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Voting News: 1 in 10 AZ voters get wrong info. The Kansas Report and voter purges. Nassau ordered to ditch levers

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While Michigan, Minnesota, California's Humboldt County andother cities ..reaffirm citizens' rights to oversight, "Aspen taxpayers are funding an expensive battle to fight election transparency. Aspen, of all places." writes Mike LaBonte in LTE...Mississippi has entered into an agreement with several states to pull together what's been called "The Kansas Report." to purge duplicate voter registrations....Nassau County toldtoreplace Lever Voting Machines...India should ditch EVMs, says expert: "Computers can be programmed to count votes honestly. But since nobody can watch them, they might just as easily be programmed to count dishonestly." ~ Rop Gonggrijp, a security researcher from the Netherlands...

All this and more in today's voting news below....

AL: Ford requesting investigation, safeguards in possible 'vote fraud'
State Senate candidate Johnny Ford of Tuskegee has met with a U.S. Attorney to ask for an investigation into possible voter fraud in Bullock County.

AR: Voting error alters result in Poinsett * (ES&S iVotronic)
...Poinsett County Clerk Fonda Condra told the county's election commission that 53 electronic ballots for justice of the peace in District 8 were thrown out. That changed the total vote count from a 151-142 win for Jones to a 122-118 win for Sadler.

Condra said a poll worker brought up the wrong voting screen at the Bolivar township polling site in Harrisburg.
AR: Arkansas Green Party Trial Moved Into July

AZ: Wrong voting info sent to 191,000 Arizona homes * Leading up to Tuesday's sales-tax election, more than 10 percent of Arizona voters were told to cast ballots at the wrong location -- and the reason why is in dispute.

AZ: Ninth Circuit, on 3-0 Vote, Upholds Matching Funds Requirement in Arizona Public Financing Scheme
In this post -Citizens United world, this is a rare win for supporters of reasonable campaign finance regulation.

CA: Attorney General OK's Monterey County election changes
...state senate election to replace Santa Maria Republican Abel Maldonado - now lieutenant governor

CA: Tulare County absentee ballots on way; cause of delay is not clear (for June 8 election) Tulare County absentee voters who've not yet received a ballot may ask for a replacement if it doesn't arrive soon, county election officials said.

CA: Thousands of SF voters got wrong mail-in ballot
SAN FRANCISCO--Thousands of San Francisco voters are holding wrong or duplicate mail-in ballots for the upcoming election because of a blunder by a contractor.

CO: Fighting good public policy (LTE by voting integrity activist Mike LaBonte)
The arguments against transparency seem to be rooted in fuzzy laws and a misunderstanding of the meaning of "secret ballot." The same issue came up in Michigan, but Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox explained it quite well in his recent decision that ballots are indeed subject to Freedom of Information Act requests:

CT: Legal History Perspectives on the Connecticut Bysiewicz Decision

HI: Hawaii moves primary to accomodate troups

IN: Hendricks County board to share election records

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