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June 2013

Friday, 28 June 2013

June 28, 2013

Arkansas: Election officials reject school voting sites

California: Sale of voter registration data raises questions, objections | Grand jury wants elections process overhauled

Colorado: Court agrees to hear Center case

Connecticut: Ballot cast April 1 not counted in Fairhaven recounts, court case

Florida: Fla. NAACP vows decisive action in wake of voting rights decision | Dead voter who was sent ballot is purged from elections roll | Presidential commission to discuss voting in Miami

Georgia: Bibb elections board sets Sept. 17 election | Questions remain about impact of Court's decision on local elections | Court ruling will streamline precinct changes | Longtime board of elections member to retire | Candidates sue to change date of election

Indiana: Vigo elections board establishes 18 vote centers

Iowa: Pottawattamie County board OK's purchase of new voting machines

Kansas: Kansas men challenge voter ID law

Maryland: Bethesda, Chevy Chase might get early voting this time around

Mississippi: Hosemann solicits final public comment on voter ID

New Hampshire: Diluted voter ID law sent to Gov. Hassan

New Jersey: Bill to consolidate elections passed by Senate

New Mexico: NM lawmaker: Americans may still need Voting Rights Act

New York: Cuomo silent on votes by lever | Legislature OKs bill to modernize vote tally

North Carolina: Balance of power shifts on county elections board

Ohio: Man sentenced for falsifying signatures for election

Oregon: Lawmakers reject GOP effort to limit unused ballots at elections offices

South Carolina: Next time, voting in about an hour in Richland County? | Election commission board hears final report on November election mess | Confusion rippling in Charleston's Senate race in wake of VRA ruling

Tennessee: 'They heard us,' election chief says after meeting about relocation | Dean aides, election officials meet on office move

Texas: U.S. Supreme Court vacates voter ID appeal | DPS starts issuing voter IDs

Virginia: ACLU promises to monitor implementation of new Va. voter ID law | County election officials see positives in court ruling

Thursday, 27 June 2013

June 27, 2013

National News: Lawmakers likely to push voting rights

Alabama: Officials say voter ID law can take effect

California: Bowen comments on voting rights ruling

Florida: High court decisions hit home | Local officials to improve national election process

Georgia: First precinct meet fails to draw crowd | Will Supreme Court ruling make Augusta City elections even hotter

Illinois: County voters to receive ID cards soon

Indiana: Monroe County election board favors switch to electronic poll books

Iowa: Voter group watches for changes

Kansas: Lawsuit challenges state photo ID law

Kentucky: Hack files election complaint

Maine: Runoff elections bill fails

Michigan: Holland to appeal clerk decision to state Supreme Court | Miller backs court ruling on voting rights

Mississippi: Voter ID law could start next year

Missouri: Court ruling could boost interest in voter ID

New Hampshire: Legislature OK's changes to voter ID law despite opposition from conservatives

New Jersey: West Milford may oppose governor's election plan

North Carolina: NC expected to move forward on voter ID bill | NAACP ready to challenge any changes to NC voting laws | County elections board named | Supreme Court ruling could impact Onslow Co. | Three experienced members appointed to board of elections | New board of elections members approved

Ohio: Elections board restructures Lake County operations | Husted renews pitch for online voter registration system| Turner sets announcement for Monday

Pennsylvania: State department secretary: Voter ID law valid | Special election 'landmark' decision | Election do-over remains in limbo | Questions surround Hazleton Area primary do-over

Rhode Island: House Speaker: No changes to voter ID law this session

South Carolina: Lawyer to present final report today on Richland County's election woes | York County officials split on Supreme Court ruling | Franklin elections board cuts number of voting precincts to four

Tennessee: The small law firm at the Davidson County election commission adds another partner | Election administrator says county might not be following law in budgeting process

Texas: Randall County proposes changes in voting procedures | Officials work to get voter ID law going | Congressman files suit to stop voter ID law | Elections offices, central Texans sound off on voter ID law | City officials prepare to educate public on voter ID law | Local groups say new voter ID requirements will hurt turnout

Vermont: Condos comments on Supreme Court ruling

Virginia: With political field set, elections office starts prep-work for November

