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Monday, 15 April 2013

April 13-15, 2013

Alaska: Voter ID bill drawing opposition | Hand ballot count in close Anchorage race set for Saturday | Ballot counting for Assembly seat finished | Elections officials search for winner

California: Citizens United critic weighs run for secretary of state | Officials concerned about 'registrar' | Newark plans to change election years to save money, increase turnout | Legislation seeks to boost voter participation | Online registration, voting get push in pending bills | Dems push voting laws that could broaden their reach

Colorado: Judge asked to nullify election | Voter fraud bill introduced in Colorado

District of Columbia: Elections board weighing what would happen if Brown wins

Florida: Florida leads in denying ex-felons voting rights | Absentee ballot fraud case in Madison County disintegrating | Election-fix bill could disenfranchise 100K Florida voters

Georgia: Elections board hearings needed for 23 deleted voters | Newly appointed election commission meets

Indiana: White says judge was biased

Louisiana: Jean Armstrong honored

Maryland: Md. preps for voting move | Calvert Republicans get voter registration training

Missouri: Election board embraces high tech

New York: Grand jury probing misconduct of Democratic elections commissioner | Carlucci, breakaway Dems propose election reforms | New budget contains no new money to hire state board of elections investigators

North Carolina: National Latino officials call for NC legislature not to pass voter ID

North Dakota: House passes voter ID bill | Bill requiring ID to vote sent to governor

Ohio: Stark to rent voting machines for May 7 primary

Pennsylvania: Elections director blames influx of applications for taking shortcuts | Cumberland County school districts looking to keep elections out of school buildings

Rhode Island: Lawmakers call for more poll worker training

South Carolina: Write-in could reshape Sullivan elections | Study: SC had among longest average wait times to vote in November

Tennessee: Low election turnout raises questions about staffing

Texas: Bill to shorten early voting unpopular with local politicos

Vermont: Polling location change under construction

Virginia: League of Women Voters chief voices concern for voting rights | Some polling places may get moved out of schools

Wisconsin: GOP senators offer bills to tighten election rules

Friday, 12 April 2013

April 12, 2013

Alabama: Black lawmakers vow to fight proposed change in voter registration deadline

Alaska: Some ballots thrown out in Anchorage election because of officials' error | Write-in recount

California: Sen. Alex Padilla to run for secretary of state | Inglewood city clerk hints at lawsuit

Colorado: Rep. Hullinghorst says elections measure would modernize voter-registration, ballot-casting systems

Connecticut: Secretary of state to investigate Fairhaven election

Florida: Dade elections dept. busy prepping for May 14th referendum

Illinois: Orr: One vote really does matter in many local elections

Indiana: Vote centers to cut costs | County to consider vote centers

Kansas: Provisional ballots change numbers but not winner

Maryland: Contractor salaries questioned as state moves to paper ballots

Missouri: Cooper County clerk observes election in Macedonia

Montana: Montana taxpayer questions high cost of battling against Native voting rights

Nevada: Voter photo bill goes to Senate Finance

North Carolina: Speakers back voter ID bill

Ohio: Board of elections assessing damage from roof collapse | Prosecutors probe election fraud allegation

Pennsylvania: Polling changes approved: Cambria precincts to be consolidated | Some Luzerne County polling places changing

Rhode Island: Block vows to carry battle on master lever

South Carolina: Study: Fewer voters but longer waits and later voting in Richland Co. vs. Greenville Co.

Tennessee: County commissioners oppose bill that would have let Sumner voters cast ballot anywhere in county

Texas: Voting centers aim to simplify Election Day

Utah: Polling places are out in Syracuse and Sunset

Virginia: Voter ID law draws critical scrutiny | Photo ID 'leaves a lot to be desired' | Staunton considers moving Ward 4 voting place

Thursday, 11 April 2013

April 11, 2013

California: Are special elections a waste of time and money?

