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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

June 11, 2013

National News: High court won't hear voting machine patent suit | New book examines Voting Rights Act of 1965

Alaska: Redistricting board to begin work on redrawing voting districts

California: Brown tries to reduce state's obligations | LA election results: Almost half voted by mail

Colorado: City election panel considers changes

Connecticut: Montville registrars' benefits to be studied for possible cuts

Florida: Area native pushes potential voting system | Safes containing ballots for special election stolen | House District 2 special election ballots stolen

Georgia: Bibb County attorney pushes DOJ on decision

Illinois: Thousands could be purged from voter rolls

Kentucky: Advocates seeking return of felons' right to vote

Minnesota: State GOP launches summer voter ID 'blitz' | GOP lawmaker stopped provision that would have told felons they couldn't vote

Mississippi: Hattiesburg resident claims campaign worker voted in his place | Inmate absentee voting legal, secretary of state's office says

New Hampshire: House Dems, Senate Republicans far apart-for now-on voter ID reforms

New Jersey: Primary result to be challenged in Warren County | Voters oppose special Senate election scheduling due to cost

New Mexico: Mayoral candidates disagree over voting change

Ohio: County to investigate 39 voter fraud cases

Pennsylvania: When candidates ties, York County officials turn to an old Utz can

South Dakota: Former SD Secretary of State Kundert dies | GOP pioneer Kundert dies

Virginia: Democratic primary election costs | Charlottesville hopes for increased turnout for primary

West Virginia: Jamie Six reflects on past 26 years as Wood clerk | Tennant undecided on Senate

Wisconsin: Bill to register online gains backing | Wis. committee approves revised election bill

Monday, 10 June 2013

June 8-10, 2013

National: Voting Rights Act decision expected to be an emotional moment | Supreme Court nears rulings on key voting rights cases | How TurboVote is shaping the future of voting

Alabama: Barbour County precinct lines could be redrawn

California: New, tighter count on Measure G, but still no final result

Colorado: Judge voids Center election but finds no intentional wrongdoing

Florida: Springstead adds most new voters | Elections office celebrates 100th year | Voters advised of polling site changes | Centennial celebration for Bay County elections

Georgia: City OKs election contract with county | What's next for the board of elections? | West Point likely to use Harris Co. for city election

Hawaii: Advocacy groups, legislators hopeful for election reform

Illinois: Online voter registration in the works | Race developing for Kendall County clerk

Indiana: County delaying electronic poll book buys

Iowa: Auditor will review voter fraud probe | Auditor will review Iowa's use of federal money to investigate alleged voter fraud

Maryland: Annapolis running out of time to find 65 election judges

Michigan: Election cycle could change in Port Huron

Minnesota: Secretary of State Ritchie Q & A

Mississippi: Residents concerned by affidavits

Missouri: Johnson County elections board recognized for use of iPads

Nevada: Sandoval vetoes extending voter registration

New Jersey: Tax law and special elections spur fret in West Milford clerk's office | Special election draws mixed reviews from local officials

New Mexico: Spanish not 'enshrined' as official N.M. language | City underestimated special election costs by nearly $16K

New York: Write-in trouble | Mayor on board as BOE inspects lever machines | Complications holding up return of lever voting machines | AG urges broad election reforms | St. Lawrence County elections commissioners split on idea of early voting | BOE official won't sell vacant, run-down brownstone

North Carolina: Supporters of strong voter ID seek grassroots help | Current board of elections members hold last meeting

Ohio: BOE creates committee to respond to secretary of state's complaints | Fairfield BOE will respond to complaints about uncounted votes

Pennsylvania: Nutter's Election Day dustup

Rhode Island: RI election website gets perfect score from Pew

South Carolina: Richland works to increase the number of voting precincts | After Richland Co. election debacle, General Assembly votes to add 25 precincts

Texas: County pushes stronger election-judge training | El Paso elections administrator says it's impossible for only 1 mayoral candidate to appear on ballot

Virginia: Dueling primaries cause confusion | Election officials: Be mindful when voting at schools