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

June 26, 2013

National News: States promise quick action after court voting ruling | After Supreme Court ruling on voting rights, now it's Congress' turn | SCOTUS ruling sets stage for voter ID battle | After Supreme Court ruling, states see green light for voter ID laws | Court ruling clears way for election changes in South| Supreme Court stops key part of Voting Rights Act | States promise quick action after court ruling | Congress unlikely to act on voting rights ruling | Supreme Court ruling may leave law in limbo | Voting rights ruling by Supreme Court draws mixed reactions | After Supreme Court ruling, Senate to hold hearings on Voting Rights Act

Alabama: In Alabama, voting decision seen as sign of progress, setback

Arizona: GOP leaders applaud voting rights ruling

California: Kings County glad to be rid of 'black eye' on voting rights | Because of Castle, Merced County fell under Voting Rights Act | Bonta poll worker bill headed for Senate floor

Florida: Once gung-ho on fighting voter fraud, Scott now sounding ho-hum | Elections supervisor to testify before presidential commission | Court strikes down federal law governing Keys elections | Supreme Court ruling affects 5 Florida counties | Dead woman receives absentee ballot for referendum

Georgia: Bibb officials differ on effect of Supreme Court ruling on elections | Rome plays role in Supreme Court ruling | Kemp reviewing effects of court's ruling

Hawaii: Hirono, Schatz denounce court ruling on voter rights

Indiana: Posey Co. cleaning up its voter registration list

Louisiana: Supreme Court's ruling local impact

Massachusetts: Gomez carries Taunton despite issues at polls | Quincy polling station distributes voting badge | After election, region prepares for domino effect | Concord voters undeterred by heat | No lines, no waiting at polls | As voting drew to a close, temperatures remained high, voting sluggish

Michigan: High court strikes down part of VRA; 2 Mich. communities affected | VRA ruling affects local township

Minnesota: Minnesota unlikely to feel effects from Court ruling

Mississippi: Supreme Court decision gives Miss. voter ID go-ahead | Next June, Miss. voters must have ID | No instances of voter fraud reported locally in June election| Court appoints judge to hear election contest in Hub City | Ruling clears way for election changes

Nebraska: Sec. of state runs for re-election | Secretary of state: Expand mail-in voting

New Hampshire: NH GOP caucus splits on voter ID compromise | Fate of voter ID compromise uncertain in Senate

New Jersey: For special election, some residents can vote this week

New York: SCOTUS ruling ensure lever machines a go in NYC elections | Supreme Court ruling could affect NY elections | Supreme Court strikes down election pre-clearance for NYC | Court ruling on VRA may affect NYC | VRA aided Chinatown voters after polling site move announced only in English | Villages spent about $500 each on elections with now contested races

North Carolina: NC voter ID bill moving ahead with Supreme Court ruling | State appoints new elections board | Lee County voters keep an eye on change to landmark VRA | Cabarrus elections director retires Thursday | Ruling removes review of Guilford election laws

Ohio: Elections board restructures Lake County operations | 96 voters challenged, but only 20 are active voters | Likely secretary of state hopeful to make 'special announcement' next week | After court ruling, Fudge seeks new anti-discrimination voting laws that would affect Ohio

Oregon: House backs automatic voter registration | Automatic voter registration bill passes Oregon House largely on partisan vote

Pennsylvania: District judge candidate claims irregularities in May primary | Election director 'had no idea' school lines crossed county lines | Special election ordered after botched Hazleton Area race | Ex-election head sues county

South Carolina: SC voting laws no longer require federal approval

South Dakota: SD officials pleased with ruling on voting rights

Tennessee: Election lawsuit dismissed | Not wanting to relocate, election commission plans to seek legal advice

Texas: Coryell County approves voting machines | Texas to enforce voter ID | Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act could renew battle over Texas redistricting | Waco, state elections to see changes after Supreme Court ruling | AG Abbott says voter ID law will 'take effect immediately" | Williamson County to hose vote center open house | Williamson County party leaders mull election worker training

Virginia: McDonnell: State in limbo on voting-law changes | Ruling raises questions about voter ID law | High court ruling will affect Virginia | Some Stonehouse voters will have new polling place | Supreme Court ruling has little effect on Lynchburg

