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Voting News: Risk limit audits for CA? Judge halts MI voter purge. Benton TN purge contd

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California bill to pilot risk limiting audits has bi partisan support...Should bounty on party registrations be illegal?...Proposal to make voting mandatory riles up tiny Ridgway,CO...Maryland now has $ to run fall elections...Judge's ruling stops voter purge programs that illegally purge about 77K eligible Michigan voters a year... GOP to file suit for N.Y. 29th special election...Almost 1 in 5 of Benton Co. TN voters told their voter registration was invalid...US Chamber vows to fight Corp campaign cash reform...Puerto Rico considers DRE/touchscreens for 2010...Concerned Filipinos push for manual counting...Iraq post election candidate purge may change results...

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


AZ: May 18 polling places may be consolidated
http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=80248
Ana Wayman-Trujillo, the Yavapai County recorder, reminds voters that polling places may be consolidated for the May 18 election

CA: California Assembly committee endorses UC Berkeley statistician's election auditing method(AB 2023 risk limiting election audit pilot hearing in June)
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2010/04/26_canvass.shtml
BERKELEY -- One day last November, after the 2009 elections, Philip Stark found himself in the back room of the Yolo County Administration Building doing something statisticians seldom do testing a theory in the real world.
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Stark's technique passed the test and five others, impressing California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state's chief elections officer, and spurring her to sponsor a bill, AB 2023, to conduct in 2011 a statewide experiment of this kind of "risk-limiting audit."

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CO: Proposal to make voting mandatory riles up tiny Ridgway
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14958536
The Town Council agreed to put the matter on the ballot for a recent town election as a nonbinding opinion question

CO: Colorado bill would require business campaign backers to register
http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2010/04/26/daily10.html

CT: Should Bounty On Party Registrations Be Illegal?
http://www.ctvoterscount.org/?p=3121 State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield, Chaplin) said Monday that she would immediately seek legislation banning bounties or other payments in exchange for the registration of new voters.

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CT: Bill would allow towns to reduce polling places for primaries:cost-cutting vs. potential confusion click here

FL: VOTER PROTECTIONS NEWSLETTER VOLUME 5 ISSUE 3
http://www.advancementproject.org/news/newsletters/april-26-2010/florida
Jacksonville - Traci Collier, Director of Education at the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office, has requested 3,000 additional copies of Advancement Project's "10 Things Duval County Poll Workers Should Know" palm cards.

HI: Ballots Go Out Next Week(first all mail election)
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IL: Too many voter registration cards* (Kaine County)
http://www.kcchronicle.com/blogs/entries/2010/04/26/73223023/index.xml
I just received in the mail another voter registration card that is only six months older than the last one I received in October 2009. The new one is dated March 2010.

IN: Snafu puts new St. John voters on island*
RESIDENTS OF ANNEXED AREAS CAN'T CAST PRIMARY BALLOTS IN TOWN BECAUSE OF MIX-UP
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/article_be17f3ad-4693-5085-991d-dc383849e4c5.html

KY: Sentences cut for Clay vote-buying testimony
Prosecutors in Clay case sought reductions for five who cooperated
http://www.kentucky.com/2010/04/24/1236807/federal-judge-reduces-sentences.html

MD: Money restored, fall elections can go on
http://www.marylandreporter.com/page550410.aspx
A last-minute budget move helped secure enough cash for Maryland's November election, nearly $10 million of which had been previously uncertain.

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MI: VOTER PROTECTIONS NEWSLETTER VOLUME 5 ISSUE 3
http://www.advancementproject.org/news/newsletters/april-26-2010/michigan
Detroit - U.S. District Judge Stephen J. Murphy III recently issued a favorable ruling that prevents Michigan from restarting two voter purge programs that unlawfully remove roughly 77,000 eligible voters from the rolls each year.

MO: NEWSLETTER VOLUME 5 ISSUE 3 (photo ID and early voting)
http://www.advancementproject.org/news/newsletters/april-26-2010/missouri
The bill now heads to the Missouri State Senate. Because photo ID has been found to violate the Missouri Constitution, a constitutional amendment is required to impose the requirements.

MO: Judge says three Cahokia trustees can stay
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf
/illinoisnews/story/D4028E4F19E8A16B8625770E008296A9?OpenDocument
http://bit.ly/dpvL7r BELLEVILLE -- A judges' ruling Friday upheld the election of three Cahokia village trustees who won office last year in a contest involving allegations of voter fraud.

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