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December 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017

December 15, 2017

National News: GOP bill scraps voter registration requirements for colleges

Alabama: Few problems arise at polls for local voters | Alabaster voter reports suppression at polling place

Georgia: Norwood may challenge Atlanta mayor's race in court after recount yields loss | No additional votes for Norwood in recount

Indiana: Woodall fills clerk position

Kansas: Two Democrats preparing campaigns for secretary of state

Nebraska: Voting rights activists say Nebraskans should 'fight like crazy' against voter ID laws

New Jersey: Proposed legislation could extend voting rights to convicted criminals | Report pushes granted convicted felons in NJ right to vote even behind bars

New Mexico: Getting the word out about ranked choice voting

New York: Online voter registration debate continues | Judge finalizes voter purge settlement

North Dakota: Fargo residents provide input on election reform

Ohio: Husted wants $118M to replace old Ohio voting equipment | Butler Co. elections board member to resign | Muskingum Co. BOE relocates

Pennsylvania: Somerset Co. weighing options for eventual replacement of voting machines | Clark no longer election chair, but still in office

Texas: County purchases new voting equipment for spring primary | County elections department seeking to make permanent countywide polling

Virginia: Republican delegate prevails in recount with 100-vote margin

West Virginia: Secretary of state's office developing program for new voter ID law | Commissioners hear about program for homeless voters

Wyoming: Secretary of state denies assault charges

Thursday, 14 December 2017

December 14, 2017

National News: Senator presses WH to improve election cyber protections | New tool offers unprecedented access to US election data

Alabama: AG says state didn't have time to preserve digital images | Commission takes first step to approve new voter registrations system | Senate special election recount could cost $1.5M | Alabama election official skeptical that outstanding ballots will affect outcome

California: New county voting system will expand services | Logan wins international electoral award

Colorado: Rise in Douglas Co. voter registration triggers precinct changes

Connecticut: Supreme Court to hear arguments in Bridgeport primary case

Florida: Committee backing voting restoration amendment raises $1.1M in November | Washington Co. approves precinct closures | New bill aims to restore voting rights

Georgia: Norwood alleges double voting, other irregularities in recount request

Illinois: Retiring clerk makes it official

Indiana: Adoption of vote centers by Hendricks Co. draws praise

Maryland: Myersville considers longer polling place hours, other changes

Michigan: Voting equipment verifies Meridian election | County and townships eye new election equipment

New Hampshire: Sununu opposition to new GOP voting bill unchanged after meeting with sponsor

New Mexico: City takes fight to NM Supreme Court

New York: Board of elections begins moving back process after damaging fire | Victor students learn ins and outs of voting | State Board of Elections official says city must move to IRV | Why Mark-Viverito is pushing for pal to get BOE gig

North Carolina: Macon LWV disbands: Members reflect on 27 years of work | 'If I knew I couldn't vote, I wouldn't have voted': Felon faces up to 2 years in prison for voting | Democrats file suit to revive judicial primaries

North Dakota: Native American group blasts ND voter ID law | Fargo residents provide input on election reform | City of Fargo looks into implementing new voting system | Mandan Republican announces bid for secretary of state

Ohio: Election officials trim polling place, gear up to buy machines | Election official charged with violating law rebuffs call for resignation

Pennsylvania: A tiebreaking day at elections office settles races

Tennessee: Election commission weighs paper ballots

Virginia: Virginia is holding recounts in four key races. Here's how they work

Washington: Counties fed up with unfunded mandates may sue the state

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

December 13, 2017

Alabama: Machine glitch, ballot confusion cause problems on election day in Alabama | Alabama won't keep digital voting records after special election | Election security experts questions Alabama's decision to destroy ballot copies | Feds in 'heightened posture' over hackers who may target today's elections | Some Mobile voters delayed by ID address concerns | Opelika high school teacher helps seniors register to vote | Legal challenge for Ala. felons could open door to more voters | Judge to DA, AG: Investigate Phenix City election | Alabama elections chief: 'Unlikely' Senate outcome changes | Secretary of state addresses electronic ballot preservation lawsuit | Judge says party declaration improperly required at Fort Decatur precinct

Florida: State looks to crack down on voter fraud | Seminole County wins international award

