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Voting News: Ohio Vote Center Pilots SLASH polling places. Ireland e-voting mistake still costs

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Didn't we learn anything from the Garland Co Arkansas fiasco, where polling places were cut from 42 to 2? Ohio didn't: Montgomery, Clinton & Highland counties will drastically cut polling places and use vote centers instead.Montgomery Co. will go from 159 polling places to 4 vote centers. For people who can't easily get off work, or have transportation issues - voting just got harder. If something goes wrong, more voters and votes are impacted all at once. More on India's rebellion against electronic voting...Ireland-No end in sight for €50m e-voting saga..

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


AL: So that all can vote
http://www.dailyhome.com/view/full_story/8723426/article-So-that-all-can-vote?instance=home_lead_story According to Talladega County Probate Judge Billy Atkinson, blind voters in every precinct have the option of using an AutoMARK voting machine, which replaced Braille voting machines about four years ago.
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"The Braille voting machines weighed around 2,000 pounds each and were difficult to set up," Atkinson said. "Things moved very slowly, and we had to get AIDB to print..

AL: Cast your vote with a clear conscience
http://blog.al.com/tscarritt/2010/07/cast_your_vote_with_a_clear_co.html
To vote or not to vote: That is the question; Whether 'tis nobler in the runoff to suffer the outrageous choices that other voters might make, or to cross over into the opposing party's primary and help select its nominee

CA: Disputed Riverside Co. ballots counted
http://www.pe.com/politics/gang/stories/PE_News_Local_votecount11.127bfeeef.html

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CA: Election probe findings are "stunning'
Report: Not enough ballot counters hired; registrar's resignation not sought
click here
006/NEWS01/Election+probe+findings+are+%E2%80%98
stunning+http://is.gd/dpHIp
The Riverside County registrar's office hired fewer people to count ballots than in previous elections and had "poor communication" with voters about the results, an internal review of the June 8 election found
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Dunmore has also been criticized for not notifying the public sooner that 106,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots were not included in the election night tally.

The status of those votes -- more than 40 percent of the total cast -- was not publicized until after 5 p.m. the next day. It had many candidates believing they were victors before the final tally was determined.

CA: Candidates to receive refund from county over sample ballot glitch
http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/news/ci_15474426?source=rss
The Mendocino County Elections Office is giving money back to the June Primary election candidates after errors appeared on the sample ballots mailed to voters, according to Registrar of Voters Sue Ranochak.

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CA: How a bill becomes a law in California
http://politicalactivitylaw.com/2010/07/11/how-a-bill-becomes-a-law-in-california/
One newspaper's take on how many bills become laws in California includes significant lobbyist involvement

CT: Bysiewicz: New Report Shows Connecticut Voter Turnout Increase 7th Highest
in the Nation http://www.acorn-online.com/joomla15/thereddingpilot/news/localnews/64075-bysiewicz-new-report-shows-connecticut-voter-turnout-increase-7th-highest-in-the-nation-in-2008-.html

FL: Emphasis on absentee ballots adds uncertainty
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/11/1725027/emphasis-on-absentee-ballots-adds.html
The unprecedented growth of mail-in voting lends further suspense to a year already testing many of Florida's political traditions.

IL: General Assembly passes legislation to create more cohesive party tickets
http://www.examiner.com/x-51155-Chicago-Government-Examiner~y2010m7d11-General-Assembly-passes-legislation-to-create-more-cohesive-party-tickets
...requires candidates of the same party to be nominated together for governor and lieutenant governor during the primary elections.

MI: Court of Appeals expected to hear Barrow election appeal soon
http://is.gd/dpHJF
The Wayne County Board of Canvassers found last December that 51 percent, or 59,135 ballots in last November's election were "irregular," according to Barrow's motion.

MN: Corporations sue to allow campaign contributions
http://www.startribune.com/politics/state/98080899.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DUoaK7D_V_eDc87DUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aU7DYaGEP7vDEh7P:DiUs
Not content with running their own ads supporting candidates, businesses want judicial approval to contribute directly to campaigns and political parties.

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NY: Brennan Center Sues NY Over Seasoning in Poisonous Brew
http://electiontransparencycoalition.org/2010/07/12/brennan-center-sues-ny-over-seasoning-in-poisonous-brew/

OH: Special election to test centralized voting
Tuesday's polling could be a precursor to how we vote in the future.
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/election/special-election-to-test-centralized-voting-806985.html
Montgomery County will have four voting centers instead of the usual 159.
Voters in Clinton and Highland counties also will use centralized voting.

Remember this?
Polling Place Fiasco in Garland County, AR Patrick Henry Press News
http://patrickhenrypress.info/node/215888

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