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March 2015

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

March 31

National News: Most Americans want their state to make voter registration easier

Alabama: SoS: 'We're not babysitting, just observing'

Arkansas: Bill on petition process passes

California: Bills may require election 'preclearance' | City poised to change its election day

Connecticut: Compromise overhaul bill clears Conn. panel

Georgia: Early voting room at renovated municipal building not being used for early voting runoff

Indiana: Commissioners approve vote centers

Iowa: Safe at Home legislation advances in Senate

Kentucky: Polling places change in 5 Kenton Co. cities

Massachusetts: Worcester drafts plan for easier access to polling places for people with disabilities | Holbrook poll workers make every ballot count | Concord town clerk's top 10 reasons to vote

Minnesota: Secretary of state visits to talk voting | Secretary of state: Where are the young voters? | Former SoS Mark Ritchie joins Jefferson Center board

Nevada: Lawmakers weigh voter registration bills | Bill allows voters to register, cast ballot on election day | Will would allow Nevadans to register to vote on Election Day

New York: BOE clerk accused of stealing benefits | Bloomingburg candidate concedes election; lawyer plans protest to AG

North Dakota: Senate approves voter registration study | Voter registration bill passes Senate

Ohio: Independence considers nixing primary elections

Texas: Voters can test new voting machines on April 7

Virginia: SCOTUS asks Virginia panel to re-examine redistricting decision

West Virginia: Former Charleston mayoral candidate files election complaint

Monday, 30 March 2015

March 28-30, 2015

National News: Crunching the numbers on voting rights

Alabama: SoS dispatches team to Baldwin Co. to ensure fair elections

Arizona: Judge dismisses recall ballot complaint

Arkansas: State could return to paper ballot voting system

California: Bill could boost voter rolls by millions | Voter turnout disparity was key in razor-thing OC race | Drive-through voting offered in San Jose | California's problematical special elections | Growing voter apathy spurs flurry of laws

Connecticut: Hartford registrar files complaint over plans to remove her | City election counts differ

Florida: New Volusia equipment stirs memories of 2000 election | West Boynton man to be jailed in voter registration fraud | Election challenge filed in Loxahatchee Groves election | Cowles worries Orlando, 2016 primary elections could clash

Illinois: Bill seeks voter fraud prevention | More than 72K ballots cast in early voting

Iowa: Auditor project to eliminate dormant voters

Kansas: Election office prepares May move to new office

Kentucky: Special election costs surpass quarter million dollars | 27th District special election costs released

Montana: McCulloch to Great Falls students: Voting matters

Nevada: GOP moves to limit early voting

New Hampshire: Moderators balk over voter photos | Bill would require 30 days of residency to vote | Ballot review finds nothing unusual

Pennsylvania: Luzerne Co. BOE: May primary dangerously prone to errors and omissions | Singer comes 4 signatures shy of making primary ballot | Elections board: Staffing levels could cause serious problems

Tennessee: Bean Station election challenger wants answers

Texas: Precinct polls could be replaced by vote centers in Fort Bend | Elections office revamp | Municipalities will shoulder costs of canceled elections

Vermont: Senate puts off final action on voter registration

Virginia: Governor: Simplifying MoCo election lines 'set a terrible' precedent

Wisconsin: After long waits, Mount Pleasant to examine polling place changes for 2016 | Madison voter advisory: The pens will be blue | AG says fight over voter ID is over


Friday, 27 March 2015

March 27, 2015

National News: Google search show that millions of people wanted to vote, but couldn't

Alabama: State districts send back for court review

California: SoS proposes automatic voter registration | Federal vote-by-mail act gets new push from Rep. Susan Davis

Florida: Democrats tackle voting rights

Illinois: Illinois considers voter fraud bill

Indiana: Student poll worker program gets off the ground in Allen Co.

Kansas: Kobach asks SCOTUS to restore proof-of-citizenship law

New Jersey: Judge: Democratic chairwoman took advantage of nursing home voters

New York: Albany Co. won't appeal voting rights case

North Carolina: Voter ID implementation | SBOE dismisses complaints against New Hanover chair

Ohio: Legislature advances bill that could deter students from voting | Counties moving toward e-pollbooks for elections | BOE announces voting location change

Oklahoma: ID required

Pennsylvania: Butler DA finds no wrongdoing with how county used voter list | Registering to vote in Pa. would require no effort under proposal | Elections official hanging on to ballot spot by a thread | Philadelphia's top election official may get tossed from May 19 ballot

Tennessee: Dickson Co. election office relocates

Texas: Election officials consider creating vote centers | Elections officials discuss vote centers | El Paso Co. hires elections administrator | Webb Co. elections administrator to have performance evaluated