Illinois: DuPage voters to decide if election commission should stay or go | DuPage election commission merger question OK'd for spring ballot

Indiana: County readies for vote centers | Vigo elections board to meet Friday

Kansas: Garcia resigns as Finney Co. clerk

Kentucky: Mason reduces voting precincts

Louisiana: Bossier Parish to open additional early voting site|

New Hampshire: Sununu: 'I will never support anything that suppresses the student vote'

New York: Why Melania, Ivanka and Jared's mayoral election votes didn't count

North Dakota: Fargo's election reform task force seeks public input

Ohio: Marion Co. BOE member charged with trying to influence vote

Tennessee: Election commission goes to court in RCV controversy

Texas: Elections department seeks to extend countywide polling | Upshur Co. gets state approval for countywide polling places | Rogers police chief files election complaint

Virginia: Arlington Democrats to again press for satellite voting centers | Virginia elections commissioner supports 'appropriate' federal remedy for disputed 28th District House election

Wisconsin: Wisconsin voters are confused over ID law, professor tells election officials | Elections commissioner criticizes UW professor over ID study

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

December 12, 2017

Alabama: Judge orders Alabama not to destroy voting records in Tuesday's special election | Local officials expect above average turnout | That viral story about Alabama drivers license offices is from 2015, and it's missing one key point | 'We will not be bamboozled': Phenix City NAACP calls for voter fraud state investigation | District 4 voters will face two ballots, two lines

California: Senate recall could cost counties $2.6M

Colorado: Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, on the road | Weld Co. solicits public opinion on polling center locations

Florida: Want to fight voter fraud in Florida? Here's an easy way, experts say | Escambia Co. supervisor of elections launches revamped website

Georgia: FBI mum on Georgia's wiped election server | Reed demands Norwood retract voter fraud allegations

Idaho: Ousted city council member requests recount after coin toss decision

Illinois: Volunteers to ride community bus to register voters on West Side |

Maine: Winslow Town Council pushes back vote on special election for council seat

Maryland: Voter registration changes sought in 2018 General Assembly

Missouri: Time for new voting machines in Greene Co.

New Hampshire: Sununu says he opposes voting proposal

New Mexico: SF mayor proposes money, runoff for March ranked choice election

New York: Mark-Viverito confident she will win court battle over pick for election commission

North Dakota: ND seeking much fewer polling places, but people have lots of opportunities to vote

Ohio: Ashland Co. will receive $32,384 for conducting November election

Rhode Island: Former gubernatorial candidate renews call for probe into RI voter fraud

Tennessee: Cooper, Dickerson join to boost TN voter registration | Tennessee ranks last in voter turnout. How 2 lawmakers hope to change that

Wisconsin: Lawmakers push for recognition of tribal IDs

Monday, 11 December 2017

December 9-11, 2017

Arkansas: Faith Assembly of God Church closed as election day polling place | Election commission meeting spirals in to chaos

California: Napa Co. clerk-recorder John Tuteur to seek another term

Colorado: Cortez, Montezuma Co. prepare for 2018 elections

Florida: Entire Miami Dolphins team registers to vote | Judge: Not so fast on special elections | Ex-felons can't vote in Florida. Would you vote to change that?

Georgia: Is the FBI investigating Georgia's wiped server? | Mercer making sure students know that their vote matters | Court to decide if city can overrule voters

Illinois: County clerk reflects as retirement nears | Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant fights to protect voter information

Iowa: FBI seeks more on suspected double voting cases

Kansas: Kansas elections chief hopeful: Rival should quit GOP post

Louisiana: Early voting in Bossier Parish about to get a whole lot easier | Lafourche registrar spreads the word about elections

Maine: Ranked choice supporters collect petition signatures

Michigan: Clerk vote: 1 in 5 Detroit precincts can't be recounted | Kent Co. hires new election director | Date for special election set | Detroit recount ends with no changed results, lingering questions | Clerk recount over, Winfrey certified as winner

Missouri: New voting equipment to cost $850K over five years

Nevada: Voting machines to change | New election machines win county vote

New Hampshire: Fight looming in NH Senate over voting rights

New Mexico: A runoff after ranked choice? Mayor proposes ordinance

New York: More than a month after Election Day, one local race still up in the air

North Carolina: Elections board wants to use old Wake Co. maps for 2018 races | Judicial review filing in Winterville election expected this week

Ohio: Board of elections member accused of violating election laws | Elections board under scrutiny

Pennsylvania: Ties broken in 47 races from Mercer Co.

