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Monday, 17 October 2011

October 15-17, 2011

National News: House Dems denounce GOP's proposed dissolution of election commission | Voter reform group launches ads attacking Perry in Iowa

California: Former registrar in a new county | Democrats push to get more voters to vote-by-mail | County polling place finds campus home

Colorado: Food stamp recipient claims she was forced to register to vote | Printing error affects Meeker mail-in ballots | Spanish not required in Pitkin County election

Florida: Brevard to decide on relocation, consolidation of elections, tax offices | New elections office opens closer to Westchase | Bilingual ballots not required

Georgia: Mayor resigns following voter fraud investigation | Early voting option still popular

Indiana: Vote centers dead for 2012 short of 'a miracle'

Kentucky: Balloting machines examined for November election

Louisiana: Secretary of state wants to stay in office

Maryalnd: Laurel elections: City unveils new voting machines

Massachusetts: Shrewsbury to upgrade voting machines

Michigan: Officials look to purge 'dead wood' from Michigan voter rolls | Muskegon County commissioners appoint two members to elections-oversight board | Lawsuit claims former Genesee County elections official called employee a 'crack ho'

Minnesota: Vulnerable adults as voters at issue

Mississippi: Voter ID initiative remains a black and white issue

Missouri: St. Charles County to buy new voting machines | Employees accuse St. Charles County elections director of harassment

New Hampshire: Towns lack funding for December primary

New Mexico: County refining new election system

New York: Queens to add Indian language(s) to election material, but which one? | New York counted lowest percentage of overseas, military ballots last year

North Carolina: Three former employees sue Forsythh Co. elections board

Ohio: Court ruling throws 2012 elections into chaos | Bilingual ballot design causes confusion in Cuyahoga | Husted announces restrictions on in-person absentee voting | Woman facing two counts of election fraud

Oregon: Final cost of recall election a week away

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia's nuts-and-bolts voting expert says good-bye

Rhode Island: Board of elections to hear public comment on whether to change voter registration form

Tennessee: Walker County switches to digital ballots | Knox County clerk partners with state officials to ease access to voter photo IDs

Texas: March primaries in limbo over voting maps | Voter ID outreach in limbo | Texas elections in limbo as courts mull vote maps

Virginia: Fairfax County still seeking election officers | New polling places set for voters in 4 areas

Washington: Cowlitz County honoring voters who have cast ballots for 50 years

Wisconsin: Universities waiting for answers on ID cards | Legislature looks at need to email absentee ballots

Friday, 14 October 2011

October 14, 2011

National: More Asian American voters to receive language assistance in elections

Colorado: No Spanish ballots for El Paso Co. | Vets press Gessler to drop voter ballot case | Marks seeks release of Pitkin Co. ballots

Connecticut: Bridgeport voting precincts chosen for audit

Georgia: Georgia challenges Voting Rights Act

Indiana: Republicans want to get to bottom of forged signatures for 2008 candidates

Iowa: Secretary of state says county redistricting process in need of change

Massachusetts: Students hired to help at polls

Michigan: Secretary of state seeking to reform state's election laws | Ballot wording causes confusion for some voters

Minnesota: Voter ID group says Minnesota had highest 'voter fraud' in nation in 2008

Mississippi: Voting machines under scrutiny

Missouri: Stage set for secretary of state shake-up | Carnahan: Missouri should hold presidential primary

Montana: Brad Johnson running for secretary of state

New York: Republicans put primary date in doubt

North Carolina: Former employees sue Forsyth elections board, alleging harassment, legal violations | State auditor: State BOE has significant accounting problems

Ohio: Early voting at BOE headquarters will likely be restricted | Oversight of Lucas elections board ends | Butler County: Board says it lost signed petitions | Mail-in ballots come with new postage costs

Pennsylvania: Erie election officials to test voting machines | Report: Voter registration error 'isolated' | Poll workers in Lehigh County have new bilingual requiremets | Polling place changed due to flooding

Tennessee: Voter photo ID forum hopes to educate public | State helps voters get photo IDs

Texas: Harris County adds Chinese language to voting materials

Virginia: New polling places accounced for Accomack County | Fairfax hurries to aid voters deficient in English | Valley voters confused by district precinct and voter card changes | New districts could confuse Lynchburg voters

Washington: King County to add Vietnamese to ballots | Skagit County won't be required to offers Spanish assistance

Wisconsin: City has not estimates yet on cost of providing ballots in Spanish | State considers altering primary, absentee voting | Clerk: Voters may have to wait at least a minute per person in line | State Rep. Dan LeMahieu touts change in Electoral College system


