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August 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

August 18, 2017

National News: US women attain voting rights, Aug. 18, 1920

Alabama: Secretary of state's office to monitor Mobile election

Arkansas: Voter ID changes: Election commission reviews new regulations | Jefferson Co. clerk reminds voters of ID law

California: New motor voter law coming in April, state lawyer says

Connecticut: Hartford registrar of voters office fined $9,600 for 2014 election debacle

Florida: Gainesville city staff draft ordinance to move elections to fall

Illinois: 1.8M Chicago voter records exposed online | Info on 1.8M Chicago voters was publicly accessible, now removed from cloud service

Indiana: Commissioners vote to abolish county's board of voter registration | New voting equipment in store for Porter Co. | AG wants to back state law that is target of voting discrimination lawsuit

Iowa: Woman who tried to vote twice gets probation | County to update voting equipment, software

Michigan: County agrees to consider staffer for clerk

Missouri: November election cost complicates use tax initiative

New Jersey: NJ officials supply data to WH panel

New Mexico: Krahling assists in voting system certification

Ohio: Battle over how Ohio maintains voter rolls nearing conclusion

Texas: Potter Co. spends $1M to replace voting machines | Texas voting law on language interpreters violates Voting Rights Act, court says | AG opens voter fraud investigation into Robstown election | Surprise: Repealed law on nursing-home voting still in effect for November

Utah: Low voter turnout again in St. George, Washington counties | 'County My Vote' readying 2018 ballot initiative to eliminate caucus/convention system | Iron Co. voter turnout steady with vote-by-mail ballots | 14K more counted ballots change little in Salt Lake Co.

Vermont: Condos says AVR program succeeds

Thursday, 17 August 2017

August 17, 2017

National News: Election officials: 'We are going to need more assistance' | Group launches 'Look Ahead America' | Defending the 'front line' against election fraud

Alabama: Cross-over voting: Who can-and who can't-vote in the primary runoff | Lee Co. sees 11 percent turnout | New voting law to impact runoff | Why thousands of Alabama voters were moved to 'inactive voter' list

California: County may get new voting machines | The local supporters of ranked voting say it could revolutionize elections

Colorado: As WH panel seeks personal data, these longtime voters cancel their registrations |

Florida: Ballot fraud won't send elderly Miami woman to jail, but she will lose her right to vote | More Cape voters choosing mail-in option | Despite BINGO night conflict, American Legion post agrees to be a polling place

Georgia: Thousands of voting machines in limbo because of 6th District lawsuit | District 2 special election cost taxpayers $32K

Illinois: AVR bill lingers on Rauner's desk...why?

Louisiana: Voter fraud panel hasn't followed up in Louisiana, Schedler says

Michigan: Council votes to pay $15K for special election

North Carolina: Columbus Co. BOE building closes due to mold

Ohio: Butler Co. BOE to close for co-worker's funeral

Texas: Potter Co. to get new voting machines | Hidalgo Co. to foot $120,888 bill to extend voting hours during November election | Hidalgo extends early voting | Hays Co. OKs second early voting site in Kyle

Utah: Utah Co. clerk: Waiting several days for election results may be the new norm

Washington: Secretary of state's office says no mandatory recount for Moses Lake council race

West Virginia: County clerk faces polling problems for special election

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

August 16, 2017

National News: President makes civil rights-related appointment to DHS

Alabama: Power outage does not stop voting in Colbert Co. | Secretary of state: Voter turnout so far today 'abysmal' | Voters express concern over low turnout at the polls

California: Napa Co.'s election division seeks input on draft election plan

Colorado: Colorado voter registration at record high despite cancellations | Frederick recall election 'absolutely ridiculous waste of money'

Florida: Felons' voting rights activists want 1M petitions

Illinois: Polling places in Normal shift to Heartland Community College

Indiana: County considers buying new voting equipment

Iowa: State of Iowa law changes effecting voting and election day registration process

Maine: Building under contract for sale, displacing city polling place

Maryland: Two top Hogan officials OK'd participation in voter fraud commission, emails show

Michigan: Detroit city clerk candidates answers your questions | Judge: Detroit absentee ballots from primary will stand | Chaos continues in Macomb Co. clerk office

Minnesota: Election issues being considered in the county

Nevada: Las Vegas to recognize vote center ambassadors

New York: Thousands in Queens remain without a place to vote on primary day | False election info in message that's gone viral

Ohio: Butler Co. BOE employee dies | County considers voting options

South Dakota: Minnehaha Co. could invest $300K in new 'smart' voting machines

Texas: Federal court orders Texas voting map changes ahead of 2018 | Federal court invalidates part of Texas congressional map | Parker takes post with Texas Association of Election Administrators

Utah: Utah Co. ballot blunder causes confusion at polls | As of noon, only 216 people had voted in-person in all of Salt Lake Co.

