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April 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018

April 28-30, 2018

Alaska: Election cost doubles as Anchorage turns to vote-by-mail

Arizona: Fontes says multistate database could ease, improve voting process | Pima Co. women voting long before national suffragists

Arkansas: County clerk hopes to see voter ID decision before early voting | Arkansas appealing judge's order blocking voter ID law | Secretary of state hopefuls tout know-how | Large number of poll workers sign up for primary

California: California teens are pre-registering in droves, but will they actually vote? | Voting in the June election? It may cost you

Colorado: Clerk's office seeks election transparency | Boulder Co. elections officials explain primary ballot

Florida: Restoring voting rights to ex-felons comes down to November election | Working to restore ex-felon rights in Orange Co.

Georgia: Paulding's elections and registration office preps for May primary

Hawaii: Vote by mail bill moves on at Legislature

Illinois: Hearing explains automatic voter registration | States, counties look for more election judges

Iowa: With primary approaching, new voter ID law to mean changes

Kansas: House agrees: No tax dollars for Kobach to spend for being found in contempt of court

Kentucky: Bevin vetoes five bills

Louisiana: Lafourche looking to replace two polling places |Senator calls for secretary of state to step down

Maine: Franklin Co. Dems to learn about ranked choice

Maryland: Dems seek to shore up election security before midterms

Michigan: 2 Dems withdraw from Macomb Co. clerk race, 17 still remain

Mississippi: Lee Co. will use new voting machines starting in June | One county late for overseas absentee ballots

Missouri: Vernon Co. adopts new voting system

New Mexico: Las Cruces to consider combining nonpartisan elections

North Carolina: Roanoke Rapids officials angry over lack of early voting site | Election director chats with LWV | Robeson Co. preachers complain of voter intimidation, suppression at polls

Pennsylvania: New voting machines go on display; Counties seek financing | Lancaster will try to avoid replacing voting machines that already have paper trails

Tennessee: Officials working this weekend to correct ballot error | Early voting for Knox Co. primary 'exceeds expectations'

Texas: Federal appellate court upholds embattled Texas voter ID law | Texas voter ID law stands for midterm elections, court rules | Rockwall Co. elections department receives award

Virginia: How long does the average Va. voter wait in line?

Washington: Senators announce bill to pre-pay mail-in ballots

West Virginia: Data-centric WV election app used to improve young voter turnout | Officials tout strong early voting turnout

Wisconsin: Neenah Joint School District wants to remove voting poll from school buildings

Wyoming: Experts: Wyoming could be prime target for election interference

Friday, 27 April 2018

April 27, 2018

National News: Voting machine funding sought in House

Arkansas: Star City HS students register to vote | County to test voting equipment | Judge blocks state's voter ID law | Long-awaited ruling puts hold on state voter ID law

California: Two line up for elections office race | Yolo Co. clerk-recorder candidates agree on voter encouragement

Colorado: Bill aims to register 10K parolees to vote

Florida: Leaders rally to support restoring voting rights to ex-felons | Prison reform group calls for full restoration of felons' rights | Tampa city council gives green light to pushing back next year's city election

Georgia: Paulding election director named to panel studying Georgia voting systems | Gwinnett officials outline steps to comply with federal bilingual voting mandate | Voting starts Monday. Gwinnett says it's ready for Spanish speakers | DeKalb, Rockdale elections officials appointed to commission | McKoon states his case for secretary of state

Illinois: Illinois leans liberal in felon voting laws

Indiana: Election board OKs younger poll workers | Lawson speaks out on protecting your vote | Judge says Marion Co. decisions on early voting sites are 'partisanship motivated'

Louisiana: Emails show embattled secretary of state made sexual advances toward former secretary for years

Massachusetts: Walsh signs ordinance expanding voter registration accessibility

Mississippi: Lee Co. sticks with paper for new voting machines

New Jersey: New Jersey's voting machines: Is safe good enough?