Thursday, 13 October 2011

October 13, 2011

National: New Census data trigger federal requirements for bilingual ballots in 25 states

California: Election site taps social networks | Ballots to reflect growing diversity | Sacramento County must provide voting materials, ballots in Chinese | Napa must now publish elections material in Spanish

Colorado: Election ballots go out this week to some 2,900 active registrants | Census data show only 3 counties must print ballots in Spanish

Connecticut: Merrill selects precincts for audit

Florida: State senator files bill to expand early voting | New polling places await thousands of voters | Presidential primary switch scrambles dates for Orange County city elections | Lee must provide more Spanish voting materials

Indiana: Distrust, turmoil: Monroe County election board at odds over vote center plan, more | Bayh calls vote fraud allegations baseless | Voting centers closer to reality in Monroe County

Kentucky: Secretary of State Elaine Walker diagnosed with breast cancer

Louisiana: Tucker believes office should have more impact | Candidates sling mud in state race

Massachusetts: Mass. cities scramble to print multlingual ballots | Quincy to offer election info in Chinese

Michigan: Secretary of state outlines new election proposals

Mississippi: Ballot initiative aims to prevent voter fraud | Voter fraud dips since convictions

Montana: Lewis and Clark County prepares for mail ballot elections

New Hampshire: Secretary of state threatens to move primary to 2011

New Jersey: County clerk candidates attack and defend | Korean langauge ballots coming to Bergen County

New York: Ballot listings disputed

North Carolina: Police accuse man of stealing Gaston voting machines

Ohio: Cuyahoga County BOE meeting establishes practices for upcoming election | Absentee ballots too heavy, require additional postage

Oregon: No Oregon counties required to provide bilingual ballots

Pennsylvania: Conestoga polling change protested

South Dakota: Dakota County may add Spanish ballots

Tennessee: Commissioner orders 'commonsense,' speed in handling of voter ID cards

Texas: Orange County elections office working with LSCO to save money | Whistleblower Act brings lawsuit against elections office | Travis County program aims to make voting easier | Franklin County OKs overtime for elections

Utah: Salt Lake County now required to offer Spanish-language assistance to voters | Federal bilingual requirement may add to Utah election costs

Virginia: Augusta County voters told to be on lookout for voter registration cards | Advice: Confirm polling places | Ballots in Virginia won't need legible signatures after all | IIt's Official: Arlington will be able to offer Spanish-language voting information

Wisconsin: Test run of new state voter ID law in Madison led to lines, voter confusion | Legislature may not allow voters to receive ballots by email | New student IDs for voting could cost UW $700K every two years | Feds order Milwaukee to provide ballots, voting rules in Spanish | Walker recall costs | Feds press Wisconsin on fall primary date

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

October 12, 2011

National News: DOJ redistricting point man: No magic formula

Alabama: Federal appeals court will hear Shelby County voting rights case in January

Alaska: Redistricting plan gets tentative OK from Feds

California: SF mayoral candidates keep quiet on their ranked-choice picks | Quarter of city voters get wrong polling place

Colorado: Fairness questioned as 9 mostly Democratic counties mail inactive voters ballots | Summit County inactive voters will not receive ballots | County: Ballots may take longer to reach voters

Connecticut: GOP registrar of voters dies in Norwich

Florida: County tentatively approves voting machine lease | Scott asks court to throw out Voting Rights Act protections in Florida | In push for new election law, Florida challenges Voting Rights Act | Florida wants end to federal oversight of elections

Georgia: Cason named to state election advisory committee | Barrow elections officials call for state to monitor Winder's election

Illinois: Bureau County board votes down proposal to combine precincts

Indiana: First day of early voting goes smoothly in Bloomington election | White asks for voter fraud investigation of Bayhs | Johnson County delays early voting until October 26

Iowa: FD man casts first vote as American citizen

Kansas: Electronic poll books possible

Maine: Yes on 1 campaign scores key supporter

Michigan: One vote: An I-Team investigation into illegal voting

Nevada: Special master suggests parties in redistricting battle work it out

New Hampshire: Secretary of state feels 'no pressure' for January primary

Ohio: Poll-worker training reinstated by board | Cuyahoga County voters still confused about absentee ballots | Could political bickering get in the way of election prep

Pennsylvania: Five polling places move in Bucks County

South Carolina: ACLU fights state redistricting plan

Tennessee: State to announce more services for those who need ID to vote | Tennessee voter ID law to disrupt 96-year old's electin-day routine | Activist, former election administrator Pat Crippins dies

Texas: Should election date be moved? | Hook the Vote rally postponed because of lack of interest, funding | Will new voter registration rules decrease turnout? | Election changes may be ahead

West Virginia: General election outcome remains unchanged

Wisconsin: New state voter ID law faces snags | Legislation introduced to exempt seniors from voter ID law | Madison holds mock election to test new photo ID law | Recall Walker campaign to start in November | What would Walker recall cost taxpayers?

