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March 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

March 24, 2017

National News: One rationale for voter ID debunked, GOP has another

California: County to review vote-by-mail ballots in Woodside election

Connecticut: Westport Dem registrar of voters sworn in

Florida: Vote-by-mail ballots fix passes House | Supervisor of elections wants to hear from voters

Georgia: Voter advocacy group aims to vote fight voter suppression

Illinois: Adams Co. clerk hopes mayoral race will boost turnout | Alternative to AVR bill introduced | Questions on timing, costs remain for AVR bill

Indiana: State honors local poll worker for her contribution to election process

Iowa: Voter ID bill gets Senate OK after contentious debate | Voter ID clears Senate; Dems warn of voting delays | Senate Republicans propose shortening early voting time

Kentucky: Grimes tackles fake news, low voter turnout during Paducah visit

Louisiana: New Orleans tornado damage forces precinct relocations

Maryland: County wants to move elections board to former Macy's site

Massachusetts: Lawmakers propose electronic voting registration system

Mississippi: 5K purged from voter rolls in Madison CO. | Hosemann encourages importance of voting | Madison Co. makes move to paper ballots

Montana: Legislature hears heated testimony on mail voting bill | Tempers flare over mail-ballot bill; committee room briefly cleared | 2 suing for right to run in special election | Adding 4th candidate to special election ballot could cost county about $45K | Lawsuit could force Gallatin Co. to shred, reprint ballots costing thousands

New Hampshire: The history of voting boxes | Judge allows fraud claim against NH secretary of state | Vice chair wants investigation into election | Lawmakers eye protections for towns that postponed elections

New York: Carroll seeks to lower voting age

North Carolina: County wins award for early voting website

Ohio: Springfield voting precinct leaving church location

Oklahoma: As court challenges continue, Oklahoma looks to solidify voter ID law

Pennsylvania: Dauphin Co. BOE polling place changes | Controversial special election heading to federal court?

South Carolina: Cottageville's polling place may move to school

Texas: Court asked to block congressional map for 2018 election

U.S. Virgin Islands: Early voting to go ahead in reduced timeframe | District court declines to delay special election

Virginia: Several Virginia Beach precincts change polling places

West Virginia: Committee sends watered-down voter ID bill to House floor | Two Harrison Co. students chosen as honorary secretaries of state

Thursday, 23 March 2017

March 23, 2017

National News: FEC commissioner sends letter to president: Where is your proof of voter fraud

Arizona: Recorder's office settlement with Project Vote could show voters who were kicked off rolls | Senate Republicans OK bill on initiative signatures

Arkansas: Bill to buy poll gear falls short | Governor signs bill allowing concealed carry in polling places

California: California has new voter registration record | SF pro-development activist takes plea deal in voter fraud case

Connecticut: Court rules Brookfield must pay former registrar's legal fees

Delaware: Trio of bills hopes to increase voter turnout

Guam: Election commission to meet on Bill 45

Illinois: Saline Co. voting machines ready

Indiana: County considers e-poll books for next election | Election board sees need to update early voting system | House panel approves Lake precinct consolidation mandate

Michigan: Raisin Twp. election commission establishes third election district

Montana: House panel to hear mail-in ballot bill | County officials anxious for lawmakers to act on special election | Commissioners approve mail-in ballots pending Legislature

New Hampshire: Bonds OK'd at rescheduled town elections called into question

New Jersey: Feds subpoena Ocean Co. election board

New Mexico: Los Alamos Co. 2017 vote purge completed

Ohio: Husted: Lucas Co. elections board actions 'troubling' | Husted seeks more information before appointing Lucas Co. elections director | Changes to Allen Co. polling locations

Pennsylvania: Republicans call for investigation of special election

Tennessee:  Montgomery Co. may ask for no more local party primaries

Texas: Storm delays counting

Utah: Governor signs bills

Virginia: Botetourt election officials raise concerns about security of voting machines | McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights

Washington: Secretary of state testifies on presidential primary bill

West Virginia: Two honored as honorary secretaries of state

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

March 22, 2017

Alabama: Alabama secretary of state's office honored with award for mock election

Arkansas: Arkansas lawmakers approve voter ID law, send it to Hutchinson

California: Supervisors slam proposed election changes | Final election tallies put voter turnout at 20%, so it wasn't LA's worst ever

