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CO: Commissioners defend polling places
El Paso County officials on Tuesday defended their designation of polling places for the August primary and November general election, following Monday's criticism from a coalition of First Amendment rights advocates who object to the number of local churches being used.
FL: Glitch in state database delays mailing of absentee ballots
People who recently requested absentee ballots for the general election may have to wait an extra day or two before they can fill in their votes.
More than 1,000 absentee ballots requested by Treasure Coast residents were put on hold because of a glitch that shut down the state's voter database Monday and early Tuesday.
KY: More Ky. Counties Switching to Digital Scan Voting
Digital_Scan_Voting_104844059.html http://tinyurl.com/2bwdeo9 The Nov. 2 general election will mark the first time voters in 45 Kentucky counties use a new digital scan voting system
LA: Simmons calls for recount of election results for School Board
MD: Maryland Pioneers Faster Way to Vote Absentee
Ballots now as close as your computer
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/MD-Pioneers-Easter-Faster-Way-to-Vote-Absentee--104580499.html Maryland is becoming the first state in the nation to make absentee ballots available online.
NC: Instant runoff to be used for first time this election
http://charlotte.news14.com/content/top_stories/631364/instant-runoff-to-be-used-for-first-time-this-election (With video) "It is instant for the voters, but it is not instant for the election officials that have to count it," says Bartlett.
This sounds confusing, and Bartlett admits it might be. Political analysts say they are watching to see how it works.
I quoted Greensboro attorney Marshall Hurley: "I call myself an election lawyer and I had to struggle grasping it and explaining it to other people."
NJ: New Jersey Court Releases Unredacted Voting Machine Analysis, Finds No Trade Secrets Threatenedhttp://www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=6787
NM: Herrera's troubles give GOP rare shot at office2010 ELECTION: Secretary of state job held by Democrats for 80 years http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/2010-election-Herrera-s-troubles-give-GOP-rare-shot-at-office Since early this year, incumbent Mary Herrera has faced a growing number of complaints -- from her own staff as well as some county clerks across New Mexico -- and has had to endure a barrage of bad publicity, including reports of possible criminal investigations.