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2017

Tuesday, 08 August 2017

August 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: Through Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: Amid DHS leadership shuffle, voting systems remain vulnerable

Alabama: Jackson Co. seeks electronic poll books for elections

Arizona: Reagan vows to begin maintaining records of voter roll changes

Arkansas: Pulaski Co. prepares for new voter ID law | Franklin Co. voters get first look at voter ID law

California: Hacking the vote: Why voting systems aren't as secure as you might think

Florida: Ben & Jerry's backs Florida felon voting rights restoration | Bingo night causes Manatee Co. to lose voting location

Georgia: Legislators hold joint press conference on improper voter registration purge notices

Iowa: Linn Co. auditor believes risk from data release 'minimized'

Kansas: Commissioner questions Shawnee Co. voter canvass

Massachusetts: Hoping for fairytale ending after wedding band found in polling place

Michigan: Detroit's election problems draw attention and candidates to city clerk race | New voting machines ready for primary day in Michigan | Voter turnout in primary to be low, but could show promise, clerk says | Foes seek to capitalize on Detroit clerk's woes | New voting equipment in Ottawa Co.

Missouri: Ashcroft visits Troy to speak on voter ID changes | County clerk wants to ensure painless voting in Tuesday's election | Politically Speaking: Secretary of State Ashcroft on getting the word out about voter ID law | Columbia to hold special election that could cost more than revenue expected from proposition

Montana: Voter fraud allegations roil Montana elections officials

New Hampshire: Secretary of state to send scanned images of voter data | ACLU, state come to terms on release of voter data

North Dakota: ND Dems say state shouldn't share voter data

Tennessee: Galesburg election commission corrects error on voter cards

Texas: House panel approves three mail-in ballot fraud bills

Utah: Special election to cost Utah Co. $500K | Iron Co. preparing for Aug. 15 primary

Virginia: Danville registrar's office moving into larger space across street

Monday, 07 August 2017

August 5-7, 2017

Editor’s Note: From Monday August 7-Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: Voting machine hackers have 5 tips to save the next election | States ramping up defenses against election hacks | Administration stirs alarm over voter purges | LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, Aug. 6, 1965

Alabama: County must solicit bids for e-poll books

Arizona: Secretary of state vows to maintain voter notification records

Arkansas: In test of voter ID law, the jury is still out

California: Group says 11 counties may have more registered voters than eligible | Padilla still resists voter records request

Colorado: Model City: Denver cleaned up its voter rolls and boosted turnout

Florida: Broward voter rolls case has national implications | ACLU to help on voting rights restoration | Florida will pay $82K after losing vote-by-mail lawsuit

Guam: Election reform debated

Idaho: Denney sends voter commission public records form, bill

Illinois: Court rules on voting booth selfies | He wanted to take a ballot selfie but was told he couldn't. So he took it to court | Same-day voter registration challenge tossed back to lower court | Seventh Circuit upholds same-day registration

Iowa: Meet Deidre DeJear, candidate for secretary of state | Linn auditor investigating voter data release

Kansas: Kansas grandmother deported for voter fraud

Kentucky: Disabled Kentuckians had lowest voter turnout in 2016

Louisiana: Voter ID procedures create confusion

Maine: Maine regularly sells voter data it denied to feds

Maryland: Amid immigration battles, College Park considers giving noncitizens the right to vote

Massachusetts: Voter registration deadlines remain while judge's ruling is appealed | Greater Fall River election officials wary of same day registration

Michigan: Lansing tests new voting equipment | Lansing voters, meet your new voting machines | Detroit officials promise results by 10:30pm

Minnesota: Bloomington, St. Louis Park prepare for primary elections

Mississippi: Madison Co. officials are investigating possible voter fraud

New Hampshire: AG says Gardner is required by law to share NH voter data | Hearing set in challenge to voter fraud commission

New York: SBOE decision to hand over data sparks anger

Ohio: Attorney, council member say 2 elections commissioners must resign because of Cranley links

Tennessee: Free workshop aimed at improving voter engagement

Texas: Voting machine maker sues to block rival companies

Utah: Utah residents help officials vet new voting machines | Wastach, Utah county officials sort out special election ballot blunder | Ballot mix-up, municipal drop-outs increase Utah Co. taxpayers' cost to administer primary election

