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'Daily Voting News' For September 26, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Forty-one states have voter registration deadlines between Oct. 6 and Oct 20. One of the tools that states need is the online system provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows states to match Social Security Numbers on voter registration forms. So what does the SSA do? They schedule a total shutdown of their National Computer Center Building for annual maintenance from Oct. 10 to Oct. 13. States are extremely busy right now checking a record number of new voter registrations. Closing down SSA's online system, even over a weekend, will result in many new registrations not being filed and those new voters not being able to participate in this election. The chair of the Election Assistance Commission, Rosemary Rodriguez, has sent a letter to Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue asking that the SSA reconsider the date of the shutdown.

There is now evidence, and an investigation by a county District Attorney, that the fraudulent act of "slamming" is happening in two California counties; San Bernardino and San Joaquin. "Slamming" is the act of changing the party affiliation of a voter without their consent and knowledge. ...

  • Featured: National: Registration Deadlines and Social Security Computer Shutdown: EAC Chair Urges Delayed System Outage LINK
  • National: Prevent unwanted presidencies with paper ballots LINK
  • National: Ballots Attract Scrutiny Spurred by Past Problems LINK
  • National: Book of Matthew: Hold on to your votes! Will your vote in the upcoming election count? LINK
  • National: Congress Pushes to Bring Youth to the Polls LINK
  • National: Be a poll worker and save American democracy LINK
  • National: Beware Smoke and Mirrors LINK
  • National: Gearing up for a spike in the youth vote LINK
  • CA: Counting Every Vote California's secretary of state says open-source software is needed to safeguard electronic voting systems. LINK
  • CA: San Bernardino County - SB County's DA looking into local Dem claim of voter fraud LINK
  • CA: San Bernardino County - Voter fraud charges mount LINK
  • CA: Voter registration fraud investigation started in San Joaquin County LINK
  • CO: It All Comes Down to Colorado? LINK
  • CO: Routt County - County urges early voting High turnout expected for general election LINK
  • FL: Provisional ballots could spell trouble LINK
  • FL: Opinion - Needless election hand-wringing LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Wennet to contest two recounts LINK
  • GA: DeKalb County - More than 10,000 vote early LINK
  • KS: A.G. warns of voter scams, offers ID theft kit LINK
  • OH: 2 Ohio justices step down in cases challenging early-voting procedure LINK
  • OH: Lorain County - November vote's cost to county: $775K LINK
  • PA: Counties adding voting machines LINK
  • TX: Groups: Extend voter sign-up in Ike-hit counties LINK
  • Washington DC: DC elections board certifies primary results LINK
  • Washington DC: District's Primary Results Certified No Rationale Given for Phantom Votes LINK
  • WI: State clerks: We're too busy to check voter IDs LINK
  • WV: Editorial - Voting Machine Decision Correct LINK
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