Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NY Count the ballots - 'best way to settle disputes.' Bridgeport Conn to have recount

Indiana voter describes "Voting as a deaf blind person" ..Bridgeport Conn to allow recount...Colorado Sunshine law partly cloudy after Election Day..Palm Beach Election sup changes mind,will consider new modems instead of whole new voting system. Modems are $1,500 each??.Minn. canvas board launches recount, battle over rules...Nevada SoS says time to replace old voting machines...New York: "It’s time to count the paper ballots. That is the best way to settle these disputes and get on with governing." ~NY Times...

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

Voting as a deaf blind person (the challenges she faced)
So yeah- for the time being I'll still vote at the polls, however I reluctantly realize that my time is drawing near, much sooner than I care to admit, where I am probably going to have to retreat to the ranks of others who vote via absentee ballot in order to perform my duty as a citizen to vote.

AK: Miller Brings Alaska Senate Election Lawsuit To State Court


CA: San Leandro mayor's race drawing to a close
Santos has until Wednesday to challenge

CA: Our View: Of instant runoffs and our democracy (Pasadena)

CO: Sunshine law partly cloudy after Election Day - The Denver Post
When public records are withheld, they cease to be open public records. And with a trend in Colorado to prevent citizen and media oversight and verification of election results, the electorate should be asking, "Are these our elections?"

CO: SOS-elect Gessler dubbed ‘real activist in support of voter suppression’

CT: City agrees to unseal ballots for recount by Post, citizen groups (Bridgeport)
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/City-agrees-to-unseal-ballots-for-recount-by-826193.php A recount "will answer the questions that a lot of people are asking," said Luther Weeks, executive director of CTVotersCount.org and the CT Citizen Election Audit Coalition. "It will resolve those questions."

FL: Bucher changes mind: Now willing to fix voting system instead of buying new one

She said she is now telling the company that sold the county its equipment to show her modem options - options she had previously called too unreliable to trust with voting results.
Bucher said she's been told each modem would cost about $1,500 plus an install fee. She thinks she might need as many as 450 or 500.

FL: Osceola Complaint attached (Contest-of-Election Lawsuit)
This contest-of-election complaint (attached) filed yesterday in Osceola District Court includes absentee ballot fraud (individuals shown as having voted by absentee ballot who never voted; and people who voted for one candidate but are shown as voting for the other candidate); memory card failures; the forceful and extensive shaking of voting machines; the unlawful rejection of Provisional ballots; the failure to count military overseas ballots; the failure of the optical scans to read certain colors and types of ink; and much more.

GA: Fraudsters Target Absentee Ballots (McIntosh County)
http://www.gpb.org/news/2010/11/23/fraudsters-target-absentee-ballots The women were charged with three felony counts of mishandling absentee ballots, after a local postal worker tipped off authorities that one of them mailed a stack of ballots before the November 2nd general election.
Kemp says people trying to throw elections manipulate absentee ballots, more often in rural counties with smaller populations:

Guam: MUST SEE VIDEO. Gutierrez Files Lawsuits Seeking to Overturn Results of 2010 Gubernatorial Election http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ABcuUy7xnw&feature=player_embedded Cites every sort of voter disenfranchisement and conflicts of interest. Non citizens, underage voters, totals changed, undervotes were rejected by machines, machine recount mutilitated & chewed up ballots.

Guam: Amended Complaints Filed In Gutierrez Election Lawsuit
http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9544:amended-complaints-filed-in-gutierrez-election-lawsuit&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Read the Amended Complaint Filed in District Court

MA: Voter fraud charges alleged - Activist group singled out

MA: Group defends election activities, denies allegations of voter fraud

MN: Supreme court denies Emmer, GOP petition
“The time to challenge the voting process is before the election,” he said. “I would urge this court to look at the fact… that this regulation has been used for a long time.” ~ Mark Elias, attorney

MN: Minn. canvassing board launches recount with battle over rules
http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=883971 and scheduled the recount in the governor's race and three tight state legislative races for Monday, Nov. 29th.
The board decided to allow a subset of "frivolous challenges" to be set aside apart from other challenges. Judge Reilly said she wanted to make sure the tracking of those ballots made it clear which campaign issued the frivolous challenge.
Secretary Ritchie said that put the board in a bind, because the new law stipulated that the canvassing board can't accept frivolous ballots.

"The last time, when lawyers got to decide which ballots were frivolous it was disastrous."

MN: Emmer will ask Canvassing Board to square voter tallies
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/23/emmer-recount-supreme-court-defeat-dayton-governor/ Now, attorneys for Republican Tom Emmer are expected to ask the five member State Canvassing Board to do what the Supreme Court didn't -- require local elections officials to match up the number of ballots cast with the number of voters who signed in on Election Day.

NC: NC Elections Board Certifies Voting Results
The board did not certify results of two contests. One is the state House District 45 race in Cumberland County. Republican Jackie Warner unofficially lost her race to Democratic state Rep. Rick Glazier by 46 votes, but she's challenging the process.

NJ: O’Connor to challenge votes in S. Amboy race
A recount held Friday by the Middlesex County Board of Elections reaffirmed Fred Henry’s single-vote victory in South Amboy’s mayoral election.

NV: Secretary of state: We need new voting machines (machines are 7-10 yrs old)
http://www.lvrj.com/news/secretary-of-state-we-need-new-voting-machines-110198379.html Secretary of State Ross Miller said Tuesday that the 7,000 electronic voting machines used in Nevada elections are aging and should be replaced.
The secretary of state hopes Congress eventually will fund the cost of replacing voting machines. There is $400 million left in a Help America Vote Act fund to cover replacing machines, he said.

NY: Count the Votes
A recount is hugely labor-intensive. But in these very close elections, it is best the way to guarantee a fair vote and a comparatively swift resolution.

NY: Judge Sets Deadline for Decision in 37th Senate District
http://larchmont.patch.com/articles/judge-sets-deadline-for-decision-in-37th-senate-district The state's top judge has set a Dec. 20 deadline for three tight Senate races to be decided. Among them is a bid in the 37th Senate District, in which Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer is currently leading GOP candidate Bob Cohen by 600 votes.

NY: Court Calls in Referee for 7th Senate District
Appointee to oversee, report to court on disputed absentee ballots.

NY: Dan Maffei concedes; Ann Marie Buerkle wins 25th Congressional seat
http://www.henriettapost.com/feature/x1966815411/Dan-Maffei-concedes-Ann-Marie-Buerkle-wins-25th-Congressional-seat ..Dan Maffei has conceded the race for the 25th Congressional District to Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican newcomer.

NY: Voting machines stir controversy

OH: OH SoS Brad's Guest on 'Malloy' Tonight!; MUCH MORE..(6p-9p PT)
MORE, LIVE CHAT DURING SHOW: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8208

OH: Local election fight now in federal court (provisional ballots)
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20101123/NEWS010702/11240330/Local-election-fight-now-in-federal-court It could be weeks, or even months, before the issue of who was elected Nov. 2 to a vacant Hamilton County Juvenile Court judgeship is decided, while a legal tug of war grinds on over which provisional ballots should be counted.

TN: Voting machines outnumber voters

VA: Voter-fraud charge withdrawn against former Petersburg sheriff's deputy

WV: County Clerk’s staff did job in primary election
http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/551887/County-Clerk-s-staff-did-job-in-primary-election.html?nav=5061 First, the error in the "unofficial" election returns from the May 2010 primary. That error was caused by a glitch in the software used in election reporting and was not isolated to Berkeley County; other counties experienced similar problems.

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