Thursday, January 28, 2010

NYT urges caution on Internet voting; voter ID bills debated; MD voting system costs debated

The New York Times weighs in on Internet voting with a strong editorial, legislatures in South Carolina, Virginia, and Utah consider voter ID legislation, and Maryland's transition to optical scan voting generates debate over cost estimates.

This and more in today's Voting News below...

AZ: New technology planned for poll consolidation

GA: Election suit appeal fails

IL: State Election Officials: No Red Flags in Rock Island County
Illinois State Board of Elections officials overseeing Thursday's set-up and testing of the election equipment for Tuesday's primary in Rock Island County found no red flags.

IL: RI County officials called before grand jury

KY: Former Perry circuit clerk pleads guilty in vote-buying scheme
A former circuit clerk in Perry County pleaded guilty Thursday to taking part in vote buying in November 2008.

MD: State elections head says new voting system costly, not effective
A House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing Wednesday in Annapolis turned out to be an opportunity for state election officials to explain how the 2010 election will proceed.

MI: Grand Rapids clerk wants to cut number of precincts to save money

MN: Polling place accessibility funds are awarded

NM: Bill would resolve years-old question: Who has to maintain voting machines
January 27, 2010 - The state would be responsible for maintaining the state’s more than 1,000 voting tabulators if a Senate bill introduced this session becomes law.

NY: New voting machines to debut in September
When you go to the polls for the September primaries the old Shoup 3.2 mechanical voting machine, used in city polling places for about half a century, will be gone, replaced by Elections Systems & Software’s DS200 Scanner and the AutoMark Ballot Marking Device.

SC: SC senators reach deal on photo ID requirement
Legislators have worked out a compromise on a bill requiring South Carolina voters to show photo IDs before they cast a ballot.

SC: Compromise reached on voter ID bill

SC: SC photo ID voting could affect 178,000 voters

UT: House shoots down Medicare card as voter ID
A sharply divided Utah House rejected a bill Thursday that would have allowed voters to show a Medicare card as identification at the polls in November.

VA: Senate Committee Vote Kills Obenshain's Voter ID Bill
January 27, 2010 - On Wednesday, Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) questioned the partisan effort of the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections to act to ensure the continued integrity of the electoral process in Virginia.

National: Internet Voting, Still in Beta [editorial]
Internet voting is in its infancy, and still far too unreliable, but states are starting to allow it and the trend is accelerating because of a new federal law that requires greater efforts to help military and other overseas voters cast ballots.


Philippines: Congress may ask SC to stop full poll automation

[Note: The Philippines' transition to optical scan voting generates more daily coverage than is reasonable to index in this digest. Some of the more salient articles are indexed.]

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