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NY: New voting machines slow results*
In Chemung County, a mismatch between the software designed to read the memory cards and the county's system forced election officials there to manually enter all the results from the county's 86 election districts, according to WETM-TV.
According to the Associated Press, flustered poll workers and machine breakdowns resulted in long lines at several voting sites across the state.

NY: Voters With Disabilities Add to Complaints About Primary Election* (video) Disabled voters from all over the city complained about inaccessible voting places and no ballot-marking devices.
Problems include a lack of ramps, wheelchair-accessible doorways locked with no way to communicate to people inside, and a lack of private voting space, disability advocates say.
Of particular concern to disabled voters was a dearth of accessible ballot marking devices (BMDs), which are supposed to be available to people of all needs, including those with sight, hearing or mobility impairments. The electronic machines function like the optical scanning voting machines, but have special tools for the blind, deaf and otherwise impaired.
Voters said many places didn't have the devices, or they were unavailable, or election workers had no idea how to make them work.

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NY: Minor Parties Challenge 'Fusion Voting' in NY The Conservative Party of New York State and the Working Families Party filed a federal lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections, claiming the practice of "fusion voting," which allows candidates to appear on the ballot multiple times for multiple parties, is robbing them of votes.

NY: Election Monitors Sought for City
Federal monitors should be dispatched to New York City to monitor the Nov. 2 election in the wake of widespread violations of voter privacy during last week's primary, a City Council member said.

OH: Partisanship, redistricting underlie high-stakes Secretary of State race
The stakes are high in this year's race for secretary of state, the winner of which will not only oversee Ohio's election system but also hold a vital seat on the five-member state Apportionment Board that will redraw legislative districts in 2011

PA: NAACP Launches online voter registration
This cutting edge campaign will add the "Upload 2 Uplift" tool that uses social media technology to allow people to register to vote online and to upload the Email addresses of family and friends who are not yet registered to its full voter empowerment campaign.

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TN: Editorial: Wrong lawyer for the task
County government should be perceived as neutral on allegations being raised about the election

TX: Harris County now geared up for election with donated machines
click here

WI: Group calls for investigation of alleged voter suppression plan
A liberal advocacy group wants state and federal justice officials to investigate an alleged conservative plot to purge young and minority voters from the polls before the November election.

WV: Tennant calls GOP ballot lawsuit 'frivolous'
The Republicans' filing argues the party would suffer "irreparable harm" if voters are allowed to vote a "straight ticket" in both the general election and U.S. Senate races.

Internet Voting Watch

FL: Palm Beach County teachers approve $500 bonuses,0,7102130.story
Teachers were given an extra day to vote because some were unable to vote Thursday because of an Internet security access issue.

WV: Electronic ballots available in Putnam County
WINFIELD, W.Va...Putnam County offered electronic absentee voting as part of a state pilot project for the first time in the August special vote to select U.S. Senate candidates, but time was limited and few voted online, Wood said.
We currently have a dozen or so signed up for the General Election and look forward to having more participate."

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Canada: Sounding off on online voting
There are a lot of hackers who frequently break into 'secure' government and banking sites, some for fun but mostly for profit, and what greater profit would there be for those that seek power within government? Whether that be a city or a country.

Canada: E-Voting: A new electronic way to vote
(mostly poli sci, no computer scientist observations)

Russia: e-voting to be tested in Russia''s 20 regions in October Vienna, Sept 20 (Itar-Tass) Electronic voting technology will be tested in Russia's 20 territories during upcoming regional elections,

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