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Thursday, 15 October 2015

October 15, 2015

Alabama: Look Back...to a legal opinion sought on voting machines, 1940 | Lawmakers question reason behind license office closings | DeKalb residents to pay $80K for elections to fill unpaid vacated constable positions

Alaska: Historic voting rights win in Alaska| Decision to throw out election results spurs controversy in Ambler

Arizona: Gila Co. votes to consolidate vote centers

Arkansas: Craighead Co. voters will use new machines next November

California: County adopts new election practice | Elections office begins remodel process

Florida: Two cities in Putnam Co. hold November elections | Felons fighting for a right to vote

Georgia: Early Georgia voters encouraged to #PostThePeach after voting | Baconton ballot misprint fixed

Illinois: Voters should expect same day registration in 2016

Indiana: iPads to be used for voter registration | Judge hears lawsuit challenging Indiana ballot photos law

Iowa: Cedar Rapids libraries to host satellite voting | UNI student union to operate satellite voting center

Kansas: Kansas voter ID law sets off a new battle over voter registration | Thousands of Kansans in voter limbo as fight rages over proof-of-citizenship law | Man in Kansas voter fraud case says charges surprise him

Maine: Waterboro has new deputy town clerk

Maryland: Early voting plans in works for county | Potential compromise offered in partisan spat over early voting sites

Massachusetts: Changing of the guard for voting machines | Clerk on duty till 8pm for voter registration

New Hampshire: Ballot shortage mars Tuesday election in Derry | Town Hall back in business as polling site

New Jersey: NJ political folly brings high cost for taxpayers

New York: FBI subpoenas Suffolk BOE worker's time sheets, personnel records

North Carolina: Voter ID law goes back to court in North Carolina

Ohio: 14 Ohio counties sign on with ES&S

Oregon: Hoyle to run for secretary of state

Pennsylvania: Elections board solicitor accused of conflict of interest

Tennessee: Williamson election administrator one of six to be certified

Texas: Webb Co. tests voting machines

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix elections board approves ADA compliance measures

Virginia: New voting machines in Montgomery Co. for people with disabilities | Va. Dept. of Elections launches new online absentee ballot application

Wisconsin: City clerk concerned about online voter registration bill | Online voter registration bill would eliminate special deputies | Bill would allow online voter registration | Bill dismantling GAB set for vote | GOP alleges GAB violated open meetings law

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

October 14, 2015

National News: how electronic voting could improve voters' trust | Study: U.S. voters face short waits, but voting methods are changing

Alabama: Alabama driver's license offices could reopen under Bentley plan

Arizona: Justices set day to hear case on Arizona redistricting | Voters in Tucson and Oro Valley: Mark both sides of your ballot

California: County tests 'all mail' voting method | What you need to know about San Mateo's new all-mail election | High court declines appeal over California's top-two primary

Colorado: Colorado testing new voting machines next month

Florida: County tweaks voting machine deal | Fort Myers continues push against absentee ballots| Council agrees to push town election to March 15

Illinois: Automatic voter registration bill could add 2.3M voters | Illinois voter registration change debated | Proposal seeks to pre-register teens

Indiana: Vote centers coming in 2016 | Voting machines ready for early voting, election day | Ballot selfie law faces scrutiny from judge | Two voting centers to open before Terre Haute election

Kansas: Kobach charges three with voting crimes | Kobach files voter fraud cases in Johnson Co.

Maryland: Early voting sites the focus of upcoming debate in Annapolis

New Hampshire: Huge voter turnout leads to ballot shortage in Derry special election

New Jersey: Judge rules for changes to be made on referendum moving Jersey City elections | Atlantic Co. rejecting ballot applications partially filled out by super PAC

New York: BOE co-chair questions annual payments

North Carolina: Elections board implements changes after voter's ballots made public | Forsyth advertising elections director position again

Ohio: Felon voting rights in Ohio | Why Boehner's resignation may cost Butler Co. taxpayers $1M | Hundreds turn out for early voting | New Carlisle Elementary School no longer poll option

