All this and more in today's voting news below...
CA: ELECTION DAY VOTER REGISTRATION APPROVED BY THE STATE SENATE
Election Day voter registration would be contingent on California's new statewide voter database, which is still in the works.
CA: The hidden zinger in Prop. 14
Proposition 14 would remove the Peace and Freedom and Libertarian parties from the ballot http://www.sfbg.com/2010/06/01/hidden-zinger-prop-14
Why won't the L.A. Times even mention this flaw in the measure? Who are the big dailies afraid of offending?
CA: Local Organizations Prepare Community for Oakland's New Voting System
The city of Oakland is paying the Alameda County Registrar of Voters $146,000 to administer a heavily media-based campaign that includes mailers, brochures and videos, according to city clerk LaTonda Simmons. However, foreseeing that the county's campaign will not reach all demographics, some community groups are - or plan to begin - spreading the word about the new system that allows voters to rank up to three candidates in order of preference and eliminates separate run-off elections.
MI: Dorr Township recount finds four minor tally changes*
"Those scan heads need periodic cleaning to clearly see and recognize correctly the marks made by voters," Watts said. "The machines in Dorr and elsewhere process thousands of ballots a year; paper dust builds up."
An election watchdog in Swain County is protesting the tallying of early votes before the close of polls on Election Day, claiming it could have given some candidates an unfair advantage if those results be leaked.
The results from early voting can't be announced until after the polls close. But it is technically OK for those on the board of elections to call a few friends, party officials or even select candidates and share the results that afternoon.
NC: "Madame Justice"
Defendant has never been a member of the judiciary. However, Defendant began referring to herself as "Madame Justice" on her campaign website by at least March of 2006[ 1 ]. For her 2006 Supreme Court campaign, Defendant sought to have herself listed as "Rachel Lea (Madame Justice) Hunter" on the official election ballot.
NM: Rio Arriba County late with vote tallies " again*
A delay in reporting Rio Arriba County election results Tuesday night was due to a connection failure between the County's automated election system and the Secretary of State's office, according to County Clerk Moises Morales.
...Tallies were not received until after 2 a.m. Wednesday because absentee ballot boxes had to be driven to Tierra Amarilla from far-flung corners of the large northern New Mexico county for counting, Padilla and others said.
But Rio Arriba County has a history of questionable delays in turning in ballots and reporting election results, making any election night glitches a sensitive issue.
NJ: Mail-in ballots put Rodriguez on top in Paterson council race*
PATERSON -- Rigo Rodriguez was declared the winner of a close City Council race Wednesday after a state judge ruled that 49 uncounted mail-in votes discovered on Tuesday should be part of the recount. (chain of custody issue)
WV: Prosecutor: List of Dead Lincoln Voters Wrong
Last month, County Commissioner Charles Vance provided a list of names of people he said were dead but had voted in the May primary.
In a statement issued Thursday, W.J. Stevens said all the people whose names Vance listed are alive.
The publisher of the Shepherdstown Observer has sued Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, alleging that she is misapplying election law and stifling the paper's investigation into alleged voting irregularities.
WV: Democracy of America Members Speak Out Against Electronic Voting