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Thursday, 11 July 2013

July 11, 2013

National News: Looking to tech for help with life after the Voting Rights Act | Senate committee moving forward on Voting Rights Act

Alaska: Low voter turnout renews interest in elections by mail

Arizona: Sunnyside rejects mail-in election, plans 9 polling sites

Arkansas: Election commission sets voting sites

California: Santa Clarita to fight Voting Rights Act lawsuit | Lawyer calls for investigation into possible local VRA violations | Frazier, DeSaulnier vote to allow non-citizen poll workers for elections

Colorado: Recall elections put heat on Gessler to run system he fought

Florida: Miami-Dade should take steps to thwart absentee-ballot fraud, advisory group says

Georgia: Judge denies voting appeal

Kansas: Sedgwick Co. offers solutions to fix elections office problems

Massachusetts: Public input sought on new Brunswick polling place

Michigan: Winfrey prepares for historic election

Minnesota: Time for a change: Clerk retires after 32 years | Pilot program for electronic rosters

Mississippi: Mayor's election shows voting law's imperfect legacy

New Jersey: Borough assigns alternate polling places for special election

New York: Dollars and Sense: Election commissioner's suits cost county thousands

North Carolina: House looking at studying paper ballot requirement | Elections board oppose possible move to paper ballots | Merrill drops Buncombe election lawsuit | Recent Supreme Court decision impacts local elections board | North Carolina election reform

Ohio: Elections board to vote to relocate student polling location | Ballot on demand demo presented to board of elections | Wilcox becomes Auglaize elections director | Health coverage nixed for elections board members

Pennsylvania: Pa. voter ID coalition gets new name, renewed energy | Voter ID law to be debated Monday in Commonwealth Court

Tennessee: Scott Co. couple charged with voter registration fraud

U.S. Virgin Islands: Carolina Fawkes selected to be next supervisor of elections | Joint elections board selects new supervisor at unpublicized 'special emergency meeting'

Vermont: Leahy makes good on promise to respond to VRA ruling

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

July 10, 2013

National News: Obama tells black lawmakers he'll help rebuild Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Election officials concerned about new voter photo ID law | Bentley appoints Bennett secretary of state

Arkansas: Clay Co. to upgrade voting equipment

California: California counties face varying issues in improving elections with technology | Proposed SF waterfront condo project could have dueling ballot measures

Georgia: Federal judge issues order setting Sept. 17 for Macon-Bibb elections

Indiana: Election board looks to buy new voting machines | Vigo County's election board says voting centers will be used in 2014 | County voter center plan drafted | Committee created for vote centers

Iowa: State will rewrite new voter registration form after complaints from ACLU of Iowa

Maryland: New law expands early voting, online voter registration

Michigan: $200K spent on Spanish ballots in Allegan County

Minnesota: Scott County eyeing faster, more accurate digital voting machines | Minnesota officials plan for electronic voting rosters | DFLer Kalin latest to join secretary of state

New Hampshire: NH voter ID law sees big changes

New York: Cuomo reluctantly signs lever machine bill into law | County reduces voting districts, increases polling locations | NYC BOE gets lever machine wish...and ground rules on being investigated | Lever voting machines and new runoff date approved by Cuomo

Ohio: Stark voting machines still wet

Texas: Possible Randall County voting centers

Virginia: Voter ID legislation will not go into effect in 2013 | Warren County to hold voter registration training | Latest election tab for Wythe around $8K

Wyoming: Voting fraud reports, cases rare in state

Tuesday, 09 July 2013

July 9, 2013

National News: Americans grade Supreme Court: Most dislike Voting Rights decision

Alabama: Secretary of state joining Farmers Federation

Arizona: Voters may get last word on changes to election laws

Arkansas: Marion election commission makes out wish list

California: Senate passes bill on non-citizen poll workers

Colorado: Telluride looks at charter amendments to cure conflicts

Connecticut: White moves up to become Republican registrar of voters

District of Columbia: Council to vote on moving primary

Florida: Elections office wants updated voter addresses

Georgia: Bibb elections board seeking judge's OK on election date | Voting precinct changes open house meetings | Macon-Bibb dates tweaked again

