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'Daily Voting News' For November 14, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Need more proof that the vendors have made elections expensive? The folks in Vigo Co Indiana find themselves having to hold a special election for mayor of Terre Haute, a city of over 44,000 voters. The county would probably pay for the election and then be reimbursed by the city. The last municipal election the county paid for cost $580,000. The cost for one race in the city would probably be something less than that. Why so much? The county pays ES&S to manage the voting machines. What would happen if the county or city just decided to print the ballots and hand-count them? Well, the ballots would cost around $0.05 per ballot or around $3500. The cost to hand-count those ballots, based on the cost to hand-count ballots in WA in the 2004 gubernatorial hand-recount would probably be less than $10,000. Why is it that we have these vendors involved making our elections much more expensive than they should be? ...
  • Featured - IN: Vigo County - Election officials face possible special election after ruling LINK
  • National: Machine Problems Worsened 2008 Voting Woes LINK
  • National: Voter-rights advocates hope that this year they've won LINK
  • FL: Alachua County - Time to double-check those voting machines LINK
  • FL: Broward County - Defeated challenger to Broward County elections chief is arrested LINK
  • FL: Duval County - Election: Positive records LINK
  • GA: Early voting starts Nov. 19 in Floyd County for runoff; Gordon starts early voting today LINK
  • GA: Laurens County - Early Voting Could Begin On Tuesday LINK
  • KY: Calloway County - Election's main complaint was with machines LINK
  • KY: Hardin County - Some results called 'tainted' Recanvass verifies original election winners LINK
  • MN: Franken seeks names of rejected voters SENATE RECOUNT: Franken sues for lists of voters whose absentee ballots were disqualified. LINK
  • MN: Opinion - Recount: What to expect, not expect LINK
  • MN: Outsiders to observe recount, but GOP objects to one of the watchdogs LINK
  • NC: Craven County - Revised numbers add to turnout in Craven election [ES&S failures] LINK
  • NJ: Move to delay voting paper trail advances LINK
  • NJ: NJ bill would nix voting machine retrofit deadline LINK
  • NJ: New Jersey Secretary of State Supports Voter Verified Paper Record Legislation LINK
  • NJ: Provisional-ballot results are expected in Middlesex County LINK
  • OH: Franklin County - Ballot-count suit could tip results LINK
  • TX: Dallas County Republicans protest provisional ballot rulings in Texas House race LINK
  • VA: Goode, Perriello race still remains unended LINK
  • WA: As votes dribble in, Pierce County still counting Pierce County vote counting continues. But it may take another week to learn who wins some races. LINK
  • Washington DC: Cheh Digs In Heels On Voting Software Smooth Elections Don't Erase Concerns LINK
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