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2013

Monday, 01 April 2013

March 30-April 1, 2013

National News: States vote yes to online registration | Voter registration an issue in nomination fight, lawsuits

Alabama: Selma offers resolution keeping Section 5 part of Voting Rights Act | City working on new voting places

Arizona: Election changes divisive | Huachuca City readies for election recount

California: Multiple elections to challenge county workers, candidates | Clerk's $4K recount charge disputed | City in ballot language flap

Colorado: Gessler announces for re-election as secretary of state | Election day is this Tuesday | Longtime Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle to retire

Connecticut: West Hartford emergency election plan addresses long lines | New Haven Dems seek early-voting test | Manchester registrars seek return to 10 voting districts

Illinois: Early voting judges like working in Elmwood Park

Iowa: ACLU files lawsuit to stop voter registration rule

Kansas: A change for voters at Kansas City polls tomorrow

Maryland: Md. lawmakers near agreement on voting bill | Senate president: Referendum curbs won't pass this session

Minnesota: County to provide election services to Anoka-Hennepin district

Mississippi: Voter cards reflect new city ward lines

Missouri: Some St. Charles Co. voters will sign in on iPads instead of paper ledgers | Senate approves overseas voting help

Montana: Sanders County proposes dropping election precincts

Nevada: Miller battles perceptions in pushing bill for photos in voter rosters | State senate bill would allow betting on federal elections

New York: Nassau must use electronic voting machines

North Carolina: NAACP, other groups oppose limits on early voting in NC

Ohio: Secretary of state says 450 votes under scrutiny from '12 election | Elyria's redrawn wards take effect with May primary | League of Women Voters weigh in on court battle

Pennsylvania: Voter address changes urged

Tennessee: Municipal elections set; no early voting in Gatlinburg | GOP election commissioners out in shake up | Commissioners debate cutting business manager post | Scott eyes exemption from Voting Rights Act provision | Apodaca proposes bill to end public election funds

Utah: Elections will cost Farmington City about $9K

Virginia: Officials get voting machines ready for special election | What you need to know about the new photo ID law

Wisconsin: Grant County backs same-day registration | Plan to give out tickets at Wis. polling place OK | Early voting is light in Milwaukee | Swelling write-in ranks likely to delay election tally

Friday, 29 March 2013

March 29, 2013

National News: Obama creates voting commission | Obama creates bipartisan election commission

Arkansas: House delays override try on voter ID bill | Pulaski Co. clerk sends out national voter registration act notices

California: Five absentee ballots sent to recycling bins in Compton | Suggested changes to San Jose election laws fall flat

Colorado: Under home rule, Colorado Springs owns its election | Questions linger following election canvass

Connecticut: Council approves West Hartford's election emergency plan

Delaware: Laurel resident vows never to cast ballot in another election

Florida: State fines 3 St. Lucie residents for election law violations

Hawaii: Absentee voting: Romy Cachola bill 'unenforceable'

Indiana: Groups study future of voting in Indy | Former county employee enters plea in ballot fraud case

Kansas: Voters urged to confirm their polling place site

Massachusetts: How much does an election cost?

Michigan: Bridge survey finds big support for easier absentee voting

Missouri: Kander on voter ID | Kander urges Jones to support early voting in Missouri | Candidate says county gave husband wrong absentee ballot

Montana: No evidence of voter fraud in last election | Feds: Judge wrong to deny Indian election offices

New Jersey: Polls moved from schools in Wyckoff

North Carolina: NC GOP lawmakers seek to scale back early voting | Some Republicans want to scale back early voting | GOP introduces bills to curtail early voting, end same-day registration

Ohio: Elections hearing data spur questions | Ohio Dems promote their likely secretary of state candidate | Officials looking at 129 votes from 2012

Oklahoma: Payne County election board ready for Tuesday

Oregon: House votes for early voter registration at 16

Pennsylvania: Cumberland County commissioners approve polling place change procedures | Challenges slow elections office work

South Carolina: Richland elections board asks legislators to address problems

Tennessee: Election leaders budget for '14 | Republicans on Davidson County election commission to be replaced | Warren hopeful legislation will create vote centers | AG disputes legality of banning non-citizen poll watchers

Texas: List of election judges raises concerns

Virginia: Roanoke City election task force listens to voting concerns | Goochland electoral board and GHS partner in voter registration | Better training, more technology

Wisconsin: Man voted in Greenfield, Milwaukee in November election, police say | Eagle Point resident complains about absentee ballot flap

Thursday, 28 March 2013

March 28, 2013

Arkansas: Senate votes to override veto of voter ID bill | Senate votes to override voter ID veto