Tennessee: Knoxville group works to get young adults to vote

Texas: Weslaco city commissioner charged with voter fraud | Countywide vote centers launched in Fort Bend

Virginia: Ouster of Botetourt's voter registrar was not political, board members say

Wisconsin: GAB kept on defensive at public hearing | Wisconsin Dems pull support of OVR | Democrats jump ship on OVR | Lawmakers spar over GAB overhaul | Lawmakers clash on dismantling GAB | City council approves new voting site

Wyoming: Longtime Wyoming elections director steps down

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

October 9-13, 2015

Alabama: No official voter ID complaints filed | Three board of registrars re-appointed

Alaska: Meet the Nomeite in charge of Alaska's elections | Not polling our weight

Arizona: Polling places cut

Arkansas: Benton Co. election officials want vote centers

California: Critics say new voter law makes things too easy for non-citizens to vote | Gov. Brown signs voter registration law | Gov. Brown approves automatic voter registration for Californians | LA County's $13M touch-screen voting system gets preview | All mail election is underway | All-mail elections bill signed by Gov. Brown | California makes it easier to register, but will more vote

Colorado: Experiment with new voting equipment | How to vote in Fort Collins | Boulder Co. completes testing of ballots, election equipment | Mesa Co. seeking feedback on new voter equipment

Connecticut: Killingly residents walk in opposition to voting changes

Florida: Elections office faces space needs challenge | Council expected to decide on election plan

Georgia: Some seek agreements before Fayette voting dispute heads to court | Tensions mount as Fayette voting rights trial nears

Illinois: Automatic voter registration bill expected in committee | Lawmaker proposes scale back of same-day voter registration | September special election costs limit Scott Co. courthouse repairs

Indiana: Hamilton Co. proposes voter check-in via iPads

Kansas: Ethics lawyer: Paul Davis can stay on voter rules lawsuit

Kentucky: Voting machines ready for November election

Louisiana: Citizens gather to cast their votes early | Schedler: Voter apathy dampens elections

Maine: Group wants voters to change Maine's voting system

Maryland: Washington Co. election officials preview new voting options for 2016 | MoCo election board chief retreats on shifts in early voting sites | State board scheduled to review early voting decision

Minnesota: City leaders speak out against IRV | Group launches opposition campaign to ranked choice voting | Mayor, councilors take aim at ranked-choice voting

Missouri: 'It's simple for voters'

Nebraska: Hall Co. election commissioner receives national award

New Hampshire: Buying and selling NH voter information

New Jersey: Polling places change for some, but not all voters

New Mexico: Worst voter turnout since 1974 | Hearing set in secretary's fraud case pushed back | Failed amendments actually passed, group claims | Don Ana Co. poll worker pleads guilty to scheme to defraud government

New York: Schnectady Co. GOP names elections commissioner | Erie Co. extends hours of absentee voting

North Carolina: NC leads in national trend to roll back voting rights, author says | State will consider removing Butner from elections board | BOE braces for November races

Ohio: Some city voters get wrong ballots

Oregon: All eyes on crowded Democratic primary for secretary of state | California will follow Oregon's lead in automatic voter registration

Pennsylvania: Connellsville voters to report to new polling location | Getting Penn students to the polls on Election Day | Rice Twp. polling place remains unchanged

South Carolina: Voters return registration cards unopened

Tennessee: Costly runoffs likely to yield few votes | Election commission huddles to figure out what happened with Thursday's slow tabulations | Shelby Co. election commission investigating tardy results

Texas: Brazos Co. to use vote centers | Bowie elections to change dates

Utah: Providence City prepares for elections with mail-in ballots

Vermont: OVR now open in Vermont | New online system to aid voters

Virginia: Virginia is putting a stop to electronic poll booths

Wisconsin: Students want an ID that works at the polls | Bipartisan bill would allow OVR | Eliminating GAB focus of hearing | Vos: GAB is 'failed experiment' | Council OKs new polling site

Wyoming: Wyoming's chief election official steps down citing 'philosophical differences' with secretary of state | Nighswonger stepping down as Wyoming's election chief

Thursday, 08 October 2015

October 8, 2015

(Editor’s Note: ElectionlineToday will not post on Friday October 9 and Monday October 12. We’re going to California in search of the one of the coolest polling places. We’ll be back with all the news from Oct. 9-12 on Tuesday the 13th. Apologies for the inconvenience, but we’re fairly certain this is our last break until 2017!).

