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'Daily Voting News' For March 12, 2009

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of The Al Franken attorneys rested their case in Minnesota today. Now there is an expected few days of closing arguments and statements and the judges begin deliberation. Meanwhile Franken has picked-up a few more votes and is now around 270 votes ahead of Norm Coleman. The whole contested election issue may come to a screeching halt when there is a decision by the court. The election contest process works on a "loser pays" system. If Coleman loses he will owe all legal costs of Team Franken and that is estimated to be between $1 and $3 Million.

As we expected ex-Hillsborough Co Florida election supervisor Buddy Johnson may have used taxpayer's money in his campaign for re-election. During last years primary election he was being trashed by a local community activist. He appears to have then sent $16,000 to this activist who suddenly became one of his most vocal supporters....

  • National: Young Voters Condemn Restrictive Photo ID Laws LINK
  • National: Senate Rules Committee Testimony - Voter Registration: Assessing Current Problems LINK
  • National: Voting machine debate deja vu all over again LINK
  • National: Absentee ballot woes not unique to Minnesota, survey finds LINK
  • FL: Press Release - New ACLU Report Highlights Florida's Failure to Address Continued Voter Disfranchisement Problems; Provides Solutions LINK
  • FL: Hillsborough County - Buddy Johnson used taxpayer money to pay activist Michelle Patty LINK
  • FL: Hillsborough County - Buddy Johnson's chief of staff issues critical report of Supervisor of Elections office LINK
  • FL: Elections staff was paralyzed with fear of bad publicity, top aide to Buddy Johnson aide says LINK
  • MN: Franken to rest case today Orders push Franken's lead toward the 270-vote range. LINK
  • MN: Media begins countering claim that Coleman site was hacked LINK
  • MN: Coleman's legal woes mount LINK
  • MN: Minnesota Sen. Coleman Deals with Donor Data Breach LINK
  • MN: Franken to rest case today Orders push Franken's lead toward the 270-vote range. LINK
  • MN: Franken calling final witness in Senate trial, Coleman begins rebuttal LINK
  • MN: Beyond the Norm: Coleman's data leak disaster LINK
  • MN: Wikileaks fights back against Coleman campaign LINK
  • MN: Franken rests LINK
  • MN: Franken Legal Team Officially Rests Its Case LINK
  • MN: Closing arguments to start in Senate trial LINK
  • MN: Minnesota Closing Arguments Tomorrow -- How Long Until The Very End? LINK
  • MS: Flowers: Voter ID fight will continue LINK
  • NY: Obama's Omnibus Appropriations Act May Save Lever Voting System LINK
  • OH: Editorial - Voting should be secure, as well as easy to do LINK
  • OK: Oklahoma House passage sends voter ID bill to Senate LINK
  • SC: Georgetown County - Pawleys Island voting precincts debated LINK
  • TX: Fort Worth woman, 98, proves photo ID not always easy to get LINK
  • TX: Obama defends oversight of election laws as Texas lawmakers near voter-ID bill LINK
  • TX: Texas Senate committee approves voter ID bill, will face tougher test in House LINK
  • TX: Voter-ID debate soon shifting to the Texas House LINK
  • TX: GOP activists pressure House on voter ID LINK
  • VA: Fairfax County - Touch-Screen Failure in VA's 'Hotly Contested' Special Election Results in Republican 'Victory' LINK
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