Wisconsin: How the Supreme Court ruling affects Wisconsin

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

June 25, 2013

Alabama: Wallace Gilberry scheduled to appear at voter registration event | Secretary of state race drawing candidates

Alaska: Supreme Court's decision could affect Alaska redistricting map

California: High court's voting case hits home for Monterey supervisor

Colorado: University of Colo. regent Joe Neguse to announce bid for secretary of state

Illinois: Honoring a late former local elections chief | No classes on future election days

Kansas: One-third of Kansas voter registrations held up

Kentucky: Obama's election commission to hold public meeting in Louisville

Maryland: Early voting to expand in Montgomery County

Massachusetts: The cost of 4 elections in 4 months? $100K | Pepperell selectmen OK emergency appointments to staff election | Election competes with heat, apathy

Michigan: Two former U.S. attorneys looking into long Grand Rapids voting lines

Mississippi: Ware campaign files petition, claims widespread problems with Hattiesburg election

Nebraska: Gale to begin re-election tour

New Jersey: Gill legislation to allow in-person early voting during special election | Fight over special election date not over yet | Assembly passes two Democrat-sponsored special election bills

North Carolina: Voting rights ruling could impact N.C.

Pennsylvania: Pa. voter ID challenge moves toward July 15 trial | Report: Luzerne County election director didn't know Hazleton school district extended into Schuylkill, Carbon counties | Election report suggests tech upgrade, calls mistakes minor | Area woman gets help to maintain long, exemplary voting record

South Carolina: New Richland elections director to start work

Tennessee: Electronic voting machines checked | Shelby County election commission is prepped for referendum voting | Election commission still upset by planned move

Texas: Riverside polling place may be moved

U.S. Virgin Islands: Military wants to change how V.I. elects delegate

Utah: County names new election chief

Virginia: U.S. backs Hanover bid to 'bail out' of Voting Rights Act | Tides Foundation behind push to restore felon voting rights in Va. | McDonnell unsure Va. has outgrown Voting Rights Act

Monday, 24 June 2013

June 22-24, 2013

National News: Shortening lines at polling stations a challenging task | President's election commission heads to four states | NAACP: Ban voter ID laws, they are unfair to transgender Americans | Obama's elections panel not expected to back major reforms | The formula behind the Voting Rights Act | Justices to rule soon on divisive voting rights case | States under federal oversight for voting procedures | Eliminating problems at polls goal of presidential commission | States reined in by 1965 Voting Rights Act await a decision

Alabama: Veterans of forgotten voting war count the cost | Group holds rally to support VRA

Arizona: Foes vow to fight new ballot qualification requirements

Arkansas: Critics say plans for public education on voter ID law lacking | School polling sites in limbo

California: Marin grand jury says county should move to an entirely vote-by-mail ballot

Colorado: Polling places to be replaced by voting centers in the fall election

Georgia: What does the board of elections and registration do? | Board of elections: Personal differences cast aside?

Indiana: Leaders hosting meeting on future of voting in Marion County

Kansas: Problems arise with requiring proof-of-citizenship to vote

Kentucky: Grimes attends town hall meeting on voting reform | Elections board preparing for redistricting

Maine: Veazie election outcome unchanged after ballot inspection

Massachusetts: Town clerk's office ramps up for special dual election | Some Taunton polling places have changed

Michigan: Pontiac clerk urges residents to register to vote before deadline

Minnesota: State Rep. Debra Hilstrom will seek DFL endorsement for secretary of state

New Hampshire: Voter bill would allow student identification

New Jersey: Special Senate primary, election will cost Bergen County $1.6M apiece, clerk says | New Jersey counties question costs of special election | Assembly approves new security measures for schools used as polling places | County officials estimate cost of special elections will be $2M

New York: What's old is new again

Ohio: Montgomery County BOE names new director

Oregon: Voter registration bill advances | Bill would make voter registration automatic | Panel approves voter plan to expand registration rolls

Pennsylvania: Trial to begin on Pennsylvania's voter ID law | Election board to examine precinct consolidation

