All this and more in today's voting news below...
Editor's note: This voting news is dedicated to my nephew Nick who is on his first tour in Afghanistan, and to all of our troops here and overseas. Thanks also to Overseas Vote Foundation who helps our overseas military and families to get a ballot on time.
AL: Alaska teaches the nation about voter intent
CA: Whitman Tops Bloomberg's Personal Spending ($119 Million)
Move aside, Michael Bloomberg. California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has just surpassed your record in personal spending on an election.
After giving her campaign another $15 million Tuesday, the Republican former eBay Inc. chief executive has now spent $119 million in the Golden State race.
CA: Los Angeles Times Features Story on a Small California City which does Not Allow Free Elections http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/09/19/los-angeles-times-features-story-on-a-small-california-city-which-does-not-allow-free-elections/
CA: State Sen. Roderick Wright indicted on voter fraud, perjury
click here Wright listed as his residence a home in the district he wanted to represent, but county authorities allege that he did not live there.
CO: Aspen Election Commission: Votes will be shuffled
ASPEN -- The Aspen Election Commission implemented measures Wednesday that it expects will prevent people from coupling data generated by municipal ballots with voter logs to find out how people voted.
The move was part of an investigation the group is conducting into the May 2009 election, which garnered controversy over alleged missteps in vote-counting procedures. Some say it is possible to determine how certain people voted, which goes against the Colorado Constitution.
FL: Teachers vote on $500 bonuses in Palm Beach County (internet voting)
Glitches reported by union as two days of voting commences *
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-teacher-contract-voting-20100916,0,3920795.story Computer glitches surfaced Thursday as Palm Beach County teachers began two days of contract ratification voting online.
FL: Voting For Teachers' Contract Extended* (internet voting)
Apparently, there was a glitch in spam filters at the District, which held up the user name and passwords and link, for teachers to vote.
So very few teachers got to vote yesterday, so the voting deadline is extended until 5 p.m. Monday.
FL: Thousands of felons and dead people still registered to vote in Florida
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/thousands-of-felons-and-dead-people-still-registered-924518.html Roberts also said she will work to change state law to allow the Division of Elections access to death records nationwide. Currently, the division receives death notices every two weeks but only for people who die in Florida.
"Clearly what you've uncovered is there is still a problem, and it needs to be addressed,'' said state Sen. Nan Rich, D- Weston, a member of the Ethics and Elections Committee. "Obviously, there is still an issue with the matching system.''
FL: Move to Amend Florida Tour (Podcasts)
Warren "Skip" Parish is a consultant in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency mentor program for new science.
Kindra Muntz serves as president of the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections.
HI: Election Officials Report Few Problems
HONOLULU -- Before the polls even opened volunteers at the election control center at the State Capitol began fielding calls pouring in from precincts across the island.
"We had our normal start-up issues, supplies didn't get delivered on time," said Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago