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Broward FL elections sup Dr. Snipes neglects to tell voters about polling place change...The BRAD BLOG Informs NBC's Chuck Todd That Ballots Are Not Actually Counted by Humans...Pac-Man for president: Hack highlights e-voting flaws.University researchers remind people that electronic voting machines are still easy to manipulate by loading the venerable Pac-Man video game...'Too close to call' Australian election result...Afghan vote runs up against fear, disenchantment...

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


CO: On Aspen's November ballot: Runoff elections vs. IRV
Council rejects winner-take-all method
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20100825/NEWS/100829906/1077&ParentProfile=1058

FL: Broward elections supervisor Dr. Snipes neglects to tell voters about polling place change*http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2010/08/broward_elections_supervisor_d_1.html
Dr. Brenda Snipes admitted Monday that her office did not advise voters in precinct R31 in Fort Lauderdale that they no longer vote at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) on Andrews Avenue

FL: Suspicious package closes Brevard precinct* (Brevard)
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/08/24/1789727/suspicious-package-closes-brevard.html
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- A precinct on Florida' Space Coast was shut down for several hours after a suspicious package was found outside it.

FL: Three polling places report minor issues; voting not affected* (Alachua Cnty)
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100824/ARTICLES/100829745/1002
When Fred Posner walked up to the ballot machine at Precinct 22 at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, he was disturbed when a poll worker told him the machine wasn't working and then slid his ballot into what's known as an "emergency bin" inside the machine.
...
a metal bar on the ballot box, which was in place to prevent vote fraud, had not been unlocked. Once poll workers realized that, they switched the key to the proper position and ran through Posner's ballot, along with several others that had not been counted.

FL: 4 Palm Beach County Voters Given Wrong Ballot* (at 6 or 7 precincts?)
Supervisor Of Elections Says Poll Workers Reassigned, Relieved Of Duties
http://www.wpbf.com/r/24747331/detail.html
"Regretfully, we have about six or seven locations where voters were supposed to be issued a partisan ballot and, unfortunately, they were issued a non-partisan ballot," Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told WPBF 25 News' Meredith McDonough.

FL: Elections Chief Edwards Rolls to Victory in Primary
http://www.theledger.com/article/20100824/NEWS/8245068/1338?p=1&tc=pg
BARTOW Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards refrained from handling ballots Tuesday night, but she manhandled her opponent in their primary race for a congressional seat.
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FL: Audit to help decide 'two very close races'(PANAMA CITY -- Bay County)
http://www.newsherald.com/news/panama-86444-audit-races.html
... Andersen said the county didn't know how many provisional ballots were out.
"That's what tomorrow's audit is for," Andersen said.

IL: Auditor Referendum Will Not Be on November Ballot
http://blog.champaigncountyclerk.com/2010/08/24/auditor-referendum-will-not-be-on-november-ballot/ Champaign County Clerk
I have determined that the County Board's action to place a referendum on the ballot eliminating the elected County Auditor's office does not conform to the requirements of Illinois Election law and will thus not be on the November Ballot.

This is a difficult decision because refusing to certify a question or candidate is an extraordinary remedy. However, no other one exists.

KY: Two Kentucky Republicans Sue to Remove Libertarian and Constitution Party Nomineeshttp://www.ballot-access.org/2010/08/25/two-kentucky-republicans-sue-to-remove-libertarian-and-constitution-party-nominees/

NC: A few more reasons not to elect judges
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/08/22/1636392/a-few-more-reasons-not-to-elect.html

Belk, heir to a fortune, had never practiced law before his election in 2008, when he ran hoping to oust one of the judges who presided over his divorce.
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NC: Filing begins for vacated NC appeals court seat
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/08/25/1642801/filing-begins-for-vacated-nc-appeals.html

Voters would rank candidates by preference if more than three people seek the job through a process called instant runoff voting. It would be the first time instant runoff voting has been used statewide.
[there is no IRV software certified to state standards]

NC: Ex-candidate for mayor accused of voting twice* (LUMBERTON)
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2010/08/24/1024521?sac=Home

TN: Shelby County Democrats file new Chancery Court lawsuit challenging election
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/aug/24/shelby-county-democrats-file-new-chancery-court-la/

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