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January 2015

Friday, 30 January 2015

January 30, 2015

Arizona: Voter registration forms debated in 9th

California: Lead in special election narrows | Despite lack of challengers, special election still on

Colorado: Judge throws out election claim against Castle Rock

Connecticut: Automatic absentee ballots for disabled voters

Georgia: Katrina Holbrook joins elections board | Macon-Bibb weighs in on voting precinct reductions | Elections board postpones vote on plan to cut polling stations | Bibb board wants public's help on precinct cuts| Voters moving within the state could re-register at the polls

Illinois: Judge order primary election in Campton Hills

Kansas: Kobach: Straight-ticket voting would speed up process

Maryland: Paper ballots return to Maryland elections | Lawmakers get preview of paper ballots to be used next year

Minnesota: Released felons seek voting rights | Bipartisan alliance wants to restore felon voting rights

Mississippi: Election reform bill close to dying

New Mexico: Duran not opposed to Smith voter ID bill | Lawmaker pushing teen voting in school elections

New York: Disabled call for elimination of lever voting machines | Poll worker finally paid

North Carolina: Critics of NC's voter ID law present their case in court | Fight over voter ID heads to court | BOE staff denounce firing statement

North Dakota: Student organization against voter ID legislation

Pennsylvania: County drops 5,500 from voters rolls

Tennessee: 6th Circuit finds election officials have no case

Texas: Houston voter ID activist slams DOJ in Lynch hearings | Commissioner's Court resolves vote centers

Washington: Voting Rights Act introduced

West Virginia: Bills would require photo ID to vote

Thursday, 29 January 2015

January 29, 2015

National News: Lynch pressed on voting laws at confirmation hearing

Arkansas: Benton Co. election officials eye new vote systems | Sebastian election commission elects officers

California: 2-vote lead expands to 239 in OC supervisor race | First steps suggested to start fixing beleaguered election system| Sample ballots, pamphlets cause confusion

Colorado: Bacon named VP of Colorado County Clerk's Association | Ruckus over recall timing | Bill to limit election crimes killed at Capitol

Connecticut: Greenwich school board votes to close on primary day

Georgia: Georgia NAACP opposes Bibb precinct cuts

Illinois: Chicago voter rolls hardly budge despite campaign hoopla

Indiana: New election board member OK with vote centers

Kansas: Kobach pushing bills to limit ballot withdrawals and allow straight-party voting | County clerks', elections officials' group offers college scholarships

Michigan: Bill would allow 16-year olds to pre-register

Minnesota: Simon targets voting issues | Election judge bill receives Senate committee nod

Mississippi: Man jailed after voter fraud charge violates probation

Missouri: Photo ID bill debated Tuesday in Jefferson City | Concord resident named county's director of elections

Montana: Election officials pitch online voter registration

New Hampshire: House considering bill to create residency guidelines for voters

New Mexico: Duran says she hasn't ruled out support for less stringent voter ID bill

New York: Bullet hole found in Niagara BOE site

North Carolina: Law change could cost counties | Elections chief McFadyen says claims in petition false| Ex-elections director due $47K

Ohio: Ward is promoted to warehouse supervisor

Pennsylvania: York Co. rep faces opposition against same-day registration

Tennessee: New voter handbook available online

Texas: Voter ID law confuses some local senior veterans | Harrison Co. elections office to hold deputy registrar training | Elections administrator interviews set for February

Virginia: Former Charlottesville registrar, electoral board member plead guilty

Washington: State voting rights act returns in Legislature

West Virginia: Lewis Co. commission meets to discuss voting machines | County readies for levy election | Senate bill would eliminate straight-ticket voting

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

January 28, 2015

National News: These states are considering ways to make voting more convenient

Arkansas: Crawford election commission appoints new boss

California: Buena Park considers scrapping at-large voting elections | Monterey Co. elections chief comes under fire | More time to vote by mail

Connecticut: Hartford council votes to remove registrars

Florida: Sarasota supervisor of elections invites scholarship applications | Low voter turnout for special election

Georgia: BOE member resigns, new member voted in | Kemp predicts 'SEC Primary' will begin drawing hopefuls | Riverdale still considering giving local elections to county

Iowa: Temporary polling places for Black Hawk Co. special election

Kansas: Douglas Co. concludes its first ever mail-in election

Louisiana: Council to appoint interim Terrebonne registrar of voters Feb. 9

Minnesota: Secretary seeks greater turnout

Mississippi: Precinct changes proposed

MissouriPeculiar hires former Cass Co. clerk | Panel hears objections to voter photo ID proposal | Legislators once again consider photo ID mandate for voters | Voters in 2 cities will have chance to forgo uncontested elections

Nevada: How the Legislature could affect the way you vote

Ohio: Akron city council passes resolution supporting online voter registration | Dem nominate party chairwoman for elections panel

