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'Daily Voting News' For March 03, 2009

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Yesterday the California Secretary of State released a letter to the Election Assistance Commission and a report of their findings with regards to the problem discovered in early December in Humboldt Co. with Diebold GEMS v. 1.18.19. The letter actually challenges the EAC to take action in "requiring that, for every voting system certified by the EAC, the voting system vendor report any and all flaws and problems with the system to the EAC and to the elections officials in the states where the system is used when such flaws are discovered". And Secretary Bowen has taken the action herself by sponsoring legislation in California that will do what she has challenged the EAC to do. The report is an amazing report that tells why our voting systems are failing. The issues with the GEMS software go much deeper than just the fact that the system may lose votes. The state also found readily apparent violations of the voting system standards. These violations seem to have been ignored by the test labs, by NASED and their consultants who qualified the voting system, and by past CA Secretaries of State and their consultants. The big question, is will the EAC, staffed by people who were involved in the NASED "rubber-stamp" of GEMS 1.18.19 take any action? Will they post the letter and report in their "clearinghouse"? We certainly hope so. The present Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, and her staff deserve congratulations and appreciation for a job well done so far. It will be interesting to hear what follow-up actions will now be taken on the federal and state levels....
  • National: The Perils of Internet Voting LINK
  • CA: Letter to Election Assistance Commission Chairwoman Gineen Beach - March 2, 2009 LINK
  • CA: California Secretary of State Debra Bowen's Report to the Election Assistance Commission Concerning Errors and Deficiencies in Diebold/Premier GEMS Version 1.18.19 LINK
  • CA: Los Angeles - City Forgets to Send Secretary of State her Vote-By-Mail Ballot? LINK
  • CA: Riverside County - Independent audit: County elections flawed, but fair LINK
  • CA: San Benito County - County considers extra voting machine after delays LINK
  • CO: Coffman loses bid to block ethics hearing LINK
  • MN: Coleman camp asks that election result be 'set aside' LINK
  • MN: Coleman Continues To Cast Doubt On Election Result LINK
  • MN: Franken Lawyers To Court: Throwing Out The Election Is Not A Legal Option LINK
  • MO: Boone County's vote counting system is a model for other governments LINK
  • MS: Voter ID bills die in Mississippi Legislature LINK
  • SC: Much ado about photo ID LINK
  • TN: Bill will prevent vote manipulation LINK
  • TN: Bill would require photo ID to vote LINK
  • UT: Identification may become required to vote in Utah LINK
  • Germany: German Court Rules E-Voting Unconstitutional LINK
  • Germany: German court rules against voting machines LINK
  • Germany: Voting machines outlawed in Germany LINK
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