NPR and The New York Times examined concerns expressed by election officials across the nation about aging voting machines and the potential problems they might cause in the 2016 election. The governor of Alabama has partially reversed a decision to close more than 30 government offices that issue driver licenses and photo IDs, following weeks of criticism by civil rights advocates and Democratic lawmakers who say the action would make it harder for some black residents to get the identification needed to vote. Amid national anxiety about aging voting machines, Colorado elections officials are testing four types of new machines in elections next month as they move toward upgrades statewide. A federal court threw out a lawsuit filed by two Florida Republican Party officials who claimed the state’s anti-gerrymandering law violated the constitution because it had a “chilling effect” on their free speech and petition rights. In a move that has touched off a new battle over voter registration, county election officials in Kansas, under a new rule adopted by the secretary of state’s office, began to cull names from voter lists, removing people who had been on it at least 90 days. Guinean President Alpha Conde was re-elected, avoiding a runoff with his closest rival, who vowed to protest the results and with elections offering the chance for Myanmar to escape a half-century of military dictatorship, many fear the rug will be pulled from under at any moment as illustrated by the fatalistic reaction to Tuesday’s announcement that the long-awaited polls may be postponed because of widespread flooding and landslides. Within hours a statement from the Ministry of Information insisted the vote would proceed on Nov. 8 as planned.