All this and more in today's voting news below...
CA: Lawsuit over Identity of the Officers of the American Independent Party Moves Aheadhttp://www.ballot-access.org/2010/09/02/lawsuit-over-identity-of-the-officers-of-the-american-independent-party-moves-ahead/
CA: Berkeley council race draws three out candidates
As San Francisco has seen, the implementation of IRV tends to draw more challengers to a race but has not hurt incumbents. And only rarely does the top vote-getter in the first round lose the election.
DC: Glitch affects 7,500 D.C. voters *(voter reg card)
The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics - grappling with early voting and new machines - announced that 7,529 voters in four precincts were issued registration cards that listed them as living in the wrong ward,
DE: Delaware prison-based gerrymandering bill signed
Of course Dent would rather not have to do a recount. Ever. What supervisor of elections would? It is extra work. There is some chance of an embarrassing result.
And Dent, especially, has long expressed too much confidence in her voting systems, including the virtually uncheckable touch-screen machines that voters made her get rid of because the public did not share her confidence.
GA: Former Twiggs sheriff, son being investigated for voter fraud(absentee)
A former Twiggs County sheriff and his son, who ran unsuccessfully for that office in 2008, are facing allegations of voter fraud.
Former Sheriff Doyle Stone and his son Greg Stone have been investigated for allegedly interfering with absentee ballots from some of the county's voters, according to state officials.
GA: Election officials probing vote fraud in 4 counties(absentee)
A dozen people, including a former sheriff, mishandled scores of absentee ballots cast in elections in four Georgia counties in 2008, state elections officials were told this week.
HI: Ninth Circuit Upholds Disparity in Hawaii Ballot Access Petitions
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/09/02/ninth-circuit-upholds-disparity-in-hawaii-ballot-access-petitions/ On September 1, the 9th circuit upheld the disparity in Hawaii's petition requirements for the two different ways to get on the ballot for president. Nader v Cronin, 08-16444. Here is the 9-page decision...
NY: NY Warned of 'Electoral Chaos' in Transition to Electronic Voting
MANHATTAN (CN) - In a hearing before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli warned that the transition from lever-pull to electronic voting machines will cause "electoral chaos" in the primaries, and that all it will take to "fix" an election is a flash drive that anyone can buy at Staples. Ciampoli said a person with a flash drive would need "approximately 5 minutes of access" to fix an election.
One testifying plaintiff had actually won his elections, Smith said, and another could only say he thought party-line voting might have been a factor in his 2008 defeat.
TN: Hawkins election officials squabble over blame for snafu;
http://timesnews.net/article.php?id=9025939 ROGERSVILLE -- There was a lengthy argument during Monday's Hawkins County Election Commission meeting about who is at fault for failing to hold the minimum number of Saturday early voting dates prior to the Aug. 5 election.
TN: Editorial: Election panel not out of mess
As the old saying goes, better late than never.