All this and more in today's voting news below...
AZ: Push to get voters Permanent Early Voting List (vote by mail)
http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=12874031 The Pima County Democrats are canvassing, trying to get as many registered voters as they can to get the Permanent Early Voting List.
CA: Former Bell police officer alleges serious voting irregularities in 2009 election*
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/07/former-bell-cop-alleges-serious-voting-irregularities-in-2009-election.html A retired Bell police sergeant claimed in a lawsuit filed this week that off-duty Bell police officers in the 2009 election distributed absentee ballots to voters and told them which candidates to select.
The allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed by James Corcoran, who says he was forced out of his job for informing authorities about the officers' actions as well as for a variety of other actions that he says top city leaders did not like
CA: Schwarzenegger to call election to fill open Senate seat
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2010/07/schwarzenegger-to-call-election-to-fill-open-senate-seat.html California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Tuesday to call an election to replace state Sen. Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks), who died earlier this month after a battle with cancer
CO: Colorado SOS Seeks to "Protect" Ballots from Owners' Inspection
CO: News: Memo details unclear law on public records (radio or podcast)
http://www.kdnk.org/article.cfm?mode=detail&id=1280241798407 Now those trying to get access to the ballot images here in Colorado say they want to reform the process, arguing the ballots are the property of the people, not the government. KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports.
CO: Boulder County to provide election service centers
http://www.timescall.com/news_story.asp?ID=22830 BOULDER -- Beginning Tuesday, Boulder County voters can get replacement primary-election mail ballots or cast their votes in person on electronic voting machines at two service centers.
CT: Another Connecticut Public Funding Dispute Goes to Court
FL: One approach to campaign finance reform
An editorial in the St. Petersburg Times advocates replacing Florida's campaign finance rules with four new rules
GA: Until south Georgia voter fraud inquiry is settled, Terry Coleman says he'll hold off on concession (suspects absentee ballot fraud, no evidence cited)
IA: Misspent federal money and DNR audit in Iowa raise questions
http://www.examiner.com/x-43639-Central-Iowa-Politics-Examiner~y2010m7d26-Misspent-federal-money-and-DNR-audit-in-Iowa-raise-questions The state of Iowa will be required to repay $576,000 in federal money in which an independent audit commissioned by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) found was misspent. The questionable spending was related to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
The audit revealed that at least one contract associated with the federal grant was never put to a lawful competitive bid.
MA: Mass. Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College
Under the law, which was enacted by the House last week, all 12 of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the candidate who receives the most votes nationally.
Illinois, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland, and Washington have already approved the legislation
MI: Split ticket will mean spoiled primary ballot
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20100725/NEWS16/7250491 With the primary election 10 days away, township Clerk Garth Christie has a note of caution for voters: Don't split your ticket.
MN: Dan McGrath: Photo ID at polls won't work magic
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentary/99143219.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUsZ Talk of felons voting is now fodder in the race for secretary of state, but let's consider how elections actually work.
A photo ID requirement certainly would not prevent people serving a felony sentence from voting. If you have a Minnesota driver's license or state ID card, look at it. Does yours indicate anywhere whether or not you have a felony conviction?