All this and more in today's voting news below...
AR: 27 votes counted mistakenly in Farmington*
This morning 27 voters in Farmington voted mistakenly in that city's sales tax election, said Washington County Election Commission Chairman John Logan Burrow.
An incorrect ballot was given to voters at the Farmington First Baptist Churc
AR: Only "minor problems' in election, officials say* (central count/M650)
http://thecabin.net/news/local/2010-05-19/only-%E2%80%98minor-problems%E2%80%99-election-officials-say...Faulkner County Election Commission chairman Frank Shaw said on election night that one problem arose when the paper ballot counting machine inexplicably failed to "read" four ballots. Shaw said that the commission fully filled in the "bubbles" these absentee voters had marked to denote a choice, but the machine still failed to recognize the choices.
"We're getting an error code," County Clerk Melinda Reynolds said.
Twenty-one of the absentee ballots were set aside due to discrepancies, which included missing or mismatched signatures. These will be reviewed by the commission Wednesday.
Another snag involved an errant voting machine at the Mount Vernon/South Mountain precinct polling location. This machine seemed to be malfunctioning on Tuesday morning when it was turned on by election workers, and so was simply set aside.
AR: Faulkner Co. Turnout Low, But No Problems Reported
http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0510/737333.html County Clerk Melinda Reynolds said that the only problems she'd been made aware of concerned voters who had moved to a different voting precinct without notifying her office.
CA: Bungled ballots imperil election*
A blunder has left thousands of San Francisco voters holding the wrong mail-in ballot for the June 8 election, in which pivotal primaries for statewide offices are at stake, along with the outcomes of local and state propositions.
Last week, K&H Integrated Print Solutions, based in Everett, Wash., mailed out ballots with the wrong names to at least 1,000 voters
In addition, the company sent out duplicate ballots to 1,317 absentee voters
Arntz said they are working to contact voters...
CA: Supervisors approve purchasing machines to count absentee ballots
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/may/18/supervisors-approve-purchasing-machines-to-count/ One machine priced at $115,000 is designed to remove a ballot from the envelope, while another one selling for $550,000 electronically verifies the voter's signature and sorts the ballots by precinct.
CA: Non-Citizen Voting Proposed In SF School Elections
CA: Clairemont Man Finds Mistakes On Sample Ballot(San Diego County )
http://www.10news.com/news/23600614/detail.html With all of the errors Watson found, he said he is worried about possible mistakes on the actual June 8 ballot.
...election officials on Tuesday acknowledged sending vote-by-mail guides to as many as 1,100 Democrats that erroneously listed candidates for the 43rd Assembly District in the same space as votes for or against a controversial parcel tax.
CA: Second malicious flier targets San Jose City Council candidate Carrasco
A second inflammatory flier aimed at San Jose City Council candidate Magdalena Carrasco has surfaced, this one connecting her with Los Angeles street gangs
CT: Court Rules Against Connecticut's Secretary of State
http://bit.ly/aiRnWY HARTFORD, Conn.--Connecticut's highest court says Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is not legally qualified to hold the office of state attorney general.