Tuesday, May 18, 2010

AR touchscreens flip votes. KY Election fraud claims. 1000s in PA could vote twice

BRAD BLOG's Election Integrity Backgrounder for 'Super-ish Tuesday' 2010...
Excuses don't help: Votes flipped on Carroll Co Arkansas touchscreens...Sen Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) gets provisional ballot...Wrong ballot sent to thousands of Sonoma Co CA voters....Voter supression & fraud alleged in KY elections...1000s of Pennsylvania voters registered to vote in 2 counties...Philippines: Polls not fair, not honest, not peaceful...How UK counts votes in General Election...Video showing hot to hack India's voting machines...

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

The BRAD BLOG's Election Integrity Backgrounder for 'Super-ish Tuesday' 2010...

AR: Vote-Flipping on ES&S Touch-Screens in Carroll County, AR, Reported by County Clerk Candidate, Circuit Court Judge

AR: Candidate sues over voting machine * (ES&S iVotronic with RTAL printer)
BERRYVILLE — A candidate for county clerk filed a legal motion Friday, saying an electronic voting machine in the Carroll County clerk’s office here was malfunctioning and asking that the rest of early voting be conducted at the paper ballot booths.
Kendrick’s legal filing included an affidavit from Circuit Judge Kent Crow saying the judge voted May 4, touching the screen for Kendrick, but a check mark appeared for Correia. Crow said he thought he might have erred and he corrected it on the screen.

Ten days later, his secretary, Nadine Holland, had the same experience on the same machine, she said in her affidavit.

AR: Farmington Polling Place Problems Solved * (ES&S iVotronic)
The voting machines at Farmington Baptist Church were not working, causing all voters to have to use paper ballots. One person there said technical support staff had already been to the location to examine the voting machines and were on the way back to work on them again. As of 8 a.m. the machines were not working.
Washington County Election Commission fixed the problems before noon.

AR: TOTALS DOUBLE 2008: Early Voting Wraps Up
Early voting ended Monday with the number of votes cast more than doubling the 2008 presidential primary.

AR: Blanche Lincoln's Mix-Up At The Polls
... Lincoln's campaign hit a bit of a snag today when it momentarily forgot that she'd requested an absentee ballot in advance of today's primary election...

CA: Calif. bill increases scrutiny of voting systems (SB1404)
Companies that make the voting systems used throughout California would face fines if they fail to report problems quickly under a bill that has passed the state Senate.

CA: Printing error leads to ballot mistake in Sonoma County *
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100517/ARTICLES/100519530/1350?Title=Printing-error-leads-to-ballot-mistake-in-Sonoma-County A printing error on absentee ballots sent out last week to Democratic voters in southern Sonoma County means that more than 15,000 voters will receive a second, corrected ballot this week.

The Mark West Union School District Measure C — a ballot measure meant for voters in the Santa Rosa and Larkfield areas — was included on absentee ballots sent to Democratic voters in the Petaluma and south county area, Sonoma County elections officials said Monday.

CA: Oceanside city clerk: Flier taints election info*

CA: Error in 10 million voter guides angers gubernatorial candidate*
Gubernatorial candidate Mohammad Arif of the Peace and Freedom Party is hopping mad that his name is misspelled on the state's official voter information guide for the..

CA: Political dirty trick played on San Jose City Council candidate Magdalena Carrasco
DA to investigate malicious campaign flier
In a political dirty trick aimed at discrediting City Council candidate Magdalena Carrasco with Vietnamese-American voters, an inflammatory mailer linking her to the communist regime in Vietnam landed in District 5 mailboxes over the weekend.

CO: Voting Changes Coming to Mesa County
don't show up to the Mesa Mall expecting to have your vote counted.

CT: Massive Bysiewicz database may violate law

CT: Registrar Nomination: Surprise Change Results In Dustup
http://www.ctvoterscount.org/?p=3196 "The usually routine nomination of a Republican Registrar of Voters was anything but that tonight at a meeting at Westport Town Hall.

FL: Monopoly threatens votes
http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2010/05/18/monopoly-threatens-votes.html ...Break up ES&S into smaller corporations with no interlocking ownership or political influence. Completely separate the operating code ownership to another vendor, and make it verifiable by a non-political entity and process.

