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February 2014

Friday, 28 February 2014

February 28, 2014

Arizona: Brewer signs bill to repeal 2013 election reform laws, kills referendum

Arkansas: County clerk reminds voters of new law

California: Push continues to invalidate L.A. County voting districts | Special election measure goes to June ballot | City Hall asks how to get more Angelenos to vote

Colorado: Judge upholds Broomfield election | Controversial municipal elections bill signed | Ortiz disputes GOP election contention

Illinois: After law change, Wiliamson County clerk complete youth voter registration drive

Indiana: Elkhart County to use vote centers in May primary elections

Iowa: Senate considers ex-felon voting rights bill

Kansas: Lawrence Republican considering run for secretary of state

Kentucky: Elections board passes pair of motions for equipment | Charges dropped against Bell County clerk; won't seek re-election

Louisiana: Early voting in New Orleans starts Saturday

Maryland: State board gives local election officials 12 percent pay raise

Michigan: Bentley officials mull recount after reports of voting problems

Mississippi: Black lawmakers seek to block voter ID law | Caucus chairman asks US AG to block voter ID law

Missouri: Voter ID moves closer to the ballot

New Jersey: Gloucester County tests tablet app for elections

New York: Falls school board votes not to vote on polling site increase | Senator calls adding voter registration to hunting license forms

North Carolina: Counties reduce early voting hours for primary

Ohio: NACCP: Proposed BOE move intolerable | Cuyahoga County, Fitzgerald prepare for early-voting fight | Gubernatorial candidate critical of new elections rules | State rep.: Language on provisional ballot envelopes deceptive

Oregon: Satellite voting sites appeal in court

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Artscape: Designing better ballots

South Carolina: Chairman of Richland's election board gives up seat | Lawsuit filed to dissolve Richland County board of elections | Rep. McEachern: There is no confidence in this board

Tennessee: Polling sites to be consolidated in Sebastian County

Texas: Advocates fear voter ID could deter transgender voters | Secretary of state urges more people to vote in primaries | Election administrator controversy flares again

Virginia: Elmo for President? Mock elections to test new voting equipment | Former state delegate appointed to electoral board

Wisconsin: Power outage causes a few hiccups

Thursday, 27 February 2014

February 27, 2014

National: Democrats to expand election protection efforts | Bill Clinton touts voter registration

Alabama: Wilton voters will cast ballots at new polling location

California: Oversight of county elections office quietly withdrawn from COO | Secretary of state candidates on increasing voter participation | Decision could add costs, complications to election | Monterey Park to hold another special election this summer

Colorado: Ortiz disputes GOP election contention

Connecticut: Voter registration moves online

Florida: Flagler elections chief still not cooperating

Georgia: State may cut back city early voting | New ballot printing method needed, registrar tells commissioners | House measure shortens municipal early voting periods | New map means confusion for some candidates, voters

Guam: GEC gets $100K to make polling places more accessible

Illinois: Government in the hands of 17-year-olds | Cook County clerk brings democracy to teens | Stevenson-inspired election law creates thousands of new teen voters

Massachusetts: Hudson FinCom endorses purchasing new voting machines

New Mexico: Trial run goes well

New York: Putnam Legislature reviews merging primaries

Ohio: Ability to vote early to be curtailed in Ohio's November election | Lawmakers pass new provisional ballot rules | Local voters don't like Ohio's changes | Souper sale encourages voter registration | Board directors object to voter report | Dayton residents protest new voting hours | No Sunday, evening votes in Ohio | Husted sets stage for race with Nina Turner | General Assembly passes latest voting bill | Cincinnati NAACP speaks out against BOE

Oregon: Internet voting study shelved by lawmakers

Pennsylvania: Blair seeks compliance with new voting rules | Gettysburg third ward changes polling place | Polls in Blair Co. to have handicap accessibility

South Carolina: Campbell now caught up in Richland County controversy | Elections board installs new member | Haley 'concerned' about Richland elections problems | Voters skeptical about county election board leadership | Fired elections director meets with state agents | Selph named interim elections director

Tennessee: Election commission demonstrates new voting machines

Texas: County needs bilingual elections workers

Wisconsin: Absentee ballots break tie

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

February 26, 2014

National: Joe Biden links voter-ID laws to 'hatred'

