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Voting News: SC invisible ballots. Canadian E-vote firm buys Sequoia. 'What IS my ballot, really?'

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Invisible ballots - Voting Without A Net In South Carolina -Alvin Greene's Controversial Senate Primary Upset Can't Be Checked Against Records That Don't Exist...On Heels of Diebold/Premier Purchase, Canadian E-Voting Firm Dominion Also Acquires Sequoia, Lies About Chavez-Ties in Announcement...A boost for Nassau's fight to keep lever voting machines...Texas vote fraud problem centers on absentee ballots...In "Dude, What Is My Ballot, Really?" John Sebes compares traditional voting to internet based voting...

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

AL: Picture 100 lawyers talking recount
MONTGOMERY -- In the curious world of politics, last week's Republican gubernatorial primary vote recount brought high drama to Tim James and Dr. Robert Bentley supporters.

To the political party chairmen, the issue underscored weaknesses in state law.

To other party observers, fuzzy or essentially absent state law on primary recounts brought out other thoughts

CA: Riverside County Registrar Barbara Dunmore rebuts critics on tally delay
Dunmore: Volume of ballots that require hand tally growing, but her budget is not registrar's office waited until about 5 p.m. the day after the June 8 primary to announce some 106,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, representing about 44 percent of the vote, had yet to be counted.
Riverside County has six optical scanners, capable of counting 400 cards a minute, compared to 12 such scanners in neighboring San Bernardino County.

GA: New technology speeds up Lee County's early voting
Equipment purchased by the Lee Elections office simplifies paperwork required during the voting process. Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

KY: Two recounts, two different routes
The recounts conducted following the May 18 primaries in Boone and Campbell counties demonstrate a lack of consistency in the way the procedures may be conducted

NC: Counties spend significant sums on runoff elections"One of the several things that the General Assembly is looking at is combining polling places," Bartlett said.

NY: A boost for Nassau's fight to keep lever voting machines

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New York's old reliable lever voting machines, which lately seemed beyond life support, gasped new life last week.

That wheeze came in an arcane federal court ruling which, on the surface, dealt with jurisdictional issues, but it left the door ajar for Nassau County's lawsuit to keep using 2,000 lever workhorses, employed without taint for a century.

SC: Voting Without A Net In South Carolina
Alvin Greene's Controversial Senate Primary Upset Can't Be Checked Against Records That Don't Exist
..."There is no state more representative of the need for a verifiable standard for nationwide systems than South Carolina," said Sean Flaherty, a policy analyst for the California-based advocacy group Verified Voting.

The brand of voting machine that South Carolina voters use -- the ES&S iVotronic touch-screen machine -- has proved particularly controversial. Election law blogger Brad Friedman has reported numerous instances of ES&S machines allegedly causing votes to disappear, to flip to the wrong candidate and to produce electronic results that didn't match with paper trails.

SC: Mystery Candidate in S.C. (CBS News Video)
Alvin Greene seemingly came out of nowhere to win the Democratic primary for senator in South Carolina, and party leaders don't know how he did it. Jay Dow report report
[Candice Hoke quoted on the risks of paperless e-voting machines]

SC: Elections Official Says System Is Secure
Defeated Candidate's Complaints About Machine Not Widespread, Official Says had argued that a potential glitch could have occurred while programming the software. Because most of the county's machines are programmed in Columbia, a problem could have resulted statewide, Rawl said.

TX: TX Sec of State puts proposed rules for Military and Overseas voting out for comment. Comments due July 3

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