All this and more in today's voting news below....
AK: State seeks expedited ruling in Miller lawsuit over write-ins
VOTE SUIT: Alaska risks being deprived of a senator, they say.
AZ: No-excuse absentee ballots, voter ID, and slow counts in Arizona
CA: Stolen Ballots Won't Be Counted (San Francisco)
http://www.baycitizen.org/elections/story/stolen-ballots-wont-be-counted/ Batch of ballots found floating in pond was too small to influence election outcomes, official
CA: Readers sound off on Jean Quan, ranked-choice voting, the Oakland A's, and more.
(For and against)
Group recounted ambulance district proposal Monday.
board member Lisa Cyriacks said the recount found different tallies among precinct and mail-in ballots.
But both Cyriacks and board member Jessica DuBoe said the outcomes did not reverse the leads held by incumbent Commissioner Linda Joseph and incumbent Clerk and Recorder Melinda Myers.
Those races drew scrutiny when election officials flipped election-night totals following a retabulation of the votes Nov. 5.
The move was meant to correct a software error that excluded results from 197 ballots from the election night count.
DC: D.C. board of elections wants to expand early voting
FL: Palm Beach County may ask state for more time to handle election recounts
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/fl-palm-touch-screen-machines-20101130,0,3610319.story Chairwoman Karen Marcus asked the commission to direct staff to lobby for making touch-screen voting machines legal again. But the commission dodged the controversial issue for now and asked for more information from Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.
IL: Retab finds a Glitch
However, for the first time, we had two ballots, in Mahomet 5, which alternately counted as overvotes for three offices, as unreadable, or correctly. After identifying the ballots we continued to run them in a variety of orientations and failed to ever get a consistent outcome.
But it does speak to the value of redundant counts of ballots and mandatory recounts in the event of close races.
MN: Recounts are a pain, but let's be grateful we have them here
MN: 'Frivolous' challenges? Judge for yourself
MN: Slowly: Count, then challenge
http://www.startribune.com/politics/recount/111091254.html GOP chair said the party's frequent challenges to ballots are simply an attempt to defend its interests.
NY: GOP to Johnson: Do the right thing and give up! (NY 7th SD)
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/gop-to-johnson-do-the-right-th.html Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran just issued a response to the GOP. "The margin in Nassau is less than half of one percent and there are still machine problems and vote count irregularities which call into question the accuracy of the count. The GOP's own top election lawyer raised these issues...That is why we believe a full manual recount is the only way to ensure a full, fair, and accurate count of every vote."
NY: Bishop keeps momentum, though GOP suspects fraud
http://northshoresun.timesreview.com/2010/12/3631/altschuler-scores-20-votes-from-military-ballots/ Altschuler (D) scores 20 votes from military ballots