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October 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

October 31, 2017

Alabama: 380 voters suspected of crossover voting in Jefferson Co.

Colorado: Polling booths are now open for Mesa Co. local elections

Florida: Hundreds of ballots came too late to swing razor-thin GOP state House primary

Georgia: Some major Atlanta school districts will close on Election Day | Kemp applying for federal security clearance

Illinois: Controversial cuts to election funding restored

Kentucky: Fall out from BOE firings

Maryland: Mayoral candidates debate absentee voting

Michigan: Secretary of state reminds voters about new election equipment

Minnesota: How ranked choice voting could impact the 2017 Minneapolis elections

Missouri: Commission looks to purchase new voting machines

New Hampshire: Bill gives state power to postpone local elections | AG issues cease and desist order to stop election day raffles

New York: Albany pols call on state, local officials to probe absentee ballots

Ohio: Sheriff's department investigation finds faulty door likely reason Cuyahoga Co. voting office was found unlocked | Days before election, Greene Co. is short about 200 poll workers

Pennsylvania: 4 election workers charged with fraud, voter intimidation

South Dakota: Elections board endorses electronic voting system law change

Texas: If you vote on Halloween, leave the mask at home | VIA to offer free rides on Election Day | Burnet Co. elections office moves to courthouse square | Before you head to the polls in Harris Co., check your t-shirt

Utah: Utah Co. vote-by-mail turnout on track; Salt Lake Co. behind projections

Virginia: Polling place change announced for one Roanoke Co. precinct

Monday, 30 October 2017

October 28-30, 2017

National News: States struggle to upgrade aging voting equipment | High Court delays voter-purge case due to lawyer's medical leave

Alabama: Democrats want to ditch new crossover voting law | Ousted Brighton mayor to fight for voting rights

Arkansas: Investigation into alleged Shady Grove voter fraud closed

California: UC to create online voting portals, centralized polling stations

Florida: Voting rights effort finds a new venue in constitution commission | Seminole Co. residents still flooded out by Irma

Guam: Primary election bill sent back to committee

Indiana: Indiana accused of using flawed data to purge voters | IN secretary of state accused of violating federal election laws

Kentucky: Grimes responds to fired elections staffer's accusations

Massachusetts: Longmeadow to use e-poll books for election check-in

Michigan: New voting equipment passes test runs | Michigan gets new voting machines | New user-friendly voting machines unveiled | Michigan resisting challenge to ban on straight-party voting | Judge OKs restraining order against Macomb clerk

Minnesota: Little seeks to make voting easier

Mississippi: Secretary of state visits PHS to 'Promote the Vote'

Missouri: St. Louis City workers testing more than 300 voting machines | Boone Co. Dems name office in honor of Wendy Noren

New Hampshire: Democrats allege Gatsas encouraging voters to break law governing use of absentee ballots

New York: Judge dismisses Yorktown clerk's lawsuit over polling locations

North Carolina: Need a reminder why you should vote? Ask loser of coin flip | Working the polls leads to long days

Ohio: High Court delays voter-purge case due to lawyer's medical leave | Cuyahoga Co. elections officials reviewing 'irregularities' surrounding ballot requests | Voters will see new sign-in at polls

Pennsylvania: County election safe from hacking, director says | Mercer Co. BOE preparing for election day | Conestoga high new voters achieve successful registration drive | Bill would allow Pa. soldiers to vote online

South Carolina: Ex-Anderson mayor sued over ballot dust-up

Texas: Travis Co. Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir reflects on implementing countywide voting centers | Candidate granted restraining order in lawsuit against Donna | Some Texans will have a different way to vote--but only in the Nov. 7 election | Early voting continues, but turnout lowest since 2011

Utah: Utah Co. makes changes to avoid vote-by-mail glitches faced in primary | A polygamous town is having an election people are 'hopeful it's going to be fair'

Virginia: LWV stalwart lauded by Fairfax board of supervisors

Washington: Sheriff recommends 4 voter fraud cases for prosecution | More drop boxes, but are more people voting because of it?

