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January 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January 31, 2018

National News: Wanted: A firewall to protect US elections | States get policy help in securing the 2018 vote

Arizona: All mail voting system a success for Maricopa Co.

California: Old voting machines are 'biggest threat' to California elections | Budget subcommittee, registrar of voters agree on new proposal for June election funding | Nevada Co. supervisors to examine $258K increase for June primary

Connecticut: Former New Fairfield first selectman to run for secretary of state

Illinois: Sen. Hastings pushes to stop Illinois' participation in Crosscheck

Indiana: Porter commissioners reject plan to reduce number of polling places for primary

Iowa: Iowa's new voter ID law goes into effect | Top administrator is out at Iowa secretary of state's office | Cerro Gordo supervisors approve rental space for counting absentee ballots

Kentucky: Proposal would allow voters to fill vacant Metro Council seats

Massachusetts: Over 8K inactive voters being dropped in Lowell

Minnesota: Grants for new elections equipment to make voting more secure, easier and faster

Mississippi: Secretary of state's office earns awards for web creativity, leadership in cybersecurity

Nebraska: While voter ID is pushed in Legislature, county election officials say voter fraud not an issue | Omahan Spencer Danner to run for secretary of state

New Hampshire: Governor's Millennial Council may take a stand on voting rights

New York: Officials urge state to change primary election due to Rosh Hashanah conflict

North Carolina: Governor's office orders elections boards to refrain from 'substantive action' after court ruling | Cooper seeks fast movement following elections board ruling

North Dakota: Democratic challenger says he would modernize, stream line secretary of state's office

Ohio: Elections board commissioners attend demo | Elections board approves pay raises | Morgan sues board of elections

Pennsylvania: County seeking OK to consolidate Steelton voting districts

Texas: Elections department asks, 'Are you correctly registered to vote?'

Utah: Attorneys seek more than $3M in legal fees for voting rights case

Vermont: Condos joins national group

Virginia: Obenshain voter bill passes Senate

West Virginia: County to consolidate voting precincts

Wisconsin: Electronic poll books may debut in August | DMV issues information on how to obtain free ID for voting | Voters should expect some changes to city's polling places for 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January 30, 2018

National News: Democrats seek subpoena for DHS info on election hacking | Can election security be fixed in time for the 2018 vote?

Colorado: County officials address changes to next election cycle | Colorado's first year of open, mail-in primaries will be an unprecedented experiment

Florida: Special election will cost taxpayers $350K for 9-month term

Georgia: Georgia weighs constitutional amendment making English official language

Guam: Bill combines voter registration, driver's license process

Illinois: Clark promoted participation at polls for 3 decades

Indiana: Voting aids available to the elderly and those with disabilities | Ball State professor campaigning to run for secretary of state | County gears up for primary

Kentucky: Eighth state quietly quit free anti-voter fraud program over security concerns and 'unreliable' results | Secretaries of state in WV and KY arm candidates with cybersecurity playbook

Maryland: Salisbury BOE debuts new facility with open house

Michigan: County hires new elections coordinator

Minnesota: Secretary of state announces $7M for new election equipment

Mississippi: Delay looks likely for county precinct consolidation

Montana: New Missoula Co. elections administrator brings experience to post

New York: Latimer Garden polling place in Flushing will be restored

North Carolina: Election calendar, management unclear 2 weeks before filing| Board of elections says good-bye

North Dakota: Secretary of state race becomes competitive

Tennessee: Grant aims to boost African American voter turnout

Texas: Webb Co. elections committee appoints interim elections administrator | County clerk reports 'tons' of ballot-by-mail requests | Starr Co. woman faces voter fraud charges

Virginia: Senate passes voter ID bill linking poll books with DMV photos

West Virginia: Secretaries of state in WV and KY arm candidates with cybersecurity playbook | Wood Co. commissioners approve move of polling places

Monday, 29 January 2018

January 27-29, 2018

National News: 5 ways election interference could (and probably will) worsen | States, counties seek voting tech upgrades amid security concerns | Group sues for communications with voter fraud panel | Felony disenfranchisement bars millions from voting. That might be about to change | When a t-shirt gets you in trouble at the voting booth

Alaska: Anchorage will soon hold its first mail election. Here's what will change

Arkansas: Vote centers in Marion Co. debated

California: If you don't vote in California, will they take you off the rolls?