Alaska: Assembly votes to move 2017 election date to November

Arkansas: Secretary of state files for re-election, draws opponent

California: Assistant registrar announces bid for clerk/recorder | Orange County strips executive of elections oversight

Georgia: Voting rights advocates call on Legislature to reject attack on voters

Guam: GEC puts out bid for new vote tabulators

Florida: Supervisor of elections relocation moving forward | Voter protests sway Manatee commissioners to add polling site | Manatee County commission adds one precinct after protest

Idaho: Hall out as Bannock County elections supervisor

Illinois: High school voter registration effort yields nearly 5,500 new voters

Indiana: House demands Lake County look at voting precinct consolidation

Iowa: Database not key to Iowa voting probe | Database not key to state voting probe

Kentucky: Changes to voting bill would leave more than half of KY felons without the right to vote

Maine: Revamped ward lines won't impact voters until November

Maryland: Polling places change for two Carroll precincts

Missouri: Voter photo ID approved by House | Former St. Charles mayor files to challenge elections director

North Carolina: Voter ID law still under pressure from NAACP | Many counties seek exemption from early voting requirements

New Mexico: Polling places consolidated for next week's election

Ohio: Provisional ballot bill advances in House | Husted sets 2014 voting hours, days

Pennsylvania: Fayette court to consider voting precinct consolidation

South Carolina: Fired elections director blasts board | Richland elections chief: Job was a power struggle | State rep. pushing for changes in county elections commission | Bill would make election directors state employees | Sen. Lourie talks about election office allegations | Citizens for Better Government want investigation

Tennessee: Sevier County election commissioner: 'I don't trust the machines' | Former election office attorney goes on election commission

Texas: Early voting light | Low turnout for voter ID program | Postal delivery concerns after carrier returns mail | Wichita County clerk race profile | Popular early voting location may cease in future elections

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board hires assistant for St. Croix office

Utah: Bill to keep voter data private passes House

Virginia: Felon voting rights still a work in progress

Wisconsin: State justices hear voter ID arguments | Conservative state justice bothered by voter ID law

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

February 25, 2014

Arizona: Elections office ready to go in new location

California: San Diego Assemblywoman propose mail-only voting for special elections

Colorado: Vander Veen vote fraud case still under review | Trial on Broomfield election challenge gets underway

District of Columbia: Early voting survival guide

Indiana: Election board names new rep | Hardin named to county election board

Iowa: 80 more voting cases sent to Iowa prosecutors | DCI agent says vote fraud probe is over | Secretary of state pays Mason City a visit

Kentucky: Olive Hill voters have new polling place for election

Massachusetts: Wilbraham clerk recommends all voting be held at high school

Minnesota: National voting rights hearing on Tuesday at UMinn. law school

Missouri: Jasper County elections office prepares for absentee ballots

Nebraska: Bill aimed at opening primaries to independent voters

North Carolina: Voter ID laws challenge out-of-state voters | Election law changes: One stop voting

Oregon: Secretary of state website back online after hacker attack | Website back online | Proposal to study online vote advances

South Carolina: Richland fires elections director after 8 months | Embattled Richland County elections director fired

Texas: Undelivered voter registration cards in Irving raise questions | Mobile sites to offer election ID certificates | Jim Wells and Duval county voters set Saturday record | Early votes higher than past primaries

Utah: Concerns remain over bill to protect voter info | House panel amends, passes bill to limit access to voter data

Virginia: Prince William mock election to test voting machines

Wisconsin: High court to hear voter ID arguments | Rep. Kahl opposes voting restrictions

Monday, 24 February 2014

February 22-24, 2014

National: Voting rights for felons on the table in several states | Voting Rights: Time to think differently for those who've done time? | Pew: Vt. and Maine are tied for least restrictive on ex-felon voting rights

California: Fraud, bribery cases won't affect state elections much, analysts say

Colorado: Review of Broomfield election process won't start until challenge trial is complete | Tracking voters in real time in Colorado

Connecticut: Voter registration at Wilton High School | Third registrar is nonessential employee | Mullins set up 'ballot integrity hotline with vote set for Tuesday

