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electionlineWeekly — May 3, 2012

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II. Election News This Week

  • This week the Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidated the April 3 special election. The seat will remain vacant until next year. The court unanimously found that it is impossible to determine who won the contest. "Therefore, the certificate of election issued by the Tulsa County Election Board is invalidated and the election is void," Chief Justice Steven Taylor wrote in the court's order. State Election Secretary Paul Ziriax told the Tulsa World there isn't time for another special election, so the seat will remain vacant until after the Nov. 6 general election.

  • A coalition of voting rights groups filed suit in the Commonwealth Court seeking to halt Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the lawsuit will name about 10 people who lack the documents needed to obtain an acceptable form of ID. The paper said the suit will seek an injunction against the law while the case is being decided.

  • Minnehaha County is poised to become the next South Dakota county to employ the use of vote centers. "The great savings will be in the number of buildings we have to lease or pay rent to and the number of people we'll have to pay to go manage those voting places inside these buildings," Auditor Bob Litz told county commissioners.According to KELO, Litz says instead of the usual 75 precincts, there would only be 33 to 35 voting centers.

  • It’s one thing to impersonate another voter in an attempt to vote, but it’s another thing entirely to impersonate an election official in order to potentially commit voter fraud. But that’s exactly what Laura Best of Gallivants Ferry, S.C. did in November 2011 during vacated Atlantic Beach election. Best entered a polling place claiming to be an observer sent from the Attorney General’s office. Police charged Best with impersonating a state or local official.

  • Those crafty folks in Riverside County, Calif. are at it again and this time the subject of their YouTube video is an explanation of the state’s new top-two primary system. Unlike last time when the county used a baby to explain how simple voting by mail is, this time Abraham Lincoln and George Washington explain the new primary system.

  • Personnel News: Debbie M. Reiter was appointed to serve as the Geauga County elections board deputy director. Johnsons County, Iowa Auditor Tom Slockett is under investigation by state ethics officials. Slockett is accused of using public time and money to aide his re-election bid. This week embattled Waukesha County, Wis. Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced that she will not seek re-election. J.P. “Rick” Carney has resigned as chairman of the DuPage County, Ill. board of election commissioners after most of the county board called for his resignation following an independent contractors report questioning the board’s spending. After more than 30 years serving the voters of Crawford County, Ohio Joan Dilley has retired from the county elections board. She became deputy director in 1978, director in 1990 and in 2000 she joined the board.

  • Get Well: Montgomery County, Ohio BOE Directory Betty Smith is on indefinite leave for medical reasons. Smith had only recently become director after serving as deputy director for six years. Electionline wishes Betty a speedy recovery.

  • In Memoriam: Richard “Rick” Beebe, a candidate for supervisor of elections in Highlands County, Fla. died this week. He was 52. According to local media reports, Beebe apparently suffered a heart attack or stroke during a candidates’ forum. Beebe is survived by his wife Lucy, three children and five grandchildren.