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AK: Suit filed in federal court over election write-in list
A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of four Alaska voters over the state's providing a list of write-in candidates to voters.
The lawsuit alleges that in providing lists, the state has changed its rules for holding elections and did so without receiving the required approval of the U.S. Department of Justice.
MD: State ordered to extend overseas ballot deadline
Judge Roger Titus issued an order Friday extending the deadline from Nov. 12 to Nov. 22.
NC: Judge rules in favor of GOP over touchscreen voting (must see video interview )
http://triangle.news14.com/content/632096/state-gop-sues-election-board-over-voting-machines/ RALEIGH--Saturday afternoon a federal judge ruled in favor of the state Republican party over the lawsuit filed in complaint of touchscreen voting machines.
NC: Secret donor money floods 4 N.C. races
NM: Glitch disrupts early voting* (statewide voter reg database overloaded)
SANTA FE - County elections officials complained Wednesday of problems with New Mexico's voter registration computer system, saying it has disrupted early voting at some locations across the state and continues to delay the preparation of voter turnout reports.
County clerks worry that they'll have trouble preparing voter sign-in rosters for Tuesday's general election if the secretary of state's office doesn't resolve the computer problems.
"The slowdowns have been creating a problem every day," said Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman. "It's been absolutely a nightmare."
NY: Election workers brace for glitches with optical-scan voting machines
http://www.lohud.com/article/20101031/NEWS02/10310414/Election-workers-brace-for-glitches-with-optical-scan-voting-machines After a shaky trial run in the primaries, the state's new optical-scan voting machines will get a full workout in Tuesday's general elections (comprehensive article w/previous coverage & how to vote)
NY: Quirk in N.Y.'s new voting system may hurt third parties
PA: Committee of 70 pushes city to extend absentee ballot deadline because of voting problemshttp://citypaper.net/blogs/clog/2010/10/30/committee-of-70-pushes-city-to-extend-ballot-deadline-because-of-voting-problems/ Philiadelphia... several local voters have gotten their absentee ballots mailed back to them, instead of sent to the Board of Elections.
The problem is, the deadline for absentee ballots has already passed: It was 5 p.m. on Friday, and so the Committee is worried that these people's votes won't be counted because of what is believed to be an innocent postal service error.
TX: PARALLEL ELECTION VENUE 11/2: City Hall Plaza! + Final Training Opp
http://tinyurl.com/2wklncn OUR FINAL TRAINING for volunteers with the "Citizens Parallel Election" and the "Citizens Pilot Hand Count" will take place THIS COMING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th, from 1 p.m. til 3 p.m. at Lyons Gardens Senior Housing and Community Center, 2720 Lyons Rd., Austin, TX 78702.
WA: Son can't find dad's name on the ballot* (online ballot prob fixed by Friday)
OKANOGAN -- Stephen Rawson, an Okanogan County resident who was deployed with the U.S. Navy and away from his duty station, was hoping to vote for his dad in the Nov. 2 election.