Colorado: Former chairman of Colorado GOP suspected of voter fraud, forgery | New voting services agreement | Early voting centers could be reduced under bill | Behind the scenes: The ballot counting process | Colorado Springs clerk: Some voters don't realize they need to unfold their ballots to vote for all races

District of Columbia: Bill would make June the permanent month for DC's primary election | DC primary may move to June to avoid breaking federal law

Florida: Indian River Co. will spend $1M for new voting machines | Lawsuit challenges state on ex-felon voting rights

Georgia: Kennesaw State was warned its server may be vulnerable to data breach | Polls reporting a light turnout; no issues | Forsyth to hold voter record hearings | BOE retiree gets party

Indiana: New voting machines eyed | Hundreds of Lake precincts to get the ax | Lake precinct consolidation deal stalled

Kentucky: Grimes named Kentucky communicator of the year

Massachusetts: Plymouth town election will feature new voting equipment

Michigan: Longtime elections coordinator plans to retire

Montana: Special election legislation now in House Judiciary Committee

Nevada: Nevada moves to join 11 other states in popular vote effort | Sandoval's first veto of 2017 rejects AVR | Sandoval vetoes AVR

New Hampshire: Divided Senate panel narrowly recommends passage of revised voting reform bill | Bill to tighten election laws clears first hurdle | Lawmakers eye protections for towns that postponed elections | Lisbon officials scramble after all selectmen resign on eve of election | Lawmakers dig through legal consequences of snowy town voting mess

Ohio: Changes coming to Allen Co. polling locations | Elections board members in dispute over alleged agreement

Oregon: Oregon gets high marks for voter turnout in new report

Pennsylvania: Write-in candidate appears to win special election

South Carolina: Spartanburg GOP to hold precinct reorganization

Tennessee: Electronic poll book included in EC budget

Texas: Dublin man indicted for voter fraud

Utah: Provo municipal council approves vote by mail | Springville considers a move to vote-by-mail

Virginia: Richmond's mayoral dropouts inspire change to Va. election law

Washington: Precinct changes affect about 18,500 voters

Wisconsin: Need an ID to vote? Here's how to get one in time for spring | Wisconsin had second-worst presidential election turnout decline since 2012

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March 21, 2017

Alabama: County approves contract for voting machines | Governor wants to toss lawsuit on delayed Senate election

Alaska: House Majority Leader pushes reforms to improve voter turnout

Arizona: Court denies bid to change Tucson election method

Arkansas: Lawmakers send voter ID bill to governor

Florida: Local rep calls for vote-by-mail laws after Post investigation | After complaints, Florida may share voting information

Georgia:  Residents fight for voting rights in S. Fulton Co.

Illinois: Early voting turnout subdued

Indiana: Dems do election board three-step

Kansas: House committee approves restriction on voting-site changes

Michigan: Who wants to make absentee voting easier in Michigan?

Minnesota: Minnesota tops turnout in 2016

Montana: Interesting history of Montana's special elections

Nebraska: Secretary of state will not seek re-election | Senators may seek to succeed John Gale | Election officials extend voting hours

New Hampshire: Untangling a question at the heart of 'domicile' debate | Controversial 'police provision' to be removed from election reform bill

New Jersey: No June primary for BOE commissioner | Hourigan elected chairman of Salem Co. BOE

New York: Village elections on Tuesday: Should they be in March? | Don't vote? Pay a fine (if this bill passes) | Proposed Assembly bill fines voters for not voting on Election Day

Ohio: Elections board members in dispute over alleged agreement | E-poll books arrive in Shelby Co.

