The Voting News Weekly: The Voting News Weekly for October 27 – November 2 2014

tunisia_260A House Armed Services subcommittee has requested the inspector general’s office to examine how the Pentagon’s Federal Voting Assistance Program spent $85 million in research funding from 2009 to 2013 and if it is violating a prohibition on the use of Defense Department grant dollars to create online voting systems. The New York Times reports on the debate over the potential of voter fraud in next Tuesday’s election. A state judge in Georgia ruled against civil rights groups seeking to force the secretary of State to account for roughly 40,000 voter registrations that were filed but allegedly haven’t shown up on the voting rolls. The Maryland Republican Party is calling on the state Board of Elections to investigate reports that voting machines are switching ballots cast for GOP candidates to their Democratic rivals. Political Science researchers from Stanford and Dartmouth may have violated university policy and state laws by sending official-looking campaign mailers assessing the political leanings of candidates to voters in California, Montana and New Hampshire. South Carolina voters will cast ballots Tuesday for the seat once held by House Speaker Bobby Harrell, after the State Supreme Court halted a special election ordered by state election officials. Voters and election officials have complained of problems casting ballots due to Texas’ new voter ID requirement. Tunisia completed its second genuinely competitive, peaceful elections since the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaders told Russian President Vladimir Putin that elections planned for Sunday in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognised by European leaders.

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