National News: The future of U.S. voting may be U.K. technology | Will iPads replace election poll books?

Alaska: Two precincts generate 1700+ votes in Sitka| Voter turnout may be highest in a decade for Fairbanks

California: Foothill senior poster wins county registrar of voters contest

Florida: Miami-Dade designates next elections chief

Georgia: Albany prepares for election day

Illinois: County clerk to cast a close eye on another overseas election

Indiana: Hamilton Co. mulling iPad check-ins at polls

Iowa: Black Hawk Co. voting machines more costly than expected

Kansas: Judge to consider blocking Kansas voter registration rules | Judge sets Dec. 4 hearing on suspended voter lists | Sedgwick Co. officials to comb over suspended voters list | Political blowup comes down to the details in clash between Kobach and Davis

Kentucky: Campbell Co. clerk inspects voting machines | Kentucky plans electronic voter registration

Louisiana: West Monroe gets early voting site | Jefferson Parish moving more than 2 doz. polling sites

Maine: Ranked choice voting likely to appear on 2016 ballot

Minnesota: TV ads promote ranked-choice voting in Duluth | Board OK's voting equipment upgrade

Montana: ACLU joins fight for reservation satellite offices

Nevada: Early voting: Fourth graders cast ballot, get lesson on process

New Jersey: Mount Laurel moves numerous polling sites out of schools

New Mexico: Judge to consider defense motion to delay preliminary hearing | Conference center work cuts polling sites for 2016

New York: Two challenged Deerpark residents have voting rights redeemed

North Carolina: State wants federal judge to rule on voter ID before March primaries | NC primaries moved to March 15 for turnout, savings | Election hiring criticized | Board of elections wins award for coordination

Ohio: Husted calls for new protections for victims of domestic violence| Franklin Co. moving 18 voting locations

Oregon: Avakian joins a now-crowded secretary of state race

Pennsylvania: Two election-related retirements could lead to county government personnel reduction

Tennessee: Final preparations underway for election | Your normal polling precinct may no longer exist | Election commission says they are ready for election day

Texas: County elections staff to train; office to move | Brown Co. approves polling places for special election

Virginia: Essex gears up for elections with new voting equipment | Alexandria mayoral vote totals could be delayed this fall

Wisconsin: Republicans to introduce bill reforming elections board | Wisconsin GOP introduces bill reforming state elections board | Local clerks see potential of e-poll books

Wednesday, 07 October 2015

October 7, 2015

(Editor’s Note: ElectionlineToday will not post on Friday October 9 and Monday October 12. We’re going to California in search of the one of the coolest polling places. We’ll be back with all the news from Oct. 9-12 on Tuesday the 13th. Apologies for the inconvenience, but we’re fairly certain this is our last break until 2017!).

Alabama: Governor says decision to close driver's license offices not race-based | Lowndes Co. leaders ask for more diversity on board of registrars | Chance meeting sees Jesse Jackson and Merrill meet and discuss DMV closings | Last election for Daniel Baxter | Commission approves polling place changes

Alaska: New voting machines tested | Borough mayor's race too close to call

Arkansas: Funding approved for additional Washington Co. voting machines

Connecticut: Voting districts have totals audited

District of Columbia: New Voting Rights Institute allowing G-town students to work on cases

Florida: Gill warns of calls from vote center | Brevard SOE announces winners of annual Launch the Vote student art contest | Harrington says audit will prompt change

Idaho: Bonneville announces new voter precincts

Illinois: Early voting starts, attracts 102 in Lake Co. | Sangamon Co. beginning to verify voter registration

