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June 2014

Monday, 30 June 2014

June 30, 2014

National News: Research shows voter ID bias among lawmakers

Alabama: In Focus: Alabama's voter ID law

Alaska: Emails: Officials knew of poor translation in radio notices on voting | Election officials did less language assistance for Natives outside Bethel, court told

Arizona: Advocates fear strict voter ID laws will reduce turnout | County urges voters to plan ahead

Arkansas: Benton Co. election commission eyes recounts

California: Unintended consequences of California's open primary

Colorado: Ballot tracker proposed

Florida: Clergy call on Scott to restore voting rights | Primary concern: Some see shenanigans in write-in candidates

Georgia: Commission to consider BOE stipend | Early voting starts Monday, but leave the guns at home | Voter ID laws still a source of controversy | Early voting begins Monday

Illinois: Same-day voter registration coming to Illinois

Indiana: LWV urges residents to ensure voter registration is current

Iowa: Secretary of state candidates play down voter ID

Kansas: Voter registration laws to be reevaluated | ACLU seeks to block Kansas voter-citizenship move | House of Prayer church becomes polling place

Maryland: Anne Arundel Co. elections board to continue canvassing ballots

Michigan: Candidate's name mistakenly left off absentee ballots | Absentee ballots misprinted

Minnesota: Response to allegations of voter fraud in House race | Reaction to allegations of voter fraud in House race

Mississippi: Text of statement by Hinds Co. GOP | Protecting voting rights remains a battle, civil rights veterans say| Perry: Mistakes were made, but no voter fraud found

Ohio: Prosecutor asked to review two voter-related situations

Oklahoma: Group protesting Tulsa Co. early voting station | Delaware Co. election board manual recount

Oregon: Website breach: State officials failed to patch 'high risk' software problem

Tennessee: Blount Co. commissioner alleges election law violations

Texas: County takes voting equipment decision to 12th hour | Taylor Co. elections office to hold meeting over proposed polling program

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections misses key federal deadline; elections chair refuses to divulge AG's advice

Virginia: Voter photo ID law to take effect July 1 | Cortes appointed new commissioner of DOE

Wyoming: Maxfield on SOS position: 'I got my dream job'

Friday, 27 June 2014

Thursday, 26 June 2014

June 26, 2014

National News: Sessions opposes update to VRA | Murdered voting advocate's brother wants protections back | A year later, Holder, civil rights groups decry impact of voting rights decision | Senators differ on whether fix to VRA is needed

California: Outcomes unaffected by late ballots as L.A. Co. finishes tally | Morro Bay may let voters decide on change to election code

Colorado: Ballots to be preserved after some were discarded in Larimer Co. dual elections mix-up | Officials call primary process a success | Montezuma election probe finds probable cause of voter fraud | Gessler reflects on gubernatorial bid

Florida: Pasco Co. to provide free rides to the polls | $1.5M bill for special election |

Kansas: Ellis Co. clerk's office prepares for LOB ballot count | Secretary of state is close race | Kobach responds to poll | Red, blue challengers knock Kobach on voting changes

Kentucky: Army veteran to lead new voter registration system | Felon voting rights has bi-partisan support

Maryland: Voter turnout lowest in years for primary | Election judges notice decrease in voters | Police probe alleged nose biting at Elkton polling center | Absentee, provisional votes likely will decide race | MoCo's good news-bad news voting story| Some races may be decided by absentee ballots  

Mississippi: McDaniel hints at possible recount

Montana: Lindeen exploring running for secretary of state

Nevada: Election office uses Republican Party tactic

New Mexico: Voter advocates: Open the primary system

New York: NY-13: Where will the paper (ballot) trail lead? | Primary cost St. Lawrence Co. $30K or more | Results to be delayed by absentee ballots | Elections Boss: Don't count on paper ballots putting Espaillat ahead

North Carolina: BOE to discuss November early voting sites soon | High turnout sought for second Iredell primary | Wilmington company aims to improve elections | Was voter ID accepted early in Wilson? | Forsyth BOE to discuss early voting sites | NC State not selected as site for early voting

Ohio: Stark Co. BOE opens today at Regent Ave. site

Pennsylvania: Elections board proposes polling place relocation

Tennessee: Election commission not in 'position to address' Brooks' status on August ballot

Texas: Group rallies in Longview for action on VRA

Virginia: Virginia elections board to re-evaluate voter ID rule | Roanoke NAACP leaders urge action on voting rights

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June 25, 2014

National News: A 15-part plan to restore democracy to America's states | Senate debates voting rights proposal

