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February 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017

February 17, 2017

California: Republicans in California Assembly propose bills they say will limit voter fraud--including showing ID | Bill would make Election Day a holiday

Florida: Bill to fix vote-by-mail rules clears first committee

Georgia: Hall elections board member accused of shoplifting resigns position

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting in ID headed to House floor

Illinois: Biss introduced ranked-choice voting bill | Moline election still confusing

Indiana: BMV staff would ask, register patrons to vote under amended bill

Kansas: Shawnee Co. commission at odds with election office spending |

Kentucky: Voting fraud vs. election fraud and claims of chicanery in Kentucky

Massachusetts: State funds may offset early voting costs | No quick way for cities and towns to recoup early voting costs

Michigan: Secretary of State Ruth Johnson contemplating run for state senate | New company will print Genesee Co. ballots after mishap

Nevada: Initiative would require DMV to provide data that could boost voter registration | Automatic voter registration moves one step closer to reality in Nevada

New Hampshire: Shaheen: Sununu should push back harder on voter fraud claims | Former GOP AG: President is wrong on NH voter fraud

New York: Tonoko backs bill to move Election Day to the weekend

Tennessee: After busy 2016, only 1 local election this year |

Texas: San Jacinto Co. switches to Hart InterCivic | AG's office seeks San Antonio records for general voter fraud investigation | Commissioners pause Jones' election-prep plans for now

U.S. Virgin Islands: Walker: Elections boards survive intact

Utah: Statewide Election Day registration bill halted in House committee

Virginia: Peake's provisional ballot bill dead in House subcommittee

West Virginia: Kanawha Co. step closer to new voting equipment

Wisconsin: FDL Co. clerk glad to see recount legislation

Wyoming: Party switching on Wyoming primary day lives on; bill dies

Thursday, 16 February 2017

February 16, 2017

National News: Locking down voting tech | Inside the recount | Do voter ID laws suppress minority voting? | With party in trouble, Dems hit voting laws

Alabama: County moves busy polling place from school

Arizona: Council votes against special election

Florida: Voting machines undergo testing ahead of Mexico Beach election | Lawmakers consider allowing guns at polling places

Georgia: State probe into Sandy Springs special election still ongoing | No March election in Polk Co. | Retiring poll managers honored at reception

Idaho: Bill to add concealed carry permit as voter ID moves forward | Idaho official: Federal agency may have tried to hack state elections site

Illinois: Champaign Co. board reverses itself, nixes polling place merger | Bureau Co. precincts change for wheelchair access

Indiana: Voter registration House Bill 1178 | Howard Sims presented with poll worker of the year

Iowa: Students, officials react to voter ID legislation

Maine: Legislators consider voter ID bills | Bills to tighten voter ID rules in Maine strongly opposed at hearings

Massachusetts: Healey calls NH voter fraud claim 'pathetic'

Mississippi: Pascagoula proposes everyone vote at one location

Missouri: Proposition wording too long to fit on Hannibal ballots

Nevada: Some Nevada cities could go all-mail for municipal elections

New Hampshire: House rejects measure to ban guns from polling places

New Jersey: Promised quorum could bring election commission out of cold storage

New Mexico: Judge rules no voter fraud in Espanola election

New York: Lawsuit seeks to remove names of dead from Freeport voter lists

Ohio: Second name surfaces for BOE seat

Oregon: Ballot initiative would require voters to prove citizenship before voting

Tennessee: Wilson voter handbook now available

Texas: Commissioners back online voter registration | El Paso Co. wants to register more teens | Pasadena won't fight voting rights order | 11K Cameron Co. voters to confirm information

Wisconsin: Bill would prevent certain candidates from requesting recounts in future state elections

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

February 15, 2017

National News: President claims voter fraud, FEC wants evidence | DHS vague on rules for election aid, states say

Alabama: Forest Hill voting box will move to church

Florida: Elected secretary of state pitched in House

Idaho: Denney accuses DHS of attempted website hack

Illinois: Champaign Co. to revisit consolidation of polling sites

Indiana: Kersey bill on automatic voter registration to get hearing today | Precinct consolidation work moves forward

Iowa: Secretary of state requests funds to replace dated technology

Maine: Pair of bills take aim at college voters

Massachusetts: Auditor says state should pay cities and towns for early voting costs

Nevada: Report: 'Motor voter' law could cost Nevada as much as $5M | Here's how automatic voter registration works | Election officials want to ban guns from Nevada polling places | Registrar says election equipment upgrade 'can no longer wait'

