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Thursday, 22 March 2018

March 22, 2018

National News: Inability to audit U.S. elections a 'national security concern': Homeland chief | Most state election officials lack necessary clearances, DHS says | Congress set to approve nearly $700M for election security | U.S. elections remain vulnerable to cyberattacks, officials testify to Senate panel | US spending bill to provide $380M for election cyber security | Wyden urges states to adopt paper ballots, post-vote audits | Homeland Security chief faces pressure to move faster on election security | Thousands lose right to vote under 'incompetence' laws

Alaska; Elections Division seeks assistance in Native translations | Election Division: Who ya gonna call?

Florida: Legislature did not create cyber security unit

Georgia: Deal prefers paper ballot option to replace Ga.'s voting system

Illinois: Chairman: DuPage Co. election commission showed 'incompetency' with delay on election night | DuPage Co. votes 'yes' to consolidate elections | With vote against Aurora Election Commission, transition plans begin | Five plead not guilty to Lake Co. voter fraud allegations

Iowa: New fourth ward voting location chosen

Kansas: Federal judge expected to rule in voter reg suit this fall

Maine: State committee told Maine elections are secure | Dunlap offers unflattering account of voter fraud commission

Nebraska: Getting more people to vote is a vital part of Danner's secretary of state campaign | Two polling places will have new locations this election year

New Hampshire: ACLU: NH's signature-matching ballot law is unconstitutional

New Mexico: Secretary of state fights new proposal for Secret Service agents in vote centers

North Carolina: Cooper fills out elections board with nonprofit leader | Division, intrigue, then acceptance as new SBOE holds first meeting | County election board remains in limbo as start of voting nears | Forsyth to get new election board soon

Pennsylvania: Five things to know about the push to pull voting out of schools

Texas: Elections office gets new tech prior to runoff

Utah: HackWest features 'villages' that include hacking voting machines

Vermont: Condos to testify before Senate regarding election security | Secretary of state addresses Senate Intel Committee

Wisconsin: Thousands of Milwaukee voters may have had registration erased | Milwaukee mayor says thousands potentially removed from voter rolls in error | Embattled Kaukauana clerk agrees to appoint deputy for April 3 election

Wyoming: Laramie Co. voters being asked for election equipment input | Natrona Co. Clerk: North Casper gets its polling place back

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

March 21, 2018

National News: Senate Intel Committee give Homeland Security its election security wish list | Key Senate committee concludes Russian interference; calls for voting reforms | Security experts praise Senate's election cybersecurity proposal | Here's how Senators plan to protect US elections from hackers | Senate Russia probe makes bipartisan pitch on election security

Alabama: New exhibit at the National Voting Rights Museum

Alaska: State elections division holds Alaska Native language summit

Arkansas: Marion Co. vote centers approved by state

California: Key Senate committee concludes Russian interference; calls for voting reforms | San Mateo Co. absentee ballot for blind could be model for state | Local agencies considering an election shift

Colorado: Erie says 45 test ballots mistakenly mailed to voters ahead of primary

Florida: UF law students, attorneys help felons restore voting rights | GRU monitors polling locations for power outages as Gainesville falls under tornado watches | In this PBC town, people arrived to vote on horseback

Guam: Voter registration online or at DMV debated

Illinois: Voting machine issue in DuPage Co. snarls vote count | DuPage Co. unable to count ballots after problems with voting machines | It's election day in Illinois, is your ballot selfie still legal? | 'This is the worst we ever had' | DuPage Co. election results delayed for hours by 'technical difficulties' | 'Nice flow' of voting in Sangamon Co. | Voters decide to dismantle Aurora election commission | Early voter turnout higher than average | Early voting for Illinois primary far exceeds last midterm | DuPage voters favoring election commission consolidation | Election commission fate in balance | DuPage voters want clerk, election commission merged | McLean Co. clerk takes action to curb spread of misinformation on primary day | Voters encounter confusion at Washington polling location | Election officials admit ballot error in assessor's race | Election workers locked out of polling place in Hyde Park | Election officials deal with aging ballot tabulators | Anti-gay marriage banner removed from polling place | Chicago's festival-inspired 'I Voted' wristbands spreading to other cities | Board of elections reports no major problems on primary day

