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Voting News: Widespread Diebold failure in Utah Co UT. Columbia CO NY orders full hand count

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Update on Still-Undecided 'Top-of-Ticket' Races...They had ballot shortages: Auburn Lake Trails, CA & Ellsworth village,WA insufficient paper ballots created lines & long waits.. MN Recount to start Nov. 29 & end Dec. 14..Columbia County New York began a full hand count of ballots yesterday. Election Commissioner Virginia Martin wants independent check against machine tally...ES&S sofware failures in Sumter SC were blamed on "human error" but no evidence cited. On Tuesday ALL Diebold touch-screen voting machines across Utah County, Utah failed. There were no paper ballots so no voters couldn't vote until officials got the machines working...

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

AZ: Law broken when voters went unidentified

CA: Lack of ballots, power outage present unique Election Night* (El Dorado County)
Residents of the Auburn Lake Trails subdivision in Cool weathered hours of waiting and a power outage in order to vote Tuesday night.
Liz Hanley, a Gold Country Media employee who lives in the area, said she returned to the polls at 7:45 p.m. to see if the ballots had been delivered, but wasn't able to vote until 9:15 p.m.

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CA: Registrar defends speed of vote tally (Riverside) "Would I like to not be in last place? Definitely," Dunmore told The Desert Sun on Thursday. "But the most important thing to me is that the votes we counted are accurate, and that the integrity of the election is maintained."

CA: Harmer Sues Over Vote Counting in CA-11
Now Harmer has filed a lawsuit against the Contra Costa County election officials claiming the right to challenge the signatures on absentee ballots, even as those voters are not present to respond.

CA: Stolen ballots recovered; update on supervisor, school board races
The 75 San Francisco ballots allegedly stolen on Election Day Tuesday by a poll worker in the Excelsior District were recovered across town Thursday in the pond at the Palace of Fine Arts. "They're very soggy,'' said city elections chief John Arntz.
Still missing is the memory pack that electronically records the votes. The elections worker suspected of taking off with the ballots and memory pack, Karl Bradfield Nicholas, 50, of San Francisco, faces felony counts of burglary and two election code violations.

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CT: Cops Hand-Deliver Bungled Tally Cops drove from Bridgeport to Hartford Friday afternoon to deliver hard-copy results from a vote count that kept getting revised up until the last minute--and that purports to give Dan Malloy the margin of victory to become Connecticut's first Democratic governor elected since 1986.

CT: Bungled To The End, Tally Goes To Malloy
An all-night recount in Bridgeport gave Democrat Dan Malloy a 13.000-vote lead in Bridgeport in the election for governor and 5,000 statewide--enough to give him the job. Yet even after an "official" announcement Friday morning, voting registrars were still making adjustments to the tally.

CT: "Found' Bag Of 335 Ballots Opened, Counted

FL: Voting glitches like St. Lucie's miscount not uncommon, expert says*
Local officials and a political expert say voting issues -- like the one that caused 6,330 county ballots not to be totalled Tuesday -- happen frequently and there are checks in place to catch errors before the votes are finalized.
Walker said the office has 15 computer memory cards that keep separate vote totals. When those tabulate, they show green arrows. But when a computer server rebooted Wednesday morning, five red arrows showed that 6,330 ballots were not in Tuesday's totals. The office plans to reboot the server before the end of counting at the next election.

MA: Taunton not the only city with Election Day ballot mix-ups: Winchester ballots cast in Melrose*
The vendor that inadvertently delivered the wrong ballots to Taunton and Marlborough for Tuesday's state election mistakenly sent a packet of Winchester ballots to Melrose, the Secretary of State's office said on Thursday.

MA: Anatomy of an election

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MN: Recount to start Nov. 29, scheduled to end Dec. 14

MN: Hennepin County officials: vote count accurate

MO: My Election Day Story, or Why Poll Workers Need to Know the Rules

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