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'Daily Voting News' For October 20, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org 15 days until Election Day.

Election officials in Jacksonville Florida must not have done the required Logic and Accuracy testing on all of their optical scan machines to be used in early voting. Nearly half of the optical scan machines in use in the city failed because they indicated the ballot was too long. This is clearly an error that should have been discovered in pre-election Logic and Accuracy testing. The problem is also being reported in other counties in the state and is being attributed to the machines purchased by the state.

Voters in Houston Texas were faced with long lines for the first day of early voting. Long-lines in some voting sites caused by failures of the computers used to check-in the voters. There were also some reports of voters who voted straight-party Democrat only to find that their Presidential selection was given to the Republican....

  • Featured - FL: Jacksonville - Early Voting off to Rough Start LINK
  • Featured - FL: Leon County - Ballots not being recorded at two Leon County polling places LINK
  • Featured - TX: Houston - Voters turn out in force for historic campaign LINK
  • Featured WV: Ireland Says No Major Problems With Early Voting LINK
  • National: Snopes confirms danger of Straight Ticket Voting (STV) LINK
  • National: Are voting machines reliable? DVICE looks at every type -- in every state LINK
  • National: Obama Assembles U.S.'s 'Largest Law Firm' to Monitor Election LINK
  • National: Heavy Voter Turn Out Nationwide Could Cause Delays at Polls LINK
  • National: YouTube, PBS urge Americans to record voting problems LINK
  • National: Class voting hacks prompt call for better audits University exercise illustrates the potential for electronic vote tampering LINK
  • National: Eight Years After Bush v. Gore, Why is There Still So Much Election Litigation and What Does This Mean for Voter Confidence in the Electoral Process? LINK
  • National: CountTheBallots (CTB) Calls for 'Citizen Audits' on Election Day - Warns of Widespread Fraud LINK
  • National: Protect Your Vote - Carry This Number LINK
  • AL: Bulging voter lists invite election fraud LINK
  • AZ: Arizona expects less wait at polls Early balloting, more sites aim to reduce winding lines LINK
  • AZ: Pima County - Help AZ Candidate Restore US Election Integrity LINK
  • CA: County registrars are scrambling to keep up with new voter rolls In some California counties, officials are doubling up on polling machines, ballots and workers, and even hiring people to direct traffic. LINK
  • CO: Colorado will be under watchful eyes of media, monitors on Election Day LINK
  • FL: Long lines, a few glitches mark start of early voting in South Florida LINK
  • FL: Duval County - Machine Problems Plague 1st Day Of Early Voting Metro Counties See Brisk Turnout, No Problems LINK
  • FL: Miami-Dade County - Early voting draws lines at some Dade polling places LINK
  • FL: Past voting gaffes put Palm Beach County in spotlight LINK
  • FL: Pasco County - Early Voting Turnout Higher Than Expected LINK
  • GA: Ga. secretary of state faces slew of voter issues LINK
  • IL: Early voting in DuPage exceeds expectations LINK
  • MD: Md. US attorney creates election fraud task force LINK
  • NJ: NJ Judge Allows Release of Princeton Report Critical of Sequoia Voting Systems Sequoia Counters With a Strongly Worded Response That Does Not Answer The Critical Question: Do Their Machines Count Votes Accurately? LINK
  • NJ: Editorial: Our election systems still beset by flaws LINK
  • NV: Washoe County - Early voters line up to cast their election ballots LINK
  • NY: State finds some county election boards unprepared Schuyler among 18 county offices across state checked by officials LINK
  • NY: Ulster County - Kingston, Ulster towns get nailed in voting upgrade County passes on cost of 2009 election LINK
  • PA: Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Outraged at Partisan Lawsuit Attempting to Undermine Voter Confidence LINK
  • PA: Allegheny County says voting machines ready LINK
  • SC: League questions voting machines LINK
  • TX: Big Texas turnout on first day of early voting LINK
  • TX: Denton County voters urged to use paper ballots LINK
  • TX: Galveston - Voting Rights Watch: Post-Ike displacement could cause voting problems for Galveston LINK
  • UT: Study: Utah vote devices unreliable LINK
  • VA: Local precincts bracing for flood of voters Registrar officials have had to get more voting equipment and poll workers to handle the crowds. LINK
  • WV: Paperless Electronic Voting Machines Flipping Votes from Obama to McCain in West Virginia LINK
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