All this and more in today's voting news below...
AL: Federal judge keeps Voting Rights Act challenge moving
http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2010/09/27/federal-judge-keeps-voting-rights-act-challenge-moving/ A federal district court judge ruled Sept. 10 the federal government must move quickly in contesting Shelby County's challenge against the constitutionality of sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
CA: Obstacles challenge election reform bid (City of Los Angeles)
Several council colleagues have already voiced qualms about some of the proposals.
They are particularly concerned about the instant runoff process in which voters rank candidates in a weighted system instead of holding separate primary and general elections fearing the top-spending candidate would get the most attention.
"Why spend so much energy on election integrity issues?" "Why not focus on something popular then run for office?" After all, it's "not nice" to raise these issues so very publicly.
Until fair and transparent elections can be restored in Aspen, I believe that we are stuck with the status quo. Without major reform, running for office merely adds unearned legitimacy to an illegitimate process.
FL: Lawyer: Voter Fraud Accusations Against Client Unfounded
http://www.wesh.com/news/25198192/detail.html (video available)
Daytona Beach City Commissioner Under Investigation
...The supervisor of elections said that before the primary, she got a request for dozens of absentee ballots from an e-mail address traced to Henry.
The request included names and addresses for each voter.
Damore said his client didn't realize the requests were against the law and that the form doesn't make that fact clear.
IN: Parker: I'm convinced White committed voter fraud (with video)
The current Secretary of State, Todd Rokita, has made voter fraud prevention a priority and Dan Parker thinks he should get to the bottom of it.
IN: Hoosiers can use cell phones to register to vote this year for the first time
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/67f027f7466045ca92815eae1b14e179/IN--Mobile-Voter_Registration/ Residents have to have a valid Indiana driver's license or state-issued ID to use either registration service.
MA: Committee will make recommendation on electronic voting machines for Hampden
will_make_recommenda.html http://tinyurl.com/28ec4k5 At a selectmen's meeting on Monday James Gillen, former city editor of The Republican, echoed the sentiments of Selectman Vincent Villamaino that the town follows an antiquated process in counting the votes by hand.
Wiseman said the only complaints she has ever received about Hampden's late results have come from the media.
MD: Guardsman, D.C. group sue Md. elections board
_dc_group_sue_md_elec.html http://tinyurl.com/2cb2cqx Ross Goldstein, deputy director of the elections board, declined to comment directly on the lawsuit. But he said the Justice Department and military authorities signed off on the office's plan to send out ballots for congressional offices quickly after the primaries.
MS: Another guilty verdict in local voter fraud case
King will be sentenced October 8 for paying someone to vote for him in the 2007 election.
NC: IRV? WTF? Durham elections director explains Oct. 12
NJ: New judge will preside over voter fraud trial of Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small and othershttp://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/communities/atlantic-city_pleasantville_brigantine/article_2b08584a-cb46-11df-a278-001cc4c002e0.html
Small and 13 others were indicted last September on charges they disenfranchised voters in Atlantic City's 2009 Democratic mayoral primary by filling out absentee ballots themselves or changing people's votes on the ballots. Since that time, two defendants have pleaded guilty, leaving a dozen defendants to stand trial.