Daily Voting News For November 5 & 6, 2006

Published: Tue 7 Nov 2006 02:28 PM
Daily Voting News For November 5, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of
The full, un-redacted SAIC report has finally been released today. / Today marks the 58th anniversary of the "Polk County Massacre" in Tennessee. / The news for the past week, today and surely tomorrow has been rife with 'feel-good' articles about how prepared counties are and how well the voters like their voting machines. If the primaries and early voting are a gauge, then we are looking at many of these counties, especially those in states with no early voting, to have problems. / Bibb, Camden and Cobb Co.s Georgia will all use machines with a vvpat for the first time this year. Let's hope the state is serious about this test and that the printers are properly serviced and not allowed to fail just so the state and Diebold can claim it is a mistake. / Anderson Co South Carolina has sleepovers this weekend. / ...
National: BradBlog Exclusive Documents: 'The Pentagon Paper Of E-Voting' – The Long-sought 2003 State of Maryland's 'SAIC Report' On Diebold Security Vulnerabilities – Now Released in Full! LINK
National: Elections 58 years ago marked by violence LINK
National: All Four Major E-Voting Machines Flip Votes in Early Voting LINK
National: Fingers Crossed That Voting Machines Work LINK
National: What to Do if You Have Trouble Voting LINK
National: Lawyers fan out for US mid-term elections LINK
National: Groups at odds with Pentagon over e-mail ballots LINK
National: The Importance of Recounts LINK
National: Tight Lid Kept On Exit-Poll 'Vault' LINK
National: Columnist - Sanctity of ballot is once more at stake LINK
National: Counting on security
The transition to electronic voting without tough standards for security, reliability and accessibility is a serious mistake. LINK
National: U.S. Attorney's Office: We're ready to investigate election fraud LINK
National: Vote-counting, exit-poll groups learned from '04 LINK
National: Getting Ugly Early On Election Law LINK
National: Political pressure mounts on decision desks LINK
National: Nancy Giles: Why Doesn't U.S. Voting Work?
Inspiring Democracy Abroad May Seem Easier Than Ensuring Democratic Principles, Like Voting, Back Home LINK
Alaska: Voters prefer paper ballots over screens
Machines shunned in 20 percent of precincts LINK
Alabama: Baldwin County - Changes made to avoid 2002 voting problems
Alabama voters head to the polls Tuesday LINK
California: How Safe Is Your Vote? LINK
California: Riverside County - Electronic voting safe, secure and monitored LINK
Delaware: Elections chief: Electronic machines just fine LINK
Florida: Electronic machines' vote tallies will be on the button, elections chiefs vow LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Voting glitch prompts warning LINK
Georgia: 3 Georgia precincts to use paper trail
Officials hope experiment reassures voters LINK
Georgia: Opinions remain mixed on voting machines LINK
Illinois: Rockford, Winnebago Counties - E-voting safe bet for local voters LINK
Kansas: Shawnee County - The right touch? Voters not sure
Majority casting advance ballots opting not to use high-tech devices LINK
Maryland: Mail-voting extension sought LINK
Maryland: Group Threatens Legal Action To Extend Absentee Balloting LINK
Missouri: Boone County - Clerk still wary of electronic voting LINK
Mississippi: Moment of truth for new voting machines LINK
New Jersey: Experts: Be alert for voting machine problems LINK
New Jersey: Poll workers predict rough day LINK
New Mexico: On the bubble LINK
New Mexico: New Mexico Dirty Tricks: GOP Targets Voters With Hispanic Surnames LINK
Ohio: Absentee ballots double this year LINK
Ohio: Officials ready for anything
New machines, ID requirements keep many on their toes LINK
Ohio: State advises counties not to scan absentee ballots early LINK
Ohio: Tuscarawas County - Making sense of ID requirements LINK
Pennsylvania: An eSlate of candidates LINK
Pennsylvania: Lawrence and Mercer Counties - Mercer, Lawrence workers to hand-count absentees LINK
South Carolina: Anderson County - Voting machines go home with election workers LINK
Tennessee: Shelby County - Tennessee's GOP Party Says More Voter Smart Cards Are Missing LINK
Texas: Lawyers stand by in Dist. 22 LINK
Texas: Gregg, Harrison, Rusk Counties - More counties vote 'no' to paper ballots LINK
Virginia: Columnist - Take a healthy skepticism to the polls LINK
Wisconsin: Touch-screen voting to aid larger turnout Tuesday LINK
Daily Voting News For November 6, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of
If you have a problem voting, call The Election Integrity Response System at 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 'The state of Florida was on high alert today as an electronic voting machine that was being tested in advance of Tuesday’s midterm election went berserk and killed nine in a terrifying rampage.' (Satire) / 'There are reports from at least seven states of voters being harassed by multiple phone calls with recorded messages - "robocalls" - that appear to be a devious manipulation of voter's pre-election advertisement overload.' / Well, it all starts/ends tomorrow. Let's hope things go smoothly in all 50 states and that every losing candidate is satisfied with the results of the election. I'm a dreamer but what the hell…...
