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June 2015

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

June 30, 3015

SCOTUS: Voting rights advocates get a win at Supreme Court | U.S. justices turn down states over voter registration restrictions

National News: Some lawmakers pushing for easier voting access

Arizona: Citizenship proof for federal voter registration form rejected | Supreme Court strikes blow against gerrymandering | Supreme Court backs Arizona's redistricting commission

Georgia: Man agrees to dismiss lawsuit against elections officials over NRA hat

Illinois: Early voting hours extended this week for special election

Kansas: SCOTUS: Kansans may continue to use federal form to register | Kansas has no plans to change voter registration requirements | Kobach: Despite SCOTUS ruling, no plans to change Kansas dual system

Montana: Missoula elections office makes videos to train polling judges statewide | Court up holds redistricting in Montana, 12 other states

New Jersey: SB50: 'Democracy Act' approved by Senate | Major changes to NJ voting laws now in Christie's hands | Tenafly residents want historic building spared from demolition

New York: Official: Broome faces 'avoidable risk' to voting machines

Ohio: Marion Co. BOE offers training class

Texas: Could cost millions to make polling locations ADA compliant

Virginia: Ousted voter registrar in Botetourt Co. blames partisan politics | Wilson ending 'wonderful journey' in registrar's office

Wisconsin: GAB cleaning up state voter registration log | Postcards mailed to nearly 100K inactive voters in Wisconsin

Monday, 29 June 2015

June 27-29, 2015

Connecticut: Can Ridgefield boost voter turnout?

Florida: New Okaloosa Co. voting equipment could cost as much as $1.2M | Lafayette supervisor of elections receives certification

Kansas: Mail ballots improve turnout in Ford Co.

Louisiana: Ballot organizers go to court to try to force registrar to reconsider tossed signatures

Massachusetts: Online voter registration available for Wilbraham voters

Michigan: Pattie Bender closing out era

Mississippi: County gets electronic poll books |

New JerseyChristie attacks 'Democracy Act' as DNC attempt to up voter fraud | Dems resolve spat, will send voting overhaul bill to Christie | Democracy Act approve by Assembly | Montclair sees poor voter turnout, legislators talk solutions | A famous polling place in Tenafly could be voted into rubble

North Carolina: Changes to NC voter ID law rankle some, but could preserve law | State's voter ID laws changed again by Legislature

Ohio: Late Belmont Co. election official given national service award | 14 Ohio people may face criminal charges for voter fraud

South Carolina: Date set for special election to fill Pinckney seat

Tennessee: Slagle announces retirement as election administrator | Democrats vs. Holt in election commission controversy | Status of 2500 Hawkins voters changing to 'inactive' | Voting precinct emergency preparedness revisited

Texas: Texas' 110th secretary of state marks 110 days in office

U.S. Virgin Islands: Coral Bay polling place might close over logistics

Virginia: Voting machines to be replaced | Hundreds gather in Roanoke for rally | Virginia GOP goes with primary for 2016 | Jamestown precinct to get new location

Wyoming: Why aren't young people voting in local elections?

Friday, 26 June 2015

June 26, 2015

Alabama: Voter ID drive in Shelby on July 13

Alaska: Anchorage Assembly reconsiders decision to change elections dates

Connecticut: Residents approve the moving of polling places

Florida: Indian River Shores will keep local elections in March | Ritter's soliloquy about elections office ethics

Indiana: Poll book funding by council with identical 6-1 vote| Pulaski Co. recommends e-poll book purchase

Minnesota: Savage buys new voting equipment | Ranked choice voting gets no Brooklyn Park council support

Missouri: With new machines, Ray meets election requirements | Gov. signs bill expanding military voting access | Kander statement on the signing of his voting proposals

New Jersey: Despite objections, Assembly passes 'Democracy Act'

New Mexico: New group challenging closed primary system in NM

New York: Report: BOE officials get raises totaling $202K

Ohio: Notice sent out to 1200 Hancock voters | Husted refers Franklin Co. voter fraud cases for prosecution

Pennsylvania: Judge dismisses intimidation charges in election-fraud case | Cupp files to quash recount in Indiana Co. auditor race