Virginia: President makes civil rights-related appointment to DHS | Electoral board studies pay increase for poll workers

Washington: Primary election turnout reaches 27 percent

West Virginia: AG and secretary of state urge SCOTUS to protect election integrity

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August 15, 2017

Alabama: Alabama statewide special election | Armory voting station moved

Arizona: Voter fraud in AZ: What it looks like, how often it happens

California: Court temporarily blocks change in recall rules | Napa Valley voting changes coming in 2018

Florida: Fla. Dems plan voter registration rallies after Charlottesville | Committee backing felon voting rights amendment adds $500K in July

Georgia: Fulton Co. reverses controversial changes to polling sites

Illinois: Rock Island Co. Clerk: Keep election & voter info offline | Lockport Twp. clerk announces candidacy for Will Co. clerk

Iowa: Cerro Gordo election system to be tested

Kentucky: Pike Co. man sentenced for election fraud

Massachusetts: Candidates seek oversight for upcoming elections |Springfield elections office hours extended

Michigan: Judge recuses herself in Macomb Co. clerk case | New vote tabulators ordered for county

Ohio: Special election on Cleveland arena would cost more than $760K

South Dakota: Secretary of state removes photo from website showing student wearing Confederate flag shirt

Texas: Missing ballots spur calls for auditable vote system | Lawmakers repeal nursing home voter fraud bill before it goes into law | Voting precincts could be no more in Wichita Co. | Commissioners approve application for county-wide vote centers | Commissioners close two polling places

Utah: Even with special election boost, county clerks expect low turnout for primary

West Virginia: Commission has 30-day window to appoint new clerk

Monday, 14 August 2017

August 12-14, 2017

Editor’s Note: Through Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: This system catches vote fraud and the wrath of critics | Researchers accidentally found one way to help kids grow up to be voters

Alabama: Machines tested, read for elections

California: Registrar responds to claims San Diego has more registered voters than eligible | Yolo Co. singled out for having 'illegal' voters | Whittier moves forward with April 2018 election, despite new CA law

Georgia: Floyd Co.'s chief of elections says hacking is serious issue | Fulton Co. to revote on closing polling locations | Georgians can relax a bit prior to busy election year | Meeting scheduled on proposed changes to Fulton Co. polling locations

Illinois: Delhaye excited about new position | Counties ay purges fixing 'excessive voter' claims

Indiana: Election board dispute could be curtains for early satellite voting

Massachusetts: Special election called for Milford

Michigan: Judges would select new clerk if Spranger removed | Berrien Co. communities getting new voting machines | Macomb clerk wants change of venue in lawsuit against county | Lansing, Eaton use software feds call unsafe | New law removes political symbols from ballot | Six months later, AG probe into double voting drags on | Election challenger files lawsuit against Detroit clerk, election commission

Minnesota: Voters Alliance plans to file suit get access to data

Montana: County election clerks criticize secretary of state

New Jersey: Uncounted ballots found at post office | Students should request vote-by-mail ballot before heading to school

North Carolina: County to receive new election equipment | Lawsuit keeps board of elections composition unchanged

Ohio: Butler Co. in need of 500 more poll workers for Election Day

South Dakota: SD voter data requested again by WH panel

Texas: Senate approves mail-in voter fraud bill, repealing nursing home law | Abbot signs bill tackling mail-in ballot fraud | Voter accuses investigators of tampering in mail-in ballot probe | County judge speaks on elections administrator's performance

Utah: State elections office provides clarification for Utah and Wasatch county voter | Push for unaffiliated voters to register at polls could delay primary results

Virginia: Let America Vote sets up shop in Manassas with scores of interns | Town clerk helps keep voter rolls accurate | Danville registrar moves locations

West Virginia: Cabell Co. Clerk Karen Cole dies

Friday, 11 August 2017

August 11, 2017

Editor’s Note: Through Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: State election officials to get security clearances for cyberthreat data | Russian cyberattack targeted elections vendor tied to voting day disruptions [VRSystems is an electionline underwriter.]

Alaska: Voting concerns among issues at Palmer city council meeting

Colorado: Colorado's new vote checks could help discover a vote hack | Former GOP chairman pleads not guilty to voter fraud

Delaware: Delaware urged to speed up hunt for new voting machines

Florida: Candidate sues for access to ballots from 2016 primary loss

Hawaii: Hawaii Supreme Court to hear Nakamoto lawsuit

Indiana: How the Indiana GOP used uneven early voting rules to tamp down on Democratic votes

