Thursday, December 30, 2010

Swiss government expresses caution on Internet voting, India looking to modify EVMs, MI county acts to improve chain of custody

The Swiss federal government expresses caution about Internet voting and limits its scope, while some local officials push for expanded Internet voting. India's political parties reportedly agree to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) going forward and the Election Commission has appointed a technical committee to study voter-verifiable paper records. On a more local but important note, Huron County, Michigan orders new ballot containers following a recount stymied by improperly sealed ballots.

All this and more in today's Voting News below.

AK: Murkowski Certified Winner of Alaska Senate Election

CA: Warren Slocum aimed to break the mold

FL: Stuart Canvassing Board OK's voting equipment

FL: Charlie Crist's legacy - an unfinished agenda
Crist's insistence on switching from touchscreen to optical-scan voting in 2007 largely ended the mockery of "Flori-duh" as a place with unreliable ballot counting systems.

IA: Iowa misspent vote act money, but doesn't owe, U.S. audit says

IA: Gov. Culver: Statement on EAC final management decision

IA: Iowa to owe nothing in election spending audit,0,3533416.story

LA: Be transparent in voter registration

MO: Royster v. Rizzo Missouri House seat dispute heats up

MI: New ballot bags a go
During a meeting of the whole last week, Huron County Clerk Peggy Koehler requested the board purchase ballot containers for all the jurisdictions in Huron County.

“I’m not going to let this happen again,” she said in regard to the large number of precincts in Huron County that were unable to be recounted in the 84th District State Representative recount because of improperly sealed ballot containers.

NJ: Frederick and McNamara remain in office after recount

NY: NY's new voting process already questioned

NY: AP brief: Voting Machines

NY: Wayne County election commissioners retire

OH: Richland County elections board No. 2 retires

PA: Washo, O'Brien to seek re-election
Mr. Washo said that while he and Mr. O'Brien took heat for their selection of the county's optical scan voting system, which some critics saw as a step back technologically, it is now regarded as a "wise choice" because it provides verifiable election results.

WI: Senate recount costs counties nearly $16,000

Internet Voting Watch

Switzerland: Swiss abroad question half [sic] of e-voting
Contacted by, the federal chancellery issued a statement. “Electronic voting carries risks. In addition to irregularities, serious consideration should be given to rumours of abuses committed abroad that could undermine confidence in electronic voting.”


Canada: Partial recount ordered in Kitchener's ward nine

India: Expert committee to decide on EVMs, says Quraishi

India: II Phase ZP/TP polls in 17 districts of Karnataka tomorrow
The repoll became necessary due to snag in Electronic Voting Machines and rigging during the first phase elections.

Ireland: retiring Sinn Fein TD urges radical reform of procedures

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