Vermont: Vermont continues to deny data request

West Virginia: Ex-workers in secretary of state's office sue over firings

Friday, 04 August 2017

August 4, 2017

Editor’s Note: From Monday August 7-Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: Top Dem argues to keep commission that fights election hacks | New lawsuits cite president's comments, tweets to challenge voting panel

Colorado: More than 5K Coloradans cancel registration | In Aspen, secretary of state candidate blasts Colorado for releasing voter data

Florida: Elections chief orders changes after Post reports, state attorney probe | Florida will pay $82K after losing vote-by-mail lawsuit

Georgia: After lawsuit, Fulton Co. to reconsider polling location changes | Snellville announces change in polling place

Guam: Election, party officials weigh in on bill to move primary

Illinois: New director chosen for election commission | Three normal polling places shut down

Indiana: Lawson speaks on Russian hacks and 'rigged' elections

Iowa: Democrat Jim Mowrer to run for secretary of state

Kansas: Shawnee Co. elections office recognized nationally with award

Kentucky: AG: Rowan election board compliant with Open Meetings Act

Massachusetts: Voter registration stands for Framingham city election

Michigan: See how Detroit's new voting machines will work on election day | Grand Rapids First Ward polling place moved to due to school construction | Detroit city clerk candidates address department concerns | After problem-plagued November election, Detroit clerk pledges smooth primary next week

Missouri: Ashcroft hosts voter ID informational meetings across Missouri | Ashcroft stops in St. Louis to answer ID questions | County clerk prepares for August election

New York: Decision to give WH panel voter data sparks anger | PS 201 polling site to return | LeFrak City voters decry move of poll

North Carolina: Elections rule would make false voter fraud reports a felony

North Dakota: North Dakota may give voter data to WH panel after all

Ohio: Lawmaker wants automatic voter registration | E-pollbooks behind consolidation of precincts | Council tussles over lawyer's appointment to elections panel

Texas: Voting machine maker sues to block rival companies' paper-using devices | County to stay with joint primary elections | Edinburg votes to extend early polling hours

Washington: County auditors want state to pay its 'fair share' on the price of elections

Thursday, 03 August 2017

August 3, 2017

National News: A solution to hackers? More hackers | Confidence in US election system's invulnerability erodes | 33 states, 36 localities asked DHS for help protecting election | States with election day registration see bonus for democracy | Cyberthreats to US elections are prominent and growing | How states are handling WH voter data request

Alabama: Voting machines ready to go after test run-through | Polling places may differ for senate and municipal elections

Florida: Manatee Co. sees spike in voters canceling registrations | Pensacola group wants to restore voting rights to ex-felons | Elections supervisor takes first steps to combat absentee ballot fraud

Georgia: Forsyth Co. to remove voters with incorrect information from registration | About 17K inactive voters removed from rolls in Richmond Co.

Illinois: Rennels won't seek re-election as Coles Co. clerk

Iowa: Voter turnout in McIntire couldn't be any lower for special election

Kansas: Appeals court ruling requires Kobach to testify under oath

Michigan: New voting machines coming to Michigan: Here's how they're different | Some Michigan communities to see new voting machines at their precincts | State elections officials show off new voting machines | Grand Traverse Co. getting new voting equipment | Candidate Questionnaires: City Clerk

Missouri: Ashcroft travels state talking about new ID law | New election commissioner sworn in

New Hampshire: Lasky, Kurk want injunction against Gardner

New York: NY to share voter data | Ruling expected soon on fate of Schenectady primary

North Carolina: Opponents expect new NC voter suppression bill

Ohio: Electronic poll books to debut in special election

Tennessee: Snyder tapped as VP of county election commission association | Court hears vote-count case

Texas: County voting boxes will be consolidated

Utah: Security on mind as state auditions new voting machines, software | Utah demos newer, more secure voting machines | Now Wasatch Co. has sent GOP congressional primary ballots to unaffiliated voters | State evaluating new voting machines, but counties may have to pick up tab | State will comply with election ruling