Alabama: Another person indicted on vote fraud charges

Alaska: Voting language trial under way

Arizona: Judge keeps ballot requirements in place for 2014 elections

Arkansas: Group asks judge to halt Arkansas voter ID law

California: Bill would give overseas troops 3 extra days to return ballots | Recount possibly looms in California comptroller race

Colorado: Gessler adopts emergency ruling for Loveland special election | Voting continues; more than 35K Boulder Co. ballots returned | Voter turnout: Ballots steady but light | More than half a million Coloradans already voted in primary

Delaware: Legislation to reform election laws passes General Assembly

Florida: Lumb running for Duval elections post | Clearwater aquarium vote stands, judge rules | Special election turnout law as voters ask: Why? | More mail-in ballots in special election

Georgia: New election would cost Fulton up to $2M | Francys Johnson to testify on voting rights

Indiana: Voting center meeting set for July 2

Kansas: Schodorf criticizes Kobach's role in voting reforms | SOS candidate proposes elections changes | Ellis Co. election officer concerned about invalid ballots

Maine: Rumford recount reveals no change

Maryland: Turnout slow as few problems reported | Problems in 9 MoCo polling places | MoCo polling place problems and voter turnout in primary | PG primary avoids early glitches, sees low a.m. turnout | Before evening rush, voters sparse at local precincts | Low voter turnout and delays may play critical role in primary | Problems reported at MoCo polls | Technical problems reported at 10 Bethesda precincts | Argument ends in scuffle at polling place; candidate allegedly bitten | New voters join their elders in exercising 'God-given privilege' | St. Mary's early voting turnout third lowest in state | Harford voters stay home on primary day | Election officials report slow day at polls

Massachusetts: Early voting coming to Mass.

Minnesota: Judge orders candidate's name removed from ballot

Mississippi: Election related calls to secretary of state | Minimal problems reported at South Miss. voting polls | Voter intimidation reported at Canton precinct | Some confusion about 'crossover' voting | Poll monitoring in full swing in Mississippi

New Mexico: Garcia alleges fraud; challenges election results | Civil trial set in Las Cruces representative's voter fraud suit | Voter turnout drops in New Mexico primary

New York: Poll workers in short supply in Oneida County

North Carolina: House approves election law changes | Wilson precinct official removed | Wake BOE approves early-voting sites

Ohio: Husted rejects GOP's election board nominees | Elections chief rejects picks for local board

Oklahoma: State election official says no problems reported | Election results being tabulated

South Carolina: Early voter turnout light on primary runoff | Voter turnout less than 5 percent in Florence Co.

South Dakota: Schultz to run for secretary of state

Tennessee: Medley seeks $10K, county OKs $3,360 for early voting | Election commission cancels meeting on Lester

Texas: County closes Long Branch voting box | Markum named new elections administrator | County will look at one way to boost voter turnout

Utah: Davis primary draws 22K mail-in voters | "Fairly good turnout' for vote-by-mail election | Voter turnout weak for primary elections, officials say

Virginia: Virginia board's authority on ID statuses in question

Wisconsin: Citing security, Greendale seeks moving polling places from elementary schools

Wyoming: Natrona Co. tests election machines and it all adds up

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

June 24, 2014

National News: A Rock the Vote relaunch | Does Cantor's loss change the outlook for a voting rights bill?

Alabama: District 5 mix-up to be settled

Alaska: Native voting rights case kicks off

Colorado: Primary election, do you still have a ballot?

Florida: Elections supervisor keeping pace with rapidly growing electorate

Guam: GEC holds registrar training

Indiana: Board looks to grow early-voting sites

Kansas: Candidate: Daughter told she didn't provide proof-of-citizenship to vote | Snags reported in online voter registration

Maryland: Frederick prepares for primary | Officials, party leaders fear voters are busy vacationing

Mississippi: Senate race muddles voter ID debate | Harrison Co. GOP promises ballots go to the right precincts | NAACP will monitor tea party poll watchers | Poll watchers must stay outside, officials say | Lauderdale Co. officials prep for runoff election | Hood, Hosemann express concern over poll watchers  

Missouri: Ballot delay could affect absentee voting

New Mexico: Instead of recount, candidate asks for ballot review

New York: NYC council member launch pre-emptive strike against BOE | Hotline announced to help voters during election season | Consolidated polling locations planned

Ohio: Steuben lawmakers appoint new Dem elections commissioner | Elections board will open July 15 in new offices

Oklahoma: Ossage Co. election board offers tips when voting | Violations discouraged by county election board secretary

Oregon: Backers of 'top two' primary initiative submit 140K signatures

South Carolina: Blakely steps down after 44 years | Richland Co. residents question absentee ballot edited with black marker | Lawsuit lights a fire under the county

