All this and more in today's voting news below...
AL: Alabama expands options for military, overseas voters to comply with new law
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100817/NEWS02/8170313/Alabama-expands-options-for-military-overseas-voters-to-comply-with-new-law Secretary of State Beth Chapman an nounced a contract with Scytl USA that will allow for the electronic transmission of ab sentee ballots to military and overseas vot ers. The ballot request and completed ballots still have to be sent through the U.S. Postal Service.
AR: Judge: Stone County special election unauthorized
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2010/aug/16/judge-stone-county-special-election-unauthorized/ Republican sheriff nominee Russ Aiken filed the suit, which claimed Gov. Mike Beebe was not authorized to call the new vote in the wake of a June 8 runoff in which the two Democratic candidates tied with 1,383 tallies each.
AZ: Emergency lawsuit filed to force Maricopa Cnty Elections Dept to follow the law to protect upcoming election results from election fraud
Election research over the last three weeks (based on the work of AUDIT AZ since 2006) discovered flagrant ILLEGAL violations of Arizona Election Laws . The interlocking pattern of deliberate subversion of these security measures indicated below makes manipulation of vote counting easy, thus leaving elections vulnerable to undetectable fraud...
AZ: Institute for Justice Files Cert. Petition in Arizona Public Financing Matching Funds Casehttp://electionlawblog.org/archives/016748.html
CT: Post-Election Audit Drawing: 73 Districts 45 Municipalities Selected
Today the Secretary of the State's Office conducted the random drawing. Members of CTVotersCount and the League of Women Voters performed the selections.
FL: Eyes on the Process - Spend an Hour Making a Difference
http://floridavoterscoalition.blogspot.com/2010/08/eyes-on-process-spend-hour-making.html It's a good time for the public to exercise its ownership of elections by observing poll-closing procedures next Tuesday, election-day
We will have simple instructions and a simple form you can use to collect a few important observations
FL: Fla. launches new website for election results
FL: Brevard elections supervisor fights voter fraud, debunks myths
IN: Former Roseland council member challenges jailed voter ban
A former Roseland Town Council member jailed for a misdemeanor crime has sued state and county election officials, alleging that a state law allowing cancellation of his voter registration is unconstitutional.
NC: Hopkins outlines frantic elections
There has been a contentious second primary involving two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates, the introduction of an unaffiliated candidate to the Beaufort County commissioners' race -- and now there's the possibility of an "instant runoff" to replace N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Jim Wynn.
NY: How much money is New York City going to gain from new law counting prisoners at home?http://www.prisonersofthecensus.org/news/2010/08/18/howmuch/
If money is not at stake, why did 3 states pledge to count incarcerated people at home for redistricting purposes? Because those states want to ensure that legislative districts are drawn fairly, and that no district gets undue influence just because it contains a large correctional facility
OH: Voters will be contacted to correct mis-matched information
...in the next two weeks due to non-matching data discovered during the comparison of records between the Ohio Secretary of State's statewide voter registration database and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles' database.
TN: Certification of August election delayed by state* (State website crashed)
On election night, the commission would normally go to the state's election website and enter the cumulative total. However, the website crashed several times throughout the evening, leaving counties unable to enter results. Heathcott added that it is no fault of the state, because it was simply an unforeseen technical problem that had to be resolved. She noted that Dyer County had to get in line with the other 95 counties in which to receive the information.
"That's why it has taken so long to certify," said Heathcott. "In their (the state's) defense their whole system went down five times on Election Day and it has taken them awhile to be able to get this information to us.