Last-Minute Ohio Directive Could Trash Legal Votes and Swing Election 03 Nov 2012 A last-minute directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Suppression Jon Husted (R) could invalidate legal provisional ballots. The directive, issued Friday, lays out the requirements for submitting a provisional ballot. The directive includes a form which puts the burden on the voter to correctly record the form of ID provided to election officials. Husted also instructed election officials that if the form is not filled out correctly by a voter, the ballot should not be counted. According to a lawsuit filed late Friday by voting rights advocates, this is "contrary to a court decision on provisional ballots a week ago and contrary to statements made by attorneys for Husted at an Oct. 24 court hearing."
Florida early vote totals revised, raising questions --Across the 17 Broward polling locations, 15 saw their vote totals revised. 29 Oct 2012 With early voting underway as of Saturday, there are already questions being raised about the vote count in Broward County, Florida. An analysis of the unofficial totals by early voting location on the Broward Supervisor of Elections website from Saturday, compared to the tallies posted on Sunday, shows that in one location, the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, located on Martin Luther King Blvd. in Pompano Beach, the revised totals showed 1,003 fewer votes. The initial tally reported from the polling place in the heavily black neighborhood showed 2,945 votes, but the revised tally was 1,401.
Second state elections official dispatched to Clackamas County amidst state investigation into possible ballot tampering 04 Nov 2012 Oregon's deputy director for elections has joined another elections monitor, a private security guard and a state trooper at the Clackamas County Elections Office, where a temporary elections worker allegedly tampered with ballots to cast additional votes for Republicans. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown today dispatched Brenda Bayes to help oversee ballot processing at the office amidst a state criminal investigation. She joins Fred Neal, another elections monitor, to help ensure the integrity of the Nov. 6 election results.
Oregon Department of Justice investigates alleged ballot tampering in Clackamas County as candidates consider legal action 02 Nov 2012 A temporary elections employee allegedly tampered with ballots to cast additional votes for Republican candidates in Clackamas County, where several hotly contested races could tilt the balance of power in cities, the county and even the state legislature. The Oregon Department of Justice confirmed that it has launched a criminal investigation but did not identify the female employee or disclose how many ballots might be affected. The department is investigating the matter promptly since the Nov. 6 election is just days away, said Jeff Manning, spokesman for the Department of Justice.
Oregon Department of Justice investigating potential ballot tampering at Clackamas County Elections Office 02 Nov 2012 The Oregon Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into possible ballot tampering at the Clackamas County Elections Office. "We can confirm we are currently investigating criminal felony violations of Oregon's elections laws, which allegedly took place in Clackamas County and allegedly involved a temporary county elections employee tampering with cast ballots," said Jeff Manning, spokesman for the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice launched its investigation after the Oregon Secretary of State's Office referred the case to them, he said.
'Dark Money' in 2012 Election Tops $400 Million, 10 Candidates Outspent by Groups With Undisclosed Donors 02 Nov 2012 Four conservative nonprofits and the business industry's lead trade association have spent nearly $300 million on political efforts over the course of the past two years, accounting for 70 percent of the so-called "dark money" reported to have been spent since the beginning of 2011. The Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS, the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the shadowy American Future Fund, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent $295 million since the beginning of 2011, targeting candidates from President Barack Obama on down to the most contested House and Senate races, all without disclosing the names of their donors to the public.
Chevron gives $2.5 million to conservative super PAC 26 Oct 2012 The dearth of large contributions being made by big corporations to super PACs so far this election has ended. Chevron Corp., ranked No. 3 on the Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. companies, made a $2.5 million contribution on Oct. 7 to the conservative Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC dedicated to electing Republicans to the House and Senate. Following the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010, which allowed corporate money to be spent on elections, there were predictions that companies would tap their treasuries and flood races with unlimited cash.
Judge orders early voting extended at site in Fla. where suspicious package caused delays 04 Nov 2012 A judge extended early voting hours in one Florida county on Sunday after the state Democratic Party sued in an effort to give people more time at the polls. Some voters had faced waits several hours long on Saturday, the last scheduled day of early voting. The judge ruled on a lawsuit filed late Saturday in Orange County after an early voting site was shut down for several hours. The Winter Park library was evacuated when a suspicious package - a cooler - was found outside. It was later detonated by a local bomb squad.
Florida bomb squad detonates 'suspicious packages' found outside early voting site 03 Nov 2012 A Florida bomb squad has detonated two suspicious packages that were discovered outside one of the state's early voting stations on Saturday morning. Voting was suspended until 2 p.m. on the final day of early voting, with a long line of reportedly upset voters waiting to cast their ballots. Early voting has been popular in Florida, with an estimated 3.9 million votes already cast before next week's official Election Day.
Glitch held up absentee ballots 01 Nov 2012 Thousands of absentee-ballot requests may have been erroneously rejected statewide because of voter-registration issues, voter advocates say. Secretary of State Jon Husted (R-RMoney) has acknowledged that a data-sharing glitch between his office and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles likely caused some absentee-ballot applications to be wrongfully rejected because county boards did not have up-to-date information on registrants' addresses. Meanwhile, a voter advocacy group said yesterday that it had found cases in which county boards rejected applications for absentee ballots of legitimately registered voters because elections officials erroneously determined them to be unregistered. [Coup 2012 is underway in Ohio, commencing in the same counties that the GOP stole for Bush bin Laden in 2004. See, everyone knows that DemocRATs just 'offer their concession' (think Al Gore) when an election is stolen, whereas Republicans (think Sharron Angle) proffer '2nd Amendment solutions.']