California: Lower-income residents took advantage of online voter registration | Williams' voter registration bill advances to full Assembly

District of Columbia: Elections officials complain about lack of funding for special elections

Indiana: Marion County clerk examining 'the voter experience' | Vote centers to appear at next election

Iowa: Controversial Iowa voting rule goes into effect

Missouri: Panel considers paper-only ballots

Montana: Missoula County adopts new precinct boundaries for elections | Voters may see some changes to precincts

New Hampshire: Goffstown resident pushes for better handicap access for voting

New Jersey: Local governments oppose early voting legislation | Tenafly council objects to new early voting measures | Freeholders mull opposition to early vote bill | Should polling places be taken out of schools?

New Mexico: City panel seeks public input on charter changes | AG: Herrera won't face charges

North Dakota: Nine cases of voter fraud in November election

Ohio: Ashtabula County BOE says man needs to vote in Lake County | Split election board keeps GOP member | St. John replaces Giavasis on elections board | Lucas County BOE members vote to keep DeGidio

Pennsylvania: Voter ID laws applied unequally, study shows

Rhode Island: Council wants master lever on the ballot

South Carolina: Report: Updating voting machines will cost millions | Legislative audit of voting machines reveals lack of paper trail

Texas: New voting machines will help curb election-day lines, official says | House advances bill making English defaul language for mail-in ballots in Harris County

Tennessee: Judge declines to order District 9 runoff election pending new hearing

Virginia: Mixed feelings circulate around new voter ID bill | Voting, civil rights groups call on McDonnell to make restoration of rights automatic | Albemarle election official likes new voter ID bill

Washington: Benton County auditor's office releases mobile website

West Virginia: MBHS seniors continue voter registration streak

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

March 27, 2013

National News: Voter ID laws, in 1 map

Arizona: Lawmaker wants to divert Clean Elections funding to education

Arkansas: Senate to take up override of voter ID veto | Area legislators stick to party lines on voter ID | Lawmakers propose ban on electronic devices in polling places

California: California's online registration drive draws broader voter base | Final city vote count keeps L.A. waiting, but changes nothing

Connecticut: Ridgefield plans election day emergencies | Committee 'deadlocked' on Fairfield's voting districts

District of Columbia: Elections board says it lacks funds to improve on questionable track record

Florida: Boynton Beach city commission election results still in doubt | Lawmakers pass military voting bills

Georgia: County leaders shocked by elections bill

Hawaii: Bill to increase voter turnout heads to final committee

Illinois: Primaries: Low voter turnout, big cost to taxpayers | Macomb stands by disputed election procedures

Iowa: 2 more people charged in voter fraud investigation

Kansas: Using an electronic voting machine | State elections board considers first citizenship case

Kentucky: Deal reached on military voting legislation | Alcohol sales allowed on Election Day

Massachusetts: Amendment would allow early voting

Minnesota: You may need to register to be written in

Missouri: Bill in the Senate wants to eliminate electronic voting | Kander urges House to take up early voting legislation | Callaway County voters to sign electronic poll books | Election workers training to use poll pads in Buchanan County

Montana: Proposal ups number of voters needed to get referendum on ballot | Gallatin County commission approves new voting map

New York: County pols against early voting proposal

North Carolina: Voter fraud investigated in Mt. Gilead | City to maintain early voting service | Silent march to spotlight threats to voting rights

Ohio: New voter search tool launched | Vote fraud defendant seeks diversion program | Board of elections seeks UPS records | No compromise in sight in provisional ballot debate

Pennsylvania: Elections board to consider communications improvements | Aichele says AG Kane should defend voter ID

South Dakota: Gant says voting centers growing in popularity

Tennessee: Senators press to allow student IDs for voting | Proposed law would eliminate precincts | State appeals court sides with election commission on Brentwood library use

U.S. Virgin Islands: Fawkes hired as St. Croix deputy elections supervisor

Virginia: Touch screen voting 'unreliable,' commission says | Paper ballots are making a comeback in Pittsylvania County | McDonnell signs bill mandating photo ID to vote | Photo identification will be needed to vote in Virginia | McDonnell signs bill requiring voter to present photo ID | Group to press McDonnell for executive order restoring voting rights | Va. felon barred from voting has bias case | Ledford commended for 33 years of service as an election worker

Washington: Voting rights bill dead? | Secretary of state seeks kids' art for 2013 voter pamphlets

West Virginia: Officials pursuing upgrade for voting precinct | Senate passes voter registration list maintenance bill

