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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

November 22, 2017

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National News: Judges question privacy watchdog's right to sue WH election commission

Alabama: Ineligible voter, city officials speak about voter fraud complaints

Arkansas: Benton Co. receives new voting machines

Colorado: Ballot audit in ArapCo created to build voter confidence

Florida: Now you can register to vote online. Here are Florida's one-month totals

Georgia: State to investigate Warner Robins election complaints

Kansas: Elections chair offers different perspective on 2018 secretary of state run | Kobach's office reviewing security of Crosscheck program

Kentucky: SBOE has new director, assistant director

Louisiana: Recount process begins with inspection of voting machines

Maine: Advocates seeking to nullify delay of ranked-choice voting

Michigan: Garlin Gilchrist asks for recount in hotly contested clerk's race

Minnesota: New Cass Co. election administrator | Anoka Co. woman charged for voting twice in 2016 election

Mississippi: Registered voters who aren't voting waste taxpayer's money, election commissioners say

Montana: Gallatin Co. seeks change to elections administrator

New Mexico: Judge wants more details on ranked-choice voting in Santa Fe

New York: Recount could delay certification of Greene Co. election results | City council resists speaker's push to put pal on elections board

Ohio: Lorain Co. BOE OKs counting 9 provisional ballots | Cuyahoga Co. elections board asks prosecutor to review suspect Cleveland absentee ballot applications | Recount to be held in two Lucas Co. races | Election results certifications delayed in Crawford Co.

Pennsylvania: West York councilwoman to challenge results of election marred by oversight | Multiple tied races in Mercer Co.

Texas: Should city elections be moved to odd years?

Virginia: House Republicans threaten to sue elections board | State again delays certification of elections as Dems file third lawsuit | Vienna polling place will return to traditional venue

Wisconsin: Eau Claire woman charged with voter fraud

Wyoming: Murray announces plan to evaluate Wyoming's voting equipment

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

November 21, 2017

National News: How are manufacturers securing their voting machines? | Dems call for states to get $400M for election security upgrades | Judge: Voter fraud commission on ice till next year

Alabama: Town hall meeting clears up misconceptions on voting rights for felons | Phenix City manager calls alleged voter fraud a 'diabolical scheme'

Arkansas: Crawford Co. budget committee approves election equipment purchase

Connecticut: Court challenge to East Haven mayoral results concludes |

Florida: Online voter registration favors Dems over GOP in early run | Bill to protect voter info filed in both houses | Ben & Jerry's calls on Florida to restore voting rights to most felons | Will convicted felons soon have the right to vote?

Georgia: Cherokee schools OK partnership with elections board

Illinois: Divided vote keeps Illinois in Crosscheck program

Indiana: Porter Co. adds new election equipment

Kansas: Budget continues to divide election office and Shawnee Co. commissioner

Kentucky: Information still scarce on e-poll books

Massachusetts: Saugus recount set for Nov. 27 | Zakim, city council push to increase access to ballots | Worcester election commission backs early ballot approach in municipal elections

Michigan: Hackel criticizes board effort to remove Spranger

Montana: East Helena race still tied after recount, other council members to make final decision

New Hampshire: Lawsuit challenging proof-of-residence voting law slated for trial

New Mexico: Precinct consolidation, mail ballots could save more than $66K

New York: Election results remain unchanged following addition of absentee ballot

North Carolina: Some people voted in Winterville council race that shouldn't have | Bladen Co. BOE sets date for Dublin protest hearing

Oregon: Dems vote to keep primary closed

Pennsylvania: York Co. finds only one race could have been impacted by machine glitch | More than 2,900 double votes found in York Co. recount | York Co. officials say overvotes didn't affect results, but numbers tell different story | Former Pa. election czar fired, records show

Virginia: Activist files suit against Virginia Beach for violations of VRA | Report shows voter rolls need cleaning | Virginia official: At least 83 Fredericksburg-area voters were assigned to wrong House district | Harrisonburg voting precinct wins distinction | Virginia election officials delay certification in close House race

Wisconsin: Elections officials hoping to restore jobs that were cut

Monday, 20 November 2017

November 18-20, 2017

National News: What are voting machine companies doing about cyber? | 'Proof of citizenship' voting laws may surge | Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking safeguards for elections

Alabama: Merrill promotes new technology for election process in Alabama | Crossover voters will not be prosecuted | Crossover votes: 140 confirmed, no further investigation | Secretary of state releases instructions for casting write-in votes