Colorado: Democratic elections bill includes same-day registration | Bill to waive sending ballots in uncontested primaries dies

Florida: Election office eyes state deadline | Clay elections headquarters opens | Provisional ballots decide New Port Richey election

Illinois: Uncounted votes could alter council election | DuPage County polling locations still a mess in 2013

Indiana: Lawson facilitates regional vote center meeting in Kokomo

Iowa: Page County precinct changes approved | Do schools and elections make a bad mix?

Maryland: Constance Caldwell, teacher, election chief | Rising Sun votes to use electronic ballot boxes in elections

Massachusetts: Matewsky challenges vote totals

Michigan: Lawyer: Client fell through election cracks

Minnesota: Officials: Votes counted twice in Walsh County commission election

Montana: Montana voting-rights backlash

New Jersey: Wyckoff moves polling places

North Carolina: Voter ID backers speak at public hearing | House committee takes up voter ID proposal | Voting changes may lengthen lines, wait times | Soucek says college voter proposal is about fairness | Bill would limit where students vote

Ohio: Roof collapses on Stark County BOE in Canton | Will dozens more double-voters be prosecuted? | Hamilton County BOE widens probe

Rhode Island: Right to vote guaranteed to those in line at the polls

South Carolina: Oconee County to handle Westminster elections | Stephens County preparing to switch to single voting center

South Dakota: Weather postpones school and city elections

Tennessee: Pilot voting proposal stalls | Will city's newly appointed election commissioners do a better job than predecessors?

Vermont: Senate nixes early August primary

Virginia: Warrenton reverses decision on early voting | Electoral board announces new chair, vice chair

Wisconsin: Oak Creek may move polling places out of schools

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

April 10, 2013

National News: Why minorities usually wait longer to vote in elections | Five most outrageous facts about our broken voting system |Blacks' Election Day waits nearly double those of whites, but why?

Alaska: Counting Anchorage election ballots could yield bubble trouble  | Alaska voter ID bill passes final House committee

Arkansas: Panel advances election commission bills

California: LA County remakes how its citizens will vote | Should Newark elections be held during even years?| Early help for LA's early voters | Success of mail-in ballots lengthens campaign, candidates say

Colorado: Colorado bill offers more mail ballots, election-day registration | Election measure sure to bring fight

Florida: 2 face absentee ballot fraud charges in Lake City | Senate holds firm on witnessing absentee ballots; Pasco elections chief calls it a 'recipe for disaster' | Absentee ballot witness rule worries elections chief | Manatee County commission sticks to June 18 special election | Senate moves on election reform | Election bills set for Senate debate

Georgia: Hollenbeck gets elections post

Illinois: Few complaints in 'one of the most quiet elections' | Voting brings election season to close | Voting starts with a bang, then whimper | Voter fraud investigation in the Metro East | Snake, electioneering reports added unexpected election wrinkles | Election authorities report relatively uneventful day | Mendota write-in candidate finds controversy at polling place

Indiana: Voting centers meeting | New voting centers coming to Vigo County | Election director to run for county clerk

Maryland: Takoma Park teens speak out for lower voting age

Massachusetts: Former state representative gets prison for election fraud

Minnesota: Secretary of State Ritchie supports election law changes | Ritchie talks election reform while in Steele County

Mississippi: Voter card mail out not without hiccups

Missouri: St. Clair County election officials uncover ballot fraud

New Jersey: Cedar Grove pans early voting bill

New York: Seneca supervisors asked to oppose early voting

North Carolina: Downtown crowd protests bills to cut back early voting in NC | House schedules hearings on voter ID law | New voter ID bill filed | McCrory says he backs Republican-written voter ID bill | Bills aim to change voting in our state, both parties fired up |

Ohio: Hamilton County BOE to release info about voter fraud probe | Prosecutor wants to review double votes

Oregon: Oregon may be first with automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: Bucks County hopes to increase dwindling voter turnout

Tennessee: Lawmaker abandons effort to ban cameras, cellphones from voting sites | Review finds few potential non-citizen voters

Texas: Lawmakers work on deal to avoid 2014 primary delays | Commissioner critical of city voting locations

Vermont: Senate to debate moving up primary

Tuesday, 09 April 2013

April 9, 2013

National News: GAO asked to investigate why voters waited hours to cast ballots | 2012 voting lines study shows minorities faced longer average wait times to cast ballots

