New Jersey: Primary election results still under review — by the vendor ES&S | New Jersey Herald
The final audit of primary election results is still under way. To ensure accuracy, the Sussex County Board of Elections will spend the next few days “carefully and methodically” reviewing the numbers before sending the unofficial results to the county clerk for certification, Board Administrator Marge McCabe said.
While Sussex County Clerk Jeff Parrott expects the results to be certified Monday afternoon, McCabe said the process will take longer. Election results must be certified within 10 days of an election.
Once the results are certified, the Board of Elections and voting machine technicians from Elections, Systems & Software, will analyze the recent glitches for answers. Read More
Indiana: Secretary Of State Charlie White, Under Investigation For Voter Fraud, Calls for Special Prosecutor To Investigate Special Prosecutor Dan Sigler For Voter Fraud | Advance Indiana
The special prosecutor who brought criminal charges against Secretary of State Charlie White alleging he committed voter fraud by casting a vote in a precinct in which he allegedly did not reside is facing a criminal complaint against him for the very same charges he has brought against White.
The person leveling the charges against Special Prosecutor Dan Sigler is Secretary of State Charlie White. If the allegations White alleges against his accuser are true, it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Read More
Editorials, National: A nationwide assault on voting rights | Elisabeth MacNamara/The Washington Post
The June 5 news article “La. redistricting seen as a crucial test” missed a crucial point: what our democracy would look like without the critical protections afforded by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
By all accounts, a nationwide assault on voters’ rights is underway. State laws are being passed at an alarming rate that make it harder for millions of eligible voters to cast ballots by shortening early-voting periods, requiring photo IDs and erecting burdensome barriers to voter registration efforts. Read More
Editorials, National: Our view: Republican ID laws smack of vote suppression | USAToday.com
Except, that is, when Republicans want to impose tighter rules for their political benefit. A case in point is the flurry of states —six so far this year— rushing to pass laws requiring voters to bring government-issued photo IDs to polling places. All have Republican governors and GOP-controlled legislatures.
Opposing View: ID laws ensure election integrity
Supporters say this is necessary to prevent voter fraud. But the operative question is: Why, at a time of economic distress and state budget shortfalls, is this such a priority? The answer has less to do with prevention than with suppression. Read More
Wisconsin: Who is the ‘Fake Democrat’ in Wisconsin 8th Senate District Recall Race? | Menomonee Falls, WI Patch
Gladys Huber, an 80-year-old Mequon woman who has filed papers to run as a Democrat in the 8th Senate District recall election made an odd comment when reached by a reporter.
“I really have no comment at all,” she said. “I will refer you to the Republican Party of Wisconsin.”
State party officials did not return calls about Huber’s candidacy but they have been upfront about its intention to run Republicans as Democrats in an effort to give incumbent senators like the 8th District’s Alberta Darling more time to raise money and campaign.
The state’s Government Accountability Board said Friday that Huber has officially registered to run as a Democrat against state Rep. Sandy Pasch of Whitefish Bay. If both candidates meet the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to file nominating petitions, a primary election would be held July 12 and the winner of that race would take on Darling on Aug. 9. Read More
Missouri: Nixon faces veto choice on Missouri voting laws | Beaumont Enterprise
As a candidate, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon denounced a proposed photo identification requirement for voters as an “onerous requirement.”
Now that he is governor, Nixon will have to decide whether to follow through with his earlier convictions and veto legislation that would implement a photo identification requirement. The catch is that the measure is paired with a provision allowing an early voting period before elections — a proposal that Nixon supports.
The politically sticky situation for Nixon is the result of some maneuvering by Republican legislative leaders who for years have sought to implement a photo ID requirement for voters but had resisted efforts to allow a period during which people can cast ballots — with no absentee excuse needed — before the official election day. Read More
National: Shrinking The Vote: Using Election Reform To Decrease Turnout | Daily Kos
As the U.S population grows and the number of eligible voters continues to climb with each election cycle, a disturbing trend of limiting voter access to the polls is taking place. With 2012 on the horizon, states are already gearing up to ensure that barriers are installed across the voting process, from restrictions on voter registration to strict requirements at the polls. It’s been called “the largest legislative effort to scale back voting rights in a century.”