TennesseeDouble Springs options mulled

Texas: County officials support online voter registration | Alvarado announces legislation to approve electronic voter registration | Court OKs corrected canvass of ballots | Harrison approves corrected vote count | Local elections chief suggests changes

Virginia: Senate rejects proposal for voter registration by party | Election laws get a hearing | Senate panel backs several constitutional amendments

Washington: Lawmakers suggest state pay for ballot postage

West Virginia: Voter ID bill in Senate | Local election officials favor voting change

Wisconsin: New voting machines to debut this spring

Wyoming: Voter purge coming

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

January 27, 2015

Arkansas: House OKs deadline to change for write-in candidates

California: Salinas lawmaker introduces voting rights expansion bill

Colorado: Election day arrives

Connecticut: City council OKs proposal on registrars

Florida: Florida lawmakers considering online voter registration | Primaries today in Florida Senate, House races

Indiana: Election board moves toward computer touch-screen voting

Kentucky: Grimes to see re-election as secretary of state | Local candidate to face off against Grimes

Maryland: GOP committee chooses finalists for Frederick Co. BOE

Michigan: State sales tax question will reduce Byron Township cost for referendum vote

Mississippi: Voting changes proposed but Rep. Denny says logistics need to be studied

Montana: Secretary of state drops vote-by-mail bill

Nebraska: Legislative committee hears voter ID proposal

Nevada: Were all of Mineral Co. votes counted? | Voter fraud alleged in Mineral Co.

New Jersey: Referendum polls will be open in Paulsboro despite snow

New Mexico: Duran withholds support of voter ID bill that doesn't require photos

North Carolina: Blackwel hears primary election concerns

Ohio: Voting centers not likely to happen in Ohio any time soon | Elections chief: 70 local races, issues decided by 1 vote

Oklahoma: Senator proposes nine measures aimed at boosting voter turnout

Puerto Rico: Gov. proposes voting rights for all, regardless of immigration status

Tennessee: New look for county election commission

Texas: Webb Co. in favor of online voter registration | People get word on voting centers

Wisconsin: Elections board chairman disputes Vos' criticisms

Wyoming: Clerk hires Hot Springs' former clerk

Monday, 26 January 2015

January 24-26, 2015

Arizona: Tucson elections will be vote-by-mail again | Arizona lawmaker proposes lieutenant governor post

Arkansas: Washington Co. wants new voting machines | Election commission welcomes Harris

California: Registrar had vote-count issues before | Sacrament Co. taxpayers on hook for elections workplace blunders | Employee arrested at SoS office on gun charge

Delaware: Delaware voter turnout hit record low in 2014

Florida: Bill would clear way for online voter registration | Florida among nation's toughest places to have voting rights restored | Elections office prepares for March 10

Georgia: Opponents rallying against plan to cut Bibb voting stations | Chatham Co. seeks candidates for BOE chairman | Local Dems say 'no' to BOE proposed voter precinct closings

Guam: Territories' voting rights lawsuit to be filed

Illinois: Lawmaker: Close East St. Louis election board

Indiana: County may end voter registration office

Iowa: Lee Co. auditor wants new voting equipment

Kansas: Analysis dives into suspended voter registration list

Kentucky: Grimes plans to file for office Monday

Maine: Gov. wants to replace SoS with lt. governor

Massachusetts: Election documents latest waste to show up in river

Minnesota: Simon says 'true early' voting will speed system

Mississippi: Early voting, online registration could become reality in Mississippi

Nebraska: Voter photo ID sparks opposition | Nebraskans pack public hearing to argue voter ID bill

New Jersey: Bill proposes expanding mail-in voting to NJ primaries | Eustace introduces bill to save taxpayers money on primary election costs

New Mexico: Voter ID debate in NM takes high-tech turn

North Carolina: BOE: Pay workers, add staff | More than 100 questionable voter registrations removed

North Dakota: Another North Dakota voter ID proposal emerges | Legislators consider revisiting voter ID laws

Ohio: BOE gets back to business | Former BOE member Steve Harrington dies

Oregon: Brown hopes to advance voter registration bill

Pennsylvania: Rep. Cartwright picked for task force

South Dakota: Polling centers discussed in Minnehaha Co. election committee

Tennessee: State's voter ID law questioned

Texas: Election dept. officials excited about vote center feedback | Four Texas lawmakers push to make student ID acceptable as voter ID

Virginia: Bill would make June primary a week later

Washington: Should Washington mail-in ballots have prepaid postage?

