Convictions in Ohio Ballot Mishandling Case
Jan. 26 - Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that two Cuyahoga County election workers were convicted of mishandling ballots to make the county's voting system appear more accurate. Apparently, the intent was to avoid having to perform an audit of the voting system, not to favor any candidate. Dan Tokaji has this post.
Update: 50 Questions for 5 States
Jan. 22 - The EL@M team has completed the 50 Questions for 5 States project, a digest of state election administration laws in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin. The latest installment adds material for Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin.
ACORN Sues Over Bus Stop Registration
Jan. 19 - ACORN and other voter registration groups have sued the Maryland Transit Authority for preventing them from attempting to register voters waiting at bus and train stops. The complaint and motion for preliminary injunction may be found here.
Criminal Prosecution of Improper Ballot Handling
Jan. 19 - Yesterday trial began on a criminal case prosecuting Cuyahoga County Board of Elections workers for opening ballots and counting them at an unlawful time. By counting the ballots ahead of time, the state claims the defendants gained information that could be used to ensure that any audit of voting machine accuracy would show the machines were accurate. Showing that the machines were accurate would allow the defendants to avoid having to perform a time-consuming hand audit of ballots later on.
Indiana Voter ID Requirement Upheld
Jan. 5 - Yesterday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the United States District Courtís judgment in the case of Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita. The judgment issued by the Court of Appeals upholds Indianaís voter ID law, which requires that any person desiring to vote in person present a government-issued photo ID.
FL-13: Jennings Appeals Order Denying Access to Source Code
Jan. 4 - Yesterday, Democratic candidate Christine Jennings filed an Emergency Petition with the Court of Appeals for the First District of Florida. In the petition, Ms. Jennings asks the Court of Appeals to quash the trial courtís Order denying her access to the source code for the election equipment used in the November, 2006, election.
FL-13: Source Code Kept Secret; Buchanan to Take Seat
Jan. 2 - A Leon County Judge on Friday denied Christine Jennings request to view the source code for the election equipment used in the 2006 November election. Although litigation in this matter is not yet complete, Vern Buchanan is set to take his seat in the House of Representatives later this week.