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The results of Frank Heindel's FOIA: "Citizen's Audit of South Carolina's Voting System October 2010"...The Aspen Times has one of best articles I've ever seen on e-voting issues in "Unlocking IRV in Aspen"...Florida Case Puts Focus on Issue of Absentee Ballot Fraud...Hawaii's eGov website listed wrong date for Nov General Election...2nd-tier parties sue New York State Election Board...Reminder-Monday is last day for half the states to register, visit Rock the Vote for help..India EVMs-"Is there a ghost in the machine?"..

All this and more in today's voting news below...
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AL: Autauga Co: convicted felon can't serve, but can't be removed from ballot http://www.votelaw.com/blog/archives/006446.html The Prattville Progress reports: Former Autauga County Coroner Willie Mack "Billy" Brown III, who was convicted in July on theft and ethics charges, cannot legally serve as county sheriff. But that doesn't mean he couldn't be elected to the office.

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CA: CalVoter.org Delivers Nonpartisan Election Information to California Voters

CA: A higher standard sought: New law to require elections equipment vendors to report flaws, errors and malfunctions

CO: Unlocking IRV in Aspen (comprehensive report & timeline)
How instant runoff voting turned the May 2009 election into a 15-month fight
1001&parentprofile=1058 http://tinyurl.com/287vdmu ..they discovered that the vote-counting technology is actually a lot more complicated than it appeared at first glance, that they were deploying a system that few really understood -- or seem to understand now.

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CO: Legal wrangling over Aspen's IRV
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ParentProfile=1058 http://tinyurl.com/23l6nfb The arguments are ongoing, as Marks, former Election Commissioner Elizabeth Milias, El Jebel resident Harvie Branscomb and Aspen attorney Millard Zimet have all maintained that the city's continued effort to convince the public that nothing went wrong with the election is a cover-up.

FL: Florida Case Puts Focus on Issue of Absentee Ballot Fraud*
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/01/absentee-ballot-fraud-daytona-beach-florida-derrick-henry-vote-fraud/ The Daytona Beach probe started when an elections supervisor noticed that as many as 90 absentee ballots had been requested from two e-mail addresses, and that they came from a single computer
"Electronic requests mean that people don't have to show up, don't have to provide phone numbers and are easier to abuse," she said.

Perhaps her biggest concern is that voting records in Florida make birth dates publicly available. "It makes requesting absentee ballots by people other than the voter easy.

HI: State's posting of wrong date for election not a voter concern
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for_election_not_a_voter_concern.html http://tinyurl.com/26somfg The state's eGov website mistakenly listed the general election date as Nov. 4 before correcting it to Nov. 2.

IN: Special Prosecutor to Look Into Candidate's Alleged Voter Fraud
http://www.wibc.com/news/Story.aspx?id=1288264 Hamilton County Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp plans to appoint a special prosecutor to look into alleged voter fraud by the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Charlie White. And her chief deputy says that appointment will come soon.

IN: Tully: Should this voter be in charge of state elections?
http://www.indystar.com/article/201009290245/NEWS08/9290315 That essentially sums up the controversy surrounding Charlie White, the Republican candidate for secretary of state. White, who hopes to be the state's next chief elections officer, now acknowledges he continued to serve on the Fishers Town Council for months after moving out of the district he represented.

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NC: Counting, 1, 2, 3
It's now one month, precisely, to the general election - a general election that also contains what amounts to a primary election. That's North Carolina's first-ever, cross-your-fingers-and-hope-for-the-best experiment with statewide instant runoff voting for one of the five available seats on the state Court of Appeals.

ND: North Dakota Libertarian Party Appeals Ballot Access Case to 8th Circuit

ND: VOTE-BY-MAIL: Lack of polling sites scrutinized
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/177819/ Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, is asking North Dakota's Legislative Council to draft a bill that would require polling places to be open on Election Day in most cities -- those with populations of at least 100 or 200. The 2011 Legislature likely will debate the exact threshold.

NY: Remember to vote twice, at least in the 29th Congressional District election

NY: 2nd-tier parties sue elex board
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board_mPiFc7Y1sfBXGU7oPvD1PP http://tinyurl.com/2fvncdh They agree on virtually nothing in politics, but the Conservative Party and the Working Families Party nonetheless joined forces yesterday -- to sue the state Board of Elections.

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