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'Daily Voting News' For January 22, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org A group of political scientists from the Universities of Maryland, Rochester and Michigan have done a study and written a book to let us know that touch screen voting leaves the voter satisfied and confident. They have decided that most critics have been focusing on the wrong issues. The wrong issues? They begin by blaming recent election problems on the inability of the voter to correctly cast their ballot. According to the information in their press release they seem to ignore ballot programming errors, voting machines that will not start on election morning and shut down on polls closing. They ignore vote switching and voting machines that are supposed to be accessible but will not allow most voters with disabilities to vote without assistance. They ignore over 18,000 undervotes in Sarasota Co Florida and 108 blank ballots cast in a one-contest election in Florence Co South Carolina. It's not security so much as the problem is poor, amateurish design of voting machines made cheaply and sold expensively. They also found that usability concerns cannot be addressed by adding a paper trail. No argument here but no one has been claiming that they would be. The paper trail is not for usability but for verifiability. ...
  • NAtional: Touch Screen Voting a Hit; Critics Miss Mark on Security LINK
  • NAtional: Wed: Ohio Secretary of State to Talk Live With Citizens on Radio and the Internet & Important News from S.C. LINK
  • NAtional: Every Vote Counts LINK
  • AL: Morgan County - Probate judge secures voting machines, makes changes for elections LINK
  • AR: Sec. of State's office says voting problems possible LINK
  • CA: Superior Court Decision In San Diego v Bowen [Word Document] LINK
  • CA: Les Scharnberg: A hands-on solution to election hackery LINK
  • CA: Instant Runoff Voting Probably Dead for Oakland, San Leandro LINK
  • CA: Riverside County - Forget About Privacy with Absentee/Vote-by-Mail Ballots in Riverside County, CA LINK
  • CA: San Francisco County - SF settles lawsuit with voting machine vendor; city to collect $3.5 million LINK
  • CA: San Francisco County - City, e-voting vendor settle multimillion dollar suit LINK
  • CO: Boulder County - Clerk, council to talk voting machines LINK
  • CO: Frisco goes to mail-in voting Residents must make sure they are registered in time to receive ballots LINK
  • CT: Connecticut: Coalition Says Changes Needed in Election Audits LINK
  • FL: Opinion - Our view: Another major snafu More problems with Florida's messed-up election system must be corrected fast LINK
  • FL: Pinellas County - Early voting locations unfair to North Pinellas LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - County likely to schedule two mail-in special elections LINK
  • GA: Habersham County Opinion - Habersham must improve voting process LINK
  • MD: Election officials: Voting problems will not reoccur LINK
  • NH: Response to factual errors in Salon: "Was the New Hampshire vote stolen?" LINK
  • NH: Results largely the same after recount LINK
  • NH: NH Election Contest Update: 7.5% Vote Count Discrepancy Found in Nashua, Ward 4 for Clinton, Edwards LINK
  • NH: NH Recount Uncovers Discrepancies -- Result of Human Error Officials Say LINK
  • NJ: Bill Would Help States Ditch Electronic Voting LINK
  • NY: Krueger calls on elections commissioners to choose new voting machines LINK
  • NY: New York: Breakthrough at the Board? LINK
  • OH: Questions about voting machines linger as primary approaches LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - ACLU Challenges Ohio's Unequal Voting Technology LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Frantic preparations for March Election in Cuyahoga County LINK
  • OH: Hamilton County - 'Why does my ballot smell like Marley?' LINK
  • PA: Wayne County - Replacing Wayne County's Voting Machines Could Cost $500,000-$650,000 LINK
  • SC: SC Voting Machines Prompt Calls for Federal Action LINK
  • SC: Results are in: McCain wins [Florence Co reveals they had the same close-out problem as Horry Co.] LINK
  • TX: Mistrust of voting machines on the rise Texas sticking with electronic balloting despite reports of flaws LINK
  • TX: Texas Debates On Electronic Balloting System For Presidential Election Use LINK
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