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2013

Monday, 29 April 2013

April 27-29, 2013

National News: In a first, black voter turnout rate passes white turnout

Alabama: Voter ID included in short agenda | Evergreen seeks postponement of municipal election | 2-day bus tour highlights Voting Rights Act | Judge sets conference in Evergreen election suit

California: Clerk: Protecting integrity of the vote | LA County clerk urges against moving elections

Florida: Elections bill moves from consensus to contentious

Illinois: New sponsor of bill to reform election panels raises eyebrows

Kentucky: Special election first test of military voting law

Louisiana: Houma attorney appointed to Terrebonne elections board

New York: March special election cost city $28,175 | Ex-elections commissioner pleads guilty | Staten Island's affidavit ballots have been counted and verified

North Carolina: Legislator's reactions mixed to voter ID bill | Sides face off on voter ID bill | McGrory replaces elections board | New Hanover Co. GOP chair named to state BOE

Ohio: Miami County BOE contracting to help run operation | Steve Hall named to Coshocton BOE | OU president knocks tuition-voting bill | Primary is the smallest in more than a decade

Tennessee: Review of Nashville voting says 2 races marred | Haslam signs off on tougher voter ID law | Advocacy group gets a jump on educating future voters | Election chief fights back, hangs on | Commissioner questions election office travel

Texas: House approves bill targeting mail vote fraud | Redistricting could cause election day confusion | Two ballots for some voters | Vote early now in local elections | County must comply with bilingual election procedures

West Virginia: Some voters improperly taken off Marmet voting rolls

Friday, 26 April 2013

April 26, 2013

Arkansas: Voter photo ID required

California: City seeks more than 1K additional poll workers | Newsom to honor Marin for top state election turnout

Florida: Florida passes bill to exclude voter emails from public records | Miami-Dade prosecutor to Latvala: I'm 'disappointed' election bill's fraud-fighting was weakened | Lakewood Ranch early voting site expected | Fewer voting sites available for Manatee June 18 election

Georgia: Elections board continues precinct consolidation discussion

Indiana: Guilty verdicts in petition fraud trial | Audit questions expenses of former secretaries of state

Massachusetts: Something old, new when polls open Tuesday

Missouri: St. Charles candidate asks court for recount

Montana: McCulloch speaks with students, ponders retirement

Nebraska: Governor signs early voting bill

New Hampshire: Lawmakers get earful on state's voter ID law

New Jersey: Asbury Park ballot requests investigated

New York: Greenfield wants to bring back old voting machines

North Carolina: Democrats say GOP early voting bill limits access

Ohio: Election board preparing for May 7

Oregon: Oregon City woman gets 90 days in jail for ballot-tampering

South Carolina: Early voting bill advances in House despite Democratic opposition | Richland County's elections saga continues

Tennessee: 'Pattern of serious errors' undermined elections | Legislature makes voter ID law changes

Texas: House erupts in showdown on voters' rights | House backs bill limiting mail-in ballot collection | 'Ballot harvesting' bill flares tensions in House | County to get election administrator

Virginia: Falls Church exempted from Voting Rights Act provisions | Staunton's Ward 4 voting place moves

West Virginia: Electronic voter registration coming to WV

Thursday, 25 April 2013

April 25, 2013

Alabama: Bill would force Baldwin fire stations to open during elections

Arizona: Legislation may ease state voting process

California: New measure mandates state websites link to voter registration system

Colorado: Mail-ballot bill passes Senate committee as it moves closer to law | Ethics investigator confirms Gessler did use state funds for meeting

Connecticut: Registrars confirm recount

Florida: Miami-Dade elections officials prepare for stadium vote | Bill may limit outside volunteer help in elections | Senate passes bill that could expand early voting | Election reform passes Senate | Archer moves elections to spring | Bennett plans fewer Manatee County polling sites for June 18 | Rep. Harrell pushing Senate provision to punish poorly performing supervisors of elections

Georgia: Henry County elections board nearly set

Idaho: County picks up elections tab | Clerk clarifies election costs

Illinois: Light ballot on May 7 causes temporary precinct consolidations

Indiana: Lawson outlines vote center options | Election board backs vote center

Minnesota: Klobuchar bill modeled after Minnesota law to allow same-day voter registration