South Carolina: Bolton: Richland County needs more than new precincts to avoid another election debacle | Search for election commission head continues

Tennessee: Nearly a half-century of experience retiring from Hawkins election commission office

Texas: First voter fraud trial to start Monday | Wilco mulls election worker training |

Utah: Democrats vote to keep party caucus system

Virginia: Error, not fraud, officials say

West Virginia: Hancock County hopes to name clerk | 1863 balloting joins W.Va. re-enactment | W.Va. last in turnout in November election

Friday, 21 June 2013

June 21, 2013

Alabama: Volunteers needed for August municipal election

Alaska: Redistricting board makes rough drafts of new map

Arkansas: Public meeting on Arkansas voter ID implementation gets heated | Ex-lawmaker gets probation, fine for election fraud | School polling sites in limbo

California: Supreme Court won't hear Pappas appeal

Colorado: City shells out for election consultant

Florida: Fla. closes another voter registration fraud probe | State officials skipped interviewing key witnesses in GOP voter registration fraud case | SOE site recommendation expected in July | Officials cheer, jeer voting law changes | FDLE closes second voter registration fraud case

Georgia: Elections board asks Republicans for new board appointment

Louisiana: Schedler wants fewer elections

Massachusetts: Galvin is 'extremely concerned' about turnout for Senate election | Peabody receives state reimbursement for special spring election | Holyoke city clerk's office to shut down to regular business to free up staff for special election | Detour will be in effect on Election Day

Minnesota: City should see earlier ranked-choice results | Ritchie looks past last several months as Minnesota's secretary of state | DFL Rep. Hillstrom plans to run for secretary of state

Nebraska: John Gale plans to seek re-election as secretary of state

Nevada: Bye-bye Burk

New Hampshire: House, Senate cut deals on voter ID reform | Agreement keeps NH student ID cards as valid ID for voting

New Jersey: Senate Dems to attempt to override Christie veto of early voting | NJ Supreme Court allows special U.S. Senate election | Hunterdon County legislators continue to push back against special election | Senate fails to override early voting veto

New York: Lawmakers approve use of lever voting machines for fall's mayoral voting | Bill to move Eastchester Fire elections passes state senate

Ohio: County receives complaints from BOE about new location

Pennsylvania: Judge hears arguments in flawed Hazleton Area election

Rhode Island: House delays vote to amend voter ID law because of ACLU concerns

Tennessee: Secretary of State: Court ruling doesn't affect state's election laws

Washington: Pacific mayor recall battle costly for all involved | Clark County officials testing election equipment

Thursday, 20 June 2013

June 20, 2013

Alabama: Republicans facing dilemma if Supreme Court strikes down Voting Rights Act

Arizona: Democrats criticize voting law that is said to help GOP | Raft of election laws OK'd

Arkansas: Photo voter ID preps

Colorado: Voter citizenship checks yield few responses | Gessler won't face criminal charges, grand jury says

Florida: Elections boss starts updating lists | Lease deal for Duval supervisor of elections office again delayed | Elections supervisor, deputy graduate from state program | Clay elections chief achieves 'master' status | Hernando voter receive postcards during roll maintenance

Georgia: Georgia voter ID law blocked

Illinois: Report says Delaney drank on job, bullied employees

Indiana: Vote centers striving for accessibility, flexibility

Iowa: Pottawattamie board studies new election equipment

Hawaii: Democrats say primary law unconstitutional

Maine: Effort to create early voting system dies in Maine House | Eliot Cutler calls for Maine election changes

Maryland: MD election chief says early voting proposal reverses fraud protections | Bowie officials hope voting change boosts election participation

Massachusetts: Expect detours near one polling place

Michigan: Holland must reinstate fired city clerk

Minnesota: Anoka County getting new election equipment

Mississippi: No instances of voter fraud reported locally in recent election

New Jersey: Bergen freeholders: State should pay for special election; would cost county $3.6M | Monmouth officials want state to pay special election cost up front | Christie calling in reinforcements for N.J. election bonanza

New York: Lever machines likely for upcoming primary

North Carolina: Double vote topic of hearing

Ohio: Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against Ohio elections chief | Judge finds Putnam elections board violated Sunshine Law | Election board expands website | State Senate proposal could make voting faster | Federal judge dismisses early voting suit

