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Voting News: ATMs AND Voting Machines are hackable. Obama admin on the military vote

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Bob Fitrakis asks "Why is it, on this anniversary of Bill Moss' passing, that we can readily accept people are hacking into ATM machines, but ignore the fact that people are also hacking Diebold, ES&S and other electronic voting machines and stealing more than money."...$20 votes in Perry Co KY vote buying scheme...Obama admin pushes back hard on charge that it's not protecting military voters. Letter explains waiver process is built into MOVE act and the Department of Defense in consultation with DOJ determines whether to grant waivers...

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

CA: Fresno woman arraigned on voter fraud
http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/08/03/2028064/fresno-woman-arraigned-on-voter.html
Election officials said Holland forged signatures in an attempt to reduce entry fees for Fresno City Council Member Cynthia Sterling in Sterling's race for county supervisor and for Fresno police officer Oliver Baines, who is running for Sterling's seat.

CA: State panel calls for online political ad rules
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/02/MNDQ1ENN37.DTL
California should regulate online political ads the same way it does television, radio or print communications - by requiring candidates and campaigns to tell voters who paid for them, officials with the state's campaign watchdog agency ...

CA: WHY IT MIGHT BE RATIONAL FOR JUDGE WALKER TO STAY HIS OWN RULING IN THE PROP. 8 CASEhttp://electionlawblog.org/archives/016619.html

CO: Buescher: GOP criticism on MOVE Act military voting ignores reality
http://coloradoindependent.com/58686/buescher-gop-criticism-on-move-act-military-voting-ignores-reality
Secretary of State Bernie Buescher Monday night told the Colorado Independent he was way ahead of his Republican critics on what needed to happen in Colorado to comply with a new federal law dictating the speed of mailing overseas ballots to members of the military, but lawmakers dragged their feet because of election-year politics.
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Buescher said both his supporters and critics could have proposed legislation during the last session to comply with the MOVE Act but the political will was missing because of ramifications for campaigns already in progress.

CT: Conn. governor vetoes bill to fix campaign law
http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/articles/2010/08/02/conn_governor_vetoes_bill_to_fix_campaign_law/


HARTFORD, Conn.--Gov. M. Jodi followed through Monday with her promise to veto a bill that attempts to fix Connecticut's campaign finance law after a federal appeals court founds parts of it unconstitutional.

FL: Detour on election audits
With local measure apparently dead, seek a change in state law
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100803/OPINION/8031026/2198/OPINI
Instead of fighting for stronger ballot auditing in Sarasota County, push for it statewide. That would provide the consistency and uniformity the courts say is legally required.

FL: Show up Thursday, August 5th, 2 PM--Stand by the people of Sarasota
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/electionreform/message/13797
...Thursday, August 5th, please attend the special meeting of the Sarasota County Commissioners at 2 PM in the Commission Chambers at 1660 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. That's when they will make their final decision on whether to appeal the negative ruling of the judge in the 12th Judicial Circuit on the status of our county charter amendment for paper ballots and mandatory audits of election equipment, or whether they will support the will of the voters of Sarasota County in another way.

GA: Georgia Military and Overseas Voters, Submit Your Ballot for the August 10, 2010 General Primary Runoff!http://www.fvap.gov/global/news/nr20-2010.html

GA: Voter Fraud Alleged in Brooks County
http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/99140784.html
Brooks County residents are concerned there may be irregularities with the outcome of several local races. And now the GBI has launched a probe into these allegations.
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"The issue is the absentee ballots," said Claude Butler, the County Commissioner for District Three, who lost to Willie Cody by 247 votes. Pre-absentee count, he was in the lead by 111 votes. "They have gone rampant here in our county...

GA: Bottoms resigns as probate judge
http://www.thenortheastgeorgian.com/articles/2010/08/03/news/breaking_news/01breakingnews.txt
Bottoms, who was involved in logic and accuracy testing on electronic voting machines Tuesday, said she would provide to The Northeast Georgian on Wednesday full details of her reasons for resigning for inclusion in Friday's edition.

IL: 146 Illegal Votes Identified in November 2008(Champaign County)
http://blog.champaigncountyclerk.com/2010/08/04/146-illegal-votes-identified-in-november-2008/

KY: 4 indicted on vote buying in eastern KY
http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?s=12889273&clienttype=printable
HAZARD, KY (AP) - Four eastern Kentucky men have been indicted on vote buying charges for paying people to vote in the May primary in Perry County.

One of the men, Pearl Combs Jr., was arrested on election day in May on a charge of voter fraud after a voter told authorities he was paid $20 to vote for certain candidates.

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