Utah: Early returns suggest better turnout for primary

Virginia: $46,340 for election workers

Washington: Aug. 5 ballots already in the mail for military, overseas voters

Wisconsin: Voter fraud case targets Walker backer | Shorewood man charged with 13 counts of voter fraud

Monday, 23 June 2014

June 21-23, 2014

National News: Gillibrand: Expand online voter registration access | Rand Paul seeks to expand voting rights to some ex-cons

Alabama: Secretary of state race a fight over GOP credentials | Dothan woman indicted on ballot fraud charges

Arkansas: Johnson Co. considering an election coordinator | GOP's pick joins panel on elections

Colorado: Most primary ballots yet to be returned

Illinois: Voting hours proposal bothers Bean

Indiana: Lawson stresses voter registration | Lake debates what to do with jailed voters

Kansas: Proof-of-citizenship law will be focus of secretary of state race

Maryland: Photos: The journey of a voting machine | Elkridge company tasked with statewide shipping, security for voting booths | Early voting finished with a flourish in HarCo | Record turnout for early voting

Minnesota: No excuse needed to vote absentee | Decision on ballot expected next week

Mississippi: Absentee voting brisk in several Miss. counties | Senate committee to hold hearing on voting rights

Missouri: Judge orders recount of council race | Chesterfield clerk aims to educate voters about upcoming primary

North Dakota: Secretary of state says election glitch shouldn't resurface

Ohio: Replacement members named to troubled Ohio elections board | Some Trenton voters may be able to vote in city limits again

Oklahoma: One polling place changes on dawn of election | Oklahoma's early-voting turnout lines up with past elections

Pennsylvania: KU students want a polling place on campus

South Carolina: Election officials expect a smooth sailing runoff

South Dakota: Republicans nominate Shantel Krebs for secretary of state

Tennessee: Election commission welcomes new member, stresses early voting | Mobile phone calls not welcome while voting | Green defends election office travel

Texas: Court considers closing Long Branch voting box | Mix-ups, errors cause lost votes in Loveland special election | Temps with criminal pasts slip by Dallas Co. officials

U.S. Virgin Islands: St.Thomas-St. John elections board plans new polling site

Virginia: Appeal protesting primary election problems withdrawn

Friday, 20 June 2014

June 20, 2014

Arizona: Elections board rejects secretary of state's ad appeal

Arkansas: King says Earls was wrong on elections

California: Vote counting ends

Colorado: Arapco DA drops one of four voter fraud charges | Saturday options available for primary balloting

Connecticut; New London mayor concedes polling place resolution may be illegal

Florida: Busy weekend for St. Johns Co. elections officials | Florida felons seek restoration of civil rights | 9 investigates possible civil rights violations

Indiana: Mailings aim to clean up voter rolls | Some Hoosiers must update info to continue to vote | Early voting sites for 2014 examined | FBI requests voting records from Sullivan Co.

Kentucky: Voter assistance office helps soldiers, families make voices heard

Maine: Secretary of state conducts vote recounts

Michigan: Onica named clerk of the year | Michigan lags country in reform and those pressing it find little support

Minnesota: Both DFL and GOP focus on new absentee voting rules

New Jersey: Ballot case moved to appellate court

North Carolina: Elections board finalizing voting plan | House bill addresses early ballots after death | Panel OKs absentee ballot legislation | Debbie George named director of elections

Ohio: Hill picked for elections board

Oklahoma: Early voting begins

Rhode Island: Bill eliminating straight-party voting passes Senate, heads back to House | Mater lever repeal heads to governor

South Carolina: Officials optimistic for Tuesday's runoff

Tennessee: Satellite locations to open earlier for general election early voting | Lester intends to fight for job | Election commissioner recognized for their service

Texas: Texas slapped with fees from redistricting fight

Virginia: Supervisors OK relocating four Hanover precincts

Thursday, 19 June 2014

June 19, 2014

National News: Black Caucus targets powerful Republican in push for voting rights fix

Alaska: Local groups team up to tackle low voter turnout

Arizona: Groups join up to encourage voter registration, participation

California: Voter fraud trial starts today | Sonoma Co. finalizes election results | Recount planned | Survey: Californians concerned by low voter turnout, unsure of solution | The vote counting goes on | San Gabriel votes to keep elections local despite March 2013 issues

Colorado: 45 percent of primary ballots returned

Connecticut: Longtime registrar will keep job | State, Finizio at odds over New London polling location resolution

Florida: Seattle man admits voter fraud in PBC | Elections supervisor delivers bill to school board

Illinois: Voters can register online

Kansas: Ethics complaint against SOS candidate dismissed

Maine: Secretary of state schedules two primary recounts

Maryland: Western Maryland early voter turnout below state average

Nebraska: Results change following recount in York Co.

