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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Prior to election day we, VotersUnite.Org, counseled voters to not use straight-party voting. We put it on our website and I wrote about it in these spaces. Straight-party voting as it is used in Texas is rife for misunderstanding and mistakes by the voters. When someone votes a straight-party ticket but then also selects the name of a candidate within that party in a particular race, electronic machines "deselect" that candidate. If no other candidate is chosen, no vote is counted in that race. The best solution, in our minds, was to NOT use straight-party voting but we got a lot of push back from some party officials in the state. Now Dallas Co. Democrats have been in court in an attempt to get the county to count all deselected or emphasis votes. The Secretary of State and the county both say no. The court, after two days of hearings and the promise of a decision, has, at the last minute, decided that they may have no jurisdiction. There would be no problem at all if straight-party voting had not been pushed by party officials....
  • National: Time to Rethink Electoral Politics LINK
  • CO: Boulder County - Election results get partial sign-off LINK
  • FL: Broward County - Rep. Rivera had tough time against 'ringer' - even after she quit LINK
  • GA: 'Document Hold' Served by OH Attorney to GA SoS in Advance of State's U.S. Senate Run-off Election LINK
  • IA: Voter Dissatisfaction Over Polling Places Comes Before Supervisors LINK
  • MI: Bay County - Two losing candidates file for vote recounts LINK
  • MN: Ballots Missing in Coleman-Franken Recount, Attorney Says LINK
  • MN: Franken losing ground to Coleman on DFL turf - Minneapolis LINK
  • MN: MN U.S. Senate Hand-Count: A Vote for McCain Must be a Vote for Coleman, Says Coleman Camp LINK
  • MN: Run-up in ballot challenges cloud Coleman-Franken recount With 3,000-plus votes disputed, it's hard to know who is really gaining. LINK
  • MN: Opinion - Nick Coleman: Elections with less acrimony? That's the true beauty of IRV LINK
  • MN: Franken Camp's Claim: We're Only Down By 84 Votes LINK
  • MN: The Twin Cities Throwdown Weekly Standard: The Coleman-Franken Recount May End Up Like A Replay Of Florida 2000 LINK
  • MN: Every Vote Matters in MN's U.S. Senate Hand-Count. Every. Single. One. LINK
  • NC: Cumberland County - Voter fraud appeal delays oath of office LINK
  • NJ: Editorial - New Jersey Still Needs to Fix Its Electronic Voting LINK
  • NY: Westchester County, White Plains spar over bill for elections LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Brunner sets Cuyahoga board free LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga vote board rejects 25% of provisional ballots from presidential election LINK
  • OH: Franklin County - Ohio high court to decide 15th District votes LINK
  • OH: Franklin County - Ballot case tossed back to Ohio Supreme Court LINK
  • OH: Hamilton County - Despite uproar, just 2 votes questioned Ballots from out-of-stater, inmate flagged by Hamilton County LINK
  • TX: Dallas County - Texas House District 105 battle lands in court LINK
  • TX: Dallas County - Democrats go to court over e-votes in Irving race LINK
  • TX: Dallas County - Judge says he has no jurisdiction in Texas House 105 recount LINK
  • **"Daily Voting News" is meant as a comprehensive listing of reports each day concerning issues related to election and voting news around the country regardless of quality or political slant. Therefore, items listed in "Daily Voting News" may not reflect the opinions of VotersUnite.Org or OpEdNews.Com**
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