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Look! News about New York. You know who's Op/Ed is there. Also, news about Philippines and their craptastic elections. And at end is an email to send in your news articles. Thanks to Verified Voting for taking over the news. Thanks to Sean Flaherty for being the main editor.

Oklahoma to replace its optical scanners, new SoSs take office, speedy results emphasized in latest India coverage

Posted: 03 Jan 2011

Happy New Year! The first few days of 2011 have been busy news days (despite apparent quiet regarding Internet voting). Tonight's edition covers articles published since our December 31 edition, unless otherwise noted.

Among the news highlights: Oklahoma election officials are looking to replace their 18-year-old optical scanners with new precinct scanners for the 2012 elections; new Secretaries of State take office around the nation; and internationally, coverage of the first-time use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Indian local elections emphasizes the desirability of speedy results.

All this and more in today's Voting News below.

AZ: State officers sworn in at capitol
http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/arizona/article_7b9262...

AZ: Editorial: Election process should include basic review of nominating petitions
http://campverdebugleonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=36&S...

CA: November election dispute lingers
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/01/dispute-about-el... /

CT: Bridgeport's Response to a Potential Election Disaster
http://www.afampointofview.com/POV%20Archives/2011/Janu...

CT: Why We Need Audits and Recounts: AccuVote Missed 0.4% of Ballots in Aspen Elections
http://www.ctvoterscount.org/why-we-need-audits-and-rec... /

IN: Voting machine maintenance on county's agenda
http://www.jconline.com/article/20110102/NEWS02/1010203...
Tippecanoe County commissioners are set to choose a company to maintain the county's voting machines. At the commissioners' Monday meeting, they will choose between Nebraska-based ES&S and Ohio-based GBS, both of which are licensed to service voting machines in Indiana.

IN: Indiana secretary of state challenge to be filed in court
http://www.wndu.com/indiana/headlines/Indiana_secretary...

IA: Schultz sworn in as Secretary of State
http://www.kgan.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional....

IA: Four statewide elected officials, including rookie, sworn in today http://www.radioiowa.com/2011/01/03/four-statewide-elec... /

LA: Mock election to be held at Herod
http://www.abbevillenow.com/view/full_story/10855772/ar...

MI: Republicans take the reins in Michigan
http://michiganmessenger.com/45296/republicans-take-the...

MN: With new ballots, curbing confusion, costs is challenging
http://www.twincities.com/ci_16996117?source=most_email...

MN: Save money and improve election integrity
http://www.reviewmessenger.com/index.php?option=com_con...

MN: Another recount yields more evidence that Minnesota's system is sound
http://www.twincities.com/opinion/ci_16967744?source=rs...

MN: New Kansas secretary of state critical of Minnesota's Mark Ritchie
http://www.minnpost.com/politicalagenda/2011/01/03/2451...

MN: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will lead National Association of Secretaries of State
http://www.jordannews.com/node/15707

NM: Duran sworn in as first GOP Sec. of State in 80 years
http://newmexicoindependent.com/68469/other-state-offic...

NJ: Reorganized township council takes power
http://www.northjersey.com/news/112749794_Bloomfield_co...
The mood at the reorganization was especially upbeat for the Democrats, as Bloomfield Republicans only recently withdrew a challenge of the November election results. Republican mayoral candidate John Lazar previously alleged illegal electioneering tactics, equipment difficulty involving one voting machine and denial of voter access.

NY: Experts shouldn't be needed to call outcome of election
http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Experts-shoul...

NY: Albany Times-Union Asks Legislature to Fix Recall Statute
http://www.ballot-access.org/2011/01/02/albany-times-un... /

NY: New York Voting Must Be Improved, Says League of Women Voters
http://nyconvergence.com/2011/01/new-york-voting-must-b...

NY: Watching and Waiting For a Return to Innocence
http://e-voter.blogspot.com/2010/12/watching-and-waitin...

NY: Your vote counts: The Help America Vote Act - Help or hindrance?
http://www.columbiapaper.com/index.php/component/conten...

OK: Officials seek bids for voting machines
http://normantranscript.com/headlines/x879866766/Offici...
State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax told The Oklahoman newspaper that the Optech-III Eagle optical-scanner machines in use since 1992 have lasted much longer than their 10-year life expectancy, but their age has become a problem.
Ziriax said bids are now being sought for a new system to be used statewide. He said officials have specified that they want a new system thats similar to the one now being used, with optical scanners to read ballots marked by voters.

OK: Oklahoma State Officials Looking for Voting Machine Upgrade
http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=13771500

OK: Oklahoma's voting machines: Out with the old
http://newsok.com/state-to-replace-voting-machines/arti...

OK: Voter fraud law takes effect today
http://newsok.com/voter-fraud-law-takes-effect/article/...

PA: City may pay for fill-in election commissioners
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20110103_City_may_...

TX: South Texas voter fraud is rampant, seldom prosecuted
http://www.themonitor.com/articles/rio-45868-seldom-sou...

VA: Charlottesville Council Redistricting
http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?S=13770824
As for the budgetary impact, the biggest expense would be voting machines for any new precincts, which could cost up to $40,000. Before anything is finalized, the city plans to hold public hearings on the matter this spring.

WV: Morgantown Looking to Use 'Vote by Mail' for Council Elections http://www.wdtv.com/index.php/home/local-news/4355-morg...


National

Secretaries of state up the political ante
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=5...


International

India: Poll results to be out by Tuesday noon
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubli/Poll-resu...

India: Local body poll results to decide state's political course http://www.deccanchronicle.com/bengaluru/local-body-pol...

India: Mangalore ZP, TP - EVMs to Unravel Fate of Candidates Tomorrow http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=92881...
Unlike the previous elections in which ballot boxes were used, electronic voting machines have been put to use for the first time for zilla and taluk panchayat elections in the state. In the past, counting of votes used to take a full day. Compared to that, the counting this time is expected to take only a couple of hours, as the EVMs give out candidate-wise voting pattern at the push of a button. For the electoral staff too, the tedious workload, request for recounting etc., witnessed in previous elections, will be a thing of the past.

Philippines: Is the Comelec that gullible?
http://www.bworldonline.com/main/content.php?id=23801

Philippines: Think-tank doesn't think much of Comelec claims
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/2...


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