Tuesday, June 22, 2010

No tangible record of the vote - DC overseas troops to email voted 'ballots'

How do you recount electronic ballots? A Boone Co Kentucky Commissioner wants to a recount on the paperless E-Slate machines. To do this "recount", the vendor would have to be involved and would charge $1,200 a day for each technician...House Action on Disclose Act (Campaign Finance) Bill Likely Thursday...Vendor Consolidation Continues: Dominion Acquires Sequoia..Are runoffs necessary?...Trading secret ballot for pin number? How do you do a recount or audit it: DC setting up email balloting system for with overseas troops votes...NSW Australia internet voting for disabled. Internet voting & email balloting remain insecure and non secret..

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

AL: Secretary of state: Not surprised by recount results
no change in results

CA: D.A. opens probe into claims of voter fraud in Montebello's 2009 City Council election http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_15340009
The Public Integrity Division opened the case after receiving a complaint that alleged hundreds of people voted illegally, said Deputy District Attorney Dave Demerjian, the head of the division.
The complaint alleged people who don't live in Montebello voted in the contentious November election. The big issue of the campaign was an exclusive, 15-year trash-hauling contract the city gave Athens Services.

CA: Allen lead narrows in 7th Assembly primary (mail ballots still being counted)
Votes are still being counted in Sonoma and Napa counties, which both tilted heavily for Allen on Election Day.
Napa election officials had about 13,000 ballots left to certify, a record number of mail-in ballots delivered to the polls...

IN: Online voter registration arrives July 1
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/article_c22488ed-314d-50e8-9209-1569d104209d.html Any Hoosier with a valid driver's license or state identification card will be able to register or update an existing registration online at www.indianavoters.com starting July 1, according to Jim Gavin, communications director for Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.

KY: Flaig seeks election records
http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/C2/20100621/NEWS/6210363/-1/recorder/Flaig-seeks-election-records Attorneys for Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig want a judge to order the release or allow them to inspect certain records pertaining to voting machines and other materials.
Votes from the eSlate voting machines, which are primarily intended for use by voters with disabilities, haven't been examined as part of the recount.
In order to recount the eSlate machines, Harp would need to be called. The company would charge $1,200 a day for each technician, according to Schrand's June 4 order.

MA: Mass. Lawmakers Try To Offset Campaign Finance Change

MD: ACLU, minority voters, challenge Crisfield election procedures
http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20100621/NEWS01/100621032/ACLU-minority-voters-challenge-Crisfield-election-procedures CRISFIELD — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has requested an investigation into procedures during last week's municipal election in this Somerset County town, citing alleged irregularities that include unlawful identification requirements of some voters, especially blacks.

ME: Ranked-choice voting raises new issues
http://www.pressherald.com/news/ranked-choice-voting-raises-new-issues_2010-06-22.html PORTLAND - The city's Charter Commission supports a new system known as ranked-choice voting, or instant runoff voting, to ensure that Portland's mayor is elected only with a majority of the popular vote.

There's just one problem: the math.

MI: Overseas Vote Foundation Michigan Voter: It's Time to Get Ready for Your Congressional Primary - http://p0.vresp.com/HGHtxz

NY: Port Chester election: Final tallies on trustee votes, turnout
http://soundshore.lohudblogs.com/2010/06/21/port-chester-election-final-tallies-on-trustee-votes-turnout/ (cumulative voting)

Internet Vote Watch

US: D.C. launches test of open-source online voting
According to Rob Pegoraro at the Faster Forward blog, the District "will let overseas voters cast ballots online using open-source, standards-based software, not the closed, proprietary mechanisms that have dominated electronic voting throughout its troubled history in the United States."

US: Washington Post on DC “Online Voting” Is Actually “Ballot Transport”
http://www.trustthevote.org/washington-post-on-dc-online-voting-is-actually-ballot-transport-2 (overseas/troops emailing voted ballots)

Australia: NSW to adopt e-voting
iVote to roll out for the next state election
The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) is to implement an electronic voting system, iVote, for the next State Government election due in early 2010.

iVote will allow blind, vision impaired, and disabled voters, as well as those living in remote areas, to cast a secret and unassisted vote from home and other locations using an interactive voice recognition-based phone number or an Internet-enabled PC.
The NSWEC is expecting up to 8,340 telephone and up to 6,660 Internet voters will use the iVote system for the 2011 election.


House Action on Campaign Finance Bill Likely Thursday

Vendor Consolidation Continues: Dominion Acquires Sequoia

... some disturbing issues that do not bode well.

Are runoffs necessary? (disclosure - I'm quoted in this article)
Voters going to the polls in two states today -- North and South Carolina -- are casting ballots for the second time in as many months in elections where turnout is estimated to fall somewhere between a dismal 2 to 17 percent.
"Charles Bullock, a runoff expert and political science professor at the University of Georgia, also points out several cases in which runoffs have actually aided African-American candidates.."

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