Mississippi: Poll workers prepare for primaries

Missouri: Secretary of state marks 100 days in office

Montana: Legislators refer big changes in elections to voters | Proposal to reduce number of voting precincts

New Hampshire: Senate holds hearing on voter ID law | Anti-voter ID supporters testify in NH

New Mexico: City proposing using churches as voting centers

New York: Greenfield introduces resolution to bring back old voting machines | City creates investigative unit to look into wasteful BOE | Unit aims to improve city's elections board | Day opposes expensive costs of early voting | Slaughter co-sponsors weekend voting bill

North Carolina: Voter ID one step closer to becoming law | House approves voter ID | House approves voter ID bill along party lines

Ohio: Clean-up work stops at board of elections

Oregon: Woman in Clackamas Co. ballot-altering case to plead guilty

Pennsylvania: Centre County hopes for better primary turnout | Some districts oppose schools as voting places, cite Sandy Hook slayings | Wells Township has new polling place | County to use high school as polling place

South Carolina: Three Richland election director finalists not publically named | Richland County seeks candidates to replace Crum

Tennessee: Governor signs voter ID measure | County's election commission re-elects members at meeting

Texas: Online voter registration bill pushes for modern method | Early voting starts next week, election day will feature vote centers

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

April 24, 2013

Alaska: Redistricting board asks Supreme Court to clarify ruling

Arizona: Secretary of state asks to be dropped from Arpaio recall lawsuit

Arkansas: Beebe vetoes partisan election oversight bills | Ark. gov vetoes 3 election reform bills

California: No scam: County elections department request for voter information is real | Republican leader of policy institute to run for secretary of state

Florida: Concerns over making voter email addresses private

Hawaii: Attorney argues motion, disputes election office firings

Illinois: Certified vote count changes result for one race | Alton mayor to request ballot review

Indiana: Voter fraud, forgery trial begins | County considers vote centers for 2014 | County officials consider voting options

Kentucky: Grimes still wrestling with decision on Senate bid

Missouri: Bill would do away with electronic voting | Challenger seeks recount in St. Charles race

Montana: Bullock vetoes 6 bills, including voter registration

New Jersey: Elections official pan early-voting bill

North Carolina: Full House to debate voter ID Wednesday-Thursday | House budget committee endorses voter ID

North Dakota: Walsh County clears up election error

Ohio: Lucas County BOE to investigate harassment, bans secret recordings | GOP-led House unlikely to allow recount for seat Dems lost by 8 votes

Pennsylvania: Bucks County raises pay to draw more election workers | Firing of Montco elections chief termed political | Election panels OKs use of historic voting site in Derry Township

Tennessee: Voters in Brentwood have new polling place

Texas: Senate approves electronic voter registration | Lamar county officials weigh the cost of cutting polling locations

Wyoming: Wyoming felon accused of improperly voting

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Monday, 22 April 2013

April 20-22, 2013

California: Online voting registration's influence set to expand in Calif. | Newman council orders voting study | Weber bill to encourage voting by ex-parolees advances

Colorado: County clerks ponder impacts of state election reform | Lawmakers on elections: Mail in the ballots | Behind the scenes of the city election process | Colorado elections bill gets personal as fliers link Republican clerks to Obama | Gessler's old law firm appears to attack Mesa Co. clerk for supporting election reform bill

Connecticut: Norwalk adopts emergency election procedures to protect against power outages and other threats | A registrar's approach to redistricting Fairfield

Georgia: Speaker: Work to expand voting accessibility | Violations found in Hall primary vote

Illinois: Low voter turnout is concern | Four close races could change with Tuesday ballot count

Indiana: Secretary of state touts regional vote center | Vote center concept is catching on across Indiana

Maryland: Five new election precincts added to St. Mary's | Frederick opens absentee balloting to all residents

Massachusetts: Sandwich Town Clerk: 'Senate primary turnout may be very low' | Saturday voting floated in town

Montana: Legislators refer big changes in elections to Montana voters

New York: Oswego County Legislature opposes early voting | Cattaraugus County GOP wary of early voting

North Carolina: Voter ID bill clears second House committee | College Dems respond to legislative proposals with 'I Vote' effort | Rallying cry goes out to support voting rights | Board of elections continues voting list maintenance | Voter ID bill splits board of elections