National: Recounting Tomorrow's Vote LINK
National: Voting equipment could get sharper federal scrutiny next year LINK
National: What you can do if you have trouble voting on Tuesday LINK
National: Election Day: Get Ready for the Glitches LINK
National: Editorial - E-voting: The need for paper LINK
National: Everything You Need to Know to Cast Your Ballot LINK
National: Editorial - Protecting the Right to Vote LINK
National: A New Breed of Watchdog For Election Day LINK
National: Activists Take Measures to Ensure Fair Elections LINK
National: Vote fraud: a business opportunity?
Hoping electronic voting won’t be a big story this week. LINK
National: In a Brief, Unsigned New Opinion, The Supreme Court Sends the Wrong Signal on Voter ID and Voter Fraud LINK
National: How to Make Your Vote Count LINK
National: E-Voting Boosts Earnings Despite Hacking Concerns
Maker of ATMs Has Made Millions on Voting Systems But Suffered from Political Controversy LINK
National: Electronic Voting Machine Slays Nine. LINK
National: U.S. elections: New law, new voting machines may lead to glitches, delays in results LINK
National: 'The Pentagon Papers Of E-Voting' -- Maryland's 'SAIC Report' On Diebold Security Vulnerabilities -- Released LINK
National: Voting machines cause landslide of problems LINK
National: Robocalls - If You Get an Annoying Call From a Candidate, It May Have Come From Their Opponent LINK
National: A message to IRV fans - look beyond the hype LINK
National: Problems to Watch for on Election Day LINK
National: Confused Poll Workers – Another Worry on November 7 LINK
National: Would open source make elections fair? LINK
National: Glitches, SNAFUs, and Skullduggery: A roundup of problems already documented and issues that may suppress the '06 vote LINK
National: `Brave New Ballot' Author Attacks Electronic Voting: Interview LINK
National: E-Voting Concerns Take Non-Partisan Blush LINK
National: Federal observers at polls in 22 states LINK
California: San Mateo County - Officials shoot for worry-free voting LINK
Colorado: Denver - Vote centers complicate mix LINK
Connecticut: University of Connecticut Approves State's Choice of Optical Scan Voting Technology LINK
Florida: Opinion - Restoring trust
Voting machine uncertainty persists LINK
Florida: Poll workers gearing up for a long, hard day LINK
Florida: Lee County - Bilingual ballots cause stir for voters
Some want 'English-only' despite law LINK
Florida: Miami-Dade County - Voting Machine Glitches Found During Early Voting LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Group wants paper ballots LINK
Florida: Volusia County - Voter Rights Organization Says Volusia Plagued With Problems LINK
Georgia: Monitors make your vote count
Safety guidelines ensure reliable results for voters LINK
Idaho: Bonneville County – Idaho County Asking Disbled Voters To Limit Touch-Screen Ballots LINK
Indiana: Voting fiasco a big 'What if?' in Indiana LINK
Maryland: Suit eyes extended absentee voting LINK
Maryland: Maryland Dems: Extend Absentee Deadline LINK
Missouri: Election officials ready for big day LINK
New Hampshire: Investigators: Political Phone Messages May Be Illegal In N.H LINK
_New Mexico:_ Democrats accuse Republicans of misdirecting voters, GOP fires back LINK
Ohio: Election Day forecast: Problems likely LINK
Ohio: Cuyahoga County - Ohio absentee ballots scanned early LINK
Ohio: Cuyahoga County - No Major Glitches Encountered In Absentee Ballot Scanning LINK
Ohio: Stark County - Tally could be quicker LINK
Ohio: Tuscarawas County - Miller estimates about 49 percent turnout Tuesday LINK
Pennsylvania: Jill Porter | GOP 'robocall' tactics make me sick LINK
South Carolina: Skeptics fear new voting system LINK
South Carolina: You've got 3 minutes to vote, sort of LINK
_Tennessee:_ Shelby County - Election Commission says voters walked off with smart cards LINK
Tennessee: Shelby County - Accusations of Voter Fraud Surface LINK
Texas: Williamson County - Voting machines repaired, officials say LINK
Virginia: Sec. of Virginia State Board of Elections Finds Widespread Incidents of Voter Suppression LINK
Wisconsin: Future is now in voting
Elections officials say touch-screen machines could shorten lines at polls LINK
Wisconsin: Poll jitters: New registration system, electronic voting set some nerves on edge LINK
West Virginia: Election expected to go smoothly LINK
**"Daily Voting News" is meant as a comprehensive listing of reports each day concerning issues related to election and voting news around the country regardless of quality or political slant. Therefore, items listed in "Daily Voting News" may not reflect the opinions of VotersUnite.Org or Scoop.**
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