West Virginia: Fayette prepares for is levy election | Collins will remain a polling location for special election

Wyoming: House gives final approval to restoration of voting rights bill

Friday, 23 January 2015

January 23, 2015

National News: House Dems push voting rights amendment

Arkansas: New voting machines could be on horizon, official says | Boone County needs permanent polling place

California: New study finds dismal 2014 youth voter turnout may continue unabated

Connecticut: As questions swirl about registrars' future, state legislation is considered

Illinois: Kane officials question need for Aurora election commission | Wilson questions vote-by-mail campaign | St. Clair Co. Dems pay ESL election workers about four times more than others

Indiana: Dead voter law among issues at elections board meeting | Lawson seeks funding for voting programs | Vote center plans move ahead | County prepares to move to vote centers

Iowa: Another special election for Freemont Co.

Kentucky: Election board reviews policies in advance of spring primary

Maine: Maine effort to switch to ranked-choice voting to wait until 2016 | LePage to propose adding lieutenant governor, dropping secretary of state

Maryland: Hyattsville passes teen voting measure

Minnesota: SoS pursuing voting advancements

Nebraska: With Neb. Legislature's more conservative bent, voter ID measures face clearer path in '15

New Hampshire: At least 1K voters don't show ID at NH polling places each year

New Mexico: Senator wants study using eye, thumbprint scans as voter ID | Voter ID of the future

North Carolina: Voter registrations struck after tea party challenge

North Dakota: Lawmakers float voter ID proposals

Ohio: BOE moving to Towers Building

Oklahoma: Election reform bills

Oregon: More Dems could boost Oregon voter registration bill | Oregon postal worker failed to deliver mail

Tennessee: State's photo ID law for voters questioned | Election commission asks to move money around in budget to cover worker overrun, get more help

Texas: SoS nomination must be passed by Texas Senate

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix elections board finally elects leadership

Virginia: GOP objects to McAuliffe's Republican pick for elections board

Washington: Lawmakers looking to change election process

West Virginia: Polling place change, early voting begins

Thursday, 22 January 2015

January 22, 2015

National News: Sen. Boxer offers aggressive agenda as career ends | Backers of voting rights bill try a new strategy| Bill would award medal to 1965 voting rights marchers | Suffrage at sixteen

Arizona: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals coming to Tucson

California: Cost of WeHo's special election will likely be well north of $30 per vote

Colorado: New secretary of state addresses clerks

Connecticut: Lawyer: Hartford registrar will fight removal efforts | As city council plans to remove her, Hartford's Democratic registrar plans to fight | Hartford council to charge city registrars after investigation into Election Day mishaps | Hartford city council files resolution to remove registrars

District of Columbia: Grosso re-introduces bill to allow local voting privileges for legal non-citizens

Florida: Group trying to restore felons' rights to vote after prison

Georgia: Macon-Bibb eyeing reduction in number of polling stations

Hawaii: 2015 legislative session opens | East Hawaii lawmakers bring wish lists to Honolulu

Illinois: County clerk offers voter outreach program

Iowa: Legislators consider changes to Iowa's election laws

Kansas: Ballots flood in for Johnson Co's schools funding election

Mississippi: Election review is in, committee recommends a different primary system | Marion special election results in runoff

Nebraska: ASUN denounces voter ID bill

North Dakota: Grand Forks lawmaker wants to go back to the pre-2013 voter ID law

Oklahoma: Proposal would make changes to Oklahoma election laws | Senator proposes big election changes

Oregon: Still no city councilor determined after Gaston election officials draws name from a sack

Pennsylvania: Cartwright named to voter rights task force

South Dakota: Panel approves audit of statewide candidate petitions | Secretary of state's election law changes move forward at Capitol

Tennessee: Marijuana group sues to use online signatures for petition

Texas: Northside vs. Southside questions arise following success of voting centers | Abbott formally picks Cascos

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix members are no-show at joint elections board meeting | Elections board replaces chairman

Vermont: Burlington residents to decide on noncitizen voting

Washington: Elections could get fewer, cheaper

West Virginia: WV secretary of state discusses voter turnout with students | Plateau polling location changes due to middle school crisis |

Wisconsin: Judicial panel dismisses complaint against judge in voter ID case

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

January 21, 2015

National News: Georgia pushes for an SEC primary | Top Dem presses GOP on voting rights | Obama gives push to restoration of VRA | 103-year-old voting rights activist attends SOTU

Alabama: Obama coming to Alabama for 50th anniversary of Selma voting rights march

Alaska: Plaintiffs say state fell short in outreach to Native voters

California: Hart offers third plan for voting districts

Connecticut: Hartford council looks to remove registrars

District of Columbia: D.C. lawmakers float bill to allow voting for non-citizens

Florida: Lee County a step closer to online voter registration

Georgia: Bibb plans to eliminate 20 polling places

Illinois: DuPage Co. awards Hart InterCivic e-poll book contract | Absentee, early voting set

Iowa: Online voter registration coming to Iowa in early 2016| Iowa commission approves online voter registration