New Hampshire: Secretary of state won't buy voter fraud claims without proof | Bill aims to close voting 'domicile loophole' in election law

New Mexico: Open primaries bill clears first hurdle

New York: Elections to stay in school buildings, officials say | New voting rules proposed for state

North Carolina: Committee approves BOE nominees

Ohio: Electronic tablets to assist Toledo poll workers | Lucas Co. to trade paper for tablets| Rep. Kathleen Clyde pitches automatic voter registration | Lorain Co. voter fraud cases heading to prosecutor | Election board seat still vacant

South Dakota: South Dakota voter registration and turnout

Texas: Gregg refines countywide voting strategy | Travis Co. sues to block elections records sought by Laura Pressley | Special election to cost $230K to $480K | Nueces Co. voting centers deemed success | Election administrator to reach out through social media | State approves countywide polling places

Virginia: Fauquier taking action to make voting sites accessible

West Virginia: Students honored for voter registration work | Morgantown polling place changes for 2017 municipal elections

Wisconsin: Elections commission not predicting turnout

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

February 14, 2017

National News: Should Americans trust their voting tech? | The federal voting agency Republicans want to kill | Using tech, data to increase turnout

Georgia: McIver to step down from state election board

Iowa: Dallas Co. to conduct review of missed absentee votes

Kansas: Kobach spars with CNN over voter fraud claim, but fails to provide evidence

Minnesota: Gusties give secretary of state tips on voter turnout

Michigan: Jocelyn Benson considering secretary of state run | Michigan secretary of state urges Pence to make election changes | ACLU happy with Grand Rapids' election changes after 4-hour waits in 2012

Nevada: Assemblywoman introduces voter ID bill

New Hampshire: Prosecutor: State can't investigate all voter fraud claims | Many in NH politics pan unfounded voter fraud claims | Voter fraud in New Hampshire? No proof and many skeptics | Sununu says he's unaware of widespread voter fraud in NH | Lawmakers want tougher enforcement of election laws | How NH tried to guard against 'fraud' when new voters show up on Election Day

New York: Purge outdated voter rolls? NYC tried it, with bad results | Lenihan to step down, Zellner to assume double duty

North Carolina: Lawsuit alleges racial bias in Jones Co. elections |NC Supreme Court reinstates block of elections board revamp | Supreme Court reinstates NC elections board

Ohio: Allen Co. BOE chairman resigns

Oklahoma: Voter fraud in Tulsa?

Oregon: Only 17 precincts open for primary

South Carolina: Beaufort Co. in search of poll workers, training set throughout the year

Texas: Tarrant Co. DA had offered probation in voter fraud case | Upshur commission to consider universal voting sites

Utah: How will the legislative session impact elections in Utah?

Wisconsin: Germantown hires new deputy clerk days before election

Monday, 13 February 2017

February 11-13, 2017

National News: Election commissioner to president: Show evidence of voter fraud | Rep. Susan Davis re-introduced legislation to expand access to voting | Academic feud over noncitizen voters resurfaces with fraud probe

Alabama: Look new voting machines' imminent delivery, 1942

Arizona: Fewer voters, fewer early ballots | Experience guides Reagan's call for changes

Colorado: Campus free speech bill hits bump over voter registration activity

Connecticut: Five decades on the job

Florida: Gov. Rick Scott restores voting rights to man who did time 30 years ago | Secretary of state could become elected office

Georgia: County elections office has new home | Georgia settle suit alleging it blocked thousands of minority voters

Idaho: Bill to allow concealed permit as voter ID introduced | Denney says Idaho should have online voter registration by next fall

Illinois: Illinois lawmakers pitch automatic voter registration again | Urbana man charged with living, voting in U.S. illegally | Partisan fears emerge as county election commission merger moves forward | McHenry Co. lawmakers make push to abolish local election boards

Indiana: County to refurbish voting machines | County updating voting machines | Precinct consolidation group finds some agreement

Iowa: Iowa aware of only handful of improper votes cast in November

Michigan: Detroit reps rip clerk's 'shameful' election oversight |New bills include requiring all votes to be recountable | Montcalm Co. records contradict election billing allegations

Nevada: Nevada considers various courses to overhaul voting process

New Hampshire: President claims voter fraud impacted NH results | Presidential adviser repeats baseless claims on voter fraud in NH | Comments by senior WH adviser that voter fraud in NH is 'widely known' create firestorm

