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'Daily Voting News' For March 05, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of There have been no media reports of any huge meltdowns in yesterday's primaries. The reports may still come but so far all of the reports have been of minor problems. The one major issue is that after all of the previous primaries and caucuses it seems as if the four states who held primaries yesterday were all surprised that turnout was going to be high. How can any jurisdiction be caught without enough paper ballots? How can voters be sent home without voting because there was not enough paper to go around? Listen up Mississippi and Pennsylvania...turnout is going to be high. Prepare for it.

One of the issues we heard from the Ohio media is the reports that very few voters asked to use paper ballots even though they were there to be used. Instead they chose to use the touch-screen machines. Of course, the reports don't mention if the voters were offered a paper ballot as a choice or if the ballots were kept hidden unless a voter specifically asked for one. The reports come from county election officials who were not happy about having to provide paper ballots so any news may be slanted.

Meanwhile legislation is moving in Colorado that will force counties to use paper ballots in November. Iowa is another step closer to paper ballots and away from touch-screen voting. Franklin Co Ohio has announced that they are seriously considering scrapping their touch-screens for optical-scan and paper ballots....

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  • AR: White County - Early voting options needed LINK
  • AZ: Voting Review Pima County prepares to address election challenges and make changes LINK
  • CA: San Mateo County - Vote turnout totals 59.3 percent, county says LINK
  • CO: E-voting machines get OK LINK
  • CO: Coffman certifies the last of electronic voting machines LINK
  • CO: E-voting machines regain certification, clerks prefer mail ballots LINK
  • CO: State finishes recertifying voting machines for 2008 County clerks are pleased, but legislators are still weighing a bill to require a mostly paper-ballot system. LINK
  • CO: State lawmakers set to vote on paper ballot election LINK
  • CO: Paper Ballots Pass First Hurdle LINK
  • CO: Morgan County - Editorial - Paper ballot too expensive LINK
  • IA: Panel backs ballot scanners in elections throughout Iowa LINK
  • MS: Mississippi election officials have paper problem LINK
  • NM: KKOB Radio News Anchor Laura MacCallum Quits After Station Pulls Stories About Alleged Republican Vote-Buying Efforts LINK
  • NM: Rep. Heather Wilson Accused of Felony Vote-Buying in New Mexico; Reporter Quits After News Director Scrubs Story LINK
  • NY: Less Restrictive Absentee Ballot Rules Called For LINK
  • NY: The Necessary Component: Paper Ballots LINK
  • OH: Ballot Problems Slow Cleveland Count LINK
  • OH: Ballot Shortages Plague Ohio Primary Amid Unusually Heavy Voter Turnout LINK
  • OH: Democratic 'surprise' overwhelms LINK
  • OH: Editorial - Voters have done Ohio proud LINK
  • OH: Shortage of ballots leads to extended voting hours in Ohio LINK
  • OH: Crossovers use all the ballots Some are told to wait - or come back later LINK
  • OH: Ballots cast with few minor problems reported LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Optical scan voting works in Ohio LINK
  • OH: Franklin County - County could spend millions to scrap touch-screens for paper ballots LINK
  • OH: Montgomery County - Few problems with Montgomery County voting LINK
  • OH: Sandusky Co. Polls Delay State Results Until 9 p.m. LINK
  • OH: Stark County - Results delayed by optical scan ballots LINK
  • OH: Warren County - Demand for Democratic ballots swells with voter turnout LINK
  • PA: Bucks County - Voting machine official defends reliability to unhappy constituents LINK
  • PA: Bucks County - County to stick to voting machines Bucks commissioners show no signs of switching to scannable ballots LINK
  • PA: Lackawanna County - County scraps e-voting plans LINK
  • RI: Some voters hit snags LINK
  • TX: Angelina County officials blame machine errors on delay in election results LINK
  • TX: Angelina County - Late-night vote-tally snafus 'probably set some records' LINK
  • TX: Clermont County - Massive Crossover Voting In Clermont County LINK
  • TX: Dallas County - Voters gripe about delays, confusion at polls LINK
  • TX: Harris County - Investigation Launched Into Vote Stealing LINK
  • TX: Travis County - Problem machines cause voting delay Technicians out all day Tuesday, but not all problems reported LINK
  • VA: Senate passes bill to extend election polling in emergencies LINK
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