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Monday, 13 May 2013

May 11-13, 2013

Arizona: Push to get Arizona Hispanics to polls fails to make big changes | Early voting plan would ax 20K from list | Early voting, sans local site, ends Friday

California: Officials describe Riverbank's new election process | Woodland considers district elections to comply with Voting Rights Act

Colorado: New law redefines how Colorado elections are run | Gessler, Ortiz differ over new election law | Election fraud bill signed by Hickenlooper

Connecticut: Bethany to conduct recount | Former Secretary of State Julia Tashjian dies at 74 | Redistricting in Milford coming to its conclusion

Florida: Notes kept by Miami-Dade ballot broker reveal details

Georgia: Newborn mayor wants election changes

Hawaii: Lawmakers balk at bills targeting 2012 election flubs

Idaho: Ada County elections officials encourage more people to vote

Indiana: Former city councilman hired as election clerk

Massachusetts: Longtime Carver Clerk retires after 15 years | String of elections in Springfield raises concerns about voter weariness and confusion

Michigan: Fenton Township spends $6K for mere 680 voters to cast ballots

Minnesota: Barnum woman guilty of voter fraud

Nebraska: More than 6,200 votes go un-cast in city council race

New Jersey: Union County clerk offers vote-by-mail

New York: Rockland voters face consolidated precincts | Tedisco, other push recall bill

North Carolina: Retiring Cabarrus elections director reflects on her tenure

Ohio: Partisan fireworks coming over voter fraud cases? | Husted orders counties to allow online voter information updates | State bill matches election standards to technology

Pennsylvania: Safety concerns have kept elections out of Butler County school buildings

South Carolina: Jackson says state should remain under Voting Rights Act

Tennessee: Rhea County administrator of elections ousted

Texas: Callanen: Turnout 'not what we wanted to see' | Fewer polling places for municipal elections | For most, Election Day is a leisurely activity

U.S. Virgin Islands: Voting machines on way after VI makes payment | Three women file lawsuit against elections board over request for tally sheets

Friday, 10 May 2013

May 10, 2013

National News: Democrats, Voting rights activists strike back on election law changes

Arizona: County, analysis: Impact of early voting list plan distributed

Arkansas: Ex-elections official to run for secretary of state | Inman announces bid for secretary of state

California: Lawmaker's voting resolution goes to Senate | Alleged voter fraud in Little Armenia being investigated | LA sample ballot available in multiple languages

Colorado: Hickenlooper to approve same-day voter registration, other election reforms | Gessler notifying more possible noncitizen voters

Connecticut: Voters to vote on expanding voting | Conn. weighing broader early voting

Florida: Manatee County to debut high-tech voting equipment

Illinois: Harlem Township recount discovers 1 ballot error

Indiana: Public invited to voting center hearing

Iowa: Secretary of state candidate visits

Minnesota: House election-change bill passes with prospects of GOP support | State could conduct pilot of electronic voter registration system | Ritchie refutes census claims on voting turnout

Missouri: Legislature encouraged to pass early voting legislation

Nevada: Ross Miller pushes later voter registration deadlines

New Hampshire: Panel wants to delay 2nd voter ID step

New Jersey: Christie vetoes early voting bill | Christie vetoes bill to allow two-week early vote | Union County clerk offers one-stop 'vote-by-mail' service | Christie vetoes early-voting bill

New York: NYC Council may give non-citizens right to vote | Non-citizens may soon be able to vote in NYC | County's election districts stalled | Carrion opposes voting rights for non-citizens | Noncitizen residents speak up | NYC weighs allowing many immigrants to vote

North Carolina: Meet the new elections boss: Kim Strach

Ohio: Woman in vote fraud case seeking plea bargain

Pennsylvania: State Senate hearing focused on changes to voting procedure, registration

Rhode Island: Guillaume de Ramel announces run for secretary of state

South Carolina: Richland County council questions payments for election legal fees