Indiana: Election Day tech offers convenience, raises concerns

Kansas: Davis rejects GOP call to step aside from voting rights case | Lawsuit over voter rules to be discussed | GOP senator denounces critics of Kansas voting law | Douglas Co. clerk urges cleanup of law moving date of local elections

Louisiana: NAACP challenge of Terrebonne Parish voting methods filed

Michigan: New city clerk brings experience to position

Mississippi: Forrest Co. receives reimbursement for voting machines | Hinds absentee ballots muddle election initiative | Jackson councilman unhappy about polling changes

Missouri: Gasconade Co. official remains hopeful of finding poll workers for 2016 elections

Montana: Polling place to change for some Bozeman residents

New Hampshire: Poll: 30-day residency requirement favored by nearly 2-1 margin

New Jersey: Judge halts ballot printing until court rules on candidate

New York: Borough faces shortage of voting machines

North Carolina: Changes could affect Lee voters | Automated Asheville voter system had problems, shut down

Ohio: Hamilton Co. BOE investigating possible voter registration fraud

Pennsylvania: Online voter registration system could see delays | Pa.'s new OVR system draws thousands | More than 32K use state's OVR system in just six weeks | Startup uses Philly barbers to shape up black male voter turnout | Philadelphia's election watchdog on trail of city's top elections official

South Carolina: Director: Pickens Co. elections office will run out of money

Texas: Nirenberg attempts to reverse decades of voter apathy

Utah: County to conduct first vote-by-mail election | 402K ballots mailed

Virginia: Reprinting Prince William election ballots could cost thousands | Use of electronic signatures for Va. absentee-ballot requests causes alarm | Republicans take electronic voter fraud concerns to state board | E-signatures for absentee ballots spark debate at elections board | State board prepares for upcoming election

West Virginia: Ohio Co. commission OKs voting machines

Tuesday, 06 October 2015

October 6, 2015

National News: New research has uncovered a surprising factor that helps people vote. And it involves marshmallows | The Supreme Court's new term: Here's what to watch

Alabama: How Alabama will save $11M -- but undermine the voter ID cause | DMV closings draw call for federal voting rights probe | Voters can get ID at registrar's office | More nationwide criticism of driver's license office closures | Merrill responds to call for DOJ to investigate closures | Coffee Co. voter registrars sworn in

Alaska: Behind the ballot | Power is on at all polling places

Florida: Lee SOE lacks written purchasing rules, audit says | Collier SOE presents 'Art for Democracy' | Audit of Harrington finds no wrongdoing

Georgia: Macon-Bibb has 7 fewer precincts this election cycle

Illinois: Mobile voting expected to become easier for seniors | New voter ID cards

Indiana: Balloting begins | Lentz named voter registration employee of the year | Charlie White begins home detention sentence

Kansas: Culling voter records to take weeks in some Kansas counties | Kansas counties begin process of cancelling incomplete voter registrations | Sedgwick Co. finds 1700 matches on suspended voters list | Ellis Co. begins process of purging rolls

Kentucky: County ready for Nov. 3

Maryland: Katherine Berry pursues flawless election day

Massachusetts: House, Senate at odds over 2016 state primary date

Michigan: Lawmakers introduce bills to simplify voter registration

Mississippi: Forrest Co. receives reimbursement for voting machines | City, Hinds Co. prep for polling place changes | Hinds: Jackson to blame for precincts

New Hampshire: Voters without ID will take Polaroids at Keene polls

New York: Broome's towns facing sticker shock for 2016 elections | Ex-elections commissioner accused of altering petition

North Carolina: Hearing set on voter ID challenge | Fayetteville early voting turnout low | Asheville voters got wrong polling site information

Ohio: Election officials prepare for voter registration deadline | Ohio elections chief offers website as early voting begins  

Oklahoma: Oklahoma will soon allow OVR

Pennsylvania: Philly pols publicizing OVR as deadline approaches | OVR gets popular