Wisconsin: Lawmakers negotiating to allow online registration | Assembly to vote on election reform bill

Friday, 07 June 2013

June 7, 2013

Alabama: Shelby County's VRA case should get decision this month

Alaska: Clerk's office rejects initiative for ranked choice voting

Arizona: Election law changes revived | Arizona lawmakers move to revive election changes

California: Measure G ballot counting process resumes | Monterey County registrar of voters resigns | County elections department head abruptly resigns | Questions surface over accuracy of ballot counting | Election could cost half-million dollars

Colorado: Final arguments on Gessler ethics case expected

Connecticut: Three of five polling places set to move

Florida: No absentee ballot fraud found here

Hawaii: Judge dismisses another part of defamation lawsuit

Idaho: Ada County recount does not change results

Illinois: Lawmakers approve no money for online voting registration program

Indiana: 2014 race for secretary of state taking shape | Vote center approval postponed

Maryland: MD GOP claims inaccurate voter registration files include 20K dead on rolls

Minnesota: Secretary of state candidate announces bid

Mississippi: Ware: We want to make sure this is an accurate and complete count | Affidavit ballot once rejected now accepted | Tight mayoral race in Hattiesburg nearly compromised by unlocked City Hall, unguarded ballot box

Missouri: KNOW iNK's app used to speed voting during Tuesday's election

New Jersey: Are special elections a money-waster? | Bill requiring additional security measures at school polling sites moves forward

New York: Bloomberg wants old lever voting machines back in action for 2013 election | Legislature appears set to delay date for primary runoffs in mayoral race | Senate votes to bring back lever-style voting machines

North Carolina: Poll shows public support for early voting

Ohio: Group 'deeply disturbed' over possible voter prosecution | Director, deputy given equal powers in new plan | Board of elections creates committee to respond to secretary of state's complaints

Pennsylvania: Election board's Packard apologizes for slur | Petition seeks to nullify Hazleton Area election

South Carolina: Richland voters will cast ballots at 25 new precincts | Richland County elections board sends voter ID to wrong person | Bolton: New Richland elections director must first prove himself

Tennessee: Metro looking to keep voter registration, other election services downtown

Texas: Voters report issues with polling machines

Virginia: Voting machines tested, locked down for Democratic primary | Retired Churchville corrections officer filed voting complaint | Augusta County to DOJ: Stay out

Thursday, 06 June 2013

June 6, 2013

California: Measure G election outcome bogged down in tedious ballot counting | Recall election costs estimated | Clerk will handle recall after all | Officials: Poll worker did not break the rules

Colorado: County will not develop citizen process for ballot initiatives

Florida: Flagler elections chief questions school vote timing

Georgia: Commission votes to move some Douglas polling places | Elections board asks member to resign

Hawaii: Hawaii County elections defamation case dismissed

Illinois: Lake County officials oppose election legislation

Indiana: Council approves vote centers

Massachusetts: Polling hours changed in Norton

Minnesota: Candidates break loose on secretary of state race

Mississippi: Jackson hires election consultant | Hattiesburg officials temporarily stop validating ballots in close mayoral election | Waiting for a winner

New Hampshire: House, Senate don't agree on voting bills

New Jersey: Democrats slam cost for special election

New York: Assembly Dems float bill to bring back lever-voting machines | Legislature moves closer to approving pre-registration for teenagers | Assembly bill introduced to bring back lever-operated voting machines | Delay the runoff? 'Ridiculous,' says Thompson | Special election called off | Cusick introduces bill to allow old lever voting machines | Lever bill requires NYC BOE to declare incompetence

Ohio: State law may require Lake County to spend $200K on 54 more voting machines | Cases of voter suppression in 2012 debated in Ohio | Democrats dispute Husted's report of no voter suppression

Pennsylvania: Lead widens in sheriff's primary after voting machine error found | Advocacy group criticizes election official's use of 'slur' | Couple's ousted absentee ballots reinstated

Rhode Island: Leeway given for long lines at polling places

South Carolina: Chief of Richland elections to start job soon | Agreement reached, accepted with new Richland County elections director