Arkansas: Benton Co. gets new voting equipment

Connecticut: Small town Conn. election decided by coin toss

Florida: Florida may counter 'growing threat' to election security | New polling places announced for special election primary

Georgia: No runoff in Atlanta council race

Kansas: Schwab makes case for secretary of state bid

Kentucky: Judicial Watch sues Kentucky for 'dirty' voter rolls

Maine: Recount of Winslow votes finds tie for council seat | Secretary of state sets up legal fight with WH fraud panel

Maryland: Federal officials convict 'John Doe' of voter fraud | Washington Co. BOE rejects proposal to use building by senior center for early voting

Massachusetts: Riley petitions for recount

Michigan: Wayne Co. board of canvassers to consider Detroit election results; recount still possible | Judge shoots down challenge to Detroit absentee vote count | Macomb Co. clerk alleges collusion | Embattled Macomb Co. clerk suffers fresh setback in case with union

Minnesota: Voter turnout bounces back in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Nebraska: Election workers honored for long-time service

New Hampshire: Bill seeks to bring ranked choice to NH | Poll: Many not concerned about voter fraud in NH

New York: Poll workers hard to come by

North Carolina: Recount request is denied | Two local elected officials could be chosen by pulling names out of a jar

Ohio: Supreme Court schedules January oral arguments for Ohio voter purge case | Mahoning Co. election grabs attention of the state

Pennsylvania: More Berks voters go to the polls than expected

Tennessee: Ranked choice voting not likely given state's opinion | It's official, Montgomery Co. will have May primaries for county races

Texas: City of McAllen approves $185K purchase of new voting machines

Virginia: Town opts for November election next year | Virginia judge won't force count of 55 absentee ballots

West Virginia: Secretary of state, county clerks urge residents to update voter information

Wisconsin: Wisconsin elections head says reduced staff poses risks

Friday, 17 November 2017

November 17, 2017

National News: Dunlap seeks injunction to force WH fraud panel to release documents

Alabama: Write-in votes are only counted if they could impact election | Voters to use digital poll check-in devices in December election

Arkansas: Polling place closing, clerk explains ordinance

California: Registrar's report explains May election results

Colorado: Colorado embarks on a first-of-its-kind election audit | Boulder Co. to audit election counts

Connecticut: Election decided by coin toss

Georgia: Tight Atlanta city council race could lead to a do-over election

Indiana: Election board tables plan for vote centers

Kansas: Voter turnout grows in city election, with help from KU programs | Shawnee Co. voting canvass breaks tie in local election

Maine: Dunlap seeks injunction to force WH fraud panel to release documents | Jill Stein joins push to save ranked choice | Study: Maine ballot questions too confusing even for college graduates

Minnesota: Will ranked choice get the nod

Nevada: State, county election officials say challenge to recalls should be tossed

New York: City council passes bill allowing NYC voters to register online

Ohio: Mahoning Co. mulls new voting machines | Election board approves provisional count

Rhode Island: Rule change in the works for voter registration

Virginia: Expert: Postal Service change may be key to late-arriving absentee ballots in tight Va. races | Republicans hope to intervene in Stafford Co. suit

Wyoming: Clerk wants feedback on voting equipment

Thursday, 16 November 2017

November 16, 2017

National News: Are voting machine hacks overblown? | Hackers to help make voting machines safe again | After months of silence, a blip of activity from WH voter fraud panel

Colorado: States starting to implement audits to bolster election integrity

Connecticut: Mystery of 'disappearing' ballots solved after election recount

Florida: Pinellas voters set paces as voting rights petitions keep piling up

Georgia: Runoff chosen as method to decide city council tie | Election officials announce recount in Atlanta race

Idaho: Voter Crosscheck concerns merit scrutiny, but reports misconstrued program, Denney says

Illinois: Democratic lawmakers urge end to controversial cross-state voter check

Indiana: Plea deal signed in Vigo official's voter fraud case

Maine: Dentures left in ME polling place remain unclaimed | One week later, dentures yet to be claimed

Michigan: New voting equipment makes Election Day smoother in Macomb Co.