Legislators justify the vast majority of this legislation by claiming they are merely attempting to prevent widespread voter fraud. The Brennan Center for Justice conducted the most extensive analysis of voter fraud allegations and concluded that proponents of voter ID laws could not find “a proven example of a single vote cast at the polls in someone else’s name that could be stopped by a pollsite photo ID rule.” Read More
Spain: Three hackers suspected of belonging to international cyber attack group Anonymous arrested | The Washington Post
Spanish police have arrested three suspected computer hackers who allegedly belonged to a loose-knit international activist group that attacked corporate and government websites around the world, authorities said Friday.
National Police identified the three as leaders of the Spanish section of a group that calls itself “Anonymous.” All three are Spaniards aged 30 to 32, said Manuel Vazquez, chief of the police’s high-tech crime unit.
A computer server in one of their homes was used to take part in cyber attacks on targets including two major Spanish banks, the Italian energy company Enel and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia and New Zealand, Vazquez said. Read More
Kansas: Kobach to name group on Kansas voter ID law soon | KTKA.com
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach expects to name a task force later this month on a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Kobach says he’ll appoint at least a dozen county election officials. The group will help him draft detailed rules for putting the voter ID law into effect. Read More
Virginia: Arlington Voting Machines Will Be Discussed with State Elections Chief | Sun Gazette Newspapers
The future of voting machines in the county will be among the topics of discussion when State Board of Elections Secretary Don Palmer meets with staff and officials of the Arlington registrar’s office on June 15.
County election officials say they are generally satisfied with the current crop of electronic voting machines that are in use alongside paper-ballot options in Arlington elections, but have also begun looking at new-generation equipment to deal with voting in the 2012 presidential election.
Because of the large turnout in presidential years – 110,000 Arlington voters cast ballots in 2008 – Arlington election officials rent voting equipment for those years, and have starting making contact with equipment manufacturers to find the best fit for the county. Read More
New Mexico: State Police to probe 64K records for voter fraud | Las Cruces Sun-News
New Mexico State Police will review a staggering 64,000 voter cases to determine if any fraud has occurred in recent elections. Public Safety Director Gorden Eden outlined the scope of the investigation during an interview last week. He said the voter files were turned over to state police by Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
Duran, a Republican, publicly told legislators in March that her staff had uncovered 37 instances of possible voter fraud, though she said her investigation had only begun.
That small stack of what Duran called “questionable” cases has turned into a mountain of files for police to pore over. Duran said her staff had flagged tens of thousands of voter records that needed “further review” by criminal investigators. Read More
Oklahoma: Vote-counting technology to change in Oklahoma | MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK
Paul Ziriax said Friday that voting in Oklahoma will be very different next year. Ziriax, secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board, said vote-counting technology used across the state will be overhauled by February.
Oklahoma counties use a standardized device that requires the voter to use either a No. 2 pencil or a special pen.
“In the case of absentee ballots, since we can’t send a special pen to every single voter that gets an absentee ballot, that’s why we instruct them to use a No. 2 pencil,” he said. Read More
West Virginia: Voting by mail costs Morgantown WV twice as much; debate begins on whether it was worth it | Greenfield Reporter
Officials in Morgantown are debating whether the higher than expected cost of West Virginia’s first vote-by-mail election was worth it. Finance Director J.R. Sabatelli tells the Dominion Post the total tally was $33,386, more than twice what the city anticipated.
Councilman Ron Bane says money was wasted on people who didn’t vote. But City Clerk Linda Little says the experiment more than doubled voter turnout and reduced per-voter costs. Read More
Thailand: Election Commission allows European Union to observe July 3 polls | Bangkok Post
The Election Commission has raised no objection to the presence of European Union officials to observe the July 3 general election.
