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Thursday, 25 July 2013

July 25, 2013

Alaska: Rock the vote recap

Arizona: Who controls local elections at issue in suit against state

Connecticut: West Haven parent fights for no polling places at schools

Florida: Fed court dismisses Fla. voter purge lawsuit | More fallout from VRA ruling: Court dismisses challenge to Fla.'s voter purge | Split decision on site for Duval elections warehouse leaves city council seeking answers

Illinois: Longest-serving county clerk to retire from Grundy

Massachusetts: Handicapped access problems outlined at Worcester polling places | Cambridge launches online voter registration search page

Mississippi: Bad ballots? Testimony focuses on absentee ballots

New Hampshire: Hassan signs voter bill; allows NH student IDs | GOP seeks voter fraud investigation | Hassan vetoes bill giving election workers flexibility on processing absentee ballots

North Carolina: Leaders: Voter ID would suppress the vote | Meck lawmakers at center of voter ID debate | Youth speakers join NAACP, call voter ID a return to racist policy | Voter bill passes second Senate vote | Opponents plan legal challenge to voting changes | Senate gives preliminary OK to election law clamp-down | WSSU early voting point of contention for new BOE | Voter ID proposal gets mixed reviews from Cumberland County

North Dakota: Petition aims to protect citizen-initiated measures

Ohio: Plans to relocate Stark BOE move forward

Pennsylvania: State aides testify in voter ID lawsuit | Pa. AFL-CIO analysis finds state's voter ID law disenfranchised thousands | Voter ID card issues slow trial | Holder to speak in Philly about VRA | Re-do election turnout low in Schuylkill and Carbon 

Rhode Island: Crowded field shaping up for secretary of state race 

South Dakota: Gant named treasurer of National Assoc. of Secretaries of State 

Texas: Countywide polling place program eliminates precinct restrictions 

Washington: Election rule change yields single name primary ballot | Help improve voting access 

Wisconsin: Man gets 30 days for voter registration fraud

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

July 24, 2013

California: Glendale officials consider ballot process changes

Colorado: Pueblo trying to figure out recall rules

Florida: Split decision on site for Duval elections warehouse leave council still seeking answers

Georgia: Judge's ruling could mean more election days

Indiana: Report cites rise in voter registrations following suit

Maryland: President of city's election board resigns

Massachusetts: On Beacon Hill, election reform with a missing piece | Plan in works to bring voting back to Highlands neighborhood

Mississippi: Jury seated to hear Hattiesburg election case

New Mexico: Rio Rancho making changes to elections

North Carolina: Sweeping changes to elections headed to a vote | Senate committee OKs voter ID bill | Students say ID bill restricts young voters | Voter restrictions advance | Republicans blasted for last-minute election bill | GOP legislators push sweeping election-law changes

Ohio: Voter locations changing again in Summit County

Pennsylvania: Three say getting voter ID was onerous | Home-bound seniors testify against Pa. voter ID law | State to open defense of voter ID law today | Berks woman testifies in voter ID trial | Hazelton Area candidate perseveres in special election

Tennessee: Wilson Co. election commission presents election preparation program at Del Webb

Texas: Local Dems protest voter ID laws | Elections office to get panic buttons

Utah: Election office selects special counsel

Vermont: Vermont secretary of state gets national post

Virginia: Caroline approves new voting machines | Virginians can register to vote online | SBOE, DMV launch online voter registration

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

July 23, 2013

National News: Hoyer introduces Election Assistance Commission resolution | Black Caucus members seek improvements to Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Bentley praises new absentee ballot law for emergency workers

California: Alameda Co. registrar of voters reaches out with new bilingual newsletter

Colorado: Special election rules detailed for Pueblo recall

Georgia: Troup announces hiring of elections supervisor | Federal judge ruling splits federal, state, local primary elections | Earlier primary, longer runoffs planned for Ga.