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

October 11, 2011

California: How the SF mayoral race is like the Oscars

Colorado: PitCo mail-in election to include 'inactive' registered voters | More counties sending ballots to inactive voters | Larimer County ballots in the mail to active voters

Florida: Florida law tightens voting rules, angers advocates

Georgia: Kemp announces contract for new voter registration system

Indiana: GOP wants investigation into '08 ballot petitions | Hearing set in Charlie White eligibility case | Complaint on White to be heard Nov. 23 | Election season officially underway | Vanderburgh County ready for absentee, early voters | County delays start of casting ballots at courthouse to save money | Election official prepare for early voting

Louisiana: Early voting will be relocated until end of the day | Early voting off to a faster than expected start

Maryland: Groups double number of students registered to vote

Mississippi: Voters weigh ID initiative

Missouri: Secretary of state race breeds intrigue on both sides of the aisle

Nebraska: Lawmakers might spar again over voter ID bills

New Jersey: Montclair commission says election change will save $45K

North Carolina: Pasquotank elections board hears report of voting coercion | 11 polling places merged to 2 in Burke County

Ohio: Wellston voters will have a new location

Pennsylvania: Election stalwart retires | Voter registration brings to light importance of college-age participation

South Carolina: Beaufort County joins suit against state election commission

Tennessee: Election commission picks March 6 for primaries | AARP joins coordinator of elections to raise awareness about new voter ID law

Texas: Data show Texas voters could be barred under new ID law

Virginia: Fairfax County's new registrar meets challenges in run-up to Nov. 8 election

Wisconsin: Help test new voter ID in mock election Tuesday

Monday, 10 October 2011

Friday, 07 October 2011

October 7, 2011

National: A critical spotlight shines on ranked-choice voting | Working on election day?

Alabama: 2012 election to feature early primary

Alaska: Bethel city manager says he acted 'boorish and unprofessional' on election day

Arizona: Cortes drops out of recall election

Colorado: Crowd gathering for court battle over inactive voters

Georgia: State sues for approval of new legislative maps

Indiana: Officials work out details of ballot ruling | Floyd likely to add early voting hours to combat bridge closure

Louisiana: Seniors happy to cast ballots

Michigan: Appeals court blocks recall election

New Hampshire: Primary date won't be set quickly

New York: Ballot fraud case testimony continues | Haight suing Knapp over military ballots | F-bombs at the NYC board of elections?

North Carolina: State board of elections cuts could inconvenience voters | Coming soon to a mailbox near you: Pittslvania voter cards | No push to move presidential primary

Ohio: Betras dials it back a notch

Oregon: Merkley, Wyden support bill to save post offices

Pennsylvania: Marseglia proposes full disclosure policy with voting machines | Election-day complaint targets two mayors

Rhode Island: One man, two polling places

South Carolina: Elections office will test machines Friday

Tennessee: Hamilton Co. clerk to offer free photo ID updates

Texas: Commissioners settle on polling places in redistricting plan | Democrats fault state for inability to detail impact of voter ID law on Hispanics | Former elections chief deputy suing county as alleged whistle blower | County purchases new election reporting software

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections officials finalizing reform packages

Virginia: May elections will remain in Smithfield

West Virginia: Secretary of state proud of special election effort

Wisconsin: Voter ID law causing confusion | GAB agrees to policy changes | Election officials reverse on distribution of recall petitions online

Thursday, 06 October 2011

October 6, 2011

Alaska: Election results slowly coming from across Alaska | Some key races still lack clear results

Colorado: Aspen to appeal ruling over ballot images | Pueblo County clerk joins lawsuit over ballots for inactive voters | 'Inactive' Fort Collins voters to get mail-in ballots | Mail ballot will differ across Eagel County

Florida: Hillsborogh elections office opens two new locations | State primary date switch forces local scramble

Georgia: Voting machines tested ahead of election | Elections department preps for activity

Illinois: Marion County clerk's office to purge voter rolls

Indiana: Election law 'slipped by' GOP leaders

Kentucky: Bill Johnson, Republican candidate for secretary of state

Maine: Back and forth over same-day voter registration continues | Think tank study finds fraud risk in elections

Missouri: Sanders says he won't run for secretary of state | Door calls for state lawmakers to decide primary election issue