Iowa: Supervisors approve new election equipment purchase

Kansas: Judge in motor-voter trial unloads frustration on Kobach

Louisiana: Amid harassment claims, Louisiana elections chief re-emerges

Massachusetts: Mass election database was not hacked in 2016, Galvin says | Secretary of the commonwealth candidate proposes weekend voting, same-day registration | Forum to discuss voting rights | Gardner museum security chief to run for secretary of state

Mississippi: Lauderdale Co. returning to paper ballot system

New Hampshire: ACLU-NH sues over law that lets moderators toss absentee ballots | ACLU adds new information to voting rights lawsuit

North Carolina: Orange Co. launches voter education effort | New NC elections board members seek online process for ninth, unaffiliated member

Ohio: Miami Co. election officials rescind firing, then fire worker again

Oklahoma: Sen. James Lankford on election vulnerabilities: 'Next time it might not be the Russians'

Pennsylvania: PA Dept. of state prepared for May primary under new map | Pa. GOP: Secretary of state incapable of impartial election review

Tennessee: Election commission OKs budget proposal

Texas: McKinney set to defend controversial voting ordinance | Jones Creek officials want polling place back

Wyoming: Secretary of state applauds Women's Suffrage highway bill

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

March 20, 2018

National News: All of a sudden, voting rights are expanding across the country | House approves legislation to authorize Homeland Security cyber teams | Senate committee launches effort to prevent election hacking

Alaska: Anchorage navigates bumps in first mail-ballot elections | Division of elections hosts language summit

Arizona: Cochise Co. official participates in voting rights panel

Arkansas: Voter ID law an impediment to voting, lawsuit argues

California: Suit or no suit? Confusion over voting rights issue in Mission Viejo

Colorado: Colorado's 2016 election was stained by forged signatures, here's what the state is doing to prevent it in 2018

Connecticut: Debate over National Popular Vote compact continues

Florida: Governor signs 30 bills into law

Georgia: Opposition mounts against bill to replace Ga.'s voting system | Ga. Legislature considering paper ballots for future elections | Mercer University to offer more ways for students to vote

Hawaii: Telephone town hall on election bill

Illinois: County preps for today's primary | Early voting for primary far exceeds last midterm | Aurora acknowledges election mailing had wrong information | Photos: Prepping for election day | Illinois primaries different than other states | Southern IL county clerks prepare for election | Top 10 interesting Chicago polling places | Voters asked, Lake Co. clerk answered: Raise your voter IQ

Indiana: School board to check possibility of busing students to voting centers

Kansas: Judge says no decision for at least a month in Kansas case | Pollster testifies in trial over voter registration law | Judge hears closing arguments in voting law trial | Voting trial over. One more court day, a contempt hearing, ahead for Kobach

Kentucky: One Day: The Boyle Co. clerk's office

Michigan: New voting equipment ready for upcoming elections | Judge to rule on Macomb's maverick clerk | Judge won't rule on Spranger residency suit right away

Minnesota: St. Cloud rep's bill would make state elections nonpartisan

Missouri: New voting machine implemented in Greene Co.

New Hampshire: NH town facing consequences after defying state order not to delay election for snow

New Mexico: Hearing addresses voter accessibility

New York: Board of elections to roll out 'electronically assisted' voter registration

Ohio: LaRose says overblown claims of voter fraud and suppression hurt democracy

Oregon: Deschutes Co. clerk confident of election security | Benton gears up for ranked choice

Pennsylvania: Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps | Public meeting scheduled on re-locating Nazareth polling location

Texas: Recount not requested in Dallas Co. race

Virginia: Del. Levine nabs potential voting machine loophole

Washington: Inslee signs Voting Rights Act, other voting bills into law

West Virginia: Kingwood temporarily tables election ordinance

Monday, 19 March 2018

March 17-19, 2018

National News: Experts: Pa. race shows need for US voting machine upgrades | Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin

Alaska: City sends replacement ballots to voters who updated voter registration info just before deadline | Stolen vote-by-mail ballot packages found damaged and wet in snow | Some Anchorage voters mailed ballots for former residents | Alaska Division of Elections to host first language summit

Arkansas: Brown resigns, Tumey named to Benton Co. election commission

Colorado: Investigation into Erie election practices yields no criminal charges

Florida: Tampa council may fiddle with mayoral election dates

Georgia: Georgia lawmakers mull paper ballot voting system | Bill to shorten Atlanta voting hours and curtail Sunday voting passes committee

Illinois: Illinois primary puts focus on security of state voter rolls | Vermilion Co. clerk issues reminder of polling place changes | Early voting keeps Rockford election office 'pretty busy' | Will Co. supports effort to abolish Aurora Election Commission | Teams to monitor voting across Illinois for primary | 178 teams to monitor voting across Illinois | Rockford BOE and Winnebago Co. clerk's office join forces for March primary

Maine: In anticipation of ranked choice voting, Richmond to rent counting machine  

Maryland: Automatic voter registration bill clears Senate

Massachusetts: Public hearing postponed on letting 16-year-olds vote | Galvin walks fine line between politics, elections

Michigan: Manual election audits to debut in Michigan in 2018 | House approves list of alternative voter IDs

Minnesota: Citing Russian threat, MN asking for $1.4M to update voter registration system | Audit urges upgrading Minnesota voter registration system

Nebraska: Vote-by-mail mixup

Nevada: Nevada taking steps to prevent election hacking

New Hampshire: Rindge residents question town's handling of last-minute absentee ballots ahead of snowstorm | Jaffrey, Rindge Facebook posts raise questions about absentee-balloting process

New York: AG Schneiderman, hundreds of advocates rally for early voting | NYers push for early voting to increase participation

North Carolina: Here's here will preside over elections amid NC governor and GOP lawmaker's power struggle | Cooper names 8 to new state elections board | Town files complaint against BOE, director | Eggers, Anderson named to SBOEE | Local board ready for primary

Ohio: Cleveland company casting plant to change how we vote

Pennsylvania: Experts: Pa. race shows need for US voting machine upgrades | What's next in Pa. special election ballot fight? | False stories crop up on voter fraud after Pa. race | State official: No signs of voter fraud | Republicans ask for investigation of voting 'irregularities' in special election

South Dakota: Not enough signatures for vote-by-mail measure

Texas: Williams hires counsel to probe recount or district court challenge of Pct. 4 race | Villager Q&A: Steve Leakey, president and co-founder of the Voter Awareness Council

Utah: Longtime Salt Lake Co. clerk being challenged by her own employee

Washington: County's new voting system more 'intuitive' election head says | Major changes coming to voting rights, access in Washington

Friday, 16 March 2018

March 16, 2018

National News: Is your county elections clerk ready for Russian hackers? | States making most of 'forced marriage' to DHS over election security

Alaska: Anchorage ballots hit local mailboxes; some people get more than 1 | Reality Check: Will voting by mail deliver for Anchorage?

Connecticut: Bill would restore voting rights to parolees, pre-trial detainees

Georgia: Jury quickly says 'not guilty' in Ga. elections case

Guam: Election commission meets

Indiana: Election board seeks to bump voter turnout

Iowa: Secretary of state Paul Pate to run for re-election

Kansas: After two years, Johnson Co. still hasn't spent $13M to replace voting machines

Louisiana: Who may run for secretary of state?

Maryland: Thomas appointed to serve on Talbot Co. BOE

Michigan: House approves list of alternative voter IDs | House approves voting-related bills | Online voter registration approved by Senate | Online voter registration gets overwhelming support in Senate | Judge is asked to move up special election

Minnesota: Minnesota will still use same voting machines | Voter registration audit could shed light on ineligible voting claims | Voter registration system under auditor's microscope

Missouri: Push on for return to paper ballots

Nevada: Judge strikes blow against recall effort

New Hampshire: NH House rejects online voter registration

New Mexico: Voters in survey approve of ranked-choice system

North Dakota: With election nearing, state asks for quick review of voter ID case

Ohio: Elections directors explain what it takes to keep votes safe

Pennsylvania: GOP asks voters for irregularities ahead of potential challenge | In Washington Co., they take their ballot counting seriously | Development divided in voter registration glitch

Tennessee: Plaintiff in Nashville mayoral election case appeals to state Supreme Court

Texas: Former state Rep. Norma Chavez sues over alleged election fraud | Coin flip decides race in Lampasas Co.