Minnesota: Students gain educational and personal experience as election workers

New York: City council looks at easing online voter registration | New system speeds up ballot counting process

North Carolina: Iredell elections chief: Voters take it for granted | No clarity in two elections

Ohio: Secretary of state responds to Mahoning vote counting snafu | Secretary of state tells Mahoning BOE to document error

Pennsylvania: York Co. recount complete | Campaign workers say they had right to politick inside doors

South Carolina: SC voting machines seeing more problems with age | Voter fraud complaint filed by candidate in Midlands election

Tennessee: Election commission weighing purchase of new voting machines | Daniel Perigo selected as next Stewart Co. election administrator | Election commission reviews map of new voting precinct lines

Texas: Travis Co. seeks to update 16-year-old system | Upshur Co. moving forward with permanent countywide voting

Virginia: County election results certified; Hancock to file for recount | Democrats file federal lawsuit demanding Stafford Co. allow 55 absentee ballots | Latest challenge in 28th District House race claims 600 ballots were miscast

Wisconsin: Election group counts votes despite county getting new voting machines | Milwaukee to more than double early voting sites for 2018 election

Wyoming: State task force created to replace voting equipment | Technology quickly outpacing Wyoming's election equipment

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

November 15, 2017

National News: Russian Twitter trolls stoked voter fraud fear before election

Arizona: Voting rights group says state is in violation of NVRA

Connecticut: Canton polling place chosen in 2017 election audit draft | Last time voting at Ridgefield church

Florida: Students hold campus discussion on voter suppression

Georgia: Two Ga. election servers were erased, here's what we know | Group aims to recall Kemp | Allegations of alcohol for votes is 'outrageous' councilwoman says

Idaho: Idaho will revisit being part of 'sloppy' voter fraud program

Illinois: Debate over crosscheck voter data program reaches to Illinois

Kansas: Coin flip decides suburban Kansas City council race

Louisiana: Local and state officials worried about turnout for Saturday's election

Massachusetts: In wake of dismal voter turnout, legislators consider automatic voter registration

Michigan: New voting machines work well in Clark Twp. | Challenger wants Detroit's absentee ballots tossed

Montana: New election administrator position proposed

New Jersey: Mail-in and provisional ballots sway election night results | Incumbent to seek hand recount of mail-in ballots

New York: City election officials consider online voter registration | Clarkstown, Orangetown election results challenged

North Carolina: Three voting precincts recounted | Election hearing is Thursday |Close races in Brunswick Co. prompt recount for several elections | Election board rejects challenge of Uniontown absentee ballots

Oklahoma: Special elections cost taxpayers thousands

Pennsylvania: York Co. recount underway | Erie Co. official vote count: No changes | Locals recognized for election volunteering

Rhode Island: Group wants director, lawyer removed from RI BOE

Tennessee: State official questions legality of Memphis instant runoffs

Utah: Elections office fills in blank ovals on ballots

Virginia: Lone absentee ballot remains rejected for 94th District race | Judge throws out lawsuit in key Va. House race | After additional votes counted, Dudenhefer, Thomas still come out on top in Stafford election

Washington: Problem ballots can make a difference in an election

West Virginia: Secretary of state's office registers students to vote

Wyoming: Laramie Co. to update older voting equipment

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

November 14, 2017

National News: Widespread problems reported to election protection hotline

Alabama: Merrill says date of special election unlikely to change

Arizona: AG says counties may maintain own voter rolls

Colorado: Boulder Co. awaits 'cured' ballots from voters

Idaho: Dems call to pull state from Crosscheck |Election employees raise concerns on voter fraud program

Illinois: Kane clerk looks at way to handle Aurora elections

Indiana: Vigo Co. groups allege voter suppression

Kansas: County approves almost 8K ballots, 117 provisional ballots | New Kansas driver's licenses vex election poll book scanners | Disabled voters tossed because they didn't write their names

Massachusetts: Worcester voter turnout study backs easier registration process | Ricker calls for manual recount in mayoral race | Mashpee moves voting location

Michigan: Guidelines prevent voter fraud in Lansing |Lawsuit calls for Detroit's absentee ballots to be thrown out | State law may allow commissioners to remove Macomb Co. clerk

Minnesota: Supreme Court to hear MN voter apparel law challenge | Recount requested in Minneapolis

New York: Rennselaer Co. election board starts absentee ballot counting | Saratoga Springs residents angry over attorney hired to oversee absentee ballot count

North Carolina: Court-appointed specialist draws new maps

Ohio: Court sides with blind voters over Ohio | Court says Husted must prove Ohio can't accommodate blind voters | High school senior participates in 'Youth in the Booth' state program

Pennsylvania: Voter recount happening today | Contentious start as York Co. election recount gets underway| Westmoreland's mistaken practice of allowing age-based absentee voting ends

Rhode Island: BOE moves to close voter registration loophole

South Carolina: Election officials: 'Everybody thought they should be able to vote' in Myrtle Beach races

Tennessee: Tennessee elections coordinator says ranked-choice not permissible

Texas: Can Texas ban political t-shirts, buttons from polling places?

