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'Daily Voting News' For January 08, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Yesterday while voters in New Hampshire were going to the polls a large group of activists filled the Board of Supervisors conference room in Pima County Arizona. A judge recently decided that the county should release the database from the 2006 primary and general election. The supervisors began by voting not to appeal the court's decision. Then a raucous crowd of more than 60 people demanded to be heard. John Brakey was gaveled down and threatened with expulsion. The board decided to hear from the citizens and after hearing from about 20 the board turned totally and unanimously agreed to release the 2006 primary and general election data tapes, PLUS the RTA data that was the original reason for the court case. Great job by the folks in Pima County and by our friend John Brakey.

The Cuyahoga Co. Ohio Board of Elections is discussing the possibility of seeking a refund from Premier/Diebold for the DRE voting system that has been failing miserably for the past two years. As much as that system has been a disaster Premier should just refund the total purchase price of $21M and consider themselves lucky.

For the past two years counties in Arkansas have had huge problems with ballot programming supplied by ES&S. Many of those counties have decided to leave the vendor out of the process and they are doing it themselves. Any progress toward getting the vendors out of voting administration is good progress.

Just minutes ago it was reported that the county clerk in Hancock Co Illinois is requesting the DoJ to investigate the deceptive practices of ES&S....

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  • AZ: Pima County - RTA databases to be released Info from '06 election may help clear the air over integrity issue LINK
  • AZ: Pima County Board of Supervisors Advances Election Integrity with Vote to Release All 2006 Election Databases LINK
  • CA: Monterey County - Observation panel to watch over local primary Part of condition to recertify touch-screen voting LINK
  • CA: San Bernardino County - County joins lawsuit against secretary of state LINK
  • CA: San Bernardino County - County joins suit on ballot counting LINK
  • CA: San Bernardino County - S.B. County joins lawsuit testing new vote recount order LINK
  • CO: Legislators lose their confidence in Coffman LINK
  • CO: Editorial - Election land mine LINK
  • CO: Columnist - Fried: Legislature Must Quickly Grapple with State Election Meltdown LINK
  • CO: Denver may get voting reprieve Clerk: Coffman says he's 'likely' to OK equipment LINK
  • CO: Denver - Coffman changes tune on machines Denver's clerk says she was told he might recertify the voting system after an appeal. LINK
  • CT: Vote Tally Discrepancy Reported To State LINK
  • FL: Hillsborough County - Sample ballot mailed with Rudy boo-boo Hillsborough elections chief apologizes. LINK
  • IL: DuPage County - DuPage, state differ on files Commission stands by its destruction of election records LINK
  • IL: DuPage County - County must get state permission to destroy election files LINK
  • IL: Hancock County - Election vendor accused of deceptive practice LINK
  • MA: Technology empowers visually impaired voters LINK
  • MT: Gallatin County - Group wants county voting machines decertified LINK
  • NC: Ghost in the voting machine LINK
  • NM: Voter Beware LINK
  • NY: Voting machine deadline looms New York officials to choose options this month for voters with disabilities. LINK
  • NY: N.Y. sets timetable on ballot machines LINK
  • OH: Study pushes for changes to Ohio elections Secretary of state's recommendations include centralized vote centers, optical-scan ballots and 'no fault' absentee voting LINK
  • OH: Columnist - We're all paying and paying for Florida's 2000 election meltdown - Kevin O'Brien LINK
  • OH: State scrambling to find $31 million Cuyahoga County, 56 others looking to replace electronic voting systems before March primary LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Elections Board seeks refund for faulty touch-screen system LINK
  • OH: Franklin County - Price tag for ballot directive may rise Proposed number to print is too low, county insists LINK
  • OH: Marion County - How will you vote? LINK
  • OH: Trumbull County - Editorial - Local voting plan better than Brunner's LINK
  • OH: Trumbull County - Local officials weigh in on vulnerable voting machines LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - County racing to find new voting machines Officials will meet with vendors Tuesday. They must pick by month's end to be set for primary. LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Retiring the lever voting machines for the second time LINK
  • TX: Waller County - Waller early voting plan opposed Black officials urge feds to rule that one-site limit is discriminatory LINK
  • WV: Opinion - W.Va. Right About Voting Machines LINK
  • WV: Voting Machines Criticized in Harrison, Belmont and Jefferson LINK
  • VoterID: Voter ID requirement comes under fire Indiana is one of only three states nationally to require identification in order to vote LINK
  • VoterID: Court Hears Voter ID Case LINK
  • VoterID: Opinion - Requiring voter ID at the polls is a snake-oil remedy LINK
  • VoterID: Editorial - The Court and Voter ID's LINK
  • VoterID: Supreme Court to hear Indiana voter ID law LINK
  • VoterID: Project 21 Members Argue that Voter ID Laws Depress Fraud, not Turnout LINK
  • VoterID: Editorial - Voter ID law is a fraud LINK
  • VoterID: Supreme Court Weighs Voter ID Requirements LINK
  • VoterID: Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Voter ID Law Indiana Law Requires Voters to Show Identification at Polls LINK
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