All this and more in today's voting news below...
AL: So that all can vote
http://www.dailyhome.com/view/full_story/8723426/article-So-that-all-can-vote?instance=home_lead_story According to Talladega County Probate Judge Billy Atkinson, blind voters in every precinct have the option of using an AutoMARK voting machine, which replaced Braille voting machines about four years ago.
"The Braille voting machines weighed around 2,000 pounds each and were difficult to set up," Atkinson said. "Things moved very slowly, and we had to get AIDB to print..
AL: Cast your vote with a clear conscience
To vote or not to vote: That is the question; Whether 'tis nobler in the runoff to suffer the outrageous choices that other voters might make, or to cross over into the opposing party's primary and help select its nominee
CA: Disputed Riverside Co. ballots counted
Report: Not enough ballot counters hired; registrar's resignation not sought
The Riverside County registrar's office hired fewer people to count ballots than in previous elections and had "poor communication" with voters about the results, an internal review of the June 8 election found
Dunmore has also been criticized for not notifying the public sooner that 106,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots were not included in the election night tally.
The status of those votes -- more than 40 percent of the total cast -- was not publicized until after 5 p.m. the next day. It had many candidates believing they were victors before the final tally was determined.
CA: Candidates to receive refund from county over sample ballot glitch
The Mendocino County Elections Office is giving money back to the June Primary election candidates after errors appeared on the sample ballots mailed to voters, according to Registrar of Voters Sue Ranochak.
One newspaper's take on how many bills become laws in California includes significant lobbyist involvement
CT: Bysiewicz: New Report Shows Connecticut Voter Turnout Increase 7th Highest
in the Nation http://www.acorn-online.com/joomla15/thereddingpilot/news/localnews/64075-bysiewicz-new-report-shows-connecticut-voter-turnout-increase-7th-highest-in-the-nation-in-2008-.html
FL: Emphasis on absentee ballots adds uncertainty
The unprecedented growth of mail-in voting lends further suspense to a year already testing many of Florida's political traditions.
IL: General Assembly passes legislation to create more cohesive party tickets
...requires candidates of the same party to be nominated together for governor and lieutenant governor during the primary elections.
MI: Court of Appeals expected to hear Barrow election appeal soon
The Wayne County Board of Canvassers found last December that 51 percent, or 59,135 ballots in last November's election were "irregular," according to Barrow's motion.
MN: Corporations sue to allow campaign contributions
Not content with running their own ads supporting candidates, businesses want judicial approval to contribute directly to campaigns and political parties.
OH: Special election to test centralized voting
Tuesday's polling could be a precursor to how we vote in the future.
Montgomery County will have four voting centers instead of the usual 159.
Voters in Clinton and Highland counties also will use centralized voting.
Polling Place Fiasco in Garland County, AR Patrick Henry Press News