All this and more in today's voting news below...
Editor Note - voting news for Aug 9 & 10
AR: County Changing Vote Tally
The Sebastian County Election Commission voted Thursday to change the way it counts votes, giving the voting public a precinct-by-precinct look at election results.
Calif. probe spotlights absentee ballot abuse
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/08/09/4851054-calif-probe-spotlights-absentee-ballot-abuse- Do absentee ballots increase the potential for vote fraud and corruption?
A case that might help shed light on that question is now unfolding in California's Bell city, a low-income Latino municipality of 37,000 where fewer than 400 people voted in a 2005 election that opened the way for city officials to arrange huge increases in their own compensation.
Former city manager Robert Rizzo was paid more than $1.5 million a year in salary and benefits.
The case resembles one in 2003 in East Chicago, Indiana, where widespread fraud using absentee ballots led to several convictions.
CA: AG Brown sets up voter fraud hotline in Bell
CO: D.A. ducks out of oversight role
The real score brought to you by your D.A. is a significant loss for all citizens. The Beeson memo tells us shocking news: Various seemingly applicable laws and election rules comfortingly mentioned in the Aspen code are seen by our authorities as unenforceable.
CT: Connecticut Senate Overrides Veto of Public Funding Bill; House Vote Set for
Friday Aug 13http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/08/09/connecticut-senate-overrides-veto-of-public-funding-bill-house-vote-set-for-friday-august-13/
CT: Blumenthal Finds Improper Use Of Bysiewicz Office Database; Probe Concludes With Report, Referral To Chief Prosecutor
FL: Aug. 10. Broward Commission Meeting. Important Issues and Public Hearing
the $22 million allocated for the new Supervisor of Elections Facility with no public hearings...SOE gets new facility and county claims it has no funds for ADA Ballot Marking devices
FL: If County Commission provides bucks, Broward could get more early voting in Novemberhttp://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2010/08/if_county_commission_provides.html
Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said she'd like to add two early voting sites for the November elections but can only do so if the County Commission comes up with about $130,000 to pay for them.
FL: Sticky absentee ballot issue is fixed in Brevard
Absentee ballot postage question is cleared up
"Subsequent mailings have a sticker inside, telling them that it's 61 cents," Scott said.
FL: Some early voters find ballot confusing
http://www.dailycommercial.com/localnews/story/080610earlyvoting"We lay the ballot out according to the Florida statute and we never identify the incumbent."
GA: The Truth About Karen Handel and Voting Machines(video)
GA: Georgia voter registration rules called too difficult
"Nobody makes it more difficult to register to vote than we do," said Ken Ellinger, a professor of political science at Dalton State College. "We say we want (voters) to participate, but I'm not sure we really do because, if we did, we'd make it easier."
IL: U.S. Senator Roland Burris Challenges U.S. District Court Decision on Who Should be on Ballot in Special U.S. Senate Election
MD: 2010 ELECTION CENTRAL: Carroll County Commissioners
The primary election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14...
The 2010 elections will see the return of paper ballots and optical scanning machines, combining of county voting precincts and early voting. Electronic voting booths will still be available for those with disabilities.