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Voting News: The Color of Money. Alabama election computer accessed impropery?

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The Color of Money - "If the best predictor about which candidate will prevail at the ballot box is which one has the biggest stash of cash, then American democracy has strayed far from its egalitarian ideal...The time has come to move toward public campaign financing at the Federal level, also, so as to prevent future amazement that a candidate like Alvin Greene had a chance to win because there was a more level playing field." ~ VotingMatters...Alabama Officials Investigate Possible Improper Access, Tampering Into ES&S Voting System...Replacing Okla.'s 18-year-old voting machines eyed...Don't blame the machines in SC?...

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

AL: Alabama Officials Investigate Possible Improper Access, Tampering Into ES&S VotingSystem
More disturbing news for voters who are forced to rely on the historically dreadful ES&S electronic voting system, this time in Alabama

AL: Officials investigate possible voter fraud in Autauga County(election fraud, not voter impersonation)
fraud+in+Autauga+County -- District Attorney Randall Houston is investigating possible voting improprieties in Autauga County after someone allegedly gained improper access to the circuit clerk's computer.
The computer that records absentee information sits beside Moncrief's desk in his courthouse office. Access is double-password protected, and Moncrief said he hasn't given his passwords to anyone. When the problem regarding the security of the system came to light about mid-week, he said that he changed both of his passwords.

CA: Elections looking a little old-fashioned(some counties switch to central counting votes) registered voters in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties cast their ballots in the June 8 statewide primary election, they may have noticed a change.
The paper ballots were trucked from polling places across each county to the main elections center, where they were then fed into dozens of voting machines.

FL: Florida Republican Removed from Primary Ballot Because his Filing Fee Check was One Cent Too Low

GA: GALEO launches voter registration campaign
ATLANTA - The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) has launched "a massive non-partisan voter mobilization campaign" to register 100,000 new voters in time for the General Election in November

KY: Judge-exec. says he will not resign
Regular meeting focuses on county's business
TOMPKINSVILLE -- It was business as usual in Monroe Fiscal Court on Thursday in the first meeting after 10 residents, including the county judge, were indicted on vote-buying charges
Graves and his co-defendants, Wanda Moore and Gary Bartley, are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green on June 23 for arraignment. The summons to appear in court for the fourth co-defendant in this case, Ronald Muse, was returned by the U.S. Marshal's service and had not been served by June 14, according to federal court records. Each defendant has been charged with varying counts of voter fraud and conspiracy to commit voter fraud.

In another criminal case, six additional Monroe County residents were indicted on varied counts of voter fraud and conspiracy to commit voter fraud. Tony Gumm, Martha Hughes, Corey Page, Michael Page, Billy Profitt and Todd Newport were indicted. This group is also scheduled to appear in federal court on June 23.

MD: Vote early(but not often),0,6934258.storyState's new early-voting rules will change the way campaigns approach the final days of the campaign
Beginning with the primary elections in September, the rules will give voters six extra days to cast their ballots.

MN: Photo ID raises costs and burdens to solve a voting problem Minnesota doesn't have

MN: WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES JUNE 8, 2010(contract with ES&S) funding from Help America Vote, 23 precincts in Wright County updated to M100 Tabulating Machines. Hiivala presented a Contract for approval with Election Systems and Software (ES&S) for an annual amount of $3,795.00. The Contract will provide maintenance of the machines. In an effort to save the precincts money, the County will contract with ES&S and bill the precincts.

NY: Racial Justice or White Reaction in Port Chester Election?
Includes commentary and video of cumulative voting on lever machines

NY: Vote system that elected NY Hispanic could expand
PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The court-ordered election that allowed residents of one New York town to flip the lever six times for one candidate - and produced a Hispanic winner - could expand to other towns where minorities complain their voices aren't being heard.
"We put so much emphasis on education - we may have spent $100 a voter - because we knew it would be critical to success," said village spokesman Aldo Vitagliano

NY: Port Chester Cumulative Voting Seems More Useful to Minor Parties and Independents than to Hispanics

OK: Replacing Okla.'s 18-year-old voting machines eyed

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