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'Daily Voting News' For January 19, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Voters went to the polls in Horry Co South Carolina this morning in hopes of casting their vote in that state's Republican primary. Unfortunately testing of the voting machines had not been completed by the county and ES&S so poll workers were not able to start the machines. Over 80% of the machines used in the county sat dark until technicians could be sent out to get them cleared and ready for the voters. While county election officials were telling the media that no voters had been turned away, voters were telling the media the truth. Voters were sent away without voting.

Ohio SoS Jennifer Brunner has moved back a bit from her plans for November. Gone are her demands for vote centers and gone is her mandate for only central count. Now she will allow counties to use precinct based optical scan to unofficially count the ballots at the precinct level so they can compare those numbers to the official centrally counted tally. There is still no mention of accessible voting for voters with disabilities or federally mandated over vote protection. ...

  • CA: 600 ballots sent astray; to be in the mail Saturday LINK
  • CO: Vote machine bill on its way to passage LINK
  • CT: Coalition Says Changes Needed in Election Audits LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Avoid absentee problems by going to the polls LINK
  • FL: St. Johns County - Early voting means fewer precincts in St. Johns LINK
  • MD: Security of ballot not 100% Critics expect flaws as Md. switches systems LINK
  • MS: 2 days of runoffs possible for Mississippi Depending on need for special election to fill Lott's Senate seat LINK
  • MT: Guest Opinion: Election machines secure in Montana LINK
  • NC: Wake County - Instant-runoff voting mulled Complicated or convenient? Wake voters weigh in at public hearing LINK
  • NH: Human error in Nashua Ward 5 resulted in extra numbers LINK
  • NY: N.Y. gets OK for new voting machines But local election officials must examine machines from state list before making choice. LINK
  • OH: Secretary of state retreats from some voting changes Brunner still wants to replace touch screen machines in 57 counties. LINK
  • OH: Central counting of votes waived Brunner still pushing shift from touch screens to scanned paper ballots LINK
  • OH: Elections officials fear paper ballots will delay primary results Paper ballots could delay results of primary until the wee hours LINK
  • OH: Ashtabula County steams ahead with its voting system LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Officials get set for new voting era LINK
  • SC: Chester County - Justice Department won't monitor primary in Chester NAACP asked for oversight of voting machines LINK
  • SC: Horry County - State readies for elections Polling formerly conducted by parties LINK
  • SC: E-Voting Train Wreck 2008: The Horry County, SC Disaster LINK
  • SC: Horry County Voting Machine Error LINK
  • SC: Horry County - Voting machine problems reported in one South Carolina county Posted: 11:15 AM ET LINK
  • SC: Horry County - Voters being turned away in Horry? LINK
  • SC: Horry County - Voting machine problems anger voters LINK
  • SC: Horry County - Electronic Voting Machine Problems in Myrtle Beach LINK
  • SC: Horry County - Voting Machine Error Forces Paper Ballot Use LINK
  • SC: Horry County - SC polling problems: Man v. Machine LINK
  • SC: Horry County - McCain looking to extend South Carolina poll hours LINK
  • SC: Horry County - Voting problems widespread in Horry County, officials say LINK
  • SC: Horry County – SC Voting Problems LINK
  • **"Daily Voting News" is meant as a comprehensive listing of reports each day concerning issues related to election and voting news around the country regardless of quality or political slant. Therefore, items listed in "Daily Voting News" may not reflect the opinions of VotersUnite.Org or OpEdNews.Com**

     

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