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Voting News: Email balloting risks midterm election to hacking. Hanging Chads - 10 years later

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16 states will allow overseas voters to return ballots via email for the midterm elections. "But cybersecurity experts and voter advocates contend that these well-intentioned efforts ignore the technical vulnerabilities of sending a voted ballot as an e-mail attachment, potentially subjecting this midterm contest to electronic vote rigging and hacking"...Meanwhile, the US Air force assigns 30,000 Cyber Warriors...GA's voter reg process disenfranchises valid voters....Mark Halvorson has "straight talk about Minnesota's elections."...Chicken costumes banned at Nev. polling places...IN "Ballot Boxing", PBS Radio interviews Dan Wallach, activist Marybeth Kuznik,& John O'Grady, NY City Elections Chief to discuss reform 10 yrs after 2000 election fiasco...Were flash cards manipulated in Philippines election?...

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

AL: Chapman to visit counties with alleged voter fraud
http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=12534379 Secretary of State Beth Chapman is informing voters of allegations of voter fraud prior to the primary election on June 1. So far, the office has received complaints of reported voter fraud from Greene, Macon, Perry and Wilcox counties.

AZ: San Luis mayor: Errors not voter fraud
http://www.yumasun.com/opinion/yuma-61172-county-city.html
...it would appear that just with members of council, their wives, and council members-elect, the error rate exceeded 35 percent!...
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If one is to do something constructive that might reduce the error factor, may I suggest instituting a better system to check signatures?

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CA: Candidate threatens to sue county
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update/doc4bf6bf93c5540498201732.txt http://is.gd/cnPdg A Democratic state Senate candidate is threatening to sue Napa County after the local elections department refused to correct a misprint wrongly identifying her as a Republican

CO: The national trend toward open access
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/letter-editor/140730
If Michigan activists can review ballots for audits, why can't we? If copies of Humboldt County California's ballots are regularly posted on the web, why are Aspen's more secret? If Minnesota can post their questionable ballots on the web, Why can't Aspen? If Longmont, Colo.'s ordinary citizens can participate in an audit to test procedures for improvement, why are Aspen citizens prevented?

CO: City talks down, lawyers up
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20100522/LETTER/100529945
Will Aspen simply protect their many election irregularities with big-time lawyers or instead solve the underlying problems and make sure anonymous records become accessible? I am hoping for the latter.

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CT: Cops: Clinton woman tried to vote twice*
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doc4bf8b9229f249275065972.txt http://is.gd/cnPhR
Police say the woman was spotted by two other poll workers and prevented from casting a second ballot.

GA: Georgia's Voter Registration Procedures Discriminate And Should Be Permanently Blocked, Civil Rights Coalition Argues
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/24-13
Under the procedures, U.S. citizens from minority communities were incorrectly flagged as non-citizens and prevented from registering to vote.

HI: 54 percent voter turnout in special election signals success of mail in ballots
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100522/
BREAKING01/100522031/53.7+percent+voter+turnout+in+special+
election+signals+success+of+mail+in+ballots http://is.gd/cnPgj

LA: Cromer asks for voting machine analysis after malfunctions at House this week
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View/articleId/2072/Cromer-asks-for-voting-machine-analysis-
after-malfunctions-at-House-this-week.aspx http://is.gd/cnPjN

MN: Editorial: straight talk about Minnesota's elections(By Mark Halvorson )
http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/news/x1070024365/Editorial-straight-talk-about-Minnesota-s-elections...Norm Coleman's recount attorney, Fritz Knacck said of the recount, "We were looking for fraud, but we didn't find any." We wish that Mr. Kaiser could be as forthcoming and honest about elections here in Minnesota. We invite you to read our report alongside his report and decide for yourself which one you find more credible.

MN: Our view: Break down barriers to voting
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/169495/
The march to demand documents at polling places, including photo IDs and proof of citizenship, has been quietly persistent -- and as disturbing in its reach as in its potential for negatively influencing elections.

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NV: Chicken costumes banned at Nev. polling places
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37296098/ns/politics/
Under the new rule, chicken costumes will be banned along with political buttons, shirts, hats and signs within 100 feet of polling places.

NY: MY VIEW: Making it possible for all to vote
By Virginia Martin Democratic Commissioner Board of Election
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doc4bf602e612afa678274222.txt http://is.gd/cnPm4 What's the value of going through the effort of obtaining accessible voting machines and training election workers to be competent and sensitive in their use if the people that would use them can't even get in the door?

SD: SD to pioneer electronic voting system(only for downloading blank ballots)
http://www.capjournal.com/articles/2010/05/10/news/
doc4be8e8d99d863018731317.txt http://is.gd/cnPnU

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