Indiana: New county election board member says board, not clerk, should oversee registration | Noble County moves toward vote centers

Michigan: Terri Lynn Land running for U.S. Senate | Kalamazoo County clerk talks upcoming local elections

Minnesota: Voter ID debate resurfaces with task force study | Officials plan for electronic voting rosters

Mississippi: Hattiesburg election commission dropped from mayoral lawsuit | Motions filed in election challenge

New Jersey: One stop 'vote by mail' service offered for Senate primary

New York: Fewer polling places in Chautauqua in the fall

North Carolina: Pemberton urges county not to forget voting space issues

Ohio: Where should motor home dwellers vote?

Oregon: Johnson proves key on nixing voter rule

Pennsylvania: Pa. NAACP to rally against voter ID

South Carolina: House Dems want apology from Haley on voter fraud claims

Texas: New option surfaces in plans for moving elections office | Kendall County consolidates voting precincts

Monday, 08 July 2013

July 4-8, 2013

National News: States eye voting obstacles in wake of high-court ruling | New Schumer bill would improve military access to voting | What the Voting Rights Act ruling means for voters | States tardy with absentee ballots targeted | After ruling, states rush to enact voting laws | GOP has tough choices on Voting Rights Act | VRA ruling forces DOJ reassignments | MLK lawyer pledges to regain voting rights protections

Alabama: Pro-voting group lights up July Fourth| Plans being finalized for free picture voter IDs | Gadsden redistricting plan will not go to Justice Dept.

Arizona: Election sought on changes in voting law

Arkansas: Trial scheduled for 2014 on voter registration forms | County receives elections grant | Clay County receives grant

California: Lawsuit against Santa Clarita alleges violations of VRA | Special elections set for Assembly, Senate seats are costly, draw few voters | Panel rejects challenges to 'top two' election laws | Acampo woman to be honored for long-time service as poll worker

Colorado: Possible vote fraud detected in region | GOP urging two county clerks to run for secretary of state | Democrats bear brunt of secretary of state's noncitizen voter hunt | Elbert County clerk, election judge resign | Elbert County clerk, elections manager gone months before election

Connecticut: Park bench dedicated to beloved, late East Haven officer

Florida: HamCo elections supervisor cleared of allegations | Okaloosa supervisor of elections addresses presidential commission

Georgia: NAACP seeks special Fayette elections later this year | Office of elections updating voter rolls | Bibb County election lawsuit won't be withdrawn | Rural voters may feel actions of Supreme Court more keenly

Guam: GEC to file late report tomorrow | GEC completes 2012 election comparative analysis report

Illinois: Some can vote at age 17 in 2014 primary

Indiana: Decision on vote centers delayed | Changes for Vigo County voters?

Maine: Brunswick shuffling poll locations

Michigan: Detroit absentee ballots in limbo

Minnesota: Faster, more reliable voting machines coming to metro area

New Hampshire: NH Supreme Court to hear residency/voter registration case

New York: So far, so good for Oneida County's new election officials | 1,600 votes in Brooklyn from 2012 election were just counted last week | Bloomberg slams election board's 8-month-late ballot counts as an 'outrage' | NYC BOE finds nearly 1,600 Brooklyn ballots never counted in November | Cuomo to establish investigation into board of elections

North Carolina: Hewitt tabbed for county elections board seat | Republicans take majority of county's elections board

Ohio: SOS candidate: No voting 'environment of fear' | Ballots of 1864 cast by Meigs County Civil War soldiers | Former OU student gets jail time in election fraud case | Former poll worker, to be sentenced on four counts of voter fraud

Oklahoma: Hurry up and wait: Tulsa's new election process frustrates candidates, voters

Oregon: Senate rejects automatic voter registration | Oregon Senate rejects universal voter registration proposal