Tennessee: Instant runoff in Memphis elections? It's complicated, officials say

Texas: San Antonio councilman looks to shake up local voting

Utah: Mail-in ballots on their way | Hundreds of thousands of ballots

Wisconsin: Opponents ask court to relax Wisconsin voter ID requirements

Monday, 05 October 2015

October 3-5, 2015

Alabama: Clinton, Dems slam Alabama decision to close driver's license offices | Dems say Alabama's closure of driver's-license offices could make it harder for black residents to vote | State Supreme Court rules for Horowitz in voter fraud case

Alaska: Just in time: Power restored to all Fairbanks polling places for Tuesday election

Arizona: Voters to decide date of future city elections

California: LA County reboot of voting machine tech makes progress

Delaware: State senator proposes mail-in voting for school elections

Florida: Pinellas, Pasco elections supervisors say group's registration mailer confuses voters | Supervisor of elections warns of misleading mailer | Early voting pales compared to '13

Indiana: New law allows voters to have interpreters

Kansas: Tough voter ID rules pull Kansas into multiple lawsuits | Abilene woman concerned about her right to vote

Maryland: MoCo council grills election board head on voting site shifts

Michigan: New bills introduced to allow automatic voter registration

Minnesota: SoS talks about voting issues, idea | Councilors oppose ranked choice voting system | Nirvana member supports ranked choice voting with concert

New Mexico: Duran faces 65th charge: Identity theft | County to make fee payment of $215K | San Juan Co. to improve accessibility

New York: Election night results move slowly in Herkimer Co.

North Carolina: Inside the battle over North Carolina's voter ID law | Battle lines over voting laws grow | Suit threatened against Wake elections board

Ohio: Thousands removed from Butler Co. voter rolls due to inactivity

Pennsylvania: 33 from Westmoreland Co. inducted into state's Voter Hall of Fame

Tennessee: Memphis early vote turnout higher than in 2009 and 2011

Texas: Commissioners to look at voting machines | Lone Star College seeks to help make voting easier

Vermont: Condos on modernizing Vermont's voting machines | Vermont GOP questions neutrality of election official | Condos responds to bias accusation

Virginia: Franklin Co. will vote on paper ballots in November | City has new voting machines

Washington: Election officials sending postcards to unregistered voters in Grant and Adams counties | State adopts opposing stance from Yakima in redistricting case

Wisconsin: Walker: There's time to restructure GAB before 2016 | Local clerks see potential of e-poll books | Lawyers prepare to argue over expansion of Wisconsin voter ID law

Friday, 02 October 2015

October 2, 2015

Alabama: License office closures raise voting concerns

California: LA city council adopts resolution supporting Motor Voter Act

District of Columbia: Law Center launches voting rights institute

Florida: Rep. Alan Williams files for supervisor of elections | Wesley Wilcox seeks second term as supervisor of elections | Corley seeks another term as supervisor of elections | David Stafford seeks fourth term as elections boss | 'It's legal,' say Orange Co. officials of partisan groups processing absentee ballot requests

Georgia: Sunday voting comes to Muscogee Co. for next elections

Kansas: Kansas officials to cull incomplete voter forms | Hearing will be set in Kansas for voter registration dispute | Judge denies restraining order against Kobach in suspended voters suit | Douglas Co. clerk announces plan for handling suspense voter list | Thousands of Kansas voters to disappear from list | Kobach says voter fraud charges to protect voter rights

Kentucky: Polling place changes in Christian, none for Todd or Trigg | Voter rolls subject of threatened lawsuit | Judge-executive appeals to KY Supreme Court

Maryland: MoCo BOE accused of voter suppression | Dems cry foul over proposed closing of early voting sites

Massachusetts: Voting machines, well-tended, ready for use in Nov. 3

New Hampshire: Superior Court approves motion to postpone Derry special election

New Mexico: Prepare for long court battle in Duran case

New York: Universal voter sign-up asked for with state bill

North Carolina: Shaw, St. Augustine's University students march to vote| Disagreement becomes heated | Bladenboro voters entertain idea of one polling location for all elections

