All this and more in today's voting news below...
AK: Write-in rules need clarification before election, not after the fact
The counting of write-in ballots for Sen. Lisa Murkowski is probably going to become controversial.
AZ: Maricopa Judge Favors Misleading Testimony of Election Officials Over Election Law: Rules Partial Victory for Electors
PHOENIX -- A federal judge will decide whether tea party members who wear their hearts on their sleeves can wear their politics on their shirts at polling places.
CA: State online voter registration still years off
Vendors push hard to sell online voter reg
CA: Disappearing Voters -No Penalties for Failing to Correctly Fill Out and Deliver Voter Registration Forms
No. Steve Pappas has not yet managed to get his name inserted into the English language as a synonym for a clever form of massive voter fraud, but if he wins his lawsuit seeking to throw out votes in his race against Doreen Farr for 3rd District supervisor, he stands a good chance of ending up in the dictionary.
The fraud is simple: They ("oops") forget to deliver the registration forms for a week, and they ("Oh my!") neglect to fill out the box correctly. Under the law, these people cannot be punished.
The commission has met several times this month to establish mechanical operations meant to eliminate the complaints, including a set period for early voting and requiring that voted ballots are shuffled by election staff before voting data is compiled.
FL: Palm Beach County teachers approve $500 bonuses (internet voting problem)
Teachers were given an extra day to vote because some were unable to vote Thursday because of an Internet security access issue.
GA: Ballots Delivered Electronically to GA's Military & Overseas Voters
(Blank only, no electronic return of voted ballots.)
Guam Election Commission Violates Move Act?
http://guamnewswatch.com/201009213104/Local-News/Guam-Election-Commission-Violates-Move-Act.html GEC still hasn't received the card stock to print the ballots. The commission was told that military cargo has taken priority out of Hawaii.
IL: Illinois Votes Naked: Nude Campaign Spreads News About Changes To Absentee Voting Law (VIDEO)
One effective campaign tool? Nudity. The "Vote Naked Illinois" folks made this informative video about the changes to the state's early voting law: (Hat tip to Gapers Block for bringing this gem to our attention!)
IL: Justice Stephen Breyer Won't Alter Special U.S. Senate Election in Illinois
On September 20, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer denied the request by U.S. Senator Roland Burris to alter the special election for U.S. Senate in Illinois.
Worcester County State's Attorney Joel Todd said he was "made aware" Sept. 10 of a "potential issue" with absentee ballots cast by voters in District 2. He requested the election board have staffers handle absentee ballots with surgical gloves as not to impact evidentiary value.
MN: Revamped voting procedures, meant to avoid 2008 recount hassles, begin today for general electionhttp://ceimn.org/Minnesota_elections_recount_2008_Ritchie_Weiner_voting_Mansky
NC: E-Vote Vendors to NC: We Don't WANT to Break the Law!
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8079 In an August 30 letter, the voting vendor warns that our voting system cannot legally tally instant runoff voting, and the vendor will not accept responsibility for an IRV related election fiasco. The letter to Gary Bartlett, Executive Director of the NC State Board of Elections, warns about the illegality of using our voting machines for this process...