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General News    H4'ed 4/27/10

Voting News: John Gideon remembered. New Voting Rights Act challenge. Internet Voting update

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Today marks one year since the passing of John Gideon, editor of the original Daily Voting News. Ellen Theisen describes John:"I would say he was a watchdog in the truest sense. He watched Congress, the EAC, WA state legislature and SoS, as well as election related events around the country. Then when he sensed something wrong, he announced it loud and strong to anyone who would listen, and often to those who would rather he quit barking."...Brad Friedman has a special blog about John today - "Has Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend John?"...On the news front: Another challenge to Sect 5 of Voting Rights Act, this time from Alabama...Unilect lawsuit in PA...Hushed money...Key Canadian official tells House of Commons that the integrity of internet voting cannot be assured...

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

Has Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend John?...

Tributes to John Gideon, RIP National Election Integrity Hero

AL: Alabama county to sue DOJ over Section 5 constitutionality
...(Shelby) County attorney Butch Ellis said Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act forbids cities and towns in nine states, including Alabama, from making changes in voting practices or procedures without approval from the federal government.

CA: Merced County seeks removal from Federal Voting Rights Act's restrictions
Merced is one of only four counties in state subject to rules of section of voting law

CA: Rally Tuesday: Voters Say Lancaster Election Should Be Dumped* ineligible candidate, Victoria Zavala, was not properly vetted (she lived in Quartz Hill, not Lancaster) and appeared on the ballot. She received more than 2,000 votes.

CO: Colorado Town Debates Mandatory Voting Law Citing Poor Turnout, Brewer and Pub Owner Pushes for Mandatory Voting in His Small Town

CO: Bill letting parolees vote moves

CT: Updated: Candidate Withdraws Bounty On Republican Registrations

CT: Nov 09 Election Audit Reports Part 2 Inadequate Counting, Reporting, and Transparency Continue
...closed counting of ballots leaves an opening for fraud and error to go undetected and defeats the purpose and integrity of the audit...

CT: Nov 09 Election Audit Reports Part 1 Problems Continue and Some Good News

NY: County Sues to Retain Lever Voting Machines
Nassau County has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections in an attempt to block the use of optical scan voting machines.

OH: Man Sentenced For Lying About Levy Vote*
SIDNEY, Ohio -- A Sidney man, who recanted his claim that he was paid $2,500 to vote for the Sidney School Levy last November, was sentenced Tuesday morning.

OR: Online Registration New voters can register at and those already registered can update information.

PA: Pennsylvania Military and Overseas Voters, Request your Ballot for the May 18, 2010 State Primary Now!

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