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Voting News: CA,CO mail ballot holdup. CT ballot fiasco. AR, PA voting machine fails. MN recount?

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Alameda Cnty CA has 122, 000 ballots to count. Other CA counties still counting mail ballots...Weld, & Arapahoe Cnty CO still processing mail ballots...Bridgeport CT ballot shortage fiasco leaves gov race un-decided...Reduction of polling places in Paulding, GA & Collins caused long lines &, long waits for voters...More vote flipping in NC, PA...Sumter SC touchscreens shutdown...MN braces for potential recount, other state's races undecided...US College students still routinely disenfranchised... Canadians frustrated with slow Internet voting system...

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

Minnesota braces for potential recount, other races undecided
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20101104/el_yblog_upshot/minnesota-braces-for-potential-recount-other-races-undecided Below we run through the Senate, gubernatorial and House races that remain undecided...

AR: Computer glitch skews Baxter County election count; tally corrected*
http://www.baxterbulletin.com/article/20101104/NEWS01/11040326
the processing error occurred in data stored on an electronic media or "flash" card as it fed data to a computer that tabulates and displays vote totals on a spreadsheet.

Consultants from Election Systems & Software Inc., an election management firm, and technician Tammy Johnson with the Arkansas Department of Information Systems, attending Tuesday night's election, found a file on the problem flash card apparently from a previous election. The card was used to download the record of voting on an I-Vote machine in the Gassville Community Center polling place.

The glitch caused a portion of the vote from precinct 10-3, including 110 known votes from voter machine taped records, to be displayed as 7,006 votes. The error was spread through the computer grid, creating the appearance of an election with 21,462 votes cast and an erroneous voter turnout of 72.1 percent.


AR: Computer Woes Stall Vote Tallies*(uploading votes,files corrupted,printer probs)
http://www.swtimes.com/news/article_8d0871c6-e81d-11df-9c3a-001cc4c002e0.html
Officials in Sebastian County weren't able to begin county votes until about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Jerry Huff, county election coordinator. A final report of unofficial results ran shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday.
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(Sebastian County, uses M100 & iVotronic) But when election officials began to input absentee and early voting ballots, the computers failed to calculate them.
With technical support from Election Systems & Software, the county's election software/hardware vendor, it was determined several files were corrupted when data was installed on the computers in Fort Smith and Greenwood used to count the ballots, Huff said.
The databases then had to be rebuilt and re-installed on the Fort Smith and Greenwood computers.
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(ES&S iVotronic) Crawford County Clerk Teresa Armer said software issues were also responsible for delaying election results there.
As officials were counting votes Tuesday night, they discovered discrepancies among the voter list, tally sheet and printouts from the personal electronic ballots (PEB) - all of which should match - for some precincts, Armer said.
Armer said the election commission initially intended to pull "flash cards" from the machines in precincts with discrepancies, but when they convened Wednesday morning, they decided to pull and collect the flash card from each of the 110 voting machines in the county.
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(ES&S iVotronic) Franklin County Clerk Sharon Needham said the vote count there was delayed by printers malfunctioning on a handful of voting machines and a hardware or software problem with the computer used to tabulate vote totals.

CA: Elections chief blames 'Oprah effect' for website crash [Updated]
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2010/11/elections-chief-blames-the-oprah-effect-for-election-night-technical-meltdown.html
Bowen said a huge amount of Internet user traffic overloaded her office's website, causing it to shut down access to vote tallies until a fix could be found.

CA: Registration Confusion at Polls Disheartens Student Voters
http://www.dailycal.org/article/111069/registration_confusion_at_polls_disheartens_studen UC Berkeley, Alameda County... ASUC Vote Coalition Director Jeremy Pilaar said he wasn't certain how many of the 5,076 individuals who registered on campus were not listed on the roster indexes, but he mentioned that while tabling on Upper Sproul Plaza Tuesday, roughly two to three peers an hour approached him with complaints that they had not received their vote-by-mail ballots in time.

CA: 122,000 Ballots Still to Count in Alameda County
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/92510/archives/2010/11/04/122000-ballots-still-to-count-in-alameda-county The final outcome of close election races in Alameda County may not be known until some time next week because there are still 122,000 ballots that must be counted. County Registrar Dave MacDonald said this morning that there are about 90,000 absentee and 32,000 provisional ballots that must be tallied.

CA: 'It ain't over 'til it's over': Thousands of uncounted ballots leave some Humboldt County races uncertain(mail ballots)
http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_16521036 Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich said Wednesday that almost 13,000 ballots have yet to be counted and likely won't be tabulated for two to three weeks. It's currently unknown exactly what precincts the ballots are from and what races they might affect, Crnich said.
That puts just about every race in the county mathematically in play and leaves the outcome of three especially tight races hanging in the balance.

CA: Races up in air as 65,000 ballots remained uncounted (Kern Co mail ballots)
http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x768777770/Races-up-in-air-as-tens-of-thousands-of-ballots-still-to-be-counted Kern County elections workers were struggling to tally an estimated 65,000 outstanding provisional and vote-by-mail ballots that poured into county offices over the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday, said elections chief Karen Rhea.

CA: County election workers still have hands full (Sacremento mail ballots)
http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/04/3158023/county-election-workers.html
The county's elections department reported Wednesday that about 108,000 vote-by-mail ballots and 12,000 provisional ballots remained to be counted. That means more than a dozen local races are still too close to call.

CA: Now, to find out who's Oakland's mayor ... we wait
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/inoakland/detail?entry_id=76267

CA: Butte County vote-by-mail ballots could impact Chico, Oroville council races
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_16514045?nclick_check=1 OROVILLE -- With Butte County seeing an unprecedented number of voters turning in their vote-by-mail ballots at the polls Tuesday, several close races could remain undetermined until Thanksgiving.

CA: Results for board race could be weeks away (Tulare mail ballots)
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20101104/NEWS01/11040312
Tulare County workers could spend weeks sorting through nearly 19,000 mail-in and provisional ballots to get a final vote count.

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