New Jersey: Wildwood Crest to consolidate voting to one site

New Mexico: Lawmakers trim slate of electoral reforms

New York: Essex Co. to foot bill if ballot-data challenge continues

North Carolina: Stanly BOE considers fewer voting precincts | NC man convicted of voting twice in March 2016 primary | Names of appeals judges who issued order in elections board case a secret

Ohio: Erie County's 'champion of fair elections' bowing out | Lawmaker's propose automatic voter registration | Ashland Co. agrees to purchase new voting system | Primary elections could shift to May

Oklahoma: State statute increase cost of special election

Oregon: Learning curve, layoffs beset new secretary of state's first month in office

Texas: County reconsiders voting equipment upgrade | Voter ID law would have prevented 16,400 from voting in November | Voter fraud 'whipping boy' behind 8-year sentence in Texas? | After more than two months, new election date set in Hidalgo

Utah: Cache Co. clerk weighs in on voter registration proposal | Bill to extend early voting advances

Vermont: Some question new voter registration law

Friday, 10 February 2017

February 10, 2017

National News: Postal Service says it lost $200M over holiday season

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. election commission considers vote centers

Florida: Crist calls for investigation into voter suppression | He was shocked when stripped of his voting rights, now he's shocked again

Georgia: Georgia settles suit challenging voter registration process

Idaho: Polling places need ADA upgrades

Iowa: Auditor: Voter ID bill could disenfranchise Iowans | Iowa bill outlaws voter form delays

Michigan: State audit: No evidence of fraud in Detroit vote | Fraud not the cause of election issues in Detroit, audit finds| 31 cases of double voting found | Race is on to replace old voting machines | Michigan election chief urges recount reform

Mississippi: Cong. Thompson opposes ending EAC

Montana: Opponents of voter ID bill say it would limit access | Legislator asserts voter fraud in pushing ID law

New Mexico: Voter fraud case nears end

New York: East Ramapo looks to add polls to fix overcrowding

North Carolina: NC appeals court temporarily reinstates new elections law | New state law could add member to Polk BOE

Ohio: Voter fraud receives renewed national attention, but Ohio officials refute claims | Bill would automatically register Ohioans to vote

Pennsylvania: Election board grants poll workers raises

South Carolina: Clarendon voter registration director honored at annual conference

Texas: Senators decry non-disclosure pacts needed to view state voter fraud info | Errors revealed in election review

Virginia: After complaints about voter registration, cuts for election software upgrades | Senate backing amendment that would change how felons' rights restored

Thursday, 09 February 2017

February 9, 2017

National News: House panel displays bipartisan unity over bill to save Postal Service | Poll: Majority does not believe in widespread voter fraud | Veterans living in U.S. territories are crowd-funding a legal pitch for voting rights

Alaska: Anchorage's first vote-by-mail election will not be April as planned

Arizona: Phoenix mayor silent as secretary of state jabs looking ahead to 2018

California: West Hollywood to conduct voter registration pop-ups| San Benito Co. gets mentioned on 'Scandal'

Florida: Update left Lee Co. elections site vulnerable to hacking

Georgia: Stacey Abrams joins national voting rights push

Illinois: DuPage against state eliminating pay for election panel | Illinois voter data analysis finds voters registered two, three, even four times

Indiana: Poll worker honored for 40 years of service | Judge rules in GOP favor in county council election dispute | GOP lawmakers around the US push for restrictions on voting

Iowa: Contentious voter ID bill introduced in House | Dallas Co. failed to report 5,842 votes cast in election

Missouri: Ashcroft says governor's offer isn't enough for voter ID

New Hampshire: Same-day voter registration likely here to stay, for now

New York: NY Votes Act proposed by Schniderman aims to simplify process | AG, Cusick push sweeping voting reform package

North Carolina: Four Guilford Co. voters say claims of illegal voting damaged them | NC voters accused of voter fraud file defamation lawsuit | Bill would move town elections to even years

Ohio: Cuyahoga BOE chooses Tenex as e-poll book vendor | Poll pad sign-in planned for May elections

South Carolina: Richland elections commission seeking new director

Texas: Grand Prairie woman found guilty of voter fraud

Tennessee: Dems seek replacement on Knox election commission

Utah: House committee OKs bill requiring paid-postage for by-mail ballots | Lawmaker pushes automatic voter registration | Election headaches lead lawmakers to consider measures for relief | Committee approves state-funded primary, other election process changes

