The Voting News Daily: TX photo ID legislation declared emergency measure; Colorado SoS announces plans to pursue private legal practice

In Texas, the Governor has declared that photo ID legislation is an emergency measure, and the Texas Senate has made an exception to a two-thirds-majority requirement for a photo ID bill. Colorado’s Secretary of State has announced that he will engage in a private law practice during his term. Photo ID legislation is being sharply…

The Voting News Daily: Legislators told that confusion about voting machines still reigns – The Daily News Online: News

AZ: Arizona court urged to decide redistricting issue – KSWT A former Arizona Supreme Court justice is urging current justices to decide whether three nominees for the state redistricting commission are eligible for appointment. Former Justice Stanley Feldman represents supporters nominee Paul Bender, an Arizona State University law professor. Republican legislative leaders say Bender is…

District of Columbia: Cheh battling to open all precincts for special election | Freeman Klopott | DC | Washington Examiner

Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh wants to keep all 143 of the District’s voting precincts open for the special election to elect an at-large council member scheduled for April, and she’s asked the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to dig deep on cost-saving opportunities. Like the rest of city government, the elections board is…

The Voting News Daily: Photo ID bills advancing; India court grants bail to Hari Prasad; Canadian Internet voting debate continues

In the Carolinas, Texas, Wisconsin, photo ID legislation is on the move. In New York State, a robust debate continues over the conduct of recounts and routine audits. Another Canadian jurisdictions is eyeing online voting in 20011, and in India, computer technologist Hari Prasad has been released on bail. All this and more in today’s…

The Voting News Daily: Internet voting debated on Canadian editorial pages; UT discusses voter registration modernization; voter ID bill moves in SC

There are several noteworthy Internet voting stories today. In Canada, two opinion pieces demonstrate increasing knowledge of the challenges of Internet voting: the Vancouver Sun acknowledges the security and ballot-anonymity issues and concludes that both Internet voting and the successful resolution of its challenges are inevitable; in the Globe and Mail, journalist Robert Matas notes…

The Voting News Daily: WA lawmaker expects e-mail voting bill to pass; party officials in British Columbia look at online voting; new Ohio SoS takes office

In British Columbia, Canada, some Liberal Party officials are calling for online voting in upcoming provincial elections. Iowa’s new Secretary of State is urging the Governor-elect to rescind an order restoring the voting rights of ex-felons, and Ohio’s new Secretary of State took office today. And in Washington State, sponsors expect passage of a bill…

The Voting News Daily: E-mail voting clears WA House committee; CT watchdogs issue report; Internet voting pushed in Vancouver

In Washington, a bill to allow all military and overseas voters to vote by fax or e-mail cleared cleared its House committee. Connecticut watchdog groups have issued a report on the Bridgeport recount, and Vancouver looks at Internet voting for November municipal elections. All this and more in today’s Voting News below. CT: Bridgeport Recount…

The Voting News Daily: Missouri Considers Tigheter Thresholds for Recounts, New President of Hart, Provisional Ballots Controvery in Ohio

CA: Report Finds Ranked Choice Voting Causes Confusion, Fatigue In SF’s District 10: News: SFAppeal Ranked choice voting, otherwise known as instant run-off, has been used in San Francisco elections since 2004. This past November’s elections marked the first time it was used in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro. California Watch analyzed the voting data…

The Voting News Daily: Indiana Senate takes step toward vote center approval; new Kentucky SoS named; voter ID debated

We at Verified Voting extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tragedy in Arizona and their loved ones. Tonight’s edition includes an important story about the Department of Labor’s new guidelines for electronic voting in union elections; several editorials on the question of voter ID [Editor’s Note: the editorials on voter ID…

The Voting News Daily: Oklahoma chooses Hart Intercivic, Kentucky SoS to depart, Connecticut panel advocates reforms

“In many cases, we see security devices or electronic voting machines where we really have to wonder, ‘Did anybody spend 60 seconds figuring out the security issues?” That question was posed by an Argonne National Laboratories security expert in an interview published today. There is a good deal of news to share today: Oklahoma has…

The Voting News Daily: Montana’s vote by mail legislation expected to move, New Jersey election dispute rekindles

Montana’s Legislature will once again consider vote by mail legislation, Missouri’s will consider early voting, and unopened ballots may change a recount result in New Jersey. All this and more in today’s Voting News below. AR: Martin names top aids for secretary of state’s office Martin announced his leadership team Thursday, including Family Council lawyer…

The Voting News Daily: International Observers Report on Mid-Terms, MN SoS Ritchie to Lead NASS

AK: Miller Will Not Appeal Federal Ruling; Concedes Alaska’s U.S. Senate Race to Murkowski – The BRAD BLOG (Dec. 31) In a press conference held this afternoon in Juneau, Alaska’s GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, Joe Miller, finally conceded the election to write-in candidate and incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski. He has decided not…

The Voting News Daily: ES&S ‘Glitch’ in Champaign Co. IL Explained, NY State Assembly Contest May Go to Court, No voting Rights for Puerto Rico

CA: Secetrary of State Bowen unveils four-year strategic plan – Kim Alexander’s Weblog http://kimalex.blogspot.com/2011/01/sos-bowen-unveils-four-year-strategic.html At her inauguration ceremony today, Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that her office was implementing a four-year strategic plan focused on three priorities: ensuring fair and secure elections, doing business, and protecting rights and state treasures. She also listed six…

The Voting News Daily: Oklahoma to replace its optical scanners, new SoSs take office, speedy results emphasized in latest India coverage

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…

Montana: Supreme Court upholds state ban on corporation spending | Billings Gazette

The Montana Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court’s ruling and reinstated the state’s century-old ban on direct spending by corporations for or against political candidates. The justices ruled 5-2 in favor of the state attorney general’s office and commissioner of political practices to uphold the initiative passed by Montana voters in 1912.

Western Tradition Partnership, a conservative political group now known as American Tradition Partnership, joined by Champion Painting Inc., and the Montana Shooting Sports Association Inc., had challenged the Montana ban after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The U.S. Supreme Court decision granted political speech rights to corporations.