EC chairman Apichart Sukhagganond said on Monday that the commission is ready to allow the EU to observe the election in Thailand since EU membership countries also have embassies in the kingdom. Read More
India: Opposition to raise Electronic Voting Machine issue | The Telegraph Calcutta
The Opposition has decided to raise the issue of using electronic voting machine (EVM) at the daylong 7th Regional Consultation for Electoral Reforms here tomorrow. The regional consultation, organised by the Centre and the Election Commission on how to strengthen the electoral system, will be held at NEDFi House here.
The AGP and the BJP will make a strong case for its outright abolition at a gathering which would include Union law minister Veerappa Moily and chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi.
… AGP’s Arun Sarma … said they want the EVMs replaced as anything “manmade” can be “tampered with”. Read More
Brazil, India: India will try out the Brazilian model of voting in future | DNA
The technology called Voter Verifiable Paper Trail (VVPT), a supplement to the existing EVM system, will be piloted in some polling stations in near future.
“We’ll experiment VVPT in 200 polling stations in places with extreme weather conditions like Ladakh in the presence of all political parties. If they approve, this can be a reality in future,” chief election commissioner SY Quraishi told journalists at a press conference after emerging from the 7th Regional Consultation for Electoral Reforms held in Guwahati on Sunday. Read More
Brazil, India: Brazil makeover for Indian polls | Hindustan Times
The Election Commission is set to add a bit of Samba to Indian elections. The seventh and final regional consultation for electoral reforms ended in Guwahati on Sunday with the EC voting for the Brazilian model of conducting elections. The technology –Voter Verifiable Paper Trail (VVPT) – used by the South American country will be tried out in 200 polling stations across India soon.
VVPT, chief election commissioner SY Quraishi said, will supplement the existing electronic voting machine or EVM. “We have decided to try out the VVPT in polling stations experiencing extreme weather conditions such as Ladakh. The experiment will be done in presence of representatives of all political parties. If they approve, the system can be a reality,” he said. Read More
India: Chief Minister raises pitch for ‘D’ voters
Guwahati, June 12: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today raised the pitch for restoring the voting rights of genuine Indian citizens dubbed doubtful (D) voters, drawing the attention of both the Election Commission and the Centre about the plight of such individuals.
During his candid and no-holds barred speech at the inaugural session of the seventh and final consultation on electoral reforms held here this morning, Gogoi said the matter should not be kept hanging. “Some mechanism has to be evolved so that those who are genuine Indian citizens get the right to vote,” he said. Read More
Bangladesh: Editors tell Bangladesh Election Commission: Don’t do E-Voting alone | bdnews24.com
Editors have urged the Election Commission to introduce electronic voting machine (EVM) in consultation with the opposition. They came up with their opinion in a views-exchange meeting with the Commission on Saturday.
The editors, however, said the opposition should not show any reservation against the voting technology before assessing it properly. They suggested the EC to put in more efforts to have a positive feedback from the main opposition to make its initiative fruitful. Read More
Zambia: Patriotic Front asks Electoral Commission of Zambia to “stop being arrogant” about verifying voter’s details | Zambian Watchdog
Patriotic Front Kabwata Member of Parliament (MP) Given Lubinda has asked the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to stop being arrogant and heed to calls to continue verifying voter’s details.
Lubinda said the commission should extend the exercise to allow the electorate to correct their details so they will be able to exercise their democratic right on polling day. Read More
Saudi Arabia: Civic election candidates warned against violating Saudi campaign rules | Arab News
The General Election Commission announced on Saturday that it would not allow any illegal practices by candidates during their poll campaigns. It said as many as 5,609 are contesting the municipal council elections scheduled to be held on Sept. 29.
Jedaie Al-Qahtani, spokesman of the commission, said candidates should obtain special permission from local election committees to carry out election campaigns and publicity. “Candidates should follow certain rules and regulations during campaigns in order to avoid disciplinary action,” he said.
The commission said it had observed a number of illegal practices during the last election when some candidates formed alliances while some others circulated a list of candidates on the basis of tribes and ideological inclinations. Read More