Florida: Concerns raised over access of Hernando supervisor of elections volunteer | County offices in dire need of new digs | Polk voters can register in mobile unit

Georgia: Election agreement with county

Illinois: New law concerns voting procedures | Illegal voting case puts family's future in limbo

Iowa: Secretary of state fixes glitch that misidentified voters

Kentucky: Challenger sets sights on Senate GOP heavyweight

Massachusetts: Panel suggests Hingham test electronic voting system

Missouri: House could debate photo voter ID measures

New Mexico: Secretary of state withdraws petition of control of Sunland Park election

New York: Election commissioner appoints 6 staff members

North Carolina: Voter ID lawsuit moves forward in federal district court | Judge delays ruling on NC voting law | Early voting plan too friendly to suburbs, critics say | Tribal elections need a home

Ohio: No issue with Belmont Co. voting machines | Kasich signs early voting bills that get rid of 'Golden Week' | Husted: BOE can move, but locals choose early voting site | Husted to break Stark County elections board deadlock | Cuyahoga County considering legal action against election bills | Ferry voters heading to elementary school

Oregon: Secretary of state to ask lawmakers for cash to fix hacked website

Pennsylvania: Wagner pegs high cost of special election in mailing | Kleinfeltersville loses polling place

Texas: Voter fraud reported to VVSO | Lack of security in polling station in La Joya | Election gets underway after ballot hiccups | Montague County lines cause early voting confusion

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear voter ID case

Friday, 21 February 2014

February 21, 2014

National: Bill mandates no-excuse absentee ballots in federal elections

Alabama: Senate passes bill to reduce crime of falsifying voter ID application

Arkansas: Senate OKs bill keeping office open

Colorado: Feud between secretary of state and budget committee erupts over letters

Connecticut: Citizen coalition reports discrepancies in 2013 election audit

Florida: Elections office will not move | Judge rules no re-count in Cape mayoral election

Georgia: Kemp eyes earlier 2016 primary

Illinois: Area teen fail to register to vote

Indiana: Election board plans to consolidate voting locations

Maryland: Annapolis city council to create election committee

Mississippi: Hosemann expects early voting proposal in 2015

Nebraska: Lawmakers look to make online voter registration a reality

Nevada: Angle's voter ID initiative challenged | Lawsuit filed to block voter-ID petition

New Mexico: Poll workers enjoy meeting people

New York: Lights, camera, board of elections? | Potsdam works to answer voter eligibility questions

North Carolina: Documents, data next in lawsuits hearing

Ohio: Dems to challenge voting measure | Former Cuyahoga Falls mayor tapped as liaison for Husted

Oregon: Senate approves Internet voting study | Secretary of state contacts FBI over website hacking

Pennsylvania: She's charged with election fraud after writing her name on another's ballot in Philly | Write-in candidate accused of vote tampering | Montco hires Kelly Green to head office of voter services | Attorney: Voter ID attempt was onerous, disenfranchising | Montco names fourth voter services director in a year | Montco explores new vote tabulation measures

South Carolina: Campbell to leave election director post

Tennessee: Davidson County early voting set for seven sites

Texas: Ector County in need of bilingual poll workers | Hempstead voter wearing pro-gun t-shirt turned away from polling place

Utah: Senate advances bill that would nullify Count My Vote initiative

Virginia: Group asks Congressman to review voting rights | No-excuse absentee voting for senior citizens rejected

Washington: Extending online voter signup

West Virginia: Town receives election update

Wisconsin: LaCrosse voters can try out new voting machine

Thursday, 20 February 2014

February 20, 2014

National: New PACs try to election state election officials

Arkansas: Bill to keep Lt. gov office vacant advances | Agencies to draft rule on absentee-voter IDs

California: Calabasas seeks ways to encourage voting | SD County hopes to lick high elections costs with vote-by-mail | Travis Unified consolidates elections

Florida: Supervisor of elections forms partnership with tax collector | Common Cause Florida reviewing Manatee voting precinct closures | Florida's chief elections official to Miami-Dade County: Draw new precincts now | Miami-Dade to make small fixes to voting precincts instead of drawing new ones

