Thursday, May 13, 2010

Montgomery Co PA votes dont add up. Iowa caught in HAVA audit. Stolen India EVN is TV star

A report by the Election Reform Network shows that Montgomery Co PA has a systemic problem with paperless electronic voting plus poll books that don't add up. "There are too many unanswered questions about why the numbers of voters signed in and the number of votes cast are so different at so many polling places. In fact...the county is required to act in such instances.” says Michael Churchill, senior attorney for the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia...Internet voting spreads in Canada...A stolen Indian electronic voting machine ends up on television... Kenya post election violence case unstoppable...

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

CA: Judge issues temporary restraining order for special election to fill Maldonado's seat

CO: DA says Marks’ election affidavit to remain private The District Attorney’s office has denied a request to make public Aspen resident Marilyn Mark’s affidavit alleging election violations.

IA: Federal decision on $2.5 million in questioned HAVA spending out soon, official says
The executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Thomas Wilkey, will examine the issues flagged and see whether they’ve been addressed so that they won’t happen again in the future, a staffer said today.
And there are five “current” cases before the executive director – concerning Iowa, Illinois, New Jersey, Nebraska and California.

ME: Voting by Absentee Ballot Keeps Getting Easier

MD: Tweet ‘by Authority of’: Elections officials making rules for social media
State elections officials are developing regulations to tell candidates on how they should identify themselves on social media such as Facebook and Twitter

MO: Missouri photo ID legislation likely dead

NY: Governor sets date to replace Massa

PA: Review of 08 Vote Records in Montgomery County Reveals Discrepancies Between Votes Cast and Voters (Sequoia AVC Advantage)
Network Reports Disparities Between Machine Counts and Voter Sign-ins for Most Election Districts in 08; Calls for a Reconciling of Voter Sign-ins with Machine Counts Before Results Are Official

WV: Absentee ballots flip two races in Lincoln
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Election results in Lincoln County's two most hotly contested races flip-flopped after absentee ballots and results of early voting were tallied.

Internet Voting Watch

Huron-Kinloss council is split over whether it wants to switch to telephone and Internet voting for October’s municipal election, or stick with mail-in ballots.
This time around, 30 municipalities have signed up for e-voting. In this area, Brockton and South Bruce are considering it.

Canada: Electronic voting all set to be in place for Oct. 25 municipal election
all+set+to+be+in+place+for+Oct.+25+municipal+election (Amprior)

India: Govt calls for opinions for e-voting in civic polls


India: Electronic Voting Machine stolen from high-security room in collectorate The incident came to notice when a local television channel in Hyderabad displayed the EVM last week

Kenya post-election violence case 'unstoppable'
More than 1,300 people died in fighting after late 2007's disputed elections.

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