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July 2014

Thursday, 31 July 2014

July 31, 2014

National News: Justice Dept. backs challenges to voting laws in Ohio and Wisconsin

Alabama: Limestone commission changes eastern polling locations | Rev. Al Sharpton fires up crowd at rally marking opening of voting rights campaign

Arizona: Polling places consolidated, but check-in lines should shorten

Arkansas: Sebastian election panel to meet in August to discuss AG ruling

California: In Kern Co., voting rights bill meets opposition | Lawsuit challenges write-in rules | 125-year-old polling place still stands

Colorado: Consultant hones in on Broomfield's November election process

Florida: Case closed in suspected voter fraud in Ft. Meyers | Officials preparing for smooth elections process | Keys elections chief sends out 110K absentee ballots | Candidate slams Snipes

Illinois: New polling places for November

Iowa: Elections official: Bad idea to involve state in caucuses

Kansas: Area county clerks: Not many residents have been denied the vote | Kobach announces launch of new mobile voter app

Louisiana: Baton Rouge voter discrimination case heads to trial

Maryland: Town council mulls mail ballots for Indian Head election

Michigan: Dearborn Heights to get elections monitor for August votes

Minnesota: Ballot access a focus for secretary of state candidate

Mississippi: AG: Probe examined vote-buying allegations

Missouri: Newcomer, incumbent seek clerk's seat

New Jersey: Cops: Man stole grandma's care, sold it for heroin

New Mexico: USAToday looks at NM 'motor voter' problems | Second candidate to challenge Sunland Park primary election ballots

North Carolina: Longtime Brunswick elections chief retires | Racial overtones fuel elections board controversy in Duplin

Ohio: Jon Husted Q&A | Legislature's request denied in voting case

Pennsylvania: Dauphin Co. BOE approves new precincts

South Carolina: Manning election results upheld

Tennessee: Election commission ads 25 machines to 25 early voting sites | Early voting up 30 percent| New elections admin shares views

Texas: Young Co. looking into super precinct | Voting assistance officers ready to educate, inform voters

Virginia: 125K receive erroneous notification regarding voting status | McAuliffe restores voting rights of 2500 felons | Wardell voting site changing in Tazewell Co.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July 30, 2014

National News: Voting via the Internet is a civil rights issue for disabled | Motor voter problems mean delays at polls

Alabama: Local Dems call for resignation of voting official

Arkansas: Vote to shutter 7 polling places errant, AG says

California: Activists sue Santa Barbara Co.| Local voter turnout was highest among mail-in voters

Connecticut: Democratic registrar says he'll step down

Florida: Primary election will have major impact on Walton Co.

Guam: Absentee voting starts Thursday

Hawaii: Absentee ballot fraud incident has Kauai police, elections officials on alert | County, KPD investigating voter fraud | New ballot machine to crack down on errors | Big Island balloting getting sticky

Michigan: Dearborn Heights officials consider election oversight

Minnesota: Election officials go after voters listing mail centers as addresses

Mississippi: GOP attorney: No Miss. law prohibits crossover voting | McDaniel campaign drops suit

Missouri: St. Charles Co. wants refunds of election cost overpayments

Ohio: Nina Turner wants to boost early voting turnout

Oklahoma: Medical marijuana campaign sees surge in voter registration

South Dakota: SOS candidate plans to sue Gant

Tennessee: Farley faces challenge with new job | Lines could be long on election day, officials warn

Texas: Young Co. first in Texas to purchase cutting-edge equipment | Secretary of state urges people to vote

Utah: Improving voter turnout still a tough nut to crack

Washington: Ballot returns still low across region with one week to go

Wisconsin: Voter ID ruling expected Thursday

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

July 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: We had some Internet issues this morning so we apologize in advance for any stories we may have missed. We’ll make sure to get everything we may have missed posted tomorrow.

Alabama: AG faces tough questions from sheriffs on permits, guns at polls

Arizona: Elections office releases new ad, technology to limit ballots

Arkansas: Inman: Martin botched job as secretary of state

Colorado: SOS candidates debate during county clerks conference| Data: El Paso Co. elections among most efficient in Colo.