Vermont: Election day voter registration advances in Senate

Virginia: Firehouse primary will now include Prince William GOP candidates | McAuliffe vetoes 6 redistricting bills

West Virginia: Clarksburg city council removes party affiliation requirements

Wisconsin: Clerks not worried about voter ID law | Merrimac felon charged with fraud for voting

Thursday, 26 March 2015

March 26, 2015

Alabama: SCOTUS sends redistricting case back for review

Arizona: House panel OKs bill making ballot college illegal| Early ballot proposal gets second chance

Arkansas: Senate approves voter integrity unit creation

California: Election reforms are overlooking apathy's cause | County looking for June election workers | Council votes to abolish April elections

Florida: No election night disappointment for Hogan | Low voter turnout combined with high cost of elections | Supervisor of elections honored at Scout Golden Eagle dinner

Guam: GEC researching online voter registration | Commission to discuss plans for special election

Hawaii: Lawmakers back plans for regular mail voting

Illinois: East St. Louis sends new ballots after mayor's name removed

Indiana: Evansville to hold public test of voting machines

Kansas: Kansas appeals voter citizenship lawsuit to SCOTUS

Louisiana: St. Tammany Parish animal shelter to close Saturday due to elections

Minnesota: Move to restore felon voting rights appears stalled | Settlement conference date set for ballot burning case

Missouri: Voter polling location changes for Greene Co.

Montana: SoS visits local high schools

Nebraska: Wisconsin ruling renews debate in Unicameral

New Jersey: Special election in Perth Amboy after judge rules voter fraud

New York: Bloominburg election to be decided in court

North Carolina: Precinct changes could be made | Closing precincts would save money

Ohio: BOE obtains over $40K in free election equipment from neighboring county | Some oppose proposal for college students to register for licenses | Lorain Co. electronic poll books for May 5 election | New polling place for Tiffin primary

South Carolina: Odd-year elections proposed for Florence municipalities

Texas: Lamar Co. commissioner choose new clerk | Two face voter fraud charges | Texas Second Court of Appeals denies special election appeal | Commissioners approve new early voting location

Utah: South Weber council says no to vote-by-mail

Virginia: SCLC in Roanoke starts petition to keep polling places

Washington: ACLU rebuffs Yakima's proposal for attorney fees

Wyoming: Deputy SoS resigns for new position

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March 25, 2015

Alabama: Baldwin voters share concern over ballot

California: Automatic voter registration sought in California | California wants to adopt Oregon's 'Motor Voter' law | Assemblyman wants to consolidate city council elections with others| LA Co. OKs move of Santa Clarita elections

Florida: Online voter registration bill could be imminent for Florida | Voter told she was dead, almost turned away | Hogan maintaining lead for supervisor of elections | Mike Hogan wins supervisor of elections race | Inside the elections call center | Strong turnout, few problems as Jacksonville elections begin to wind down | Palmetto library selected as new early voting station

Hawaii: Lawmakers push plans for voting by mail

Kansas: Senate moves to stop Taylor-made ballot withdrawals | Lawmakers move to end state's presidential primaries

Minnesota: Secretary of State Simon on voting issues

Missouri: New voting machines replace 'aging equipment' | Some Greene Co. voters will cast ballots at new polling places

New Hampshire: Clerk reviewing 'questionable' voters list

New York: Judge: Albany Co. violated Voting Rights Act | Protest targets voter fraud

North Carolina: Polk BOE hires elections specialist

Ohio: Voter suppression likely result of auto registration provision in transportation budget, legislator says | Husted defends license rule

Oklahoma: Legislature doing about-face on election reform

Oregon: Oregon law could mobilize 20K new AAPI voters |

Pennsylvania: Online voter registration a real possibility in Pa., state election official says

Tennessee: Commissioners say yes to convenient voting centers

Texas: Cherokee Co. commissioners vote on election agreements | County approves early voting location east of I-45

Utah: Utah turns to award-winning comedy to boost voter turnout | No more ballot selfies in Utah

Vermont: Amendment would push same-day registration to 2017

Virginia: Morrissey claims unfair treatment as he bids for Senate seat | Veto likely for absentee ballot bill

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

March 24, 2015

Colorado: Colorado Springs tests ballot counting scanner | Designated election official out of town for special election

Florida: Plan to replace Florida's 'obsolete' voter registration system set for July| Bennett running for re-election | Election day arrives, polls open | Former mayor challenges election results

Illinois: Board approves extended early voting hours on Thursday | Costs of special election shock county clerks | Early voting opens in Adams Co. | What did snow-snarled Monday mean for early voting?

