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Voting News: UK Election Nightmare. Glitches in OH,TN. ACLU to FL Gov Crist: veto HB 131

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The UK's parliamentary election was a Florida style election nightmare. Thousands of UK voters turned away from polling stations. Shortage of ballot papers, not enough poll workers, & inaccurate poll lists were just some of the causes. "Here we are giving an example which would shame countries that are just starting their democracies." ~ David Dimbleby with BBC...Fed lawsuit filed to block CA special election...ACLU Urges FL Gov. Crist to Veto HB 131; Bill Would Further Disfranchise Voters With Disabilities...Some Putnam Co TN voters used paper ballots when electronic machines failed...

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

AR: 1/3 of all Arkie votes expected during "early voting' period
http://www.nashvilleleader.com/articles/2010/05/04/news/02news.txt

AZ: State scrambling to correct polling places
http://www.mohavedailynews.com/articles/
2010/05/06/news/local/doc4be2694ad384c439158237.txt http://bit.ly/dttIUI
KINGMAN -- More than 10,000 Mohave County households were given the wrong polling sites for the May 18 special election.

CA: Complaint Filed: CA Special Election Dates Will 'Disenfranchise Latinos' As Well as Troops http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7828

CA: "CALIFORNIA COUNTIES OPPOSE SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL ELECTION"
http://electionlawblog.org/archives/015921.html

CA: Lawsuit seeks to delay special election for Maldonado's Senate seat
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_15032275?nclick_check=1

FL: ACLU Urges Gov. Crist to Veto HB 131; Bill Would Further Disfranchise Voters With Disabilities
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/electionreform/message/13485

FL: Sarasota Co Commissioners request Gov Crist Veto CS/CS/HB131
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/electionreform/message/13469
The bill would delay by an additional four years until 2016 the right of voters with disabilities to vote on reliable paper ballot voting machines. This is a full eight years after legislation praised by Governor Crist in 2007 gave that right to all other Florida voters.

GA: Bartow To Try Voter ID Pilot Project
http://wsbradio.com/localnews/2010/05/bartow-to-try-voter-id-pilot-p.html
...Secretary of State Brian Kemp says they'll take part in a pilot project that scans the bar codes on the backs of drivers licenses and state ID's as a quicker way to input the voter's information.

HI: State Elections Officials 'Unable' To Release Voter Names
Mail-In Voters' Names Being Kept Secret
http://www.kitv.com/news/23471336/detail.html
(System not set up to provide daily updates on mail in votes)

ID: Audit finds 179 more votes in Tippecanoe County * (paperless Diebold TS)
http://www.jconline.com/article/20100506/ELECTION01/100506018
Election workers forgot to include one voting machine card during Tuesday's count,
(article calls this an audit but it sounds more like canvassing of materials)

MI: Barrow in court to remove Bing
http://www.michigancitizen.com/print_this_story.asp?smenu=1&sdetail=8584
DETROIT -- Mayoral candidate Tom Barrow will present charges of fraud in last November's mayoral election and ask that Bing be removed from office in a hearing May 10 before Wayne County Circuit Court's Judge Isidore Torres.

NE: Software error forces ballots to be reissued * (ES&S M100/Automark)
http://www.omaha.com/article/20100505/NEWS01/705059871
A little more than 100 early voting ballots in Douglas County were sent without listing certain slates of candidates who are up for election, forcing the election office to send replacement ballots to affected voters.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps said the back side of certain candidate ballots printed out blank, intermittently leaving off races for the Douglas-Sarpy County Learning Community, Metro Community College, Metropolitan Utilities District, Omaha Public Power District and Omaha Public Schools board.

NY: Paterson: No to special election
http://www.eveningtribune.com/homepage/x2084229484/Paterson-No-to-special-election
"After July I'm not allowed to call a special election. We have an issue regarding the absentee ballot for citizens serving in the military," Paterson said. "My initial feeling is that it would also be very costly

OH: Few problems reported on light Election Day* (Fairfield Co, Diebold TSX)
http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/article/20100505/UPDATES01/100505020/Few-problems-reported-on-light-Election-Day...Tussing Elementary in Pickerington had restricted visitors
...
"A police officer stationed at the school escorted voters in and out of the building and to our knowledge no voters were turned away,"
...
The second problem of the day happened during vote counting Tuesday night.
Election officials said one memory card from Amanda from a voting machine had not worked in the downloading process.

"It had four or five precincts on the card," said Brian Schwartze, elections information systems specialist for the elections board.

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