All this and more in today's voting news below...
AL: More on Alaska and Australia: Is there a security issue in postmark states?
AZ: Vote-by-mail ballots just delivered now being verified* (day after election)
Pima County. Approximately 13,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been dropped off late at the polling locations and delivered by U.S. mail. These ballots are being signature verified this morning and will be transferred over to the Division of Elections for counting.
AZ: Late ballots being verified & counted *(KVOA Video available)
TUCSON - In Pima County, 13,500 mail in ballots were delivered this morning, and there are 3,500 Provisional ballots that still need to be verified.
The mail in ballots were supposed to be a part of "early voting." But Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez says, for some reason they didn't make it to the post office in time or were dropped off at the polling places.
Alameda County voters may want to delay diving into that next novel soon, because a long read is on its way this fall -- in the form of November's general-election ballot.
However, voters in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro are likely to see three pages because of the debut of ranked-choice voting, which eliminated the need for June primaries for those cities' local races.
A type of "voters' fatigue" or "voter roll-off" can set in if ballots are too long, said Robert Dudley, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia who studies elections.
CO: City Council gets it right
parentprofile=1061http://tinyurl.com/23vtzx3 The City Council properly deleted from the November ballot a referendum question on replacing instant runoff voting (IRV) with a winner-take-all election reform as a means of deciding both mayor and council contests, deciding instead to present to the voters a straightforward choice between IRV and the traditional runoff election technique.
FL: Audit This! Broward's Disappearing Ink Before Election Day & Early Voting*
All Federal and FL State Law require election records be held for 22 months. Broward's Poll Tapes are already beginning to disappear before Election Day!
FL: 2 Volusia races getting recounts
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/west-volusia/2010/08/27/2-volusia-races-getting-recounts.html A county judge's race is so close after a review of problem ballots that Volusia officials expect to need to recount the votes by hand, while a County Council race is close enough to warrant a second tally with voting machines.
A machine recount takes place when the margin is less than half of 1 percent. If that recount shows a difference of one-fourth of 1 percent or less, a manual recount is ordered
FL: Lee County judge race remains undecided; recount to continue tomorrow*
7:45 P.M. UPDATE -- No decision will be made tonight in the race between Eric Feichthaler and Archie Hayward for county judge due to a mechanical error.
Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington said a flash drive containing all of the early voting ballots wouldn't load.
There were more than 13,000 early voting ballots cast in the election.
Officials will feed machines ballots again today in judge's race
But at about 7 p.m., a flash drive wouldn't load to read the results of early voting ballots.
"We don't know why," Harrington said. "It's a standard thumb drive that's used in all kinds of computers."
FL: Foul-ups prevent 2 eligible Fellsmere residents from voting in Tuesday's primary election in Indian River County*http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2010/aug/26/snafu-prevents-two-eligible-fellsmere-residents/ Supplies of paper ballots unexpectedly ran out about an hour before polls closed at 7 p.m. and extras couldn't be printed and delivered to Precinct 102 in time for the two to vote. They left before the ballots arrived at 6:40 p.m.
Ultimately, Clem blames the Fellsmere ballot shortage on herself and trying to cut costs of ballot printing. The election involved 534 different ballot variations countywide because of special districts for portions of the county as well as party distinctions