Photo ID legislation leads election news coverage, today’s highlights being a hearing before a Minnesota House panel, and a Colorado House committee’s vote in favor of a photo ID bill. Bangladesh’s government has announced its intention to adopt electronic voting for future elections.
All this and more in today’s Voting News below.
A requirement that voters show photo IDs at the polls before casting ballots has cleared a Colorado House committee for the first time after years of debate. Read More
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher promised yet again today to halt the county’s decade-long struggle to return election results quickly and accurately, recapping for the nonpartisan Palm Beach County Voters Coalition the initiatives that she said will ease that harsh spotlight and take her office “off the radar.” Read More
Georgia’s secretary of state says he supports giving voters plenty of opportunity to vote, but he wants to lower the costs of elections. Read More
Two bills that would require Minnesotans to show a photo ID before they can vote got their first formal airings at the Capitol Thursday. A House panel heard advocates say it would be a basic protection against vote fraud. But others said it would keep people away from the polls. Read More
As part of her massive bill that includes the controversial provision requiring voters to have a photo ID, Kiffmeyer proposes that an electronic roster would be far better than the current system of voters signing in on Election Day. Read More
Gov. Mark Dayton says a bill that would require Minnesotans to show photo identification before voting as “a solution looking for a problem.” But Dayton is stopping short of a veto threat. Read More
An abnormality in absentee voting during Lowndes County’s November circuit court elections caught the eye of the secretary of state’s office. Read More
Rep. Dianne Hamilton, a Silver City Republican, introduced a bill on Wednesday to require New Mexico voters to show a government identification card with a photograph, such as a driver’s license. Native Americans could use a tribally issued document as identification. Read More
Do individuals show up in massive numbers attempting to impersonate other individuals and steal their votes?There’s absolutely no evidence that’s the case. Read More
North Dakota state Rep. Jim Kasper said it should be easier for North Dakotans to vote in person, instead of relying on voting by mail. Read More
The new ID system is expected to cost $720,000 for the first year and $260,000 per year after that. That money would be used primarily for camera equipment at local voter registration offices, where voters would be able to get a photo ID card free of charge. Read More
Election Administrator Tom Walker and fellow Republican Election Commission Chairwoman Doris Jones and Democratic Election Commissioner Johnny Taylor will meet with Murfreesboro City Manager Rob Lyons and Assistant City Manager Jim Crumley to discuss the city using three or four large and less expensive voter centers instead of 14 smaller precincts in the next election. Read More
WI: TOWN OF KINNICKINNIC PUBLIC NOTICE | River Falls Journal | River Falls, Wisconsin
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Public Test of the automatic tabulating equipment and electronic voting equipment to be used at the Election on February 15, 2011, in the Town of Kinnickinnic, will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. on February 8, 2011 at the Town Hall, 1271 County Road J, River Falls, WI 54022. This test is open to the general public.
The standard for election reform in Wisconsin should remain as it has always been: Every reform should be designed to encourage and enhance participation by voters and candidates. The point should be to maintain one of the most vibrant and representative states in the U.S. To that end, voting should remain easy — with same-day registration and flexibility regarding voter ID — and respectful of the fact that the highest purpose of any democratic experiment is to ensure that the most citizens vote. Read More
Tajikistan will partially introduce an electronic voting system in time for its 2015 parliamentary elections if finances permit. Read More
The government will introduce electronic voting to check fraud in future elections, says the prime minister. Read More
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