Georgia: Fayette, NAACP agree to judge's voting rights plan | Secretary of state pushes for March 1 presidential primary | Georgia voters could be among the first to cast ballots in 2016 primary | Commission requests removal of Republican, Democrat election board positions

Hawaii: Same-day registration bill considered today

Idaho: House committee votes (barely) to take DMV voter registration bill out of neutral

Iowa: Lawmakers advance online voter registration bill

Kansas: Consensus on election reform bills an elusive target

Kentucky: Gutting of felon voting rights bill angers backers | Bill restoring felons' voting rights passes Senate with 5-yr waiting period

Louisiana: Newcomer looks to take on secretary of state in 2015 election

Maine: Sanford may reduce wards, polling stations

Mississippi: Bill would change Miss. law on absentee voting

Pennsylvania: Montgomery County seeks new voter services director

Nevada: Horsford co-sponsors Voting Rights amendments

New Jersey: Gloucester County tests tablet app for elections

New Mexico: Sunland Park city council finally passes election resolution

North Carolina: Commissioners hear of need for voting equipment investment | Judge to hear arguments involving voter ID lawsuits on Friday

Ohio: House approves 2 election-related measures | Election changes clear Ohio House | Ohio House passes bills to change absentee ballot rules, eliminate six days of early voting | Fincannon finally appointed to BOE

Oregon: Should Oregon study Internet voting?

Texas: County tests, demonstrates voting equipment | Temporary site to get election ID will be in Fort Worth Thursday and Friday | Early voting numbers down from this time four years ago | Campaign volunteers feud at early voting site | Political feud turns physical

Utah: Initiative seeks to increase voter registration | Gov.: Don't play games with County My Vote initiative

Wisconsin: New voting system test in 2 townships | Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear voter ID cases

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

February 19, 2014

National News: Holt won't seek re-election to Congress

Alabama: 17K Cullman Co. voters affected by redistricting | Gadsden Council considering new municipal polling places

Arizona: Senate panel OKs bill requiring initiative revotes

Colorado: Elections update signed into law

Connecticut: Online voter registration starts today | Connecticut launches online voter registration system

Florida: Restoring ex-felons' voting rights could become elections issue

Georgia: Macon-Bibb approves more money for elections

Idaho: Voter registration could be allowed at DMV if bill passes

Illinois: Primary preparations focus on provisional ballots | 17-year olds get chance to vote

Indiana: More early voting centers will open

Kentucky: Senate appears poised to approve constitutional amendment on felon voting rights

Mississippi: Supervisors approve voting precinct changes

Missouri: Supporters pressing early voting initiative

Nebraska: Avery seeks to make voting easier with bill

New Mexico: State officials ask judge to settle ballot issue

North Carolina: Mall, park preserved as city early voting sites | Rockingham polling site issue unresolved | Election disruption from snowstorm

North Dakota: School bond votes first with more stringent voter ID

Ohio: Third voting restriction bill set to pass House | Rodabaugh returns to Allen County BOE | Lake County increases pay at polls for precinct election officials | GOP bill alters rules for provisional ballots

Oregon: Internet voting would be studied under bill advanced by Senate panel

South Carolina: Answer soon on who will pay for Richland board election

Tennessee: Wilson election commission, students do voting research

Texas: ID law creates no headaches on first day of early voting | Misspelled names showing up on voter ID cards in Fort Bend County | Voting by mail option for some | Name order forces reprint of 16K ballots | Pharr early voting location raises questions | Democrats late setting up county polling places | Potter County utilizes students for early voting | Scuffle at polling location ends with arrest

Utah: Utah lawmakers limit use of voter registration list

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

February 15-18, 2014

National: How felon voting policies restrict the black vote

Arizona: UA professor works to restore felons civil rights | Voting rights activists burn petitions, swarm House in protest

Arkansas: Ballot typo forces reprint for special election, costs $12,800 | Poll workers train to check IDs

California: Contest for Napa County elections chief heats up | Assistant county clerk-recorder plans to run for boss's job

Colorado: Election bill likely to get swift signing | Colorado Senate passes elections bill over stiff GOP opposition | Boulder County seeks suggestions for fall election service centers | Senate committee kills secretary of state bill on signatures

