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'Daily Voting News' For January 24, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org Late yesterday a report was released by the Florida Fair Elections Center regarding the Nov. 2006 election in which voting machines did not register over 18,000 votes in the congressional district 13 race. The report, "Sarasota's Vanished Votes - An Investigation into the Cause of Uncounted Votes in the 2006 Congressional District 13 Race in Sarasota County, Florida January 2008", is a well researched and presented report that chronicles the problems that very probably led to the wrong person serving the voters of Florida Congressional District 13. The report is damning to the vendor, ES&S, and to local and state election officials. ES&S's statement about the report is that the writers of the report are "biased". Of course the report had just been released and they had no way to have read a word.

This morning when I began working on this space I wrote something about New York and how the State Election Board could (would) not make a decision on what voting technology would be used for accessibility. A decision that allowed DREs would have nearly guaranteed that some counties in the state would be using DREs in the future. Apparently Board Member Doug Kellner was able to convince the other two members that New York State Law must be followed and that none of the DREs would meet the legal requirements. So, today the board met again and unanimously voted to allow only optical-scan or ballot-marking-devices for accessibility. No DREs were approved. This is a huge win for the voters in New York....

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  • CO: Mesa County - Colorado closer to using paper ballots LINK
  • CO: Weld County - Weld clerk calls governor's paper ballot proposal 'step back' LINK
  • CT: Lawmakers to hold hearings on performance of new voting machines LINK
  • FL: State Primary Votes Won't Have Paper Trail LINK
  • FL: Florida Switching To Paper Ballots After February Voting LINK
  • FL: Flawed Software Will Count 1/3 of Votes in Florida's January 29th Primary LINK
  • FL: Florida prepares to unplug touchscreen voting machines LINK
  • FL: Sarasota's Vanished Votes An Investigation into the Cause of Uncounted Votes in the 2006 Congressional District 13 Race in Sarasota County, Florida January 2008 LINK
  • IA: Voting plan comes at a high price LINK
  • IA - 70 counties need to update voting machines under new law LINK
  • IL: Some Illinois counties see major delays with primary ballots LINK
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  • NY: A Victory for Election Integrity in New York LINK
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  • OH: Press Release - Many Ohio Elections Officials' Views Inconsistent with Voters' Concerns LINK
  • OH: History Made on a.m. 1360: Jennifer Brunner LINK
  • OH: Ohio counties resist voting proposal LINK
  • OH: Hardin County - Brunner wins fight with Hardin County elections officials LINK
  • OH: Hardin County - County previously opposed to voting change now in compliance LINK
  • PA: Lackawanna County - Voting system choice up in air LINK
  • PA: Wayne County - County Still Deciding On Voting Machines LINK
  • SC: Columnist - The Next Florida LINK
  • SC: Paper ballots standing by State says it's ready for any problems at polls Saturday LINK
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  • SC: Horry County - Paper ballots not recorded by precinct LINK
  • SC: Horry County - Election Commission Says Voting Problems Corrected for Democratic Primary LINK
  • SC: Horry County voting machines ready for second round LINK
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