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'Daily Voting News' For May 22, 2009

'Daily Voting News' For May 22, 2009

Guest blogged by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn

Yesterday Jessie Jane Duff, Retired Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps and spokesperson for Military Voting Rights USA, testified before Congress on the issue of military and overseas voting. Her testimony told what it is like in the field – that the military does more to assist soldiers to pay taxes and give to charity than it does to help them get their ballots cast. She pointed out that the Internet is not readily available in the field (contrary to what many proponents of Internet voting say). She proposed a well-thought out solution and explained the many benefits. The federal government should provide an Express Mail program for the return of ballots, more training for people who assist during the election cycle, and accessible voter registration and absentee ballot request locations. We hope Congress acts on her wise recommendations.

The Voter ID bill is scheduled to come to the floor in Texas tomorrow....

  • FEatured: Testimony of Jessie Jane Duff, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) LINK
  • National: EAC Announces $300000 in Grants for Student Mock Elections U.S. LINK
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  • National: “Military and Overseas Voting: Obstacles and Potential Solutions”. Testimony at the hearing of the Elections Subcommittee Committee on House Administration LINK
  • National: Universal Voter Registration Now LINK
  • Georgia: SCOTUS to hear voter ID law on June 4th LINK
  • Hawaii: Judge says high-tech voting first needs rules LINK
  • Iowa: Borgman pleads guilty to election misconduct LINK
  • Minnesota: Elections director says instant runoff tallies could take weeks to count LINK
  • Minnesota: Pawlenty vetoes Motor Voter registration bill LINK
  • Mississippi: Hewes explains voter ID actions LINK
  • New Jersey: NJ Voting-machine Trial: Defense Witnesses LINK
  • New York: Tiebreaking Vote Cast by Dead Man; Runoff Required LINK
  • Texas: Controversial voter ID bill threatens walkout at Texas Capitol LINK
  • Texas: Democrats using talking stalling tactic LINK
  • Texas: Get ready for the fireworks. Texas House will take the voter ID on Saturday LINK
  • Texas: After much speculation, Voter ID showdown set for Saturday LINK
  • Texas: Texas Legislative Study Group Recommends against Voter Photo Identification LINK
  • Texas: Texas Legislature Online LINK
    (Bill to eliminate straight-party voting was removed from the calendar.)
  • Ghana: DI pushes for e-voting:Says India's 700m population managed it, and so can ghana LINK
  • Malaysia: EC Studies Feasibility Of Biometric Voter Registration LINK
  • Philippines: Philippine Commentary: How To Measure the Accuracy of a Counting Machine LINK
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    Published by VotersUnite.Org
    Ellen Theisen, Director and Managing Editor
    Dave Klein, Editor
    John Washburn, Editor

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