Texas: Lawmakers pull bill to change early voting in Texas | Texas' horrible voter turnout continued in 2016, new study says

Utah: Herbert signs election bills

Monday, 20 March 2017

March 18-20, 2017

National News: Dem bill would codify elections at critical infrastructure | Same-day registration helped boost turnout

Arizona: Thorpe defends bill to limit student voting, citizen initiatives

Colorado: Tate early-voting cost-saving bill still waiting back stage

Florida: Ballot box blues

Georgia: Judge dismisses suit alleging Ga. wrongly bumped voters off rolls

Guam: Senator proposes doing away with primaries

Hawaii: Lawmakers say mail-in voting could bolster Hawaii's turnout

Idaho: County elections director retires

Illinois: Videos suggest teens on party bus were promised pay for their votes

Indiana: Hammond attorney named to Lake elections board | Miami Co. poll worker surprised with state award

Iowa: JoCo auditor considers run for secretary of state

Kentucky: Bill would allow local option questions on general, primary ballots

Louisiana: Norton launches voter registration campaign

Maine: Maine shoots to 2 in nation for voter turnout

Missouri: Missouri begins voter ID rollout amid questions about money and security

Montana: Lewis & Clark Co. prepares for special election | All-mail election would save Yellowstone Co. $50K

New Hampshire: New report: NH had nation's third-highest turnout | Senate OKs bill to hire full-time election law attorney | Moderator will not conduct voting machine audit

New Mexico: Senate OKs bill to consolidate most local elections, let cities opt out

New York: Advocates urge state lawmakers to budget for voting reforms | Crowds call on Cuomo for voting reform | New Yorkers called on to create new 'I Voted' sticker designs

North Carolina: Local voters falsely accused of fraud seek changes in election protest process

North Dakota: Lawmakers considering changes to the state's voter ID laws

Pennsylvania: Senator proposes auto voter reg | Allegheny Co. election workers may get their first raise in almost a decade | Lawrence now chair of Montco. election board | Dauphin Co. looking to change where people vote

Texas: A Texas woman 'voted like a U.S. citizen.' Only she wasn't

Utah: Report: 42% of voting age population didn't vote | Governor signs bill to cut election wait times

Washington: County makes precinct changes

West Virginia: Lawmakers propose stringent voter ID law

Friday, 17 March 2017

March 17, 2017

Arizona: Legislation would give counties more money for presidential primary elections | Senate panel OKs bill targeting initiatives

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. election panel to hold vote center meetings

California: Bill would require runoff elections in supervisor races

Colorado: GOP sponsor of a bill to reduce early voting centers says it will actually increase access | Colorado's voter turnout ranks near top for third presidential election running

Connecticut: Wallingford's turnout in presidential election among highest in state | State may require borough elections to be held in November

Georgia: Senate backs voter-registration changes opposed by rights advocates | Elections bill passes Senate after debate | Ga. Dems turn to KSU for answers in data breach

Illinois: AVR advanced again in Senate

Minnesota: Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout-again

Montana: County endorses mail ballots for special election | 46 of 56 counties support mail ballot for special election | Lewis & Clark commissioners pass resolutions for special election | Cascade Co. votes mail-ballots for special election | County endorses mail-in ballots

Nebraska: Murante, Morefeld spar over voter ID | Nebraska Senator warns of federal action on election systems | Bills that could change election day

Ohio: County to offer veteran IDs

Oregon: Commissioners appoint interim clerk

Nebraska: Voters face changes in Nebraska

Nevada: Bills would restore voting rights to some ex-felons

New Hampshire: Gilmanton endure election night without power, Internet | Town: No ballot review needed | Bill aims to legalize town meeting elections moved for Nor'easter | Secretary of state opposed to bill to ratify results for towns that rescheduled elections | Greenfield moves voting to Friday

New York: Freeport candidates' dead voter registration lawsuit dismissed | Report: New York ranks 41st in voter turnout in 2016

Tennessee: Rep. says 94-year-old mom can't get ID under TN law | House OKs bill to offer reward for voter fraud tips

Texas: Groups awaiting latest decision regarding the long-contested voter ID law

Wisconsin: Elections commissioners: Walker budget cuts hurt service to local clerks

Thursday, 16 March 2017

March 16, 2017

National News: Senator asks DHS for plans to treat election infrastructure as critical | New report finds that voter turnout in 2016 topped 2012 | GOP relieves president eased up on voter fraud claims| Top election officials have no information about voter fraud investigation

Colorado: Man fined $6K for voting in both Colorado and Kansas

Georgia: Election officials reject advocacy groups' call for paper ballots | Fulton Co.: Some voters in special election must cast multiple absentee ballots

