voting rights re-emerges at the Minnesota Capitol

New Hampshire: NH tells towns: No, you can't delay elections even if it snows a lot

New Mexico: Santa Fe announces new mayor after late night | Analysis: RCV's third-round count was crucial in Santa Fe mayor's race | Governor OKs consolidating most local elections

New York: Budget amendment would allow early voting in St. Lawrence Co. | Syracuse Common Council may support early voting bill

North Carolina: Dozens of local elections board paralyzed weeks before primaries

Ohio: Canton moves to reduce long lines at polling places

Oregon: Oregon blazes a path for Massachusetts on automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: Parents concerned about student safety | Election officials ponder new, updated voting machines

Texas: Big turnout, some glitches in the primaries across the Houston area |Robstown residents indicted on multiple counts of voter fraud | Starr Co. election fraud case reveals votes cast by those deceased | Civil rights groups raise concerns about Harris Co. voting issues | Calls for a change in Harris Co. after problems surface on Election Day | Smith Co. ballots momentarily misplaced due to election judge error | Henderson Co. early voting claims she wasn't allowed to use voter guide when voting

Virginia: Goodman sworn in as Powhatan's first black electoral board member

West Virginia: Voter fraud, tampering misinformation prompts secretary of state to demo electronic voting system

Wyoming: Officials seek input on voting, elections

Wednesday, 07 March 2018

March 7, 2018

National News: Wyden questions top voting machine manufacturer over reported security gaps | President suggests paper voting system to combat meddling | Election agency carries on despite GOP resistance | Democracy's Gatekeepers: 2018's secretary of state elections

Alabama: Lester polling place to remain open

Arizona: Republicans, Democrats looking to unseat Reagan

Arkansas: Election commission to meet

California: California voters with sloppy signatures must have a chance to correct them, court rules

Delaware: Election commissioner: Delaware's voting machines are safe. New ones will be even better

Florida: Florida puts voting rights requests on hold due to lawsuit

Illinois: Kane Co. clerk encourages early voting

Indiana: Voter registration comes to high schools

Kansas: Kobach, ACLU spar as trial over proof-of-citizenship law kicks off | Kobach defends Kansas voter registration law

Massachusetts: Merits of voter registration limit argued before high court | SJC hears arguments on voter registration | Slow day at the polls for override vote

Michigan: Ann Arbor voting locations temporarily moved due to construction

Minnesota: Anoka Co. will buy electronic voting rosters | St. Paul councilmember pleads not guilty in voting case

Nevada: As the election approaches, Nevada officials say your vote is secure

New Mexico: Results delayed hours in city's first ranked-choice election | Santa Fe turns out in city's first ranked-choice election | Webber elected Santa Fe mayor in first ranked-choice election | Toulouse Oliver releases draft absentee voting rule

New York: Suffolk police may beef up patrols at polling places in April

North Carolina: Cooper: Judges got it wrong on elections board ruling

Pennsylvania: Residents call on county to return to paper ballots | Centre to lobby for new county voting systems

Rhode Island: Former secretary of state files to run for governor

South Dakota: Senate passes new rules for initiative petition circulators

Texas: Texas election security scrutinized: Parker Co. elections administrator unworried | Voting official: Few problems in first hours in Harris Co. | Harris Co. clerk says ballots safe from tampering | Problems reported at several Houston-area polling locations | Despite 'tired' computers, Gregg voting turnout solid | Confusion on East End about voting sites | New hi-tech approach causing some problems at polling locations | Smith Co. slow to post election returns | County clerk workers begin counting ballots | Several Travis Co. polling places have wait times of at least 20 minutes | UT Tyler students serving as poll workers during primary | You vote. You get the sticker. You take the picture

Vermont: Chittenden Co. voters take to the polls on Town Meeting Day

Wisconsin: Elmbrook considering risks of polling places to students' safety

Wyoming: Buchanan sworn in as secretary of state

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

March 6, 2018

National News: Senate panel to take up Homeland Security reauthorization | Senators make new push to improve election security

Alabama: More groups support voter ID lawsuit

California: Sacramento Co. shows off changes to voting system | Sacramento Co. voters are about to see big changes in how they cast their ballots

Florida: Bay Co. SOE hosts PEO training day

Illinois: Ives rips Emanuel over municipal ID card for voting | Voters encouraged to call election protection hotline | Some Rock Island Co. voters say polling locations are biased | Cook Co. clerk offers 'wait time viewer' for early voting | DuPage voters to consider proposal to merge county offices

Indiana: George Wolfe announces candidacy for secretary of state | Election reforms approved by Senate die in House | Senate approves plan to break deadlock on Lake election precinct consolidation

Kansas: Kobach, representing himself, to face ACLU over whether thousands in Kansas can vote | Federal trial for Kansas' voter registration law set to begin |Lawmakers: Could Kansas be liable if voter fraud database leaks?