Ohio: Court sides with Husted on county board matter | High court favors Husted

Oklahoma: New law affects dates and times for early voting

Pennsylvania: Some Connellsville voters to change polling location

South Carolina: Elections funding OK

Tennessee: Election commission tests new system

Utah: Vote-by-mail changes may be coming

Virginia: Franklin Co. switches to paper ballots, optical scan for November| Open houses to test voting machines

West Virginia: WWII vet achieves WV Voter Hall of Fame award

Thursday, 01 October 2015

October 1, 2015

Alabama: State says closing driver's license offices won't limit access to voter ID cards | Ala. Supreme Court reverses ruling on 2013 voter fraud case

Arizona: Changes coming to Mohave Co. voting locations

Arkansas: Polls moving to city hall | Protect Fayetteville files motion to dismiss election lawsuit

Connecticut: Killingly officials offering rides to polls on Election Day | Voter info caught in tangle as registrars continue to wrangle | Weston's Republican registrar and deputy resign

Florida: Clay Co. officials to lawmakers: Protect voters' info | Town must decide soon on 2016 election plan

Georgia: Henry Co. elections office move is temporary | Election controversy over polling location in College Park

Illinois: No funding for Illinois Elections Board means noncompliance

Kansas: Paul Davis' firm sues to strike down proof-of-citizenship law, block 90-day rule | Voters challenge citizenship rule | Nov. 3 election has only one polling location

Kentucky: Bill filed to save money on local option elections | Two precincts get new home

Maryland: State Dems to fight shift of MoCo early voting sites | State legislators say they've found solution to early voting site controversy

Minnesota: Nirvana's Novoselic hosts ranked-choice battle of the bands in Duluth | Polling places cut to 13

Nebraska: Problems with polling places

New Mexico: AG: Office's legal counsel off-limits to SoS

New York: Judge upholds Ramapo vote | Extra hours for voter registration announced in Niagara

North Carolina: Forsyth elections board to interview director candidates soon | Caldwell Co. BOE announces changes to precincts in areas of county | Justice Center will continue to be used as polling place

Ohio: BOE to implement upgraded polling tech for November| Preble Co. BOE to test scanners | BOE introduces new feature on website | Consolidation is a no-go says BOE

Pennsylvania: Many voting machines in Pa. are more than 10 years old | Polling places to change for 4 Bucks Co. municipalities

Texas: Elections office: Mail ballots not from us | Austin citizen's complaint leads to regular early voting hours

Utah: Navajo Nation calls for voting reforms in San Juan Co.

Vermont: Vermont readies new online elections management tool

West Virginia: W.Va. unveils new online voter registration process

Wisconsin: GAB head asks lawmakers to delay overhaul of elections agency | GOP completes bill to overhaul GAB

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September 30, 2015

National News: Doubts about redistricting case

California: Officials prep for mail ballot

Colorado: Mayoral election to use instant runoff voting | New drop box not just for ballots

Connecticut: Panel approves $6.7M for election upgrades

Florida: Redistricting ruling could come next week | Supervisor of elections' budget funded

Georgia: Mayor: There will be Sunday voting this fall

Indiana: Voters in 3 Allen Co. communities must stay home on Election Day | Election officials finalize list of St. Joseph Co. polling places

Iowa: Law removing felons' voting rights is upheld

Kansas: Local activist to hold protests to encourage voting | Group: Active military members among suspended voters

Maryland: Republican defends early voting site

Massachusetts: With no quorum, board of registrars needs new members quickly

Mississippi: Scan licenses to pull up voter info at polls

New Jersey: Voter education website launched | Atlantic Co. BOE wrestles with application mailing

New Mexico: Sandoval to pay $215K in election settlement | AG cuts ties with secretary of state's office

Ohio: Recount confirms winner | Bonds pay for new voting machines | Allen Co. checks voter check-in system in mock election | Husted appoints Hoverman to Van Wert Co. BOE

South Carolina: County officials will conduct future city elections in Belton | Candidate takes election loss to court

Texas: County facing hefty ADA compliance bill

West Virginia: Ohio Co. looking into new voting machines