Pennsylvania: Voters in special election to be notified by mail | Letters to detail special election | Year-round at the elections office | Schuylkill prepares for 'fix-it' election

South Carolina: SLED: No rampant dead voters in South Carolina

South Dakota: No push from S.D. on voting rights changes | Mix expects few voting changes

Tennessee: Hawkins County deputy registrars thankful for 24 years of service |New voting system eyed | Supreme Court ruling leaves Scott County officials weighing options

Texas: Precinct 304 voting poll gets temporary move | Voter ID law now in force in Texas | Voter ID law stirs mixed reaction | Outreach group eyes voter ID after Supreme Court ruling | Supreme Court decision opens way for voter IDs

Virginia: VRA decision likely to effect polls | Cuccinelli pushes for voter registration by party to help force closed primaries | Advocates worry about details of Virginia's new program to restore voting rights to felons | Voting Rights Act bail-out unpopular in Hampton Roads | Nelson seeks absentee voting precinct move | Court decision marks end of DOJ scrutiny of Virginia election law changes | Augusta Co. voting precinct accessibility examined

West Virginia: Foley named as new county clerk

Wisconsin: Inactive voters removed from polling lists

Wednesday, 03 July 2013

July 3, 2013

National News: Voting rights advocates face uphill battle | Voting 2.0

Alabama: Who will be Alabama's new secretary of state? Two names to watch

California: How administering elections California varies by county | Group aims to change city council election procedures | Californians may get Saturday voting

Florida: Leaky roof threatens to damage expensive elections equipment

Georgia: Allen ousted from Bibb County BOE

Idaho: Supreme Court ruling has Idaho officials talking about election process

Kentucky: Va. restores voting rights to ex-felons; Ken. still waiting

Louisiana: Voting rights case has local impact

Michigan: Genesee County clerk-register says he may file lawsuit over staffing levels

Nebraska: Gale eying fourth term

New Jersey: Special Senate election could cost Monmouth County over $1.2M | Judge sets hearing for election challenge

New York: County BOE receives high marks from state | Bill allowing NYC to use lever voting machines delivered to governor | Demanding action over promises, advocates sue elections board to get Bengali on NYC ballots | South Asians in Queens to get ballots in Bengali

North Carolina: GOP eyes changes to state voter ID law

Ohio: Woman charged in voting fraud case

Pennsylvania: McDonald continues challenge of sheriff's primary | School board hopefuls restart campaigns as re-vote nears | Special election will be held July 23

South Carolina: Richland Co. agrees to pay $100K in election-related lawyers' fees | Eight months later, Richland County election mess explained--kind of

South Dakota: Rounds, Weiland differ on voting rights ruling | Man accused of voting twice set for August trial

Tennessee: County approves $8K comp time payout for former election head

Texas: Hensarling comments on Voting Rights Act

U.S. Virgin Islands: Ballot review halted after group calls police to report 'tampering'

Vermont: Sen. Leahy to seek answers to VRA

Virginia: Va. restores voting rights to ex-felons; Ken. still waiting | Election officials visit Churchville polling place | DOJ finishes visit to Augusta precincts| Officials, local citizens divided over change to VRA | Hanover cleared from VRA provisions

Tuesday, 02 July 2013

July 2, 2013

National News: Klobuchar, Ellison demand action on VRA

Alabama: New law requires photo ID at the polls | VRA ruling won't change upcoming Birmingham elections | Ala. officials award grant to voting rights center | Chapman to resign as secretary of state

Arizona: Opponents try to force vote on election changes

Colorado: Gessler flags 155 possible non-citizens for voter fraud | Gessler alerts Colo. DAs of suspected noncitizens | No change in election method for now

Georgia: Bibb Democrats remove Allen from county elections board

Guam: GECA finalizing election comparative analysis

Kentucky: Alison Lundergan Grimes to run against Sen. McConnell

Indiana: Voting center options narrowed | Vote centers pre-plan released for Clark County | Monroe County election board looking to improve accessibility at voting sites

