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Voting News: Garland Arkansas election fiasco. Ballot error in NJ Primary. Summit OH ballot fail

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Garland County Arkansas voters were turned away from the polls Saturday. With only 2 polling places instead of the usual 40, with 76,000 registered voters, a hotly contested primary runoff & other races,officials promised to open an extra polling place on Saturday. The polling place was not opened & voters were turned away..California to vote on election reform props 14 & 15 on June 8th...Saugatuck MI botched recount..82 un-scannable absentee ballots in Summit Ohio...Ballot error may taint NJ CD-11 DEM Primary.."Naughty Diebold directors get pwned"..India EVMs go Bollywood...The Ills of Privatized Elections..World watches as Dutch vote with pencil...

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

AL: Low turnout for Alabama primaries; Reed alleges voter fraud
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Low-turnout-for-Alabama-primaries-Reed-alleges-voter-fraud
http://is.gd/cGx0P The state's chief elections official, Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said she received some complaints. They included a few people in Dallas County being unable to vote because someone had already cast absentee ballots in their names, and a complaint that someone in Bullock County was offering $10 to people willing to vote for a judicial candidate.

AL: Alabama: fewer provisional ballots than 4 years ago
http://www.votelaw.com/blog/archives/006394.html

AR: Hundreds of voters turned away from the polls
http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Hundreds-of-voters-turned-away-from-the-polls/dNEE5Lj9F0SzZFAPscEGzg.cspx?rss=315
Two hundred voters were turned away from the polls Saturday in Garland County after the election commission says it made a mistake by telling voters they could vote

AR: Making Sense of the Closed Polls in Arkansas* (text, video interviews & photos)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/6/5/873287/-Making-Sense-of-the-Garland-County,-Arkansas-Runoff

So, after having promised the location would be open and the statement being printed in the local newspaper, they did not open the polling location.

AR: Garland County Election Controversy: Voters Turned Away* (video avail)
http://arkansasmatters.com/news-fulltext/?nxd_id=319175
So, he looked into opening up the location here for an extra day--which would have been Saturday.

At first, he said an attorney with the Secretary of State's office advised him he could do it, so he made the announcement.

But he later came across an Arkansas law that requires him to give at least 5 days notice to the public when opening a polling location.

AR: Halter: Concerned about Garland Co. early voting
http://www.wxvt.com/Global/story.asp?S=12601276
Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's campaign says it's concerned that Garland County election officials reneged on their promise to allow early voting on Saturday.

AR: O'Brien plan to avoid vote fiasco
http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2010/06/07/obrien-plan-to-avoid-vote-fiasco

Pat O'Brien, in the Democratic primary runoff for secretary of state, steps forward with some sound legislative proposals to avoid future fiascos such as has occurred in Garland County

AR: Labor, Enviro Groups Use Arkansas Senate Primary As Citizens United Testing Groundhttp://blog.sunlightfoundation.com/2010/06/07/labor-enviro-groups-use-arkansas-senate-primary-as-citizens-united-testing-ground/

CA: UNANIMOUS CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT HOLDS NO RIGHT TO SECRET BALLOT IN SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICT ELECTIONS
http://electionlawblog.org/archives/016163.html

CA: Weekly Wrap Up - On June 8th, California voters will weigh in on two election reform measures, Propositions 14 and 15.
http://electls.blogs.wm.edu/2010/06/06/weekly-wrap-up-24/
Proposition 14 would create a single ballot for primary elections...Proposition 15, also known as the California Fair Elections Act, would repeal California's ban on public funding for elections...

CA: California Libertarian Candidate Produces Own Radio Ad Against Proposition 14, Pays to Get it On Air
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/06/05/california-libertarian-candidate-produces-own-radio-ad-against-proposition-14-pays-to-get-it-on-air/

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