Tuesday, September 7, 2010

NY ballots fine print. 1600 Hawaii ballots missing contest. Internet Voting Pt 3

CTVoter series on Common Sense Election Integrity...Sarasota FL election sup Kathy Dent shrugs of another lawsuit, no wonder since taxpayers foot the bill either way...Putting troops votes at risk: NJ lawmakers have two bills for internet/military voting...NY New Ballot Type Too Small...Paper V Plastic debate heats up in Tenn...Fox anchor accuses WA State of trying to disenfranchise military vote...Lawsuit over electronic voting in Virgin Islands...Verified Voting's Internet Voting Part 3 is online...

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

CA: Woman says her name was forged on voter cards
A political signature gathering firm that's been accused of wrongdoing in seven states registered dozens of Orange County residents to vote in February under the name of a 69-year-old woman who insists she was in Puerto Rico the entire time.

CO: Election Commission seeking to allow more time for voters
Fellow Election Commissioner Bob Leatherman said all processes need to be formalized in Aspen city elections in light of a large number of extensive complaints the commission is reviewing about the May 2009 election...

CT: Common Sense Election Integrity


FL: SRQ Elections Chief: Lawsuits part of the job
http://legal-ease.blogs.heraldtribune.com/10512/srq-elections-chief-lawsuits-part-of-the-job/?tc=ar "It’s sad that we citizens/ taxpayers don’t have a level playing field. We’re paying to protect our voting rights and candidate rights via this lawsuit that I initiated. Mrs. Dent will be using our taxpayer dollars to defend her actions. We pay for both sides"

Guam: 14% of Ballots Spoiled*
Despite public outreach encouraging voters to stay on one side of the ballot, more than 14% of those voters who came out spoiled their ballot by crossing-over.

HI: New absentee ballots to be sent after misprint (absentee ballots)
The original ballot is missing all of the District 25 Senate candidates.
The 1,600 voters either live in Portlock or the Kokohead side of Lunalilo Home Road.

MD: Fake Democratic Ballots Circulating in Prince George's County Maryland
(Fake sample ballot)

MD: A silly signature rule stymies Montgomery petitioners
For years, this confusing jumble of words was interpreted by the Maryland State Board of Elections loosely but straightforwardly: Print your name and sign...

NJ: Bill: Let military vote via Web (never mind security or secrecy issues)

NM: EDITORIAL: Secret Ballot 'Cure' Worse Than Problem
Herrera wants to add blind eyes to the mix, closing the door to public inspection but opening it to myriad behind-the-scenes post-Election Day shenanigans. A public meeting is scheduled Sept. 15 on her proposed change. New Mexico's voters should make sure she understands more secrecy doesn't ensure election accuracy or accountability, much less protect voters.

NV: Online voter registration launched in southern NV
Nevada is the 9th state to launch an online voter registration system.

NY: NY Candidate Says New Ballot Type Too Small*

The print on ballots in next week’s New York primaries is so small the New York City Board of Elections will have magnifying glasses at polling places.

RI: Volunteer for candidate Grebien charged with tampering with voter registration cards (phone ns & e-mail addresses were redacted) http://www.projo.com/news/content/PAWTUCKET_VOTETAMPER_CHARGE_09-03-10_MFJP2NM_v144.253987a.html Registrar Kenneth R. McGill said that, of the 64 voters whose original forms had redacted information, 32 have returned new cards. If more affected voters want to register, they would need to use provisional ballots at their polling places, he said.

TN: Debate over paper vs. electronic ballots heats up after primary mistake

TN: "John Doe" Says Election Commission Knew About Memphis Voting Problems
http://www.myeyewitnessnews.com/news/local/story/John-Doe-Says-Election-Commission-Knew-About/PlH-4YBP2kCHG1OXShM_Wg.cspx (Video available)

TN: Democrats Get Fired-Up at Meeting on Election Lawsuit

TN: Booker: Newfangled ideas - Women get right to vote
Ninety-one years ago yesterday women voted in Knoxville for the very first time
The Knoxville Journal and Tribune of Sept. 7, 1919, reported, "Voting held no terrors for Knoxville women yesterday. The polls instead of being places where men gathered to drink, fight and swear, as men at the polls are popularly supposed to do, became 'voting booths' of a quite, dignified character...

TX: LULAC Texas and LULAC National Pass Resolution for Hand-Counted Paper Ballot Elections! http://www.opednews.com/articles/TX-and-NATIONAL-Latino-Org-by-Karen-Renick-100906-864.html "All votes cast in Travis County are being counted secretly behind closed doors with no possible way for public observation of the actual counting process..."stated Karen Renick, Founder and Co-Director of VoteRescue..
TX: Democrats sue Harris County Voter Registrar Leo Vasquez for alleged violations of voter registration laws http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2010/09/democrats-sue-harris-county-voter-registrar-leo-vasquez-for/1283465820.column
As it did in 2008, the Texas Democratic Party has sued the Harris County voter registrar in federal district court for what it says are violations of voter registration laws, political favoritism and violations of voter privacy.

TX: Letters: Fire ignites voting ideas (some good, some really bad)

Virgin Islands: Candidate files suit over electronic voting

Adelbert Bryan has filed two lawsuits against the government — one in U.S. District Court and one in the V.I. Superior Court — stating that his right to vote with a paper ballot has been violated.

WA: More phony outrage over state's overseas ballot plan

WA: States Struggling to Meet Deadline for Military Voters (youtube of Fox News)

Internet Voting Watch

NJ: Bill: Let military vote via Web [2 internet voting bills]

"This bill would give democracy a 21st century makeover to make voting more accessible," said Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, D-Mercer,. She's sponsoring the measure Assemblymen Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, Wayne P. DeAngelo, D-Mercer, and Nelson Albano and Matthew W. Milam, both D-Cape May.

The measure, which was introduced in June, has been referred to the Assembly's State Government Committee, which has not yet scheduled a hearing on it. Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, is sponsoring identical legislation in that chamber.

Verified Voting: How the Internet Works
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Internet Voting

Prof. Ron Rivest (MIT)presentation at NIST's UOCAVA workshop (repost)
“What are best practices for internet voting?” to me sounds like “Pleash jush help me inshert the key in the lock, (hic), and I’ll be on my way…”
Remote voting is trade-off between franchise and risk
The risks of “internet voting” more than negate any possible benefits from an increase in franchise

National: How to Make Sure Your 2010 Ballot Is On Its Way
New regulations for overseas voting are in effect for 2010. To be sure you get your ballot, we strongly encourage overseas voters to refile the official registration/ballot request form every election year, starting this year. It is always best to file this form as early as possible!


India: Election Commission flunks the openness test on EVMs
http://www.dnaindia.com/opinion/main-article_election-commission-flunks-the-openness-test-on-evms_1434122 However, in several cases, EVMs have been found wanting, and this has led to bans in countries like the US, Germany, and the Netherlands. The Germans found that EVMs violated their constitution, because the system is obliged to prove to the voter that his vote is registered as per his intent, and EVMs cannot guarantee that.

EC to call all-party meeting to discuss EVM issue

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