Florida: Mail ballots arriving at elections office | As registration deadline arrives, 6K ballots already returned in Pinellas

Georgia: Sheriff: Inmates don't ask to vote

Hawaii: Walk-in voting begins statewide

Illinois: County clerk on hunt for election judges

Indiana: Dems plea? Save our precincts | County voting records sought in federal probe

Kansas: Morgan giving GOP voters choice in race for secretary of state | Passions boil over in bitter Kansas SOS race

Massachusetts: Waterbury man convicted of murdering poll worker

New Hampshire: Voter ID law could influence student turnout

New Mexico: Tea party members gather signatures toward ID proposal | Secretary of state refuses to defend closed primaries

North Carolina: Forsyth elections board moving forward with early voting plan | Employee in Mecklenburg elections office selected as Forsyth elections director | Forsyth elections board sends criminal complaint to state board

Tennessee: Alan Farley named elections director

Wisconsin: Early voting begins, but times change

Wyoming: Ex-news director gets jail time for voter fraud | Secretary of state candidates debate in Cheyenne

Monday, 28 July 2014

July 26-28, 2014

Editor’s Note: Beginning July 22, electionline is decamping to the Central Time Zone through August 22. Due to the time change, electionlineToday will be posted a bit later each day, closer to 8 a.m. Eastern, but still always before 9a.m. Eastern. Thanks for your patience.

National News: In Congress, a sudden push for felon voting rights

Arizona: Election officials turn to yellow envelopes and electronic poll books to avoid repeat of 2012 | Big independent impact on primary election expected | Election officials hope to avoid 2012 delay

Arkansas: Tossed absentee ballots at 1,036

California: San Joaquin Co. registrar explains election trends

Connecticut: Registrar race makes for unusual primary  

Florida: Elections supervisor says redistricting should wait, but not until 2016 | More than 140K ballots in the mail Hillsborough | Another emergency hearing in elections lawsuit

Hawaii: Couple reports ballot theft | Absentee walk-in polling place to reopen in Ka'u

Illinois: New law requires voting booth at state campuses | Non-partisan immigrant voter registration campaign launches | Bone Student Center polling place could be eliminated

Kansas: Seniors get voting help with mobile precinct | Morgan to challenge incumbent Kobach | New voting site for Wyandotte Co. voters | Shawnee Co. extends hours for early voting | Republican incumbent Kobach elevates secretary of state's race

Michigan: Election commission continues to discuss misprinted ballot issues| Group wants probe of absentee voting allegations

Mississippi: No case of voter fraud, judge says | McDaniel urged to speed election challenge | Guns OK inside Mississippi polling places, AG says

Missouri: Clerk expects busy election day

Montana: Trends behind failed ballot issues in Montana

New Hampshire: NH voter registration law struck down

New Mexico: Secretary of state promotes voter IDs

North Carolina: State approves voting precinct consolidation | Decision on Forsyth Co. elections director expected soon

Rhode Island: Dem SOS candidates oppose voter ID law in debate | Gorbea touts experience in SOS campaign

Tennessee: Hawkins shows increases in early voter turnout | Long ballot still worth is, Nashville early voters say| Long ballot can take up to 10 minutes in voting booth | Three polling locations changed, two renamed

Texas: Commissioners vote to make election centers permanent

U.S. Virgin Islands: Frazer says he has no intention of looking into Fawkes' lawbreaking

Utah: State committee studying feasibility of online voting

Virginia: Voter registrars tackle new voter ID law | Voters now required to show photo ID

Washington: Election Dept. offers tips for voters dealing with stuck envelopes | Write-in candidates may complicate election | Wyman offers help dealing with primary voting amid wildfires | Assistance to primary election voters affected by wildfires

West Virginia: Election, ethics laws put agencies at odds

Wisconsin: Early voting begins with new limits on hours

Friday, 25 July 2014

July 25, 2014

Editor’s Note: Beginning July 22, electionline is decamping to the Central Time Zone through August 22. Due to the time change, electionlineToday will be posted a bit later each day, closer to 8 a.m. Eastern, but still always before 9a.m. Eastern. Thanks for your patience.