Tennessee: Davidson County elections administrator fired

Utah: Farmington officials reject vote-by-mail possibility

Thursday, 09 May 2013

May 9, 2013

National News: Justice Dept. hiring request fuels bias complaints; 44 civil rights lawyers sought

Alabama: Committee approves bill to change voter registration

Delaware: Committee sends voter registration bill to House floor

Florida: Manatee County buys new, high-tech voting equipment | Judicial Watch sues DOJ for ACLU documents in Florida registration clean-up | Local election officials applaud election law changes

Indiana: Some will vote in a different location starting in 2014 | Council backs vote centers

Kansas: Local officials oppose election fraud bill

Minnesota: House backs small move toward earlier voting | State House passes elections bill| House sets new election in case of candidate's death

Mississippi: Election day machine snafus

Nevada: Senate panel to consider voter registration bill

New Hampshire: Party line votes on Senate panel to change voter ID, registration laws

New York: Senate passes bill to allow lever machine voting | State Senate approves bill that allows for old voting machines

North Carolina: Lee BOE holds hearing on alleged voter fraud

Ohio: Election goes well with fewer precincts | Elections board: Vote went smoothly| Elections bill in Ohio Senate gets caught in partisan crossfire | Turnout light; shirts, signs questioned

Oregon: Bill would make voter registration automatic | New plan on voter registration heard| Brown tweaks universal registration bill in search for more support

Pennsylvania: 3 voting bills to get day in court | Court upholds redrawn maps for Legislature | Are Philly city commissioners ready for the election

South Carolina: Election leaders: No decision on new executive director | Richland Council balks at paying 'election mess' legal fees | Richland Co. will continue search for elections director

Tennessee: Kelvin Scott takes seat on election commission

Texas: House OKs explaining rejected voter application | Voting bills focus on registrars in effort to increase turnout| County vote centers attract early voters

Wednesday, 08 May 2013

May 8, 2013

National News: Biden: 'Immoral' to restrict voting

Arizona: Advocates, officials spar over handling early ballots in Arizona

California: State selects CGI to implement new centralized statewide voter registration system | Fate of Tuteur as elections chief put off for future study session | Scott Wiener proposes stripping down city voter guide | Senate bill to upgrade secretary of state website

Florida: How the elections bill will impact South Florida voters | Dolphins vote won't count, but will be counted

Indiana: Election board wants faster results | Democratic co-director named to Tippecanoe election post | DeKalb clerk seeks input on vote centers | Commissioners OK vote centers

Iowa: Senate rejects voter ID proposal | Dixon tests out new voting system | Dixon, Iowa residents can scan their IDs to vote

Louisiana: Local program works to register high school students to vote

Maryland: Gaithersburg loses its lease on Frederick County voting booths

Mississippi: New vote machines create snags | Secretary of state reports sporadic voting problems | Partially filled out ballots will be counted | Redistricting, new voting machines testing Brookhaven elections | Election workers play many roles | County proposes combining voting precincts

Missouri: Secretary of state continues push for early voting

New Jersey: Asbury Park voters defend ballot secrecy after office raid

New York: Cayuga County approves resolution asking state not to impose early voting | City council to discuss allowing non-citizens to vote in city elections | Onondaga County opposes early voting

Ohio: Husted touts e-pollbooks in Dayton | Board of elections reports slow voter turnout, no major problems | Three more indicted in vote fraud investigation | Port Clinton lawyer fills elections board opening | Raccoon responsible for Bellevue power outages

Pennsylvania: Election director: Consolidate polling places | City's 2nd, 3rd wards to use current polling place

Rhode Island: Dual House bills eliminate need for explanation on emergency mail ballots

South Carolina: One candidate remains in search for Richland election chief | Fort Mill referendum tested new photo ID law | Jackson now one of two finalists for Richland job| Jefferson drops out of elections director race

Texas: Some worry polling site's move may affect turnout

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

May 7, 2013

Arkansas: Charlie Daniels to retire

California: Board of supervisors to review Tuteur's elections job | Elections Dept. publicizes wrong election date

