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'Daily Voting News' For January 15, 2009

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org The Pew Center on the States has just released a report on military and overseas voting (our featured article). This report "found that more than a third of states do not provide military voters stationed abroad with enough time to vote or are at high risk of not providing enough time. An additional six states provide time to vote only if their military personnel overseas return their completed absentee ballots by fax or e-mail-a practice that raises important questions about their access to this technology and the privacy and security of their votes." This report also adds to the growing body of scientific/academic research that all agrees that sending completed ballots via the Internet is not a good plan. The report is well worth reading for those who are concerned about the votes of our military personnel and overseas voters in general. ...
  • Feature - National: No Time To Vote, Challenges Facing America's Overseas Military Voters LINK
  • National: FEC holds unprecedented self-exam LINK
  • CA: Humboldt County - Voting machine audit uncovers electronic voting failures LINK
  • CA: Riverside County - Why does it take so long to count county ballots? LINK
  • FL: Hillsborough County - Hillsborough paid a lot for ballot boxes that didn't speed up the vote count LINK
  • MD: Proposal would put city elections in sync with presidential vote LINK
  • MN: John Hottinger and Carl Cummins: Runoff elections? Yes, please -- but make them instant The alternative, a separate runoff a month later, would be costlier, with poor participation. LINK
  • MN: Opinion - Would IRV have avoided the Senate recount? LINK
  • MN: Instant-runoff voting wins a round An opposition group vowed to fight on after a judge ruled that the system can be used in Minneapolis this year. LINK
  • MS: Miss. voter ID bill clears Senate LINK
  • TX: Texas Senate adopts rules change to allow Voter ID vote LINK
  • TX: Randall County - Woman cleared in vote-fraud case DA says she is 'completely innocent' of charges of voting twice after clerical error LINK
  • VA: Opinion - No vote Don't expand absentee voting in Virginia. LINK
  • WA: King County holding first total postal election LINK
  • WI: Wisconsin AG hails decision to perform voter checks LINK
  • **"Daily Voting News" is meant as a comprehensive listing of reports each day concerning issues related to election and voting news around the country regardless of quality or political slant. Therefore, items listed in "Daily Voting News" may not reflect the opinions of VotersUnite.Org or OpEdNews.Com**


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