All this and more in today's voting news below...
CA: DA probes voter fraud allegations in Calif. city (Bell, CA)
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/7127322.html It was only one of several allegations the district attorney is looking into in the city where three top officials resigned last week after it was disclosed they were being paid salaries totaling about $1.6 million a year.
CO: KDNK Reports on SOS Memo Looking to Deny Inspection of Ballots
ASPEN -- City attorneys are drafting language for a November ballot item that could replace the controversial voting method known as instant runoff voting for Aspen's May election.
CO: Aspen considers replacing IRV in November
CT: Complex voting proposal in charter criticized
Registrar of Voters Bill Giesing said he was concerned that the rank voting plan - which would allow for instant results rather than a runoff election at a later date -as well as one that would have four city councilors represent specific wards, would violate state law.
FL: New voting machines to be used throughout Saratoga County in upcoming September primary and November general election
BALLSTON SPA -- An army of election inspectors is being trained to operate the new machines county voters will use to cast their ballots in the upcoming September primary and November general election.
GA: Voting chief vows no more tabulation glitches in the future
http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/07-27-2010/voting-chief-vows-no-more-tabulation-glitches-future That "glitch" was due to the fact that elections officials decided to run the early and advance voting numbers through the system first, said Elections Supervisor Tom Sawyer. Because the early and advance voting included voters from each Fayette precinct, the computer system used that information to report that all 36 of Fayette's precincts had voted when in fact, they had not, Sawyer explained.
KS: Problems Possible with Some Touch-Screen Voting Machines * (also video)
http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-story-joco-election-machines-072710,0,2795262.story?track=rss "The calibration, just like they would on an iPad or any kind of touch screen kind of thing, can be slightly off," said Newby. "If you press a button and you mean to hit candidate a and candidate b comes up, just uncheck it and vote for who you want. Then you get a review screen at the end so you really have two chances to, what we call 'second chance voting', you really have two chances to do that before you hit cast ballot."
KS: "Touchy" vote screen: Toplikar tries to vote for himself but "X" appears for opponent * http://kansas.watchdog.org/4366/touchy-vote-screen-toplikar-tries-to-vote-for-himself-but-x-appears-for-opponent/ County Commission Chair candidate John Toplikar voted today at the Johnson County Election Office for the Aug. 3 primary and was concerned when he pressed the touch screen to vote for himself and the "X" appeared next to one of his three competitors, Annabeth Surbaugh.
But Newby was not sure if Toplikar's machine was uncalibrated. The calibration process tries to ensure a voter's perception of their press point coincides with a desired selection. Newby said the angle used by a voter in pressing the screen, the length of a voter's fingernail, or even static electricity can affect how a touch is registered by the machine.
KY: Boone Co. Atty: Recount showed election fair, accurate
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/nkypolitics/2010/07/27/boone-co-atty-recount-showed-election-fair-accurate/ Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore defeated Commissioner Cathy Flaig by 74 votes in the Republican judge-executive primary. A subsequent recanvass and the recount, which Flaig requested and paid for, verified the election night results.
KY: County considers new voting machines
eScans would create paper trail; ease software compatibility
WHITLEY CITY -- Next year when McCreary Countians cast their ballots in the Governor's race, they could be doing so using a new voting machine.
MI: Michigan Sleuths Find Link Between Democratic Party Official and the Ballot-Qualified Tea Party http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/07/28/michigan-sleuths-find-link-between-democratic-party-official-and-the-ballot-qualified-tea-party/
MN: Secretary of state's office offers polling place locator for primary