National News: What voter dissatisfaction and low turnout could mean

Arkansas: Washington Co. set to triple early poll sites

California: Registrar of voters explains election trends

Florida: Early voting gets room of its own | Hernando buses give free rides on election day | Court asked to reset election schedule | Judge declines to order immediate revisions to congressional district map

Guam: Election commission begins printing ballots

Hawaii: Absentee ballots accepted at several site pre-election

Illinois: New voter ID cards for those getting new polling places

Indiana: Vote center plan nearing deadline | St. Joseph Co. vote center campaign will focus on educating public

Kansas: Livestock Assoc. backs Kobach challenger

Kentucky: Metro council approves resolution endorsing convicted felons' right to vote

Maryland: County elections board to move into new building

Michigan: Dearborn Heights city clerk will stay on job amid accusations of voting misconduct | Arab American civil rights group investigates allegations of voting misconduct in Dearborn Heights

Minnesota: Panel rejects Entenza's voter ID claim | Minneapolis needs 176 election judges for August primary

Mississippi: Judge questions move of group wanting voter information | Mississippi won't revisit ruling on poll books | Judge: True the Vote lawsuit not a case of voter fraud

New Mexico: Ballot overflow may be a problem

New York: Candidate in undecided Oceanside election seeks injunction

North Carolina: Rural Hall mayor upset early voting site eliminated

Ohio: Middle Eastern students learn about American democracy | Ohio poll worker training

South Carolina: Challenged ballot leaves runoff results in the air

Tennessee: Early voting turnout up 45 percent in Coffee Co. | Shelby Co. Dems call for federal monitors after glitch | Brentwood leaders question early voting convenience

Virginia: Voter registrars tackle new voter ID law | Absentee voting lagging

Washington: Rep. Hope resigns over dual voter registrations

West Virginia: Community advocacy groups talk voter registration, education

Wyoming: Wyoming public employees endorse Illoway for secretary of state | Big Horn Co. holds election judge training

Thursday, 24 July 2014

July 24, 2014

Editor’s Note: Beginning July 22, electionline is decamping to the Mountain Time Zone through August 22. Due to the time change, electionlineToday will be posted a bit later each day, closer to 8 a.m. Eastern, but still always before 9a.m. Eastern. Thanks for your patience.

National News: A push for felon voting rights in a most unlikely place | NRA kicks off 'Trigger the vote" campaign | Biden denounces laws restricting voting rights | Voter turnout in primary elections this year has been abysmal | Study finds record-low midterm turnout

Alaska: Voters to advise on by-mail elections

California: Alarcon jurors were split, argued for days over criminal charges | Piedmont Council OKs ballot measure to move elections

Florida: Middle Keys elections office moves, reopens Thursday | Absentee ballots in the mail, but who can collect them

Georgia: Poll workers enjoy friends, socializing during elections

Hawaii: Early voting on Oahu begins Monday | Highest primary voter registration in state's history

Indiana: County moves forward on conversion to vote centers

Kansas: Confusion over voter registration | Hopefuls spar on voter rights | Advanced voting starts, official hopes to avoid result delays

Maryland: MD Senator joins unlikely ally to promote voting rights for ex-felons

Michigan: As election day approaches, officials remind voters to 'bring you ID' to the polls

Minnesota: Satellite voting proposed for Red Lake | SOS voter outreach team available to help promote the vote

Montana: For first time since '72, no initiatives make ballot

New Jersey: Egg Harbor to relocate polling places

New York: Letitia James: Poll sites plagued by problems for disabled voters

North Carolina: Elections board upholds previous one-stop plan | New Hanover BOE cancels Friday's meeting | Early voting plan leaves gap in south Winston | Same city sites will greet fall early voters

Ohio: Nina Turner Q&A | Poll worker training mandatory this year

Oklahoma: Voter ID act in effect

Pennsylvania: County OKs polling place relocation for Ramey Borough

South Dakota: Holy Life possible new vote center

Tennessee: Longest ballot ever? State encourages early voting | Henry Co. voters confused by primary ballots for statewide elections