Virginia: Thousands of Albemarle voters affected by polling place changes | Resignation should not affect voting plan

Washington: Clallam's LWV celebrates 50 years

West Virginia: Kingwood tables election ordinance to discern additional information

March 16, 2018 (2)

National News: Is your county elections clerk ready for Russian hackers? | States making most of 'forced marriage' to DHS over election security

Alaska: Anchorage ballots hit local mailboxes; some people get more than 1 | Reality Check: Will voting by mail deliver for Anchorage?

Connecticut: Bill would restore voting rights to parolees, pre-trial detainees

Georgia: Jury quickly says 'not guilty' in Ga. elections case

Guam: Election commission meets

Indiana: Election board seeks to bump voter turnout

Iowa: Secretary of state Paul Pate to run for re-election

Kansas: After two years, Johnson Co. still hasn't spent $13M to replace voting machines

Louisiana: Who may run for secretary of state?

Maryland: Thomas appointed to serve on Talbot Co. BOE

Michigan: House approves list of alternative voter IDs | House approves voting-related bills | Online voter registration approved by Senate | Online voter registration gets overwhelming support in Senate | Judge is asked to move up special election

Minnesota: Minnesota will still use same voting machines | Voter registration audit could shed light on ineligible voting claims | Voter registration system under auditor's microscope

Missouri: Push on for return to paper ballots

Nevada: Judge strikes blow against recall effort

New Hampshire: NH House rejects online voter registration

New Mexico: Voters in survey approve of ranked-choice system

North Dakota: With election nearing, state asks for quick review of voter ID case

Ohio: Elections directors explain what it takes to keep votes safe

Pennsylvania: GOP asks voters for irregularities ahead of potential challenge | In Washington Co., they take their ballot counting seriously | Development divided in voter registration glitch

Tennessee: Plaintiff in Nashville mayoral election case appeals to state Supreme Court

Texas: Former state Rep. Norma Chavez sues over alleged election fraud | Coin flip decides race in Lampasas Co.

Virginia: Thousands of Albemarle voters affected by polling place changes | Resignation should not affect voting plan

Washington: Clallam's LWV celebrates 50 years

West Virginia: Kingwood tables election ordinance to discern additional information

Thursday, 15 March 2018

March 15, 2018

Alaska: 198K ballots go out to Anchorage voters

Arkansas: Marion Co. switches to voting centers

California: State using social media site to boost voting

Florida: School's out for Election Day 2018 in PBC public schools

Georgia: Bill to replace electronic voting machines passes committee | Groups threaten to stall Gwinnett's elections over voting rights suit

Illinois: Hopefuls for Kane Co. clerk talk issues at League forum | Voters to decide fate of Aurora election commission | DuPage to debut new election results system | Champaign Co. announces expansion for early voting locations | Election security: Illinois making sure primary votes aren't tampered with

Kansas: Federal trial continues on Kansas restrictions on voter registration

Louisiana: Schedler says he won't resign

Michigan: Branch Co. updating election software

Minnesota: Secretary of state stops in DL | What is ranked choice voting | Commission mum on ranked choice voting

Nevada: Las Vegas man indicted in 2016 voter fraud petition scheme

New Hampshire: Voter turnout affected by weather at some polling locations | Nation's longest-serving secretary of state faces challenge | Salem ballot issue could lead to new election

New Jersey: Steve Chong becomes first Korean deputy clerk in Bergen Co.