Virginia: Students opt to vote with provisional ballots Nov. 7 | Protestors demand that absentee ballots be counted in tight Stafford race | Dedicated to the polls: Precinct chief Kathy Massie has served for more than 25 years | Stafford officials defer action on 55 absentee ballots | Registrar disputes Democrats' claim that absentee ballots in Va. House race went uncounted

Washington: Yakima Co. election officials not expecting new ballots

Wyoming: State, counties look to replace aging voting machines

Monday, 13 November 2017

November 11-13, 2017

National News: Multi-state voter crosscheck system raises security questions | A year later, elections aren't much more secure | Gardner: Lawsuits, death, arrest have tied up elections integrity panel

Arkansas: Secretary of state Mark Martin in middle of voter data controversy

Florida: New online voter registration a 'great tool' elections officials say

Idaho: Despite promises of privacy, Idaho shares voter data | In Idaho, program to fight voter fraud may cause more problems than it helps

Iowa: State investigating possible voting violation

Kansas: Electronic voting equipment malfunctions in Rooks Co.

Kentucky: Detective faced charges after impeding election

Maine: Campaign to restore Maine ranked-choice voting collects over half of necessary signatures

Maryland: Count in two Annapolis races continues

Massachusetts: Clerk Campbell now looks to next election | Advocates push AVR in Massachusetts | Group aims to address low Woburn voter turnout | State would help pay for a special election in Attleboro

Michigan: New voting equipment makes Macomb, St. Clair county clerks' jobs easier | Clerk: Election went well with new equipment in Lenawee

Montana: County to consider adding unelected election administrator | Missoula Co. elections administrator job open for applications

Nevada: Carson City chief deputy running for clerk-recorder

New Hampshire: Gardner: Lawsuits, death, arrest have tied up elections integrity panel

New Jersey: Provisional ballots may flip freeholder race

New York: Syracuse mayor pans NY voting rules | Women bike to remember suffrage struggle | Kennedy begins 'time and attendance' audit at Suffolk BOE | Saratoga Co. absentee vote count fuels call for lawyer oversight

Oklahoma: Sen. Standridge: Legislators should pay cost of special elections after resigning

Pennsylvania: York Co. to begin recount of contested ballots | Election director: Luzerne Co. voting machines showing their age | Pa. Supreme Court orders redistricting lawsuit to proceed

Texas: Upshur Co. commissioners to hold hearing on countywide vote centers

Virginia: Stafford registrar denies his office disqualified absentee ballots | Vote count in close Stafford races fuels criticisms, concern | Updated: Simonds gets names of rejected absentee voters, but not envelopes

Wisconsin: New League of Women Voters director

Friday, 10 November 2017

November 10, 2017

National News: Why it's harder than you think to hack a voting machine | Maine Secretary of State sues WH voter fraud commission | Dunlap sues panel for information about its work

California: Mendocino Co. has 4142 ballots to count

Colorado: Ballots still being counted and votes tabulated, secretary of state's office says | In Saguache on Election Day, mail-in ballots were sitting in a crime scene

Georgia: Secretary of state launched investigation into Reed | Secretary of state investigating vote-buying in Milton

Idaho: Voter Crosscheck system has Idahoans' private data--and lax security | Heyburn to resolve city council tie with coin flip

Iowa: Iowa secretary of state candidate visits ISU | After votes canvassed, Olson decides against asking for recount

Maine: Maine Secretary of State sues WH voter fraud commission | Dunlap sues panel for information about its work | Dentures left in a Maine polling booth, city searches for owner

Massachusetts: Low voter turnout cited in new push for auto registration | Voter turnout is a record low | Galvin will seek 7th term as secretary of state

Michigan: Chief judge gives Spranger directive

Minnesota: Kobuchar introduces automatic voter registration bill | Minneapolis declares ranked choice voting a success

Missouri: County clerk's office updating registered voter list

Montana: Ballot issues delayed Flathead Co. vote count

New Mexico: Judge says ballot cast under his name not his | New to case, another district judge issues order on ranked-choice voting

New York: Online voter registration on verge of passage in NYC | Saratoga Springs council may hire lawyer for ballot count | Challenger in Brooklyn race vows legal action over alleged polling irregularities

North Carolina: Soots seeks recount of Wilkesboro ballots due to malfunctioning tabulator

Ohio: Marion Co. may spend up to $900K replacing voting equipment | Handful of races face possible automatic recount | Mistake in ballot counting does not affect local races | Two Cleveland races could hinge on post-election vote counting

Oregon: Locked drop boxes don't deter late voters' determination in Lane Co.