Kentucky: Faulkner outlines new polling places

Maine: Petition approval puts Maine on track to use ranked choice voting in June primaries | Mainers to test RCV while deciding whether to keep it

Massachusetts: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to consider voter registration case | Push for AVR continues despite loss of key proponent

Nebraska: 1 in 10 polling places will change in Douglas Co. for May primary

New Hampshire: New 'voting advocacy' group launches TV ad urging Sununu to veto GOP-backed bills

New Mexico: Santa Fe deciding next mayor by ranked choice voting | Election day arrives: Here's what you need to know to vote

North Carolina: GOP's 8-member elections-ethics board struck down | Ruling closes door on eight-member NC elections board

Texas: Experts say electronic voting machines aren't secure. So Travis Co. is designing its own | Harris Co. election officials prepare for big turnout | Here are the ID rules to vote in Tuesday's primaries | Smith Co. voters may cast their ballots at any of the 34 polling stations | Texas sees impressing early voting turnout before Tuesday election | Grimes Co. closes one polling place | County elections chief encourages eligible residents to vote | Woman says she felt pressured at Port Neches voting location

Monday, 05 March 2018

March 3-5, 2018

National News: Kansas voting rights trial has national implications | How college campuses are trying to tap students' voting power

Alabama: More civil rights groups support appeal in voter ID lawsuit | 'Touched by the spirit of history': Marking a milestone for voting rights | 'No logic' to Alabama's special elections, which may be outlawed anyway

Alaska: Alaska reconfirms that election was unsuccessfully targeted in 2016

Arizona: Arizona, lawmakers again seek right to oversee local election scheduling |

California: New California law won't allow non-citizens to vote | New law will automatically pre-register Pasadena 16- and 17-year-olds to vote

Colorado: Colorado's vote audit process a model for US election security

Florida: Voters invited to watch test of election equipment | Inspired to influence gun control, Broward teens get out the vote | Judge tosses half of Gardens ballot questions, but election will go on

Georgia: 'Misleading' Ga. voter registration forms will be changed

Idaho: Ada Co. expands Saturday early voting

Illinois: Proposition to dissolve DuPage election commission on March ballot | Election judges always in demand as primary election nears

Indiana: Gun violence discussed at first election board meeting | League pushing for voting by mail

Iowa: Iowa works to shore up election security, public's confidence | Linn Co. moves forward with voter ID upgrades

Kansas: Kobach, counties fight over election funding | Voting rights trial has national implications

Maine: Matt Dunlap: 'Don't call it fraud because you disagree with it'

Massachusetts: Early notice given on early voting | State's highest court to consider voter registration cutoff | State to reimburse Weymouth for voting costs

Minnesota: Secretary of state visits Litchfield

Missouri: Candidates agree on closed polling stations

Montana: Proposed ballot measure seeks to bar non-citizens from voting

Nebraska: Nebraska works to shore up election security, public's confidence

Ohio: County officials hope bill will fund voting gear

Pennsylvania: Montco read to replace voting machines

Rhode Island: Secretary of State Gorbea to run for a second term

South Dakota: Top two primary backers fail to gather enough support

Tennessee: Entire courthouse annex basement may house election offices

Texas: Voter fraud investigation looms over primary elections | Public Payroll Profile: Toni Shanks, Randall Co. elections deputy | Early voting closes strong | George HW Bush pushes early voting with tweet | Justice Dept. withdraws review of ADA access at Harris Co. polling sites | Voter files complaint with Port Neches police claiming unlawful influence at the polls | Busted sidewalks and other ADA obstacles from Harris Co. voting sites | Preparations for primary election well underway in Harris Co.

Virginia: Lynchburg registrar leaving position

Washington: Future Voter bill could improve young voter turnout across Washington

West Virginia: Harrison Co. Clerk Susan Thomas: An integral part of county government

Wisconsin: State finds few 'concrete examples' of voters wrongfully deactivated |Officials looking to lower number of voters left off voting lists | Commission picks Wolfe as interim elections chief | Elections commission may have accidentally purged some voters | Green Bay wont' expand early voting this year | Just Ask Us: Who buys the 'I Voted' stickers for elections?

Wyoming: County plans pair of town hall meeting on voting, elections