All this and more in todays voting news below...
The election is already taking place. Already, turnout has been big. And some problems are already appearing.
AZ: State mailing directs some voters to wrong polling place*(May 18 spec election)
Error affects 27,000 local voters; corrective postcard mailed this week
State mailers told approximately 27,000 registered voters in Yavapai County to go to incorrect polling places for the May 18 election.
The error, made by a third-party contractor used by the state, impacts 39 percent of all county households
CA: Los Angeles Ponders Instant-Runoff Voting
CA: Schwarzenegger May Disenfranchise Thousands of Overseas Troops with Early Special Election Date
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2010/05/04/1127958/slo-county-supervisors-take-schwarzenegger.html In a blistering rebuke, the county Board of Supervisors ripped into Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado on Tuesday for neglecting taxpayers and county workers by backing a special election that could cost $3 million.
Supervisors said Schwarzenegger could have called the special primary in early fall and scheduled the runoff to coincide with the Nov. 2 election.
CO: Aspen - Both transparency and trustworthy elections are required.There can be no tradeoff.
http://coloradovotergroup.blogspot.com/2010/05/aspen-both-transparency-and-trustworthy.html"Aspen officials have admittedly violated the law. They created and operated an election system that does not provide for anonymous ballots." Al Kolwicz, Colorado Voter Group
CT: Connecticut Secretary of State Wins Qualifications Lawsuit
CT: Book Review: The Death and Life of American Journalism
http://www.ctvoterscount.org/?p=3151 Part of the reason there has been so little improvement in our election laws is the lack of demonstrated public interest
IN: Voter turnout light in Vigo County* (ES&S iVotronic no paper)
...The final tally of ballots changed nearly five hours after the polls closed, when the clerk's office realized ballots cast by touch screen, used by handicapped voters, had not be counted.
Tabulation of 87 voting precincts was progressing speedily with all but six precincts counted as of about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, then delays slowed the final tabulation, ending at 8:40 p.m. The six precincts had technical problems and were unable to send in results over computer lines.
The final precinct -- Honey Creek E at Dixie Bee Elementary -- experienced such a problem; however, poll workers left a computer card in a voting machine, forcing them to drive back to the poll, then back to the county courthouse for a final tabulation, Mansard said.
The Democratic Party race for prosecutor was by far the closest contest, with final numbers fluctuating as "remake" ballots were counted. Those ballots were damaged, such as a bent corner, and would not go through a voting machine at the poll site.
IN: Voting underway despite early hiccup* (Vanderburgh CO.ES&S iVotronic no paper)
...at about five polling places, voting machines were delivered just minutes before polls opened.
At Culver Elementary School, voting in the primary election was delayed by about 40 minutes. Poll workers told us they had just gotten those machines.
Kirk says there was a scramble yesterday to get machines delivered and her biggest concern was that in the chaos, some of them went to the wrong places.