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'Daily Voting News' For February 01, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Next Tuesday is "Tsunami Tuesday" in which 22 states will participate and of those 15 states will hold primaries. The primary states are: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, IL, MA, MO, NJ, NY, OK, TN, and UT. Whether these states will have successful elections or total meltdowns should be based, in large part, on their past history in elections using the same voting systems. Using only data such as whether a state requires a vvpat or post election audits tells only a small part of the story. Have the states experienced large numbers of machine failures, ballot programming errors, tabulating errors, long lines, and/or disenfranchised voters for instance? For instance, looking at VotersUnite's "Election Problem Log 2004 to Date" there have been no reported problems from Oklahoma. The risk of any major meltdown in Oklahoma is small when compared to Georgia with 13 machine malfunction reports or California with 24 machine malfunction reports. States that have a real risk of meltdown based on past record are Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee and Utah. Those will be the states that get our extra attention....
  • NAtional: Elderly Voters Some Improvements in Voting Accessibility from 2000 to 2004 Elections, but Gaps in Policy and Implementation Remain LINK
  • NAtional: Report: Voting Machines In Some States Could Malfunction On Super Tuesday LINK
  • NAtional: Your Vote Will Be Thoughtful, But Will It Be Counted? LINK
  • NAtional: Super Tuesday states face hurdles LINK
  • NAtional: A Far-Fetched Fix for E-Voting Woes: Open Source LINK
  • NAtional: Percentage-Based versus Statistical-Power-Based Vote Tabulation Audits LINK
  • CA: California registrars predict a long vote count Use of Paper Ballots Means Slow Voting Results LINK
  • CA: Los Angeles County - L.A. County sees no big delay in local vote LINK
  • CA: Napa County - Switch from e-voting may slow results for weeks LINK
  • CA: San Diego County - San Diego's Registrar Urges Absentee Voters to Get Ballots in Soon LINK
  • CA: San Diego County - Registrar: Expect slow vote-counting LINK
  • CA: San Francisco County - SF Registrar Expects Smooth Sailing Next Week LINK
  • CO: The politics of paper Rift between clerks, Coffman continues over next election's voting methods LINK
  • CO: Boulder County votes up in the air Clerk waiting on decertification details LINK
  • CO: Boulder County - County clerk shares vote uncertainties LINK
  • CO: Broomfield - Election uncertainty not weighing on Broomfield LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Urgent to Tallahassee: SOE: Save Our Election LINK
  • HI: State picks voting machines LINK
  • MA: Watertown Town Council asks Secretary of State to investigate election LINK
  • NH: Republican NH Primary Candidate Demands Secretary of State Allow All Ballots to be Counted in Ongoing Election Contest LINK
  • NJ: N.J. judge gives voters a do-over LINK
  • NY: Voting-machine firm takes state to court over its disqualification LINK
  • NY: Advocates Say City Doesn't Have Enough Disabled Voting Machines LINK
  • NY: Chemung County - New Voting Machines Selected LINK
  • NY: Monroe County - Exit poll on new voting machines: A mixed reaction LINK
  • OH: We NEED Our HAVA Money Back LINK
  • OH: Brunner Should Cancel Mandate LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County will lease voting equipment for $1.5 million Cuyahoga won't be reimbursed, Jones says LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Vote Approves $1.4 M to be Spent on New Voting System LINK
  • PA: Fayette County - Paper voting ballots possibility in Fayette LINK
  • PA: Fayette County - Fayette commissioners consider new voting machines LINK
  • PA: Wayne County - County Chooses Paper Ballot Alternative LINK
  • TN: Editorial - State should try to achieve paper trail for November LINK
  • TN: Opinion - Bills would put vote in people's hands LINK
  • TN: Opinion - Rush to new system could create a crisis LINK
  • TN: Other states are going to paper ballots this year; why can't we? LINK
  • TN: Film's showing to inspire interest in electoral process 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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