Ohio: Longtime elections board director retiring | Few Fairfield County voters cast early primary ballots | Elections deputy arrested for DWI

Pennsylvania: Changes in voting and registration could be coming soon | Polls move in two Franklin County precincts for primary election | Commissioners make case for county giveaway | Pennsylvania may soon embrace online voter registration | Elections director: Influx of applications forced shortcuts | Polling site change possible in Rice Township | Phoenixville precincts remain controversial

Tennessee: State looking at Metro elections | Davidson County election commission gets mostly good marks in audit | Rodgers reappointed Knox County administrator of elections | Election commission 'meeting pay' for seminars questioned

West Virginia: Voter registration bill passes Legislature

Friday, 19 April 2013

April 19, 2013

Arizona: GOP defections kill bill to change recall elections

California: Uncounted 2012 ballots found at county elections office | San Mateo County discovers 65 uncounted ballots from 2012 election

Colorado: Bill to allow election day registration gets initial OK | Elections overhaul gets initial OK, despite strong GOP resistance

Connecticut: State to investigate election irregularities | Merrill praises House passage of early voting amendment | Perillo says no to early voting | Opinions differ on reduced polling places

Illinois: Should 17-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Indiana: First draft of re-vamped voting system proves divisive | Local officials learn more about vote centers | Counties say vote centers convenient | Election officials to vote on vote centers proposal

Massachusetts: Judicial Watch sues DOJ for records of voter registration in Massachusetts | Council approves Collopy for board of registrars

Missouri: House speaker considering run for secretary of state in 2016

Nebraska: Lawmakers pass bill to cut early voting days

New Jersey: Clerk of Hudson County BOE faces DWI charge after parking lot crash | Clifton council elections may move to November to save money

North Carolina: New voter ID law would cost as much as $3.6M to implement | Democrats file 'voter empowerment act' to counter GOP's voter ID push

Ohio: Army group honors elections chief for efforts to simplify voting for military personnel | Lucas Co. elections official loses law license | Auglaize County BOE director retiring

Pennsylvania: Montco commissioners dismiss county election chief | Politics surfaces in Montco election official's dismissal

Tennessee: Election commission gets good marks in audit | Fossie retires from election commission

Texas: Way people vote in Hidalgo County may change in November

Utah: Sunset council reverses decision OKing all-by-mail voting

Wisconsin: Legislators advocate for increased voter accessibility

Thursday, 18 April 2013

April 18, 2013

National News: House GOP slams DOJ as racist, mismanaged

Colorado: House to debate all-mail voting, as bipartisanship appears to have no vote | Logan County clerk and recorder weighs in on election reform legislation

Connecticut: House moves closer to asking voters for permission to change voting laws | State House calls for constitutional amendment to expand voting options

Delaware: Dewey adopts electronic voter registration system

Florida: Browning on election bill provisions: 'bad public policy'

Hawaii: Dems to sue over open primary voting system

Illinois: House OKs lower voting age for primary elections | Biss bill would abolish local election boards | Measure to curb local election panels goes to Senate | No action expected in Burr Ridge election complaints

Massachusetts: Reformers: Momentum building behind voting reform bills

Missouri: Buchanan County announces changes to polling locations

Montana: Same-day registration debated in Legislature | Referendum intends to end late voter registration

Nebraska: Second county-wide mail election scheduled

New York: AG announces completion of major voting rights language access initiative

North Carolina: House committee approves voter ID proposal | Public backs voter photo IDs, but would accept affidavits new poll shows | After emotional debate, voter ID bill approved by House panel | County elections board member involved in police standoff

Ohio: Stark County BOE to rent voting equipment for primary | Ohio House Dems outrages over GOP-lead provision that would affect college voters | Proposal calls for younger voter registration | Former student may take plea in election crime case | Poll worker accused of voter fraud appears in court

Oregon: 444 Multnomah County voters temporarily listed at wrong household because of data processing error

Pennsylvania: Bill to allow online voter registration clears state senate | Montco's top election official ousted | Citing recent events, Camp Hill schools eye dropping polling place | Pa. Dems pushing early voting and same-day registration bills | School polling place challenge planned | Pa. Senate unanimously votes for online voter registration

Tennessee: Jarrett, Kinch get appointments to county's election commission

Texas: Williamson County approves vote centers for May 11 elections | County talks voting changes with Lubbock officials

