Editors note - thank you to readers sending in articles this week!
All this and more in today's voting news below...
AR: Exclusive: Impossible Election Results in Monroe County, Arkansas Puzzle State, Local Officialshttp://www.bradblog.com/?p=78751000s of votes inexplicably disappear after 'Super-ish Tuesday' election, as county plans expanded use of oft-failed, 100% unverifiable ES&S touch-screen voting systems for upcoming primary run-off"
AR: Swing State Project -Garland County to have 2 polling places instead of 42
The county, with a population of 80,000 and 42 precincts, will have a total of two polling places for the upcoming runoff election. Worth noting: Garland County (home of Hot Springs) is the most populous county in Arkansas that went for Bill Halter in the primary.
AR: County Won't Get More Voting Machines(iVotronics)
($ only) Voters Unite has full article @ http://www.votersunite.org/article.asp?id=8536 (thank you Ellen Theisen). The Benton County Election Commission hoped to purchase 200 refurbished electronic voting machines this year.
"We are extremely disturbed over the problems with the PEBs we got with the last machines, and we are not happy with ES&S at this point," said Election Commission Chairman E.J. Miller.
SAN LUIS, Ariz.. Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla published an open letter to the secretary of state, questioning his findings and stating that there is no voter fraud but that there is an error factor in the way signatures are checked, which is leading to the high error rate.
CA: County offers coastsiders voting options for lost ballots(Santa Mateo)
CA: In Case You Missed It: It's Our Duty To Help Our Troops Vote From Overseas
Commentary: By Marty Block Assemblymember, 78th District
http://laprensa-sandiego.org/editorial-and-commentary/commentary/in-case-you-missed-it-it%E2%80%99s-our-duty-to-help-our-troops-vote-from-overseas/ My bill, AB 2369, will permanently allow these voters to return completed ballots by facsimile transmission...
100603010 /Montana+launches+Twitter+page+ahead+of+election http://is.gd/cCXRD
NH: New Hampshire Secretary of State Agrees to Accept Libertarian Petitions Collected in 2009 for 2010http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/06/04/new-hampshire-secretary-of-state-agrees-to-accept-libertarian-petitions-collected-in-2009-for-2010/
NY: Bloomberg readies for fight to make elections nonpartisan
NY: Instant runoff voting in New York?
OR: Will several legislative races hinge on Independent endorsement?
http://blog.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/2010/06 /will_several_ legislative_races.html http://is.gd/cCXUO Unlike in some fusion-voting states, candidates won't be listed separately under each party label (which gives you at least a rough sense of how many voters are attracted by the individual nomination).
PA: Rendell Nominates Basil Merenda as Secretary of Commonwealth
SC: SC legislators agree on voter ID, early voting
http://www.goupstate.com/article/20100603/ARTICLES/100609878?Title=SC-legislators-agree-on-voter-ID-early-voting- Legislators have reached agreement on a bill that would require South Carolina voters to show photo ID at the polls and allow early voting. Both chambers still must approve it.
SC: How much does a vote cost?
VA: Virginia Libertarians Sue over Residency Requirement for Circulators