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'Daily Voting News' For October 30, 2008 - Evening Edition

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org 5 days until Election Day.

The Brennan Center, Common Cause and Verified Voting are reminding election officials from Diebold/Premier jurisdictions about a problem with Premier Election Solutions' vote tabulating software that could cause the system to lose votes. I hope this reminder and their recommended actions are not too late and that officials will listen and pay heed.

CNN did a pretty good article on straight-party voting. There was one quote that is good for a chuckle and shake of the head. One of the voting systems that has had reported vote-flipping in straight-party voting is manufactured by Hart Intercivic. The vendor's spokesman, Peter Lichtenheld, actually pointed at the voters for making the error and then said the problem stems from habits formed when doing punch-card voting. Yes, the voters just can't tell the difference between a punch card and the Hart eSlate. He claimed, "In that system, you didn't know if the chad separated or not, so people would punch each candidate after punching the [straight-ticket] part, just to be sure." It is amazing at what lengths the vendors will go to blame the voters for all of the problems with the vendor's machines. ...

  • Featured - National: Groups Warn Election Officials About Diebold Voting Machine Flaw LINK
  • Featured - National: Straight-ticket voting not straightforward LINK
  • National: Are design issues to blame for vote 'flipping' in touch-screen machines? Vendors say no, but critics say e-voting devices aren't designed for most voters LINK
  • National: Tool Developed to Detect Possible Fraud in Election Tabulating Software Pima County EI Creates Software to Analyze GEMS Databases, Wants to Share Capability With Others LINK
  • National: Voting machines could bring Election Day glitches LINK
  • National: eTRICK or reTREAT? Nightmare of Elections Future LINK
  • National: Voting machines could bring Election Day glitches LINK
  • National: Concern Mounts Over Expected Voting Surge The Early Show: Experts Weigh In Over Whether Unusually High Turnout Would Impact Accuracy Of Counting LINK
  • National: Rising Tide of Suits Filed in Search of Political Edge LINK
  • National: Schneier on Voting Machine Security LINK
  • National: Undervotes - The Scary Canary LINK
  • National: Lab may lose accreditation to test voting machines Denver lab that tests voting machines may lose accreditation, but Nov. 4 elections unaffected LINK
  • National: Electronic voting machine lab suspended by feds over performance concerns LINK
  • National: Lab will seek reaccreditation to test voting gear LINK
  • National: Voting Machines Flipping Votes at Many Early Voting Sites: Where Are the Election Protection Attorneys? LINK
  • National: Can the System Handle Huge Voter Turnout? Long Lines, Close Race Will Trigger Legal Challenges on Election Day LINK
  • National: Mr. Rogers Has a Voting Machine Mishap LINK
  • National: Voters Who Registered But Received No Confirmation Should Still Vote LINK
  • National: Special report: Issues in electronic voting machine security LINK
  • CA: Los Angeles County - Mail ballot backlog poses problems for L.A. County voters Thousands may not receive their ballots soon enough to mail them back and will have to drop them off in person instead. LINK
  • CO: Purged voters can cast provisional ballots in Colorado LINK
  • CO: Voter Purge Rejected in Colorado LINK
  • CO: Adams County - Vote-Flipping Diebold Machine Removed, Quarantined in CO LINK
  • FL: Opinion - Ensuring the vote Despite overblown claims of fraud, simple steps can counter problems at polls LINK
  • FL: Early Voting Extended Hours Cause Problems LINK
  • FL: Dems file lawsuit against GOP to avert voter challenges LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Early voting sets another record LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Voting machine changes don't ease concerns Analysts say no system is perfect LINK
  • FL: Volusia County switches to stickier tape to secure election LINK
  • IA: Dementia patient allegedly pressured to cast ballot LINK
  • IN: Marion Co. GOP seeks ballot scrutiny LINK
  • NJ: NJ voting machines vulnerable, report says LINK
  • OH: Jennifer Brunner cancels cross-checking of Ohio's new voters LINK
  • OH: In Ohio, Provisional Ballots May Prove Pivotal LINK
  • PA: Judge widens backup paper ballots provision in Pa. LINK
  • TX: Texas Voters Urged to Avoid Straight-Party Option, After Vote-Flip Complaints LINK
  • VA: Kaine says he has no authority to extend hours LINK
  • VA: NAACP hearing on Election Day prep canceled LINK
  • VA: NAACP stands down over Virginia election prep LINK
  • VA: Absentee Ballot Voting Soars in Virginia LINK
  • WI: Wisconsin AG to dispatch agents to supervise election LINK
  • WV: Alleged vote flipping video false, defamitory, WVSOS says LINK
  • WV: Campaigns express concern about voting machines LINK
  • Washington DC: Washington, D.C., Suffers Headaches as Early Voters Show Up at Election Board HQ LINK
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