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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-13-10 08:08 PM
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7/13 Montgomery PA voters thwarted by Sequoia machines. Why CT Finance Ruling matters

Montgomery PA voters thwarted by Sequoia machines. Why CT Finance Ruling matters

July 13 2010

Must read: Old style ballot box facing electronic poll threat. "The most effective fraud is done by changing results after the count is done--how much easier is that going to be to do undetected when there is no paper trail to trip you up?" ~ Silvana Puizana,electoral expert..Richard Winger of Ballot Access News says "2nd Circuit Reverses U.S. District Court, Says Constitution Permits Massive Discrimination Against Minor Parties and Independent Candidates in Public Funding." The ruling is a " major campaign finance decision with important national implications." says Rick Hasen of ElectionLawBlog...

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


AL: Justice Department to Monitor Elections in Alabama
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/justice-departm...
WASHINGTON, July 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor the primary runoff elections on July 13, 2010, in Barbour, Lee and Russell Counties, Ala., to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

CA: ACORN Worker Sues O'Keefe
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7940

CT: Election ballot error*
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=12793289
Primary election ballots sent to cities and towns around Chittenden County had to be destroyed and replaced due to a printer's error.

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says the problem was the Democratic ballot was printed on a larger piece of paper than the Republican or Progressive ballots. The ballots were replaced in time to meet Monday's early voting deadline

CT: Two Courts Rule For And Against Citizens Election Program
http://www.ctvoterscount.org/?p=3359 Its a mixed bag, disappointing in my view.
It makes no sense that giving supplemental grants to one candidate limits the free speech of an opponent, or that erecting higher standards for third party candidates serves a vibrant democracy.

CT: 2nd Circuit Reverses U.S. District Court, Says Constitution Permits Massive Discrimination Against Minor Parties and Independent Candidates in Public Funding
http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/07/13/2nd-circuit-rev... /

CT: SECOND CIRCUIT PANEL ISSUES TWO IMPORTANT DECISIONS ON CONNECTICUT CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW http://electionlawblog.org/archives/016413.html In a major campaign finance decision with important national implications, a Second Circuit panel in Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield agreed with a federal district court that the "trigger provision" of Connecticut's campaign finance law (giving additional funding when a participating candidate faces a self-financed opponent or large independent spending against the candidate) is unconstitutional.

CT: Second Circuit Campaign Finance Rulings
http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/green_par...
connecticut_v_jeffrey_garfield_et_al/ http://is.gd/dr1px
Today, the Second Circuit upheld the majority of Connecticut's campaign finance reform system - including its groundbreaking public financing program - against a sweeping constitutional challenge.

CT: Connecticut public financing opinion announced
http://politicalactivitylaw.com/2010/07/13/connecticut-... / Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit overturned the subsidies that Connecticut provides to publicly funded candidates for state office so they can match the campaign spending of their privately funded opponents.

GA: Vaccinations offered at early voting (ouch!)
http://www.rockdalecitizen.com/news/headlines/98287894....
Vote and Vaccination program offered by the Rockdale County Board of Health.

NY: EDITORIAL: Let's get voting right in New York ($ for full article)
http://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial-let-s-get-voti...
The comfortable era of lever voting machines is likely to end in New York in September. So we'll have to get used to marking paper ballots and stuffing them into scanners that will read and count our votes - except when they won't.

OR: A vote by mail glitch
http://www.ridenbaugh.com/index.php/2010/07/12/a-vote-b... /
Most people probably wont encounter this, but its worth considering as we think about the long-range future of vote-by-mail, which is probably growing, and of the U.S. Post Service, which has been slowly spiraling downward.

PA: Election Board Response to ERN Study on Vote Discrepancies: "We're Happy"
http://www.electionreformnetwork.us/node/235 After 14 years with the Sequoia machines, too many voters are still confused and poll workers still make blunders. Either we're just stupid in Montco or the machines aren't designed well to work with humans. Will our county officials investigate to get to the root of the problems? Sorry, they're just too happy.

PA: A Report on Staffing Levels at the Polls for the 2008 General Election
http://www.electionreformnetwork.us/node/236 ...69 districts or 17 percent were understaffed. Of the 44 districts with staffing records with disparities between the numbered poll list and the machine count of at least nine voters, 11 or 25 percent were understaffed (see Chart below).

VT: Early primary voting will impact race for governor (video avail)
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=12787826
Early voting for the August 24th primary starts today. It's the earliest Vermonters have been able to vote and the change could have a big impact on the outcome...

WV: Manchin: Senate appointment should come by Sunday
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/108241...
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) said Monday he expects to name an interim replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) by Sunday.

Internet Voting Watch

Where We Stand on D.C. and Elsewhere
http://www.trustthevote.org/where-we-stand-%e2%80%93-on...
Where do the OSDV Foundation and TrustTheVote Project stand on Internet voting?
How does this square with OSDVs role in the D.C. Pilot?

Independents Begin Online Vote Thursday (commercial internet vote company pr)
http://www.everyonecounts.com/index.php/news/85/95/Inde...
The Independent Party of Oregon is launching the first statewide nominating election to be conducted entirely on the Internet.

National

States Move to Modernize Voter Registration
http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/voter_reg... /
The Brennan Center for Justice today releases the first in-depth survey of two key voter registration modernization reforms at the state level

Citizens United and the Myth of a Conservative Corporate America
http://ideologicalcartography.com/2010/07/12/citizens-u... /

International

Old style ballot box facing electronic poll threat
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h-uL...
"I've seen too much fraud and corruption done with impunity to wish to make it even easier for them to do it in the future -- with a virtual promise of being undetectable."

Australia: ROCK ENROL, HAVE YOU ENROLLED TO VOTE YET? (video aimed at young voters uses action or video game style outreach in video)
http://www.grindonline.com.au/2010/07/rock-enrol-have-y... /
Welcome to Adulthood! You can drink, you can get a credit card, and most importantly, you can vote for who represents you in the Federal Parliament!

India: Jumbo boxes for AP elections
http://expressbuzz.com/states/andhrapradesh/jumbo-boxes...
WARANGAL: For the first time in its history, the Warangal West Assembly constituency will have jumbo ballot boxes to accommodate newspaper-size ballot papers in the upcoming bypolls. With over 93 candidates in the fray, the Election Commission was forced to do away with electronic voting machines while district officials faced trouble in allotting election symbols to independent candidates, numbering above 85.

India: TRS papers poll with candidates to defeat EVMs
http://expressbuzz.com/states/andhrapradesh/trs-%E2%80%...
NEW DELHI: The TRS strategy to outmanoeuvre Electronic Voting Machines has sounded alarm bells in the Central Election Commission
...
The TRS has blamed the ruling Congress for manipulating EVMs to emerge victorious in the past elections.

India: Ballot papers in five Andhra by-polls, EVMs in other seven
http://sify.com/news/ballot-papers-in-five-andhra-by-po...

Nigeria: 2011: Federal Govt considers electronic voting to curb rigging
http://thenationonlineng.net/web3/news/5462.html


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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-13-10 11:14 PM
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1. Correction. VT not CT for "Election Ballot Error"
Sorry. Here's correct state.

VT: Election ballot error
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=12793289
Montpelier, Vermont. Primary election ballots sent to cities and towns around Chittenden County had to be destroyed and replaced due to a printer's error.

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says the problem was the Democratic ballot was printed on a larger piece of paper than the Republican or Progressive ballots. The ballots were replaced in time to meet Monday's early voting deadline
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