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More bad ideas for Connecticut elections...Rep Tim Bishop wants hand count of 184,000 Long Island 1st dist ballots after vote swing. 10,000 absentee ballots uncounted...Was Stark CO, OH student's video report of touchscreen vote-flipping just an isolated incident? Brad Friedman reports...Spokane WA officials busy duplicating 30,000 ballots that were damaged, poorly marked or unreadable...Dust Settles on Election Results, But Not Voting System Troubles..4 electronic voting machines smashed in India election violence...Update On Deadlocked Races...

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

US. Too Close To Call: Update On Deadlocked Races

AK: Absentee vote count today
Joe Miller hopes to make a comeback in Alaska's U.S. Senate race when the Division of Elections today starts counting more than 30,500 absentee ballots.
The vast majority of the 83,201 write-ins are expected to be for incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The Division of Elections on Wednesday in Juneau will start the process of opening the write-in ballots to see how many of them actually have Murkowski's name.

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CA: Latest absentee ballot counts still show tight races* (damaged mail ballots)
For the 20th congressional district, Andy Vidak is leading Jim Costa with 145 votes, but tens of thousands of ballots still need to be counted in Fresno County.

Here in Kern County, elections employees are now focusing their efforts on duplicating more than 5,000 ballots damaged in the mail.

CA: Some San Luis Obispo County ballots still need tallying
Votes in close SLO and Morro Bay mayoral races among those to be counted this week

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CA: Riverside County Registrar of Voters Barbara Dunmore fired after delayed vote counts http://www.mydesert.com/article/20101109/NEWS03/101109036/Registrar-fired-after-delayed-votes

CA: Oakland ranked ballot: Least-hated tops most-liked
In an election where second- and third-place count, you are far, far better off being the least-hated candidate than the most popular.

When the Alameda County Registrar of Voters ran the ranked choice algorithm on November 5, 2010, it violated a Memorandum of Understanding it agreed to with the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro.

CA: Confusion about Oakland's voting system may have affected election results

CO: Clerks to hand count undervotes in House District 61
Judge James Madden ordered the clerks in the district to count any ballots that the voter wrote unaffiliated incumbent Kathleen Curry's name on the line for that race regardless of whether the oval or box next to it was marked. Curry currently trails Roger Wilson of Missouri Heights by 495 votes. There are 2,001 undervotes in the race, opening the door for her to theoretically make up the difference
Harvie Branscomb, co-chair of the Democrats in Eagle County, maintains Judge Madden's ruling is unfair because it is limited to a hand count of the undervotes, and not of the entire HD61 election.

CT: Bridgeport Fiasco Proves We Need To Change Our Voting System
http://www.newhavenadvocate.com/featured-news/bridgeport-fiasco-proves-we-need-to-change-our-voting-system-034113 (suggests everything expect print enough ballots)

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IL: GOP Poll Watcher Wears U.S. Immigration Agency Hat at Hispanic Polling Place in IL on Election Day http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8186 Charges of 'intimidation' dismissed by Republicans as 'baloney,' highlights hypocrisy of ginned-up Fox 'News'/GOP New Black Panther Party 'scandal

MA: Provisional ballots could overturn Third Bristol election results in Taunton

MN: Recount or transition: It's a split screen
Republican Emmer and DFLer Dayton must work in two directions, naming teams for both efforts as Dayton's lead dipped slightly to 8,751 votes.
An attorney for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer said Monday that Republicans are giving no thought of waiving their rights to an automatic statewide recount of votes.

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