North Carolina: Lawmaker's mailer used elections office as return address. It was a mistake, he says

Pennsylvania: New voting machines go on display; counties search for ways to pay | County could be mandated to buy new voting machines | New voting machines would cost Butler Co. $6M | County officials concerned about cost of new voting machines

Rhode Island: State to decide if East Providence can drop fall election for council, school board

Tennessee: Election officials warn what you should do at the polls | Election commission warns about voter intimidation | Effort underway to increase voter turnout | Record number of voters show up last day of early voting

Utah: Gov. Herbert disappointed by voter turnout

West Virginia: Early voting in WV grows in popularity

Wisconsin: Influx of voters in Neenah schools raises security concerns

Thursday, 26 April 2018

April 26, 2018

National News: Voting rights for felons becoming a key issue for Dems

Alabama: Few change voting address after storm

California: Orange Co. prepares for election cyberthreats | Marin teens pre-register vote--by text

Florida: Appeals court blocks rejection of felons' voting rights system | Appeals court delays changes in felon voting-rights system | Elections supervisors fight back against claims they're 'overconfident' | Leon Co. among Fla. precincts to implement Clear Audit for elections | Despite criticism, officials ensure votes will be counted accurately in state election

Illinois: County board member calls for end of Galesburg election commission

Indiana: Judge orders early satellite voting precincts for Marion Co. | Polling places changing in St. Joseph Co.

Louisiana: Embattled secretary of state: Government sexual harassment policies should be uniform

Maine: Secretary of state provides online guide about ranked choice

Mississippi: Election officials prep new voting machines

Montana: Error causes some Florence area voters to receive ballots late

New Hampshire: Amherst officials unsure if calendar can be changed

New Jersey: Mercer Co. clerk extends office hours for mail-in voters

New York: Polling place moved amid security concerns | Westport polling sites combined

North Carolina: Guilford Co. adds 6 more early voting sites

Ohio: More Ohioans requested absentee ballots than four years ago, but fewer cast votes

Oklahoma: Bill allowing ballot selfies vetoed by OK governor

Pennsylvania: Voting machine order could cost millions | Luzerne Co. council OKs e-poll books

South Carolina: Poll worker shortage may lead to long lines

Tennessee: Williamson election commission forwards suspected voter fraud cases to DA | 15-year-old accused of carjacking early voter

Texas: Webb Co. mail-in ballot fraud allegations may help spur changes in law | Governor wants Farenthold to cover taxpayer cost of special election to replace him | Is taking a ballot selfie illegal?

West Virginia: Upshur Co. commission approves a change of voting systems | Primary results to be available in real time, secretary of state's office says

Wisconsin: Cybersecurity expert proposes analog solution to election hacking

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

April 25, 2018

National News: Open letter urges states to spend election security funds wisely | Experts: Switch off WiFi and ditch paperless voting machines | DHS: No evidence of Russia targeting 2018 elections yet Russia likely targeted more than 21 states before 2016 election | Senate panel to examine officials' election security efforts

Arizona: Delayed voter IDs won't impact special election, officials say | Voting delayed at four polling sites in special election

Arkansas: Commissioners Court approves new voter records software for Angelina Co. | Polling places could be closed

California: Three vie for Sonoma Co. clerk-recorder-assessor and elections chief | OC releases 2018 election security playbook | County prepares for June 5 election and so should you

Colorado: Elections official hopes sign will leave 'U' wondering

Florida: Fearing court action, Scott calls emergency meeting of clemency board | Ex-Flagler elections chief left legacy of turmoil

Hawaii: State may experiment with all-mail voting on Kauai

Illinois: Vendor to compensate DuPage for election night fiasco | Local reaction to Illinois voter database legislation | Proposal to get pre-trial detainees a chance to vote from jail passes House

Indiana: City to offer free bus service on election day

Kansas: 'Probably not worth arguing': Kobach legal team mistakenly files draft with note

Maine: Secretary of state's office publishes ranked choice ballots

Maryland: New BOE director prepares for primary

Michigan: Candidates from both parties line up to replace Spranger

Minnesota: St. Louis Park city council votes unanimously for ranked choice voting

Montana: Election judges sought in Butte

New Hampshire: Senate committee recommends passage of voter residency requirement bill

New Jersey: Paterson mayoral candidates are concerned about potential voter fraud

New York: Former charter review chair resubmits FOIL request for vote records | Few problems cited during NY's special elections

Pennsylvania: Clearfield Commissioners: DOS' voting machine directive poses financial challenge

South Carolina: Race, shouting and a sheriff's deputy: How this Richland Co. meeting lost control

Texas: Supreme Court appears closely divided over Texas district maps | To selfie, or not to selfie?

