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CA: Candidates exploit ranked-choice endorsements
Voters are, again, improperly sealing their absentee ballot envelopes and it's causing problems at the Kern County elections division, Chief Deputy Registrar Karen Rhea said.
FL: Wrong Absentee Ballots Sent To Voters*
SANFORD, Fla. -- The Seminole County Supervisor of Elections admitted Monday that his office made a mistake, sending the wrong absentee ballots to an entire district of Sanford voters.
"It's only 89 voters, but for those 89 voters it's, you know, it's the most important ballot they're going to get for this year, so we need to make sure that they get it right," said Michael Ertel, the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections.
Guam: GEC prepares for day in federal court
http://www.kuam.com/Global/story.asp?S=13305521 The agency as we reported violated federal law when it didn't send absentee ballots to uniformed and overseas voters 45 days prior to the election. As a result the U.S. Department of Justice took GEC to court.
For military voters, we emailed 42 ballots and just a single one has been returned. A rate of 2.4%. On the other hand, we have mailed 204 ballots, and already 33 have been returned. A rate of 16.2%.
Now other factors certainly enter into this. Many of these military ballots are sent within the country. The final determination of the effectiveness of this method will be decided two weeks after the election when we do our final canvass.
IN: Early Voting Begins, But Not Without Glitches* (video available)
A line of voters had to wait several minutes for machines to get up and running.
County Clerk Susan Kirk says the system must have lost connection over the weekend, but a computer tech was fixing the problem.
IN: 2 special prosecutors chosen in Charlie White investigation
White, a Republican, used his ex-wife's address to vote in the May 4 primary election. Initially, he said his actions were a mistake and didn't warrant a criminal investigation. He's maintained his actions were legal.
White already has left his seat on the Fishers Town Council as a result of the residence change that led to questions about the legality of his actions.
MO: Royster Claims New Proof Of Voter Fraud
John Joseph Rizzo Bested Will Royster In House Race By 1 Vote
NC: New online absentee voting ballots ease process for local troops
Spirit Lake wants Election Day voting site on reservation
The Spirit Lake tribe is asking a federal court to stop Benson County from closing voting sites on its reservation during the November election.
NY: BOE survey finds thousands of voters have 'major issues' with new machines
Still, 6% of those surveyed reported having "major issues" - potentially a whopping 20,700 of the 345,000 voters who participated in the primary.
NY: Election chiefs fumble, get raises (LTE)
Re "Westchester election chiefs get longer, 4-year terms," Sept. 23 article:Looks like the taxpayer, voting public, got the shaft once again courtesy of government bureaucracy. We were told that the new voting machines were more efficient and would make voting easier.