Guest Blogged by Ellen Theisen of VotersUnite.org
Concerns about military and overseas voters headline the national voting news. Senator Schumer held a hearing to discuss a report showing that, in 2008, nearly one-fourth of the absentee ballots requested by these voters (1) were undeliverable, (2) weren’t returned to the local elections office, or (3) were rejected due to a missing signature or failure to notarize. The report says these voters were disenfranchised but fails to mention that high percentages of absentee ballots sent to ordinary citizens go uncounted for the same reasons. Senators Inhofe and Cornyn are re-introducing a bill they hope will help military and overseas voters return their ballots to their local officials in a timely manner, while ensuring the privacy and secrecy of the ballots.
On a more local note: A voter registration database error assigned 12 voters in a Mississippi Democratic primary to the wrong Wards. With only a 2-vote margin between the two candidates in one of the Wards, the result of valid votes couldn’t be determined, and the party decided to hold a re-vote, which flipped the outcome....
- NAtional: Report: One-Fourth of Overseas Votes Go Uncounted
- NAtional: Inhofe Co-Sponsors Legislation to Protect Military Voters
(Text of the 2008 version is here: http://www.govtrack.us/c...ltext.xpd?bill=h110-5673)
- CT: House Backs Measure That Aims To Elect President By Popular Vote
- MS: New Albany re-vote apparently changes run-off lineup but final numbers not in
(Re-vote due to election software malfunction)
- NY: New Voting Machines Ready For Fall Elections
- SC: Early-voting and photo ID advance in S.C.
- TX: Bill requiring ID at polls 'won't survive,' its author says
- TX: Readers discuss fallen mailboxes, voter ID and nursing aspects of all types
- TX: Editorial: Drive a stake through Voter ID bill
- India: Observers to check 2 EVMs every round
- India: Election 2009 and Chennai's missing voters
- Ireland: E-voting bill cost taxpayer thousands
"To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy." The Creekside Declaration. March 22, 2008
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