Arizona: Rejected ballots reflect continuing problems in Ariz. elections

California: Southern California firm to handle Riverbank election

Colorado: Dems push for big election changes | Election commissioner can support candidates, but won't

Florida: Clay County supervisor of elections office moving

Illinois: Write-ins appear on many ballots Tuesday

Indiana: Secretary of state talks vote centers with county officials | Officials talk about vote centers | Vote sites to change in city

Kansas: Close races are unchanged after canvassing | Hand recount confirms city election results

Maryland: General Assembly passes bill expanding early voting, allowing same-day registration | Early voting expansion, same-day registration approved

Massachusetts: City seeks $60K to cover costs of Senate election

Minnesota: Proposed voting legislation

Mississippi: Council discus voter rolls | Council considers polling place move

Montana: Precincts to change; voting locations change for a few

Nebraska: Lincoln's primary to eliminate one, cost $135K

New Mexico: Voter photo ID initiative launched in Las Cruces

New York: Queens GOP executive director quits BOE after shakeup

North Carolina: Bill would do away with voting machines | House committee welcomes public for voter ID hearing | Dems call on Gov. McCrory to challenge voter ID bills | Rally supports early voting

Tennessee: Voter ID bill passes | Voters in danger of being purged asked to contact election office

Texas: Bill that cuts early voting period likely to be pulled | Early voting is safe for now

Vermont: Lawmakers consider early August primary

Virginia: Prince William election taskforce seeks input on voting delays

Washington: Hurdle cleared in barcode case

West Virginia: Accusations and complaints taint St. Albans primary elections

Wisconsin: Recount will start Wednesday

Monday, 08 April 2013

April 6-8, 2013

Arizona: Citizen crusader's efforts to drive recall reform

Arkansas: Senate approves bill to create 'voter integrity' unit

Colorado: 'Any way you like to vote' | Gessler slams election bills; blasts Dems

Connecticut: Emergency meeting of registrars called | Fairhaven clerk: Ballots were placed in wrong envelopes

Georgia: Quitman Eleven defendants will have to wait for their court date

Guam: GEC to purge 4,668 voters by May 1

Illinois: Counties spend big bucks for elections despite low turnout | Electronic access replacing some local poll watchers | Redrawn map alters voting day | Kane election complaint hotline in full effect for Tuesday

Indiana: Regional vote center meeting in Plymouth

Kansas: Mayor working election fetches complaint | Bill shrouding provisional ballots heads to governor

Mississippi: City prepares for elections

Missouri: Voter turnout poor, says county clerk | Voters use iPads to sign in at some St. Charles County polling places

New Jersey: Clerk candidate proposes moving polls from schools

New York: Dutchess election commissioners battle in court

North Carolina: Voter ID bill takes shape| Fee for voter ID might be unconstitutional | Guilford County wants former election chief's suit dismissed | Limited voting plan proposed for Guilford used elsewhere | Marchers say legislation threatens right to vote

Pennsylvania: Riverside street splits congressional districts | Erie County elections supervisor to retire in May | State considers online registration

Tennessee: Election commission in the market for new voting machines | GOP lawmakers were late with Davidson County election commission names

Texas: City, schools work together for upcoming election | Campaign manager faces inquiry over mail-in ballot confusion | House members consider election law changes | House members consider changing early voting

Virginia: State investigating duplicate voter registrations | Six felons indicted on voter fraud allegations

Washington: Eaton rules ballot tracking software part of 'election system'

Friday, 05 April 2013

April 5, 2013

National News: AG: Stresses importance of upholding voting rights provision at Supreme Court

Alaska: Anchorage city clerk and deputy answer questions about Tuesday's municipal election | Municipal election absentee and questioned ballots in review | Officials reviewing Anchorage election

Arkansas: Republicans plan voter ID drive | GOP prepares education campaign on voter ID

California: LA County developing a voting system for the digital age | Under bill, birthplace not required on voter forms | Outstanding ballot count could change course of Glendale election

