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General News    H2'ed 5/21/10

Voting News: Dominion buys Premier-Diebold. US experts hack India EVM. Smartmatic flaw stuns officials

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WPBS radio interviews Kim Alexander of CalVoter...Michigan Atty Gen:"Voted ballots...are public records.."..Revolving door in PA swings toward Internet Voting..Anti-Trust: Dominion acquires Diebold assets from ES&S...San Francisco unsure how many wrong ballots issued...Delaware City ends "poll tax"...US experts 'hack' India e-voting machines...Philippines Rep. Locsin blows top over Smartmatic election return flaws... The Philippines is ordering investigation of poll fraud..Which UK polls disenfranchised voters?.

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

AL: Alabama: still disfranchising the arrested and convicted
http://www.votelaw.com/blog/archives/006383.html
The Montgomery Advertiser reports: With just one day left to register for the June 1 primary, the issue of prisoner and felon voting is once again in the spotlight, and at least one community organizer is concerned that a lack of knowledge and confusion over the issue could disenfranchise thousands of people who are eligible to vote this year.

AR: Suit alleges machine changed votes* (ES&S iVotronic w/VVPAT)
http://www.lovelycitizen.com/story/1636013.html
BERRYVILLE -- In a lawsuit filed Friday, F. Owen Kendrick, a candidate for Carroll County clerk, alleges that early votes cast for him on an electronic voting machine in the Berryville courthouse were registered as votes for his opponent in the Democratic primary, incumbent County Clerk Jamie Correia. Early voting takes place in the county clerk's office

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AR: Arkansas Green Party Trial Set(week of June 28-July 2)
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The issue is the state's requirement that parties must poll 3% of the vote for President, in presidential years, or be removed from the ballot.

CA: California Voting: 58 Counties, 58 Procedures(radio interview)
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2010/may/19/california-voting-58-counties-58-procedures/
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH at KPBS interviews Kim Alexander, president, California Voter Foundation and Deborah Seiler, San Diego County Registrar of Voters

CA: New mail-in ballots may be sent out after blunder*
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/New-mail-in-ballots-may-be-sent-out-after-blunder-94363109.html

A blunder has left thousands of San Francisco voters holding the wrong mail-in ballot for the June 8 election, in which pivotal primaries for statewide offices are at stake, along with the outcomes of local and state propositions.

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CA: PROP. 14, California's Top Two Ballot Measure, Leades 60-27 in Public Opinion Polling: Expect a lawsuit after it passes http://electionlawblog.org/archives/016018.html

CA: Irked supervisors will be asked to fund special elections
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2010/05/19/1147063/irked-supervisors-will-be-asked.html

CT: Anti-Trust: Dominion acquires Diebold assets from ES&S
http://www.ctvoterscount.org/?p=3201
This acquisition would seem to increase the alternatives available to Connecticut and LHS, with a greater chance that the equipment will continue to be supported and enhanced.

CO: Michigan's Ballots are Pubilc Documents---why not Aspen's?
http://www.glassballotbox.org/journal/2010/5/18/michigans-ballots-are-pubilc-documents-why-not-aspens.html If Michigan citizens can look at their ballots? Minnesotans' theirs, Floridians theirs, why not Aspen?
If Longmont, Colorado citizens can be involved in post elections using real ballots why are Aspen's ballots secret?

DE: Delaware City ends election rule
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100519/NEWS02/5190337/Delaware-City-ends-election-rule Delinquent taxpayers OK to vote, but some now want new election

FL: Clay elections office oversees first mail balloting(Tues, June 2)
http://www.claytodayonline.com/content/2287_1.php

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KY: Incumbent voting machines get the boot
http://www.incontextmag.com/article/Incumbent-voting-machines-get-the-boot
..obsolete machines are being replaced by an interesting mix of technology and paper.

KY: Heavy turnout causes some polling locations to run out of ballots
Jefferson County. http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=12511512
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Some voters were forced to use the touch screen voting machines meant for the disabled.
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the county clerk office said they are taking extra steps to make lack of ballots will not be an issue for the November elections.

KY: Kentucky attorney general's office gets fewer election-fraud complaints
http://www.kentucky.com/2010/05/19/1271857/kentucky-attorney-generals-office.html
There were far fewer calls to a state election-fraud hotline Tuesday than during the last election with county offices on the ballot...

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