Idaho: Bill limiting early voting dies in Senate

Illinois: State lawmakers revive AVR push | AVR moves to Senate floor

Indiana: Lake Co. precinct consolidation remains on hold | State lawmakers likely to set minimum Lake Co. precinct size

Kansas: Man fined $6K for voting in both Colorado and Kansas | House members seek to strip Kobach of power to appoint election commissioners

Massachusetts: City commends elections department on early voting success

Michigan: County moves ahead with voting machine replacement | County to upgrade to new election equipment

Missouri: County clerk explains voter photo ID

Montana: Cascade Co. commission supports mail-in ballot for special election

Nevada: Dems are trying to restore voting rights for ex-felons

Nebraska: Senator: Nebraska voting equipment needs to be replaced

New Hampshire: Delayed voting complicates results for some

Ohio: More than a dozen Franklin Co. polling locations changing

Rhode Island: Town leaders raising doubts about early voting proposal

Texas: Older voting machines present no worries for JC | Missing ballots lead to policy change | Think an election is rigged? Watch the equipment test | Support for online voter registration could take time

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas elections board approves ballot

Utah: Slew of election bills could streamline voting

Virginia: McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights | Waverly mayor indicted on election fraud charges | Fredericksburg's Ward 3 to get new polling place

Washington: Lawmakers consider bills to change election deadlines

Wisconsin: Pewaukee, Summit named in report on 17-year-olds | Clerk: Underage voters challenged poll workers | Prosecution doubtful for area 17-year-olds

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

March 15, 2017

National News: Lawmakers eye cyber help for states

Alabama: Gordon mayor arrested for voter fraud

Colorado: City gives behind-the-scenes look at ballot processing

Connecticut: Storm delays presentations of Greenwich voter turnout award

Florida: Florida ex-felons file class action suit over voting laws | Election day turnout varies widely across Sarasota Co. | Longboat Key polling sites keep busy | Why so many ended up at wrong polling sites in Boca

Georgia: Advocates call for paper ballots in Ga. amid FBI review | Buzz Brockway planning run for secretary of state in 2018

Iowa: LWV takes exception to lawmaker's use of testimony to support ID proposal

Kansas: Report: Kansas law suppressing turnout

Massachusetts: Lynn postpones override vote to March 21 | Officials discuss using Attleboro schools as polling places

Michigan: Voting machine grant on agenda | Muskegon Co. gets more than $670K for new voting equipment

Montana: Counties prepare for special election

Nevada: Sandoval may veto Nevada voter registration petition

New Hampshire: Blizzard delays scores of town elections across NH | Blizzard reveals local election law confusion | Voters head to town polls as nor'easter bears down on NH | Snowstorm raises havoc on NH Election Day | By ski and sled, voters make it to polls | Snowstorm doesn't keep Danville voters away | Sununu: NH towns that postponed local elections took 'risk'

New York: Advocates: Early voting would boost female turnout in NY

Oregon: Oregon mulls National Popular vote movement

Tennessee: Time for new voting machines | City council asks for 2nd location for early voting

U.S. Virgin Islands: Special election moving forward despite lawsuit, budget constraints | Rodriquez files to temporarily stop special election

Wisconsin: Chairman promises better training after 17-year-olds vote | Voter fraud charges for Dane Co. teens who voted | Official: Sanders shares blame for minors voting in primary | Panel prepares to purge non-voters from registration rolls

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

March 14, 2017

California: Grand Jury finds no signs of major voter fraud in OC

Colorado: Voter turnout dramatically drops for local elections

Florida: Elected secretary of state gets backing | Lawsuit challenges state on felon voting rights | Federal lawsuit challenges 'arbitrary' clemency system

Georgia: Democratic leader demands details on data breach | Kemp to run for governor

Idaho: Bill to clamp down on special House elections advances

Illinois: Alorton man pleads guilty to voter fraud during 2013 election

Iowa: Linn Co. supervisors prepare for voter ID bill | Voter ID bill likely to pass, but not without opposition

Louisiana: Low turnout expected as early voting begins | Judge doesn't like it, but upholds voting ban on some felons | Baton Rouge judge upholds law barring some felons from voting

Massachusetts: Voter registration deadline extended | Glimanton clerk battles 'misinformation' about early voting | Dartmouth extends voter registration

