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Voting News: Fix New York voting machine flaw. Tanner: Why Voter ID won't fly in Texas

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ACLU Intervenes In Georgia Voting Rights Act Challenge...The Progressive Network wants audit of South Carolina election results...New York's new voting machines could disenfranchise thousands if not fixed. "What's striking about this problem is that it is easily avoidable. Election jurisdictions are able to control whether the machine 'warns' voters, or not." ~ James Hicks, EVIC...

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

CA: L.A. Registrar Issues Report on My Recent E-Vote failure, Appears Tonight on Malloyhttp://www.bradblog.com/?p=7932

CA: 'Human Error', 'Design Weakness', 'System Limitations' Blamed for Failures I Encountered(Again) This Year on L.A. County's E-Voting System
Registrar issues 5-page report, offering explanations for the no-less-than-6 different problems that occurred when I attempted to cast my ballot on the ES&S voting system last month..

CA: Salas-Vargas count dispute continues
http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/all-in-favor-politics/2010/jul/06/salas-vargas-count-dispute-continues/ Only 12 votes separates leader Juan Vargas from Mary Salas in the 40th state Senate District Democratic primary election -- the one that was supposed to be over on election day, June 8.

Now it looks like the results will be in limbo at least until Friday, when a Riverside County judge has set a hearing to consider whether 12,500 uncounted ballots can legally be counted.

GA: ACLU Intervenes In Georgia Voting Rights Act Challenge
"The many U.S. citizen minority voters in Georgia who were incorrectly flagged as non-citizens under the state's voter-verification procedures can attest to the fact that discrimination in voting continues and the need for Section 5 remains," said Laughlin McDonald of the ACLU Voting Rights Project.

IL: Quinn signs legislation on early voting; controversy continues

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a controversial bill aimed at increasing voting on Illinois' public university campuses this fall, but that won't end the controversy

NC: Supreme Court decision affecting N.C. elections law
http://charlotte.news14.com/content/local_news/triangle/627804/supreme-court-decision-affecting-n-c--elections-law A bill is being built in a Senate judicial committee which would bring state law in line with this ruling. The bill is working to make sure disclosures on the ads are as informative as possible.

NY: Make sure every vote is counted
"Numerous sources, including the state board, the voting machine vendor and independent computer scientists, have confirmed to us that requiring the machines to return overvote ballots requires only 'checking a box' in the setup file for these systems," said Lawrence Norden, senior counsel at the Brennan Center. He added, "It will not cause delay to do the right thing."

The glitch should be remedied before the machines are put into statewide use.

NY: Does not compute: Board of Elections needs to fix glitch in new voting machines
A dangerous glitch in New York's new electronic voting machines could disqualify thousands of ballots this fall.
This is idiotic. The clunky old lever voting machines New Yorkers have used for decades make it physically impossible to choose two candidates for a single office. As it should be.

NY: BoE Says It Cannot Afford To Pay For Primary And General Elections
Budget battle set against backdrop of executive director stalemate
http://www.cityhallnews.com/newyork/article-1366-boe-says-it-cannot-afford-to-pay-for-primary-and-general-elections.html(New York City)

NY: Limiting over-votes in New York state

NY: Did You Split Your Vote? Experts Scrutinize Port Chester Vote Data for Trends
Using a wealth of data from exit polls and surveys, political scientists want to know how Port Chester voters used the new cumulative voting system

OH: Officials seek compensation for bad ballots
Printing error blamed on incorrect settings
http://www.ohio.com/news/97917264.html A printing error shifted the ovals filled in by voters in the May primary on 82 absentee ballots, making it impossible for the scanners to read the ballots. Board employees checked more than 9,000 absentee ballots by hand to make sure every vote was counted.

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