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'Daily Voting News' For September 19, 2007

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Early voting is taking place in Shelby Co, Tennessee but the Memphis mayor wants the voting to stop and he seems to have convinced the city attorney that he is correct. The issue is that the county's Diebold TSx voting machines seem to be flipping votes and numerous calls from voters to the mayor (a candidate) have convinced him that there is a problem. The city attorney actually went to one of the early voting sites and verified that touching just inside the lines separating the candidates would cast a vote to the name just above or below the voter's selection of choice. Amazingly the Shelby County Election Board chair had this to say, ".....we're comfortable with the fact that we tested those machines and there is nothing wrong with the way the machines are recording the votes. Apparently it's an issue of public education. If people press in the wrong area they're going to get the wrong result." She also said that voters have a chance to correct their vote on the screen before they submit it. That's the screen with the small writing that you didn't do any voter education about? Is it any wonder that today's "Enemy of Democracy" award goes to Myra Stiles for blaming the voter instead of the machines for the machines failures....
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  • CA: Riverside County - Riverside Co. Pulls Plug on Electronic Voting LINK
  • CA: San Francisco - SF election outcomes won't be known for weeks LINK
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  • CO: Montrose County - In-house ballots allow for savings LINK
  • CT: Voting Officials Report Smooth Introduction of New Machines LINK
  • GA: Georgia voter ID faces election test LINK
  • KY: Kentucky Attorney General Stumbo Issues Investigative Report on Kentucky's Electronic Voting Systems LINK
  • KY: Voting machines could be at risk, Stumbo says LINK
  • KY: Grayson, Stumbo differ on voting machines LINK
  • MS: Quitman County election panel claims voting fraud LINK
  • NC: Swain voter fraud investigation sent to feds LINK
  • NM: Opinion - Voting by mail gets my full support LINK
  • NY: Watchdogs Want to Block Touch-Screen Voting LINK
  • NY: Groups find fault with state's plan to comply with federal voting law LINK
  • NY: Nassau County - Critics slam plan for disabled voting equipment LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County – Editorial - Cuyahoga County bought touch-screen machines; it has to make them work - an editorial LINK
  • OH: Liking County - More changes, decisions for election board Secretary of state visits local officials, discusses voting machines LINK
  • PA: Wayne County - Ballot hand-count to make for long night LINK
  • TN: Shelby County - Mayor wants early voting stopped Calls for audit of machines he says may be faulty LINK
  • TN: Shelby County - Mayor Herenton Wants Early Voting Stopped LINK
  • TN: Shelby County - Mayor wants vote halted Herenton calls machines faulty; opponents say he's desperate LINK
  • TN: Shelby County - Herenton, City Attorney Call to Halt Early Voting LINK
  • TN: Shelby County - Mayor calls for suspension of early voting, wants federal monitors LINK
  • TN: Mayor's Request to Stop Early Voting: Special Meeting Called LINK
  • WV: Taylor County - Taylor County Rejects Electronic Voting LINK
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