Virginia: State auditors to review Virginia elections after IT troubles

Wednesday, 02 August 2017

August 2, 2017

National News: To fix voting machines, hackers tear them apart | To make our voting tech more secure, policymakers may need to work with the people who can break into them | US judge denies Common Cause effort to block WH panel

Arkansas: NLR special election tests revived voter ID law | Inman to again run for secretary of state

California: Governor signs bill that encourages foster youth to vote | Potential new assembly bill focuses on pushing off special elections

Colorado: Colorado sends voter roll data to WH

Florida: 12 Treasure Coast voters opt off voter rolls ahead of data collection | Packed polling places expected in September

Georgia: Elections board to meet on precinct consolidation | Democrats continue to oppose Smiley on Hall elections board | Fairburn to give voters more options

Idaho: Voter registration lookup temporarily unavailable on secretary of state website | Idaho Dems won't challenge new request for data

Illinois: School districts pushing for new laws on school polling places

Iowa: Auditor calls special election turnout pathetic | Absentee voting continues growth in popularity

Kansas: Wrong instructions included on primary election ballot in Coldwater | Kobach appeals order to answer under oath plan to change election law | Kobach had duty to publicize new voting schedule; it appears that he didn't

Michigan: Testing underway for county's new voting equipment

Missouri: Voter ID rules rankle some | Secretary of state addresses voter concerns, questions

New York: Candidates seeking change rail against BOE in Brooklyn

North Carolina: How much proof is needed for a voter fraud allegation | Elections board staff gets an earful about voting protests

North Dakota: Some county voters to get vote-by-mail option

Ohio: Brown: President should buy ID protection for voters

Rhode Island: RI becomes ninth state with AVR | Raimondo signs AVR into law

South Dakota: With a $2,500 check WH could get SD voting list

Tennessee: Series of meetings facing election officials in August | Applications open for Wilson Election Institute

Texas: Partisan gap widening on how to tackle mail-in ballot fraud in Texas | County OK'd for voting centers | Travis DA still investigating 17 who voted twice |

Utah: Utahns invited to test new voting machines the state might buy

Washington: Election officials aim for increased Millennial turnout

Tuesday, 01 August 2017

August 1, 2017

National News: White House panel could not be more divided | Judge set to hear new challenge to White House panel | For first time, Gen-X and Millennials were a majority of electorate in 2016

Alabama: Judge blocks motion to immediately restore voting rights to many felons

Arkansas: Local elections first test for revived voter ID law | Tax measures provide first test of state's voter ID law

California: Cost and impacts of recall, special election in Redding

Colorado: 5300+ Colorado voters withdraw registration | McArthur trades in Congress for secretary of state race | Secretary of state's office unable to send voter information as planned

Florida: Pasco elections office looks into deputizing principals for student registration | Florida sends voter info to WH panel | Broward elections supervisor makes changes after being sued | ACLU investing millions of dollars in Florida to restore ex-felons' voting rights | Supervisor of elections office changing locations

Georgia: Georgia cancels registrations of more than 591,500 voters | ACLU lawsuit pressures Fulton Co. into reconsidering removing polling places

Illinois: State cuts 2017 funds for voter registration integrity | Kankakee Co. clerk boasts decade of being under budget

Indiana: Indiana voter panel focused on 2018

Kansas: Some polling site changes for primary | Kansas, Missouri voices clash in debate over voting rules | Election office prepared for primary

Maine: Dunlap says he will reject second request for voter registration data | Maine lawmakers reconsider contested bills

Massachusetts: Salem city council changes Ward 2 polling place

Michigan: New voting equipment making debut in West Michigan

Missouri: Opponents of Missouri's voter ID law seek favorable results in upcoming hearing | Burks appointed Boone Co. clerk | Kansas, Missouri voices clash in debate over voting rules

Nevada: Cegavske confirms plant to run for re-election

New Hampshire: ACLU suit says NH voter list restrictions have roots in 2006 bill

New York: New ramp helps restore a Flushing public school as polling place

North Carolina: GOP push back as state works up new rules to challenge votes | Judges: No special elections for redrawn NC districts

Ohio: Ohio's voter culling practices are legal, Husted tells SCOTUS | LaRose raises most money in secretary of state race