Colorado: Colorado poised to join Oregon and Washington as third vote-by-mail state | City of Aspen preparing to release 2009 ballots | Panel says Gessler can form legal defense fund

Connecticut: Fairhaven selectmen bide time with BOH election request | Constitutional questions raised over early voting pilot

Florida: Local library dedicates wing to 102-year-old voter | Supervisor of elections pleased with election reform bill | Tampa area election officials plan to expand early voting hours

Georgia: Georgia election officials gather in Savannah to discuss voting

Guam: GEC to purge voters by May 24

Indiana: Cleaning up the voter rolls | Bill pushes state officials to examine, purge voter rolls

Maine: Bill to create presidential primary, adopt ranked-choice voting comes with hefty price tag

Mississippi: Hundreds of registered voters don't exist, Canton mayor says

Missouri: Joplin approves April vote on recycling

New York: Senate passes bill to allow lever-machine voting | Assembly Democrats propose early voting | Fulton County opposes early voting | Bill would remove 'insignificant' technicalities on affidavit ballots

Ohio: GOP could limit voting for out-of-state students | Kent State professor develops modern voting method | Summit County elections board increases number of voting precincts | Summit County worker fired for making online comment | Clark County BOE prepared for Tuesday's election

Pennsylvania: County purges 8K from voter rolls | Too late to removed deceased mayor's name from Loganville ballots | Senate panel to take up election reforms| Clairton ballot appeal under review

South Carolina: Finalist for Richland elections job hasn't updated certification in 2 years | Finalist for elections chief drops out | Georgetown County voters reminded they don't live in SC1 | DOJ to monitor elections in SC1 | Locals stand by elections chief's qualifications | Election day problems costing Richland County big bucks

Tennessee: Both parties jump into the fray over Tieche's future

Texas: Wilco elections administrator could take Atlanta position | Early voting on pace: Elections seeing similar, low turnout to 2009 totals | Election monitor coming May 11 to Harlingen

Virginia: Elks Lodge, school no longer adequate polling places

Monday, 06 May 2013

May 4-6, 2013

Alabama: Bill makes voting easier for Alabama's first responders

Arkansas: Voter ID rule part of new election laws

California: Adams recall election could cost Marin taxpayers $250K

Colorado: Sharp discord marks vote on election reform

Florida: Legislature passes bill to extend early voting | Longwood man arrested on charge of voter fraud | Supervisor of elections to offer early voting as 'trial' run during special election | Big Lots site is the choice for elections supervisor office | Elections bill heads to Gov. Scott for signature | More early voting days OK'd, but probably not in Manatee | Fla. lawmakers approve overhaul of state's problem-ridden voting process | Special election canceled | Attorneys for man accused f voter fraud blame elections supervisor | Early voting in Destin begins

Guam: GEC: Release reserve funds or we'll run out of money

Illinois: Election officials recount mayor votes | Ex-mayor, alderman want votes reviewed | Poll sites closed and consolidated

Iowa: Secretary of State Schultz explains stance on voter ID | New electronic poll books program to debut in Scott County

Kansas: Kansas SOS close to expanded power on election fraud

Maryland: Candidate drops out, Snow Hill election canceled

Michigan: Tuesday's ballot applications will have new citizenship question | State launches training resource for election officials | State launches online tools for elections clerks

Minnesota: Election bill takes shape in House, Senate

New Jersey: Five GOP candidates seeking ballot spot for county clerk | Healy calls foul on Fulop mail-in ballot applications

New York: Rep. Maffei on early voting: 'Let's do it' in New York

North Carolina: Possible voter fraud under investigation | Change expected on board of elections | Cabarrus elections gets new director

Ohio: Mingo church ready for election day appetites

Oregon: Marion County's first remote ballot drop box opens in Keizer

Pennsylvania: Allegheny County official opposes paying election day constables

Rhode Island: Mollis 'strongly considering' run for lieutenant governor

South Carolina: Botched Richland election cost taxpayers nearly $153K in legal fees | Issues surface with Richland election director finalists | Richland County's election mess notches $150K in legal fees | 'I Voted?' Documentary examines SC's voting system