Indiana: Early voting goes after hours this spring

Iowa: Dubuque Co. elections annex needs a new home

Kansas: Senate steps ahead with election reform, nixes Kobach rebuke | Kansas voter ID law may be getting a boost from Wisconsin

Maine: Apparent cyber attack knocks out state website

Minnesota: New Brighton council modifies voting precincts

New York: NYC BOE seeks $10M for handicapped access|

North Carolina: Study confirms long waits for voters in Forsyth Co.

Ohio: Critics attack 'poll tax' on out-of-state college students

Tennessee: Hughes named Blount administrator of elections

Texas: Lubbock Co. commissioners agree to redraw voting precincts

Vermont: Senate to take up same-day voter registration

Virginia: 24th District Republicans want to shut down primary

Washington: Yakima waits on ACLU vote until full council on hand

Wisconsin: SCOTUS refuses to take up challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law | Wisconsin decides not to enforce voter ID law | Wisconsin AG says voter ID law not in effect on April 7 | Local lawmakers react to voter ID law | Elections board awaits direction on voter ID

Monday, 23 March 2015

March 21-23, 2015

National News: How Oregon may have sparked a voter registration revolution | Midterm voter turnout drops to 72-year low | Push to restore voting rights for ex-felons gathers momentum

Alabama: Bennett longest service SoS in Alabama's history

Arizona: Ban on ballot collection voted down by lawmakers

California: Setzer: Election system overhaul, same-day voter registration coming | County board to consider change in city election dates

Colorado: Red Brick will be second vote center in Aspen election

FloridaDo you know the special general election cadidates? | Where have all the voters gone? Local officials are puzzled

Illinois: County clerks worried about special election for Schock seat | Special election for Schock seat has officials worried

Indiana: Southwestern Indiana city cancels May primary

Iowa: Data shows Democrats, older Iowans use absentee ballots most | Iowa election law revisions envisioned | Senate panel OKs bill on deadline for absentee ballots

Minnesota: Winona Co. investigators dig into election issues in Saratoga Township

Mississippi: Majority if Hinds Co. voters affected by redistricting | Canton using 1 of 7 polling places for bond vote | DeSoto redistricts: New voter cards for 93 percent of voters

New Hampshire: Chapman will appeal election loss to Superior Court

New Jersey: Election workers contract with double-digit raises challenged by Passaic Co.

New Mexico: Inactive voters to be removed from registered list

New York: City launches student voter registration day to target low turnout rates | County to look at polling places, printing its own ballots | NYC council to decide on letting noncitizens vote in local elections

North Carolina: Avery Co. BOE ensures fair elections at all government levels | Forsyth among top counties in voter wait times | Issue date of license could limit voters

Ohio: Four indicted on Union Co. voter fraud charges | Military, overseas absentee voting starts Saturday | Election board preps for primary

Oregon: How Oregon may have sparked a voter registration revolution

Texas: May 9 elections will offer choice of polling locations | Webb Co. elections commission to discuss election administrator's performance | Former Marshall commissioner to lead troubled elections office | Interim elections chief on agenda | Lubbock Co. to redraw voting precincts to stay current with election law | County to engage interim elections chief

Virginia: Judge denies bid from Prince William GOP for primary

Wisconsin: SCOTUS discussing if it will take up Wisconsin's voter ID law | Unique election will fill two county board seats

Friday, 20 March 2015

March 20, 2015

National News: Legislation introduced to expand voting rights including online voter registration

Arizona: Proposal would make it illegal to collect early ballots

Arkansas: Legislators: Not sending amendments to '16 voters

California: Two-vote margin in recount returns incumbent to San Gabriel council

Connecticut: Glastonbury Republicans seeking registrar of voter candidates | Council president testifies in favor of voter registration reform bills | Registrars defend performance as selectmen review critical report | Local leaders critical of election reform plan

Florida: Local groups hope to give voting rights to ex-felons

Georgia: High cost for special election

Illinois: East St. Louis mayoral candidate asks court to intervene against election board

Iowa: Senate OKs bill on online voter registration system | Online voter registration moves forward | Testers wanted for new county election equipment | Absentee ballot change gets panel OK |

Kentucky: Quorum court talks election costs

Maine: Beloved town clerk will retire

Massachusetts: State makes deal on voter cards in suit | Massachusetts partially settles lawsuit over voter registration for welfare recipients

Nebraska: Sales tax election to be mail-in ballot only

Nevada: Bill pushes ID requirement to vote

New Hampshire: NH House seeks court opinion on voter registration bill | House asks court to review bill requiring voter to abide by motor vehicle requirements | Public urged to attend hearing on voter checklist verification | Goffstown resident raises concerns about petitioner serving as poll worker

