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'Daily Voting News' For November 04, 2007

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Two elections so far this year and Cuyahoga Co Ohio is 0-2 in successful recounts. Both recounts were in small municipal elections and in both cases the recounted voter verified paper trail (vvpat) votes failed to match the official machine results. Why? Mistakes in counting? Not according to the county. The problem is that the vvpats are at times difficult and sometimes impossible to read. These vvpats along with audits of those vvpat ballots are supposed to be an acceptable solution to the problems with DREs. Cuyahoga Co is now concerned that they may have a close county-wide race that will require many days of trying to decipher what is on the vvpat tapes. Remember that in Ohio the vvpat is the vote of record in an audit so any damaged or unreadable ballots may be lost ballots and they could affect the results of an election. This, again, is proof that adding a vvpat printer to a DRE is like adding a seat belt to a Pinto. Let's "Rage Against The Machines" and recall them all....
  • NAtional: Diebold/Premier Admits Memory Card Failure On Popular Optical-Scan Voting Machines With Elections Impending Next Week, Company Downplays, Hides Failure Rate LINK
  • NAtional: TIME: The 'Stampede Away from Touch-Screen' LINK
  • CA: Monterey County - Pushing paper ballot envelope Electronics will be used only for counting LINK
  • CT: Longing For The Certainty Of Levers, Curtain LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - Voting group plans to appeal ruling Appeals court struck down extra audits; state Supreme Court is next LINK
  • FL: Dent said complaint has no merit LINK
  • IN: Marion County - No replay of primary, officials say Election staff says plan is in place to ensure polls run smoothly LINK
  • OH: Activists mourn 2004 election, Democracy LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County 0-for-2 in recounts Run-up to election gives officials pause LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Recount procedures, paper jams worry Cuyahoga elections officials LINK
  • PA: Bradford County - Election officials provide voting tips LINK
  • PA: Lackawanna County - A step-by-step look at voting on paper ballots LINK
  • TX: State voter database working better LINK
  • VA: Voting problems mostly corrected LINK
  • VA: Botetourt County voters to get write-in help Voting involves typing the candidates' names using a touch-screen keypad. LINK
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