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The sour economy is impacting election administration. WVa approved early voting but provided no funding to pay for it. PA activists need volunteers to audit their paperless elections. Woodbury County, Iowa dropped plans for Vote Centers when Sioux City threatened to sue. A Tennessee County took inventory and learned they were missing 1 voting machine and 3 card readers. Knox Co TN officials not likely to approve Vote Center Pilots which would eliminate neighborhood polls. *Vote Centers are being mislabeled as "convenience voting". Tennessee still fighting over their paper ballot law. Oregon ok's online registration. An Arizona lawmaker who broke AZ's powerful clean elections act sues to keep job.

The EAC certified a Diebold/Premier system. 44 Years After Landmark Act, Voting Rights Still Needed says the Brennan Center for Justice. A report analyses the US election process. As early voting spreads in the US, how does it impact GOTV efforts?
India's struggle against electronic voting heats up: India panel to hear debate on paperless voting machines. As her party boycotts the election, India's AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa says: "In a democracy, every voter should know whether the vote cast has gone to the candidate or party it was meant for. In the absence of such certainty, the entire democratic process would be rendered a mockery." Jayalalithaa also quotes Rice University associate professor Dan Wallach regarding problems with voting machines.

AZ. Arizona Legislator Sues to Retain Seat
August 6th, 2009 On August 6, Arizona Representative Doug Quelland filed a lawsuit in state court to retain his seat in the legislature. The Clean Elections Commission had voted 4-1 to remove him from office, back on May 15, 2009.

CA. Election delays won't save a dime
08/05/2009 OUR VIEW: Attempts to save money on 2010 elections show some didn't do their homework. The San Bernardino County Board of Education set things right this week when it backed away from a foolhardy proposal to postpone its 2010 election.
...But when word spread that delaying the election until November 2011 would actually cost the district more - more than $1 million more - the movement quickly lost steam. The board voted Monday against rescheduling the election.

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CA. Proposed Legislation: Post Canvass Audit Bill Language
04 Aug 2009 A bill proposal to move the Post Election Manual Tally (PEMT) to after the canvass period and rename it the "Post Canvass Audit."

CO. Aspen mayor campaigning for two more years
Changing the term of mayor and the timing of the election would require an amendment to the charter, and a public vote. That could occur this fall or next spring. Voters will likely be asked an advisory question this November if Aspen should continue with IRV or have city officials find an alternative.

FL. Whopping cost increase could end early voting
August 5, 2009 PLANT CITY - Early voting in Plant City municipal elections could become the latest victim of the economic crisis.

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IA. Voter centers plan scrapped after city considers lawsuit
Aug 04, 2009 SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Woodbury County Auditor has dropped plans to replace polling places with a handful voting centers...Fearing that voters would be disenfranchised in the upcoming city council election, City Attorney Andrew Mai says they considered suing the county.

PA. PA Verified Voting needs volunteers for election integrity actions (Pittsburgh) http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/vol/1276537489.html

NC. Elections board ouster JOURNAL EDITORIAL STAFF
August 7, 2009 ...Elliott apparently ran afoul of the state board because he disobeyed two of its directives in the days leading up to the November election... The state board supervises local election boards, including by appointing their members. That's the law that the local boards must accept.

NC. Forsyth elections chairman removed by state board

NJ. Law makes it simple for anyone in N.J. to vote by mail
06 August 2009

NY. Finally, new voting machines
It took a lawsuit and federal court order to do it, but Delaware, Chenango and parts of Otsego counties are finally being dragged into the 21st century world of voting

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NY. Another New York City Councilmember Off Ballot for Cover Sheet Error
August 6th, 2009 New York city councilmember Alan Gerson is running for re-election in the September 2009 Democratic primary. He is currently off the ballot. He needed 900 valid signatures and he submitted 7,000.

OR. Oregon To Offer Online Voter Registration
August 6, 2009 4:34 p.m.Oregonians will soon have the chance to register to vote online. Governor Ted Kulongoski Thursday signed a bill that will allow people to sign up in time for next spring's primaries.

TN. Election commission to move voting machines to main office
The Cumberland County Election Commission appointed a new machine technician Tuesday evening and in a 3-2 vote decided to move all of its voting machines from the Community Complex to its office on Main St...Smart reported that after inventory was taken on the equipment it revealed that one machine was missing, three card readers were missing and 12 tally cards were missing.

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