Kentucky: Campbell clerk digitizing voter registrations | 7 convicted of vote fraud seek release from prison

Louisiana: GeauxVote gets award

New Mexico: Lincoln Co. clerk wants ban on PAC-paid elections

New York: NYC creates app to bring voting into the 21st Century | 'Miscommunication' lead to NYC BOE shredding 20 pages of GOP petitions

North Carolina: Protestors gather in Raleigh to fight voter ID law

Ohio: State seeks removal of to Putnam BOE members

Pennsylvania: Select voters head back to the polls today| Memos: Pa. officials were wary of voter ID rules | Aides voiced concern over voter ID access in Pa. | Final law addressed concerns about disenfranchisement, state attorneys argue

South Carolina: City hold election meetings

Tennessee: Voters closer to Milton, Oakland get new precincts | Hargett elected president of NASS

Texas: Jeff County may go to central poll spots | Potter County commissioners form committee to consider voting centers | Finding a permanent voting location

Monday, 22 July 2013

July 20-22, 2013

National: The Voting Rights Act: Hard-won gains, an uncertain future

Alabama: New bill makes it easier for rescue workers to cast absentee ballots | Bently to hold ceremonial signing of bill for emergency workers

Alaska: Native rights group sues state over elections | Alaska Natives sue over election translations

Arizona: Rep. Pierce exploring run for secretary of state | GOP: Voting Rights Act ruling changes redistricting lines

California: California Association of Clerks and Elections takes steps into 21st Century digital era

Colorado: Details released about recall election

Connecticut: Judge rules redistricting plan vote illegal

Florida: Manatee learns from Miami-Dade's phantom ballot scandal

Georgia: County commission OKs precinct reduction | Changes likely for Georgia elections

Iowa: Vote centers will be used for school elections in BHC

Kansas: Problem of voter registrations in 'suspense' likely to continue

Louisiana: Nearly 30K low-income Louisianans apply to register to vote

Maryland: Harford BOE preps for 2014 primary

Mississippi: Election contest brings up memories of civil rights-era struggles | Jury could ultimately decide next Hattiesburg mayor

New Jersey: West Milford Township council asks Christie for election consolidation

New York: South Asians await Bengali ballots

North Carolina: Voter ID bill rolled out by Senate, locals react | Rally protests changes to state's voting laws | Student leaders give mixed reviews of voter ID bill | Voter ID bill focus of planned NAACP rally

Ohio: Pat Saunders dead at 65 | Hamilton County GOP chair: Better poll workers needed

Oregon: Ballot tampering spurs changes in Clackamas County election procedures

Pennsylvania: Communications expert: Voter ID law badly publicized| Voter ID trial wraps up first week | Newspaper editor named MoCo director of voter services | School board to re-vote in 2 counties Tuesday | Voter ID trial enters second week | Special primary is Tuesday

South Carolina: Williamsburg Co. could combine voter registration, election commission

Texas: Galveston election among first under new voter ID law | Local Dems to challenge voter ID laws with rally

Utah: Lawmakers rethinking bill that ups some elective terms | Layton voter receives Farmington ballot in the mail | Should primary election date be moved?

Virginia: Former Richmond council member wants review of absentee ballot procedures | Public meeting Tuesday on voting changes

Washington: League of Women Voters launches online election resource

Friday, 19 July 2013

Thursday, 18 July 2013

July 18, 2013

National: Congress weighs fixes to Voting Rights Act | Former Voting Rights Act provision gets hearing in Senate | Shelby decision hurts Asian American voters, groups tell Senate committee | Congress mulls path forward on voting rights | Senate revisits Voting Rights Act following court ruling

Alabama: New state ID law may pose some problems for Jefferson County | Photo ID required for voters next year | The cost of local elections

Alaska: Did Supreme Court rob Alaska Natives of their voice?

Arizona: Senator begins campaign to counter election referendum

California: Republican candidate for secretary of state plots campaign | Fresno County clerk clarifies how votes are counted | San Gabriel opens secret investigation into election complaints

Colorado: County commissioners give green light to clerk for legal action in recall attempt  

Indiana: Vote center committee tries to fill gaps

Kentucky: U.S. appeals court overturns convictions in Kentucky voter fraud case

Louisiana: Voter advocacy group, secretary of state differ in interpretation of registration numbers | La. voter registration test is mystery for historians

Maryland: Md. GOP considering open primary

Massachusetts: Voters' rights groups calling for updated election laws

Michigan: Stanley says secretary of state, governor's support will push no-reason absentee voting forward

Mississippi: Judge tosses results, orders new election for Canton

New Hampshire: Voter ID bill yet to reach Hassan's desk

New Jersey: State will reimburse Mercer County for special election expenses | Hunterdon, Warren counties won't receive special election funding until after votes | Glen Ridge may nix schools as voting sites for some

