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CA: Bowen defends cautious approach to elections technology*
Bowen also warns against jumping headfirst into online or mobile voter registration without certainty that signatures sent electronically could be verified against handwritten signatures on initiative petitions or vote-by-mail ballots.
DC: Adrian Fenty Volunteers Are Handing Out Rubber Stamps to Facilitate Write-in Votes http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/10/25/adrian-fenty-volunteers-are-handing-out-rubber-stamps-to-facilitate-write-in-votes/
FL: Sarasota Democratic chair calls early vote glitch "voter suppression' (Sarasota)
http://floridaindependent.com/11485/sarasota-democratic-chair-calls-early-vote-glitch-voter-suppression ...Ferrandino can't say how many at the rally actually attempted to vote, but says that "mysteriously, the computers went down right when the voters went in."
http://floridaindependent.com/11442/machine-glitch-delays-early-voting-after-kendrick-meek-rally Dent says the library lost "connectivity" with her office, meaning poll workers couldn't look up voters' information to provide them with their correct precinct ballots...Dent says, adding that as far as she knows, "everybody was able to vote" by 4:50 p.m., 40 minutes after the original failure.
IL: Green Party to discuss botched ballots at Monday event
Detroit - The Green Party plans to take advantage Monday of a mistake that left off the November ballot two of its candidates for Wayne County Commission.
The county notified local and state officials of the error and new ballots are to be printed and mailed to every absentee voter in the 5th and 6th districts, including those who already mailed in their completed ballots. If a new ballot isn't returned, clerks will count the first ballot, said West, who wasn't certain how much the new printing and mailing will cost.
IL: Cook County Clerk: Voter Fraud Fears 'Totally Blown Out Of Whack'
IL: Illinois GOP seeks to block DOJ consent decree
http://electionlawcenter.com/2010/10/22/illinois-gop-seeks-to-block-doj-consent-decree.aspx?ref=rss They want more than a one day extension of the deadline in Illinois.
IN: Randolph County to be reimbursed for first electronic voting machines
Randolph is one of four Indiana counties to purchase electronic voting machines from Voting Technologies International (VTI) which closed its doors in 2007, leaving its customers without software updates or technical guidance.(Also Boone, Cass & Parke)
MA: Report faults voter registration system
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1273025804/Report-faults-voter-registration-system More than 2 million eligible voters will stay home next Tuesday, with some skipping the election because voter registration is inconvenient and outdated, according to a MassVOTE report disputed by the state's top elections official
Republican Party Chairman Chuck Tyson says he would like to see the county go back to paper ballots for early voting. Democrat Party Chairman Rachel Parnell believes the problems have been solved and sees no problem with the machines.
ND: Judge orders reservation polling sites open
A federal judge has ruled that Benson County must open two polling sites on the Spirit Lake reservation for the Nov. 2 election.
"It's my view that no one in our state should be making it harder for people to vote," Dorgan added. "I support voting by mail, but it should not be a reason to shut down polling locations on Election Day..."
NV: Tea Party ballot mistake could throw small wrench in election
In the newsprint portion of the voter's guide, the party abbreviation for Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian is erroneously listed as TPA. But the Tea Party of Nevada is correctly listed as TPN on the sample ballot itself..