Utah: Counties ask for state to help pay for Chaffetz election costs

Washington: State tells DOJ voter rolls are 'accurate'

Wisconsin: Elections commission responds to WH panel

Monday, 31 July 2017

July 29-31, 2017

National: Hackers at DefCon conference exploit vulnerabilities in voting machines | US elections are an easier target for Russian hackers than once thought | Timeline: Foreign efforts to hack state election systems and how officials responded | Top lawyer for civil rights at DOJ leaving after roughly 6 months

Alabama: State sending poll watchers to Dothan Tuesday

Arkansas: Arkansas resubmits voter data | Secretary of state acknowledges report of voter info for sale | Election equipment needed

California: Man sues county so he can personally recount last year's election votes

Colorado: In Larimer, 600 withdraw or make data private | Millennials, minority groups are not expected to vote in 2018, study says

Connecticut: Woodbridge Democrat eyes Merrill's seat

Delaware: New law eases access to absentee voting

Florida: Machines for disabled voters to be installed in Lake Co. | Florida releases voter data | Voters cancel registrations | Earley fighting WH panel backlash | Bring in the FBI, candidate says, to get to bottom of absentee fraud

Georgia: Latino groups, Gwinnett cities dispute Spanish-language elections materials compliance | Voting rights challenged for Thunderbolt resident

Guam: Bill introduced to move primary date earlier

Illinois: Marion Co. clerk announces biennial purge of voters | Illinois elections officials to review new request for data | Tazewell auditor launches bid for county clerk post

Indiana: Public hearing on vote center concept is Tuesday

Iowa: New voting machines explained

Kentucky: KY secretary works with hackers to restore constituent confidence

Michigan: Sneak peak at new voting machines | August primary to introduce new equipment in many places | Eastpointe adds voting precincts to lessen wait times | Precincts 11, 14 combine, move to new voting | New voting equipment set to be delivered to county Monday | Lansing city clerk extends absentee walk-in voting hours

New York: Herkimer Co. BOE looking for poll workers | Ulster Co. Dems tap new elections commissioner

Oregon: Secretary of state releases more limited policy on voter information

Pennsylvania: Wolf writes, shares another rejection letter to WH panel

Rhode Island: Gorbea gets a win with voter registration law

Tennessee: City council members express uncertainty, doubt over IRV

Texas: GOP ballot fraud bills focus on criminal penalties, but critics say more change needed | House pursue crackdown on mail-in ballot fraud | County passes halfway point in ADA repairs

Utah: Group files lawsuit against Utah's Lt. Gov. over voter data access

Virginia: Jesse Jackson encourages voter participation in Va. | Elections staff: Why isn't state covering salaries?

West Virginia: State making progress on trimming voter rolls

Wisconsin: Barrett raises concerns over request for voter info | Election commission responds to WH request

Friday, 28 July 2017

July 28, 2017

National News: Kobach says WH voter panel will keep data secure. Some states aren't buying it | Voting commission again asks states for voter data, vows to protect records | Senate panel moves bill to deter foreign meddling | Warner wants election-hacking to warrant a US cyber response

Arizona: Secretary of state gets new request for voter data | Voters allegedly canceling registration

Arkansas: Arkansas again submits info to voting commission

Colorado: No evidence 5K voters who unregistered were ineligible to vote, secretary of state says | Boulder Co. seeks suggestions for voter service center sites

Florida: Snipes to testify in voter list trial

Georgia: Tom Smiley appointed as chairman of Hall elections board

Idaho: Denney gets new voter data request

Iowa: Pates speaks with Sioux Center residents on voter ID bill

Kentucky: Grimes again a 'No' on sending Kentucky voter data

Maine: Dunlap balks at commission's new request for Maine's voter data

Maryland: College Park considers allowing noncitizens to vote in city elections

Missouri: County prepares for August special election | Testing, testing | Greene Co. election testing

New Hampshire: ACLU-NH suit to block NH from sharing voter data has Aug. 7 hearing

New Mexico: NM SOS shoots down second info request from WH voter commission

North Carolina: Judges chide slow pace of fixing voting maps in NC | Elections board votes to move 14 precincts temporarily

Ohio: Elections board will not hire seasonal worker seeking public office

Oregon: Richardson limits voter rolls info disclosure

Texas: New voting machines for Brewster County | Edinburg official protests early voting hours

Utah: Group sues to block released of voter data | More than 68K mistakenly sent GOP ballots in Utah Co.