U.S. Virgin Islands: Judge hears challenge to elections board reform

Virginia: Registrar assures votes are secure with new equipment

Washington: Clatsop Co. voters' pamphlet map contains errors

West Virginia: New early voting sites in Kanawha | Some new rules, and new locations for voters this election season | Starting Wednesday, WV voters will need ID | Early voting debuts Wednesday in five Kanawha communities

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

April 24, 2018

Alaska: Anchorage Assembly Member Dick Traini confers first ever vote-by-mail election

Arizona: GOP House leader guts proposal for weekend voting

Arkansas: New voting machines approved by Craighead Co.

California: Groups sue Ca. secretary of state over language help for voters

Georgia: Group appointed to help replace Ga.'s voting machines | Muscogee Co. director of elections appointed to new commission

Guam: Territorial voting rights case appealed to US Supreme Court

Indiana: VCSC to look into more options for student voting transportation for primary election day | Vigo Co. schools won't bus students to polls

Kansas: Budget battle between Shawnee Co. commission and election office

Louisiana: State officials deny assessment | Lafayette Parish moves polling location due to scheduling conflict

Massachusetts: Walsh signs ordinance to increase access to voting in Boston

Mississippi: Ex-felons oppose merger of 2 voting rights cases

Montana: Democrats take secretary of state to court over Green Party votes

Nebraska: New law will extend hours for online voter registration

New York: Local elections boards tighten steps to secure balloting | East Ramapo: Mass mailing gaffe on polling site was printer's fault

Ohio: Lovas stepping down from county election board

Rhode Island: E. Providence election postponement sparks concern of elections board members

Texas: Many Denton Co. voters mailing in ballots

Virginia: Former Southampton Co. registrar dies

West Virginia: Voter ID needed for WV primary

Monday, 23 April 2018

April 21-23, 2018

National News: Senators chart path forward on election security bill | Gun control advocates push to make voter registration the legacy of Parkland shooting | Federal Circuit nixes 'abstract' voter verification patent | Voting laws for felons can be hard to follow. Here's an overview | Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote? | New voting method that involves ranking candidates gains favor across the nation

Arizona: 140K Maricopa Co. voters haven't received voter registration cards

Arkansas: Pulaski Co. clerks agree on service, differ on voter ID

California: San Diego Co. schools to hold HS voter education weeks

Colorado: Montezuma Co. preps for primaries with unaffiliated voters

Connecticut: Trading ballots for kayaks, registrar retires

Florida: Suwanee Co. changes Dowling Park voting location | Election season brings third party confusion, voter turnout into question | Voting numbers among youth down in Leon Co.

Georgia: Paulding prepares for April 30 start of early voting

Illinois: Bill would remove Illinois from multi-state voter database | Assessor candidates says Cook Co. clerk, others violated court order

Indiana: Absentee voting is up and running, popular | NW Indiana's voting booth void calls to voters

Kansas: Candidates speak on voting policy

Massachusetts: Josh Zakim challenges 6-term secretary of state

Mississippi: Push on to advise Mississippi military members of voting rights

Missouri: County buys new election machines |Legislators approve numerous changes to elections

New Mexico: NM introduces online absentee ballots for blind, visually impaired voters

North Dakota: ND voter ID | Court ruling hangs over June primary

Ohio: Cayuga Co. BOE adds polling location | County employees can be poll workers

Pennsylvania: Counties anxious about new voting machines | Pa. to display possible new voting machines for 2019

South Carolina: Dorchester Co. to recruit young poll workers | Richland Co. officials working to answer questions ahead of primary

Texas: SCOTUS will decide how Texas battle lines are drawn | Attorney general looking into voter fraud complaint | Officials call for mail-in ballot investigation in Webb Co.

