Friday, February 19, 2010

GA lawmaker wants paper ballots, Internet voting-Solution or snake oil?

GA state Rep. Tim Bearden has introduced paper ballot law HB 1215... Clay Co KY poll worker says it was easy to steal more than 100 votes in one election...See the court docs for Dominion's suit to stop NY City purchase of ES&S voting machines over at Bo Lipari's blog...Over 75,000 systems compromised in cyberattack......"Internet voting, solution of snake oil?". Ben Rothke elaborates in "Dont Stop The Handcount - A Few Problems With Internet Voting"...Less than 10% of Ontario municipalities utilize phone or Internet voting...

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

AZ: Arizona Bill Moves Ahead, Would Simplify Presidential Candidate Listing on November Ballot
Only six states still print the candidates for presidential elector on November ballots. The most populous of these six states is Arizona, which has ten electoral votes.

CT: Connecticut Secretary of State Sues Herself to Obtain Decision that She is Eligible to Run for Attorney General
Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz says she will file a lawsuit in state court, seeking a decision that she is eligible to run for Attorney General this year.

GA: Lawmaker Wants Paper Ballots
...Rep. Tim Bearden (R-Villa Rica) has introduced HB 1215 that would do away with the current electronic voting machines in favor of some form of paper ballot.

"The integrity of voting is priority number one and you can ensure that by making sure there's a paper trail,"

GA: County managers: budget plan will hurt election, library, tax offices

IN: Ind. Senate Keeps Vote Center Legsilation Alive

KY: Clay precinct worker testifies that officials taught her to steal votes *
...Wanda White testified that Clerk Freddy Thompson — the county's chief election officer — helped show her how to manipulate voting machines along with Charles Wayne Jones, the Democratic election commissioner.

The scheme involved duping people to walk away from the voting computer before finishing their selections, then changing their choices, said White, the Democratic judge in a precinct in Manchester.

White said she stole more than 100 votes that election.

NV: Lawyer calls ACORN ‘hated, feared,’ seeks separate trials
Judge denies motion to separate case, saying trials would be identical

NY: Dominion Sues to Stop New York City Contract with ES&S (update, docs posted)
Update I, 2/19/10 – Court documents posted, links here

NY: Questions Raised about NYC's Voting Machine Selection Process
In its memorandum of law, Dominion argues that the Board of Elections ignored procurement laws and procedures and established its own procurement process that did not make clear the criteria for selection. According to the memorandum, ES&S received extra points for optional features that cannot legally be used in New York.

SC: SC lawmakers put early voting under the microscope (Audio)
...The State Senate is currently working on legislation that would combine early voting with the photo ID measure.

TN: Voter Registration Would Require Affirmation
Prospective Voters Would Have To Check Citizens Box

TX: Voter registration tangled in Web
Opponents of Tax Assessor-Collector Leo Vasquez accuse him of failing to live up to an agreement to put information quickly online that informs would-be voters that their registrations are incomplete.

TN: Rep. Yokley Rejects Criticism By GOP On Military Ballot Bill
...In a quote that was part of Forester's statement, Yokley said, "The well-being and ready status of our troops is something I think of every day. I have a son now serving in the military."
The men and women of our armed services make sacrifices every day to defend the right to vote. Exposing our soldiers to the possibility of voter manipulation would be a disservice to their sacrifice."

VT: Burlington debates IRV

WA: Military voting system works (LTE)
We can all agree that military and overseas voters deserve the best opportunity to cast a timely vote. However, systems in place need to be secure and verifiable. Senate Bill 6238 and House Bill 2483, which allow fax and e-mail of voted ballots , achieve neither. A more sensible approach would be to follow the new federal requirement providing for the electronic transmission of blank ballots, but not voted ballots.

WA: How lawmakers voted on I-960 suspension, vote-by-mail, tuition hikes
2SHB 1572 passed the House by a vote of 57 to 41 and is now before the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections


Rothke - Dont Stop The Handcount A Few Problems With Internet Voting
Ben Rothke, CISSP is a senior security consultant with Information Security Magazine

Over 75,000 systems compromised in cyberattack

Giles Admits O'Keefe, Breitbart ACORN 'Pimp' Story was a Lie: 'It Was B-Roll, Purely B-Roll'
Speaking to Washington Independent reporter David Weigel today at CPAC, Hannah Giles, who posed as a prostitute in James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart's infamous, highly-doctored, heavily-overdubbed, secretly-taped ACORN hit videos, confirms what we've been reporting for several weeks here: O'Keefe never dressed as a pimp in the offices of ACORN.

In The Public Interest: Fast track the Citizens United Bill
Polls from the left, right and center show that few approve of the justices' ruling. In fact, a shocking poll this week clocked eight out of ten Americans outright disagreeing.

An angry old dog--F E Act Now
The Fair Elections Now Act has 135 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Today I'm asking you to help increase that number to 218 -- the amount needed to pass this crucial bill. has two ways for you to help make that happen.

EAC Public Meeting Report for February 19, 2010
Commissioners voted 3-0 to publish an amended proposed Maintenance of Expenditure/Effort (MOE) Policy for a thirty-day public comment period. EAC will post the amended document as soon as it is available. For more information, see the agenda documents here. An on-demand webcast is available now


Canada: Townships hone in on electronic voting
EMC News Area voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots from the comfort of their own homes in the upcoming election, after five local townships agreed to make use of an electronic voting service provider.

North Dundas council approved a proposal by Intelivote, as recommended by township clerk Jo-Anne McCaslin, which will allow voters to make their choices by telephone or over the Internet.

In addition to North Dundas, the townships of North Stormont, South Dundas, South Stormont and South Glengarry are to make use of the system.

Voting News by Joyce McCloy.
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