February 2, 2009

Internet Voting for Overseas Voters

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON -- Last year, Washington state residents were able to start registering to vote online. Soon, military and overseas voters may be able to cast their votes the same way.

"This is just the next logical step," Secretary of State Sam Reed says of his proposal to make it easier for Washingtonians abroad to vote. "I would like to get to the point where we're able to have them apply to vote online, we would issue them a pin number and they would be able to vote from anywhere in the world."

In other election news, Northampton County, Pennsylvania won a nearly $2 million judgement Friday against a company that sold it faulty voting machines in 2006. Just don't look for the county to collect the money any time soon.

Following a brief hearing, Judge Stephen Baratta said Advanced Voting Solutions of Frisco, Texas, must pay $1.9 million, plus court costs and interest, to the county.

And finally, Ramsey County (Minnesota) Election Director, Joe Mansky, testified that absentee-ballot counting was flawed in the state Senate race recount. He claims that confusion over election rules and the crush of Election Day business caused local officials to mistakenly disqualify numerous ballots that remain uncounted to this day. All of that bolsters Norm Coleman's argument about election mistakes.

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