New Jersey: State Senate passes special election bills

North Carolina: Senate delaying voter ID bill for another week | Columbus County commissioner agree to pay overtime to elections director

Ohio: Cleveland state senator will challenge Husted for secretary of state

South Carolina: Over a year after election, Evans sworn in as Atlantic Beach mayor

Texas: Fraser unfazed by suit to block voter ID law | Houston NAACP speaks out against VRA decision | Civil rights groups say they will step in to prevent voting rights abuses | County moves voting boxes from schools

Virginia: Mandatory training for Va. third-party voter registration groups to begin this week| Justice inspectors look at county voting places | Federal inspectors arrive in Augusta County to review polling places

Monday, 01 July 2013

June 29-July 1, 2013

National: Let the lawsuits begin: Advocates pivot strategy following VRA ruling | Pelosi summons Dem leaders to brainstorm on voting rights | Goodlatte unsure if Congress will take up Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Sec. of state announces new photo ID requirements for voting | State announces plan for free IDs under new photo voter ID law

Arizona: Easier-to-read forms should speed elections | New election law stirs debate in Yuma County

Arkansas: Deadline looming for voter ID comment

California: Proposal would push open primaries

Connecticut: White named new GOP registrar of voters

Florida: Manatee County's voting rights activists will keep a vigilant eye on the polls | Investigation into Lee and Charlotte voter fraud completed | Presidential commission probes Florida voting lines | Hispanic voters waited the longest to vote in 2012 | Florida election officials share suggestions | Election officials revisit 2012 vote

Georgia: West Point to make decision on municipal election | Court ruling revives effort to move Augusta elections to July | Bibb Co. BOE snubs county commission, new election date set

Indiana: 18 voting centers opening in Wabash Valley | Monroe County election board looking to improve accessibility at voting sites

Maryland: Where do you want to cast your ballot?

Massachusetts: Town clerk thanks those who helped with election | Taunton voters have problems with new polling places

Minnesota: Supreme Court election ruling's effect could be far-reaching | Ritchie pleased with new election laws

Mississippi: 3Qs: Secretary of state on ruling| Ware's challenge of Hattiesburg mayoral election faces uphill battle | Does Ware's challenge really stand a chance?

Missouri: Kander's response to voter registration fraud case | Relatives of Mo. lawmaker plead guilty to voter fraud | Central Lee may cut voting sites

New Jersey: County requests state money upfront for special elections | Passaic, Bergen counties want NJ to pay for special election | Counties: Show me the money for special elections

New York: Bill to speed election night results passes NY legislature

North Carolina: In North Carolina, voting procedure changes loom | Supreme Court's voting rights decision likely to impact Craven | New Polk County BOE appointed | State appoints elections officials | Voter changes expected to be put on legislative fast track

Ohio: Local election officials attend conference

Oregon: Grimes returns to Clatsop County as county clerk

Pennsylvania: Some ballots' validity questioned in Warren County recount | Method not decided for Hazleton Area school board special election re-do | Could Supreme Court affect voter ID here? | School board re-vote set for July 26 | Constitutional showdown looms at Pa. voter ID trial

South Dakota: Panel mulls emergency voting

Tennessee: Election commission elects officers

Texas: New voter ID, unavailable in 70 counties | Locals split along party lines on voter ID law | Voting changes affect 93-year-old man | El Paso redistricting battles may be part of state voting-rights suit | Elections head keeps job after firing recommendation

Virginia: Voting Rights Act bail-out unpopular in Hampton Roads

Friday, 28 June 2013

June 28, 2013

Arkansas: Election officials reject school voting sites

California: Sale of voter registration data raises questions, objections | Grand jury wants elections process overhauled

Colorado: Court agrees to hear Center case

Connecticut: Ballot cast April 1 not counted in Fairhaven recounts, court case

Florida: Fla. NAACP vows decisive action in wake of voting rights decision | Dead voter who was sent ballot is purged from elections roll | Presidential commission to discuss voting in Miami