Pennsylvania: Judge orders review of write-in votes | Nutter panel: Voting problems could have been avoided | 150-year-old book of voters found | Hearing set for Hazleton Area election lawsuit | Negrin: Philly election was poorly managed

Tennessee: Raise requested for election office deputy

Texas: Open house on vote centers | Training talks are on track

Virginia: Va. man pleads guilty to voter fraud in Gingrich case | Man awaits sentencing in Augusta County voter fraud case

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

June 19, 2013

National News: Researcher demonstrates accessible voting technology on Capitol Hill | Liberals brace for Supreme Court decision on voting rights

Alabama: Perdue announces run for secretary of state | Evergreen voters today pick new leaders in election delayed by racial gerrymandering allegations

Arizona: SCOTUS ruling on Arizona ID reignites debate | Congressman fights for more flexible voter registration law | Lawmakers push changes in voter law

Arkansas: Panel reviewing rules on voter ID law

California: Derek Cressman announces secretary of state run

Colorado: Clerk and Recorder's office adjusts policies to help Black Forest Fire victims

District of Columbia: Primary election date-switch appears dead

Florida: Few problems as Manatee votes on sales tax | Elections office may bypass Big Lots site after all

Georgia: Court ruling will have little effect on local voter registration | Gainesville Council refutes allegations of voting system bias | Board decides to stay put

Illinois: County Clerk Delaney to resign

Indiana: Lake election officials shuffle precinct lines | Officials eye vote center bids

Iowa: Pottawattamie County mulls over new voting equipment

Kansas: Senate Dem. leaders asks AG whether Supreme Court's decision affects Kansas

Maryland: Legislators call for early voting the weekend before Election Day | City needs 65 more election judges by June 21

Mississippi: Ariz. voter ID ruling not pertinent to Miss.'s proposed state maintains | Thompson: Praises Ariz. decision; hopes courts shoot down voter ID law

Montana: Voter registration ruling won't affect Montana, secretary of state says

New Hampshire: Second phase of voter ID law about to go into effect

New Jersey: Recount requested in Parsippany | Lawyers: Gov. can set election date | County tab for extra elections may be $600K | Freeholders balk at special election decision | Hunterdon, Warren freeholders won't follow Union County's lead in opposing special election | Officials can handle two elections, lawyers for Christie argue

New York: Legislators ready to OK lever voting machines for 2013 primary and runoff | Lawmakers to vote on city's use of lever voting machines | Election commissioners have opinions on early voting

Ohio: Local elections chief to retire | Monroe County elections board may move

Pennsylvania: Recount tentatively set for Wednesday

Rhode Island: House committee approves bill to 'freeze' current RI voter ID law

Tennessee: Tenn. to review proof-of-citizenship ruling

Texas: County asks feds for $4.2M to develop computer-and-paper voting system | Hidalgo County delays vote centers proposal

U.S. Virgin Islands: 3 losing candidates gain access to tally sheets

Utah: Davis County names election manager

Virginia: Roanoke voting changes won't effect November election | Supreme Court will have final say on Va. photo ID law

West Virginia: Marmet candidate alleges voter fraud

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

June 18, 2013

National News: Ted Cruz amendment would allow voter ID | Voting rights groups get high court win as bigger case looms | Cruz to introduce voter ID amendment to counteract Supreme Court ruling

Alabama: Probate judge: Removing voting rights section would be detrimental | Federal officials to monitor election in Evergreen

Arizona: Supreme Court strikes down Ariz. voter registration restrictions | Arizona to keep requiring citizenship proof on state voter forms | Justices block law requiring proof-of-citizenship | Supreme Court overturns Ariz. voter ID law | New voter hopes registration gets easier | Federal voter registration form preempts Arizona's Prop. 200 | Bennett vows to push for voter proof-of-citizenship despite court ruling | Supreme Court ruling cheered by voting-rights advocates | Local leaders want Ariz. to reinstate denied federal voter forms

Arkansas: Boston named county election coordinator

California: Solano County holds public event to demonstrate new election equipment

