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'Daily Voting News' For October 29, 2008 - Evening Edition

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org 6 days until Election Day.

Today a federal judge found in favor of the voters of Pennsylvania and ordered the state to require every polling place to be prepared to hand out paper ballots to voters any time 50% or more of the polling places voting machines go down for any reason.

The Election Assistance Commission announced today that they were intending to suspend SysTest Labs accreditation to test voting systems. This action follows the suspension of the lab by the National Voting Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The suspension was for SysTest's lack of properly documented and validated test methods, testing conducted by unqualified or untrained personnel, and improper assurances made to manufacturers regarding testing outcomes. This loss of accreditation will probably affect SysTest's ability to complete testing for the state of New York. It also brings into question all recent testing done for the state of Colorado and Ohio and all previous testing of voting systems under the previous NASED system. ...

  • Featured PA: Federal Judge Rules That More Emergency Paper Ballots Be Made Available in Pennsylvania When Voters Face Voting Machine Breakdowns LINK
  • Featured - National: EAC Announces Intention to Suspend SysTest Labs Follows Action Taken by National Institute of Standards and Technology LINK
  • National: Lab may lose accreditation to test voting machines LINK
  • National: Lab may lose accreditation to test voting machines LINK
  • National: We Do Not Consent - Open Letter To The Media LINK
  • National: The Vote Grab: Voting machines are unreliable and inaccurate LINK
  • National: Guy Who Insists E-Voting Machines Work Fine... Demonstrates They Don't LINK
  • National: Watch this controversial W.V. e-voting video LINK
  • National: Opinion - The Boogeyman in the E-Voting Machine LINK
  • National: Experts Identify Persistent Problems with U.S. Ballot and Voting System Usability LINK
  • National: Have American Elections Really Been Stolen? Part 1 in the "Democracy" in America Series The Proof LINK
  • National: Is Open Source the Answer to Voting Woes? LINK
  • National: Be Prepared for Long Lines, Snafus on Election Day LINK
  • National: How Long Do You Have to Stand In Line to Vote Before Your Civil Rights Are Violated? LINK
  • National: What You Need to Know About Voting Machines LINK
  • CA: Millions of Calif. absentee ballots may delay election night results LINK
  • CA: California counties brace for flood of voters LINK
  • CO: More than 3,000 registered Coloradans barred from voting LINK
  • CO: Adams County pulls plug on faulty voting machine LINK
  • CO: Adams County 'quarantines' machine that switched candidate's vote LINK
  • FL: Hillsborough County - 90% of Hillsborough absentee ballots rejected so far LINK
  • FL: Miami-Dade Might Be Asking for Lawsuit over Poll-Watcher Rules Ion Sancho, Florida's patron saint of fair voting, is on the case. LINK
  • GA: Thousands Continue to Vote Early as Time Closes in on Election Day LINK
  • IN: Internet, phone disruptions in area; no early voting at Evansville libraries today LINK
  • MD: Busy, busy, busy time at election headquarters LINK
  • MD: Diebold warns of voting machine problems LINK
  • MD: eCRASH: Elections Web site goes down on absentee ballot deadline LINK
  • NV: Report shows no election fraud LINK
  • NV: Clark County - Voting Lines Get Longer LINK
  • NY: Bloomberg's 'Outrage' at Elections Board LINK
  • NY: EAC Suspends SysTest New York State Could Halt Voting Machine Testing - Again LINK
  • NY: BREAKING: Deja Vu (all over again) -- Feds Pull NY's Testing Lab's Accreditation LINK
  • PA: Excerpts from US judge's Pa. paper ballot ruling LINK
  • PA: PA Secretary Cortes Responds to Court Decision LINK
  • PA: U.S. judge orders backup paper ballots in Pa. LINK
  • PA: BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Plaintiff Demand for Emergency Paper Ballots in PA LINK
  • TN: Davidson County - Extra Voting Machines Could Ease Tuesday's Lines LINK
  • TX: More Vote-Flipping in TX by Machines Other Than Those Made by ES&S Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems Made by Hart InterCivic and Diebold Also Reportedly Now Flipping Votes From Democratic to Republican in TX... LINK
  • TX: Texas Voters Say Straight-Party Voting Flipped Votes; Activists Urge Voters to Avoid Straight-Party Voting LINK
  • VA: ACLU to join suit against political-apparel ban at polls LINK
  • VA: Wilder Asks Kaine to Extend Polling Hours LINK
  • VA: Wilder requests extended polling hours LINK
  • WV: Online video of purported W.V. e-voting 'flip' is disputed The video clip to be reposted in its entirety LINK
  • WV: After primary problems. Mercer County ready for general 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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