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Voting News: NY ballot fraud ring. Hacker makes ATMs spew cash. OR online 'primary' 4%turnout

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SC: Voting Locations of Four Precincts Moved (Pickens Co)
http://pickenselections.org/2010/07/29/voting-locations-of-four-precincts-moved/

WI: Brown County will join expanded election fraud task force
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20100729/GPG0101/100729059/Brown-County-will-join-expanded-election-fraud-task-force
District attorneys, Department of Justice to collaborate on investigations
The counties joining the expanded task force are Brown, Dane, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marathon, Outagamie, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago.

Internet Voting Watch

Independent Party sees few voters cast ballots in Oregon primary
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100730/UPDATE
The results are in from Oregon's first online primary election: Fewer than 2,300 of the 57,000 members of the Independent Party voted.
That's turnout of 4 percent, far less than the two major parties get in their primaries.
Independent Party leaders said Friday that's also far more people than usually participate in conventions for other minor parties.

Oregon Independent Party Releases Results of its Private Primary
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/07/31/oregon-independent-party-releases-results-of-its-private-primary/

Independent Party primary offered interesting look at online elections
http://blog.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/2010/07/independent_party_primary_offe.html
He (Paul DeGregorio) said that Oregon's vote-by-mail system is uniquely positioned to eventually move to online voting.

Researcher's Hack Can Make ATMs Spew Money
http://blogs.forbes.com/firewall/2010/07/28/researchers-hack-can-make-atms-spew-money/ ...Another method allows him to remotely access a machine over the Internet and eject money, or even record a history of users' credit card and PIN numbers as they're entered and send them back to the hacker.

(repeat) Honolulu Completes Internet/Telephone-Only Election
http://techdirt.com/articles/20090527/0359125027.shtml?op=sharethis
6.3 % turnout, an 83% decrease from similar election in 2007

National

Cryptographers speak of threats, voting, and Blu-R
http://www.rulance.com/?p=137
...He (Rivest)said software dependent is a category where a bug or a flaw could easily change the end result; this is along the lines of work done recently by Professor Ed Felten and his grad students at Princeton. Software independent is where the system doesn't entirely depend on the software and uses paper or some other means of capturing the vote. He favors voting systems that are software independent.
...
Diffie began the discussion, saying that after 80 years, "we've gotten cryptography to a fairly good point," but added that "the Internet's a mess." He said that on the Internet, "defensepure defensesimply doesn't work." He said that where it takes us months and years to secure something, it takes the opponent only hours. "They can run rings around us."

Should the Electoral College reflect the popular vote?
http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Editorial-Board-Blog/2010/0728/Should-the-Electoral-College-reflect-the-popular-vote Massachusetts is set to become the sixth state to award its electors to the winner of the popular vote nationally.

"Legislative Battles Drive Second-Quarter Lobbying Spending by Major Corporations, Special Interests" http://electionlawblog.org/archives/016560.html

Tea Party Caucus Members Bankrolled by Health Professionals, Retirees, Oil Interests
http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/07/members-of-tea-party-caucus-major-r.html

More CU Links
The People for the American Way blog offers The Consequences of Citizens United.
http://electionlawblog.org/archives/016556.html

"EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Accused of Stalling on MOVE Act for Voters in Military"
http://electionlawblog.org/archives/016549.html

Successful NVRA Lawsuits in MO, OH have Led to Hundreds of Thousands of Applications from Low-Income Americans http://www.projectvote.org/blog/?p=747

A radical idea: Reveal source of political ads
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/07/30/1589930/a-radical-idea-reveal-source-of.html Look out, voters. U.S. Senate clears the way for open season.
A vital piece of legislation died in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Democrats are to blame for larding up the bill with wrong-headed provisions that distracted from the bill's true purpose. Republicans are to blame for being intransigent and not working to get rid of those provisions and passing the crucial underlying policy.

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