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'Daily Voting News' for June 11, 2009

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by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein and John Washburn

Does a polling place have an accessible voting system (as required by federal law) just because it contains "accessible" equipment, or do you have to be able to get into the building to use it?

Nearly seven years ago, the federal government provided billions of dollars for states to use to -- among other things -- make voting in every polling place accessible to people with disabilities. States rushed to purchase now-discredited electronic voting machines that the vendors claimed allowed people with disabilities to vote privately and independently. States put the machines in every polling place, but what did they do to make the polling places physically accessible? Very little, according to a new report from the GAO. 73% of the nation's polling places remain physically inaccessible to many voters -- an improvement of 11% since 2000....

  • National: GAO Report -- VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES: More Polling Places Had No Potential Impediments Than in 2000, but Challenges Remain LINK

  • National: ElectionLine Weekly includes a summary of 2009 election-related legislation across the states. LINK

  • CA: CA Bills Aim to "Drive" Voter Registration to 100 Percent LINK

  • FL: Get out the vote, sign up for class LINK

  • GA: A Victory for Voter ID - Hans A. von Spakovsky LINK

  • NM: MALDEF voter intimidation lawsuit dismissed - civil rights group says suit sent 'strong message' MALDEF says LINK

  • NY: 15 Counties Reject Voting Machine Mandate LINK

  • TX: Associate registrar moonlights by selling voter data LINK

  • VA: Election Day 2009 - report from the trenches LINK

  • Amsterdam: Trustworthy Voting: From Machine to System LINK "The authors describe an electronic voting approach that takes a system view, incorporating a trustworthy process based on open source software, simplified procedures, and built-in redundant safeguards that prevent tampering."

  • Europe: Breaking down barriers for accessible IT LINK

  • Europe: European Elections 2009 - My personal voting experience LINK

  • Philippines: Awarding of automation project hailed as a step closer to credible polls LINK
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