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Voting News: Was SC Dem Primary punked? 20,000 Riverside CA mail ballots wont count

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Something fishy about South Carolina US Senate Primary? Experts have already uncovered some 'curious' findings in the election data says Rawl's campaign mgr. Were SC paperless touchscreen machines the problem? Was there a cross over vote? Were 3 candidates "plants"? Or did low info voters elect unknowns?...California voters concerned about vote by mail- 20,000 mail ballots for Riverside DA election missed deadline, won't be counted. Palm Springs voter Dick Bergstrom voted by mail, his ballot hasn't been counted yet & the winner has been declared...

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

AL: Ford alleges voter fraud in Democratic primary
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fraud_in_democratic_primary/159170/ Ford charged that his name was temporarily left off of the ballot at the Jeter Street polling place in Opelika; that ballot boxes were seized by the Russell County Sheriff's Department before they were counted last Tuesday by County Coordinator Arthur Sumbry; that 290 absentee ballots were not counted in Russell County; and that "a gross misuse of absentee ballots" occurred in Bullock County.

CA: 20,000 ballots cannot be counted in the election for Riverside District Attorney About 20,000 ballots cannot be counted because they were received after the 8 p.m. deadline for the Registrar's office to accept ballots on Election Day. The late-arriving ballots were collected at the Chicago Avenue post office in Riverside
Wednesday morning during a regularly scheduled pickup by the registrar's staff. The U.S. postal service told the registrar's staff that the ballots had arrived at the post office about 3:00 a.m. Wednesday.

By law, ballots not in the possession of the registrar by the time polls close at 8:00 p.m. on election day cannot be counted.

Dunmore is arranging to meet with postal officials to ensure that ballots reach the registrar's office as quickly as possible
in future elections.

CA: Some Voters Express Concerns with Vote by Mail* Palm Springs voter Dick Bergstrom voted by mail in Tuesday's primary, and he tracked his ballot online at the county website to find that his vote has not yet been counted. He is upset about the fact that winners have been declared in the election when not all of the ballots have been counted.

CA: Computer glitches, provisional ballots stall Solano vote count* Unofficial final results of Tuesday's primary election in Solano County will not be available until at least Friday, county officials said, because of a series of computer glitches that have delayed the vote count.
Thousands of write-in votes on computerized ballots as well as vote-by-mail ballots received Monday and Tuesday are contributing to the delay, election officials said.
Officials said the county's Web server crashed three times Tuesday night, further delaying the computerized count.

CA: Mims denies conflict in Briggs vote fraud probe
Fresno council candidate did consulting for sheriff.
Fresno County Clerk Victor Salazar said he opened the investigation after his office received a phone complaint alleging that the Briggs campaign was offering items of value in exchange for votes during Tuesday's election.

CO: Curry still awaiting ruling on ballot-access claim
Curry, who switched her party affiliation from Democrat to unaffiliated in December 2009, just before the recently completed legislative session, is one of several independent candidates seeking access to the ballot in Colorado.

DE: House passes bill saving ballot access for small parties

FL: Defeated Davie candidate seeks a new election
The lawsuit accuses Hattan, the town, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and the Broward County Canvassing Board of misconduct, fraud and corruption.

GA: Many county voters on inactive list
Approximately 325 Chilton County voters who participated in the Primary Election had to update their voter ID information because they were on the inactive voter list. That's too many, according to the Chilton County Board of Registrars.

KY: 10 indicted in vote-buying scheme
Monroe County judge-executive, othersare accused in absentee ballot plot A federal grand jury in Bowling Green has indicted the Monroe County judge-executive and nine others for allegedly taking part in a scheme to buy votes by "helping" people who claimed they couldn't do it themselves vote by absentee ballot.

ME: Man changes plea in voter fraud case
BANGOR, Maine - A Newburgh man who admitted voting twice on Election Day last November pleaded guilty Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to the misdemeanor charge of making a false statement or oath.

MT: Computer malfunction led to late results*
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Final election returns in Tuesday's primary weren't calculated in some Montana counties until early Wednesday morning.
When Cascade County Elections Office staff tried to upload the initial returns from the computer to the Secretary of State's new election return page at 9 p.m., the county's computer software crashed.
Fontana Moore added that approximately 1,000 ballots went uncounted because residents voted in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, which is against the rules.

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