Colorado: Candidate claims election fraud

Florida: House Dems ask GAO to study long voting lines in Florida, Virginia

Illinois: Bradford residents will vote on two ballots | Some ballots without referendum were mailed out

Iowa: Election day changes possible for local schools

Kansas: Solomon election still up in the air

Maryland: General Assembly close to passing bill expanding early voting, allowing same-day registration

Massachusetts: Town clerk asks for ballot box replacement | Town clerk responds to complaint of vote tampering by candidate | LWV in support of absentee ballot reform

Missouri: A new part of the voting process | Cost of election roughly $33 per vote cast

Montana: Voting referendums pass Senate | NCAI, DOJ weigh in on behalf of Native voting-rights plaintiffs

Nebraska: Bill advances to cut number of early voting days | Lawmakers take step to shorten in-person early voting | Measure trimming number of days for early voting advances

Nevada: Bill would allow same day voter registration

New Jersey: Brick council opposes early voting law

North Carolina: Progress NC rallies against early voter cuts | Early voting opportunities in North Carolina could shrink | GOP rolls out less restrictive voter ID bill | Voter ID bill would phase in plan over three years | Proposed voting laws could increase wait times| Legislation filed in NC Senate targets college voters

Ohio: Sides wrangle over board officials testifying in voter fraud case

Oklahoma: Provisional ballot may decide Red Rock election

Pennsylvania: The fight for voting rights continues

Rhode Island: Assembly committee releases draft report on 2012 Election Day problems | Archambault joins master lever debate

Tennessee: College IDs cut from voter ID bill | Cannon County administrator of elections passes certification | Democrat Kaousias joins Knox County election commission | Lawmakers nix library cards, student IDs for voting purposes

Virginia: House Dems ask GAO to study long voting lines in Florida, Virginia | AG to investigate possible duplicate voting | Long lines at polling places leads to public hearing in Woodbridge

West Virginia: Commission hears plan to consolidate precincts

Wisconsin: Olson will wait before possible recount request

Thursday, 04 April 2013

April 4, 2013

National News: A license to vote? GOP lawmakers push voter IDs | Officials insist voter ID laws still need to be challenged

Alabama: Black political leaders urge U.S. Supreme Court to keep the Voting Rights Act

California: Bill would allow 15-year-olds to pre-register to vote | San Gabriel councilman-elect sues city for declining to seat him

Florida: Florida official: Cutting early voting times a mistake | Officials mull special election dates

Georgia: House committee hears from Ga. official about voter ID

Illinois: Days before election, voter fraud allegations expand in Washington Park | Ruling over 2 election complaints to come Thursday | RI County voters asked to keep single-member districts for county board

Indiana: Decision on Floyd County voting machines questioned

Iowa: Polling places may move out of Sioux City schools

Kansas: Computer problems lead to vote discrepancy | Election now goes to commissioners for canvass of the votes

Louisiana: No criminal case to be pursued against registrar of voters

Maine: Panel agrees secretary of state should not run for another office

Missouri: Marston flap results in removal of election judge | Low turnout doesn't stop election controversy

Montana: Commissioners cover elections | Bills to put issues before Montana voters arrive ahead of deadline | Commissioners approve redrawn Laurel voter precincts

Nebraska: Lawmakers debate reducing early voting days | Lawmakers begin debate on early voting measure | Primary concerns during Tuesday's vote

North Carolina: NC bill restricts student voters | House Bill 451 could change the way we vote | Committee hosts voter ID discussion | Lawmakers told voter ID worked well in Georgia

North Dakota: Lawmakers send voter ID bill to governor

Ohio: Leahy likely back on board

Oregon: Welcome voter, Marion County is moving

Pennsylvania: Juice for county voting machines to cost $26K

South Carolina: Search begins to replace embattled Richland County elections director

Texas: In wake of voter fraud case, Weisfeld wants federal oversight of council election | Eliminating straight-ticket voting's effect on area residents

Wisconsin: Light turnout for same-day voter ballot questions | Man charged after outburst at polling place | Council write-in votes stretch limits, add humor to process | Website crash, software woes blamed for late election results

Wednesday, 03 April 2013

April 3, 2013

Alabama: Tuscaloosa approves 3 new polling places for municipal elections | Chapman will not run for office in 2014 | District 2 keeps its polling place

Alaska: Anchorage residents vote in 2013 municipal election

Arizona: Reagan stops by Yavapai elections office to talk about bills

California: Yolo County clerk speaking at 'Solutions' series in Davis

Colorado: Election watcher renews objections about Boulder County's ballot sorting machine

Connecticut: Flood, quake on Election Day? What's a town to do?

