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Mummified Detroit Woman Somehow Voted in 2010

Pia Farrenkopf case investigated as homicide

(Newser) - It's unclear how she managed it, but a woman who is thought to have died in 2008 apparently voted in the 2010 midterm elections. That woman: Pia Farrenkopf, believed to be the identity of the person found mummified in a garage in Pontiac, Mich. Voting records show Farrenkopf voted... More »

Robocall to Florida Voters: Vote Tomorrow

And more voting problems

(Newser) - Hopefully Pinellas County residents weren't paying too much attention to robocalls they received this morning telling them they had until 7pm tomorrow to vote. The polls actually close tonight, of course, and anyone trying to vote tomorrow won't have their ballot accepted. But more than 12,000 calls... More »

4 Ways Election Day Could Go Horribly Wrong

Chances of 2000-style debacle high, experts say

(Newser) - Election Day is almost here and experts fear that the chances of a 2000-style mess that prevents the winner from being known for days or weeks are higher than ever this time around. NBC runs through some of the worst-case scenarios.
  • Provisional ballots could make it impossible to determine the
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Ohio Vote Fraud Probe Uncovers Single Case

Allegations of widespread Cincinatti-area fraud prove unfounded

(Newser) - An investigation into allegations of widespread voter fraud in Ohio's Hamilton County last fall found just one case, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. A county prosecutor—and local chairman of John McCain's campaign—had demanded 600 votes be examined. The only fraudulent vote was cast by a Connecticut man who turned... More »

Recount Bares Flaws in Minn. Absentee System

13% of absentee ballots typically tossed each election

(Newser) - A close examination of this year's Minnesota senate race has revealed significant flaws in the voting system that typically rejects 13% of absentee ballots—about 1,600 votes. State officials say the votes are "normally" rejected due to voter or official error, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The problem... More »

Few Voting Problems in Key States

Most problems reported in Michigan

(Newser) - The 2008 election is proceeding well in most states. Cleveland polling places were hit with high turnout at the 6:30am open, but voting tapered off as the morning continued, in part thanks to the 250,000 who voted early, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. In South Florida, voters faced... More »

Campaigns Ramp Up for Ohio Legal Fight

State's use of provisional ballots portends court battles

(Newser) - Four years ago Ohio delivered the presidency to George W Bush over John Kerry, and in 2008 the Buckeye State may again prove decisive. Both camps have legal teams to contest the results of the Ohio vote, which could be compromised by a host of snags: faulty electronic machines, irregularities... More »

Ohio Must Check Voter Registrations: Court

GOP wins fight to have new registrations cross-checked with government info

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has sided with the GOP and ordered Ohio to set up a computer system by Friday to verify new voter registrations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Registrations must now be cross-checked with other government information. Ohio's secretary of state, accused of partisan bias by Republicans, had argued... More »

Swing States Will Face Voting Glitches: Report

Feds failed to notify officials of ballot machine failures

(Newser) - Little has been done to fix voting problems in some key states over the last few years, and voters in those states could have problems at the polls in November, CNN reports. Ten swing states—including Florida and Ohio—are likely to face voting day snarls, including shortages of voting... More »

GOP Mailing Confuses Voters in Swing States

Wrong addresses, missing information muddle absentee ballot forms

(Newser) - Republican mass mailings have some swing-state residents confused about their voting status, Miller-McCune reports. Mailers with absentee-ballot applications or requests for updated voter-registration records in at least eight states were either missing information or organized confusingly, which could lead to discounted votes or registration errors. More »

Huck Refuses to Concede Washington

Claims voting 'irregularities,' is sending in lawyers

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee's campaign is crying foul after Washington Republicans called the state's GOP caucus for rival John McCain with 87% of the vote counted—and stopped counting the rest. The impact of calling an election before all votes are counted is "seismic," said a statement from the Huckabee... More »

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