West Virginia: Advocate says hacking, social media the new forms of voter suppression

Friday, 27 October 2017

October 27, 2017

National News: GAO to investigate voter fraud commission | Lawmakers debate how states should maintain voter registration rolls | Kobach transcript: Changes to US election law discussed | Some states look to feds for help replacing old voting equipment | Gardner says election commission staff 'overwhelmed'

Alabama: Jefferson Co. probate judge says crossover not actual votes

Arizona: Cochise Co.: Some voters didn't get mandatory pamphlets

Arkansas: Election commission confirms Elliott as coordinator

Colorado: Logan Co. clerk preps for election

Florida: Judge denies Miami candidate's request to issue new ballots

Georgia: Georgia election server wiped after suit | Kemp starts probe after data on Ga. election computer destroyed

Guam: Senators pass 8 bills

Indiana: State chairman: Election reform next Democratic priority

Kansas: New voting machines familiar, but better

Kentucky: 'Politically motivated and spurious.' Grimes denies allegations of misusing voter data | County waiting on computer precinct rosters

Maine: Analysis: Maine encourages everyone to vote, including prisoners and the homeless

Michigan: Long-shot recounts would get pricey for candidates under bill nearing final passage | This is a drill: Poll worker training in Detroit | Vote in the next election with an absentee ballot | House panel OKs new rules after Stein's halted recount

Minnesota: Hennepin Co. voters to check in using iPads

Montana: Commissioners will continue to appoint elections administrator

Nebraska: Sutherland recall election will by mail only | Bev Sack: Longtime county official integral in many services

New Jersey: NJ Assembly holds hearing to address security concerns | NJ to replace thousands of aging voting machines

North Carolina: Appeal denied, early voting will happen at App State | Attorney accuses poll worker of harassment

Ohio: Poll workers trained on new system | BCC increases poll worker pay

Pennsylvania: Township to use paper ballots for Nov. 7 election due to programming problem

South Carolina: Lawmakers vote to mandate general elections for single-candidate races starting in 2018 | Single candidate race for council chairman cost $30K-$40K

Tennessee: Stewart Co. election commission re-opens application process for elections administrator

Utah: Mark Thomas moves from the Utah elections office to Senate

Virginia: Convicted felon prepares to vote for first time after rights restored

Washington: State's high court says recall effort can move forward

West Virginia: Area seniors try new touch screen voting machine

Wisconsin: Dane Co. board to call on state leaders to suspend voter ID law

Thursday, 26 October 2017

October 26, 2017

National News: Democrats on voter fraud commission urge leaders to be more transparent | 'Nothing going on' with voter fraud commission due to multiple lawsuits

Alabama: Secretary of State: 5-year prison sentences for intentional crossover voters | Senate race has cost $6 per vote locally

Arizona: Report: Secretary of state broke law in late mailing of ballot brochures | Election pamphlet blunder prompts calls for secretary of state to step down

California: Working to secure Siskiyou voter information and election integrity | Lawsuit seeks to curb California Voting Rights Act | Accessible vote by mail system comes to San Mateo Co.

Colorado: Voters who withdrew registrations can re-register | Boulder Co. election HQ offer tours | Younger voters lag behind in mailing back ballots | Chaffee Co. clerk: 'We appreciate our local post office'

Florida: With a few hiccups, online voter registration up and running | In a rare case of election fraud, Palm Coast felon is jailed for casting illegal ballot | Advocacy group pushes for felons' voting rights

Georgia: No Saturday voting offered this year | Dead voters reanimate zombie politics

Guam: Lawmakers vote on bill to eliminate primary elections

Illinois: Aurora city council backs election commission referendum

Indiana: $1.9M plan for voting machines pitched in Porter Co.