District of Columbia: BOE mistakenly tell residents they can only vote in one place for special election | DC elections board will spend $30K to resend postcard

Florida: Fear, loathing and partisanship in Senate on elections bill | Election reform debate grows tense

Guam: GEC to purge 4,668 voters

Idaho: Otter signs bill making ballot measures tougher in Idaho

Iowa: Schultz will continue to push for voter ID bill

Kansas: The people whose work makes local elections work | Voter turnout only 6.19 percent across Sedgwick County

Massachusetts: Legislature considers election reforms | Voting rights changes proposed | Marlborough figures out elections cost | Lantigua puts Collopy on board of registrars | Milton clerk prepares for rare dual election

Minnesota: 86-year-old Minn. woman cleared of voter fraud

Missouri: Voters for Metro West Fire Board see extra notice at polls | St. Charles County buys iPads to help sign in voters | Election judge removed in Marston after complaint | Proposition P wording causes some confusion | Premium price: Lack of ballot items puts bulk of election costs on city | Police respond to sign fiasco at polling place

North Carolina: GOP lawmakers' efforts to curtail early voting laws opposition | House committee to host voter ID discussion | Bill eliminates same-day voter registration | Morrisville mulls election changes

North Dakota: Split committee backs voter ID bill

Ohio: Trumbull elections board to appoint driver and rider for election night | Kern named to board of elections

Pennsylvania: Click and go vote: Pa. lawmaker proposes online registration

Texas: Woman, 62, indicted on 2010 election violation charges

Utah: All 15 Davis County cities contract with county clerk for municipal election for first time | Vote by mail coming to Cottonwood Heights

Virginia: Felony charges dropped a man accused of throwing away voter registration forms

Wisconsin: GAB pulls in $400K selling voters' names | Milwaukee voters overwhelmingly back retaining same-day voter registration | Elections board hopes to fill vacancy | Election fatigue hitting clerks' office | Smooth sailing at new polling place

Tuesday, 02 April 2013

April 2, 2013

National News: Supreme Court rejects call to change voting district head counts

Alaska: 14 people may have voted in 2 states | Muni clerk warns voters to check precincts

Arkansas: House overrides Beebe veto of voter ID bill | Arkansas House finishes veto override of voter ID bill

California: Contra Costa's new elections chief takes oath of office

Georgia: Fairfield voting district awaits governor's signature

Kansas: Kobach not offering turnout prediction | Justice Dept. to monitor Kansas elections | Bourbon County clerk's office, poll workers ready for election | County clerk reminds voters of changes in April 2 election

Maryland: Bill would make electioneering laws more consistent

Massachusetts: No early voting for Worcester municipal election

Mississippi: Hinds voters this fall to use new optical scan machines | Council eyes voter rolls

Missouri: Kander claims voter ID bill one of the nation's strictest

Nebraska: Justice Dept. to monitor Nebraska elections

New York: A call to spare polling places | NYC elections board could have saved more than $2M on low-turnout 2011 vote | City report outlines millions wasted by BOE for overstaffing 2011 elections

North Carolina: More groups oppose bills to reduce early voting

North Dakota: Senate committee reviews election measures

Ohio: No electronic poll books for Lake County elections board | Sen. Bill Seitz says current and former secretaries of state have supported controversial provision in election bill

Virginia: Some return to Carver Recreation Center to cast ballot

Wisconsin: Same day registration referendum on ballot | State elections board to nominate new member | Election officials make last-minute preparations ahead of election day | Parks dept. moves Brewers tickets giveaway from polling place