All this and more in today's voting news below...
AL: Bessemer, Ala: mayoral candidate uses fake photo and endorsement; campaign managerconfesses to hoax http://www.votelaw.com/blog/archives/006428.html
FL: Spend an Hour - Make a Difference on Election Night
Hot dog! This is your chance to spend an hour on election-night to help secure Florida's elections. Observe poll-closing procedures in any precinct near you, and help gather important compliance data we can use to improve future elections.
NC: Local judicial candidates at odds over fall election ballot
Dreher takes the position that all five candidates should be included under only one ballot listing "without designation as to vacancy." The state's instant-runoff voting system would then be implemented to determine two winners from the list of five.
PA: Team 4: Non-US Citizens Removed From Voter Rolls
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20100819_Editorial__Cash_clouds_image_of_judges.html When it comes to spending money to elect state Supreme Court justices, Pennsylvania is No. 1.
Unfortunately, this is not a top ranking to boast about. That's because the river of money that flows into judicial elections creates the perception for many that justice isn't always blind.
TN: Shelby County Election Commission Releases Its Findings On Election Day Problems*http://www.myeyewitnessnews.com/news/local/story/Shelby-County-Election-Commission-Releases-Its/gpBzJPliuk2KvChu9lvK3g.cspx
Commissioners say on August 5th, Computer Analyst Dennis Boyce loaded the wrong data files into the Electronic Polling Books (EPB). The data he loaded reflected people who voted in last May's election and as a result people like Thompson went to vote on August 5th, only to be told they voted already.
Turner says he's come across voters who say they didn't vote in the May election, but were still turned away on August 5th. The Shelby County Democratic Party is also conducting an investigation and will release its own report and recommendations.
TN: Democrats Claim Voting Machines Can Be Altered
MEMPHIS, TN--The Head of the Shelby County Democratic Party believes investigators have found a way to change votes after they have been cast. Investigators for the Democratic Party have been at the election commission digging for information since the August 5, 2010 election.
TN: Pair of votes on same day no problem
Morgan County prepared for concurrent special, general elections Nov. 2
http://www.decaturdaily.com/detail/66788.html A special election in Hartselle on the same day as the Nov. 2 general election will not cause problems for Morgan County, officials said.
TX: New election ordered in commissioner race* (absentee ballot fraud)
Flores charged in his suit that he lost the election by 29 votes to the then-incumbent, Jesus "Cheo" Ortiz, because of illegal mail-in ballots.
Internet Voting Watch
Internet Voting Verified Voting's Internet Voting Series
In a wired world, it was inevitable that the subject of Internet Voting become a hot topic sooner rather than later. But more than just a topic of discussion, this year eighteen states will allow overseas ballots to be returned via email in November's elections. Yet according to security experts, voted ballots sent via Internet simply cannot be made secure, and make easy and inviting targets for attackers ranging from lone hackers to foreign governments seeking to undermine US elections.
WV: Commission adopts Internet Voting Pilot Project
http://www.mydailyregister.com/view/full_story/9199869/article-Commission-adopts-Internet-Voting-Pilot-Project?instance=secondary_news_left_column POINT PLEASANT -- Mason County has adopted a new computerized voting program, which will take effect during the upcoming general election.
J. Alex Halderman: The Future of DRE Voting Machines(video and blog)
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that such machines can be reprogrammed to steal votes, so when we got our hands on a DRE called the Sequoia AVC Edge, we decided to do something different: we reprogrammed it to run Pac-Man.