Nevada: Secretary of state candidate tell Hispanics voter ID law needed

New Jersey: Judge orders recount of mail-in votes |

New Mexico: Recount filed

Ohio: GOP picks two for elections board

Oklahoma: Website hopes to shame people into voting

Rhode Island: Secretary of state candidates weigh in on master lever

Tennessee: Election commission could force Lester out

Texas: Court asked to review Ingram election | Local GOP supports county voting centers

West Virginia: Tired election ends with name drawn out of a hat

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

June 18, 2014

National News: Map: 22 states have passed new voting restrictions over the past four years | Status of voting rights fragile as midterms approach, report finds

California: Controller cliffhanger race hinges on tardy mail-in ballots | Yolo Co. voter turnout higher than anticipated

Colorado: Arapahoe to close motor vehicle services for primary | Clerks work together to improve voter experience

Delaware: Proponents of same-day voter registration seek support in Dover

Florida: Plaque at elections office to honor Brown and McNeal | Election dispute now set for mediation, another appeal

Georgia: Dawsonville election will stay put for 2015

Guam: Bill would fund new vote tabulators | Parties submit names for precinct officials

Illinois: Elections board gives remap supporters leeway in ballot challenge

Kansas: New e-pollbooks ready to launch | Kobach's side work attacked in primary race | Wyandotte Co. election office announces new voting location

Maryland: Early voting slow in Harford, statewide | Early voting sets new record for primary

Massachusetts: Mass. military ballots no longer secret

Michigan: LWV of Kalamazoo Area wins national award

Minnesota: New online tool for Minnesota voters to request absentee ballot | Absentee ballots can now be ordered online

Nevada: Tuesday deadline for voter ID petitions | Voter ID initiative fails to make ballot

New Jersey: Mayoral hopeful to request recount

New York: Hudson board OKs contract to buy voting machines | Essex Co. BOE gears up for GOP primary | Legislature could ban candidates from serving as poll watchers

Ohio: Sunday voting back in new Ohio early voting schedule | BOE proposes Youngstown ward redistricting plan | New early voting hours set after federal ruling

Oklahoma: New law changes early voting; affects primary

Rhode Island: Carlevale running again for SOS

South Dakota: Voting centers give voters flexibility, but costs could stall system's expansion | Technology expanding into SD elections

Tennessee: Election office gets back money budgeted for 2 early voting satellites  

Texas: Commissioners OK countywide polling places | Markum appointment fails with split vote | A roll of the dice breaks tie in Kennedy Co. commissioner race | Concerns rise as special election looms | If state gives OK, the way Taylor Co. votes will change dramatically

Virginia: Portsmouth woman accused of voter fraud found not guilty | City council considers November elections | Lynchburg electoral board recommends moving precinct

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

June 17, 2014

National News: Senate panel to examine voting rights fix | Court rulings on voter restrictions create limbo as Midterms near | DoD won't release e-voting penetration tests

Alaska: Assembly to vote on vote-by-mail elections

Arizona: County to offer two types of ballots

California: Thousands of mail ballots too late to count in Calif. primary | California's least-populous county takes voting seriously | 573 Santa Cruz Co. ballots too late to count

Colorado: Polling centers open across El Paso Co. | El Paso Co. opens additional polling place | City clerk reports fraudulent 'ballot collectors'

Connecticut: Stage is set for Bridgeport primaries | New London decides to add polling places, not voting districts

Florida: Hillsborough Co. supervisor of elections office

Georgia: Rockdale extends hours for early voting

Illinois: HOPE will sponsor meeting focused on election law changes | Peoria Co. could manage city election commission | Richland Co. board approves combining voting precincts

Iowa: Wapello Co. auditor addresses concerns on voter fraud and security

Kansas: GOP pursues ethics claim against Dem SOS candidate

Kentucky: Council to consider lifting election day alcohol ban

Louisiana: Schedler visits Vernon Parish

Maryland: Pace picking up after slow weekend of early voting | Candidate accuses others of harassing voters

Michigan: Atlas Township clerk honored | Gaines Township recall against clerk, first of its kind in Genesee Co.

Mississippi: Real voter ID test may not come until next year | Senate committee to hold hearing on voting rights bill

New York: State election records bill offers mandate relief | NY lawmaker aims to give voting rights to undocumented immigrants

Ohio: Study: Early voting hasn't let to more votes cast | Names of two judges floated to fill vacancies