Colorado: County officials address changes to next election cycle

Connecticut: Supreme Court orders 3rd primary for Bridgeport

Florida: With voting rights on ballot, advocates drop similar proposal | Top-two election system clears constitutional panel

Georgia: Proposal for paper ballots over touch screens sparks fireworks at capitol

Idaho: Two Canyon Co. precincts get new polling locations | Bill to decrease age for appointment on election boards

Illinois: McCall to replace Mullins as county clerk

Indiana: Voters urged to verify registration | Addition of south-side site means early satellite voting will return this year

Louisiana: National group joins fight to repeal four-decade-old La. law on felons voting

Maine: Advocates of ranked choice voting mount campaign to override legislative delay

Maryland: Rockville mulls vote-by-mail | Election officials confused about Baltimore Co. school board race

Massachusetts: Local clerks weigh in on early voting | Massachusetts inches toward election day voter registration

Michigan: New equipment makes it easier for those with disabilities to cast a ballot | Why a new coalition is calling for election reform in Michigan

Minnesota: When a t-shirt gets you in trouble at the voting booth

Mississippi: Aberdeen police dept. launches investigation into alleged voter fraud

Montana: North Carolinian next Missoula Co. elections administrator | Missoula Co. picks new elections administrator

New Hampshire: Local lawmaker proposes online voter registration | NH Election Chief: Voters should have to claim residency to participate

New York: Report finds barriers to voting in some neighborhoods

North Carolina: Supreme Court sides with Cooper in fight over NC elections board | In power struggle with GOP lawmakers, Cooper wins election board revamp lawsuit | Judge refuses to delay legislative districts | Green Co. elections board ponders sending mail-in ballots to all registered voters

Ohio: Husted's tweets about close elections are accurate | GOP secretary of state contenders talk electoral security

Pennsylvania: Election officials brace for changes

South Carolina: SC eyes steps to safeguard your vote from hackers | Some polling places move in Laurens Co. due to accessibility

Texas: Elections officer Parker says farewell to county | Professionals stress voter registration, need for volunteers

Virginia: Chris Piper named commissioner of Virginia elections | After race that ended in a drawing, Va. election law changes advance

Wisconsin: GOP lawmakers will appoint elections chief if commission doesn't act

Friday, 26 January 2018

January 26, 2018

National News: Democratic group will spend $5M to elect secretaries of state, the latest front in 'voting wars'

Florida: Scotts office raps Broward's 'unacceptable' ballot destruction

Georgia: A cutting new fight over paper ballot erupts in Ga. governor race | Fulton Co. will fund election fixes in budget

Illinois: Tiana McCall appointed Winnebago Co. clerk

Indiana: Election board to invest in new voting equipment | Marion Co. election board looks to expand voting options in 2019 | Lawmakers look to open absentee voting to all

Kansas: Kobach pulls personal ID info from state website after Gizmodo report | Kobach announces plan to enhance sensitive voter data security

Kentucky: Proposed Senate Bill 4 aims to move state elections to even years

Massachusetts: Galvin proposes same-day registration for Mass. | Zakim raises nearly $108K for secretary of state bid

Missouri: New voter ID cards issued

Montana: Missoula Co. still needs more election judges

New Hampshire: Online voter registration in NH? Secretary of state's open to studying it | NH lawmakers reviewing voter registration bills

New York: Latimer Gardens polling site to reopen in Flushing

Ohio: Mahoning Co. elections board taking steps to rebuild reputation

Pennsylvania: Little named county's new director of elections and voter services

South Dakota: Lawmakers approve changes untouched for counties on voter confirmation process