New York: Polling place stickers coming up for their own vote

North Carolina: White appointed elections board chair | Verdon takes over helm of elections board | Buncombe elections director on hot seat | Carteret BOE chairwoman named

Ohio: Ex-Ohio poll worker gets 5 years for illegal votes  | McGuckin appointed to elections board

Pennsylvania: Expert defends study showing 14.4 percent in Pa. lack voter ID | Homeless advocate testifies at voter ID trial | Year-old survey at issue in voter ID trial | County pols debate new for voter fraud law | State official to testify in Pa. voter ID trial

Texas: Galveston election among first under new voter ID law | New voting method to be tested in Bexar County

Virginia: Voter fraud charges against Pa. man dismissed | FC voter registrar gets certified

Wisconsin: Marshall board puts funds in budget for new voting equipment

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

July 17, 2013

National News: Elections are over, but voter ID is not | Clinton says future of voting law in jeopardy | House to hold hearing on Voting Rights Act | Voting rights enforcers shift focus after Supreme Court ruling | Hoyer, Lewis to push Obama to revive election commission

Alabama: Changes made to make voting easier for Pike County| Republican secretary of state candidates pledge to keep Democrat out of office

Arizona: Lawmaker wants to block public vote on ballot changes

Arkansas: County officials want state to issue voter IDs

Colorado: Colorado AG defends Gessler's hiring of private attorney | Recall efforts on hold, both sides head to court

Florida: Harrington appointed to election task force | Dems say Scott not pursuing voter registration fraud linked to GOP | Democrats call for voter fraud inquiry

Georgia: Federal, state election calendar split 'problematic'

Indiana: Amid uncertainty about bids, commissioners vote to lease equipment instead | Lake County officials look into how woman voted twice

Kansas: Board rejects Kobach's voter registration fix | About 12K voter registrations held up due to citizenship proof | 12K Kansas voters still in limbo over proof of citizenship

Michigan: Johnson: Michigan ready for online registration, no-reason absentee voting

Minnesota: City unveils website for 2013 election

Mississippi: Canton ordered to hold new election; voter intimidation, irregularities cited | Ware files clarification of election allegations

Nebraska: All-mail balloting prompts higher voter turnout

New Jersey: Voter fraud alleged in Parsippany primary | Hudson County to state: 'Sue us" | Asbury Park voters bused to courthouse to challenge election

North Carolina: Reality check: Ballot changes | Republicans take control of county elections board | New NHC elections board on much lower pay level than preceding board | Elections board sworn in | County elections board sworn in | New leaders take seats on county elections board | Only two join BOE | Cumberland County BOE elects new chairman

Pennsylvania: Plaintiffs' expert: A half-million don't have voter ID | Challengers say voter ID law would keep untold thousands from polls

Tennessee: Putnam County election commission approves grant | Shelby Co. election prep reduces voting mistakes

Texas: Williamson County's new elections official a familiar face | Bexar County to pilot email voting program

Virginia: Restoring some felon voting rights could impact Va. elections

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

July 16, 2013

National News: Native American tribes' lawsuit could decide who controls Senate in 2015

California: Orange Co. registrar leading the pack on administering elections

Colorado: Secretary of state seeking court order to set election dates | Colorado voters will see changes at the polls in November

Georgia: Judge denies Opitz request to see ballots

Iowa: Iowa joining trend of decreasing school polling places | Should schools be polling places?

Kansas: County budget reflects added cost of voter ID laws | Kan. board considers vote fixing

Minnesota: Two Somali women charged with voter fraud in Rice County

Mississippi: Canton voting system under scrutiny

New Jersey: Mercer officials await word on funding for special elections

New York: Elections leaders' legal bills pile up

Ohio: Candidate threatens to sue Summit elections board | Court makes permanent order that Ohio count provisional ballots cast in right polling station, but wrong precinct | Right church, wrong pew OK'd

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania defends law on ID for voters | Trial on Pa. voter ID law gets underway | Pa. voter ID foes make a case in appeals court | Voter ID: Corbett administration officials had concerns about disenfranchising voters, memo suggests | Midstate lawmakers say they stand behind their vote on the voter ID law | Reading woman testifies in voter ID law trial | County looks to modify election precincts