Wisconsin: Ballot to include referendum on same-day voter registration

Wyoming: County collects $91K in election debts

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

March 26, 2013

National News: Republican to Holder: Probe 'rat's nest' in DOJ civil rights shop | Lawmaker criticizes Obamacare questions on voter registration

Arizona: Arizona GOP: Voter maps aided Democrats

Arkansas: Governor Beebe vetoes voter ID bill; override expected | Beebe vetoes voter ID requirement | AG not sure of result if voter ID challenged

Connecticut: Litchfield resident honored for 50 years of service to community | Lawmakers mull early voting | Lawyer announces bid to be senate's top election official

Colorado: Recalls could leave some with ballot burnout

Illinois: Early voting slow at start; weather partly to blame | Illinois could expand early voting | Spring break should not affect early voting | Macomb stands by its election policy

Iowa: Judge dismisses voter fraud charges against western Iowans | Agent investigating voter fraud called to active military duty

Kansas: Senate approves bill for plain-language 'explainer' on complicated ballot issues

Maine: Bill would bar constitutional officers from running for statewide office

Maryland: Frederick not ready for early voting in 2013 election

Massachusetts: Town clerk's office ready for election day in Winchester | Lawrence board of registrars disabled as elections approach

Minnesota: Clerk looks for 'plan B' to fund Minneapolis election

Missouri: Senate panel considers requiring paper ballots

New Hampshire: State investigating Grafton voting

New Mexico: Recapping the 2013 legislative session: NM vote matters

Ohio: The state's early-voting laws need changes, secretary of state says | Republicans hear from election board candidates

Oregon: Oregon Republicans oppose automatic voter registration bill

Pennsylvania: Officials debate decision to toss provisional ballots | Judge won't impose bad-faith sanctions on county over unreleased emails

Rhode Island: Brennan Center chief praises Rhode Island voter-ID law

South Carolina: Election office prepares for special ballot

Tennessee: Caucus versus primary: Party leaders consider costs, voters | House to hear new version of voter ID bill | House disagrees with Senate on college IDs for voting

Texas: Paid 'vote harvesting' targeted by Texas House bill | Flap over publishing polling places in newspapers

Virginia: New voting process in Pittsylvania Co. should be easier

Monday, 25 March 2013

March 23-25, 2013

National News: Voter ID: Fraud prevention or voter suppression? | Justice attorney's wary of Perez's nomination for Labor

Arizona: Wheatland freed from voting restrictions | State Dems upset over exclusion from election bill talks | Redistricting challenges head to U.S. court today

Arkansas: Voter ID bill awaits action by governor | County clerk reviews potential changes

California: County registrar's office open for voting in special election | More complaints filed in San Gabriel election

Connecticut: Ex-Democratic registrar honored for service

Florida: Florida joins multi-state alliance watching for double voting | Book election program teaches kids about literacy, voting | Dolphins OK with paying for stadium referendum | Low turnout costly, $14.38 per vote

Indiana: Monroe County buys voting equipment it leased last year | Clerk aims for voting centers by 2014

Maryland: General Assembly considering state voter ID law

Massachusetts: Holyoke seeks bilingual poll workers

Michigan: Johnson supports change to winner-takes all system | SC public hearing on moving elections | Genesee County clerk-register will close part of office on Thursdays

Missouri: Officials test voting machines ahead of election day | Election judges train on new equipment

Montana: Gallatin County commissioners to consider new voting precincts

Nebraska: Ranked-choice voting would eliminate primary, save money

North Carolina: Does state need voter ID? | NAACP rallies against voter ID legislation | Voter ID debate may affect college students

Ohio: Legislature approves bipartisan bill benefitting disabled voters | Wells trustees talk funding for voting location | State offers new online tool to help Ohioans access voter registration information | Revamped Ohio voter website offers more information

Pennsylvania: Watchdog group: County disenfranchised voters | Pennsylvanians could soon register to vote online

South Carolina: Will SC force Richland Co. to buy voting machines?

