Tuesday’s primary election in Mississippi was plagued with voting machine malfunctions – candidates’ or entire contests missing from screens and machines that failed to boot up – highlighting national concern about the accuracy and reliability of electronic voting heading into next year’s Presidential election. The 46th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act was marked by an editorial in Politico and efforts by the Secretary of State of Florida to avoid Department of Justice pre-clearance of the most controversial sections of that state’s new election law. Several groups have also asked the DoJ to review South Carolina’s voter ID law. Wisconsin is reconsidering its plans to close 16 DMV offices just as new voter ID requirements go into affect. Meanwhile many voters in the state are receiving absentee ballot applications and other campaign material with incorrect filing deadlines and election dates. A Portland Press Herald editorial recommends that Maine voters reinstate same-day registration and massive cyber attacks against the IOC, UN and several governments underscored concerns about plans for the transmittal of voted ballots over the Internet.Full Article: Opinion: States’ Rights Redux: Voting Rights Act + 46 — Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and Barbara Arnwine and Janice L. Mathis — POLITICO.com….
Aug 7 2011