Tennessee: Vote buying trial moved again

Texas: Cameron Co. workers prepare for primary election | What happens now to the Webb Co. elections administrator job? | Dallas Co. candidate drops suit seeking to remove elections chief

Virginia: After 'chaos' of 2017, General Assembly looks to overhaul election laws | Local lawmakers to lead group to address election problems | Senate, House to convene interim committee to address election concerns

Washington: State bills allowing same-day voter registration, local redistricting move ahead

Wisconsin: Fitzgerald says lawmakers may name new election chief, heightening showdown with bipartisan commission

Thursday, 25 January 2018

January 25, 2018

Arizona: Do all-mail elections disenfranchise homeless and disabled voters?

Arkansas: State official talks Marion Co. vote centers | County closes 4 voting sites

California: Lose your home in the fires? Don't forget to update your voter registration | Elections office urging voters displaced by Sonoma fires to update voter registration info | Nevada Co. supervisors oppose $300K for new voting method

Colorado: Longtime ethics watchdog formally enters race for Denver clerk as other notables consider jumping in

Florida: Special election for half-cent sales tax could cost over $800K

Georgia: Paper ballot push gets boost with support of lt. governor | Hall may not have choice on bilingual ballots

Indiana: Porter Co. plans to cut polling places, add new equipment | Marion Co. to expand early voting, switch to vote centers in 2019 | Marion Co., Ind. to move to vote centers, expand early voting

Massachusetts: With a commitment to social justice, upstart secretary of state candidate travels to Berkshires

New Hampshire: House committee takes up voter registration proposals

New Mexico: Whitaker announces candidacy for Lincoln Co. clerk

New York: Lawmakers are pushing for voting reforms

Ohio: Belmont Co. readies for primaries | Hearing set in election-fraud lawsuit | After mistake, Mahoning elections board makes changes

Pennsylvania: Overheard at Philly polling place: No GOP votes 'on my machine!'

Texas: Webb Co. elections administrator resigns

Virginia: Lawmakers propose runoff elections, not bowls and film canisters, as new way to break ties

Wisconsin: Bipartisan panel reappoints state election chief, defying GOP Senate vote to oust him | Elections commission to keep ousted chief on the job

Wyoming: Amid sexual allegations, secretary of state ends 2018 hopes

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

January 24 ,2018

National News: House Dems ask DHS for details for voter fraud investigation takeover

Alabama: House passes bill to end Senate special elections

Arizona: Maricopa Co.'s first mail-in only voting 'overwhelming success'

Arkansas: Vote centers topic for Quorum Court

California: Nevada Co. supervisors oppose $300K for new voting method

Colorado: County clerks face unique challenges this year

Connecticut: Bridgeport primary off until court rules on alleged election meddling

Florida: Floridians will vote this fall on restoring voting rights to 1.5M felons | You can't vote early on campus. Here's what a UF group is doing to change that | Special election to cost $1M

Georgia: Bilingual ballots could be a six-figure proposition for county

Illinois: Lake Co. clerk race: Community organizer, retired teacher vie for Democratic nomination

Indiana: 2015 Jeffersonville city council election could have second recount

Kansas: Crosscheck expected to return in February

Massachusetts: Early voting pays dividend in Cohasset | Early voting comes at a cost for cities and towns

Michigan: Groups propose voters rights amendment on November ballot | Ballot language submitted to ease absentee voting rule

Missouri: New voter ID cards being mailed

New Mexico: Lawmaker pushes automatic voter registration

New York: Dems again pushing for voting reforms | Hundreds really for early voting rights

North Carolina: Orange Co. hires new elections director

Ohio: 'On its last legs': Why election boards are seeking new voting machines

Oklahoma: Satellite location for early voting in the works | Fahrendorf to retire from election board

Pennsylvania: County officials expected to vote on new voter services position

Tennessee: State election commission to name replace for Hamilton Co. election commission