Tennessee: Election commissioners sworn in | Tieche on the hot seat at election commission

Texas: Texas has much at stake in voting rights ruling

Utah: Cottonwood Heights goes to mail-only voting for municipal elections

Wisconsin: Questions linger on election issues

Friday, 03 May 2013

May 3, 2013

Arizona: Fixes for consolidated elections stall, leaving cities in dark about when to hold elections

Colorado: Colorado Senate OKs mail-ballot voting, as GOP maintains fraud concern | Gessler squares off with Republican county clerks over election reform | Senate Dems pass elections overhaul | Retiring Larimer Clerk Doyle prepares for life outside the office

Florida: Voting rights watchdogs give thumbs down to Florida elections bill | Bill aims to improve Florida elections | Palm Beach County elections office spending cuts proposed | Miami-Dade election chief might be only one targeted in future 'non-compliance' | Elections bill lingers on Legislature's last day

Indiana: St. Joe County considering polling place location changes

Kansas: Kobach considering appeal of redistricting case ruling

Michigan: Longtime city clerk announces retirement | Roseville man accused of voter fraud

New Jersey: Vernon must pay bill for ballot mistake, judge rules | Jersey City voters get extended hours to apply for vote-by-mail ballots

New York: Tkaczyk proposes 'common sense' voting reforms inspired by her hotly-contested race | Cattaraugus County BOE ready to move | Assembly passes early voting, Senate says no

North Carolina: Columbus elections officials looking into possible duplicate voter registrations | House approves two elections changes | House approves bill to allow counties to open only early-voting sites during runoffs | House OKs bill allowing fewer runoff voting sites

Ohio: Lawmakers want to improve voter information updates | Board of elections needs volunteer poll workers, in a hurry | New roof moves forward at Stark BOE

Pennsylvania: Voters to find double-sided ballot in primary | Montco hits legal snag in polling place changes

Tennessee: Out-of-state photo ID no longer accepted for voting | Davidson County election chief's job on line

Texas: Thousands of Tarrant County voters are casting ballots | Unclear if federal monitors will observe Farmers Branch 2013 elections

Utah: City plans to vote entirely by mail

Virginia: Election officials put out call for young adults

Thursday, 02 May 2013

May 2, 2013

Alabama: Activists urge Supreme Court to reject Shelby challenge to Voting Rights Act

Alaska: Alaska elections director: No confirmation of double voting

California: San Francisco goes for Guinness | County elections office gets top marks | Special election could be costly

Florida: County readies for special election | St. Petersburg mayoral hopeful calls for early voting

Georgia: Family, friends mourn board of elections chairman

Guam: GEC releases final audit report of 2010 general election

Indiana: Voting centers still in discussion | Parties propose vote center locations | Campaign worker sentenced for vote fraud

Maryland: McCray leaves election board

Michigan: Township adding new precinct to cut down on voting times

Mississippi: Voting machines tested for accuracy | Group wants states to rid voter rolls of the dead and ineligible | State monitoring city elections | Number of absentee ballots seems questionable

New Jersey: Fort Lee District will close schools for November election

New Mexico: Judge determines Silver City man not guilty on voter fraud charges

New York: Rockland youth visit board of elections | Tcakzyk and Cahill back election law change | NY Assembly, AG push early voting for New York | Early voting bill passes in Assembly | Fairer way to handle votes? | Pair of proposed bills would protect legitimate ballots from being challenged | Rockland County BOE announces poll site changes | Learning the lessons of last year's election

North Carolina: Goodman explains ID vote | Strach in, Barlett out at NC BOE | Malcolm joins elections board today

Oregon: Oregon voters could get non-English ballots

Pennsylvania: New polling place for some Springettsbury Twp voters

Tennessee: Rep. Jim Cooper to propose 'right to vote' amendment to constitution

Texas: Wilco approves vote centers | Questions from astute McAllen voter prevent ballot mix-up

