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Prof. David Wagner (UC Berkeley)"There is no known way to audit Internet voting. UOCAVA votes might fall 'under a cloud of suspicion.'"..Lee Co FL Ballot blunder could keep votes from counting; envelope design to blame..Shelby Co asks TBI, FEDS to find out "Did someone intentionally load the wrong poll data onto the electronic poll books?"..David Dill: "all voting systems that have been claimed to be secure have been proved to be insecure. And all systems that have been alleged to be insecure by critics have been proved to be insecure." in article "'3 Idiots' determine Indian election results"..Primaries Aug 17: WA & WY. Aug 24: AZ, VT, FL & AK...

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

AZ: Mesa election switch confuses some voters
http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/2010/08/11/20100811mesa-election-changes-voters0811.html

CO: City not exonerated
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/letter-editor/141951 While the recent DA's opinion on Aspen election issues did not find any violations worthy of criminal prosecution, it did cite numerous "technical law violations," "rule violations," instances of "bad practice," "serious errors," "unwise practice," "violation of duty" and "appearances of impropriety." This is hardly an exoneration of the city.

CT: UCONN: Failed memory cards caused by weak batteries, inadequate design
http://www.ctvoterscount.org/uconn-failed-memory-cards-caused-by-weak-batteries-poor-engineering/ We suggest that $10 per year per card is well worth avoiding most of the problems associated with the current huge, unacceptable failure rate.

FL: Ballot blunder could keep votes from counting; envelope design to blame*
http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2010-08-11/Ballot-blunder-could-keep-votes-from-counting It could be happening across Lee County. Over 40,000 absentee ballots were requested, and all sent out with the same faulty return envelope design. Lee County Elections officials are working with USPS on the problem. Still, the ballot blunder is a sorespot for many, who are trying to make their vote count in the upcoming election.

FL: Absentee ballots returned to sender* (Lee Co)
Votes boomerang thanks to automatic sorters
http://www.news-press.com/article/20100811/NEWS0107/8110373/1075/Absentee-ballots-returned-to-sender Turns out a design flaw in the envelopes causes post office machines to scan a voter's return address instead of the destination address.

GA: Faye Coffield Will Appeal Georgia Ballot Access Case to U.S. Supreme Court
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/08/11/faye-coffield-will-appeal-georgia-ballot-access-case-to-u-s-supreme-court/
"Does the U.S. Constitution protect the ability of minor party and independent candidates to run for the U.S. House of Representatives?""
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MI: High Humidity Causes Issues With Voting Machines
http://kstp.com/news/stories/S1691664.shtml?cat=1
A voting machine at a polling location in Cottage Grove is rejecting ballots due to the humidity.

NC: Ballot printer charges more, has big advantage
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/08/05/616405/ballot-printer-charges-more-has.html

NC: Unfair 'fun'
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/08/11/623217/unfair-fun.html
The News & Observer had great fun with a gotcha story about state elections director Gary Bartlett and with a follow-up Aug. 7 about all the Democrats and Republicans who denounced election officials. You cited only three denouncers who had quotes that fit your story line; you avoided people like me who might ask more probing questions.

Through the muddle, there was enough information to see that neither Bartlett nor Bev Perdue selected the vendor and that counties are free to buy ballots from other printers. Ironically, the push by citizen advocates (and N&O editorialists) to avoid a Florida fiasco by enacting rigo

NY: Fear New Machines Will Confuse Voters
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703435104575421982778514628.html
Electronic Scanners Replace Levers at N.Y. Polls Next Month
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OH: Cuyahoga County elections board can't reach agreement on bilingual ballots
click here lections_board_cant_reach_agreement_on_bilingual_ballots.html
http://tinyurl.com/33rw4qr

OH: Cuyahoga County prosecutor, Ohio secretary of state advise elections board on bilingual ballot demand
click here _prosecutor_ohio_secretary_of_state_advise_elections_board_
on_bilingual_ballot_demand.html http://tinyurl.com/37q5ksy

PA: Chesco polling place to relocate after lawsuit
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20100811_ Chesco_ polling_place_to_relocate_after_lawsuit.html http://tinyurl.com/2an3tj4
A small but significant victory has been won by Chester County voters who waited for hours in the rain to take part in a historic presidential election.

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