Wednesday, January 12, 2011

E-mail voting clears WA House committee; CT watchdogs issue report; Internet voting pushed in Vancouver

In Washington, a bill to allow all military and overseas voters to vote by fax or e-mail cleared cleared its House committee. Connecticut watchdog groups have issued a report on the Bridgeport recount, and Vancouver looks at Internet voting for November municipal elections.

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

CT: Bridgeport Recount Report and Recommendations |

Luther Weeks of CTVotersCount states, “We found evidence suggesting just about every type of counting and calculation error one would imagine from officials who worked extended days and counted under pressure. We also found differences between numbers of ballots cast and numbers of voters checked-in at the polls.” Read More

IN: Satellite early-vote centers on hold till fall | The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN

Allen County residents will still only have one place to vote early this spring, but those options are likely to grow in the fall. Read More

LA: What's Geauxing On: Everybody's Copying Louisiana

In 1976, Louisiana adopted a non-partisan blanket primary system for both its state and its congressional elections. Read More

MN: Republicans pay bill for governor race recount | Alexandria Echo Press | Alexandria, Minnesota

Douglas County can clear an unpaid bill of $204.05 from its books.

That was how much the county charged the Minnesota Republican Party for its request for copies of documents during the recount of the Mark Dayton-Tom Emmer race for governor. Read More

NY: O'Mara named chairman of elections panel | | Star-Gazette

State Sen. Tom O'Mara, R, Big Flats, has been named chairman of the Senate Elections Committee and as a member of 10 other Senate committees. Read More

NC: Voters Continue to Demand Requiring Photo ID to Vote | The Lincoln Tribune

There continues to be overwhelming support among North Carolina voters for requiring photo identification to vote, according to a new poll released yesterday by the Civitas Institute. Read More

NV: Miller appoints elections official - The Political Eye -

Secretary of State Ross Miller appointed Scott F. Gilles to serve as Deputy for Elections, replacing Matt Grifin who resigned in December to go into private practice.

Gilles, 34, is an attorney in Reno and senior associate at Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster since February, 2006. Read More

NJ: Democrat McCarthy apparent winner in Manasquan | | Asbury Park Press

A recount of the ballots was conducted in November and when the results came under scrutiny, the case went before Superior Court Judge Lawrence M. Lawson on Dec. 8, who decided there should be a run-off election. Read More

NJ: Democrat wins special election in Manasquan | | Asbury Park Press

The voters have spoken — again.

Two months after originally casting their ballots in the municipal election, residents broke an Election Day tie by choosing 37-year-old Democrat Owen McCarthy. Read More

OH: Judge choice thrown into chaos | | Cincinnati.Com

A federal judge ordered Hamilton County election officials on Wednesday to count more than 150 disputed ballots in the race for juvenile court judge - more than enough to potentially change the outcome. Read More

OH: - Republicans, Democrats square off at Board of Elections meeting

Fourteen Summit County residents whose votes weren't counted in the November election improperly filled out registration cards, but weren't timely notified of the problem by the elections board. Read More

PA: Both Chesco commissioner, husband to take on roles in Corbett's cabinet -

Soon-to-be former Chester County Commissioner Carole Aichele will apparently not suffer from lack of company on her commutes between her home in Tredyffrin and her office in Harrisburg after her expected confirmation as secretary of the commonwealth is complete. Read More

PA: Corbett picks PennDOT secretary, general counsel

A day after Gov.-elect Tom Corbett nominated Chester County Commissioner Carol Aichele to be secretary of the commonwealth, he named her husband general counsel to the state. Read More

TX: Speaker names committee to consider contested Travis County House seat | Postcards

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, defeated Republican challenger Dan Neil on Election Day by 16 votes, and her victory stood after a recount, though the margin fell to 12 votes. Neil since has contested the election, and the matter could be decided by the House.

Neil has said that some of the 51,500 ballots cast were mishandled and that a handful of legal votes were discounted. Read More

TX: Collin County Commissioners Court hears complaints about long voter lines | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Dallas-Fort Worth Politics | The Dallas Morning News

"There are some issues I think the court needs to address," said Chris Freeman, who was an election judge at Valley Creek Elementary School in McKinney. "We had a shortage of equipment. We had software problems." Read More

TX: Star Local News Allen American News Voting centers leave voters frustrated

Even snowy streets and icy roads couldn’t keep the county from getting down to business, and although two discussion items on the agenda were tabled for the next meeting, the Collin County Commissioners received word that their voting center idea didn’t come to fruition as they hoped. Read More

WA: E-mail voting clears committee, has easier path through Legislature - Under the Dome - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington

Elections officials and advocates for the military who want overseas Washingtonians to be able to vote by e-mail were thwarted last year, but now see an easier path to their goal.
Their proposal became the first bill filed this year, HB 1000, and today became one of the first to pass a committee vote when the House State Government Committee approved it unanimously. Read More

WA: Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson explains practical aspects of Top Two primary decision | Political Buzz

Tuesday's ruling that the state's Top Two primary is legal both in theory and in application may not end the decade-old litigation on the state primary. But it certainly will make it difficult for the state's political parties to prevail in the argument that the form of the primary violates their rights to free association. Read More

WA: Federal judge upholds Wash. top 2 primary system

A federal judge upheld Washington's primary system against a challenge from the state's Republican and Democratic parties Tuesday, but he struck down the way Washington runs elections for the parties' grassroots organizers. Read More

Internet Voting Watch


The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards published a request for information notice yesterday seeking public comments to assist the department in issuing guidance concerning the use of electronic voting systems in union officer elections. Read More

Canada: Online voting coming to B.C. cities as early as fall

The two largest municipalities in British Columbia are looking at the possibility of allowing voters to cast their ballots over the Internet in November's civic election. Read More

Canada: Vancouver, Surrey considering using online voting in November election. - Civic Lee Speaking

If Vancouver and Surrey councils have their way, you will soon have the option of casting your November election ballot while in your skivvies at home sucking on coffee in front of a computer monitor. Read More

Canada: Get voters to the polls, or take the polls to voters? - Report Card

According to the Union of B.C. Municipalities, online voting is prohibited by law and since amendments would take time, it's not likely to happen this November.

But Reimer believes Vancouver may be able to get around that. Read More


Pakistan: EC makes computerized ID cards mandatory for voting

Election Commission (EC) of Pakistan has decided to make computerized Identity Cards mandatory for casting vote in next elections.

The high level meeting was held here on Wednesday, the meeting was held in connection with introducing computerized voting machine for polling and making computerized ID cards mandatory for casting vote in next elections. Read More

Pakistan: Law on the anvil for transparent elections through CNIC and EVMs

The meeting will essentially focus on the revision of computerized electoral rolls and the keenly-awaited piece of legislation to make CNIC mandatory with a view to stemming possibility of pre-poll and after poll rigging, and introduction of electronic voting machine (EVM) in elections,” the official maintained. Read More

India: EC examines possibility of EVM printouts

Chief election commissioner SY Quraishi on Tuesday said around 20 million new voters are expected to be enrolled in the country's electoral list this month and the Election Commission was also examining whether printouts could be made available from Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) amid allegations of their manipulation. Read More

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