Friday, June 11, 2010

Was SC Dem Primary punked? 20,000 Riverside CA mail ballots wont count

Something fishy about South Carolina US Senate Primary? Experts have already uncovered some 'curious' findings in the election data says Rawl's campaign mgr. Were SC paperless touchscreen machines the problem? Was there a cross over vote? Were 3 candidates "plants"? Or did low info voters elect unknowns?...California voters concerned about vote by mail- 20,000 mail ballots for Riverside DA election missed deadline, won't be counted. Palm Springs voter Dick Bergstrom voted by mail, his ballot hasn't been counted yet & the winner has been declared...

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

AL: Ford alleges voter fraud in Democratic primary
fraud_in_democratic_primary/159170/ Ford charged that his name was temporarily left off of the ballot at the Jeter Street polling place in Opelika; that ballot boxes were seized by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department before they were counted last Tuesday by County Coordinator Arthur Sumbry; that 290 absentee ballots were not counted in Russell County; and that “a gross misuse of absentee ballots” occurred in Bullock County.

CA: 20,000 ballots cannot be counted in the election for Riverside District Attorney * About 20,000 ballots cannot be counted because they were received after the 8 p.m. deadline for the Registrar’s office to accept ballots on Election Day. The late-arriving ballots were collected at the Chicago Avenue post office in Riverside
Wednesday morning during a regularly scheduled pickup by the registrar’s staff. The U.S. postal service told the registrar’s staff that the ballots had arrived at the post office about 3:00 a.m. Wednesday.

By law, ballots not in the possession of the registrar by the time polls close at 8:00 p.m. on election day cannot be counted.

Dunmore is arranging to meet with postal officials to ensure that ballots reach the registrar’s office as quickly as possible
in future elections.

CA: Some Voters Express Concerns with Vote by Mail * Palm Springs voter Dick Bergstrom voted by mail in Tuesday's primary, and he tracked his ballot online at the county website to find that his vote has not yet been counted. He is upset about the fact that winners have been declared in the election when not all of the ballots have been counted.

CA: Computer glitches, provisional ballots stall Solano vote count * Unofficial final results of Tuesday's primary election in Solano County will not be available until at least Friday, county officials said, because of a series of computer glitches that have delayed the vote count.
Thousands of write-in votes on computerized ballots as well as vote-by-mail ballots received Monday and Tuesday are contributing to the delay, election officials said.
Officials said the county's Web server crashed three times Tuesday night, further delaying the computerized count.

CA: Mims denies conflict in Briggs vote fraud probe
Fresno council candidate did consulting for sheriff.
Fresno County Clerk Victor Salazar said he opened the investigation after his office received a phone complaint alleging that the Briggs campaign was offering items of value in exchange for votes during Tuesday's election.

CO: Curry still awaiting ruling on ballot-access claim
Curry, who switched her party affiliation from Democrat to unaffiliated in December 2009, just before the recently completed legislative session, is one of several independent candidates seeking access to the ballot in Colorado.

DE: House passes bill saving ballot access for small parties

FL: Defeated Davie candidate seeks a new election
The lawsuit accuses Hattan, the town, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and the Broward County Canvassing Board of misconduct, fraud and corruption.

GA: Many county voters on inactive list
Approximately 325 Chilton County voters who participated in the Primary Election had to update their voter ID information because they were on the inactive voter list. That's too many, according to the Chilton County Board of Registrars.

KY: 10 indicted in vote-buying scheme
Monroe County judge-executive, othersare accused in absentee ballot plot A federal grand jury in Bowling Green has indicted the Monroe County judge-executive and nine others for allegedly taking part in a scheme to buy votes by "helping" people who claimed they couldn't do it themselves vote by absentee ballot.

ME: Man changes plea in voter fraud case
BANGOR, Maine - A Newburgh man who admitted voting twice on Election Day last November pleaded guilty Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to the misdemeanor charge of making a false statement or oath.

MT: Computer malfunction led to late results *
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Final election returns in Tuesday's primary weren't calculated in some Montana counties until early Wednesday morning.
When Cascade County Elections Office staff tried to upload the initial returns from the computer to the Secretary of State's new election return page at 9 p.m., the county's computer software crashed.
Fontana Moore added that approximately 1,000 ballots went uncounted because residents voted in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, which is against the rules.

NM: Clerk Illegally Opens Ballot Boxes
Rio Arriba County Clerk Moises Morales appears to have violated state law last week when he opened locked ballot boxes with the supervision of only his own staff

NJ: Is the Clinton Township Republican primary ballot invalid?
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OH: Partisan Games Means Continue Barriers to the Ballot Box for Ohio Voters
OH_Election_Reform_Brief_0.pdf (pdf)
Advancement Project’s issue brief highlights four important election reform provisions of S.B. 8 and H.B. 260, that if adopted will reduce voter disenfranchisement:

PA: Election observation bill passes House
HARRISBURG - A bill that would allow teachers to take groups of schoolchildren to observe polling places on Election Day has been approved by the state House.

SC: Intrigue surrounding S.C.'s Democratic primary deepens
The intrigue surrounding this week's Democratic primary contests in South Carolina intensified Friday as campaign finance reports linked Gregory A. Brown, the challenger who lost to House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, to a Republican consulting firm

SC: Alvin Greene: Republican Plant or... North Korean Spy?
“He represented himself as indigent, at the same time that he’s paid a $10,400 charge for Senate,”
SC: 'Experts' Eye 100% Unverifiable E-Vote System in 'Win' of SC's Mystery U.S. Senate Nominee 'Staggering' disparities seen between Alvin Greene's Election Day touch-screen results and paper-based absentee vote

SC: Experts review S.C. Senate ballots

SC: Alvin Greene's free pass in primary-season press

SC: Something Fishy in South Carolina? ( looks at the numbers)

SC: South Carolina Investigating Alvin Greene's Primary Election Win, Dems Say "He's been paid to stay in it, by somebody," Clyburn said. "I just think this is a ploy by someone to dishonor and embarrass the Democratic Party."

TX: Some Travis County polling places change ahead of Saturday’s runoff
Voters Urged to Check for Polling Place Changes

WV: Challenge filed over Lincoln vote; fraud, misconduct alleged
Disputing absentee ballots


Revised Section 5 guidelines (of voting rights act)
The Department of Justice has published its proposed revisions to the Section 5 guidelines in today's Federal Register:

More judicial activism on campaign finance rules


Dubious Democracies Bangladesh and Pakistan to adopt “India-like” EVMs
Even as political parties in India are getting increasingly impatient to get rid of the EVMs, the controversy regarding India’s paperless Direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines seems to have had no impact on our neighbors who are rushing into electronic voting.

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