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Voting News: SC Primary 'This whole election is unbelievable.' Aspen DA election probe

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"...as of Friday "at least 50 of California's 58 county election offices had more than 1 million ballots that had to be verified before they could be counted." according to SoS Debra Bowen..10% of Yuma Co AZ absentee ballots rejected...Aspen voters to finally get some answers: DA election probe continues...Cuyahoga taxpayers might get stuck with legal fees in 2004 recount rigging case...Vic Rawl Protests Alvin Greene Win in SC Primary. Cites reports of "extremely unusual incidents"..DISCLOSE Act H.R. 5175 on the radar next week..Is Internet voting secure? "Cyber warfare has moved beyond theory" reports CBS...

AL: Alabama: Republicans complaining about 'strict construction' of recount law
http://www.votelaw.com/blog/archives/006403.html

AR: Bomb found at polling site
http://www.carrollconews.com/story/1641886.html OSAGE -- A search of Carroll County polling sites took place Wednesday after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found at the Osage Baptist Church where voters cast ballots Tuesday.

AR: Candidates: Garland County election problems show need for state-trained coordinatorshttp://arkansasnews.com/2010/06/14/candidates-garland-county-election-problems-show-need-for-state-trained-coordinators/

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AZ: Law enforcement investigating San Luis early ballots*
http://www.yumasun.com/news/investigation-61671-county-yuma.html
The Yuma Sun previously reported that of the total 2,983 ballots cast in the San Luis election, 1,477 were early ballots. Of those, 143 ballots were rejected because they had signatures that didn't match the registered voters,' said Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake.

Drake said there was an error rate of 10 percent. When workers with the Secretary of State's office compared those numbers to other elections of similar size, rates in those cases were 1 percent or less.

CA: Ballot-counting process in Riverside County too slow for some
http://www.mydesert.com/article/20100614/NEWS0301/6140308/Ballot-counting-process-in-Riverside-County-too-slow-for-some Counting the Riverside County vote-by-mail ballots from Tuesday's election was completed early Sunday, and at least one winner is asking for an investigation of the process.

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CA: Riverside County election results delayed
It could take another week or two before all provisional ballots are counted, county election officials said. http://www.swrnn.com/southwest-riverside/2010-06-12/local-county-news/riverside-county-election-results-delayed As of 6 a.m. today, 194,149 votes have been counted, with about 40,000 mail-in votes and 7,445 provisional ballots still left to be tallied...

CA: Buckle up for a bumpy election*
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_15275496 Technical problems marred the vote count in Solano County. Unrelated to the election, but bad timing nonetheless, was an as-yet-unresolved software problem that crashed the county's website just before eager election watchers tried to see how the contests were going.

It didn't help that the Registrar of Voters office was having trouble of its own. A high number of write-in candidates -- Daffy Duck, among them -- slowed the process, as the counting machines had to stop and spit out each write-in ballot. Then an operator error took one -- and later, a second -- of the four machines offline until the problem was resolved.

Write-ins aren't expected to be much of an issue in November, but more ballots are. For the primary, the elections department decided to save $30,000 by processing all ballots in a central location. Next fall, it might be worth the extra cost to have ballots counted at the precincts, which would ensure a quicker tally.

CA: Election follow-up: Sample ballots, ballots at polls may differ
http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_15274976?source=most_viewed

CO: DA's Aspen election probe continues(voters to get answers on 5/5/09 election)
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20100612/NEWS/
100619942/1077&ParentProfile=1058http://is.gd/cPscG
Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey said last week he thought the investigation might wrap up soon, but said Friday that more legal issues have been identified.

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"It's going to take more time. I want to make sure this is thoroughly investigated," he said.

MT: The Constitutional Initiative in Montana(white paper draft)
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1623249

NC: Military votes hard to get; few register to vote here
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2010/06/12/1005977?sac=Home
Army wife and Fort Bragg resident Monica Lynn Brown-Wilson thinks too few people living at Bragg and Pope Air Force Base vote in North Carolina elections.

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