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Voting News: Florida law wrongs disabled voters. GAO on AZ,ME public finance. Do-over in Philippines?

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Florida has made great strides to improve elections, but sadly barriers to voting remain. Florida enacted HB 131 which harms disabled voters by delaying the replacement of touch screen voting machines until 2016. In spite of some good lawmakers efforts, the Florida legislature failed to clean up election code that disenfranchises many valid voters...Activist bashing: "Investigations of Aspen's many election irregularities are notoriously unpopular." ~ Harvie Branscombe...Did public financing change anything in Arizona and Maine?..The Philippines may need a "do-over" of the May 20 election...

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

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AL: Chapman Says "Zero Tolerance" for Voter Fraud(press release)
http://www.sos.state.al.us/PR/PR.aspx?ID=3270

AL: Autauga County voting off to smooth start*
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100601/
NEWS/100601005/Autauga+County+voting+off+to+smooth+start http://is.gd/cySbf
At another polling place, the election machine mangled a ballot in early voting. The machine was adjusted and is now working properly, election officials said.

AL: Thousands of Madison County voters moved to new polling places
http://blog.al.com/breaking/2010/05/post_316.html
HUNTSVILLE, AL - Thousands of Madison County voters will vote in a different place in Tuesday's party primaries even if they haven't moved.

AZ, ME: GAO ISSUES EXTENSIVE REPORT ON MAINE AND ARIZONA PUBLIC FINANCING SYSTEMS
http://electionlawblog.org/archives/016114.html
As mandated by Congress, the GAO has issued this extensive report (as well as this extensive technical supplement).
The bottom line of the report: not much has changed despite these programs

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CA: Complaint in AG's race shines light on outdated election laws
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15191874
The complaint filed with the state's Fair Political Practices Commission accused Kelly of improperly using a private stock deal to pour some $10 million into his campaign, a transaction fueled by a loan from an equity firm.

CA: Some California legislators pepper constituents with taxpayer-funded mailers
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mail-abuse-20100529,0,4110252.story
The privilege is intended to keep voters informed, but experts say the mailers are a key advantage for incumbents seeking reelection or higher office.

CA: Submitting Vote-By-Mail ballots(Tehama County)
http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/ci_15189188
[mail + postage, drop off in person, how to check on ballot,etc]

CO: Update on DA Investigation--KAJX June 1, 2010
http://aspenelectionreview.blogspot.com/2010/06/update-on-da-investigation-kajx-june-1.html Aspen Public Radio reports on the District Attorney's investigation of Aspen's May election irregularities.
Marilyn Marks' comment: Although the City does not have a copy of the complaint, Mr. Springer, claims that the complaint has "no merit," -- presumably without reading it.

CO: Amid low blows, Marks takes the high road
http://www.aspentimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100601/LETTER/100539976/1020&parentprofile=1061
Aspen's data is already packaged on a CD. There is nothing "specious," "demagogic," "prudish," "off the bus," "pointless" or "dark" about seeking public access. Public review of ballots is good public policy, and Aspen deserves a lot more of that.

CO: Investigation by DA nears completion
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/140840

FL: Advancement Project Releases Issue Brief Focused on Continued Barriers to the Ballot in Florida
http://www.advancementproject.org/sites/default/files
/publications/fl_issue_brief.pdf http://is.gd/cyJUO(pdf file)
Comprehensive reform of Florida's election code is needed to remove barriers to the franchise and ensure that eligible Floridians are able to participate in elections. Once again, state legislators failed to enact necessary reforms in the 2010 legislative session. 2011 will offer legislators another opportunity to correct flaws in the code in advance of the 2012 presidential elections.

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FL: Crist signs voting bill that saves Treasure Coast $1.85 million by delaying handicapped-accessible voting machines(disabled to vote on paperless machines)
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2010/may/28/crist-signs-voting-bill-that-delays-new-voting/

IA: Register to vote - or vote - today
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100529/NEWS09/5290323/-1/caucus/Register-to-vote--or-vote--today All county auditor offices are open today for voter registration for the June 8 primary elections and for in-person absentee voting.

IL: Investigation into Lake Co. voter fraud expands
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=384932
The investigation into the filing of fake voter registration cards in advance of the 2008 fall elections is expanding, a Lake County prosecutor said Tuesday.

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