All this and more in today's voting news below...
CA: Editorial: Setting a vote-count standard
http://www.insidebayarea.com/opinion/ci_16662610 More than two weeks after Election Day, the California Republican Party is pursuing a lawsuit against Contra Costa County over whether vote-count observers have the right to challenge specific signatures on mail-vote ballots.
CA: Ranked-choice voting complaints mount
Meanwhile, Oakland election data shows that vote-by-mail voters were far more likely to make mistakes in the mayor's contest than voters who cast ballots at the polls.
CA: Busy weekend for elections staff: Final results may be available by Thanksgiving
http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_16666518 Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich said Friday that her office is still sorting through the almost 1,700 provisional ballots that were cast on Election Day, trying to determine if the voters who cast them were eligible and, if so, where they were registered to vote.
CO: State review confirms Myers-Joseph win - Saguache County
(County officials initially blocked media from observing claiming meeting was not public. Officials were wrong on legal code & reversed decision after SoS & Colorado Press Assoc. Atty were contacted.)
CO: Election discrepancies explained* Saguache County
One of the primary issues revolving around the retabulation of the votes cast on Nov. 2 was the cause of the error that resulted in the generation of additional votes.
Other than the one error loading the wrong group totals into the mail-in group, King said he did not see any procedural issues in his review of the ERM system log."¯ "My only suggestion is to print the final reports on the 650 itself and use those to verify that the reporting software totals match," he concluded.
CT: A few bucks for a few more ballots would have changed history
For less than $1,000, there would have been enough ballots in Bridgeport to handle the flow of voters and there would have been no need to use makeshift photocopies or seek a judge's order to keep a dozen precincts open an additional two hours.
Cliff Heintz, who heads the printing operation at Adkins Printing Inc. in New Britain, said that when Bridgeport faxed through its initial request for 21,100, he thought it wasn't going to be enough. "I'm sure that we said that was pretty low," he said, recalling that the price was 30 cents a sheet.
FL: Former Osceola County candidate sues over his election loss
County Commission candidate Armando Ramirez says he lost because of election irregularities http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/osceola/os-osceola-elections-lawsuit-20101122,0,1261357.story One of Brett's main contentions has to do with 304 ballots the county's optical scanners didn't read. The machine registers them as "undercounts." Brett thinks that because the margin of victory for QuiÃ±ones was only 50 votes, the court should order that those ballots be reviewed for discrepancies and decide whether the election should be voided.
While absentee ballots were being scanned, election workers shook the machines vigorously and often, at times even banging the wall with them. At the time, a supervisor of elections spokeswoman said the shaking was intended to prevent paper jams, and that the practice had been approved by the manufacturer.
Guam: Gutierrez Files Lawsuits Seeking to Overturn Results of 2010 Gubernatorial Election http://pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9463:20101119kkgutierrez-suit&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 (alleges ballot box tampering and more)
KY: Coursey says only minor problems with election seen*
According to the reports made available by Calloway County Clerk Ray Coursey Jr. some irregularities include some voters failing to report changes of address, some security tags broken but machine security still intact, voters pushing the wrong button when casting a vote and some questioning why straight-ticket party lights did not light up on at least one machine.
Some voters continue to dislike the new eslate voting machine.
ME: Rundown of runoff voting options (Opinion)
MN: UPDATED: Minnesota high court hears arguments in Minnesota governor race recounthttp://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/299367/group/homepage/ The Minnesota Supreme Court questioned both sides harshly about Tom Emmer's governor's race case that claims not all 4,136 precincts' election judges made sure the number of ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election matched the number of people who voted.
MN: Prosecutor group says voter fraud probes costly
Kingrey says he knows of only one case that was prosecuted but then dismissed
MN: Report: Photo ID requirement would not prevent voter fraud
Kathy Bonnifield, the report co-author, said county attorneys investigated 1,500 allegations of ineligible voting in the 2008 election.
"The only type of conviction was due to felons," she said. "In total, 26 people were convicted because they had not completed their sentence and voted, while an additional 12 convictions were because felons registered to vote, but they did not vote."
Press conference video at this link click here