The Voting News Weekly: The Voting News Weekly January 9-15 2012

Faux news anchor Stephen Colbert handed over control of his Super PAC to Jon Stewart, in his ongoing campaign to highlight the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Rick Perry and four other other candidates who failed to meet ballot access requirements for the Virginia primary lost their appeal in court. Doug Chapin blogged about risk-limiting audits. Facing South reviewed the impact of challenges to Voter ID laws on the Voting Rights Act. Controversy heated up over the Indian Election Commission’s decision to drape statues of elephants, the symbol for Chief Minister Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party. Finance Minister’s off-hand comment in announcing the government’s decision to finally dispose of NEDAP voting machines provoked a spirited reaction in Ireland’s pubs. Americans Elect wants to trust the Internet to choose Presidential candidates. Scientific American compared voting technology in the first two primaries and the Supreme Court upheld the ban on Foreign contributions to Federal candidates and heard arguments in a challenge to Texas redistricting.