Utah: Utah election reform law aims to remove barriers to voting, boost turnout

Vermont: Rutland Town eyes poll security at school

West Virginia: Wood Co. ready for early voting, primary election

Wisconsin: E-poll book pilot 'a success'

Wyoming: Secretary of State Ed Buchanan announces candidacy for secretary of state

Friday, 20 April 2018

April 20, 2018

National News: First-of-its-kind forum on election security gathers state, local officials with feds | Centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm elections | Elections officials explore security options

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. election commission spreading word on new vote centers

California: Judge orders Napa Co. Grand Jury transcripts in Tuteur case to be made public

Connecticut: Long road ahead for early voting, despite House approval | Bill that would allow early voting passes house

Florida: Florida lawmakers question election security

Georgia: Hall's new election director has experience in Spanish-language materials

Idaho: Jefferson Co. voters shifted to new precincts | Ada Co. election official monitors Azerbaijan presidential vote

Illinois: Kane Co. clerk wants disbanding Aurora Election Commission's money

Kansas: KS GOP chairman drops out of race for secretary of state | Kobach to appeal contempt ruling; secretary of state hit with fresh ethics complaints

Kentucky: Voting machines have the seal of approval for primary | KY election officials given cybersecurity training | Grimes says election threats warrant new security

Michigan: Local clerks say they're ready for the Russians

Nebraska: Two Republicans seek to be next secretary of state

Nevada: Clerk to bill districts for elections

New Jersey: State working to bolster cybersecurity of NJ election systems | Paterson sees a flood of mail-in ballots sparking fear of election fraud

New York: Akwesasne election board looking at using electronic voting machines | LeFrak tenants take to the steps of City Hall

North Dakota: ND fights part of voter ID ruling amid appeal

Ohio: Feds may help county protect voting system | Need for poll workers increases as primary gets closer

Pennsylvania: Election directors statewide call for reform in light of machine mandate

South Carolina: Former bank now place to go for voter registration | LWV to unveil 'one-stop shop' online

Texas: Starr Co. election fraud dispute heats up

U.S. Virgin Islands: Trial in elections board lawsuit set to begin Monday

Thursday, 19 April 2018

April 19, 2018

National News: Here's how hackers could cause chaos in this year's US midterms | Reducing voters' paperwork might expand the voter rolls | Automatic voter reg could have big impact by 2020

Alaska: Anchorage officials certify vote by mail election

Arkansas: Sebastian Co. election commission spreading word on new vote centers | Move on to allow 17-year-olds to vote in Arkansas

California: Shasta Co. clerks' open house for new voting equipment | Voter turnout was abysmal in the Long Beach election. Why? Lots of theories, few solutions | Sacramento must provide Hmong ballots

Colorado: Montezuma Co. prepares for primaries with unaffiliated voters

Florida: Rubio's red alert: Florida election officials 'overconfident' about security threat | Scott has made enemies over voting rights during the last eight years | Packed Florida ballot could bring long lines on Election Day | Officials collect ballots and equipment for manual audit

Georgia: Little known Ga. law allows students to register to vote at school

Illinois: Voting behind bars

Indiana: More voting centers in Indiana

Kansas: Judge blisters Kobach in voter ID case | Federal judge finds Kobach in contempt of court in voting rights case

Kentucky: State BOE welcomes new members | Electronic tablets slated for use at polling places

Maine: Secretary of state proceeds with plans for ranked choice voting

Minnesota: Cass Co. board approves $250K for new voting equipment | Cambridge to use electronic poll books during 2018 election season

Missouri: Missouri accused of violating federal voter registration laws

Nebraska: Evnen, Perrell facing off for secretary of state

New York: Voters demand special election | Cuomo plans to restore voting rights to paroled felons

North Carolina: Shortage of voting machines in Lancaster Co. | Lawyers: Accusations against challenged voters are not libel

Ohio: County election board ready for primary

South Carolina: Orangeburg Co. election office moves to old bank

Virginia: Halifax BOC approves voting equipment purchase | Va. to hold high school voter registration drives

Wisconsin: Elections commission wants to use $7M to beef up cybersecurity

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

April 18, 2018

National News: US Homeland Security chief on potential Russian voting hack | DHS chief issues stern warning to Russia, others on election meddling, cyber attacks | Students have been marching, but will they vote in November

