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US Senate candidate Miller(R)wins delay on Alaska election cert...Palm Beach officials building their case for touchscreen voting, now claim its about disability access...Now That He's Been Elected, KS Sec. of State-Elect Kris Kobach Can't Find Any 'Voter Fraud'...Minnesota GOP lays groundwork to "remove" alleged phantom ballots. Ramsey County says suit should be rejected...2 'new' voting machines turn up in Buffalo 3 weeks after election..."Tabulator Troubles in New York:What actually malfunctioned? Could the glitch have effect the election result?"..Unique Challenges of Election Administration...

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

AK: U.S. District Court in Alaska Tells Joe Miller to File Case on Vote-Counting in State Court; Tells State Not to Certify Election Until State Court Rules
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/11/19/u-s-district-court-in-alaska-tells-joe-miller-to-file-case-on-vote-counting-in-state-court-tells-state-not-to-certify-election-until-state-court-rules/ 

FL: Sarasota "Conduct of Election Report' offers little elaboration on early vote glitchhttp://floridaindependent.com/15327/sarasota-conduct-of-election-report-offers-little-elaboration-on-early-vote-glitch The report describes the early vote failure as the result of an "intermittent signal on network port switch." Dent told The Florida Independent the morning after the glitch that the voting site lost "connectivity" with her main office, which delayed voting by around 40 minutes. The report indicates that elections staff replaced the "network switch and network cables" to correct the problem, and offers no other information. (report at link)

FL: PB County commissioner joins elections chief in push for return to touch screens
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/pb-county-commissioner-joins-elections-chief-in-push-1056815.html  In conjunction with Bucher's announcement, County Commissioner Karen Marcus said she will lobby to have that part of the law overturned, saying that "touch screens are a better system" with "less opportunity for human error."

Bucher said she hopes to speak to the county commission in January. She wants to replace all of her equipment before the 2012 election, with touch screens if Marcus is successful and with newer optical machines if she is not.

FL: Disabilities Act might force PB County to replace all voting machines by 2016
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/disabilities-act-might-force-pb-county-to-replace-1060662.html 

Guam: Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn 2010 Gubernitorial Results Expected To Be Filed By End of Todayhttp://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9459:lawsuit-seeking-to-overturn-2010-gubernitorial-results-expected-to-be-filed-by-end-of-today&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 
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IA: District 13 Senate recount hits a snag
http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=302806 Democrat Tod Bowman holds a 71-vote lead against Republican Andrew Naeve.
After hand-counting the absentee ballots, the Dubuque County recount board came up 11 ballots short and decided to recess until Wednesday, Nov. 24. After the board left, election officials searched through the ballots and found all 11 by 5:45 p.m., according to Tom O'Neill, deputy commissioner of elections for Dubuque County.

IN: Critic claims a voting machine shortage in suburbs*
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/article_f38cedc4-6110-5216-ba40-591bc26c632f.html  
Republican activist claims election officials were practicing voter suppression "by accident or design" by failing to provide enough electronic voting machines in suburban communities.
"I'm not blaming anybody, but it's a situation that needs to be looked at," Joe Hero said.

IN: "DEMS CONTEST CHARLIE WHITE'S ELIGIBILITY AS SECRETARY OF STATE"
http://electionlawblog.org/archives/018030.html 

IN: Decision On Charlie White Charges Expected Next Month
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/25843447/detail.html 
Embattled Secretary of State-elect Charlie White may learn his fate within the next 30 days
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White got into trouble when it was discovered he had voted in the primary from his ex-wife's home where he used to live, not his new home across town, 6News reported.

IN: Alleged voter fraud investigated (Jennings County, absentee ballot fraud)
http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/Alleged_voter_fraud_investigated_11_19_2010/ At the center of the challenge made by the county Republican Party is Benjamin Cook's absentee ballot.
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Cook is a 22-year-old Jennings County native and Marine stationed in California.

IN:(More)Alleged voter fraud case to police* (Jennings County,absentee ballot fraud)
County election board votes unanimously to forward evidence involving absentee ballot
http://plaindealer-sun.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=40&ArticleID=14795&TM=59852.89 Before the Nov. 2 election, Benjamin Cook filed an affidavit claiming that he did not request an absentee ballot nor did he complete a ballot that was received by the county election office.
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"We would like to know how many more victims are out there," Pike said. "I don't think this is the only ballot in Jennings County that was voted erroneously. I suspect there are more people that voted and didn't know it. Hopefully the state police will investigate and perhaps uncover some of these."

KS: Now That He's Been Elected, KS Sec. of State-Elect Kris Kobach Can't Find Any 'Voter Fraudhttp://www.bradblog.com/?p=8202 As he stated himself, Kobach's campaign was almost entirely built on the promise of putting a stop to the state's out-of-control (and also, non-existent, but ssshhh, don't tell anybody) "voter fraud" epidemic. But now that the election's over, he's having trouble identifying any actual instances of the horrible scourge he helped tricked Republican voters into believing actually existed.

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