South Dakota: SOS Gant: E-poll books prevent voter fraud | Officials: Double vote exposes flaw in system | Davison County auditor reacts to voter fraud arrest

Texas: Edinburg undecided on special election date | Early voting numbers for runoff election continue to rise | Wilco commissioners discuss pay, training for poll workers | Hays County official addresses November ballot errors in Buda

Utah: Monticello will move to mailed ballots for election

Virginia: Augusta to poll inspectors: Wait until after election

West Virginia: Marmet residents raise concerns about early voting

Wisconsin: Election-reform bill on fast track

Wednesday, 05 June 2013

June 5, 2013

National News: House panel OKs ending Election Assistance Commission

Alabama: Council votes to move polling site back to original church | Commission plans to designate Barnwell fire station as voting precinct

Arizona: Bennett backs congressional bill aimed at cross-state voter registration

California: Voters to decide on changing elections from odd to even years | LA city council endorses state bill to develop publicly-owned voting systems | Registrar pegs San Bernardino recall election's cost at $222K | Poll worker fired for alleged candidate advocacy

Connecticut: Carpino fights for military ballot access | Westport Registrar Bob Lasprogato dies | West Haven approves new voting district

Florida: Machine could help with voting problems

Georgia: Newborn officials want election cycle changed | Election precincts further revised | Changes coming to elections board membership

Illinois: No funding for online voter registration

Indiana: Secretary of state supports vote centers; says decision must be left up to counties

Kentucky: Grimes still won't commit to run against McConnell

Michigan: With help of former aide, Miller seeks voter registration fix

Minnesota: Mark Ritchie won't seek re-election in 2014 | Rochester woman launches bid for secretary of state | Duluth lawmaker considering run for secretary of state

Mississippi: Municipal elections conclude; Mendenhall recount possible | First post-tornado voting in Smithville seen as test of growth planning | City poll worker relieved of duty

New Jersey: The cost of Christie's decision | Christie decides on October vote for new senator | No problems reported at the polls in Morris County, officials say | Ann Grossi wins GOP primary for Morris County clerk | County election returns delayed

New York: Source: Deal in place to use lever machines for September primary

North Carolina: Civitas calls for investigation of state BOE | Cantey upset with BOE nominees |

Pennsylvania: Official raises question about BOE chair's choice of words | Luck of the draw to decide 2 candidates on ballot

Rhode Island: RI AG review: Elections board broke meeting rules | New law to address voting line

South Carolina: SC election law paperwork compromise advances

South Dakota: Man suspected of voting twice in school election

Tennessee: County poll officials honored | New Hope voting precinct could change

Texas: Texas seen last in voting | Election official says lesson to be learned from voter card confusion | Hidalgo County wants more study on voting changes | Dallas County fumbles paying workers who oversaw May 11 elections

U.S. Virgin Islands: As joint BOE attempts to meet, board member has breakfast, audience heckles

Wisconsin: Opponents criticize bill aimed at reinstating voter ID | Speaker wants quick action on elections bill

Tuesday, 04 June 2013

June 4, 2013

National News: House Republicans put voter assistant commission in crosshairs

Arizona: Bennett to testify in D.C.

Arkansas: Public's input sought on voter ID | Draft of voter ID law released

California: Council election mailers spark legal inquiries | Polling places not open in Riverside election

Colorado: Open houses to discuss voting and election changes | Ethics commission opts to proceed with Gessler hearing

Florida'Senior clearance' nets Hernando 293 new young voters

Georgia: Davis: Ruling on Voting Rights Act violations will not affect Rome

Illinois: Registering online to vote? | Voots says clerk proposal for Lake County a bad idea

Maine: Direct election of top Maine officers nixed

Massachusetts: Norton elections starting later

Mississippi: Justice Dept. will monitor elections in 6 MS cities | Secretary of state to monitor municipal elections | Election's on: Judge dismisses request that Hattiesburg election be postponed | Hattiesburg municipal election will go on as scheduled