Texas: Texas Dems look to get in front of voter ID issue | Special election means added cost for Lubbock taxpayers

U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections board backs supervisor's call on complaint | Joint BOE continues to ignore illegal document shredding

Utah: Elections officials to study online voting

Washington: Ballot machines ready to start processing

Wyoming: Former broadcaster sentenced for voter fraud

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

July 23, 2014

Editor’s Note: Beginning July 22, electionline is decamping to the Central Time Zone through August 22. Due to the time change, electionlineToday will be posted a bit later each day, closer to 8 a.m. Eastern, but still always before 9a.m. Eastern. Thanks for your patience.

National News: Schumer endorses top-two open primaries | Cardin, Paul seek voting rights for former felons

Alabama: Hall still mulling Geneva Co. recount

Arizona: Maricopa Co. wants fewer provisional ballots | Electronic pollbook should ease problems for Maricopa Co. voters

California: County Registrars: Overhaul recount process, but carefully

Colorado: County clerk and recorder wants input

Florida: Lawyer seeks to have elections supervisor held in contempt | Mail-in ballots popular | Requests for mail-in ballots in Manatee surge

Georgia: Strong turnout for Forsyth runoff | Poll close; turnout slow| Justice Dept. suspends most poll watching | Few problems, no lines for Ga. voters in runoffs | Voter turnout anemic in Macon |

Illinois: Election officials worry new law may raise voter fraud

Indiana: Survey: Vote centers work well in election

Kansas: Kobach foe criticizes 'dual' voting system

Maryland: Montgomery council grapples with low voter turnout

Massachusetts: Three Springfield precincts set to move

Mississippi: McDaniel case gets under way in court today

Nevada: Woman facing identity theft charges in voter fraud case | Wagner wins North Las Vegas election suit

North Carolina: Forsyth elections board approves early voting plan | Cost of early voting in Fair Bluff was $50 per vote

Ohio: Ohio elections chief orders poll worker training | Stark to receive in excess of $24K for poll worker training | Husted visits with BOE | Mandatory training to be held for all poll workers | Snafu delayed paychecks for poll workers |

Rhode Island: New dates listed to obtain free voter IDs

South Carolina: Manning election remains in limbo

Washington: Auditor hopefuls offer views on handling job's challenges

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

July 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: Beginning July 22, electionline is decamping to the Central Time Zone through August 22. Due to the time change, electionlineToday will be posted a bit later each day, closer to 8 a.m. Eastern, but still always before 9a.m. Eastern. Thanks for your patience.

Alabama: Secretary of state says runoff turnout higher than predicted | Officials approve poll locations for November

Arizona: SOS candidates discuss dark money

California: County system can't handle cumulative voting

Connecticut: Mobile apps now available for voter registration

Florida: Elections supervisor: Requests for mail-in ballots up almost 50 percent over 2012

Georgia: Early voter turnout light in Georgia| Guns OK at polls? Depends on where you vote | All precincts open for primary runoff | 2 DeKalb polling places moved

Indiana: Election board suggests law changes

Iowa: Eight dead people still registered to vote

Mississippi: Hearing set in True the Vote lawsuit

Montana: No citizen initiatives qualify for Montana general election ballot

North Carolina: OC BOE meets Tuesday to consider more early voting hours

Ohio: Morse Road office has more space, better access | Mayor to ask council to pass election board redistricting plan | Some Clark Co. polling sites not compliant with disability laws | Trenton residents to keep voting at Edgewood Middle| SOS candidate Turner talks voting | Husted to visit Lucas Co. BOE | Lucas Co. BOE getting back to business

Pennsylvania: Changes at Washington Co. elections office

Tennessee: Election officials hit 2 snafus; early voting brisk | Elections website goes down as early voting begins | Spring Hill approves changes to non-resident voting | Seven candidates will interview for admin post

West Virginia: Voting precinct will not change

Wisconsin: Board rejects proposal to let election observers use cameras | Elections board rejects camera use

Monday, 21 July 2014

July 19-21, 2014

Editor’s Note: Beginning July 22, electionline is decamping to the Central Time Zone through August 22. Due to the time change, electionlineToday will be posted a bit later each day, closer to 8 a.m. Eastern, but still always before 9a.m. Eastern. Thanks for your patience.