New Mexico: Secretary of state wants straight-ticket voting

North Carolina: Cooper agrees to appoint board of elections | State, local boards of elections still in limbo

Pennsylvania: Allegheny Co. rejects claims of voting machine glitches | Pa. race shows need for US voting machine upgrades | Pennsylvania's recount rules | Board: Elections judges have final say at polls

Rhode Island: In Smithfield, voter registration drive follows high-school walkout | Advocates of early voting renew push for legislation

Tennessee: Election commission talks about possible delay in some voting | Judge rules to keep Nashville election in August

Texas: Senate election security committee chair: 'Everyone is looking at Gregg Co. Pct. 4' | Dallas Co. DA candidate considers asking for another recount | Provisional ballots released by county

Virginia: Virginia to adopt new ballot guidelines after confusing 2017 elections | Albemarle supervisors OK changes to some voting precincts

Wisconsin: Watchdog: Haas ouster diminishes confidence in election results | Kaukauna audits Feb. 20 election after resident questions city clerk's involvement

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

March 14, 2018

Alabama: Technology to expedite Morgan voter check-in

Alaska: Q&A: A reminder of how to vote-by-mail in Anchorage | Vote-by-mail election begins

Georgia: Republican secretary of state candidates assert importance of race during forum | Bibb commissioners oppose spending money for special election

Illinois: Coles Co. has new voting equipment | Early voters close to breaking record in Rock Island Co. | Library to organize voting for kids | Chicago students march against gun violence-and to the polls | 3 candidates want to be next Tazewell Co. clerk

Indiana: Porter Co. elections are in new hands | Lawson recommends technology, staffing upgrades to improve election security

Kansas: Researcher takes heat for study at heart of trial | Kobach witness can't support claim that illegal votes helped Clinton | Former deputy secretary of state running for top job

Kentucky: County clerk's office looking at new equipment

Minnesota: Secretary of state talks importance of voting

Missouri: Could voter interference happen in the Heartland?

New Hampshire: Nor'easter III wallops Seacoast | Van Ostern will challenge Gardner for secretary of state | Incorrect ballots cause confusion in Salem | Snow excuses | Nor'easter leads to low voter turnout in Seabrook | Southern NH voters go to polls despite nor'easter

New Mexico: Two indicted in Espanola voter fraud case plead not guilty

North Carolina: Battle over state elections board rages on

Ohio: Cincinnati teen not permitted to help students register to vote during walkout

Oregon: Multnomah Co. accepts 1st non-binary candidate application

Pennsylvania: After power-switch problem, all machines at N. Strabane voting site running again | Confused voters turned away from polling places during special election | Luzerne Co. council settles Piazza suit for $56K | Voters confused about Congressional districts in special election | 3900 absentee ballots yet to be counted in special election

South Dakota: SD secretary of state blocked from House race info

Texas: Election fraud investigation expands with ballot requests from dead voters |Inconsistent results put mailed votes under Gregg official's eye | 'I feel cheated': Lead vote-getter in Tarrant Co. race contemplates recount | Judge orders provisional ballot to be verified in Jones-Gray primary election

Wisconsin: Cyber test aims to protect Wisconsin election systems from hacking attempts | Wisconsin to test voter system vulnerability | Elections commission to use electronic polling devices

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

March 13, 2018

National News: Secretaries of state slam provision to allow Secret Service at polling places

Arkansas: Arkansas judge considers new requirement for voter ID

California: Joaquin Avila, architect of California Voting Rights Act, has died

Georgia: Georgia plans to throw out old voting machines

Illinois: Early voting site reopens after water main break

Indiana: Voting validation: Test indicates county's voting system in working order | Lawson addresses voters on security issues

Kansas: Kobach, ACLU argue over records of voter registration reviews | Rep. Keith Esau, who supports Kobach voter restrictions, joins secretary of state race; former Kobach assistant also plans to run

Kentucky: Voter ID bill dies in House committee

Massachusetts: Secretary of state calls for postponing election deadlines ahead of storm

Minnesota: Election security is top of mind for secretary of state

Missouri: Tributes to Noren honor her work to improve elections | Columbia voters need transportation after polling station closures

