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Shelby Co Alabama fight against voting rights act argued in DC..Arizona fake green pty candidates stay on ballot for now..Another election down, another accusation of misconduct against Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent..Hawaii voters take note: many polling places have closed..Maryland early voting yields only 2% turnout, costs $3.4M...Ballot access in NC nearly impossible says lawsuit, officials say access would "clutter" the ballot..Harris Co Texas mulls non partisan election chief... Shelby Co TN plaintiffs seek to consolidate lawsuits...

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

AL: Shelby County: VRA challenged argued in DC
The Birmingham News reports: Shelby County is intent on having key sections of the Voting Rights Act declared unconstitutional and ending federal oversight of elections across the South, not just in one Alabama county, the county's lawyers said Friday.

AZ: Judge won't kick Green Party candidates off ballot
While the Green Party filed suit in federal court, the Arizona Democratic Party is attacking the problem elsewhere.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court, attorney Paul Eckstein said Arizona voters will be "deceived, misled and confused'' about the true nature of the campaigns of the Green Party write-in candidates which will affect the "purity'' of the general election. He wants Judge Robert Oberbillig to erase the candidates' names from the ballot.
That, however, may come too late: Officials in the state's two largest counties said printing will begin today.

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CA: Former City Council Candidate Charged with Voter Fraud*
A former Palm Springs City Council candidate who claimed she resided in the city when she allegedly lived in Arizona was charged with felonies, prosecutors said Thursday.
Eloise Garcia-Mohsin, 46, was charged with two counts of voter fraud, three counts of perjury and four counts of falsely filing election documents, and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office issued a warrant for her arrest.

DC: Gray camp responds to Fenty vote buying allegations
click here to_fenty_vote_buying_allegations.html An allegation of vote buying against Mayor Adrian Fenty's reelection team has the Vincent Gray campaign calling for law enforcement to investigate and claiming the incumbent has undermined the integrity of the primary election.

DC: D.C. Jail inmates cast their primary ballots
Getting them to vote, Stewart says, is the first step toward re-entering the community.

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FL: Candidate sues Dent over recount refusal
SARASOTA COUNTY - Another election down, another accusation of misconduct against Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.

FL: Forums: Suing Dent for RECOUNT

HI: Hawaii voters take note: many polling places have closed
There won't be signs or anything else at polling places that have been closed informing people the location of their new polling place, so it's important voters know where to go before election day arrives.

IA: Elections watchdog group sees problem with voter rolls in 7 Iowa counties
An elections watchdog group believes seven Iowa counties have more more registered voters than citizens of voting age.

But the state's top election official said today that group's information is distorted, and that Iowa's election rolls don't need any extra cleanup.

MD: Little interest shown for early voting
Officials unsure what changes to make before general election Despite spending millions of dollars on early voting this year, it appears that only about 2 percent of Marylanders will take advantage of the new option before the primary election.

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MD: What does early voting cost us?
click here what_does_early_voting_cost_us.html The State Board of Elections released an estimate this afternoon of how much it costs to provide early voting for the primary and general elections. The tally: About $3.4 million.

MN: MN voters - can look online to make sure they are properly registered and that information is correct

NC: Third parties push to ease restrictions to appear on ballot When voters head to the polls in North Carolina, they are likely to only see a democratic and republican candidate on the ballot. But other parties want their candidates considered too.

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