Alaska: Anchorage assembly looks at vote-by-mail

California: Padilla kicks off High School Voter Education Week

Colorado: Butler Co. BOE member stepping down

Florida: NAACP wants 'tone deaf' Scott to end 'posturing' on voting rights | Victor Torres leads effort demanding Spanish materials in Fla. elections offices

Georgia: How to hack elections on Ga.'s voting machines

Indiana: Inmate voter registration causing concern in Harrison Co. | Lake Co. voting sites finalized

Kentucky: County's low voter turnout discussed at panel

Louisiana: House rejects voting rights for those on probation, parole

Maine: Ranked-choice will be used for June primaries | Courts: Ranked-choice voting will be used in primary elections | Maine senators involved in efforts to boost election security

Michigan: Spranger appeals her removal from office

Minnesota: St. Louis Park votes to adopt ranked choice voting

Mississippi: Mississippi sending election reminders to military members | Hosemann on cyber attacks and federal involvement in MS elections

Missouri: Mo. sued for alleged voter registration law violation

Montana: Gallatin Co. clerk and recorder's office gets approval for new election clerk

Nebraska: Secretary of state counts election security as highest priority

New Jersey: Gov. signs AVR bill

New York: Assembly renews push for early voting, easy registration | LeFrak City residents rally at City Hall as battle over relocating polling site continues

Ohio: State funding could mean new voting machines for county | Church wants to raise polling place fee for Belmont Co. BOE

Pennsylvania: Pa. plots strategy for election security funds

Texas: N. Texas woman convicted of voter fraud: 'I had no idea I couldn't vote'

Utah: New Utah law allows 17-year-olds to vote in primary election

Virginia: Va. to hold voter registration drives

Washington: Cutting the ribbon on Duval ballot drop box

West Virginia: Kanawha Co. tests new voting equipment | Kanawha Co. commission raises poll worker pay

Wisconsin: Elections officials look to use $7M to address immediate security concerns

Wyoming: Survey: Confidence high in Wyoming elections

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

April 17, 2018

National News: Blockchain is coming to an election near you, but don't expect it to be perfect | Senators, state officials to meet on election cybersecurity bill | After Parkland, youth activism not showing up in voter registration numbers

Alabama: Johnson announces candidacy for secretary of state

California: Ranked-choice voting could come into play in SF mayor's race | Teen voters targeted with technology and driver's licenses

Colorado: Pueblo council raises concerns about hosting mayoral election

Connecticut: State coming up with ways to spend $5.1M to prevent election tampering | Student voter turnout on the rise | Elections cybersecurity task force to meet for first time

District of Columbia: Washington, DC may let 16-year-olds vote

Florida: Scott, Cabinet seek to delay court order on felons' voting rights |Youth activism not showing up in Fla. voter reg numbers

Georgia: Pilot program to speed voter check-in | Kemp on voter suppression concerns during his tenure

Illinois: LaSalle Co. voting system sound | Two Chicago civic innovators have been chosen to serve as Obama Fellows in the inaugural class

Indiana: Election workers needed in St. Joseph Co. | County preps for first vote center election

Maine: 'One man, one vote' among legal concerns facing ranked-choice | Maine getting up to $3.5M for election security

Maryland: Maryland pounces on federal funding for election cybersecurity

Michigan: OVR bill moves to House

Mississippi: Mississippi seeks to merge 2 voting rights suits | Lawsuit seeks to have ex-felons rights restored

Nevada: Voters face new sign-in device

New Jersey: A lot more people in NJ will be registered to vote soon. Here's why

North Dakota: Cass Co. commissioners vote to keep voting hours the same

Ohio: Portage hopes for voting machine reimbursement | Rep. gives voters incorrect information about mail-in ballots during robo call | Polling places moved from schools over security concerns

Oregon: Secretary of state touts transparent elections

Pennsylvania: State pushes counties to replace voting machines | Pa. will receive funding to upgrade voting machines, but will it be enough? | Philly won't have new voting machines in place for 2020, commissioner says | Luzerne Co. officials commend high school voter registration count

Virginia: Polling site called inadequate

Wisconsin: Walker denies AG's claim voter ID law won 2016 election