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Voting News: Touchscreen vote flips 'a known class of problems..' New Dan Rather e-vote report

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OH: Cast ballot early for election, free ride to polls on Election Day
http://www.toledoonthemove.com/news/story.aspx?id=530315

OR: Ore. parties send attorneys to watch vote count
http://www.katu.com/news/politics/105592288.html

OR: About 1,000 NE PDX voters receive wrong ballot* (NE Portland, Multnomah Co)
http://northeastportland.katu.com/content/about-1000-ne-pdx-voters-receive-wrong-ballot Scott said if people vote with the wrong ballot, those ballots will be flagged. He said the county will wait to see if the second, correct ballot eventually comes in. If not, they'll count every vote they can from the first ballot.

PA: Behind the Scenes of DOJ's Black Panther Case
http://volokh.com/2010/10/24/behind-the-scenes-of-dojs-black-panther-case/

TX: E-Voting Suit Reveals Frailties of the Ballot Box
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/texas-political-news/e-voting-suit-reveals-frailties-of-the-ballot-box/
Without a way to independently audit votes, DRE systems are especially vulnerable to malfunction or tampering, according to Rice University professor Dan Wallach,

TX: The Future of Voting in Travis County
http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/10914/the-future-of-voting-in-travis-county
[See the report that led to Travis Co report recommending switch to optical scan)


TX: Electric touch screen glitch caught on tape* (podcast available)
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/25/am-electric-touch-screen-glitch-caught-on-tape/ When Don Relyea, a Dallas area computer programmer, attempted to vote on an electronic touch screen machine, he got a bit of a surprise. The machine changed his vote.
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However, Alex Halderman, a computer scientist at the University of Michigan who has spent years studying voting machines, was surprised by Sherbert's reaction. "This is a known class of problems with touch screen voting machines."

TX: Ector Co. Election Officials Address Voting Issue
http://www.cbs7kosa.com/news/details.asp?ID=22126 It's a problem that could derail the $68.5 Million Odessa College Bond Election and it has election officials taking action.
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"There have been a few concerns saying that they didn't think they voted on it or they just missed it", says Ector County Elections Administrator, Mitzi Scheible.

TX: Voting snafus can be avoided* (wrong ballot issued in super precincts)
http://galvestondailynews.com/story/185834
Montgomery isn't the first -- and likely not the last -- voter to get the wrong ballot during an election in Galveston County. While there are lots of advantages to the county's super precinct system used during early voting, the possibility of a voter being given the wrong ballot is there.

US Virgin Islands: Testing on voting machines begins
http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/testing-on-voting-machines-begins-1.1053752
The Shouptronic voting machines used in the Virgin Islands were build in 1984 and have no way to be connected to the internet or accessed remotely.

WA: Ballots go missing in Franklin County
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/10/22/1392236/ballots-go-missing-in-franklin.html
Auditor Zona Lenhart said the office hasn't determined yet if the ballots went missing at the printer or during the mailing process.

WA: 2010 General Election: Live video feed from Ballot Opening Area
http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/aboutus/webcam.aspx

Internet Voting Watch

US. Analysis: Professor exposes more voting system flaws
http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/10/25/voting.system.flaws/index.html
"While we were in control of these systems we observed other attack attempts originating from computers in Iran and China. These attackers were attempting to guess the same master password that we did. And since it was only four letters long, they would likely have soon succeeded."

Canada: Voting glitch in Port Hope*
http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2806669
PORT HOPE - ...there was a 25-minute period during which people weren't able to electronically vote Tuesday morning.

A problem with a server controlled by the firm that looks after the software and voting program for the town, Dominion Voting, is cited as the culprit.
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She said people voting at the time would not have their vote counted but would if they tried later.

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