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Voting News: Pitkin CO touchscreen woes. Foul play in TN vote? Free Xpress for military ballots

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Pitkin CO failure of DREs results in hours of delay and "hand count"...Lee CO FL deserves new election...Precinct mixup in Fulton GA...Not clear how NC will tally 1st statewide IRV judicial contest...VotePA Calls For Withdrawal of Challenges to Candidates...OH SOS announces multi $M settlement with Premier/Diebold, ES&S, DIMS...'Electoral Foul Play or Incompetence' in Shelby TN election -"When a Memphis election goes off without a hitch, that will be the shocker"..Overseas Vote Foundation on waivers & state compliance with MOVE Act"...Overseas voters can mail ballots free via military express mail...

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

CO: Primary turnout breaks records* (voter confusion, touchscreen trouble)

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/141958
A technical difficulty uploading voting information from the county's touch-screen machines caused hours of delay and an eventual hand count, Shellman said. Come general election time in November, that issue should be eliminated, Shellman said.
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As Pitkin County ran both a mail-in and polling place election, some voters showed up to the polling place to cast a ballot, but had previously requested a mail-in ballot. Voters in those cases either had to fill out a provisional ballot or were asked to go to the county clerk's office and cast an absentee ballot there. This often caused frustrating delays for voters, Shellman said.

CO: PitCo sets voting standard(in praise of polling places)
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/letter-editor/141966
Few people realize that because of Janice and Dwight's leadership, unlike most Colorado counties, Pitkin voters could vote in the most secure and verifiable type of election -- an election-day polling place election. They bucked the unfortunate trend of most counties to move to an all mail-in primary, and saved money by consolidating polling places.

FL: COMMENTARY: Absentee ballot disaster demands a new election so all the votes are counted.This time.* (Lee County)http://www.bocabeacon.com/?p=4835 First there were the hanging chads. Now this. Has screwing up elections become some kind of organized team sport here in Florida? This year, more than 400 registered voters in Boca Grande asked Lee County to send them ballots for the Tuesday, Aug. 24 election. For Boca Grande, that's a big number. A huge number. Way more than enough to determine the outcome of a contested local election...

FL: Computer glitch affecting absentee ballots*
http://www.nbc-2.com/global/story.asp?s=12965097
LEE COUNTY: A computer glitch is causing a major problem with Lee County absentee ballots. Some voters are getting their absentee ballots right back in their mailboxes just one day after sending them in to be counted.


GA: Precinct Mix-Up Caused Voter Confusion For Some* (video available)
http://www.wsbtv.com/politics/24601754/detail.html
A wrong address for a Fulton County voting precinct may have cost some voters the chance to cast a ballot in Tuesday's runoff election.
"I drove up and down Roswell Road, looking for the address printed on the precinct card. Unfortunately, it doesn't exist," said Alexandra Geist.

GA: Verifiable Voting Opponents Suffer Dramatic Defeats in Georgia
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Verifiable-Voting-Opponent-by-Garland-Favorito-100811-676.html

IA: Soldiers reminded: Voting absentee is easy
http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/08/11/soldiers-reminded-voting-absentee-is-easy/

MN: Wrong Winona County vote totals released to public
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/article_4e836030-a5c1-11df-917a-001cc4c03286.html Winona County officials mistakenly failed to report more than 1,500 ballots when announcing primary election results to the public Tuesday night

NC: NC judge's departure means one more election* (uncertified software use?)
http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/8128299/
"This will be a massive undertaking," he said. "We will have to have an intense education effort, not only for the election officials but also for the voters."

NC: Handle N.C.'s ballots with care(OpEd)
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/08/12/624627/handle-ncs-ballots-with-care.html
News stories about a lack of competition for ballot printing in North Carolina feed a storyline of political corruption - but before we form conclusions we need to understand why there's a lack of competition for ballot printing, and work for a solution that does not undermine the integrity of our election process.

NE: Nebraska Libertarians Certified for the Ballot
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/08/12/nebraska-libertarians-certified-for-the-ballot/

NM: Clerk's Office Sure None Registered in 1801 Voted in Primary
http://www.riograndesun.com/articles/2010/08/12/news/doc4c62f77454e4f126853962.txt
The list of Rio Arriba County voters in the June 1 primary election is riddled with questionable registrants, dozens of which appear to violate state statute.

NJ: New Jersey Officials Refuse to Let Voters Register into the Socialist Party
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/08/12/new-jersey-officials-refuse-to-let-voters-register-into-the-socialist-party/

NY: Ulster Board of Elections asks for additional funding
http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2010/August/11/UC_BOE_funding-11Aug10.html
The Ulster County Board of Elections needs an additional $35,000 for this fall's elections.

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