Missouri: House interim committee to focus on elections

New Jersey: 5 GOP candidates on primary ballot for Morris County clerk job

North Carolina: NC redistricting maps subject of 2-day trial

Ohio: Two more alleged vote fraud cases sent to prosecutor | Hamilton County BOE to discuss voter anomalies

Pennsylvania: High court refuses to hear Post-Gazette appeal | Officials get vote of no-confidence | School board member asks county to fix flawed primary

South Carolina: Legislators critical of process in hiring new Richland Co. elections chief

Virginia: Rights restoration change concerns voter registrar

West Virginia: Precinct grant awarded for Wood changes | Secretary of state's office monitoring for election law violations

Wisconsin: GOP bill would revive voter ID, reduce early voting | Recount spurs voting reforms

Monday, 03 June 2013

June 1-3, 2013

National News: Court prepares to write new chapters in civil rights history | Two congressmen insist you aren't guaranteed a right to vote

Alabama: Madison County considering costly special election in effort to save money | Special election will cost taxpayers $2M | Voting center in Theodore could switch back from school to church

Alaska: Kansas officials take active interest in Alaska elections

California: Drive-through ballot drop off set up ahead of Tuesday election | Emeryville wants to change election date to even years

Colorado: Eagle County clerk to hold new election-law open houses

Florida: Garcia: 'Flawed' absentee voting system, 'reckless abandon' in politics contributed to ballot scandal

Georgia: Board postpones Macon-Bibb's election

Idaho: Value of a vote: Low turnout election costs $15.80 per vote

Illinois: Lake County officials starting to plan for new election commission | DuPage election commission considers in-house attorney

Indiana: Planning begins for 2014 voting | County Democrats to talk about voting centers

Kansas: Kansas official takes active interest in Alaska elections | Kobach's bid for prosecuting power failed in final hour

Massachusetts: Peabody school board wants voters out of schools

Mississippi: All seats unopposed, so no election in Madison

Nevada: Officials pare poll workers in anticipation of low turnout in June 4 general election

New Jersey: Voting condensed to three polling places | Woodbridge students remind voters to 'cast a can' along with their ballots

New York: Remember the click of the old lever voting machines? NYC wants to bring them back | County opposes early voting plan | NYC's reach for old voting machines recalls friction with Nassau

North Carolina: State Dems to find BOE appointment

Ohio: Elections board hires new chief | 39 more 'double voters' to be referred to prosecutor | Some used P.O. boxes as address

Oklahoma: Elections scheduled for June 11

Pennsylvania: County council wants elections board review

South Carolina: Some Richland lawmakers want election director do-over

Tennessee: Davidson County election commission may get new home

Texas: WilCo to start accepting applications for election administrator

Utah: Ogden poll locations change from schools to churches for security issues

Virginia: Bristol election officials seek new voting locations

West Virginia: Wood County Clerk Jamie Six to resign in July|

Wisconsin: Elections bill would make it harder to recall officials | GOP pushing election reform package | Voter ID law still in limbo | Door County LWV celebrates 60th birthday

Friday, 31 May 2013

May 31, 2013

National News: Future of voting rights at stake before Supreme Court

Alabama: 2 local precincts changing for voters

Alaska: Judge to Alaska redistricting board: Get back to work | Borough clerk rejects vote-by-mail initiative

California: Voter registration forms in Marin County are printed in what four languages besides English? | Final vote tally requires runoff in 16th Senate district

Colorado: Gessler suspends re-election bid to focus on governor's race

Florida: Actor has major role in restoring felons' rights

Georgia: Fayette Co. appealing NAACP voting rights lawsuit

Idaho: State investigates voting error in Meridian School District

Illinois: Senate OKs online voter registration | Ill. gov to get online voter registration bill | Lake County election changes sent to Quinn | Lake County opposes state-mandated election board

Mississippi: Hearing set in Hattiesburg election case | Smithville Town Hall will serve as voting precinct

Missouri: Lawsuit stops Springfield election

Nevada: Washoe County registrar receives Medallion Award for outstanding service

New Jersey: Newton Council cool to November election idea

New York: Woodbury registers 317 for the budget and 317 against it | Back to basics: Elections board to return to lever machines for primaries