Maine: Gov. says state secretary wrong on voter data request

Maryland: Rising Sun names members to election board

Michigan: Berrien Co. getting new voting machines | Why Grand Rapids lags behind Detroit, Lansing in new voting technology | Macomb Co. clerk invokes 5th Amendment in perjury complaint | Experts: Detroit Clerk should beware of challenger | County's 'test run' of new method of counting absentee ballots deemed a success | Election challenger: Detroit's votes may be poisoned | It 'will not happen again' | Flint councilwoman files for recount after losing seat by one vote

Minnesota: Lawsuit seeks broad access to MN voter data

Montana: State senator demands proof of voter fraud claims from secretary of state | County election officials, secretary of state clash over election security

Oregon: 'Fair, honest elections': Republicans ask Kate Brown to veto one-time election changes

Tennessee: First day of Knoxville early voting begins with 'best day in years'

Texas: Texas elections chief to AG: Criminal probe into 'borrowed' voters needed

Utah: Utah Co. starts official counting of vote-by-mail ballots

Virginia: Woodbridge voter office future uncertain again

West Virginia: 130K postcards sent by secretary of state's office to help clean up voter rolls | Wood Co. clerk provides window into election commission

Wyoming: Meet the new Uinta Co. clerk

Thursday, 10 August 2017

August 10, 2017

Editor’s Note: Through Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: The Latest: 14th state denies WH panel information | In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing 2020 election if president proposed it

Alabama: Lee Co. to hold poll watchers' workshop on Thursday

Arizona: Tucson contracts with Pima Co. to handle November election

Arkansas: County hears pitch to convert to voting centers | Five election centers proposed for Marion Co. | Photo ID runs smoothly this election

California: More voters than adults? Group makes dubious claim about California

Colorado: Weld Co. clerk and recorder's office introduces new equipment for security, efficiency

Hawaii: Hawaii, Kauai, Maui officials confirm they will provide minimal info to WH panel

Illinois: Three plan to seek Will Co. clerk's seat

Indiana: NAACP files suit challenging consolidation of Lake precincts | Republicans limit early voting in Marion Co., let it bloom in suburbs

Michigan: Voters happy with new voting machines

Missouri: First elections under voter ID law go smoothly, local officials say | Transition to photo voter ID smooth in Jasper Co. | Burks oversees first election, settles in as county clerk

Nevada: Washoe Co. to get new voting machines by end of the year

New York: How to register to vote in upcoming NYC primary, even if you're homeless

North Carolina: Blowing Rock commissioners vote against early voting site

Ohio: Low turnout a good test for new voting equipment | Poll workers essential to democracy | Russell's Old Town Hall unsuited as voting location

Pennsylvania: County gearing up for fall election

Texas: House gives initial approval to increasing penalties for mail ballot fraud | House approves one crackdown on mail-in ballot fraud, but pushes repeal of another

Utah: Primary ballot issues continue to plague Wasatch Co.

Washington: Auditor's office transitions won't impact elections

West Virginia: WV to comply with voter data request | Mailings aim to improve accuracy of voter information | Voter info updates needed

Wisconsin: Wisconsin election commission chair invites lawmakers to discuss voter data at Sept. meeting

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

August 9, 2017

Editor’s Note: Through Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: How states are handling the voter data request | Could voting fraud panel create an easy target for hackers? | Voter fraud commission continues to work despite lawsuits

Alabama: New technology to improve Marengo polling places

Colorado: In Boston, Colorado's elections chief emerges as tireless defender-in-chief of voting system

Georgia: Elections board votes on consolidation plan | ACLU sends notice of intent to sue over Thunderbolt voter challenges

Idaho: Idaho voters could opt out of releasing data under new bill

Maryland: Delay in controversial College Park non-citizen voting proposal | College Park debates whether non-citizens should be able to vote

Michigan: New voting machines are good, voter turnout bad for Detroit primary | New voting tabulators in use in Marquette Co. | Special election runs smoothly | Clerk Winfrey will battle surprise challenger | New voting machines used in 11 counties are 'better in so many ways' | Detroit primary marked by light turnout, minor voting glitches | Voters happy with new voting machines | Muskegon is one of 60 cities where voters cast ballots on new machines | Detroit misses self-imposed election results deadline | New voting equipment should speed up results

Missouri: Ashcroft swings by Mt. Vernon to tout new voting law | Missouri elections underway today with new voter ID requirements | New voter ID law presents changes at polls | Kansas City woman without ID told 'you can't vote.' She knew that was wrong | Mid-Missouri voters, poll workers say first photo ID election going smoothly | In first Missouri election requiring photo ID, no problems reported in KC area

New Jersey: NJ election officials mum on cooperation with data request

New York: Champion polling venue change upsets some | Local community leaders worry that voter info given to WH panel will deter registration | Protestors slam 'voter suppression' tactics in Queens neighborhood

Ohio: Justice Dept. sides with Ohio's purge of inactive voters in case headed to SCOTUS | Justice Dept. reverses stance on Ohio voter purge process

