Thursday, July 29, 2010

Calloway KY Co picks optical scan. More WV cntys. mull troop internet vote test

After an "internet pilot" for 5 WV counties, with total of 54 ballots cast out of 68 requested, the Putnam Co WV clerk now believes internet voting is safe, and wants his county to volunteer. Did anyone explain what happened to those missing 14 votes?...Martin Co FL using a ballot tracking system for absentee ballots, hope it works better than Denver Co system...Former GA SOS Handel hit with ethics complaint. (Handel promised to ditch DREs but reneged......Calloway joins majority of KY counties using paper ballots...Ohio SOS Office gets YouTube Channel...

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

FL: Martin County Track your vote-by-mail ballot for Aug. 24 primary To track your ballot, visit and click on Track Your Ballot located under What’s New.

GA: Karen Handel hit with ethics complaint alleging $13k in illegal payments to staffers
Political blogger Bill Simon has filed a complaint against Republican candidate for governor Karen Handel with the State Ethics Commission, alleging that she illegally paid $13,200 to advisors of her gubernatorial campaign with money raised as a candidate for secretary of state

GA: Ethics Panel Probes Handel Complaints (different from above article)

KY: Elections board to pursue the purchase of new machines
Calloway County...Most counties in Kentucky have moved to using new paper-ballot scanning equipment that tallies votes electronically, but also produce a better “paper trail” that can be used to verify electronic voting results and ensure an accurate as well as a faster and more efficient.

NC: Editorial: One-stop - Early voting deserves bipartisan support.

NY: Did You Split Your Vote? Experts Scrutinize Port Chester Vote Data for Trends
Using a wealth of data from exit polls and surveys, political scientists want to know how Port Chester voters used the new cumulative voting system.

NY: Election commissioner at odds with county law PLATTSBURGH — Democratic Elections Commissioner Susan Castine is challenging a Clinton County law that says she can't run for office and work at the Board of Elections at the same time.

OH: Ohio Secretary of State's Office Establishes YouTube Channel
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s office has created a YouTube channel where citizens can follow the work of the office. YouTube is another way the office has embraced technology to provide additional outreach to Ohioans.

Internet Voting Watch

WVA:Putnam officials want to be part of voting project
Commission also approves contract for demolition of building
"I feel more secure about the system now that it has been utilized," ~ Brian Wood

WVA: Online Balloting Gaining Steam in Mon County Getting things done as fast as possible is the trend in America these days, and making your vote count is no different. That's why Monongalia County is one of four counties in the state using online balloting.
Not everyone can cast their vote online yet, but for now, if you have a family member serving in the military overseas, or you know someone living abroad that wants to vote, this is for them.

Online Voting: All That Glitters is Not Gold (Unless You're a Vendor) Voting over the internet seems like a cool idea whose time has come. But, it depends on who's doing the talking.

(rerun) Electionline Newsletter May 20-2010
electionlineWeekly05.20.10.pdf (pdf file)
Five counties in the Mountain State — Jackson, Kanawha, Marshall, Monongalia, and Wood —participated in an online voting pilot project for military and overseas

(rerun) West Virginia's Internet Voting Pilot Program Featured In Pew Center Newsletter (says total 54 ballots cast )'sInternetVotingPilotProgram
Featured InPewCenterNewsletter.aspx
68 overseas voters and military personnel requested an online ballot. 54 of those ballots were voted and returned, or about 80 percent.

Canada: Renfrew dabbles in electronic voting

...The move to electronic voting for the upcoming municipal election is meeting with some resistance in the town of Renfrew, where many older residents still prefer to visit ballot boxes
"Given the security risks, opening the door to provincial or federal internet voting seems premature," said Geist on his blog.

"In the zeal to increase voter turnout, the reliance on internet voting could inadvertently place the validity of the election process at risk."


Tom Toles cartoon "Supreme irony" (about Citizens United)


The perfect voting system? (encryption system)

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