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Voting News: Sarasota Group- investigate Kathy Dent's no-audit decision. ACORN to end? Election integrity v costs

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The Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections wants the state attorney and sheriff to investigate Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent's decision not to have a spot-check audit last Tuesday of the school tax referendum results. "We must hold our elected officials accountable," ~alliance co-founder Kindra Munt....The value of paper ballots demonstrated in Pelham MA after public recount of the March 9 election. "Neither side can say anything. Here it is, this is it. Everybody that's important witnessed it,"~ Mike Pietrillo,resident...Costs: The Indiana SOS wants consolidated Vote Centers in all 92 counties and says they will save money. That may be true but Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes says more study is needed first: "If the election process fails, it doesn't matter if it saved us money or not."...Al Kolwicz of Colorado Voter Group to Boulder County on the need for preserving polling place voting: "...it is vital that election cost is not awarded a higher priority than election integrity and voter confidence."...

All this and more in today's voting news below....

CA: Oakland ordinance to set-aside campaign aide money hurts Libby Schaaf

CA: The real cost of a special election to replace Newsom ($6.5M counting public finance funds)
San Francisco: Momentum for a special election to replace Mayor Gavin Newsom if he wins his bid for lieutenant governor has slowed considerably, largely because of its $3.5 million price tag.

CA: Internal Affairs: San Jose council rolled the dice and lost
...Back in August, the San Jose City Council reached a crossroads in its effort to limit "soft money" in elections by capping contributions to independent political groups...On a 6-5 vote... the council voted to keep the cap.

CO: Ivan C. Meek: No all-mail elections
http://bit.ly/dtRT4r ..."Do we really want to argue that we can't afford real elections because all-mail is cheaper? If real democracy cost a little more, do we just skip it for an administrative procedure?"~ Ivan C. Meek Louisville

CO: Polling place voting is more secure and more accurate than mail ballots

CO: Bullet Voting in Aspen's IRV Election - Memo by Millard Zimet
http://bit.ly/cQ1AAm ...purpose of this memo is to observe the actual voting data generated by Aspen's May 2009 Mayoral and City Council IRV elections with regards to bullet voting, and to observe whether bullet voting impacted the outcomes...

DE: Delaware Minor Parties Get Publicity for Complaint Against Implementing Tougher Ballot Access Rules in 2010
http://bit.ly/abCjWg ...The bill instantly removed several minor parties from the ballot, including the Constitution, Green, and Working Families Parties

FL: Group wants action on no-audit decision
http://bit.ly/aiGqGP SARASOTA COUNTY - The Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections wants the state attorney and sheriff to investigate Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent's decision not to have a spot-check audit last Tuesday of the school tax referendum results.

FL: Florida Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief in Case on Petitioning at the Polls

HI: Hawaii Considers Law To Combat Obama 'Birthers'
If Passed, State Would Be Allowed To Ignore Repeated Requests For President's Birth Certificate

IN: Election costs to rise if pilot vote center program dies

KY: Testimony ends in Clay vote-buying trial
http://bit.ly/cCxwrg With that accomplished, prosecution and defense attorneys will present closing arguments Monday and Tuesday, and jurors will begin deliberating Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves said.

KY: No conflict of interest for Grayson (he can oversee his own election)

MA: Pelham recount upholds outcome
About 40 people sat at tables in a cordoned off area in Pelham High School's library to recount the two warrant articles from the March 9 ballot...

MD: Thefts of laptops mistakenly sent to election center remain unsolved
http://bit.ly/aYHVWL It is still a mystery two years later exactly what happened to 60 laptop computers that were stolen from the Montgomery County Election Center.

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