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Voting News: New voting machines, angry New Yorkers. New arrest over India EVMs

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Brennan Ctr: "Voting System Failures: A Database Solution"...Maryland officials blame voting machine failures on poll workers..The latest target of New Yorkers' ire: new voting machines, which perplexed them, broke down and ate their primary election ballots...New Jersey Military/Internet voting pilot bill..Vote probs in DC, MA, MD...Pune India engineer held, cops say gave EVM to researcher...Why other countries have scrapped electronic voting...

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CA: Jerry Brown wants Bell officials to resign, give up pensions; says they defrauded public http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/09/jerry-brown-bell-lawsuit-pensions-salaries.html

"What is clear is that the City Council and city administrator and other officials abused their public trust. They engaged in a collaboration that [amounted] to a civil conspiracy to defraud the public," Brown said at a news conference Wednesday morning in announcing the lawsuit.
(City with officials involved in absentee ballot fraud)

CO: Constitution Party Will be Listed Closer to the Top of Colorado General Election Ballots if Tancredo Polls At Least 10%http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/09/13/constitution-party-will-be-listing-closer-to-the-top-of-colorado-general-election-ballots-if-tancredo-polls-at-least-10/

CO: IRV explained

In November Aspen voters will have a choice to keep the instant runoff voting (IRV) system, or return to the system in place before 2009. It may help to understand how IRV elects candidates with a majority of the vote, even if the slate has a good number of candidates.
To make sure your ballot was considered in the end you had to rank every candidate, even ones you really didn't want. Only 20 percent of Aspen voters did so.

DC: Voting glitches reported in D.C. primary election*
WTOP reporter Mark Segraves said some electronic scanners are not operational so the ballots are not being scanned.
Initially, there were reports of problems at four polling places, but Gray spokeswoman Traci Hughes said their campaign has heard about problems from 15 different precincts.
Elections officials are collecting the ballots and storing them inside the scanner. They will go back later and scan those ballots.

DC: Live blog: D.C. Primary Day 2010 evening -- Court rejects longer voting

(According to the ballots that can be verified anyway)

DE: Delaware's GOP Senate Primary and Its 100% Unverifiable, Faith-Based E-Voting Results http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8072

FL: Report: No election wrongdoing
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/west-volusia/2010/09/16/report-no-election-wrongdoing.html DELAND -- A city investigation did not find evidence that Chisholm Center employees improperly influenced voters during the primary election, but changes are in store for the busy community center and polling place.

IL: Census: Voters may exceed residents in Ill. county
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' southernmost county has more registered voters than it has residents who are old enough to vote, according to a Lee Springfield Bureau analysis.

MA: Problem at Lawrence polling precinct resolved; voter turnout slow*
for Mercier at E1 the day got off to a rough start. The Accu-vote machine that counts the ballots was malfunctioning at the start of the day and wouldn't accept ballots.

Mercier said it appeared the machine had "no electricity."

MA: Power fails at polls*
HAVERHILL -- Four city polling locations were without power for around 15 minutes this afternoon, but it did not interrupt the voting process, polls workers said.

Ballot machines have a backup mechanism that kicks in when power fails, said City Clerk Margaret Toomey.

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