Texas: Longtime Harrison Co. clerk announces retirement

Washington: County seeks to recoup costs from new ballot drop box law

West Virginia: WV pushing teen voter drive

Wisconsin: Bill would allow electronic voting for in-person absentee ballots | Racine Co. gets new voting machines in time for December primary

Friday, 08 December 2017

December 8, 2017

National News: Members of WH commission speak to conservative group

Alabama: New voting machines for Montgomery Co.

Colorado: Former Colorado GOP chairman found guilty of voter fraud

Florida: Dolphins complete voter registration campaign

Georgia: A look at how election recounts work in Atlanta | Norwood seeks evidence of 'voter intimidation' in Atlanta mayor race | Absentee ballot delivered to Fulton Co. voters days after run-off elections end

Illinois: Illinois' Cook Co. says it can fix election hacking, if it just had the money | Lawsuit challenging Chicago election audit loses in landslide

Kansas: States raise security concerns about Crosscheck

Kentucky: 700 new voting machines will change how Louisville ballots are cast in 2018

Michigan: Poll location moving to city hall | Detroit city clerk makes pitch for $20K raise

Mississippi: Candidate finds anomaly in runoff election

Missouri: Jackson student designs new 'I Voted' sticker

Nebraska: Election technology in Nebraska is 'extremely behind,' senator says | Lincoln, Omaha want to keep own elections, not move timing

New Mexico: Procedural questions on ranked choice remain

New York: Lamm sentenced to 10 months in prison for voter fraud scheme

North Dakota: Burleigh Co. changing how people vote on Election Day

Ohio: Mayoral hopeful claims fraud, seeks new election | Cuyahoga Heights village council race determined by coin flip

Pennsylvania: York Co. plans changes | York Co. details lack of internal controls in post-election report

Virginia: Recount scheduled for Fredericksburg-area race

Wisconsin: UW-Rock County students aim to build a better ballot box | Judge declines punishment for ineligible La Crosse voter | Horicon felon fined for voting illegally

Thursday, 07 December 2017

December 7, 2017

National News: Senate Intel chair doesn't plan legislative push on election cyber

Alabama: Voting machines tested in Madison Co. | Gardendale voters will see new technology at the polls for special election | Absentee ballot applications are up for special election

Colorado: Pick a name, draw a card: How a peculiar Colorado law settled three tied elections this year

Florida: New Florida bill could help those with convictions restore voting rights | Community group suing Riviera Beach, supervisor of elections |

Georgia: The times they are a-changing: Fulton vote tally over before midnight | What it took for Fulton election results to go up before midnight | Recount in Atlanta mayor race could be next week

Iowa: State, local officials prepare for new voter ID law

Kentucky: Sen. Reggie Thomas pre-files bill to bring early voting to KY

Louisiana: Advisory panel hears concerns about state voting laws | Voting Rights: Differential access?

Michigan: Detroit's partial election recount goes into second day

Mississippi: Man indicted for voter fraud in Lowndes Co.

Montana: Secretary of state: Montana has no voter fraud issue

New Jersey: $50K milestone, expanded hours for Hunterdon Co. clerk

New York: Judge nixes council speaker's plot to put pal on elections board

North Carolina: Winterville election results heading to court

North Dakota: Secretary of state Al Jaeger has re-election plans | New voting stations give Burleigh Co. some options

Pennsylvania: York Co. plans changes to election process after confusion at the polls | Winning by a single vote? Happens all the time

Virginia: Va. Dems seek special election for Fredericksburg-area House race | Recount dates set

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

December 6, 2017

National News: House urging states to secure voting infrastructure before 2018 | WH election commission plans to create massive voter database

Alabama: Secretary of state says group misrepresenting voter information in ads | Sample ballots marked for Jones found in probate judge's office

Colorado: Ex-GOP chair blames diabetic episode for voter fraud | No quid pro quo in free pizza and rides to the polls, DA rules | Tied election decided by pulling name out of a bowl

Connecticut: City begins appeal of new primary ruling

Georgia: Atlanta race poised to move to recount | Gwinnett advocates push for Sunday voting

