Sunday, October 31, 2010

NC Judge rules for GOP on touchscreen voting. E-vote probs not conspiracy theory

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of NC GOP in Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Complaint. NCGOP atty Tom Farr: “What I heard in the argument today was, the problem with the touchscreen voting machines are the fault of the voters, not the State Board and we have to preserve the integrity of the State Board and its reputation. And that's more important than making sure that voters had their ballots counted accurately, and that's what I thought was outrageous,” ..Will N.Mexico voter reg database crash on election day?.....Video "Vote on Paper" 'its not a conspiracy theory, its just plain science.'...Voting Probs? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE...

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AK: Suit filed in federal court over election write-in list
A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of four Alaska voters over the state's providing a list of write-in candidates to voters.
The lawsuit alleges that in providing lists, the state has changed its rules for holding elections and did so without receiving the required approval of the U.S. Department of Justice.

MD: State ordered to extend overseas ballot deadline

Judge Roger Titus issued an order Friday extending the deadline from Nov. 12 to Nov. 22.

NC: Judge rules in favor of GOP over touchscreen voting (must see video interview ) RALEIGH—Saturday afternoon a federal judge ruled in favor of the state Republican party over the lawsuit filed in complaint of touchscreen voting machines.

NC: Secret donor money floods 4 N.C. races

NM: Glitch disrupts early voting* (statewide voter reg database overloaded)
SANTA FE - County elections officials complained Wednesday of problems with New Mexico's voter registration computer system, saying it has disrupted early voting at some locations across the state and continues to delay the preparation of voter turnout reports.

County clerks worry that they'll have trouble preparing voter sign-in rosters for Tuesday's general election if the secretary of state's office doesn't resolve the computer problems.

"The slowdowns have been creating a problem every day," said Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman. "It's been absolutely a nightmare."

NY: Election workers brace for glitches with optical-scan voting machines After a shaky trial run in the primaries, the state's new optical-scan voting machines will get a full workout in Tuesday's general elections (comprehensive article w/previous coverage & how to vote)

NY: Quirk in N.Y.'s new voting system may hurt third parties

PA: Committee of 70 pushes city to extend absentee ballot deadline because of voting problems Philiadelphia... several local voters have gotten their absentee ballots mailed back to them, instead of sent to the Board of Elections.
The problem is, the deadline for absentee ballots has already passed: It was 5 p.m. on Friday, and so the Committee is worried that these people's votes won't be counted because of what is believed to be an innocent postal service error.

TX: PARALLEL ELECTION VENUE 11/2: City Hall Plaza! + Final Training Opp OUR FINAL TRAINING for volunteers with the "Citizens Parallel Election" and the "Citizens Pilot Hand Count" will take place THIS COMING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th, from 1 p.m. til 3 p.m. at Lyons Gardens Senior Housing and Community Center, 2720 Lyons Rd., Austin, TX 78702.

WA: Son can’t find dad’s name on the ballot* (online ballot prob fixed by Friday)
OKANOGAN — Stephen Rawson, an Okanogan County resident who was deployed with the U.S. Navy and away from his duty station, was hoping to vote for his dad in the Nov. 2 election.

But when he went online and downloaded his ballot on Thursday, his father’s name, Henry “Hank” Rawson, was nowhere to be found. Neither was his father’s opponent, Rick Weber. Both are running for Okanogan County District Court Judge, Position 2.

Officials say the glitch in the new online replacement ballot system was likely isolated to this single incident and this single county.
Murphy said the problem was that the Okanogan County District Court judge races weren’t entered in her system for all precincts in Okanogan County.

Internet Voting Watch

DC: Hacked Voting System Stored Accessible Password, Encryption Key

The hack, unnoticed by election officials until researchers notified them, forced election officials to take the system offline and adopt a contingency plan for the November elections
The hack left lots of traces that an intrusion detection system should have caught.

National is a website that logs and organizes election-related problems and inquiries across the USA Have a voting problem or inquiry? Call 866-OUR-VOTE today. So far, this site has processed 384 reports for the 2010 General Election since October 26.

Election Protection Coalition Get help, report problems online, by phone or via twitter.

Justice Department to Monitor Polls in 18 States on Election Day
In the days leading up to and throughout Election Day, Civil Rights Division staff members will be available at a special toll-free number to receive complaints related to ballot access (1-800-253-3931) (TTY line 1-877-267-8971)...individuals may also report complaints, problems or concerns related to voting via the Internet.

BRAD BLOG Animated Video: "Vote on Paper" 'its not a conspiracy theory, its just plain science.'

LA & SC: E-Voting Concerns Overblown, Officials Say

Next step after 'Citizens United': corporate candidates(Murray Hill Inc for congress)
Why shouldn’t corporations be allowed to run for office?

That’s the idea behind our candidate, Murray Hill Inc., the first corporation to run for Congress.
First, there’s transparency. With a corporation, what you see is what you’ll get. There is no ambiguity over how a corporate member of Congress will vote: It will always be in support of their shareholders’ interests.

Watchdog Groups Call For Appointment Of A Special Prosecutor To Investigate The Use Of Secret Money To Influence Elections

Editorial: Court opened up floodgates with its campaign ad decision
this year, there has been an alarming development: attacks funded by corporations that hide behind the skirt of federal tax codes that govern nonprofit advocacy groups.

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