Tennessee: No voting at schools | Election commission certifies Pigeon Forge liquor result | House to hear new version of voter ID bill | Proposed bill that would ban cellphones, cameras at polling sites stalls in House

Texas: Voting machine leases on court agenda | Longtime Victoria County clerk dies at 93 | Texas' driver surcharge program may have doomed voter ID law

Utah: No more voting booths in Sunset as city chooses mail-only ballots

Virginia: Patricia S. McGinniss

Wisconsin: Volunteers tell others to say yes to same-day voter registration | Two other Milwaukee election registration deputies remain under investigation | Tom Barrett, others urge vote to keep same-day registration | Donor will fix Franksville Hall windows

Friday, 22 March 2013

March 22, 2013

National News: Congress to force USPS to keep Saturday delivery

Arizona: No special spot on voter registration form for Libertarians | Voter advocacy groups rally against GOP election bills

California: Biola alum elected to city council after voting mishap | Retiring Contra Costa elections chief leaves deep professional and personal legacy | Popularity of vote-by-mail adds extra complication to counting votes accurately

Colorado: Gessler sees better handling of elections

Florida: Miami-Dade mayor asks Florida whether Dolphins can pay for special election

Georgia: Deese to step down as elections supervisor | Flowery Branch council addresses elections | North Fulton may get additional early voting polls

Illinois: Police investigating new reports of vote fraud in Alorton, Cahokia

Indiana: Charlie White: Attorney Carl Brizzi ignorant of law | White blames lawyer for vote fraud conviction

Maryland: Republican legislators struggle against same-day voter registration | Early voting out, but absentee available | Washington County delegation electioneering bill withdrawn

Missouri: Lawmaker wants to merge KC election boards

Montana: Group wants to stop bill to end same-day voter registration | Student group's survey estimates how many use same-day voter registration

New Hampshire: Voter ID law repeal rejected in House

New Jersey: NJ Assembly OKs early voting at polling places

New York: New York City elections go retro | Residents complain about Farnham election | Ballot trial suit planned | Manlius village election so popular many non-residents tried to vote

North Carolina: LWV dissects proposed voter ID legislation

North Dakota: Free ID would fulfill requirement at polls | Voter identification measure debated

South Carolina: Source: Investigator could send some Richland County election findings to US Attorney | Recount scheduled

Tennessee: Citizenship review of new foreign-born voters is dropped | Murphy files suit against election commission | Changes to voting rules mulled in Legislature

Utah: Report: Same-day voter registration boosts turnout

Virginia: Retried registrar appointed chair of Lynchburg electoral board | Election officials seeking funding for bar-scanner to speed voter lines | Election officials seeking change in special-election rules

Wisconsin: Milwaukee County prosecutors charge 10 with voter fraud

Thursday, 21 March 2013

March 21, 2013

Arizona: Judge backs voter list of 2 big parties | Latino youths protest Arizona election reform

California: Williams' voter registration bill advances to full Assembly

Colorado: Arapahoe County chooses new clerk and recorder

Florida: Mantaee elections chief wants more early voting locations

Indiana: Residents eye vote center concept | Tipp resident new deputy director of Miami County elections

Kentucky: Dems say online voting would be more secure than vulnerable Florida system | Dems look past Ashley Judd, want Grimes to topple Mitch McConnell | Grimes concentrating on Legislature, not Senate race | Quarles appoint to committee on military voting bill, says lawmakers have not yet met

Louisiana: Audit alleges deficiencies at Calcasieu registrar of voters office

Maine: Superintendent addresses school polling place concerns

Maryland: Bill could make it tougher for ballot measures | Republican lawmakers struggle against same-day voter registration | Takoma Park considering groundbreaking move to lower voting age to 16

Missouri: Clerk: Technology will speed up elections

Montana: Precinct changes coming to Anaconda

New Hampshire: House to vote on compromise voter ID bill

New Jersey: Early voting bill too expensive, not necessary: NJ lawmakers

New York: Cusick looks to change election runoff date

North Carolina: Voter ID law threatens rights of most vulnerable | 5 investigated in NC for possible voter fraud

Ohio: Changes to Ohio's election laws headed to governor | Legislature passes improved poll access for disabled | Auglaize County voter information now online

Oregon: GOP lawmakers express concern about universal registration legislation

Pennsylvania: Newspaper wins open records case against county

Rhode Island: Head of state elections board says state is the last using 'Optech III P' voting machines

South Carolina: Senators stall proof-of-citizenship requirement to vote | Grooms concedes, but recount set | Some confused by new district lines

Tennessee: Davidson County election commission causes controversy

Texas: Voting centers to debut in May | Victoria first stop for new secretary of state's tour

Utah: Sunset to test mail-only voting this year

Virginia: Touch screen voting 'unreliable' commission says | Appeals court hears Virginia ballot access case

Washington: County switching to new ballot counting equipment

West Virginia: Secretary of state prepares for voter ID push | Senate votes to allow online voter registration | Tennant encourages Oak Hill students to vote | Fight over voter ID bill

Wisconsin: County board urges state to retain same-day registration | GAB approves final report on costs of ending same-day registration | Wrong ballots mailed for Delavan council races | Board spells out absentee process in nursing homes

