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'Daily Voting News' For April 23, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of Two and a half years ago Sangamon Co Illinois (Springfield) purchased 930 new Populex voting machines for $1.7M. The state will not accept them for use to count vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots so the county has been hand-counting those ballots and using a machine to check the hand-count. Now Populex has said that they don't plan on continuing the federal testing and certification process that they had begun over a year ago. The county will probably have to scrap these new machines and go elsewhere. An expensive mistake.

How can election officials in Pennsylvania find problems but not do all they can to ensure every vote is counted? There was more than one report of votes on machines that had problems but officials not being interested unless it is "necessary"....

  • NAtional: Is Talk of Election Day Disaster Nothing But Fearmongering? Hardly LINK
  • NAtional: Voter Suppression and the Major Parties LINK
  • NAtional: Cybercrime and Politics: The Dangers of the Internet in Elections LINK
  • NAtional: Vote-count bill's rebuff doesn't add up LINK
  • AZ: Pima County Editorial - Public should be able to see election records Our view: Technology shouldn't negate the people's right to check voting results LINK
  • IL: Sangamon County - Sangamon may need new voting machines Current system not certified for mail-in LINK
  • NY: LibertyVote Leaves New York Last of the DREs pull outs of the Empire State LINK
  • PA: Translation Poses Voting Challenges In Chinatown, Philadelphia PA LINK
  • PA: Voting in Pennsylvania LINK
  • PA: Election Protection Coalition Fields Over 1,000 Calls Reporting Scattered Problems Throughout Pennsylvania LINK
  • PA: Rumors of e-vote Fraud in Pennsylania, but Voters Like Machines LINK
  • PA: Fayette County - New paper ballots a popular choice among area voters LINK
  • PA: Lackawanna County - Ballot error confuses voters LINK
  • PA: Lackawanna and Wayne Counties - Few problems with new voting machines LINK
  • PA: Lawrence and Mercer Counties - Mostly smooth sailing at polls, election officials in 2 counties say LINK
  • PA: Luzerne County Election Notes LINK
  • PA: Montgomery County - Request to extend voting hours denied LINK
  • PA: Montgomery and Northampton Counties - Region's Democrats crowd into polls Even some too young to vote gather outside to cheer on favorites. LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Voters encounter few glitches at polls LINK
  • PA: Philadelphia - Compared to Other Primary Contests, Fewer Black Voters Turn Out for Barack Obama LINK
  • TN: Davidson County - Davidson wants paper ballots Officials urge switch now, but state says election too soon LINK
  • Canada: New Brunswick to use provincewide electronic vote tabulation LINK
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