Monday, January 11, 2010

Just say no to Internet Voting, DoJ Voting Rights Fight Reboots, Absentee voting growth market for fraud?

DoJ Voting Rights Fight Reboots...LTE: Just say no to Internet Voting - "as a programmer, I must caution you. Not only do programmers make mistakes, some of them can be bought." Lisa Pease, electronic voting activist...Hawaii lacks funds to send Rep. to Congress...“Absentee voting is the new growth market for election fraud,” said Richard Hayes-Phillips -responding to news of the Detroit recount...Vote Fraud charges in Independence Louisiana....Tennessee is Poised to Move Backwards Again due SB0872 - the bill that if passed would delay implementation of the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act (TVCA) until 2012...Overseas military will have to register again to get ballots this year...

All this and more in today's voting news below...

CA: Party pays thousands to signature collector at center of past controversies
...In 2006, Burkett's firm was hit by voter-registration fraud allegations in Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Dozens of voters claimed their party affiliation had been switched to Republican without their knowledge by signature collectors working for Burkett.

HI: Hawaii lacks funds to send Rep. to Congress§ionid=3510203
A vote-by-mail special election scheduled for May 1 could only be held if the state collected the USD 925,000 it would cost. This is while a walk-in election would mean 1.2 million for the election office coffer.

IL: Election law angers county clerk (machines would beep)
McHenry County Clerk Katherine Schultz has told the state that she will not comply with a controversial election “undervoting” law for the Feb. 2 primary.
Lake County’s voting machine software is able to accommodate the new law, County Clerk Willard Helander said. But she called the law flawed and unnecessary and said it could mislead people who chose not to vote for a statewide candidate to think that they made a mistake.

“[The General Assembly] didn’t seem to care if you skip voting for Congress, County Board or sheriff, so there’s no equal protection. It seems to be a very flawed law. It’s Illinois at work,” Helander said.

LA: Voter fraud charges causing change in Independence police dept.*
January 11, 2010 ...Maurer was elected Police Chief in February 2008, but is now being charged in a Federal Bill of Information with illegally registering voters for that election.
"A number of people from the Town of Independence called and came in," Tony Radosti, the Vice-President of the Metropolitan Crime Commission told Eyewitness News Monday. "They were telling us about people being registered to vote in the city who were not residents."

MI: Voter fraud in Detroit?
DETROIT — Former mayoral candidate Tom Barrow is waging a battle to expose what he and others call massive, historic election fraud in last November’s mayoral race. Over 51 percent of the votes cast were compromised, Barrow charges, including all 41,458 absentee ballots deemed unrecountable by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers last month.
BenDor said elections in counties across the state are rife with absentee voter fraud, insecure chains of custody of paper ballots, and other irregularities...

NY: First Look at NY's New Electronic Voting Machines (video)
The days of pulling a lever are over. New York Nighty News got an exclusive first look at the new electronic voting machines you'll be using fom now on. Chuck Scarborough learns how they work from NYC Board of Elections Commissioner, JC Polanco.

TN: Tennessee is Poised to Move Backwards Again
On January 11, 2010 While the rest of the country is moving away from the kind of voting machines we use in 93 out of 95 counties in Tennessee – 100% unverifiable and unauditable touch screen electronic voting machines – after tomorrow our state may be stuck with them for good

WA: Court decision encourages Monroe prisoners eager for right to vote
State Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed plan to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. McKenna could argue the case himself this fall.

WA: Appeals court ruling could impact felon voting rights
01/08/2010 MADISON (WPR) ...The ruling in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals throws out a Washington state law that prohibits felons both in and out of prison from voting. The ruling found the law violates the federal voting rights act because it discriminates against African Americans.

Wisconsin state representative Joe Parisi of Monona is now co-sponsoring a bill that would grant voting rights to felons as soon as they leave prison. He says the Washington state ruling reinforces the argument he is making in support of expanding voting rights...


Hope and Change at the Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division Voting Section?
Some important changes at the DoJ's Civil Rights Division, and of particular note to long time readers of The BRAD BLOG, its Voting Rights Division, are beginning to show real change and significantly for the better

Overseas military will have to register again to get ballots this year
January 7, 2010 WASHINGTON — Military members serving overseas will have to resubmit their voter registration this year if they hope to cast a ballot in the November midterm elections.

Veterans, military dependents and other U.S. civilians living overseas will have to as well. Changes in federal law mandate that voters must request a new absentee ballot each year in order to participate in state and federal elections, instead of the previous practice of requiring new applications only every few years.

Pentagon seeks to ensure voting access for service members in 2010
Jan 11, 2010 - The Pentagon is moving aggressively to ensure that military members deployed overseas can cast votes in the 2010 midterm elections.

"Giving corporations an outsized voice in elections"

Pentagon cancels Internet voting system (note the date of the article)
9th Feb 2004 Citing security concerns, the Pentagon has cancelled Internet voting


Just say no to Internet Voting

Canada: Pembroke council considering Internet voting for 2010 election
Finance and management committee discuss changes
Having switched from the tradition poll and ballot box method of voting to a mail-in ballet for the 2006 municipal election, the city of Pembroke looks poised to change its voting method once again.

The city's finance and administration committee unanimously voted to recommend to city council that it implement a phone and Internet vote as an alternate voting method for the 2010 municipal election.

Phillipines: Hackers deface 5th govt Web site, mock automated polls
Another government Web site was found defaced Sunday night - the fifth
attack since last month.
Hackers of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
(Tesda) Web site, however, took on a bolder approach by leaving a
message that seemed to mock the upcoming automated elections.

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