Virginia: County polling place shifting to new school

Washington: Clallam auditor's office rejects election challenge | New ballot drop boxes

West Virginia: County getting ready for special election

Wisconsin: County clerk looks to buy ADA ExpressVote machines

Thursday, 27 July 2017

July 27, 2017

National News: Hackers plan to break into 30 voting machines to put election meddling to test | Poll: Half of president's voters say he won popular vote | Facebook funds Harvard group trying to fight election hacking

Alabama: Alabama clashes with advocacy group in federal court over felony disenfranchisement suit | 'This is the law': Senate race will test new crossover voting rule | JeffCo creates 2 new polling places for Hoover voters

Arkansas: Election commission lawsuit drags onward

California: Worried about election hacking, LA Co. officials are turning to hackers for help | Potential special election could cost city thousands

Florida: State finds evidence of voter fraud in PBC | Some Florida voters cancelled registrations | Politician rips Post's coverage of absentee ballot fraud

Georgia: Ga. still hasn't shared data with WH panel | In Gwinnett, Latino groups threaten more voting rights litigation

Iowa: Pate welcomes election commission; notes data request 'not thought through'

Maryland: Citing jail concerns, Washington Co. election board books new early voting site

Massachusetts: Court ruling renews push to streamline voter ballot access | Weymouth clerk disagrees with voter reg ruling

Michigan: Out with the old voting equipment, in with the new for Meridian Twp. | Kid Rock launches voter registration nonprofit

Minnesota: State to provide funds to counties for election equipment

Missouri: Ashcroft talks voter ID in Joplin

Montana: Director of elections leaves secretary of state's office

New Mexico: Santa Fe council votes to delay ranked choice voting | With 6-2 vote, Santa Fe council leaves ranked choice on hold

South Carolina: Richland elections office getting $434K boost in wake of apology

Texas: Stanart questions Russian hacking claims, says elections secure| Senate backs crackdown on mail-in ballot fraud | TX Senate backs crackdown on mail-in ballot fraud

Utah: Counties seek state's help with special election cost | Some GOP ballots accidentally sent to unaffiliated voters

Wisconsin: In Springfield, new clerk settling in

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

July 26, 2017

National News: Five things to watch for at 'hacker summer camp' | DOJ IG testimony may shed light on 2016 election inquiry

Alabama: Group suing to force Ala. to add thousands of convicted felons to state voting rolls | Berry High School voting site moves to new location

Arizona: City of Tucson conducting an all ballot by mail primary

California: Riverside officials push back on Russian hacking report | Padilla reaffirms Calif. will not comply with data request

Colorado: Award honors high schools for voter reg rate

Florida: Broward's voting rolls challenged by conservative group | State lawmakers dismiss fraud allegations as racist and unfair | ERIC tries to make its way to Florida

Idaho: Idaho looks to certify new election equipment

Kansas: Judge OKs sanction of Kobach in voting rights case | Judge says Kobach has shown pattern of misleading court, won't lift fine or deposition order

Maine: A conversation with Matthew Dunlap

Massachusetts: Galvin plans appeal of ruling on voter reg deadline | Local election officials say they will make new voting rules work

Michigan: Senior millage brings unplanned cost to Kalamazoo Co. election

New Hampshire: Mixed feelings from voters about data being released

New Jersey: Mercer Co. launches vote-by-mail initiative

North Carolina: Republican elections officials vote for a Democrat chairman | NC Supreme Court sets Aug. 28 date for BOE lawsuit

Ohio: Butler Co. offers public testing of voting machines

Pennsylvania: Voting machine choice depends on certification| Blair commissioners looking at new voting machines

South Carolina: Richland Co. elections commission asking for budget increase

Tennessee: Juxtaposing views greet voting change

Texas: County approves $11K for updates to church to keep it as vote center

Washington: Residents request state oversight of Whitman Co. auditor's office

Wisconsin: WI House Dems urge state to reject voter data request