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'Daily Voting News' For January 30, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Florida's primary is essentially over. There will still be some ballots to be counted but the last election on the state's DRE's is complete. There were some reports of problems scattered around the state. Election officials and the media were pretty successful in minimizing the reports. However, there was one small graf in one article that jumped out at me. The county clerk in Volusia County had announced that they were going to have to recount one early voting precinct because the Diebold Optical-Scan used in that precinct had not counted 4 ballots. They are doing this, according to the report, because Diebold/Premier had sent counties in Florida an advisory that the machines used in those counties may stop with a ballot partially fed through. Those ballots were not being counted when this happens. My first reaction was, "How many other states/counties that use the Diebold AccuVote OS v. 1.94w have gotten this advisory?" This is the same system used in New Hampshire and many other Northeast jurisdictions as well as various counties across the nation. Why don't vendors of these machines recall them when there is a problem like this? Who should be responsible to ensure the word is put out that there is a problem and ensure the problem is solved? ...
  • NAtional: Electronic voting is facing a recall Officials are switching systems or trying to fix problems, even as they contend with new laws and earlier primaries. LINK
  • NAtional: Battle for Election Integrity 'Fought and Won by Activists' Says LATimes in 2,800-Word, 2-Part Series Which Doesn't Bother to Quote a Single One of Them... LINK
  • NAtional: What the World Needs Now: Voting method suggestions for archaic America Not the right to vote, but the ability to vote LINK
  • NAtional: Filmmaker examines election fraud, voter suppression LINK
  • NAtional: Touch-screen me not Reformers want change in voting procedures. LINK
  • AR: Benton County - Early voting begins; 'glitch' doesn't deter voters LINK
  • CA: Appeals court rejects county election challenge LINK
  • CA: San Bernardino County - Planes may speed ballots County seeks to hurry vote tally LINK
  • CA: Santa Clara County predicts delays in vote count LINK
  • CO: Decertification of machines has clerks looking for answers LINK
  • CO: Denver to Use Paper Ballots, Consolidate Polls LINK
  • CO: Logan County - Election woes may not affect Logan County Schneider reassures voters paper ballots work fine LINK
  • CO: Mesa County - Residents urged to register for mail-in balloting LINK
  • FL: It's the Voters' Fault. The DOG ATE MY BALLOT and Other URBAN LEGENDS! LINK
  • FL: Diebold Issues 'Product Advisory' in Florida About Malfunctions with Optical-Scan Voting Systems LINK
  • FL: Reports: One out of every three registered voters cast ballots LINK
  • FL: Touch screens pass primary test The much-maligned machines seemed to have few glitches handling the big turnout. LINK
  • FL: Editorial - Florida still struggling to get elections right LINK
  • FL: Glitches plague voting throughout Orlando area Ballot mix-ups, heavy turnout keep officials busy LINK
  • FL: Broward County - Complaints mar debut of voter check-in system in Broward LINK
  • FL: Hillsborough County - Touch screen problems reported in Hillsborough LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Defective cartridge slows PBC vote counting LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - County officials' good day turns into rough night LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Once again, reporting of election results is a struggle in Palm Beach County LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Anderson criticized for election result delays LINK
  • FL: Volusia County - DeLand Approves Two Initiatives LINK
  • MA: New machines make voting accessible for everyone LINK
  • NH: Hursti Testimony to NH--The $700 Rig: Broken-Link Elections LINK
  • OH: Former Ohio SOS Blackwell Asked to Testify on Voter Suppression LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Numbers Game The County And Aclu Square Off Over The Least Unreliable Method For Counting Votes LINK
  • OH: Current machines get vote in Wood County Election gear now is OK with officials LINK
  • TX: Plan to offer paper ballots at early voting sites is rejected LINK
  • WI: Commentary: Clean election reputation could not prevent a few touch-screen woes in '06 LINK
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