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'Daily Voting News' For October 16, 2007

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of Voters in five California counties will have to wait a couple weeks, at least, for a decision from the Secretary of State as to what action the state will take against ES&S for selling the counties uncertified AutoMark ballot markers. My guess is that with primary season so close the state will provisionally certify the machines the counties have and then severely fine the vendor for violating state law. That's just my guess though.

In another indication that the voting machine vendors are gouging their customers and the tax payer, Luzerne Co Pennsylvania signed a four-year contract with ES&S to provide warranty services. The contract is for $60,550. Originally ES&S offered the county a three-year contract for $320,000. The difference? The county will pay shipping and labor costs for whatever breaks. It just took county officials willing to stand-up to ES&S and tell them "NO! We aren't going to be gouged"....

  • CA: State accuses voting machine firm of selling an unapproved model LINK
  • CA: Elections chief may bar voting machine provider from California LINK
  • CA: California probes whether firm sold unauthorized voting machines LINK
  • CA: State targets voting machine supplier LINK
  • CA: Merced County - Non-Certified Voting Machines Sold to Five Counties LINK
  • CA: Riverside County absentee ballots require ballpoint pen, period LINK
  • CA: San Diego County Media Release Tell Supervisors No Vote-By-Mail LINK
  • CA: San Francisco County - SF Gears Up for Weeks of Around the Clock Ballot Counting LINK
  • CO: Clerks facing blackout on election information State cuts off communication over litigation worries LINK
  • CT: Party's changes in ballots stress election chiefs LINK
  • FL: Lee County Editorial - Voters must know their ballots will be counted LINK
  • OH: Ohio brings in experts to review troubled e-voting systems Ahead of the 2008 elections, it's hoping to head off problems LINK
  • PA: Luzerne County - Elections bureau finalizes warranty deal for voting machines LINK
  • PA: Monroe County - Monroe to provide audio voting samples online for the blind LINK
  • Switzerland: Superior Voting Security? LINK
  • Switzerland: Swiss Armored Cars and Voting LINK
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