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Voting News: N Carolina Touchscreens flip votes. Will internet voting cause election debacle?

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"I was going through county commissioners and made my selection, it went from Republican candidates to Democrat. It did it three different times," said Dean Lambeth, Mayor of Kure Beach.

According to Lambeth, he experienced the same issue when he voted for the congressional race.

"We talked with a technician and said it could have been an interruption in power or it could have been a calibration that wasn't saved," said Bonnie Williams, Board of Elections Supervisor.

NC: Touchscreen voting machine problems: Select Pantano, you get McIntyre!*
http://carolinatalknetwork.com/2010/10/touchscreen-voting-machine-problems-select-pantano-you-get-mcintyre/
On the first day of voting in New Hanover county there was a problem with the screen calibration on some voting machines. When someone touched the screen for Pantano, it would check the box above (McIntyre's). It happened in other races down ticket too, because the Republican candidate is second on the ballot and the touchscreen would mistakenly record the vote in the box above where you touched. The machines in New Hanover were re-calibrated and the issue seems to have been solved.

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NV: Foreclosure Increase Triggering Voter Concerns
http://www.ktvn.com/Global/story.asp?S=13324290 Foreclosed folks are losing their registered address, and missing their sample ballots. Miller says "They think that because they didn't get their sample ballot they're not allowed to cast ballots, and that's just not the case. As long as they still live in Washoe County and voted in 2008, they can go to their old precinct and be able to cast a ballot.

OH: Absentee ballot patterns in Cuyahoga; no party advantage but slow NP returns
http://electionupdates.caltech.edu/?p=3345 I've created a quick spreadsheet from the early voting turnout results posted at Cuyahoga County, OH (hat tip to Michael McDonald).

PA: Marybeth Kuznik's Birthday Wish (Keep VotePA, a verified voting org going)
http://www.votepa.us/birthdaywish.html "My birthday is on October 17th and I want to help fund VotePA and its mission for voting rights and fair, accurate elections; moving us closer to the goal of protecting every vote in Pennsylvania with an auditable, recountable, voter-verified paper ballot."

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SC: Voter Registration office scrambles to process nearly 500 requests that arrived in single envelopehttp://www.islandpacket.com/2010/10/14/1407941/voter-registration-office-scrambles.html Marshall said his office deals regularly with voters wondering when their applications or ballots will arrive. Many have sent their applications through a third party, such as South Carolina Victory 2010. Although perfectly legal, Marshall does not recommend the practice because of the potential for delays and identity theft that he cannot control.

TN: FBI hotline to handle election complaints
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/oct/15/fbi-hotline-to-handle-election-complaints/ The FBI plans to set up a hotline to hear citizen complaints of fraud or other problems in the Nov. 2 polls, a step that comes as Shelby County election officials are trying to rebuild trust following a partisan voting dispute.
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An inquiry by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is ongoing.
[How does this help if electronic voting machines lose or switch votes or if poll books have wrong voter registration data?]

TX: Early Voting by mail, do it right
http://www.thevindicator.com/articles/2010/10/14/news/news43.txt

US Virgin Islands: Senators grill Elections chief on paper ballot issue
http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/senators-grill-elections-chief-on-paper-ballot-issue-1.1048840

VA: F.C. Council Votes to Rescind Move of Local Elections from May to November
http://www.fcnp.com/news/7563-fc-council-votes-to-rescind-move-of-local-elections-from-may-to-november/ The back to May smacks of elitism, Jim Crow and is "inconsistent with the kind of City we want. The City deserves better.

WV: Greenbrier County tries e-poll books
http://www.register-herald.com/local/x1156732040/Greenbrier-County-tries-e-poll-books
LEWISBURG -- Greenbrier is one of 10 counties in the state selected for a pilot program to try out electronic poll books, according to Cheryl Yates, who works in the county clerk's election office.

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"Instead of printing out the poll books in paper form, we'll have miniature laptops -- netbooks -- with all the information on them,"

Internet Voting Watch

Will Online Voting Turn Into an Election Day Debacle?
http://www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=6788
Chastened by the exercise, Washington is canceling plans to let voters return ballots digitally. But some states are undeterred by the red flags. "The system we have is totally different. You can't compare apples and oranges," says West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
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"We've been working to build enfranchisement and increase the ballot count for years. If we thought this was the answer, we'd be doing it. But it's being built on quicksand right now," says Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, CEO of the Overseas Vote Foundation. "Our ballots are precious cargo ... [The Internet] is the last thing on earth designed to handle private info that should not be tampered with. It's like writing a contract in pencil."

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