Virginia: Election system was a priority for Senate GOP in fall, but not in the budget | Senate approves constitutional amendment on ex-felon voting rights

West Virginia: Group OKs election headquarters lease

Wisconsin: New polling sites in Wisconsin Rapids | Arcadia's first-ever bilingual election

Wednesday, 08 February 2017

February 8, 2017

National News: New administration will keep 'critical' label on election systems | House panel votes to close EAC | Study examines modernizing voter registration | Administration official: Election infrastructure should be protected

Alabama: Washington Post fires back at GOP rep over voter fraud claims

Alaska: Municipality of Anchorage looking for election workers

Connecticut: Official's doubt administration's voter fraud claims

Florida: Lee elections website hacked for anti-ISIS message

Georgia: Hall elections board member charged with shoplifting

Indiana: Precinct consolidation planning begins in Lake Co.

Iowa: Discrepancy found in Dallas Co. election results

Kansas: Kansans caught in crosscheck system singled out for Kobach's voter fraud campaign | Kobach spars with ACLU over bill to close 'loophole' for proof-of-citizenship

Kentucky: Kentucky secretary of state responds to voter fraud investigation

Maine: Maine's High Court will hear case on ranked choice voting law

Mississippi: Proposed updates to election laws OK'd in Mississippi House

Missouri: Ashcroft says governor's offer isn't enough money for voter ID | Missouri officials' next step: Deciding how to pay for voter ID | Jason Kander launches group to advocate voting rights | Ashcroft appoints Brandon Alexander as co-director of elections division

Montana: GOP leaders oppose cheaper mail-ballot election to replace Zinke

Nevada: Assembly bill would address potential voter registration fraud | Lawmakers want to get rid of partisan primary elections

New Hampshire: State debates changing voter eligibility laws | Debate underway in Senate over 13-day residency requirement to register to vote | Proposed election law changes called unfair to students

New York: County appeals state supreme court ballot ruling | New York looks to reform onerous, antiquated voting rules | Polling sites to become ADA compliant

North Carolina: Durham considers ending primaries

Ohio: Springfield leaders want to avoid wasting money on special elections

Oregon: Secretary of state wants to make office nonpartisan

Pennsylvania: Somerset commissioners appoint elections board solicitor

Texas: Grand Prairie woman accused of voter fraud goes on trial | House honors retired election administrator

Virginia: Caustic debate unfolds in Senate as GOP moves to slow down felon voting restoration

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Monday, 06 February 2017

February 4-6, 2017

National News: Executive order on voter fraud quietly stalled | McConnell: No money for voter fraud investigation | New look at modernizing voter registration | Analysis: Why voting rights advocates are worried about voter fraud probe | Vice president will head investigation into voting irregularities

Arizona: Secretary of state's office seeks peace with county recorders

Arkansas: Voter ID law debate | Filing would put Arkansas voter-ID amendment before public

California: No voter fraud suspected in Kings | Elk Grove city council fills vacancy by appointment, angering those who called for vote

Idaho: Legislature to fix election problem

Iowa: Proposed legislation centered on voting and elections raises concerns

Kentucky: Boyd clerk's office receives clean audit from state

Louisiana: St. John becomes first parish to appoint registrar under new rules

Michigan: Ottawa Co. to upgrade polling machines

Missouri: Missouri Republicans vow to fund photo ID implementation in tough budget year | County clerk Wagner resigns

New Jersey: Burlington Co. clerk's office moving

New Mexico: Clerks say voter fraud unlikely

North Carolina: Voter registrations at DMV nearly double in a year

Ohio: About 7,500 people once purged from Ohio rolls voted in November | Commissioners to fund stipend for elections board | Franklin Co. to use electronic poll books to speed voting process

Texas: County sets Feb. 13 hearing on countywide polling | Appeals court upholds judge's ruling on Pasadena elections in voting rights case | Complaint filed over Harrison mail-in ballots

Vermont: VT pauses automatic voter registration after problems | State in process of fixing error that caused ineligible voters to be registered | Town clerks weigh in on second recount in House race

Virginia: Precinct changes and new voting machines | Bill adding new hurdle to voter registration gets House approval | Manasass expands voting precincts

Washington: Opponents of e-voting in Washington call proposed bill 'dangerous' | Lawmakers want to revamp primary system

West Virginia: County clerk open to discuss voter records