West Virginia: Tennant meets with students in Marion County

Wisconsin: Lobbying lawmakers for voting rights | State elections agency could be investigated

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

April 17, 2013

National News: Scalia calls Voting Rights Act a 'racial preferment'

Alabama: Voter registration bill bogs down in House

Arizona: Poll: Don't scrub early voting lists

Arkansas: Voter bills may go on ballot

California: LA registrar-recorder/county clerk makes groundbreaking efforts to change election system

Colorado: Elections bill stirs passions

Delaware: Delaware restores voting rights to felons | Mixed day for votes on proposals for lawmakers

Florida: Senate poised to pass elections reform bill | Senate Dems try and fail to 'upgrade' Florida's election system | Florida Senate debate over election reform gets Manatee County twist | Group warns that Senate bill could draw a voting rights act lawsuit | Florida election supervisors dislike disciplinary provision added to elections overhaul bill | Florida Senate reworks elections bill; supervisors livid | Big price tag may prevent future election embarrassments | Florida Republicans crack down on foreign-language voting

Illinois: Skokie village clerk says goodbye after more than 30 years | Proposal would allow certain minors to vote in primaries | Havana mayor's race decided by golf ball lottery drawing

Indiana: Munster special election details finalized

Maryland: Long Reach extends election due to mishap with absentee ballots | Updates to Snow Hill election code changes absentee ballot rules

Massachusetts: Polling hours drastically cut for race-less Norwell election

Mississippi: Mississippi records near-record voter turnout, report shows

Missouri: Recent election cost $9.40 per voter

Montana: House backs election-related referendums | House supports 2 proposed election referendums

New Jersey: Register to vote at Jersey City eatery, get 50 percent off your bill | Civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis pushes for NJ early voting bill

New York: Early voting could be costly for counties| Cuomo touts election reform | Oversized districts, lack of polling places still cause election board headaches | Tougher state elections rules

North Carolina: House to debate voter ID bill in committee | State board provides data related to voter ID | Data shows fewer lack photo IDs | Bill would make NC redistricting nonpartisan

North Dakota: Walsh County struggles with miscount of November election

Ohio: Technology and new policy should speed up voting | Nun won't do jail time for voter fraud

Pennsylvania: Pa. lawmakers push voting bills | Historic Lebanon, election commission commemorate 100th anniversary of post office

South Dakota: Last week's heavy snow pushes local elections back a week

Tennessee: Election commission looking at adding precinct | Election commission reorganizes | New election commission sworn-in

West Virginia: 15 of 17 Tennant-approved bills pass | W.Va. approves online voter registration

Wisconsin: GAB mails postcards to inactive voters

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

April 16, 2013

Arizona: Foes of Arizona elections measures threaten suit if bills pass | Arizona measures on early voting, ballot delivery opposed | Groups: Poll shows opposition to proposed early voter list changes | Election 'reform' bills stalled in legislature

Arkansas: Restitution claim dropped in vote fraud case

California: Pappas case going to U.S. Supreme Court | Both sides say they got something from hearing on ballot arguments

Colorado: Colorado Springs County clerk speaks out against voting legislation | Major election changes get initial OK | Sweeping elections bill clears first hurdle before House committee | Teller commissioners appoint new county clerk

Delaware: 'Bending Toward Justice'

Florida: Bay County election officials ready for 'Super Tuesday' | Harrington seeks new equipment to ease voter frustration | Proposed Florida voting changes stoke new concerns | Miami-Dade state attorney wants legislature to reinstate witness signature on absentee ballot

Illinois: Proposal would allow certain minors to vote | Absentee ballots tie up Havana mayor race | Harlem Township race hangs on absentee ballots

Massachusetts: Event highlights flaws in Mass election process

Minnesota: Early voting measure heads to House floor

Mississippi: Hoseman puts out 2012 official election report

Missouri: Run-off election to determine alderman race

Ohio: Could voting age be 16 for municipal elections?

South Carolina: Sullivan's Island election will count write-in options

Tennessee: Sparse voting at satellite polls in city election | SC election commissioners sworn in

Texas: Online voter registration bills see support from House, Senate committees

Wisconsin: GOP Senator wants more partisan representation at polls