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

March 20, 2013

Arkansas: Civil rights activist speaks out against voter ID bill | Legislature approves voter ID requirement

California: Former Assemblyman appoints Contra Costa clerk-recorder | 2013 Nevada County elections office report released

Florida: New early voting locations identified in Manatee County | Permission denied to use Lakewood Ranch Town Hall for early voting | The day is shorter when there's a lot of voters | Competition heats up for SOE site

Illinois: Election precinct judge denies allegations she left site | Schools as polling places may become optional

Indiana: Lawson promotes voting centers on state tour | Election officials leave Munster polling places in place for May 7 referendum | Lawson applauds Vanderburgh County's voting centers

Kansas: Bel Aire mail-in ballots incorrect; voters will have to cast votes again

Kentucky: Grimes talks politics, elections at UK

Maryland: As election season nears, Rockville board faces empty seats

Michigan: Bill to move canvassing to county passes House | Bill would let voters with disabilities sign with stamps

Missouri: Hillcrest High School becomes polling place

Montana: Montana Dems rebuff voting lawsuit

New Hampshire: AG investigating thousands of voter affidavits

New York: Voting machine snafu causes backup in Washingtonville village election | Voting continues in Fayetteville despite power outage

North Carolina: Lenoir County elections board quits

Ohio: Consolidation plan would affect election board | Motion to fire elections board director, deputy fails | Cuyahoga County GOP chair returns to BOE seat | House panel OKs elections bill

Oregon: Brown wants to use driver licenses to automatically register voters

Pennsylvania: Measure allowing online voter registration advances in Senate | Students to stay home on election days

South Carolina: Some voters turned off by public declaration of party

Tennessee: Lawmakers strip bill to allow voters to use college IDs | House drops college IDs at the polls

U.S. Virgin Islands: Weber quits elections

Vermont: Condos appoints Will Senning as director of elections and campaign finance

Virginia: Touch screen voting 'unreliable,' commission says | Panel suggests changes to county voting process | Report: Fairfax needs more poll workers, better technology | Carver Rec returns as polling place

Wisconsin: Barrett, Coggs push for more voter rights | Bill would cut the amount of time voters can cast early ballots | Town of Wilson clerk again under fire from board | No holiday for municipal clerks | Opponents speak against bill to limit absentee voting

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

March 19, 2013

National News: First-ever cyber attack on US election points to broad vulnerabilities | Supreme Court tests limits of voter registration law

Arizona: Arizona's voter-registration law faces Supreme Court questioning | U.S. Supreme Court justices ask tough questions on voter registration law | Latino groups condemn 2 early-voting bills; plan legal action

Arkansas: Quorum court to discuss election grant | Senate delays vote on voter ID requirement | Senator appeals 50%-vote ruling on voter ID bill

California: E-poll books to replace paper rosters in November election | OC declares 281K voters inactive | One out of every six voters removed from active rolls in Orange County

Connecticut: Bill would create early voting pilot program

Florida: Partisan divisions return as Senate panel OKs voting bill | Sen. panel OKs election bill; Dems say not enough | Sample online ballots in Florida spur clash on privacy | Bipartisan voting reform effort comes to an end in Senate committee

Georgia: Monroe County DA says voter fraud investigation not over

Indiana: Secretary of state pushes for vote centers in Columbus | Two new Republicans seated on Lake elections board

Iowa: Voter ID making way through legislature

Maine: Three towns reject offer of ballot machines

Maryland: MD panel OKs early voting bill

Massachusetts: Palmer clerk says moving town election will save town about $3K | More than 60 communities shift local elections to Senate primary

Mississippi: Pushi is on to inform Biloxi voters of new wards, polls

Missouri: State to crack down on voter fraud

Nevada: Assembly bill requires voters present photo ID

New Jersey: Bill to allow voting more than two weeks before Election Day passes Senate

North Carolina: Voter ID bill in the works | Tillis says expired licenses and college IDs may be included in voter bill

Ohio: Voter registration issue leads to flap within

Oregon: Once again, Oregon legislators consider removing most party precinct races from primary ballot

Pennsylvania: Warren County municipalities oppose proposed state early voting laws | Historic voting house may reopen as polling site for May 21 primary

Tennessee: Chattanooga councilman calls on election commission to hold runoff

Texas: Harris by-mail ballots streamlined by state bill | Bill would change rules for non-English mail-in ballots | Jeff Co. election challenge lawsuit dropped

West Virginia: State elections chief targets voter ID legislation | Tennant: 'Voter suppression laws' introduced