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Voting News: E-Voting 'a hopelessly dangerous concept'. NC GOP threatens suit over vote flipping

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New database on state recount & audit laws...Verified Voting new map of voting tech in US...IL Dems botch absentee early voting push..NC GOP threatens suit over touch-screen voting machines..NY voter cross fingers...SC voting machines not reliable says Computer Science Prof Dr. Duncan Buell ...NM & VA voter reg. databases bogged down...9 voting machines unattended overnight in NW Lehi,UT polls... Faith Based Voting -In many of Tuesday's closest races, states will use those same old, suspect voting machines...

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

AK: Alaska high court: Voters may see write-in list

CO: Boulder County: 'Human error' caused ballot language mix-up*
Issue 2B, Boulder's proposed utility tax measure, was correctly titled on the electronic ballot but contained the language for Boulder County's open space tax measure, known as County Issue 1B.

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"It appears someone cut and pasted the wrong ballot content under the title," Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall told the Camera this afternoon.
Three hundred and twelve voters used the faulty electronic ballots before the error was discovered Tuesday, which prompted election officials to halt all voting on the county's 12 electronic voting machines.

IL: Illinois Democrats botch absentee early voting push*
Illinois Democratic Party workers started mailing applications for absentee ballots to registered voters late last week, leaving precious few days for them to be mailed back to election authorities in time to get a ballot. And many of the applications contained the wrong birthdates for the registered voters they were mailed to, leaving some of those who got them wondering if it was a scam.

NC: GOP threatens suit over touch-screen voting machines
Fetzer said he wants warnings posted at the polls to alert voters of the potential problem. He also wants poll workers to retain daily printouts of vote totals to compare later with the tabulations provided by the touch-screen machines and to retain records of all complaints about the machines.

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NC: N.C. GOP leader: Touchscreen voting machines have flaw that aids Dems*
The chairman of the N.C. Republican Party alleged Thursday that a programming flaw with touchscreen voting machines used for early voting in 36 counties is causing votes intended for GOP candidates to be counted for Democrats.

Tom Fetzer, the Republican chairman, said that if the State Board of Elections does not enact a list of demands intended to remedy the problem by the end of today, the party's lawyers will be in federal court Friday morning seeking a statewide injunction.

NC: Election Workers Fired After Speaking To WITN*
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Two Craven County election workers say they were fired today, hours after speaking with WITN News about problems with touch screen voting machines.

Matthew Thomas and Maria Vincent claim they reported straight party voting problems at their early-voting site, but those problems were never addressed.

NC: Voters Question State Official About Possible Machine 'Glitch'*
Craven GOP Chair Chuck Tyson told the crowd that a voter phoned him to describe a machine flip-flopping his votes at a Vanceboro voting location during Wednesday's lunch hour.
The voter wasn't voting a straight-party ticket, Tyson said.
As the meeting ended, Tyson advocated a return to paper ballots.

NC: State technician demonstrates voting machine* 9ES&S iVotronic)
Some remain skeptical about machine's reliability
"I have all the confidence in the world with the Board of Elections," Tyson said. "I do not have confidence in this machine."

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Tyson has received calls from numerous voters who report that their intended straight-party Republican ticket votes register all Democratic votes, he said. He also has received reports of the vote flipping for only random races while other votes on the ballot are as the voter intended.

NC: Judicial ballot count changed by NC election board
Elections officials have changed how votes will be counted for a seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals being picked through an unusual voting method.

NM: Herrera's office feels heat as glitch delays voting
Computer problems disrupt early polling at sites statewide* County elections officials complained
Wednesday of problems with New Mexico's voter-registration computer system, saying it has disrupted early voting at some locations across the state and continues to delay the preparation of voter-turnout reports.

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