Virginia: Tech opts not to renew search for on-campus voting location

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

May 1, 2013

Alabama: Voter registration bill passes House | House passes bill to make voter registration deadline one week earlier

California: San Ramon voters will get to weigh in on plan to switch to even-year elections | Study: Online voter info falls short | Districts fail in quest to change election dates

Colorado: On hot-button election-reform bill, it's Gessler vs. the clerks | Clerks protest claims of voter fraud highlighted in mailer | Senate GOP fights elections changes before bill's initial OK | Gessler wins latest battle over mail ballots

Delaware: Bill would allow election day voter registration

District of Columbia: Councilman urges District to allow online voter registration | D.C. primary election date could be moved again

Georgia: Fulton names top pick for elections chief

Illinois: Stevenson students push larger primary voting pool | Rector election settled by one-eyed Jack | Suburban board election to be decided by coin flip

Kentucky: Election officials looking to increase voter turnout | Grimes gauging public support for early voting

Massachusetts: Minor ballot snafu resolved in Boston | City clerk retiring | Some wards in Boston provided with incorrect ballots | Fall River schools doubling as polling places work to limit voter interaction with students

Michigan: Officials address concerns about election process

Minnesota: Alexandria LWV identifies concerns from past election

Mississippi: 2 counties sued over voter rolls | Observers to watch for signs of fraud in Canton primaries

New York: Governor urging teens to vote | New York considers early voting system | Dueling Cuomo/Silver election law ideas floated | Assembly in push for early voting legislation

North Carolina: Voter ID one step closer to becoming state law | Voter ID bill gets local support | New elections board starts amid questions about campaign donations | New members of NC elections board set to meet

Ohio: Cuyahoga County judges can seek to have addresses removed from BOE records

Oklahoma: New law to improve access to absentee ballots

Pennsylvania: 5 county polling places changed | Pa. judge in voter ID case demands database info

Rhode Island: Nellie Gorbea mulling run for sec. of state

South Carolina: Richland's board meets with 2 of 3 job candidates

Tennessee: Commission requests election official's resignation

Texas: Weather mar early voting numbers

West Virginia: Commission looking into new voting machines

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April 30, 2013

National News: White House to set president's election commission in motion next month | O'Connor: Maybe Supreme Court shouldn't have taken Bush v. Gore

Alabama: Judge postpones Evergreen election again

Alaska: Alaska Supreme Court clarifies ruling on drawing new districts

California: Supervisors expected to consider local ballot changes | County registrar suggests alternatives to costly special elections

Colorado: New bill to change voter procedures | Judge tosses Denver clerk's inactive voter suit against Gessler | Recall vote would cost $250K

Delaware: State legislature amends Constitution regarding felons' rights to vote

District of Columbia: Primary election date could be moved again

Georgia: Columbia County elections board chairman dies

Hawaii: State lawmakers leave bills in the dust

Illinois: Alorton man charged in recent vote-fraud case | Controversial local election boards may be abolished

Kentucky: Grimes announces special election

Louisiana: Simien named to election board

Massachusetts: Taunton prepares for Senate primary | State's elections chief sees most voters sitting out Senate primaries | Election leaders concerned about light turnout

Mississippi: Hosemann to look at absentee balloting in municipal elections

Missouri: Special election set for Duquesne council seat

New York: Assembly GOP: Time is right to reconsider recall elections

North Carolina: New elections board will face big decisions | Granville director elected second vice president | Wilmington woman included in McCrory's appointments to state BOE

Pennsylvania: Pa. ordered to surrender data in voter ID dispute | Veterans claim interim Montco voting director biased

South Carolina: Finalist for Richland elections chief to interview with board | Jefferson finalist for Richland election post

Texas: Low turnout, hiccups on 1st day of early voting | You Paid For It: Spring election

Virginia: Have you been purged? | Falls Church, DOJ reach agreement on removing preclearance