Pennsylvania: York Co. to count double votes from Tuesday | York Co. to manually recount election results | Chinese native observes American voting in Pine Twp. | Praise given for fire department's Election Day help | Gallegos: Some issues with machines during election | Justices order Pa. redistricting lawsuit to proceed | Monessen's mayor-elect sees no need to pursue challenge on absentee ballots | Pennsylvania election glitches called 'isolated issues'

South Carolina: Councilman claims election tampering after defeat

Tennessee: Kyle Mallory appoint to replace Ray Sexton on election commission

Texas: Commissioner scrap old voting machines

Utah: Local ballot count slowed by special request from Paul Ryan | Why local elections are losing their luster

Virginia: Former felons who can vote again explain the power of the ballot | Former felons also took the polls Election Day

Wisconsin: Voters arrive in steady stream

Thursday, 09 November 2017

November 9, 2017

National News: President's DHS pick worried about voting systems | Dem rep's bill would require paper ballots, recounts in close elections | Election officials race to combat cyber attacks

Arizona: Groups sue over Arizona's dual-track voter registration

California: A look at election security in Siskiyou Co.

Colorado: Weld elections staff counts ballots in record time thanks to new equipment | Secretary of state: Pueblo County's election counting handled smoothly | Secretary Williams honors former SOS Natalie Meyer

Florida: Elections office focuses on cybersecurity | Decision to close Washington Co. polling precincts put on hold

Georgia: Fulton Co. election results again come in late | Low voter turnout 'disappointing' to elections supervisor

Idaho: S. Idaho officials trying to figure out election tie breaker

Iowa: Linn Co. Auditor's office preps for December election

Maine: Voter turn out is a point of pride in New Haven | Limerick man says he was almost denied right to vote

Massachusetts: Brockton elections chief oversees final vote before retiring

Michigan: New voting equipment brings Kalamazoo election results in record time | Loser in Detroit election may challenge results, which were counted by the victor | Recount likely in 4th Ward race | Election workers go all day to preserve integrity of voting | Gilchrist raises voting issues, mulls recount | Gilchrist: Election process needs to be transparent

Minnesota: Tabulation process begins in Minneapolis mayoral election | St. Paul mayoral candidate 'involved' in voter fraud investigation, police say |Clerk: Minneapolis mayoral results will be known Wednesday | Frey wins Minneapolis mayoral race | Voter turnout for Minneapolis municipal elections highest in decades

Mississippi: Hearing in 2015 election dispute set for April

Missouri: Man accused of voting in both Wyandotte and Jackson Co. elections

Montana: Ballot kerfuffle stirs up Darby race

Nevada: Democrats ask court to halt recall efforts of Nevada senators

New Hampshire: Higher than expected turnout leads to ballot shortage | Accessible voting debuts in Concord for local race

New Jersey: Rare election glitch: Machine out of calibration

New Mexico: Move to recuse judge clouds ranked-choice voting case | County pays tens of thousands in rent for voting centers | Judge: State workers can take paid leave to vote in most elections

New York:'Undervotes' abound on Broome Co. ballots | Write-in ballots unusually popular this election

North Carolina: County seeks voting machine extension from General Assembly | Voters in WNC town re-elect man who died last week

Ohio: Mahoning Co. elections director: Issue with machine did not affect election | Four Lake Co. races being monitored for possible automatic recounts | Error leads to incorrect Mahoning Co. election results | Outcome to close local elections won't be known for weeks 

Pennsylvania: Voting machine problems: What are York Co.'s options? | York Co. still scrambling to resolve races impacted by voting machine error | Is your vote safe? Penn State panel casts doubts, but county election chief says not to worry | 'Isolated' election issues reported in Pa. | Unofficial York Co. election results to be finalized later this week | Pa. secretary of state: No major polling issues on Election Day| Turnout average despite snowstorm | Hearing scheduled in Monessen absentee ballot flap could be moot | Early visit to polling place gets man arrested for DUI

South Carolina: Final bill for Aiken Co. council chair election almost $47K

Tennessee: Top 10 candidates for Stewart Co. administrator of elections chosen for interviews

Texas: Bexar Co. sees record low voter turnout

Virginia: Vote canvass changes lead in House races

West Virginia: WV's new ID rules for voters move forward | Secretary of State Mac Warner talks election integrity

Wisconsin: After voter ID law changes, student groups hope to use extra funds to register people to vote | Elections officials work to secure the vote in 2018