Michigan: Muskegon Co. clerk picks new voting equipment | Macomb Co. clerk fires her 2 deputies 3 months into office

Missouri: Reisch backs legislation targeting voter rolls

Montana: Time running short to pass mail-in ballot bill | County sets special meeting to approve mail ballot | Mail-in voting bill sent to 'kill committee'

Nevada: Nevada could become 7th state to approve AVR | 'Motor voter' passes Senate, heads to governor's desk | Lawmakers want voter protections included in state constitution

New Hampshire: Senate passes bill to allow e-poll book pilot, rejects OVR | Bill redefines domicile for voting purposes and reignites voting rights debate | Towns unclear whether weather can postpone elections | Some towns postponing elections due to storm | Gov. urges elections to go on, some towns won't comply | Sununu surprised some towns have postponed voting | Blizzard delays Belmont vote

New Mexico: Committee tables bill to open primaries

New York: As NY marks 100 years of women's suffrage, lawmakers push voting reforms | City continues board of elections budget dance | BOE seeks $1.3M for cybersecurity measures

Oregon: Klamath Co. clerk retiring

South Dakota: Krebs announces congressional bid

Texas: Senate committee approves Texas voter ID overhaul | Voter ID changes clear Senate committee | Pasadena prepares for first election since voting rights ruling

West Virginia: Morrisey, Warner support state's method of maintaining voter lists

Wisconsin: Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally in 2016 | Social media gets blame for teen voting

Monday, 13 March 2017

March 11-13, 2017

National News: Presidential voter fraud investigation is off to a slow start | States scramble for funding to upgrade aging voting machines

Arizona: Did Katie Hobbs beat Greg Stanton to the punch?

Arkansas: Senate approves voter ID bill

California: 16- and 17-year-olds can now pre-register to vote online | California election leaders stay focused on reform in politically charged era | California's electoral future is rooted in the old-fashioned absentee ballot | Valid voter fraud complaints in California are in the dozens, not the millions | LA Co. registrar talks turnout, post-election fallout

Colorado: Colorado Springs election ballots--all 263,000 of them--are in the mail

Florida: Why 30% of Florida's voting is ripe for fraud | Comparing signatures: Good enough to hand an election on? | Winning candidates helped voters fill out their ballots | Vote-by-mail fix ready for the full House | How The Post got the absentee ballot story

Illinois: McGhee testifies in Springfield on potential voter suppression | County clerk keeps learning from election monitoring

Iowa: Critics question need for more Iowa election rules | Dolecheck backs voter ID bill | Voter ID won't stop stated concerns, state election officials say | Siouxland election officials: Multiple-state voter registrations no reason to suspect fraud

Kansas: Polling place for Maize voters moved by mistake

Louisiana: Change to early voting location for Livingston Parish | Court ruling on voting rights of felons expected Monday

Michigan: Should ballot selfies be allowed in Michigan? | Macomb Co. clerk seeks lawyer for court battle with Hackel

Missouri: State's top election official uses voter ID to raise campaign cash

Montana: Supporters: Mail ballot bill for special election must pass before April 10

New Hampshire: Senate passes bill to allow e-poll book trial program

New Jersey: Bill would require voting machines to leave paper trail | Lawmakers want to require 'paper trail'

New Mexico: Voter registration bill dies | Compromise with cities moves election consolidation bill forward

North Carolina: Troublesome ballots off to NC prosecutor | Attorney general: North Carolina voting law should end | Local bill gives Winston-Salem voting fix | Both parties benefit from policies that boost voter turnout

Ohio: Prosecutor issues opinion on election board controversy

Pennsylvania: Allegheny voters complained to the feds about these three things on Election Day

South Carolina: Special election funding | Bill would force convicted politicians to pay to replace them

Texas: US court voids 3 Texas congressional districts | Plaintiffs pursue voter ID case despite DOJ absence | Bill would make voter fraud claims public information | County closing in on selecting next elections administrator | Brown Co. elections official cites advantages of new headquarters | Congressman Farenthold addresses VRA federal ruling

Virginia: After 22 years and a few controversies, Chesterfield registrar Larry Haake retiring

West Virginia: Stricter voter ID bill proposed despite lack of in-person fraud | Voter ID bill met with mixed feelings | WV attorney general joins fight to protect election integrity