All this and more in today's voting news below...
AK: Murkowski argues election delay could cost seniority
Murkowski responded ...by filing as an intervener, saying she could suffer a "gap in service" if she isn't sworn in with her colleagues on Jan. 3, 2011.
AK: Alaska lieutenant governor calls Miller's lawsuit over write-in ballots 'baseless' http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/130655-alaska-lt-gov-calls-millers-lawsuit-baseless "...the state courts have erred on the side of enfranchising voters when their intent is clear," Campbell said.
AL: R.I.P. -- ANNIE LEE COOPER
The Selma Times-Journal reports: Annie Lee Cooper, a civil rights hero, died Wednesday afternoon at Vaughan Regional Medical Center. She was 100 years old.
Cooper became known worldwide in 1965 for a confrontation with Sheriff James G. Clark.
http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2010/11/voting_rights_act_still_vital.html The law, in part, requires certain areas of the country with a history of voter discrimination to have their voting-related activities pre-screened by the Justice Department to ensure minority voters are not disenfranchised.
CA: Cooley concedes California attorney general race to Harris
http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/11/24/cooley-concedes-california-attorney-general-race-h/ Facing a more than 50,000 vote deficit, with a little over 100,000 votes to count, Cooley conceded in a morning telephone call
In a statement, the Harris campaign said the Democrat would wait until the vote count concludes next week before she declares victory.
CA: Ballots mislaid in Indian Wells (absentee ballots, Riverside County)
1006/NEWS01/Ballots+mislaid+in+Indian+Wells http://tinyurl.com/2fx2se6 The Desert Sun learned last week that 137 vote-by-mail ballots from an Indian Wells precinct were mistakenly stored away with unused ballots so their results weren't reported until 10 days after the election.
CA: Final Sonoma County votes in; school bonds win
CA: Federal voting rights cited in Watsonville Council appointment lawsuit: Lawyers says plaintiffs seek to deprive District 2 people of representation
CO: Canvass board members withdraw certification
http://www.centerpostdispatch.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=72&story_id=1393 SAGUACHE -- After meeting all day Friday Nov. 19 to audit the contentious Nov. 2 election and signing election certification documents then forwarded to the Secretary of State (SOS), four canvass board members withdrew their signatures on Monday.
"In every instance," the letter continues, "we were either informed that those reports were not available, that the data from Nov. 2 was no longer available as it had been corrupted, or that we, as a canvass board, did not have the authority to make those requests -- including the request for a hand count as was made numerous times. Reports of election results by precinct were not provided to many of the canvass board members until shortly before we convened on Friday, Nov.19, making it virtually impossible to independently assess the outcomes.
CO: Tabulator Troubles in Colorado
http://www.trustthevote.org/tabulator-troubles-in-colorado What this boils down to for me is that current voting system products' Tabulators are not up to correctly doing some seemingly simple tasks correctly, when operated by ordinary election officials.
CO: Raising ID requirements endangers voter access (2 letters)