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'Daily Voting News' For December 19, 2007

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of Now that Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman has followed state law and found that nearly every voting system used in the state has problems resulting in decertification or conditional certification of those systems, he wants the laws changed to make voting system certification easier. He claims he doesn't want to change requirements for security or accuracy but, on the other hand, he thinks a change to state law to allow the vendors to install software patches following an abbreviated certification process, with no federal testing or certification, would be good. He also doesn't want to be bothered with state certification testing looking instead to other states for their test results. Of course this would allow him to pick and chose between states. California decertified Premier voting systems and recertified them with conditions. Colorado did not decertify their Premier machines. Perhaps Coffman would rather look at testing done by Washington state where there is next to no testing other than an acceptability test done on vendor provided equipment with vendor provided test ballots? He clearly doesn't like the results of their testing so he is searching for a test that will give him what he considers to be acceptable results....
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  • NAtional: (France) French e-voting study highlights hidden costs Electoral districts have difficulty evaluating all the costs associated with using electronic voting machines LINK
  • NAtional: (France) French e-voting study highlights hidden costs Districts didn't budget realistically for deployment issues LINK
  • NAtional: Tougher voter ID laws fuel debate LINK
  • AZ: Arizona: Judge Orders Election Database Release LINK
  • CA: Election Software Lost in Transit LINK
  • CA: Lost In Transit LINK
  • CA: San Diego County - County suing state over voting-machine use conditions LINK
  • CA: San Diego County sues secretary of state LINK
  • CA: San Diego County - County sues official over voting machine rules LINK
  • CA: San Diego sues Bowen over voting machine restrictions LINK
  • CA: San Mateo County - Voting machines to be tested for presidential primaries LINK
  • CA: Tulare County - Mixup on voter form deadline LINK
  • CO: Secretary Of State Wants To Fas-Track Election System Fixes Coffman Asks Legislators To Change Law To Affirm His Decisions LINK
  • CO: Most Electronic Voting Machines Banned in Colo. LINK
  • CO: Quick fix possible? LINK
  • CO: Colorado Decertifies Machines for Voting LINK
  • CO: Looser rules sought for voting fix Mike Coffman says the current "inflexible bureaucratic process" won't allow machines to be fixed for 2008 elections. LINK
  • CO: Editorial - Talbot: Your vote counts ... ... except in 1 percent of test cases LINK
  • CO: Editorial - A vote for flexibility Secretary of state should be able to streamline certification LINK
  • CO: Editorial - Patchwork plan to tally votes LINK
  • CO: Solution may not be simple Coffman appeals for calm, but new lawsuit possible LINK
  • CO: El Paso, Teller counties pass muster in state tests LINK
  • CO: Douglas County - Cities, including a rookie, deal with ballot curveball Castle Pines North among those with elections at hand LINK
  • CO: Eagle County - Eagle Co. escapes voting machine crisis Local equipment not included in those deemed unreliable and unsecured, officials say LINK
  • CO: Garfield County - Secretary of state nixes GarCo voting machines LINK
  • CO: Garfield County can't count on voting machines County clerk not sure what will happen in upcoming election LINK
  • CO: Jefferson County - Jeffco to appeal voting machine decision LINK
  • CO: Ouray County - State decertifies e-voting systems LINK
  • CO: Routt County - Coffman, legislators seek election solutions County clerks fear voter confidence is shaken LINK
  • FL: Court Enjoins Florida Voter Registration Requirement LINK
  • FL: State Will Fight Judge's Ruling On Voter ID LINK
  • FL: Judge blocks Florida voter-ID law LINK
  • IL: Kane County - County clerk works to fight election confusion Official says Web site and early voting could help with double election LINK
  • MI: Some Michigan voting machines same as Colorado's LINK
  • NM: New Mexico has no plans to toss voting machines LINK
  • NY: New Voting Machines May Not Meet State Standards LINK
  • NY: N.Y. lags in voting-machine overhaul Justice Department suing; court case resumes today LINK
  • NY: NYS Faces Court Order For New HAVA Voting Machines LINK
  • OH: Editorial - Look to Minnesota for vote-counting solution LINK
  • OH: Editorial - Ohio votes LINK
  • OH: Ohio governor backs 2008 election overhaul LINK
  • OH: Concerns About Ohio Voting Machine Vulnerability LINK
  • OH: Ohio Will Likely Face Big Vote-Counting Problems in 2008 LINK
  • OH: NE Ohio elections boards back vote counters pulled in Colorado LINK
  • OH: Ohio's return to paper ballots will be studied, speaker says LINK
  • OH: Governor, speaker urge action on voting reform LINK
  • OH: Voting changes a costly concept Brunner gives her plan a $31 million price tag LINK
  • OH: Strickland backs voting overhaul LINK
  • OH: Columnist - Ann Fisher commentary: Can Ohio deal with another ballot box? LINK
  • OH: Harvey Wasserman on New Ohio Voting Report: "The 2004 Election Was Stolen... Finally We Have Irrefutable Confirmation" LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Colorado rejects vote scanner that Ohio official wants LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Cuyahoga elections board to meet Thursday on voting equipment LINK
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