Rhode Island: RI BOE apprised of loss of authority over voting machines

Tennessee: Republican rift in Tennessee county

Texas: County takes more steps toward new voting plan | Only 2 of Nueces Co. polling places meet ADA requirements

Virginia: Advocates rally on anniversary of VRA | Portsmouth woman got back her right to vote, now she wants to help others on same path

Thursday, 25 June 2015

June 25, 2015

National News: Congressional Dems file legislation to update the VRA

California: Supes approve new voting system

Georgia: Public meeting space, voting precincts coming together

Illinois: Election judge, robocall flap exaggerated, GOP ward leaders say

Indiana: Council votes against paying for e-poll books | Porter Co. election officials denied money to pay for new e-poll books

Kansas: Swanwick named Parsons city clerk

Massachusetts: Voting rights coalition lauds rollout of online registration

Michigan: Genesee, Saginaw, Bay county clerks support no-excuse absentee voting

New Jersey: Democratic infighting threatens to derail NJ voting law overhaul | Fast-tracked Democracy Act stalls amid feuding Dems

New Mexico: Dona Ana Co. voter roll breach not linked to software failures

New York: Appeals court: Count the Ramapo ward system votes | No school possible on date of general election | City BOE commissioners approve big raises

North Carolina: NAACP says state 'blinked' on voter ID | NC DMV, BOE working to provide free voter ID cards

Pennsylvania: DA charges three Philly election officials with fraud

Ohio: Senate passes OVR bill | County looks at online voter registration | OVR could come to Ohio

South Carolina: Brothers accused of offering crack, beer, cash for votes

Tennessee: No election administrator in Weakley Co. | Former election commissioner speaks out

Texas: Deadline looms on ADA fixes to polling locations | With twice as many elections in 2016, county office asks for more funds

Virginia: Voting machines, precincts at issue

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

June 24, 2015

National News: Deep Dive 2016: The future of voting | A new bid to strengthen the Voting Rights Act | Congressional Democrats to introduce new VRA fix

Arkansas: Rule to shift on poll worker pay

California: County may change voting machines | County studies option of prepaid postage for mail ballots | Pismo Beach names new city clerk

Illinois: County voters to receive new information cards after precinct consolidation | Taxpayers footing bill for expensive special election | Alvarez launches criminal probe into robocalls to election judges

Kansas: Voter turnout slow and steady in Kansas City

Maryland: Awareness program for new voting machines cut

Massachusetts: Mass launches online voter registration | Galvin announces OVR

Michigan: Senate GOP puts kibosh on no-excuse absentee voting

Minnesota: Savage purchasing new voting tabulators

Mississippi: E-poll book slated for Aug. 4 primary

Missouri: Presentation made on digital ballot counting system

Nebraska: County clerk considers more all-mail precincts

New Jersey: Same day voter registration nixed from election reform bill

New York: Chenango BOE joins fight to curb 2016 election costs

North Carolina: NCDMV issues 1000 no-fee voter ID cards ahead of 2016

Ohio: Senate considers OVR | Husted says every vote matters | Coffey named deputy director of Medina Co. BOE | Trial set for election lawsuit | Senate considers e-poll books

Oklahoma: Oklahoma voters will be able to register online

South Carolina: Morris Campbell to retire

Tennessee: Weakley Co. election administrator 'encouraged' to resign

Utah: Orem council likely to give official approval to vote-by-mail

Virginia: McAuliffe widens felon voting rights restoration | McAuliffe says unpaid court fees do not impede way to rights restoration

Washington: ACLU hiring voter engagement advocate in Yakima

Wisconsin: Sheboygan felon charged with voter fraud

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Monday, 22 June 2015

Friday, 19 June 2015

June 19, 2015

Delaware: Same day voting legislation again moving forward

Florida: Harrington talks iPads with The News-Press editorial board | Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott raises more than $6K for Project Hunger | Elections chief agrees on absentee ballot postage