Kentucky: Fired elections staffer alleges Grimes improperly gathered voter data during campaigns

Michigan: MSP raid in Hamtramck centers around possible voter fraud

New Hampshire: Rochester to be test site for new electronic voter check-in

New Jersey: Panel to hold hearing on security of voting machines

New York: Voter registration purge lawsuit settled by NYC BOE

North Carolina: Deputy called to Scotland Co. BOE after problems at polls

North Dakota: Burleigh Co. proposes significant reduction in polling sites

Ohio: Cleveland grand jury rejects charges against 17 identified in illegal voting probe | BOE: Ballots safe

Pennsylvania: Lawmakers host public hearing on illegal voting | Pennsylvania finds 544 possibly illegal ballots since 2000 | Raucous committee meeting leaves Pa. lawmakers at odds over illegal voting

South Carolina: State reviews election complaints

Texas: Early elections kick off with new equipment

Utah: Voter rolls lawsuit still active, even if election fraud commission isn't

Virginia: More than $1M spent on new voting equipment in Norfolk | New voting equipment sets Washington, Co. back more than $100K

West Virginia: WV election commission OKs voter IDs for voters without IDs

Wisconsin: Dane Co. board proposes resolution to suspend voter ID law

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

October 25, 2017

National News: State officials press Congress for more election cyber resources | BuzzFeed sues Kobach over denial of records requests | What's become of the president's voter fraud commission? Even some of its members aren't sure | Experts: Citizen's data at risk in hands of voting commission

Alabama: Probate judge says voters shouldn't be prosecuted for crossing over | Merrill's office not ready to release names of crossover voters | Seven crossover votes reported locally, 647 statewide

Arkansas: State land commissioner seeks secretary of state's office

California: State audit probes reasons behind Santa Clara Co. repeated election errors

Connecticut: Connecticut's chief election official addresses voting rights

Florida: Broward needs to trim its voting lists, group tells judge | Fort Lauderdale moves election date

Guam: Election reform may depend on governor

Illinois: 'Embarrassing' data leak will never happen again, official says

Iowa: Auditor's office seeks to clarify voter law changes | Pate discounts Russian involvement in Iowa election

Kansas: Paper wins at ballot box | County OKs purchase of new equipment for upcoming election | GOP chairman Kelly Arnold wants Kris Kobach's job

Kentucky: Board of elections dismisses director, assistant director | Top officials at SBOE fired without being told why

Maine: After Legislature delays ranked-choice voting, push for people's veto is on

Massachusetts: Clerk: No early voting for Framingham city election

Michigan: County secures new election tabulators

Minnesota: Winona Co. to apply for money to improve election process

Nebraska: Platte Co. official Diane Olmer honored by state

New Jersey: County clerk announces mobile elections app upgrade

New York: BOE to admit it purged 200K from rolls | Exhibit, talk celebrate 100 years of women voting in New York | Local students recognized for women's suffrage research | Red flag raised on increase number of absentee ballots

North Carolina: Watauga Co. voting rights task force protest at App State

Ohio: Absentee ballot requests exceeding expectations | Ohio elections chief says absentee ballot requests on rise

Texas: First-day election turnout is low, officials say | Superintendents pledge to increase voter registration of students | Candidate for Dallas Co. commissioner asks judge to remove election official | Can't find your usual polling place? Here's why

Virginia: Absentee voting underway as Tazewell Co. debut new machines

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

October 24, 2017

National News: Supreme Court to decide when state voter purges cross the line | Democrats on WH voter commission say there' in dark about what it's doing

Alabama: Madison Co. Democratic Party speaks out after hundreds of names are turned over to prosecutors for cross-over voting | Local District Attorney will decide if hundreds of accused crossover voters will be prosecuted

California: Injunction sought that would freeze switch to voting by district | Postal worker who threw out Berkeley voter guides found guilty | Sonoma Co.'s November election will be mail-in only

Connecticut: Error forces reprint of some absentee ballots in Stamford

Georgia: Georgia test drives paper voting machines | Lost in translation: Gwinnett Co. voters unhappy with Spanish voting material

Maine: Legislature delays and potentially repeals ranked-choice voting

Michigan: New voting equipment gets positive feedback

Minnesota: What is ranked-choice voting? | A closer look at ranked choice voting

Missouri: How Missouri is handling data request

Nevada: Cegavske running for second term

New Jersey: Campaign seeks to turn voters with disabilities into powerful force | Murphy: President threatens voter rights. I'll massively expand them in NJ

North Carolina: Elections board dismisses historic eligibility case | Local legislators talk override of Cooper veto of election reform

North Dakota: Fargo commission delays action on election reform proposals

Ohio: Supreme Court to decide when state voter purges cross the line | Was county guard sleeping outside elections HQ?

