News from other states

Wisconsin: Judge grants temporary injunction barring enforcement of voter ID law in April election

Connecticut: Merrill's office selects precincts for post-primaries audit

September 29, 2011

Connecticut: Merrill's office selects precincts for post-primaries audit

By Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office

 

South Carolina: Independent vote audit needed

September 24, 2011

Independent vote audit needed

Sunday, September 25, 2011

 

During the last legislative session, a Senate judiciary subcommittee heard testimony from the State Election Commission and its critics about problems in the 2010 elections. The committee suggested that the two sides work together to recommend improvements to the process.

South Carolina: Votes were miscounted, laws ignored

September 24, 2011

Votes were miscounted, laws ignored

BY ELEANOR HARE

Sunday, September 25, 2011

 

Thousands of votes in the 2010 general election were counted incorrectly in South Carolina. Not only were these votes counted incorrectly, the State Election Commission (SEC) is ignoring state law that requires a recount and federal law that requires that the entirety of the data files from an election be retained for 22 months.

Arkansas: New voting system to roll out in the fall | Blytheville Courier News

June 23, 2015

New voting system equipment for the state of Arkansas has been selected, but Mississippi County will likely not implement the new paper ballot system until November 2016. Secretary of State Mark Martin has chosen Election Systems & Software (ES&S) as the vendor for any state-purchased integrated voting system equipment going forward. This announcement comes after months of evaluation and analysis and input from state and county officials.

Virginia: McAuliffe widens felon voting rights restoration | Daily Press

June 26, 2015

Felons who’ve served their time and want their voting rights restored won’t have to pay outstanding court costs anymore as part of the deal, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday. The governor compared the long-standing requirement to a poll tax, as did the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which had called for the change. The legal system will still require people to pay these fines, fees and restitution, McAuliffe said, but failure to do so won’t keep people from voting.

California: Los Angeles County voting to shift from inkblots to open source | Ars Technica

June 15, 2015

Los Angeles County is home to a burgeoning technology industry. It boasts a roster of high-profile companies including Hulu, Snapchat, and Tinder. As of 2013, it offered more high-tech jobs than other major markets in the country, including Silicon Valley and New York City. Come election time, however, its residents cast their votes by marking inkblots on ballots that resemble Scantron forms. This discrepancy hasn’t gone unnoticed. In fact, thanks to recent efforts, it’s gradually narrowing.

Editorials: South Carolina’s new voting system must be secure | Walt McLeod/The State

June 2, 2015

When I cast my first ballot, I voted on a paper ballot for Daniel R. McLeod, who was elected attorney general and served for the next 24 years. At that time, voting machines in South Carolina were limited to several urban counties. As I recall, election security consisted of a padlocked plywood ballot box, the key to which was attached to a modest chain connected to the padlock. I did not give much thought to the mechanics of elections, or how the poll managers tabulated the election results from the paper ballots cast.

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