Supreme Court Grants Cert. on Indiana Voter ID
Ohio Considers Moving Back Presidential Primary
Sep. 10 - Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is talking to state legislators and local election administrators about the possibility of moving Ohio's presidential primary to May (story). The discussion comes after Cuyahoga County officials expressed concern that the county's voting machines cannot handle the volume of voting that is expected to take place in the primary. According to those officials, the county currently spends $47.86 per voter for elections, over twice as much as the counties in which Columbus and Cincinnati are located. Aside from moving the primary date, other discussed solutions include switching to optical scan machines from the current DRE system. Right now, the primary is scheduled for March.
Georgia Court Throws Out Voter ID Suit
Sep. 6 - Today, a federal trial court in Georgia dismissed a challenge to that state's voter ID provision (story). The court previously issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the law before the November, 2006, elections, but now says the requirement can be enforced because, among other reasons, the state has taken appropriate efforts to educate voters about the law, and because voters who do not have ID may vote absentee. Plaintiffs are considering appeal.
Court Orders New Jersey to Fix VVPAT Printers
Sep. 5 - A New Jersey trial court today ordered the state to come up with plans to fix problems with VVPAT printers and present those plans to the court in eight days (story). The order comes after printers from three vendors failed state tests. EL@M is attempting to obtain case documents.