Guam: Election reform measure fails to pass

Idaho: Idaho launches new voter registration web portal

Iowa: Possible gas leak forces Cedar Rapids polling place to move

Kansas: Disabled Americans lost voting rights under Kansas law

Kentucky: State workers cost taxpayers $100K in false election leave claims

Louisiana: Secretary of state asking how much it will cost to change the way La. votes | New registrar sworn in

Massachusetts: Without primary date, Mass. stands along among states

Michigan: Governor reviewing special election | Detroit clerk's race: Absentee ballots 'unrecountable' in 3 precincts

Montana: No widespread voter fraud in Montana, secretary of state says

New Mexico: City hopes state Supreme Court settles legal questions of ranked choice | SF mayor: No improper, secret votes on ranked choice

New York: Judge orders last 3 ballots in Troy council race counted

North Carolina: Coding error caused Winterville voting problem

North Dakota: Grand Forks council holds off on voting site discussion

Ohio: County completes Bucyrus recount

Pennsylvania: Voters testify in gerrymandering trial in federal court

Tennessee: Instant runoff voting will get another vote in Memphis | Memphis council votes to revisit instant runoffs | Date set for next year's election

Texas: Texas defends revamped, 'common-sense' voter ID law in court | Appeals Court weighs intent of Texas' voter ID law

Tuesday, 05 December 2017

December 5, 2017

National News: Lawyers for election commission respond to lawsuit

Alabama: Ineligible voters remain on voter list ahead of Phenix City runoff | Concerns about voter intimidation ahead of special election

Florida: No explanation why Riviera Beach recall was thrown out

Georgia: Kemp highlights efficiency and security in voter registration | Gwinnett residents urge commissioners to keep Sunday voting in 2018 budget

Guam: Election reform bill fails

Iowa: Secretary of state to mail 123K new voter ID cards this week | New state-issued voter ID cards going out in the mail

Michigan: Recount to start Tuesday in Detroit city clerk race

Minnesota: Mail-in only balloting option to be used by some areas of Fillmore Co.

Mississippi: Lincoln Co.'s Montgomery voting precinct is moving down the road

Montana: Stapleton, clerks to meet, talk voter fraud survey

New Mexico: City to pursue dual track on ranked-choice voting | SF council makes split decision on ranked-choice voting

North Dakota: Secretary of State Al Jaeger may have challenger

Ohio: Board of elections moves to Market St.

Pennsylvania: Debate over voting in Northampton Co. schools pushed back to January | Philly man wins election with just one vote--his own

Texas: Texas back in court on 'discriminatory' voter ID law | Texas heads back to federal appeals court in long-winding voter ID fight

Washington: Pierce Co. says changes made after 152 ballots went uncounted in August primary

West Virginia: County looks at potentially buying new voting software

Wisconsin: UW-Madison scholar will use Marshall Scholarship to further voting rights research

Monday, 04 December 2017

December 2-4, 2017

National News: Nine companies that want to revolutionize voting technology | How to use Facebook to nudge low propensity voters to the polls

Arkansas: Tempers flare at election commission meeting | Election commission meeting about closing polling place

California: New voting system for county

Colorado: Secretary of state talks primary elections in Durango

Florida: Elections office earns nation recognition

Georgia: Metro Atlanta voters are being asked to the polls more and more

Illinois: Schools seek reimbursement for election costs

Indiana: Newton recognized by secretary of state

New Mexico: Ruling leaves city to figure out details of ranked choice voting

New York: Manhattan Dems sue over elections board pick

North Carolina: Colored pens and coin tosses used to settle tied elections

North Dakota: As total voting sites drop, do elections suffer?

Ohio: Crawford Co. BOE recounting council race ballots | A look at who foots the bill for holding elections | Two of three recounts completed in Jefferson Co.

Oregon: Former Oregon secretary of state files elections complaint against current secretary of state

Pennsylvania: Dinniman recognized Conestoga students on 85 percent voter registration | Post-election check finds more ballots

Virginia: Judge orders recount in supervisor election | Third Democratic House candidate files for recount

Washington: Where did all the voters go? Record low turnout in last election | Close Wapato mayor race remains undecided amid disputed ballots

Wisconsin: Dems push for new hires at Wisconsin election commission