Louisiana: The right to vote

Maine: At Portland MLK event, Frank talk about voting

Maryland: MD pulled 35 voting machines during November election | Perryville, Port Deposit prepare for elections

Massachusetts: Beefed-up board of registrars seeks replacement

Michigan: Special elections scheduled in several Genesee Co. municipalities

Mississippi: Hosemann's election committee makes recommendations

Missouri: St. Louis Co. director of elections forced from office | Proposal seeks to close Mo. schools on election day | St. Louis Co. elections chief says Stenger ordered her removal | Days out. Eric Frey is in as director of St. Louis Co. elections  

Ohio: MoCo BOE honored by SoS | Fewer precincts discussed

Rhode Island: BOE secretary who filed discrimination suit says she's been fired

Texas: County's voting centers deemed successful | County approves Tanglewood House as polling place

Wyoming: Voter purge coming

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

January 17-20, 2015

National News: Poverty affects no only who you vote for, but if you vote

Alabama: New secretary of state discusses goals, commitments

Alaska: Legislators prefile more than 23 bills

California: Hayward park district saves millions by avoiding special election

Connecticut: Longtime Glastonbury registrar retires after 20 years | Inquiry details errors by Hartford's registrars | Squabbles among Hartford vote officials fueled election woes, report says | Report cites numerous failures by Hartford registrars

Florida: Restoring voting rights for ex-felons major theme at MLK breakfast | Fort Myers special election process begins

Georgia: Bibb Co. plans to reduce voting precincts | Sumter BOE has new chair, vice chair

Idaho: Former N. Idaho election official wants charge dismissed

Illinois: Youth voter turnout remains static

Indiana: GOP-backed bill would end straight-ticket voting option

Kentucky: Grimes says she's running...but for what?

Maryland: Friends and colleagues remember an 'unfailingly graceful' Nancy Dacek | Maryland going back to paper voting in 2016

Massachusetts: Resignation reduces troubled election division to one worker

Missouri: Bills filed at start of 2015 session

Montana: McCulloch expresses disappointment in vote against student election judges

New Mexico: Native voting pact eased poll access, but turnout down

New York: Nicols to step down from post | Decline in electoral turnout followed demise of 'runner' sheets

Ohio: Idea is for fewer Ohio polling places, but you can use any of them | Legislature joins early-voting lawsuit as defendant | Canton raises pay for election inspectors | Dems to replace Harrington on elections panel

Oklahoma: Turpin polling place to close

Oregon: Brown proposes automatic OR voter registration | Kate Brown will again push for universal voter registration

Rhode Island: RI BOE employee who alleged discrimination is terminated

South Carolina: 700+ bills introduced so far this session

South Dakota: Minnehaha election review highlights machine issues | Election review committee looks into Minnehaha Co. problems

Texas: Pressley files complaint | The state of voting in Texas | Deputy voter registrars trained in Fort Bend | Public hearings on voter centers set

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix BOE can't find a quorum | St. Croix BOE fails again to do anything |

Virginia: McAuliffe revamps state BOE

West Virginia: Secretary of state makes budget presentation

Wyoming: Bill proposes voting centers and e-poll books

Friday, 16 January 2015

January 16, 2015

National News: Voting rights debate reignites heading into MLK holiday

California: Officials progress on plan for new district maps

Florida: Snipes' attorney says she won't seek re-election

Illinois: New election commission director 'anxious to start' | College student to head election commission | Effort continues to soften blow of same-day registration implementation |

Indiana: GOP-led plan: End one-click straight ticket

Louisiana: Terrebonne registrar to retire | Schedler forced to furlough employees, including himself

Massachusetts: Task force in Falmouth exploring voting location debate

New Jersey: Trial could force new Asbury Park election

New Mexico: Pueblo DA not pressing charges against GOP chair in document theft scandal

New York: Man seeks to turn tables on officials in voter fraud

North Carolina: Changes sought to fix rash of problems at Forsyth Co. BOE | AAC & NAACP suggest additional one-stop sites

Ohio: Are Ohio's older voting machines a risk for 2016? | SoS wants online voter registration | Jefferson Co. BOE looks for new location

Pennsylvania: Schmidt's report sheds light on '14 voting

Rhode Island: BOE postpones votes on legislative agenda | Lombardi bill would OK bake sales

Texas: Dallas Co. sued for violating voting rights | Runoff election costs county | Potter Co. to begin using voting centers | Rusk Co. commissioners OK new voting centers

U.S. Virgin Islands: Financial report at BOE meeting raises questions

Virginia: Pogge to champion voter registration law in Richmond

Washington: Kids' art contest celebrates 50 years of VRA

Wisconsin: LWV supports GAB

Wyoming: Rural lawmakers question vote centers in Wyoming