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Kudos to Humboldt County CA Registrar Carolyn Crnich, Yolo County. CA Registrar Freddy Oakley, for adopting innovative methods to increase transparency & public involvement in elections..Big applause to Columbia Co New York Election Commish Virginia Martin for hand counting the votes, leaving no doubt about the results....Credibility of Minnesota's election process vindicated.. Nassau SD 07 audit to expand..This headline make my hair explode-Tom Green Co TX:  "1,545 local ballots found. Votes would not have changed election results" ..

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

AK: Judge hears arguments in Miller's Senate battle; decision won't come before Fridayhttp://www.alaskadispatch.com/dispatches/politics/7770-judge-hears-arguments-in-millers-senate-battle-decision-wont-come-before-friday 

AK: Alaska elections director disputes Miller voting claims
http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/10606088/article-Alaska-elections-director-disputes-Miller-voting-claims-?instance=home_news_window_left_top_1 
... disputed Republican Joe Miller's allegations that perhaps hundreds of felons were wrongfully allowed to vote in last month's U.S. Senate race.

Gail Fenumiai said the state Division of Elections compares its voter rolls weekly with data from the Department of Corrections and removes those who have lost their right to vote. Asked if she had any concerns that felons were wrongfully allowed to vote, she answered emphatically: "Absolutely not.

CA: Election Integrity Awards in Marin Co., California on 12/16
http://democracyandelectionintegrity.org/ MEET two brave and innovative registrars of voters and their associates who introduced the TEVS open source method to create safer, more transparent elections in their counties and engaged citizens in the process. MEET AND TALK TO THE AWARD WINNERS
From Humboldt County Carolyn Crnich, Mitch Trachtenberg and Kevin Collins
From Yolo County, Tom Stanionis and Freddie Oakley (Freddie is unable to attend)

CA: Board asks elections chief to make changes(Ventura County)
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/dec/08/board-asks-elections-chief-to-make-changes/ 

CO: Canvass Board submits vote abstract, files complaint* (Saguache County)
http://www.centerpostdispatch.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=1406&page=72  (machines not secured, logic & accuracy not according to rule, ballots altered with sticky tabs, audit not correctly performed, every time ballots scanned machine gave different result, various discrepancies...)
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CO: Clerk misrepresents returns (Saguache County)
http://www.centerpostdispatch.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=72&story_id=1407  Contrary to Myers press release, the official canvass board statement found discrepancies in machine vote counts for all races and did not "sign off" on the final "audit" but instead submitted only a vote abstract..

MN: Credibility of Minnesota's election process vindicated. http://ceimn.org/Minnesota_recount_Dayton_Emmer_Governor_Ritchie_elections_voting_SCTimes
The state's elections system works in a credible and accurate way.

NC: Close call: Recount for statewide instant-runoff, judicial election
http://www.mountainx.com/news/2010/ballots_must_be_counted_again_in_statewide_instant-runoff_election 

NC: Polston submits new protest of general election
http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2010/dec/09/polston-submits-new-protest-of-general-election-ar-602441/  
He wants all results from East Winston center tossed out
Polston is asking the Forsyth County Board of Elections to toss out all the results from the East Winston Heritage Center precinct because blank ballots were found in the box when elections officials conducted a recount.

NY: Your vote counts. By VIRGINIA MARTIN Dem. election commissioner of Columbia Cohttp://www.columbiapaper.com/index.php/opinions/1675-by-virginia-martin-
Why county is hand-counting all its ballots
...We're using this as an opportunity to boost civic participation in our elections. In a hands-on, see-it-with-their-own-eyes way, we're having individuals count the votes that were cast by their neighbors. No one in our county will speculate that the results were skewed because the machines didn't work right.
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NY: Virginia Martin is a hero of American democracy (INTERVIEW)
http://markcrispinmiller.com/2010/12/virginia-martin-is-a-hero-of-american-democracy-interview/  
VM: We had to develop a great many highly specific procedures in order to ensure (and, after the fact, to confirm) that the chain of custody would always be unbroken, that no process would be undertaken unilaterally, and that correct results would be reported.

NY: Nassau election: it's almost over (Nassau SD 07 audit to expand)
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/spin-cycle-1.812042/nassau-election-it-s-almost-over-1.2529996 Both parties said the audit would "continue," but with no timetable to resume the audit. Also, they did not conclude that the machines had "failed," a threshold in the state law that is not defined.

NY: Tale Of The Tape: With 80,000 New Votes Tallied, Election Night Accuracy Questionedhttp://www.queenstribune.com/feature/Feature_120910.html "I'm not sure the public really appreciates the extent to which human error plays a role in election results," said Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest),

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