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'Daily Voting News' For October 29, 2008 - Morning Edition

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org 6 days until Election Day.

A blind voter in Dane Co Wisconsin went to the polls hoping to finally be able to vote without assistance from another person. She ended up having to call over an election worker to assist her because the ES&S AutoMark machine only gave her an error message. Then when that was fixed her ballot would not print-out because the machine was out of ink. She had to have someone help her to mark a paper ballot. And, this was in the Madison City Clerks office not an out-of-the-way polling site. Federal law says there must be an accessible voting machine at each polling place. I guess congress should have pointed out the obvious: That machine has to work.

This morning, along with the rest of the news, we also have reports of vote flipping on ES&S iVotronic machines in Jefferson Co Texas. And also from Texas there are reports of ill treatment of voters at some polls in the state. Poll workers are taking it upon themselves to demand photo ID even though state law does not require it. They are also not offering provisional ballots in instances where they are required to offer them....

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  • National: Legal Fights, Policy Debates Deepen Over Voting Problems and Solutions LINK
  • AZ: AZ Secretary of State Brewer blasts Pima County vote count plans LINK
  • CA: Early voting gets off to strong start in Inland counties LINK
  • CA: Flood of absentees may delay election night results LINK
  • CO: Voter Reinstated After State Purges Her Registration Colorado Voters Fight For Their Voices This Election Cycle LINK
  • CO: Election Watchdog Group Warns of Ballot Shortage LINK
  • DE: Opinion - Rumor about election malfunctions sparks extra inspections LINK
  • FL: Lengthening poll hours does Crist proud LINK
  • FL: Florida polls to open earlier, close later Crist orders extended early-voting hours LINK
  • FL: Brevard County - Ensuring the vote Despite overblown claims of fraud, simple steps can counter problems at polls LINK
  • GA: Massive voter turnout, system kinks in Georgia LINK
  • GA: Flagged voters can cast ballots LINK
  • GA: Voters back in line; voting days won't be extended Secretary of state says it's not necessary or possible to open polls on Saturday LINK
  • LA: Democrats allege voter purge LINK
  • MD: Officials urge off-peak voting More than 50,000 absentee ballots expected; voters can request one in person through Election Day LINK
  • ME: Mainers Not Worried About Hanging Chads, Voting Machine Glitches LINK
  • NC: Guilford County - Extra voting time unlikely LINK
  • NC: Guilford County - Effort fails to extend voting hours LINK
  • NV: Washoe County - County Registrar says to leave the worrying to them LINK
  • OH: Ohio homeless must be allowed to vote, federal judge says LINK
  • PA: U.S judge hears Pa. ballot lawsuit LINK
  • PA: Bucks County - County's voting machines pass test LINK
  • PA: Union County - 11 voting machines, 10 poll workers added in Union County Election officials say they're ready for Tuesday LINK
  • TX: Early voters report obstacles at polls LINK
  • TX: Harris County - Critics dislike eSlate voting, but officials praise it County clerk says the system has far fewer problems than 'touch-screen' LINK
  • TX: Jefferson County - Texas county's machines causing concern for some voters LINK
  • VA: Kaine: Expect lines at polls But he says Virginia is well-prepared to handle turnout on Election Day LINK
  • WI: Dane County - Madison area blind woman could not fill out her own ballot because of malfunctioning machine LINK
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