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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

February 16-19, 2013

National News: President's new voting commission greeted with skepticism | Decades later, attorney tracks new challenge to VRA | Voting Rights Act is challenged as cure the South has outgrown | Supreme Court to weigh constitutionality of voting rights protection

Alabama: Court to hear Ala. county's challenge to Voting Rights Act | Shelby County challenge to VRA seen by NY Times as 'marquee' case | Bill would change how felons learn of loss of voter rights

Arizona: Voters likely to decide on earlier deadlines for petition drives

Arkansas: Lawmakers discuss voter ID bill

California: Poll workers needed in San Diego County | Cupertino, Sunnyvale explore changing election cycles | Universities will get polling place if Pavley bill passes | Bill calls for voting sites on campuses

Colorado: Ethics commission delays release of Gessler probe once again | City will pay for postage on Fort Collins mail ballot

Florida: Archer considers moving municipal elections to spring | Senate elections committee plans field trip to Elections Center | Tallahassee's tentative teamwork on voting

Georgia: Bostick wants to eliminate Hardeeville's election commission | State rep filing complaint with DOJ against nonpartisan elections

Guam: GEC to purge 4,825 voters from registry

Idaho: Early voting bill gets affirmative vote from House committee

Illinois: Gutierrez wants probe of alleged intimidation of Cicero voters | County clerk accuses Cicero officials of using employees in election

Indiana: Vote center committee takes shape | Plea deal filed in vote fraud case against campaign consultant

Iowa: GOP attempts voter ID law

Kentucky: Bill filed to ensure deployed soldiers get to vote | Military voting bill filed without email options | Elections board reviews legislative bills | Military voting bill's key backers disagree over email provision

Louisiana: Referendum challenge may not end with recount | Former Louisiana state senator, the Rev. B.G. Dyess, dies

Maryland: Virginia looks to toughen voter laws as Maryland does the opposite

Missouri: Local House delegation backs stat proposal for 'voter ID' | House approves, Senate weighs voter photo ID law | Photo voter ID questions remain | Mo. Dems pushing for early voting | Early voting victim of politics, senators say

Montana: Bill to give option of all-mail elections meets opposition | Local option for vote-by-mail draws criticism

Nebraska: Sec. Gale testifies in support of reducing in-person early voting days | Douglas County election officials told not to demand voter ID numbers

New Hampshire: Voter ID law under attack | Bill calls for election of city clerks | Advocates tell NH House committee to repeal voter ID

New Jersey: Proposal for early voting advances

New Mexico: Hundreds of special election ballots won't count

New York: Falconer, Fredonia look to move village elections | County has new GOP elections commish | City BOE mulls lever machines for upcoming vote

North Carolina: City Council votes to keep instant-runoff voting

Ohio: Primary needed for some local races | Elections staff gets smacked | GOP chair: Vote fraud will be prosecuted | Bay Village mayor resigns elections board seat

Oregon: Job has her in perfect place

Pennsylvania: Carbon County to test election touch screens | ACLU: Voter ID agreement 'good news for voters' | No voter ID ad campaign planned for primary | Voter ID legal fight will skip primary

Rhode Island: San Bento introduces six-bill package for 'election reform' | Election-reform bills introduced in RI House

South Carolina: Election commission approves new precincts | Statewide election officials meet with legislators on early voting | Tug-of-war at State House stopping early voting

South Dakota: Primaries could replace nominating caucuses | Bill that would make state constitutional offices subject to primary process passes committee

Tennessee: Early voting begins, some confusion over proposal | Property owner voting again a focus of Pigeon Forge referendum

Texas: Redistricting appeal likely on hold at Supreme Court

U.S. Virgin Islands: Federal funds to buy voting machines depend on compliance with Disabilities Act | Alicia Wells selected as chair of VI joint board of elections

Virginia: Senate approves voter ID bill; House bill advances | Virginia looks to toughen voter laws as Maryland does the opposite | Bill to take personal info out of absentee voting | Dems call voting photo ID bill a 'hidden poll tax' | Democrats press GOP on voting bills | Virginia Senate panel OKs more stringent voter ID | Controversy over proposed voter ID | Bill to tighten voter rules draw anger from Democrats

Washington: Teens may get vote-registration privilege

West Virginia: Tennant says voter ID laws in state are strong

Wisconsin: Man charged with voter fraud | Concord clerk retiring after nearly 40 years of service | New voting machines on the horizon | Report: No same-day voter registration would cost Wisconsin up to $14.5M | Officials test new vote counting machines