Georgia: Coffee elections supervisor to retire

Illinois: How Kane Co. might combat same-day voter registration law

Michigan: Lawmakers vote to end regular February elections | No-reason absentee voting plan meets resistance | Grand Rapids to sue Christian school over federal election money

Mississippi: County to order 66K more ballots than voters

Missouri: Cole Co. discusses buying new voting equipment ahead of election season

North Carolina: Legislatures votes to soften voter ID requirement | In-person vote without photo ID OK'd by NC lawmakers | Lawmakers agree to allow affidavits at polls in lieu of photo ID| NACCP head among 9 arrested in voter ID protest | State board of elections public hearing draws 75 people in Sylva |

Ohio: BOE stars 'change of address' effort | Miami Co. elections board director quits

South Carolina: Voters opt for fewer fictional candidates for write-ins | Bills will benefit military

Tennessee: Commissioners question cutting satellite voting | Davidson election commission reinstates early voting sites

U.S. Virgin Islands: Disgruntled audience hears election reform ideas

Virginia: 15 apply for voter registrar job in Botetourt County | Harrisonburg electoral board undecided on JMU voting precinct

West Virginia: DMV partners with secretary of state to offer electronic voter registration

Thursday, 18 June 2015

June 18, 2015

Arkansas: Arkansas scales back voting machine plan to 4 counties | County will get voting devices | Northwest Arkansas counties urge quick turn to new voting equipment | New voting machines by primary; Boone one of four counties to pilot | Sebastian Co. to receive new voting equipment

Florida: Harrington withdraws $890K iPad fix; audit to come | Clay Co. elections office performs 'summer cleanup'

Illinois: Illinois counties ask Schock to pay special election costs | McLean wants Schock to pay $200K for special election | Election judge robocaller ID'd, but case still full of mystery

Indiana: Deal means no special election after all | Cupp tries to block recount

Maryland: LWV celebrated 95 years with gala

Massachusetts: MassHealth settles lawsuit with voting rights organizations

Michigan: With Michigan 'stamp of security,' no-reason absentee voting would require in-person ID | Effort underway to loosen restrictions on absentee voting

Minnesota: Duluthians sampling ranked-choice voting by ranking local brews

New York: Manorhaven election remains undecided as voting machines impounded | Federal judge denies motion to dismiss in voting rights case

North Carolina: Voter ID protests at state legislature lead to more arrests | Public expresses support for voter ID rules, not the law

Ohio: Husted warns of pro-pot voter registration forms

Rhode Island: House approves OVR

Texas: No objections aired at vote centers forum

U.S. Virgin Islands: Election reform town hall meeting held on St. Croix

Utah: Will Utah need to have runoff elections after primaries? Maybe | Lawmakers may not agree on how to handle election plurality | Orem candidates question timing of vote-by-mail

Virginia: Voting rights rally set next week in Roanoke

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

June 17, 2015

Arkansas: Nebraska-based company picked for new voting equipment

California: Elections official loses fight to boost managers' pay

Colorado: Boulder Co.: Hall complied with election laws

Florida: Leon Co. supervisor of elections endorses candidate to take his place | Lee commissioners want audit of Harrington in iPad fiasco | Lee commissioners hold off approving nearly $900K for new election equipment

Georgia: Election workers recognized for years of service

Illinois: New Effingham voter cards coming this week

Iowa: Linn Co. prepares to spent $800K for new voting machines

Louisiana: 101-year-old woman can't vote due to voter ID laws according to paper

Michigan: Ruth Johnson backing new absentee voting bill

New Mexico: 3,100 names deleted from voter rolls

New York: City pushes county to realign voting districts

Ohio: Senate panel to weigh OVR | Children Services gets break on elections costs

Oklahoma: Voter registration will soon be available online

Pennsylvania: Write-ins make more than 70 candidates winners

South Carolina: Jasper Co. election commissioner 'shocked' by changes

South Dakota: ACLU files suit challenging SD election law change

Tennessee: Metro council approves budget, provides funds for early voting | Nashville early voting sites appear saved after budget approved | Finchum completes 26 years on county election commission

Texas: Harris Co. parties trust the ballot machines

Washington: Dozens attend Yakima rally on voting rights case