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Voting News: Philly Enq-Electronic voting can be foiled. Sarasota FL Voters should voice ire over Dent's actions

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Corporations in Democracy: "...Proposition 16 on California's June ballot was "written and bankrolled by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for the benefit of PG&E." ~ George Skelton of LA Times. Anchorage split precinct balloting mixup affects 160 votes...No one tells Sarasota Election Sup Kathy Dent what to do? ...Montgomery Co KY switching to paper ballots in time for the primary election May 18. "That way there is no doubt about how a ballot was cast and who won or lost," said Joe Harp of Harp Election Services in Lexington...Pot calling kettle black? "Electronic polling can be foiled." writes the Philadelphia Inquirer about Israel's e-voting plan. The Inquirer should know since much of PA has paperless e-voting....

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

AK: Traini leads Clary in final election results*
The city clerk's office announced more vote-counting mistakes in the race Friday,... On April 7 the clerk found 160 votes had been improperly cast for the Midtown race in a split precinct at the Anchorage Senior Center.

CA: "Plugging in a Monopoly"
George Skelton's LA Times column begins: "The most important thing to know about Proposition 16 on California's June ballot is that it was written and bankrolled by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for the benefit of PG&E."

CA: Third Time a Charm for Ranked Choice Voting?
...San Leandro City Council...will attempt for a third time to approve an RCV ordinance at its April 19, 2010, meeting.

FL: Voters should voice ire over Dent's, county's actions
It was unconscionable that the Sarasota County supervisor of elections made plans to sue the county and the state because she doesn't want to comply with a charter amendment voters approved to require extra audits of election returns.

With that threat, Kathy Dent might as well have found herself a big stool, climbed atop it at Five Points with a megaphone and proclaimed for all to hear, "No one tells me what to do! No one!"

FL: SB900 contains no pre-emption language giving the state power to govern all procedures and processes regarding elections

FL: Lawsuit settlement to lead to bilingual ballots in 2012
Volusia County settles federal suit for nearly $100,000

FL: Loser of Haines City Commission Election Alethea Pugh Files Lawsuit, Claims Fraud
But the lawsuit charges West or his campaign workers "secured enough absentee ballots through fraudulent procedures to change the results of the elections which would otherwise have been won by Pugh."

FL: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Florida Case on Petitioning at the Polls

IL: Thanks to a Great Staff (Champaign Co IL Clerk running un-opposed)

IN: Huntington Clerk didn't commit fraud
Felts was accused of altering a candidates paperwork, so he could meet the filing deadline. The election board determined there was no proof fraud occured.

KY: Paper ballots are back for upcoming primary election (Montgomery County)
The move to paper ballots is a national movement to bring more accountability to the voting process.
"That way there is no doubt about how a ballot was cast and who won or lost," said Joe Harp of Harp Election Services in Lexington.

MI: Bay City officials look to consolidate voting precincts (by 2011)
City Clerk Dana Muscott is proposing the city consolidate its 27 voting precincts, and 21 polling sites, down to nine.

MO: Voter photo ID returns along with other election proposals The voters would decide the issue. HJR 64 is proposed amendment to the state constitution. If it passes the legislature, it goes to a vote of the people.

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