Georgia: Bibb elections board sets Sept. 17 election | Questions remain about impact of Court's decision on local elections | Court ruling will streamline precinct changes | Longtime board of elections member to retire | Candidates sue to change date of election

Indiana: Vigo elections board establishes 18 vote centers

Iowa: Pottawattamie County board OK's purchase of new voting machines

Kansas: Kansas men challenge voter ID law

Maryland: Bethesda, Chevy Chase might get early voting this time around

Mississippi: Hosemann solicits final public comment on voter ID

New Hampshire: Diluted voter ID law sent to Gov. Hassan

New Jersey: Bill to consolidate elections passed by Senate

New Mexico: NM lawmaker: Americans may still need Voting Rights Act

New York: Cuomo silent on votes by lever | Legislature OKs bill to modernize vote tally

North Carolina: Balance of power shifts on county elections board

Ohio: Man sentenced for falsifying signatures for election

Oregon: Lawmakers reject GOP effort to limit unused ballots at elections offices

South Carolina: Next time, voting in about an hour in Richland County? | Election commission board hears final report on November election mess | Confusion rippling in Charleston's Senate race in wake of VRA ruling

Tennessee: 'They heard us,' election chief says after meeting about relocation | Dean aides, election officials meet on office move

Texas: U.S. Supreme Court vacates voter ID appeal | DPS starts issuing voter IDs

Virginia: ACLU promises to monitor implementation of new Va. voter ID law | County election officials see positives in court ruling

Thursday, 27 June 2013

June 27, 2013

National News: Lawmakers likely to push voting rights

Alabama: Officials say voter ID law can take effect

California: Bowen comments on voting rights ruling

Florida: High court decisions hit home | Local officials to improve national election process

Georgia: First precinct meet fails to draw crowd | Will Supreme Court ruling make Augusta City elections even hotter

Illinois: County voters to receive ID cards soon

Indiana: Monroe County election board favors switch to electronic poll books

Iowa: Voter group watches for changes

Kansas: Lawsuit challenges state photo ID law

Kentucky: Hack files election complaint

Maine: Runoff elections bill fails

Michigan: Holland to appeal clerk decision to state Supreme Court | Miller backs court ruling on voting rights

Mississippi: Voter ID law could start next year

Missouri: Court ruling could boost interest in voter ID

New Hampshire: Legislature OK's changes to voter ID law despite opposition from conservatives

New Jersey: West Milford may oppose governor's election plan

North Carolina: NC expected to move forward on voter ID bill | NAACP ready to challenge any changes to NC voting laws | County elections board named | Supreme Court ruling could impact Onslow Co. | Three experienced members appointed to board of elections | New board of elections members approved

Ohio: Elections board restructures Lake County operations | Husted renews pitch for online voter registration system| Turner sets announcement for Monday

Pennsylvania: State department secretary: Voter ID law valid | Special election 'landmark' decision | Election do-over remains in limbo | Questions surround Hazleton Area primary do-over

Rhode Island: House Speaker: No changes to voter ID law this session

South Carolina: Lawyer to present final report today on Richland County's election woes | York County officials split on Supreme Court ruling | Franklin elections board cuts number of voting precincts to four

Tennessee: The small law firm at the Davidson County election commission adds another partner | Election administrator says county might not be following law in budgeting process

Texas: Randall County proposes changes in voting procedures | Officials work to get voter ID law going | Congressman files suit to stop voter ID law | Elections offices, central Texans sound off on voter ID law | City officials prepare to educate public on voter ID law | Local groups say new voter ID requirements will hurt turnout

Vermont: Condos comments on Supreme Court ruling

Virginia: With political field set, elections office starts prep-work for November

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

June 26, 2013

National News: States promise quick action after court voting ruling | After Supreme Court ruling on voting rights, now it's Congress' turn | SCOTUS ruling sets stage for voter ID battle | After Supreme Court ruling, states see green light for voter ID laws | Court ruling clears way for election changes in South| Supreme Court stops key part of Voting Rights Act | States promise quick action after court ruling | Congress unlikely to act on voting rights ruling | Supreme Court ruling may leave law in limbo | Voting rights ruling by Supreme Court draws mixed reactions | After Supreme Court ruling, Senate to hold hearings on Voting Rights Act

Alabama: In Alabama, voting decision seen as sign of progress, setback

Arizona: GOP leaders applaud voting rights ruling

California: Kings County glad to be rid of 'black eye' on voting rights | Because of Castle, Merced County fell under Voting Rights Act | Bonta poll worker bill headed for Senate floor

Florida: Once gung-ho on fighting voter fraud, Scott now sounding ho-hum | Elections supervisor to testify before presidential commission | Court strikes down federal law governing Keys elections | Supreme Court ruling affects 5 Florida counties | Dead woman receives absentee ballot for referendum

Georgia: Bibb officials differ on effect of Supreme Court ruling on elections | Rome plays role in Supreme Court ruling | Kemp reviewing effects of court's ruling

Hawaii: Hirono, Schatz denounce court ruling on voter rights

Indiana: Posey Co. cleaning up its voter registration list

Louisiana: Supreme Court's ruling local impact

Massachusetts: Gomez carries Taunton despite issues at polls | Quincy polling station distributes voting badge | After election, region prepares for domino effect | Concord voters undeterred by heat | No lines, no waiting at polls | As voting drew to a close, temperatures remained high, voting sluggish

Michigan: High court strikes down part of VRA; 2 Mich. communities affected | VRA ruling affects local township

Minnesota: Minnesota unlikely to feel effects from Court ruling

Mississippi: Supreme Court decision gives Miss. voter ID go-ahead | Next June, Miss. voters must have ID | No instances of voter fraud reported locally in June election| Court appoints judge to hear election contest in Hub City | Ruling clears way for election changes

Nebraska: Sec. of state runs for re-election | Secretary of state: Expand mail-in voting

New Hampshire: NH GOP caucus splits on voter ID compromise | Fate of voter ID compromise uncertain in Senate

New Jersey: For special election, some residents can vote this week

New York: SCOTUS ruling ensure lever machines a go in NYC elections | Supreme Court ruling could affect NY elections | Supreme Court strikes down election pre-clearance for NYC | Court ruling on VRA may affect NYC | VRA aided Chinatown voters after polling site move announced only in English | Villages spent about $500 each on elections with now contested races

North Carolina: NC voter ID bill moving ahead with Supreme Court ruling | State appoints new elections board | Lee County voters keep an eye on change to landmark VRA | Cabarrus elections director retires Thursday | Ruling removes review of Guilford election laws

Ohio: Elections board restructures Lake County operations | 96 voters challenged, but only 20 are active voters | Likely secretary of state hopeful to make 'special announcement' next week | After court ruling, Fudge seeks new anti-discrimination voting laws that would affect Ohio

Oregon: House backs automatic voter registration | Automatic voter registration bill passes Oregon House largely on partisan vote

Pennsylvania: District judge candidate claims irregularities in May primary | Election director 'had no idea' school lines crossed county lines | Special election ordered after botched Hazleton Area race | Ex-election head sues county

South Carolina: SC voting laws no longer require federal approval

South Dakota: SD officials pleased with ruling on voting rights

Tennessee: Election lawsuit dismissed | Not wanting to relocate, election commission plans to seek legal advice

Texas: Coryell County approves voting machines | Texas to enforce voter ID | Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act could renew battle over Texas redistricting | Waco, state elections to see changes after Supreme Court ruling | AG Abbott says voter ID law will 'take effect immediately" | Williamson County to hose vote center open house | Williamson County party leaders mull election worker training

Virginia: McDonnell: State in limbo on voting-law changes | Ruling raises questions about voter ID law | High court ruling will affect Virginia | Some Stonehouse voters will have new polling place | Supreme Court ruling has little effect on Lynchburg

Wisconsin: How the Supreme Court ruling affects Wisconsin