New York: Student voter registration push targets New York's turnout crisis | New York's 2014 turnout 49th best in the U.S. | Committee to look at polling places

North Carolina: City will hear from public, vote on nonpartisan elections | Elections office to hold meet-and-greet with director

Oregon: FAQ: How does Oregon's new voter registration law work | Bill would open up voting in primaries

Pennsylvania: Butler Co. commissioner alleges improper use of voting rolls | Voter registrar departure questioned

Tennessee: 9 HBCU students suing Tennessee over voter ID law

Utah: Kaysville receives special vote considerations

Washington: Judge denies Yakima's motion in ACLU case

West Virginia: Secretary of state files early re-election paperwork

Thursday, 19 March 2015

March 19, 2015

National News: Would automatic voter registration increase turnout? | Obama says mandatory voting would 'completely change' U.S. political map | US lawmakers introduce bill to restore voting rights to ex-felons

California: Fullerton's at-large voting system shuts out Asian Americans, suit says | Dismal turnout for special election

Colorado: Colorado ranks high in voter turnout in 2014 | Overseas voting bill advances

Florida: Elections audit finds no problems in Loxahatchee Groves vote count | Low turnout was a disappointment for elections officials

Georgia: A lot more costs than voters

Guam: Voter registration bill to 'modernize process'

Illinois: Election to replace Schock could be first test for new countywide election commission | Company protesting contract awarded by DuPage election agency

Kansas: County clerk: 'Ready to go' for advance voting beginning Wednesday | Kobach: New registration law in Oregon likely to increase voter fraud

Kentucky: Fiscal Court hears appeal for higher pay for poll workers

Louisiana: No money for presidential primary

Maine: Republican senator renews fight for voter ID

Maryland: Elections board says MVA changes don't fully address voter registration problems

Massachusetts: 4 Worcester voting sites deemed inaccessible to handicapped

Minnesota: Felon voting rights bill in jeopardy in Minn. House | Time running out on felon voting bill

New York: With controversy swirling around poll watchers, a dead heat in Bloomingburg | Village board race ends in photo finish

North Carolina: Cost for complying with NC voting law triples in Henderson Co.| Elections board threatens Swain with lawsuit

Ohio: BOE has new home in Jefferson Co,| County election board gearing up for primary | Kenton polling location changes

Oregon: Does research show that Oregon's automatic voter registration won't make much difference?| Kobach: New registration law in Oregon likely to increase voter fraud | Secretary of state job draws wide interest among politicians

Rhode Island: Town council looks to put proposal for appointed town leader on ballot

South Carolina: Changes sought in Cottageville precinct

Tennessee: Breeding retires from Blount Co. elections post

Texas: AG's office to prosecute two on voter fraud charges | New elections administrator hired | Election error addressed by commission

Virginia: Roanoke updates voter registration records | White announced as new registrar for Prince William

Washington: Yakima Co. begins plans for redistricting despite ongoing legal fight | Yakima will ask federal judge to reconsider voting rights ruling

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

March 18, 2015

National News: Vulnerable Republican backs the Voting Rights Act | Schools have key role to play in youth voting

California: San Francisco progressives push for lowering voting age

Florida: Senate committee approves online voter registration | Voter turnout raises questions

Georgia: New precincts should mean easier voting

Guam: Bill would allow people to register to vote at GEC website

Illinois: Special election to replace Schock will be held in July

Indiana: Vote centers on commissioner's agenda

Massachusetts: Lynnhurst School evacuated due to gas leak, polling place moved

Minnesota: New Brighton redraws voting precinct map

Nebraska; Winner-take-all bill blocked; likely done for year

Nevada: Voter ID proposal brings contentious debate | Debate over voter ID continues | Assembly plans hearing for 2 voter ID bills

New Mexico: House rejects voter ID Bill 61 for HB 340

North Carolina: Cost to switch to paper ballots triples to $3M | Durham Rep. introduces bill addressing early voting days, voter ID | House Dems push for election changes | New bills would allow college IDs to be accepted in voting, restore early voting days

Oregon: Atkins ready to work with new voter registration law

Pennsylvania: Lawmaker wants to make voter registration in Pa. more automatic

Tennessee: Carter Co. election office moving to old 911 center | Sumner Co. backs convenience voting | County may try experimental voting system next year

Texas: Appeals court says Texas must pay legal fees in voter ID case | Man facing felony charges of voter fraud | Voter fraud investigation might lead to more indictments | Interim elections chief chosen for Cameron Co.

Utah: Election machines focus of first Salt Lake Co. audits

Wisconsin: Rock Co. shows off new voting machines