A bill has been revived that would give District of Columbia representation in Congress...Will there or won't there be a special election NY's 29th?...The economy is causing cuts in elections in Tennessee...West Virginia will be first state to hold internet election for overseas military. What could possibly go wrong? Boise State University's internet election was voided after a "glitch" resulted in 109 blank ballots. Boise can hold a new election but what happens when internet votes are lost in a state or federal election?......Epitaph for ACORN: Done In by Its Friends?
All this and more in today's voting news below....
CA: Citywide: Oakland council may reach compromise on campaign contributions, spending http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_14893761 Their rationale: With Oakland's switch to ranked-choice voting, which precludes the need for separate runoff elections, the city is essentially folding two elections into one. They also argued candidates should be allowed to raise and spend more money to help educate voters on the new voting system.
CA: Officials begin shipping election ballots to military and overseas voters
California military and overseas voters may use a Federal Post Card Application to register to vote and simultaneously request a vote-bymail ballot.
CA: UPDATE: 641 Votes Remain In Santa Clarita City Council Race
CA: More than 2,000 ballots still uncounted in Long Beach election
...With two incumbent write-in candidates, plus a third lesser known write-in candidate, ballot tallying was slow Tuesday night, but Herrera said the count was accurate and had few problems.
Herrera added that the slow pace at which results were posted was also due to his decision to check by hand every over-vote
CT: Columnist Calls for Elimination of the Secretary of the State
DC: Is Congress Getting Closer to Granting D.C. Voting Rights?
The bill changed dramatically when the Senate added an amendment to its D.C. Voting Rights bill sponsored by Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) that would force the District of Columbia to weaken its gun control laws. It stated that the District of Columbia could not "unduly burden" residents from owning guns.
...Since the Senate passed the bill last year, House Democrats have lost a key Republican ally in Utah, Sen. Orrin Hatch, over a provision in the House bill that would make the new Utah congressman represent the entire state instead of allowing the Utah state government to draw a new district.
FL: Changes Proposed To Voting Precincts
Eleven Precincts Will Be Moved Or Combined
KY: Kentucky plan to amend campaign finance law dashed
added language to House Bill 152 -- a routine elections bill -- to increase the sums that candidates and political parties can collect; let the parties take money from corporations; and let legislators take donations from lobbyists
MA: Petitioners make last pitch before Town Meeting (finances prevent adoption of electronic voting)
http://www.wickedlocal.com/wayland/topstories/x998220748/Petitioners-make-last-pitch-before-Town-Meeting Finally, Alan Reiss, lead petitioner for Article 20 on electronic voting, made his presentation.
The Finance Committee voted unanimously against Article 20. For more information on this article go to " www.electronicvoting.info " (Reiss' website).
ME: Commission moves to separate two mayoral questions on ballot (PORTLAND)
http://www.pressherald.com/news/commission-moves-to-separate-two-mayoral-questions-on-ballot_2010-04-16.html commissioners in attendance voted 5-4 to separate the question of creating the position of an elected mayor from the question of whether to have ranked-choice voting to elect the mayor.
MI: School closures leave city searching for polling places (Farmington)
NJ: Error on Jersey City school budget question forces Hudson County to reprint sample and vote-by-mail ballots in advance of Tuesday's school board election *
NY: Computer programmer at Board of Elections is king of overtime in New York City again