New Hampshire: Deja vu election day | Elections will go on despite nor'easter | Tuesday town meetings will take place despite snow storm | In New Hampshire, snow won't stop local elections | Voting on, regardless of storm | NH voters head into the storm for town elections | NH braces for sequel to last year's snowbound town meeting day | As storm hits NH, it's business as usual for poll workers

New York: Which electoral reforms would make the biggest difference? | Onondaga BOE pushing to move March elections

North Carolina: Republicans want intact lower-court ruling on election board

Pennsylvania: Bill seek to limit schools as polling locations in Pennsylvania

South Dakota: Independent redistricting initiative falls short of ballot

Tennessee: It's expensive to hold an election | Lawsuit: Nashville mayoral election must be in May, not August

Texas: County's primary results delayed by homemade ballots, 'floppy disk system' | Dallas Co. DA investigating more than 1,200 mail-in ballot applications for potential voter fraud | Orange Co. recount comes down to two votes | Three uncounted votes could impact Tarrant Co. judge election | Disabled veteran concerned able-bodied voters broke rules | WFISD schools to no longer be used as Wichita Co. polling locations

West Virginia: Morgantown officials work on ordinance to set special election date

Monday, 12 March 2018

March 10-12, 2018

National News: States aren't shifting voting tech, despite ballot security concerns | President wants new authority over polling places. Top election officials say no

Arizona: Bill would mandate local election schedule for larger cities

Arkansas: Vote center proposal on Quorum Court's agenda | Pulaski Co. gets new machines for upcoming election | Voter ID law faces first legal challenge

Florida: CRC weighs felon voting rights proposal | Sarasota City commission seeks more information about ranked choice voting | Lake's election office to honor veterans with special voter sticker

Georgia: Concern expressed over Georgia's move to new voting machines

Idaho: Canyon Co. polling location changed

Illinois: First jail-wide, in-person voting held at Cook Co. jail | Early voting site closed by water main break |

Indiana: Lawsuit urges federal judge to add more early voting sites in Marion Co. | Indiana Election Commission takes first step toward consolidating Lake Co.'s 'small' election precincts | Five accused of voter fraud in Lake Co.

Iowa: Polk Co. voters report issues with voter ID law | Did voter ID law confusion sway election outcome? | Secretary of state announces campaign for third term | DeJear hopes to increase voting as secretary of state

Kansas: Kobach prepared for 'eventuality' of losing voter registration case | Kobach turns to controversial scholar as witness in voting rights trial | Kansas elections director unsure if Kobach followed court order | 'Incredible and offensive': Retired attorney feels sorry for Kobach team in voter fraud trial

Maine: Dunlap calls Lewiston mayor's letter to new voters 'a disservice to public discourse'

Maryland: MD counties score well in vote machine analysis

Michigan: Ballot initiative would make registering to vote easier

Minnesota: Auditor's office gears up for election season | Secretary of state to examine election integrity at PR event | Charter commission continues ranked choice voting discussion | County purchases e-poll books

Mississippi: Election board gets 'long overdue' raise

Missouri: Longtime Boone Co. clerk Wendy Noren dies | Wendy Noren, long time Boone Co. clerk, dies after lengthy battle with cancer | St. Louis Co. election officials headed to Russia to observe election

Nevada: New tech increases ballot access at polls

New Hampshire: Election day, snowstorm on collision course--again

North Dakota: Election training includes cyber-security

Ohio: Husted, other elections leaders slam idea of Secret Service in polling places

Oklahoma: Lawmakers consider amending election laws

Pennsylvania: Voter registration lawsuit filed | Settlement with former Luzerne Co. election director proposed

Tennessee: Nashville mayoral election set by commission but legal challenge looms

Texas: Candidate files complaint against Starr Co. elections | Wichita Falls voting locations to change soon amid security concerns

Virginia: Virginia cities, counties with ancient voting machines

West Virginia: Man accused of lying on voter registration form in Berkeley Co.

Wisconsin: Democrats demand special elections

Wyoming: Public input wanted on election equipment | Sheridan Co. considers election equipment replacements