The Voting News Daily: MD paper ballot transition in jeopardy, US oil companies face cyberattack, IL county cuts pollworkers

Election costs were a common theme in voting stories today. Illinois jurisdictions continued preparation for the Feb. 2 primary. An cyber-attack on U.S. oil companies offers another reminder of the vulnerabilities of even more secure computer systems.

All this and more in today”s Voting News below…

CA: Court tosses challenge to San Diego polling policies
http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/01/25/24009.htm
A California appeals court refused to block San Diego County elections policies that limit photography and video recording in polling stations.

FL: District 58 primaries uncertain, expensive
The estimated cost of Tuesday’s primary elections is about $150,000, and for the Feb. 23 general election it is about $140,000. The state will reimburse the local elections office for most of the expense.

IL: How much money will be saved by using fewer election judges for primary?
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/story/1102941.html
The number of election judges posted at each precinct in St. Clair County will be reduced from five to three judges for the primary election on Feb. 2 in an effort to save more than $79,000.

IL: County clerk candidates answer election, turnover questions
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/article_4511dce2-07bb-11df-af1e-001cc4c03286.html

IL: Early voting tally low in primary so far
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/2009340,6_1_NA25_EARLYVOTE_S1-100125.article
With less than a week left for early voting for the Feb. 2 primary, the numbers in DuPage and Will counties — as well as across the area — are low, according to election officials.

IN, International: Indianapolis Moving Company Supports Community Voting System in West Africa
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/indianapolis-moving-company-supports-community-voting-system-in-west-africa-82610452.html
Indianapolis movers, Kenny Woodson and Keith Galliard were proud to be a part of the project that will update the Benin’s antiquated system of paper ballot voting with the Micro Vote 464 machines.

MA: Massachusetts ‘Deja Vu’ Senate race: Questionable Counts and Speedy Concessions [OpEd]
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Massachusetts-Deja-Vu-Se-by-Lynn-Landes-100125-498.html

MA: Stanley to state: Pay for U.S. Senate election
http://www.dailynewstribune.com/news/x1685420734/Stanley-to-state-Pay-for-U-S-Senate-election


MD: Budget crunch may mean touchscreens stay
http://www.stardem.com/articles/2010/01/24/news/109625.txt
January 24, 2010 – With the necessary funding omitted from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed budget, local officials are unsure if they will be using a new optical scan voting system or continuing with the touchscreen system already in place for the Sept. 14 primary and Nov. 2 general elections.

OR: State looks at claim of vote fraud
http://www.democratherald.com/news/local/article_7ddf1320-09f3-11df-8637-001cc4c002e0.html

OR: Oregon voters not fooled by imitation ballots
http://www.tdn.com/news/state-and-regional/article_f5f41872-09fa-11df-b6b0-001cc4c03286.html
Oregon voters have not been fooled by a mailer that mimicked the official ballot for Tuesday’s tax election.

WA: Make military and overseas voting easier [editorial]
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2010889539_edit26ballot.html

National

US oil industry hit by cyberattacks: Was China involved?
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0125/US-oil-industry-hit-by-cyberattacks-Was-China-involved

Proposed law could help U.S. voters register online
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/story/1002486.html

International


India: Blogging after months, Advani still talks of EVMs [electronic voting machines]
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Blogging-after-months-Advani-still-talks-of-EVMs/articleshow/5500290.cms

India: Election Commission of India celebrates Diamond Jubilee year
http://www.bloombergutv.com/stock-market/stocks/commentary/368028/election-commission-of-india-celebrates-diamond-jubilee-year.html
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday listed electronic voting machines (EVMs) as one of the breakthroughs that had lent credibility to the Indian electoral process.

India: EVMs enhance credibility of India’s elections: PM
http://www.dailytimesindia.com/2010/01/92504.htm

Phillipines: Comelec still open to manual polls
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=543959&publicationSubCategoryId=63
Various groups have been demanding that the source code be made public before the elections to determine if the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines

Phillipines: Comelec Lanao Sur to conduct public demo the use of PCOS machine
http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p100125.htm&no=54

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