Tennessee: Memphis council may challenge instant runoffs with referendum

Texas: Convenient change for registered voters | 45 polling stations making early balloting available in Harris Co.

Virginia: Gillespie goes after Northam with TV ad on felon rights restoration

Washington: Watch King Co.'s striking new videos prodding people to vote

West Virginia: Fayette clerk gets national award for voter registration

Monday, 23 October 2017

October 21-23, 2017

National News: Presidential voter fraud commission criticized by own members for lack of transparency | A tale of two efforts to improve confidence in US elections | Dems to hear from state officials on election security | More than a dozen states still refuse to release voter data

Alabama: State will give names of crossover voters to prosecutors

California: New voter registration rules help latecomers | Bills mount as cities switch to district elections | Walnut Creek attorney announces candidacy for secretary of state

Colorado: Secretary of state discusses election changes

Connecticut: Rossi campaign files complaints alleging absentee ballot fraud in West Haven election

Florida: In Florida, felons want voting rights back as soon as they complete their sentences

Illinois: Voter advocates push Illinois to exit multistate database | A push for voting changes

Indiana: County mulls voting machine upgrade | Plea deal possible in voter fraud case | Polling locations may be reduced

Louisiana: Schedler proposes appointments to reduce special elections

Maine: Dunlap criticizes voter fraud commission's lack of transparency

Maryland: SBOE to allow release of precinct by precinct results

Massachusetts: Worcester registers, pre-registers 592 students

Michigan: Montcalm Co. clerk's office closed 2 days per week due to budget cuts

Minnesota: Early voting draws thousands in Minneapolis city election

Mississippi: Circuit Clerk's office prepares for special election

New Jersey: Eagleton study finds uptick in voter turnout at Rutgers

New York: Voters shun profusion of local primary elections

North Carolina: Why don't Duke students vote in local elections?

North Dakota: Fargo city leaders discuss ballot measures to reform elections

Ohio: He didn't vote in a few elections. In the next one, Ohio said he couldn't

Pennsylvania: Effort to address Allegheny Co. voting machine vulnerabilities faces hurdles

Tennessee: Election commissioners talk budget| Stewart Co.'s next administrator of elections will come from pool of 14 applicants | Galesburg election commission adds new staffer

Texas: Commissioners Court approves consolidating voting locations

Utah: Navajo case challenging Utah mail-in ballots heads to trial

Virginia: In Dillwyn, lots of candidates, but none on the ballot

Friday, 20 October 2017

October 20, 2017

California: City faces lawsuit over elections | Judge rules against former councilman in his election lawsuit | New voting model coming to county

Colorado: Ballot drop boxes make it easier than ever to cast your vote

Connecticut: Allegations of forgery over absentee ballots surface in West Haven

Florida: Does this candidate's last name start with a G or T? she's suing to change the ballot

Georgia: Floyd BOE prints in-house ballots to improve voter experience

Illinois: Innovative student voter model earns national recognition | Move revived to disband Aurora election commission | Study support consolidation of Winnebago Co. clerk and recorder offices

Indiana: County mulls voting machine upgrade | Secretary of state congratulates county on vote center plan | Lawmakers push for election day registration, no-excuse absentee voting | Election panel recommends changes to improve voting access

Kansas: Douglas Co. mailer drives huge increase in advance voting interest for upcoming elections

Louisiana: Recount changes just one vote

Maine: Believers, doubters square off on ranked-choice | Ranked-choice law still needs 16 amendments for proper implementation