Montana: Missoula election staff urges voters to check status

New Jersey: Atlantic County clerk candidates at odd over past ballot mistakes | Polling place changes in Margate

New Mexico: Problems reported with Albuquerque voting system

Ohio: Voting machine test begins in Jefferson County | Green Co. seeks new elections director | Cuyahoga County elections board retrieves ballot after voter complains of missing page | Betras gets support from both parties on board of elections nomination | Galena loses its polling place this election

Pennsylvania: Bucks County seeks election officials

South Carolina: State, GOP to pay for primary | Attorney general wants voter data, critics hammer voter ID law | Election official: Define 'legitimate' | GOP payment offer doesn't go far enough, say election officials

Texas: Coucil votes to move election date | Secretary of state responds to feds on voter ID | Court reviews Texas redistricting map

Virginia: Exemptions granted on voting regs | New voter cards should be in the mail | Poor signature could disqualify Va. absentee ballots

West Virgina: Mon County election headquarters gets temporary home | Election equipment moving to new home

Wisconsin: City of Waukesha posts information about voter ID | Dem bill would waive ID card replacement fee | Lots of attention for Waukesha clerk after report

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

October 5, 2011

California: County voting system overhaul to include options

Colorado: Gessler: Web glitch not intentional

District of Columbia: At Coolidge High, student election serves as lesson

Georgia: Warner Robins voters: Expect election day changes | Houston commissioners OK payments for election workers | Gainseville residents could pay more for elections

Indiana: 30 voting center sites recommended in 2012 | Merrillville polling places squeezed by uncontested races

Louisiana: Voter rolls show some increase in Louisiana

Maryland: Mount Airy mulls shift in election date

Massachusetts: Scenes from New Bedford's polling stations

Mississippi: County seeking DOJ approval to remove voting machine printers | Students get assistance in voter registration

New Jersey: New Jersey opts for a single primary date

New York: Voting problems smoothing out | Roots of 'ballot security': Dead voters, party fears and shadowy tactics | All quiet in the voter office | Election official, Collins at odds over lawsuit | Knapp sues Haight for 'acting alone and ignoring' election law | Judge tosses Fischer suit challenging Dem primary results

Ohio: Three step into election board jobs | Opponents march against proposed changes to state's election laws | Stark gets grant to upgrade pollign sites for disabled | 20 Ohio counties get grants to improve disability access

Pennsylvania: Possible change in Pa. electoral vote stirs passions

South Carolina: Beaufort election commission balks at mandate to run primary | Greenville council to join court action on GOP primary

Tennessee: 96-year-old Chattanooga resident denied voter ID | Sides trade volleys over Tennessee's voter ID law | Blue Springs polling place sought | Knox election official: 26 of 30 provisional ballots are valid

West Virginia: GOP chairman raises questions of voter fraud | Tennant says few problems on election day | Voter fatigue sets in after 2nd special election | Voters receive suspicious calls about precinct changes

Tuesday, 04 October 2011

October 4, 2011

National: 2012 elections: Disenfranchised voters, hacked machines | Study predicts voting laws will change political landscape | Early-voting states continue jockeying for position

Colorado: Court to hear case this week over Denver's mail-in ballots | Fort Collins weighs ways to boost voter participation | Election equipment to be tested Tuesday

Florida: Palm Beach County considers $1M fix for vote counting delays | Modernizing Palm Beach County elections | Cities scramble to schedule for new primary date

Illinois: New digital maps help voters

Maine: Opponents of same-day registration mobilize, draw criticism | Same-day registration increases turnout, studies say | State tells students: Register your car in Maine, or don't vote here

Maryland: Mount Airy considering election changes

Massachusetts: Court won't hear argument over ballot substitution

Michigan: Absentee ballots found in storage closet

Montana: Missoula County official warns inactive voters won't get mail ballots

Nevada: Millers asks Nevada Supreme Court to intervene in redistricting case

New Hampshire: Presidential primary dates on the move

New York: Questions raised about forged ballot

Ohio: Husted: Betras not competent for elections board

Oregon: Clackamas County upgrades to greener voting technology

South Carolina: Audit of election results cites problems in Oconee County

Tennessee: Election officials praise Tennessee voter ID law | State checking for noncitizen voters

Texas: Supreme Court throws out judgement on electronic voting machines | Supreme Court rules Dallas County's appeal in fight over voting machiens is 'moot' | Medina County delays shift to paperless balloting

West Virginia: Voting precincts gear up for special election | Polls open for election day | Secretary of state says everyone has a role in fair special election | First time retail liquor legal on election day | Tennant assures legal election

Wisconsin: Fee waiver pushed for copies of birth certificates