Colorado: Colorado rebuffed voter ID laws like those struck down in Arizona

Florida: Supervisor of elections budget drops 10 percent

Georgia: State leaders react to Supreme Court decision on voter ID's | Ruling on voter citizenship proof ensnares Ga. law | North Fulton readies for elections

Iowa: Atlas can carry some of the poll workers' work

Kansas: Supreme Court ruling on voter ID could affect Kansas law | Kobach thinks Kansas voting law unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Massachusetts: A presence at the polls

Minnesota: Most states have both early and no-excuse absentee balloting, but not Minnesota | Ranked choice voting looms large as Minneapolis Dems fail to endorse candidate | Red Wing encounters voting issues for elderly, infirm

Mississippi: Hosemann: Arizona voter ID ruling has no effect on pending Miss. law

New Hampshire: Voter ID talks break down at State House, no compromise expected on changes to 2012 law | Second phase of voter ID law about to go into effect

New Jersey: Lawyers: Gov. overreaches with election scheduling | Senate committee approves bill to move election to October

New York: Voter ID laws unlikely to change in NY, according to elections officials | Thiele: Voter pre-registration makes it easier for youth to exercise their right to vote

Ohio: Cuyahoga County BOE to remove 38K from voter registration database | Grant may yield handicap improvements in Dillonvale

Oklahoma: Oklahoma voter registration law survives U.S. Supreme Court decision

Pennsylvania: Why Pa. voter ID law probably won't be affected by Supreme Court ruling | Schuylkill County Court won't decide Hazleton Area case | Legislature approves bill for military electronic absentee ballots

Rhode Island: Compromise sought on Rhode Island's voter ID law

Texas: Commissioners to revisit countywide vote centers | ETX elections administrator weighs in on Supreme Court ruling

Monday, 17 June 2013

June 15-17, 2013

National News: Senate Dems weigh 'just in case' scenario on Section 5 | Justices could rule on landmark rights issues

Alabama: Rally to keep Voting Rights Act intact held in Birmingham | Decision on Voting Rights Act coming by end of the month | Baldwin County commissioners to consider voting precinct changes

Arizona: Lawmakers give OK to changes in election laws

California: Registrar checks accuracy of system prior to special election

Colorado: Judge voids Center election

Connecticut: Hartford freezes registrars' spending

Delaware: Coons urges action on voting

Florida: Early voting ends successfully according to elections officials | Scott vetoes records exemption for email addresses collected during voter registration | Father of commissioner arrested for falsifying voter record | Collier elections office holds steady with budget request| Fallout from absentee ballot probe remains to be seen

Georgia: Voter irregularities in Fulton County | Macon-Bibb election uncertainty causes confusion on finance reports

Indiana: Judgment time in ballot case

Massachusetts: 'She was totally dedicated for a lot of years'

Minnesota: Talking Points: Ranked choice voting and the mayoral race

Mississippi: Judge allows Canton election to be certified | Secretary of state looking for cities to turn in election returns

New Hampshire: NH lawmakers negotiating voter ID changes

New Jersey: Union County Freeholders decline to fund special Senate election | NJ Supreme Court rules that challenge to special election date may continue

New York: NYC wants its old mechanical-lever voting machines back | New bids for voting machine storage put on hold until 2014 | Albany: Law to use old voting machines still awaited

Ohio: County set to purge voter rolls | County GOP lawmakers noncommittal about ending no-bid lease deal with Ulrich | Long time poll workers honored

Pennsylvania: Remembering Anna Marie Hoak: Susquehanna Township poll worker for 40 years

South Carolina: SC high court denies appeal of Atlantic Beach election

South Dakota: Voting machines put to the test | Bremer will soon end 23-year career as county auditor

Tennessee: Rogersville city election costly | Ousted election administrator may file lawsuit against Rhea County

Texas: New elections administrator welcomed | County elections office claims they need city to go ahead to remove accused election judges | Vote centers proposal receives icy reception from McAllen commission

U.S. Virgin Islands: Candidates narrowed down for elections system jobs

Utah: Elections director wraps up 30 years in Davis County | N. Ogden polling site choice nixed

West Virginia: Six leaving as Wood County's longest-serving clerk