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'Daily Voting News' For September 04, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Readers will recall that as of yesterday Palm Beach Co Florida officials had lost well over 3,000 ballots sometime between the primary election and an election recount. Earlier today there were announcements that over 2700 ballots had been found. Late this afternoon the officials were supposed to meet to announce whether they had found all of the missing ballots and why those ballots went missing in the first place. Were the ballots run through the high-speed optical scan machines during the recount and did the machines pick-up two or more ballots at a time thus not counting all of the ballots? Or, were the ballots in bins that were never counted? The media is not clear on this issue yet so we are going to have to wait to find this out. If the machines were, in fact, grabbing two or more ballots at a time jurisdictions around the country need to be made aware of this possibility. Meanwhile a report from Broward Co of the result of their state-mandated audit is a bit troubling. The county appears to have hand-counted one race on ballots from 16 precincts. The media is reporting that nine of the precincts hand-count matches the machine results. Seven precincts resembled original results by 95 percent or more. That is a huge number and should raise red flags. Instead one official said, "When you're dealing with people and paper, that's the best you're going to get." How about agreeing 100% and you keep counting until you are sure that the people and paper are not the problem and then you find out what problem the machines had?...

  • AZ: Maricopa County - County still counting your votes LINK

  • AZ: Slow Pima County returns delays result for District 30 House race LINK

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  • AZ: Pima County - Procedural changes are cited in slow county tally
    3,000 provisional, 11,000 early ballots uncounted 24 hours after polls close LINK

  • CO: San Miguel County - County Election Equipment Needs More Upgrading LINK

  • FL: Broward County elections officials audit primary results LINK

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  • FL: Leon County - Leon County Audits Election Results LINK

  • FL: Palm Beach County starts counting election ballots by hand LINK

  • FL: Opinion - Missing votes spur worries about fall election in Palm Beach County LINK

  • FL: Palm Beach County - Another recount to find missing ballots LINK

  • FL: Fourth Round: Who Will Win? Abramson? Wennet?
    Palm Beach County Recounts Votes In Close Judge Race For Fourth Time LINK

  • FL: Palm Beach County - Florida county probes misplaced ballots
    Elections officials suspect more than 3,000 paper ballots may have been misplaced during a recount LINK

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  • FL: Palm Beach County - Missing Palm Beach Ballots Raise Questions for November LINK

  • FL: Florida's latest e-voting crisis likely due to human error LINK

  • FL: Opinion - The flaw that links LePore, Anderson LINK

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