Texas: Randall County residents comment on election centers

Virginia: Va. ramps up restoration of voting rights for some ex-felons | Up to 10K eligible felons may get voting rights back | Military voters

Washington: Special election cost $800K

West Virginia: Rhodes gets clerk job

Monday, 15 July 2013

July 13-15, 2013

Alabama: Public testing of Dothan voting machines

Alaska: Alaska redistricting board adopts revised voting district map

Arkansas: Greene County adds new voting precincts

California: Bill would let Californians vote on Saturday

Colorado: Weld clerk and recorder to run for commissioner | Governor, clerk clash over recall election | Gessler hires attorney to force governor to set date for recall elections

Connecticut: Norwich registrar working to streamline voter records

Florida: New voting equipment checking in for Brevard | Counties reorganize precincts to help reduce voting lines | Scott administration seeks dismissal of voter 'purge' lawsuit | Fla. voter purge likely to resume

Georgia: Secretary of state hails Supreme Court decision | New federal primary election date | Judge sets new calendar for Georgia's federal elections

Iowa: Bill from May special election causes frustrations

Kansas: Kobach proposes rule change for proof-of-citizenship

Mississippi: Analysis: VRA ruling alters Mississippi election dynamic | Group wants to preserve historic courthouse

New Hampshire: Early voting? No-excuse absentee ballots? Gardner's not a fan, but NH to study options

New Jersey: Hudson County balks at $2.4M special election costs

New York: New York turns to old voting machines for upcoming primary

North Carolina: Paper ballots bill becomes a study committee | GOP to hold majority on Cumberland County BOE

Ohio: Advocates ask to extend voter ID order | 38K Cuyahoga voters to be purged from rolls Wednesday

Pennsylvania: Voter ID opponents re-energized on eve of trial | Voter ID law goes on trial in Pennsylvania | Kane: Voter ID constitutional | Pennsylvania's voter ID law gets its day in court | Voter ID foes set for fight | Trial to measure lawfulness of Pa. voter ID law

South Dakota: Supreme Court decision rolls back voting rights for S.D. Indians | Election mistake could cost Aberdeen up to $10K

Tennessee: Gilbert appointed to elections body | Dean agrees to fund election commission satellite office | Tieche fired by election commission

Texas: New WilCo elections administrator named

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board ends group's review of ballots

Utah: Riverdale to use mail-in ballots for municipal primaries

Virginia: Activists await details of felons' rights restoration plan | Voting rights for non-violent felons to be reinstated | Details on nonviolent felons' rights plan due today

Washington: Election funds return to counties

Wyoming: Organizer of failed petition sues secretary of state

Friday, 12 July 2013

July 12, 2013

Alabama: More concerns raised about voter photo ID requirements | Required special election will cost taxpayers

Alaska: Redistricting board releases latest voting boundaries

California: How Fresno County counts the votes | Latinos blast voting year change | Lawyer: City violated VRA in council redistricting

Colorado: El Paso County clerk seeks election date in recall

Connecticut: Hartford seeks to dismiss court order governing voter list | Darien voting locations changed

Florida: Hillsborough elections chief demands study retraction | Sen. Nelson blasts Supreme Court on voting rights | Citizen expresses concern over ballot security procedures

Georgia: How much would special election cost?

Indiana: County plans special election

Massachusetts: Census forms causing some problems for Melrose voters

Michigan: Court upholds ruling clerk candidate should be on ballot | Absentee ballots to go out to Detroit voters

New Jersey: Asbury Park citizens allege disenfranchisement

New York: County election board ranks among the best in NY | Bengalis file suit against elections board

North Carolina: Cumberland County BOE to get three new members

Ohio: Federal judge to hear case on Ohio ballot rules | O'Farrell ordered to pay for election challenge

Pennsylvania: Protesters clamor in Harrisburg on eve of trial for Pa. voter ID law | Carbon County prepares for special election

Tennessee: City to save $5K on election costs | Hyde: Precinct changes notices were 'misleading'

Virginia: Last primary election no bang for the buck

Washington: Kitsap County upgrades voting system | Pierce County wins national awards for voter project

Wisconsin: Report: 10K polling place accessibility violations | GAB has no plans to discipline tardy election clerks