North Dakota: State adjusts November vote counts

Ohio: Top Dem: Husted decision could 'scare the hell' out of voters | Hamilton Co. prosecutor announces indictments in voter fraud cases | Tie-breakers to decide nominations for two local offices

Oregon: Oregon elections officials keep eye on unresolved races

Pennsylvania: Officials to draw numbers to settle ties on May ballot

South Carolina: No budget hike for Richland elections office

Tennessee: Election administrator says controversy is part of a 'setup' to run her out of office

Texas: AACT ad to promot voter turnout in off year

Utah: Weber elections switch to mail-in voting

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Appeals Court rules voter ID law constitutional | Appeals court ruling doesn't enact voter ID law | Debate stirred up after voter ID backed by court | Voter ID law ruling draws reactions from all sides

Wyoming: Tough to get referendum, initiative on Wyo. ballot

Thursday, 30 May 2013

May 30, 2013

Alabama: New voting districts proposed

California: Calif. bill to upgrade secretary of state website passes Senate | Second run-off to cost Redondo Beach $160K

Connecticut: State to conduct post-election audit

District of Columbia: Uncertainty over 2014 D.C. primary

Florida: New elections law won't lead to big changes here

Georgia: Emails prompt commission to act on elections board member | Ga. lawmakers working to respond to DOJ inquiry | It's hurry up and wait on Macon-Bibb election format | West Point still mulling elections choice | Fewer voting precincts in Ben Hill County | DOJ request raises voter questions

Illinois: Online voter registration clears Senate | Effort to pull controversial election authority from local officials stalled | Elections legislation spawns Lake County political battle

Iowa: Schultz passes on U.S. Senate bid

Michigan: After 24 years, city clerk says goodbye to public service

Mississippi: Miss. Supreme Court appoints judge in election suit

New York: Old voting machine confused North Rockland voters, trustee says | NYC to replace electronic voting machines with old-school levers for mayoral election | New York City wants to revive old voting machines

North Carolina: GOP makes picks for state BOE

Ohio: Stark County BOE to move by 2014 | Rosamond challenges election

Pennsylvania: Austin files for recount in Erie County | Freeport ballot mix-up blamed on poll workers | County council denounces election errors | No county action on vote expected | Beverly will have one polling place, not three, on Tuesday

Texas: Deputy gets temporary elections appointment

Virginia: McDonnell to expedite rights restoration process for non-violent felons in Virginia | Kaine, McAullife back McDonnell on rights restoration | Appeals court rules Va. law barring out-of-state petition circulators unconstitutional

West Virginia: Precinct change notices pending

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

May 29, 2013

California: Bill to modernize election system approved by Senate | Riverside election: Lost your ballot? No problem

Georgia: Latino group attacks voting system | Election board eyes western precinct | Judge could shake up future elections | Justice Dept. questions nixed July elections

Illinois: State moves to take election oversight from Lake County clerk

Indiana: Lawson: Purge voter rolls before 2014 election

Mississippi: Judge recuses himself from city election lawsuit

Nevada: Senate approves extending voter registration | Clark County names new voter registrar | County manager casts ballot for new registrar of voters

New York: Early voting debate continues in Chemung County

Ohio: Former poll worker pleads no contest in vote fraud

Oklahoma: Rogers County voids, reschedules challenged sales-tax election

Pennsylvania: Austin considers recount in Erie County | County council denounces flawed Hazleton Area election | Luzerne election results not official until next week | Residents press county council on election errors | Luzerne council demands review of primary election | Gentlemen...we have a tie

Rhode Island: Bill seeks to end voting line issues

South Carolina: Election chairman seeks director's job

Virginia: Report on restoring Va. felons' rights released | Va. AG's panel suggests involving state agency in restoration of felons' rights

West Virginia: Canvass changes election results

Wisconsin: Voter ID, shorter absentee balloting proposed | GOP lawmaker offers new voter ID plan

Wyoming: Legislative committee strikes voter ID proposal