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'Daily Voting News' for June 27-29, 2009

Message Ellen Theisen

by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein and John Washburn

In Pierce County, WA, indications are that Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) may be a failed experiment. 63% of the voters didn't like it, and the auditor says scrapping it would save the county $600,000. The County Council voted to amend the county charter to repeal the mandate for RCV; the voters will make the final decision in November.

Smartmatic still hasn't submitted its incorporation papers to the Philippines Comelec, and its local partner, TIM, has pulled out of the joint venture.

Internet voting is now being considered in Canada and Nova Scotia. Is there no end to the wack-a-mole of unobservable ballots? Prove in one place that Internet ballots are an exercise in unjustified trust, and the idea pops up its head in another.

Today's articles about the Voting Rights Act deal with how to minimize future challenges....

  • National: Can the Voting Rights Act Survive Another Challenge? LINK
  • National: Fixing the Voting Rights Act LINK
  • National: Conyers abandons plan to probe ACORN LINK
  • National: Editorial: Register Everybody LINK
  • National: Record Number of People With Disabilities Voted in 2008 Election LINK
  • National: Searching for a Reliable Voting System  LINK
  • CA: Secretary of State Debra Bowen Reports Record Percentage of Votes by Mail in May 19 Special Election LINK
  • FL: Florida voter law garners praise LINK
  • GA: New laws start July 1 LINK
  • GA: Voting Rights Act still relevant to today's Georgia LINK
  • IL: Attorneys lay out their arguments in the Rock Island mayoral recount LINK
  • MN: Pawlenty 'prepared' to certify Franken LINK
  • NC: Touch Screens High Rate of Unrecorded Votes for President in 2008 LINK
  • NH: Court may finally set N.H. voters free  LINK
  • TN: Voting machines will change again LINK
  • TX: EDITORIAL: Voter ID bill was bad idea then and now LINK
  • VA: New laws hit books Wednesday LINK
  • WA: Instant Runoff Voting too Costly - Pierce County WA Says Ditching Would Save $600,000  LINK
  • Canada: Elections Canada backs online voting LINK
  • Canada: Online voting could improve dwindling turnout for federal elections: report LINK
  • India: EC had known the fundamental flaws of EVMs since 2000; not remedied LINK
  • Iran: Iran starts partial recount of disputed vote LINK
  • Nova Scotia: Byelection for Dartmouth council seat likely in September LINK
  • Philippines: Comelec to winning bidder: No papers, no deal LINK
  • Philippines: Smartmatic's local partner withdraws LINK
  • Philippines: Automation in peril as poll partners break up LINK
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    Ellen Theisen, Director and Managing Editor

    Dave Klein, Editor

    John Washburn, Editor

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