National: How states decide whether to recount election results

Alaska: 'Tax-aq' ballot measure a mouthful in any language

California: Controller's recount: Perez pulls the plug | Elections officials gather at conference in wake of primary news | Perez concedes in controller's race | Candidate asks Kern to speed up counting

Colorado: Public input sought on Arapahoe Co. polling center plan

Florida: Early voting dates can vary county to county  

Georgia: Early voting totals surprise elections officials in some counties | Runoff election Tuesday | Voters to decide primary runoff on Tuesday

Guam: GEC considers mandates for amendment, referendums

Illinois: Schools may close on election day | Governor signs school polling place legislation

Kansas: Kobach and Morgan debate voting privileges | Nearly 100 voter registrations 'incomplete' | Transgender Kansans fear voter ID roadblock | Marijuana petition adds registered voters

Kentucky: Metro council plans to join voting rights chorus | More added to election budget, clerk buget stable

Louisiana: Registrar of voters office moves | Parish plans to consolidate voting districts

New Mexico: Duran questions opponents affiliation | Officials run to keep up voter list | Garcia forges ahead with election lawsuit

North Carolina: More early voting options on the table this week

Oklahoma: Voter rolls grow before election

Pennsylvania: Voter registration effort focuses on ex-offenders

Tennessee: First day of early voting brings 'em out | Long line for early voting | Shelby Co. election commission falls behind as voting starts | Farley appears frontrunner for election administrator post | Allen, Harkins garner most points for election post | Mistake leads to candidate unable to vote for herself | Rain fails to derail early voting | Jones: Action to fire Lester had to come | Those casting votes get long ballots | Children get voting lesson

Texas: Court dismisses Barren Co. election appeal | Elections Dept. salaries in Dallas Co.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Fawkes wants unmonitored voting machine in elections office

Wisconsin: GAB to consider camera ban at polling places | State elections board wants to intervene in federal case over John Doe | Officials discuss changing poll laws | Elections board to consider lifting ban on poll observers using cameras | Shorewood man charged with 13 counts of illegal voting

Friday, 18 July 2014

July 18, 2014

Alabama: Marengo Co. runoff turnout among highest in state | Recount possible in Geneva Co. | Mobile voter ID unit coming to central Alabama | Activists visist Dothan to spread inmate voting rights awareness

Alaska: Ballot language confusing to some voters

Arizona: Brewer endorses Reagan for secretary

California: Jury begins deliberations in voter fraud trial | Perez recount prompts frustrations, November fears for some Dems | Opponents of 'six Californias' proposal allege voter fraud | No stamp of approval for mail-sorting move

Florida: Broward voters will be able to request sample ballot by email | Lawyers for Legislature and elections officials tell judge no 'window of time' for redistricting re-do

Georgia: Pitt loses lawsuit challenging Fulton Co. election

Iowa: State official urges Woodbury Co. to update voter list | Lists being checked for dead voters

Kansas: Secretary of state race also getting some notice

Michigan: Federal judge criticizes Ann Arbor officials for ballot mistake

Minnesota: Voter registrations canceled for Mpls. address

Mississippi: Flaws in how Miss. reports elections ads to its problems | Supreme Court rules against McDaniel in records request | Justices: Conceal voters' birthdates on poll books | McDaniel seeks access to Oktibbeha election materials

Missouri: Early voting may add $35K to cost of elections, Door says

New York: Potential new Manhattan BOE commissioner now qualified to vote in Manhattan

North Carolina: County posts early voting proposals online

Ohio: New BOE members learn election law | Ohio House Speaker says he's open to law setting early voting hours

Tennessee: Long ballot to greet voters in August primary | Jones files complaint against Shelby Co. election commission | Election commission recommends early voting

Texas: Elections sign-ins will be all electronic | Identities released of six accused in voter fraud case

Virginia: Manassas Park plans election expo