Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Good news today from New Jersey where S-507, a post-election audit bill, passed through the budget committee on a party-line vote even with opposition from the state Attorney General.
This week we are scheduled to hear the results of the Ohio Secretary of State's EVEREST project. This project and resulting reports from academics and others was supposed to be Jennifer Brunner's "Top-To-Bottom Review" with the resulting recognition comparable to that given to California's Debra Bowen. We are still waiting to hear whether we will actually see the reports or just an executive summary that only gives us the information the Secretary wants us to hear. In the meantime, Brunner seems to be nudging Cuyahoga Co to change from DRE voting to optical-scan. While those nudges would have been great 6 months or more ago, it is questionable as to whether the county should change now. The Ohio primary is March 4 with absentee voting beginning in January. The county should now be working on ballot lay-out, ballot programming and ballot printing. This is NOT the time to make any changes. One has to wonder whether Brunner is trying to emulate Bowen or Blackwell. The jury is still out....
CA: CA Elections - Better Accurate than Fast! LINK
CO: Opinion - Only paper ballots would make elections credible LINK
CO: Scientists: Key to bolstering confidence in elections related to voting experience LINK
DE: Funds mostly accounted for; $6,000 of $743,000 for voting upgrades still undocumented LINK
FL: Voter database given OK ahead of primary
Florida's elections chief defends the voter database but admits some new voters may be out of luck for the primary. LINK
IA: Group wants paper record for votes in 2008 LINK
NJ: Landmark NJ Election Audit Bill Passes Budget Committee LINK
NY: Editorial - Voting-machine dilemma deserves interim solution
Legislators should consider resolution to provide reliable machines while state continues its testing program. LINK
OH: Large Undervotes in Seven Ohio Touch Screen Counties LINK
OH: What will Ohio be voting on in 2008, and who decides?
The procedure, protocol, and timeline of this decision making by Ohio's Elected Officials on Project EVEREST voting machine testing has been requested by OEJC. LINK
TN: Opinion - Election Day voting: not doomsday, but more accountability is needed LINK
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