Texas: Starr Co. report preliminary findings on voter fraud investigation | New law forces Texans who want to vote-by-mail to apply by mail first | Fired Tarrant Co. elections boss raised ethical concerns

West Virginia: Warner works on voter rolls

Wisconsin: Senate votes to fire head of elections commission | Elections, ethics panels consider next steps | Senate Republicans vote to oust ethics, elections chiefs

Wyoming: Second woman accuses Murray of sexual misconduct | County clerk's office gets ready for 2018 election cycle

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

January 23, 2018

National News: Defunct election commission bought Texas election data flagging Hispanic voters | Absentee voting procedures update

Alabama: Poll workers pay delayed more than a month since special election | Commission gives approval on voting locations

Arizona: Phoenix could move its elections to even years

Connecticut: Merrill: Voting rights are under attack

Georgia: Lawmakers propose switching Ga. from digital to paper ballots |Polling place changes coming to Rockdale

Idaho: Idaho proposes dropping gender from voter-registration requirements

Indiana: Voting centers still undecided, board hopes to make final decision soon | Election security bill passes Senate committee

Kansas: Kansas elections chief tries to reassure lawmakers on Crosscheck security | Google Earth co-founder launches Kansas secretary of state campaign

Massachusetts: State auditor seeks reimbursements for early voting

Michigan: Groups propose voters' rights amendment on November ballot | Effort underway to ease absentee voting rule

Minnesota: Justices to hear challenge to Minnesota voting dress code

New York: Judge to consider in April whether to change voting system

North Carolina: Jones Co. commissioners to hold meeting on voting changes

Ohio: Butler Co. in need of poll workers

Oklahoma: Election notice: 4 precincts changing in Pott. Co.

Oregon: Oregonians may get a chance to join National Popular Vote movement

Pennsylvania: Court orders new congressional map | 2018-19 school calendar includes election days off

Rhode Island: Fired elections director loses federal appeal

South Dakota: South Dakota open primaries push raises more than $205K in 2017

Tennessee: Rutherford Co.'s early vote count reaches 1510.

Texas: Defunct election commission bought Texas election data flagging Hispanic voters | Starr Co. DA's office investigating possible election fraud | Starr Co. approves four early voting sites for March primary | Deadline approaching for voter registration | McAllen commissioners likely set runoff date

Washington: Pierce elections leader weighs in on voter rights proposal

Wisconsin: Senate could vote Tuesday on fate of ethics, elections heads | Thomsen calls on Senate to confirm Haas

Monday, 22 January 2018

January 20-22, 2018

National News: Women's March rally in Las Vegas launches national voter registration tour | President's attempts to show voter fraud appear to have stalled

Alabama: Bill to eliminate Senate special elections advances | Commission to review proposed voting location changes

California: Young Sonoma Co. voter challenges mail-in ballot signature rule

Connecticut: Secretary of State Merrill to Indivisible Greenwich: Voter suppression laws threaten democracy | Two Bridgeport residents accused of voter fraud

Florida: Proposals to restore felon's voting rights move forward

Illinois: Automatic voter registration 'smooth sailing' so far | 2 referendums, 1 key difference: Voters to weigh in on Aurora, DuPage election commissions

Kansas: Crosscheck compromises 945 voters' data

Kentucky: Kentucky weigh eliminating separate elections for governor, top officials | Workers plan to push forward after destructive fire in Marshall Co. | Fire in Marshall Co. maintenance facility destroys voting machines | Bullitt Co. prepares for a special election

Michigan: Your vote is safe, for now | Under-informed voters linked to low turnouts | Straight-ticket voting heads to trial

New Jersey: Bills vetoed under Christie getting new life under Murphy

New Mexico: UNM study lauds Bernalillo Co. elections

North Carolina: Pitt elections chairman calls on Cooper to end stalemate

North Dakota: Gardner seeks nomination as secretary of state

Ohio: Fired Miami Co. election official sues for defamation, wants job back | Election officials clarify voter purging laws