KY: Grayson and Paul Trade Barbs Over Voter Fraud in Kentucky Election *
As secretary of state, Mr. Grayson is charged with overseeing the election, so Mr. Paul’s supporters around the state are attempting to scrutinize all aspects of the vote, including voting machines and the tally of absentee ballots.

KY: UPDATE: Grayson's campaign accuses Paul of 'widespread voter intimidation'*
Allegations of vote buying, voter intimidation and other procedural problems at the polls came early and often to Kentucky's election fraud hot line Tuesday morning.
By 2:30p.m., the hot line had received 59 calls, including complaints of vote buying or selling in 10 counties...

KY: Some reports of vote fraud made (no specifics)
A spokeswoman for the Attorney General says such calls have come in from Clay, Perry, Magoffin, and Leslie Counties about potential vote buying.

KY: Majority of Kentucky counties using paper ballots during elections

LA: US Justice Department investigating Tangipahoa School Board tax election*
...didn't get pre-clearance for the election from the Justice Department...
The school board itself admitted that the March ballot was "incorrect". Voters were asked to pass a 9-mill tax, but the board promised to collect only 7.5 mills. US District Judge Ivan Lemelle allowed the school board to seek only a one-year magnet tax, but the ballot authorized three years.

MI: Michigan Citizens United response law in the hopper

MO: St. Louis man accused of voting in Missouri and Illinois in 2008 general election
He is accused of one felony count of voter fraud.

NC: North Carolina: Second primary in NC costing millions

NE: Provisional ballot count swings Neb. election to the challenger
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_3ae567a2-61cf-11df-9555-001cc4c03286.html (Dawes County)

NY: Hundreds wait to vote on Hadley-Luzerne budget*(Lever,Sequoia Imagecast for ADA)
...many voters found they had to wait more than an hour because the district had only one voting machine.
Throughout the afternoon Tuesday, The Post-Star received numerous complaints from disgruntled voters about the long lines and the single voting machine. Some said they believed the district only had one machine available on purpose in order to discourage people from voting against the spending plan.

NY: Heavy-handed voter closes poll machine * (levers & Sequoia Imagecast for ADA)
http://www.newsday.com/blogs/long-island/long-island-now-1.1732330/heavy-handed-voter-closes-poll-machine-1.1919387 (Nassau CO) A voting machine at Polk Street School in Franklin Square was down for about an hour this morning after a man complained he wasn’t able to vote “no” on the proposed budget.

NJ: Arbitrator finds Passaic County elections chief fired workers improperly
http://bit.ly/bSuVO8 Four voting machine technicians abruptly fired last year by Passaic County's superintendent of elections were the victims of union-busting and can have their jobs back, a state arbitrator has ruled.

OH: More than 60 May 4 ballots disqualified (Stark Co)
The bulk of the 63 tossed out Monday morning came from unregistered voters, or those who voted in the wrong precinct.

PA: Team 4: Glitch Could Allow Person To Vote Twice *
We found thousands of people simultaneously registered to vote in both Allegheny County and one of the surrounding counties, and we found some cases where the same person appeared to vote twice in the same election.

PA: City Officials Brace for Potential Polling Place Issues on Tuesday
Philadelphia election officials ...advise voters to report any irregularities

PA: 2008 vote discrepancies claimed (videos)

SD: South Dakotans Reminded to Update Voter Registration (May 24 deadline)

SD: State will spend thousands to aide Lakota at the polls
TN: Election results certified, but challenge inquiry made(Williamson Co GOP prim)


EAC's next public meeting is Thursday, May 27.
Topics: maintenance of expenditure policy; clearinghouse policy; NVRA regulations; election management guidelines. Read the notice and agenda.

Internet Voting Watch

Lithuanian Cabinet approves e-voting

VILNIUS - The Lithuanian government has approved a plan to implement online voting in the country despite a newly released report that found internet penetration in the country was well below the EU average.


India: India's electronic voting machines have come under scrutiny.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007kqsm (BBC podcast)
Researchers in India and the USA claim the machines can be manipulated, and have produced a video to demonstrate how vulnerable they are.

Philippines: Polls not fair, not honest, not peaceful—foreign watchers

UK: Counting votes in the UK general election

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