All this and more in today's voting news below...
AL: Bessemer, Ala: mayor fires city clerk over absentee ballots
When Brooks refused to go off-site, the mayor fired him about 5:30 p.m., forced him to turn over his keys to the mayor and had a police officer escort him out of Bessemer city hall, Brooks said. The absentee ballots for today's election were locked in the city clerk's office, and Brooks said the mayor, who is a candidate in today's election, had the key to the office.
CA: andidate's DOB an issue for voters (Orange County)
When Miller Oh filed to run for City Council in Buena Park, he dutifully put down his correct age: 52.
Oh admits his registration says he's 46, as do his Social Security records, his passport, and every other legal document he has.
CT: Probate judge to run as write-in candidate after ballot glitch
Whether conservative pundit Ann Coulter falsely used her parents' New Canaan address as her voting address is up to the state Election Commission.
DC: DCBOEE Lessons Learned from Digital Vote by Mail Hacking(internet voting)
[DC BoEE idea of lesson learned is to ignore computer scientists overall warning that
internet voting can not be secured period, at least for 10 years and not this internet.]
See Internet Voting Watch section for more on the DC internet voting pilot hack
GA: Election law change approved by feds (early voting on touchscreens)
Electronic voting, as well as paper absentee ballots, must be provided for at least 45 days before elections starting next year.
Guam: BREAKING NEWS: Justice Department Sues Guam Election Commission: Overseas Citizens Must Have Right To Vote!http://guamnewswatch.com/201010063240/Local-News/Justice-Department-Sues-Guam-Election-Commission-Overseas-Citizens-Must-Have-Right-To-Vote.html The Department of Justice filed their complaint today in the U.S. District Court of Guam following news that the Guam Election Commission had failed to deliver timely ballots to overseas service members and citizens who are registered to vote on island.
Guam: Justice Department Announces Lawsuit to Protect Rights of Military and Overseas Voters in Guamhttp://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/October/10-crt-1122.html
IL: Cahokia voter fraud plea deal
Wiggins pleaded guilty to 43 counts of voter fraud, but 39 of those counts were dismissed. Brown, 27, who worked in the Cahokia Streets Department, originally received 22 counts of voter fraud but 19 of them were dismissed. Wiggins, 44, is married to the village clerk.
ME: Court Denies Challenge to Maine's Clean Election Law
On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected a motion for an emergency injunction to invalidate the matching funds provision of Maine's Clean Election law, the contribution limit for gubernatorial candidates, and certain public reporting requirements.
MI: Outgoing circuit judge questions integrity of next election
http://www.allegannews.com/articles/2010/10/07/local_news/2.txt Seems county clerk Joyce Watts' office last week circulated a sample ballot upon which the name of district Judge William Baillargeon appeared in a smaller font than the name of his challenger, Andrew Marks.
The county clerk's office oversees conduct of those elections.