Oklahoma: State election officials wait to see if SCOTUS ruling will affect Oklahoma

South Dakota: House approves repealing direct electronic recording

Tennessee: Democrats push effort to increase voter participation | Special election serves as trial run for vote centers

Texas: Long-winding Texas voting rights litigation spotlights Gov. Greg Abbott's role | He became Tarrant Co.'s elections administrator Jan. 2. Two weeks later, he's gone

U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix and St. John election offices resume voter registration

Washington: Bill allowing same-day registration moves ahead | Senate passes Voting Rights Act

Wisconsin: Haas says he's 'absolutely' a scapegoat for the GAB | Walker won't say if he wants to oust elections chief | Senate schedules confirmation votes on Bell, Haas

Friday, 19 January 2018

January 19, 2018

National News: Dems call for election security hearing | States waiting to share voter data while Kansas shores up security | Seventh Circuit rejects bid to extend voting rights to territories

California: LWV launches teen-registration effort

Florida: Voting rights proposal advance by constitutional review board | No special elections for legislative vacancies, says Gov. Scott

Illinois: Kane clerk says his office can handle Aurora elections for less money | Lawmaker, advocates launch voter registration drive for ex-felons

Iowa: Organizations help educate Iowans on new voter ID law

Kansas: States waiting to share voter data while Kansas shores up security | Kansas senators debate election law change for voters with disabilities

Kentucky: Future Metro Council vacancies could be filled by special election

Maryland: County cuts election board space request nearly in half

New York: No state money for early voting in budget |

North Carolina: Supreme Courte temporarily blocks NC gerrymandering ruling

Ohio: Democrat sworn in as newest BOE member

Tennessee: Can hackers tamper with Tennessee election? | Saturday's early voting extended two hours

Vermont: Secretary of state and AG encourage Legislature to protect sensitive voter data

Washington: Automatic voter registration could come to Washington

West Virginia: County commission approves relocation of two voting precincts

Wisconsin: Wisconsin ethics, elections heads battle for their jobs | Ethics, elections heads take different paths to try and save jobs

Thursday, 18 January 2018

January 18, 2018

National News: Women's March organizers to launch voter registration tour

California: Golden State settle suit over motor-voter rules | Napa Co. announces vote-by-mail options for fire victims

Colorado: Democratic challenger expands cash advantage over Williams

Florida: Million-dollar question: Special election to replace Latvala?

Illinois: 'Birthday Boxes' encourage Naperville 18-year-olds to vote | Cook Co. Clerk David Orr on The Download | Kendall Co. board chairman backs dissolving Aurora election commission

Indiana: Democrat Harper announces bid for secretary of state | Dead voter bill moves to House

Kansas: Kobach's office will delay data uploads for Crosscheck to accommodate security review

Maine: Ranked choice voting costs questioned

Massachusetts: Holyoke City Councilor efforts to lower voting age

Minnesota: Public awareness campaign on voting rolled out

Missouri: Missouri joins voter registration accuracy, access initiative

Montana: Commitment to voters, public service important to elections administrator candidates

Nebraska: Voter ID, electronic poll books proposed | Trio of bills offer options for enacting voter ID rules

New Hampshire: Legislator proposes ranked-choice voting

New Mexico: New chief deputy clerk in Dona Ana Co.

New York: Cuomo includes early voting in NY budget proposal | Former Erie Co. legislator gets job a board of elections

North Dakota: Warning of 'thousands of unverifiable votes,' ND asks judge to lift order on voter ID law

South Dakota: Hardeeville closer to election date change

Tennessee: Early voting to close early today, extended hours Saturday

Texas: Officials hope new law cuts down on voter fraud | Nueces Co. clerk: Mail-in voter fraud remains a concern

Virginia: Democrats roll out voting rights agenda

Washington: Wyman: Change date of presidential primary

West Virginia: Election redistricting bill goes to House subcommittee | Precinct locations changing for Mon County

Wisconsin: ACLU, government watchdog groups defend embattled leaders