The opposition presidential candidate in last week’s elections in Honduras is citing allegedly altered tally sheets, ballots cast by dead or absent people, and inadequate monitoring of polling stations in her bid to have a recount of a vote she calls fraudulent. Xiomara Castro’s call for her supporters to pour out in the streets to demand a vote-by-vote recount of last Sunday’s election threatens further political instability for this poor Central American country. Castro’s husband, former President Manuel Zelaya, was ousted in a 2009 coup that left the country polarized. Honduras’ electoral court has declared conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez, of the ruling National Party, the election winner. The court says he received 37 percent of the votes compared to 29 percent for Castro, with 96 percent of the votes counted. Six other candidates shared the remaining votes.
Election law experts say that proposed rules that would attempt limit the political activity of 501(c)(4) organizations could fall short of forcing “dark money” out of campaigns. Activists in Arizona and Kansas are challenging proposals for two-tiered voting systems based on voters ability to provide specific documentation of citizenship. Over a thousand votes were left uncounted in South Carolina after election officials failed to count the votes from at least one machine. Texas election officials are concerned that new voter id laws could result in significant delays in high turnout elections. Officials say the Hart InterCivic eScan voting machines in some Virginia localities have limitations that prevent them from being reprogrammed for rescanning in a recount forcing a manual count of all paper ballots. The ruling party’s announced victory in Honduras have been challenged and Mali will hold a second round of parliamentary elections.