Michigan: Voters vet new voting equipment

Minnesota: Douglas Co. exploring system to speed up voting

New Jersey: Union Co. clerk offers extra opening for vote-by-mail | Gujarati language now featured on NJ elections site

New York: City launches pilot program to hire Russian-speaking poll workers | Milton election inspector fired over lawn sign

North Carolina: Judge issues temporary stay on Plemmons early voting site

Ohio: Decker appointed to board of elections

Oklahoma: Resignations, accusations and death create 8 legislative openings

Pennsylvania: Westmoreland voting machines declared election-ready | Washington Co. seeks election day workers; two polling places change | Boileau re-hired by county to work election

Texas: LWV to study cybersecurity of Harris Co. elections

Thursday, 19 October 2017

October 19, 2017

National News: Dems want probe of WH voter fraud commission

California: Conservative group sets sights on state's Voting Rights Act

Colorado: Colorado's Michael Bennet calls for investigation into WH voter panel | Griswold outraises Williams in secretary of state's race

Georgia: Georgia must keep voter registration open until 30 days before election, federal judge rules | Officials investigating post allegedly offering free gas to voters

Illinois: Advocates threaten to block McLean Co. election consolidation effort | Group seeks end of Aurora election commission

Indiana: Mall vote center replaced

Kansas: New machines to make voting easier

Maine: Maine's member of WH voter fraud commission decries 'vacuum of information'

Massachusetts: Judge rejects bid to toss suit on voting rights in Lowell | While proven popular, early voting not allowed in upcoming town election

Michigan: Local residents can try out next generation voting equipment | Livingston Co. commissioners recognize Ruth Munzel

Nevada: District court judge's comments on felons voting raises questions

North Carolina: Early voting kicks off Thursday; County to test paper ballots | Voting machines delayed

Ohio: Washington Co. poll workers training for Nov. 7

Rhode Island: Embattled ex-RI BOE head Kando files new suit in state court

Texas: Challenge to Texas voter ID law should be over, AG argues | Emails reveal Dallas Co. elections administrator soliciting favors from vendors

Utah: Mark Thomas named new Utah Senate chief of staff

West Virginia: Women's voting league talks polling

Wisconsin: 50+ years in prison for man after sexual assault of poll worker

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

October 18, 2017

National News: Conflict mounts inside voting fraud commission in the wake of child porn arrest | A death and more questions for president's voter fraud commission

Arkansas: Arkansan on voter fraud commission dies at 52

California: Majority of Pasadena council supports shifting election dates

Connecticut: Bridgeport ordered to hold 2 elections

Florida: Online voter registration form may violate law that created it, elections chief says

Illinois: McLean Co. board chair seeks input on election functions

Iowa: Linn Co. considers $227K in voting equipment upgrades

Louisiana: Rare recount on tap in New Orleans city council race

Maine: Lawmakers at odds over voter-approved ranked-choice voting

Massachusetts: Judge rejects city attempt to dismiss Lowell voting rights suit

Maryland: Washington Co. pitches building near senior center for early voting

Michigan: Poll workers learn about new machines | Your voting experience at the polls should run smoother in Michigan | Jocelyn Benson enters Michigan secretary of state race | Benson launches SOS run with 30-minute guarantee

Mississippi: Supervisors consolidate polling precincts

Montana: Ballots for Missoula election to be mailed Wednesday

Nevada: Lawsuit seeks to strike down Nevada's recall election laws

New York: Yates Co. thanks election workers

Ohio: Husted names Decker to board of elections

Pennsylvania: Poll workers needed

Tennessee: Rulings issued in Bluff City election law violation case

Texas: How the TX redistricting lawsuit outlived a voter who sued | ADA repairs for vote center cost more than expected

Virginia: Getting ready for election day

Washington: Wyman pushing to move up presidential primary | Eight new drop boxes installed before ballots mailed

West Virginia: WV AG says election pamphlet law unconstitutional | Road vote in Kanawha decided by 11 percent of voters, cost $218K

Wisconsin: Wisconsin election official blames AG for keeping him from talking about gerrymandering