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Illinois SBE open source campaign finance reporting software will save state money and is flexible...Will Sarasota voters ever get what audits audits they voted for 4 yrs ago?... Tennessee -Proposes Bill to fix voter purge that impacted long registered voters...What next, a poll tax? VA Gov McDonnell in hot water over nonviolent felons' rights...Two Problems with the New Challenge to Section 5 of Voting Rights Act...The comment period for UOCAVA Pilot Program Testing Reqs (online voting) ends April 15...Facebook joins in UK's voter registration drive...Sudan has 2nd day of voting for first election in nearly 25 years...

CA: San Mateo County, California, Ponders Alternate Voting Systems
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/04/08/san-mateo-county-california-ponders-alternate-voting-systems/

CO: Election reform mishap
http://www.eptrail.com/ci_14846219?
Election reform may be coming next year, but let's get more input from the county clerks charged with implementing the law. That way, no one can accuse the Speaker of a last-minute election manipulation

FL: THE ELECTION AUDIT- Vs. THE AUDITED (Elections)Video
http://www.blip.tv/file/3465010/
Augi talks about the Sarasota Florida Election Audit process, will the voters ever get what they voted on and passed.. 4 years and running..

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FL: Two elderly women allege voter fraud in Haines City (absentee ballot fraud)
http://www.newschief.com/article/20100411/NEWS/100419996/1021

GA: Walker County Board of Elections unanimously votes to consolidate voting precincts; opponents vow fight (18 precincts down to 11)
http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/7031626/article-Walker-County-Board-of-Elections-unanimously-votes-to-consolidate-voting-precincts--opponents-vow-fight-?instance=home_news_lead_story

GA: Lobbyist disclosure the focus of Georgia ethics reform
http://politicalactivitylaw.com/2010/04/11/lobbyist-disclosure-the-focus-of-georgia-ethics-reform/

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IL: Good News from the SBE (r/e their campaign disclosure software project)
http://blog.champaigncountyclerk.com/2010/04/12/good-news-from-the-sbe/
...Most important, the code belongs to the government, can be changed as desired, and will have no licensing costs in the future. A great example of how software development in house can be a win-win for everyone.

MN: Charter wants another perspective
http://www.republican-eagle.com/event/article/id/65806/
Before dancing any closer toward endorsing ranked-choice voting the Red Wing Charter Commission wants to hear from an opponent of the alternative voting system.

NC: Burke County elections director resigns
http://www2.morganton.com/content/2010/apr/11/burke-county-elections-director-resigns/
Beam said the elections office is a shoestring operation, but it's gotten to the place where the shoestring is going to break.

NY: 'Illegal' raise for elections board commissioners returned
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20100411/NEWS01/4110342
In 2008, the Republican and Democratic commissioners of the Dutchess County Board of Elections gave themselves what County Executive William Steinhaus called "illegal" raises of $4,827 each -- which they ultimately had to give back. Then, in 2009, according to county documents, they tried to do it again but were unsuccessful.

OH: Voting glitch sparks complaint *
Programming error blamed for wrong ballots
http://www.tdn-net.com/main.asp?SectionID=152&SubSectionID=255&ArticleID=105787
...the error occurred due to a programming irregularity on the master encoder.
...
Quillen said he discovered that when elections workers encoded the individual voter card and selected precinct first, then party affiliation, the card was encoded accurately with a ballot that contained both state issues and candidates.

But, when elections workers encoded the individual voter card and selected party affiliation first, then precinct, the encoder defaulted to a non-partisan selection for party affiliation, which resulted in a ballot that listed only state issues, but no candidates.

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OH: Brunner calls for open primary system
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/04/10/brunner-calls-for-open-primary-system.html?sid=101

MT: Absentee ballots grow in popularity in Montana
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/article_995e80f6-4394-11df-af3a-001cc4c03286.html

NC: Two Problems with the New Challenge to Section 5
http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/comments/articles.php?ID=7231
...On Wednesday of last week, private citizens and a private organization in Kinston, North Carolina filed a complaint challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

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