Connecticut: Norwich could see rise in election costs

Florida: Manatee cuts polling locations, touts better convenience | Closed precinct in minority district may get a reprieve | Poll workers need patience, sensitivity and thick skin | Rep. Castor: Make it quicker for felons to regain voting rights

Georgia: Secretary of state talks elections

Hawaii: Legislation would allow late Hawaii voter registration

Iowa: Iowa's voter fraud probe becomes a numbers game | Branstad snaps back at Holder over felon voting rights | Easton Valley tax vote to be recounted

Indiana: Officials hope voting centers can cure people's ballot-box blues

Kansas: Law professor says 'dual elections' a real possibility this year

Maryland: For Montgomery leaders, voting changes echo civil rights movement

Michigan: Huron Township's voting precincts reorganized

Minnesota: Pierz native named elections director for Minnesota | Secretary of state announces $126K in federal grants to fund polling place accessibility | Elections director named national president |

Mississippi: Voter ID is set to begin

Missouri: State Senate considers replacing electronic voting machines with paper ballots | Supporters pressing early voting initiative in Mo.

Montana: McCulloch looks to bring online voter registration to Treasure State | Secretaries of state talk elections

New Jersey: Union County clerk offers one-stop 'vote-by-mail' service

New York: Residents getting help with voter registration | Schneiderman pushes voter challenge oath requirement | District weighs fewer polling places

North Carolina: Class explains electoral process, certifies poll workers | Report finds N.C.'s new election law disproportionately affects black voters | Election officials finalize early voting proposals | Photo ID not required this year, but poll workers will ask the question | GOP commissioners in Rockingham OK with polling place move | Fincannon recommended to fill opening on county BOE

Ohio: Husted says there's little evidence of voter fraud in Ohio | BOE delays decision on Maier candidacy | Elections panel nixes petitions | AG rejects proposed amendment to set hours for voting | House panel readies for vote on new provisional ballot rules

Oregon: Brown modifies elections rules as website breach keeps databases offline

Pennsylvania: Civil rights groups holds hearing on voter issues | Paper or PDF? | Montgomery County seeking new voter services director--again | Morsch resigns as Montgomery County voter services director

Tennessee: Write-in list for Dover election approved

Texas: Local election officials are ready to go, if you are | Tips for dealing with voter ID law | Voter ID centers to be in county | Elections officials prepare for early voting | Ballot font appears to change name | Gregg County court to mull early voting extension | Gregg County adds early voting Sunday at three polls

Utah: Proposal would move Utah to front of the line in 2016

Washington: Former Caseyville mayor continues to fight for election recount

Wisconsin: Ruling in Penn. voter-ID case buoys Wisconsin hopes | City must move polling location

Friday, 14 February 2014

February 14, 2014


National: Proposed voting rights fix may leave Latinos vulnerable at polls

Arizona: House repeals 2013 election law that angered many| Yuma officials propose combining elections, recorder's office

Colorado: Mail in voter designation discontinued

Connecticut: Fairfield registrar to run for state rep.

Florida: Candidates: Having just 1 polling place in March election unfair to voters

Georgia: Fayette ready for district voting changes

Illinois: Carbondale High School hosts voter registration drive | Some Lake County polling place relocated

Indiana: New vote center committee announced | Huntington County election officials attend state conference

Iowa: Schultz named to national campaign group

Maryland: County recruiting election judges

Nebraska: Neb. senator pushing for electing president by popular vote

North Carolina: Cooper asks for stay in federal redistricting suit

Ohio: AG rejects petition for Ohio Voter's Bill of Rights referendum | Ohio voter bill of rights may fail to make ballot | Miller presented election official of the year award | Member of BOE asked to abstain from voting on Maier candidacy

Oregon: Frustrations mount as Oregon secretary of state databases remain offline after website breach

Pennsylvania: Commissioners eye equipment | County attorney: Piazza justly fired

TennesseeCumberland University, election commission partner for voting research | City should move spring election to November

Texas: Voter ID trial remains on track | Approval of Hidalgo County's electioneering policy

Utah: Bill to make voter registration lists private raises concerns

Virginia: Fairfax County voters can take new machines for a test run

Wisconsin: Madison city clerk's office scouting diverse poll workers

Wyoming: House drops bill to restore felons' voting rights