Texas: Early voting hours remain up in the air | City council votes 'lack of confidence' towards election administrator | Future of county primaries unclear

Virginia: Student sentenced to prison for voter fraud | Prince William is outgrowing its voting precincts

Washington: 3 auditor candidates step forward| Voter box bill puts strain on county

Tuesday, 08 August 2017

August 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: Through Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: Amid DHS leadership shuffle, voting systems remain vulnerable

Alabama: Jackson Co. seeks electronic poll books for elections

Arizona: Reagan vows to begin maintaining records of voter roll changes

Arkansas: Pulaski Co. prepares for new voter ID law | Franklin Co. voters get first look at voter ID law

California: Hacking the vote: Why voting systems aren't as secure as you might think

Florida: Ben & Jerry's backs Florida felon voting rights restoration | Bingo night causes Manatee Co. to lose voting location

Georgia: Legislators hold joint press conference on improper voter registration purge notices

Iowa: Linn Co. auditor believes risk from data release 'minimized'

Kansas: Commissioner questions Shawnee Co. voter canvass

Massachusetts: Hoping for fairytale ending after wedding band found in polling place

Michigan: Detroit's election problems draw attention and candidates to city clerk race | New voting machines ready for primary day in Michigan | Voter turnout in primary to be low, but could show promise, clerk says | Foes seek to capitalize on Detroit clerk's woes | New voting equipment in Ottawa Co.

Missouri: Ashcroft visits Troy to speak on voter ID changes | County clerk wants to ensure painless voting in Tuesday's election | Politically Speaking: Secretary of State Ashcroft on getting the word out about voter ID law | Columbia to hold special election that could cost more than revenue expected from proposition

Montana: Voter fraud allegations roil Montana elections officials

New Hampshire: Secretary of state to send scanned images of voter data | ACLU, state come to terms on release of voter data

North Dakota: ND Dems say state shouldn't share voter data

Tennessee: Galesburg election commission corrects error on voter cards

Texas: House panel approves three mail-in ballot fraud bills

Utah: Special election to cost Utah Co. $500K | Iron Co. preparing for Aug. 15 primary

Virginia: Danville registrar's office moving into larger space across street

Monday, 07 August 2017

August 5-7, 2017

Editor’s Note: From Monday August 7-Tuesday August 15, electionline will be operating in the Mountain Time Zone so daily postings will be available by 8am Eastern. We appreciate your patience.

National News: Voting machine hackers have 5 tips to save the next election | States ramping up defenses against election hacks | Administration stirs alarm over voter purges | LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, Aug. 6, 1965

Alabama: County must solicit bids for e-poll books

Arizona: Secretary of state vows to maintain voter notification records

Arkansas: In test of voter ID law, the jury is still out

California: Group says 11 counties may have more registered voters than eligible | Padilla still resists voter records request

Colorado: Model City: Denver cleaned up its voter rolls and boosted turnout

Florida: Broward voter rolls case has national implications | ACLU to help on voting rights restoration | Florida will pay $82K after losing vote-by-mail lawsuit

Guam: Election reform debated

Idaho: Denney sends voter commission public records form, bill

Illinois: Court rules on voting booth selfies | He wanted to take a ballot selfie but was told he couldn't. So he took it to court | Same-day voter registration challenge tossed back to lower court | Seventh Circuit upholds same-day registration

Iowa: Meet Deidre DeJear, candidate for secretary of state | Linn auditor investigating voter data release

Kansas: Kansas grandmother deported for voter fraud

Kentucky: Disabled Kentuckians had lowest voter turnout in 2016

Louisiana: Voter ID procedures create confusion

Maine: Maine regularly sells voter data it denied to feds

Maryland: Amid immigration battles, College Park considers giving noncitizens the right to vote

Massachusetts: Voter registration deadlines remain while judge's ruling is appealed | Greater Fall River election officials wary of same day registration

Michigan: Lansing tests new voting equipment | Lansing voters, meet your new voting machines | Detroit officials promise results by 10:30pm

Minnesota: Bloomington, St. Louis Park prepare for primary elections

Mississippi: Madison Co. officials are investigating possible voter fraud

New Hampshire: AG says Gardner is required by law to share NH voter data | Hearing set in challenge to voter fraud commission

New York: SBOE decision to hand over data sparks anger

Ohio: Attorney, council member say 2 elections commissioners must resign because of Cranley links

Tennessee: Free workshop aimed at improving voter engagement

Texas: Voting machine maker sues to block rival companies

Utah: Utah residents help officials vet new voting machines | Wastach, Utah county officials sort out special election ballot blunder | Ballot mix-up, municipal drop-outs increase Utah Co. taxpayers' cost to administer primary election

Vermont: Vermont continues to deny data request

West Virginia: Ex-workers in secretary of state's office sue over firings