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Daily Voting News For November 21-23, 2006

Published: Mon 27 Nov 2006 05:23 PM
Daily Voting News For November 21, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Elections officials, including the EAC, wring their hands in worry over "Voter Confidence". Voter confidence won't come about because we cover-up or minimize the fact that there are failures all over; that people are having to stand in lines so long that some give-up and go home. Voter confidence will not come about as long as voters see their votes 'flipping' on the screen before their very eyes. Voter confidence will not come about as long as voters know there were problems with the machine they voted on but election officials tell them it's alright "no votes were lost". Voter confidence WILL grow when the problems are fixed and when all voters can go to the polls and have a good experience. Making a pretty picture out of a disaster helps no one except a few elections officials who want the truth hidden and the vendors. ...
National: The GOP's dirty deeds of 2006
Salon's guide to robo-calls, push polls, vigilantes and other murky dealings from this year's elections. LINK
National: Tiny town could be Waterloo for vote machines LINK
National: Editorial - The ballot box shell game LINK
National: Electronic Vote Counting: Where Did We Go Wrong? LINK
National: Robo-Calls and Other 2006 Election Irregularities LINK
Arkansas: Benton County - Finally finalized LINK
Colorado: Elections a tricky fix LINK
Colorado: Denver - "Shocking" election omission LINK
Colorado: Douglas County – Editorial - Dougco voters show stamina LINK
Florida: Is Florida Ready for Democracy? LINK
Florida: FL-13 - State panel says Republican won House race; rival sues LINK
Florida: FL-13 - GOP candidate certified for Congress; loser sues LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - State planning audit of touch-screens LINK
Florida: Sarasota County – Opinion - The buck stops with Kathy Dent LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Sarasota vote results spur suit LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Judge denies emergency election contest LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Judge: Sarasota Democrat can't test voting machines LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Judge issues setback to Jennings in lawsuit LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Sarasota Voters File Lawsuit for Revote in Congressional Race LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Five groups file lawsuit over congressional race LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Sarasota Voters File Lawsuit for Revote in Congressional Race LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Details on the Voter Lawsuit Filed in Florida's 13th Congressional District LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Lawsuit alleges e-voting negligence in Florida LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Electronic Voting Dispute Goes To Court LINK
Georgia: Georgia Fights Donzella James E-Voting Lawsuit LINK
Georgia: Electronic voting challenged in Fulton court LINK
Indiana: Lake County vote count final LINK
Indiana: Marion County - Clerk-elect plans to cut precincts LINK
Mississippi: Runoff voter turnout may be high LINK
North Carolina: Kissell Will Request A Hand Recount in 8th District Race LINK
North Carolina: Mecklenburg County - Black picks up 1 vote in recount; Jordan declines to concede race LINK
New Jersey: Morris Township recount gives Republican one-vote win
Court challenge from Democrats expected for seat on committee LINK
New Mexico: Madrid Concedes - Will Not Request A Recount LINK
New Mexico: Democrat in N.M. House race concedes LINK
Utah: Utah County - Vote machines in the clear LINK
Virginia: Election brings out nearly half the voters LINK
Virginia: Election Day Oddities LINK
West Virginia: Belmont County Counts the Votes LINK
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Daily Voting News For November 22, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
We at VotersUnite.Org want to express our hopes that you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our best wishes to all. / We warn anyone who will listen that our election system is being privatized. Private companies use private software to count our votes. There is very little transparency in the system. So it is extremely disconcerting to learn that some counties in Indiana have hired MicroVote to tabulate their votes for them. The counties buy MicroVote's machines, software, technical support and now even MicroVote employees to do the vote counting. MicroVote is the same company that knowingly installed illegal software on the machines in Indiana, and possibly in other states, prior to the primary. MicroVote is that same company that is being investigated for their practices in the state and has been investigated for illegal business practices and successfully sued for selling faulty equipment in the past. And yet this company is still being trusted to count votes? ...
National: HR-2239, HR-550, What Now?
2007 Federal Election Reform Legislation – VotersUnite.Org's Recommendation LINK
National: Whistleblower Stephen Heller Says 'Diebold Cannot be Trusted to Run Elections in America' LINK
National: E-voting `hero' pleads guilty to computer crime in Diebold case LINK
National: Is the election over? Not in every race LINK
National: ‘Vote-flipping’ is real, but the cause is still unclear
Vote-flipping is a user-interface problem, not a technical flaw, says co-director of the Voting Technology Project LINK
National: Wyden: 15 Reasons 'Vote by Mail' is the best for America LINK
California: Riverside County - Menifee race now down to one vote; about 20,000 ballots remain to be counted in Riverside County LINK
California: San Diego County - Paper ballots not big draw on Election Day; 1 voter in 10 used paper LINK
California: San Diego County - Complaint lodged about vote count LINK
California: Ventura County - Ballot-counting improvements vowed
Elections chief says 14,000 votes still uncounted LINK
Colorado: Denver County - Vote Centers are a disaster LINK
Colorado: Pueblo County - No fraud in local election, says county clerk LINK
Colorado: Pueblo County – Editorial - Absentee ballot problems LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Legal Fight in Florida’s 13th Could Stretch Into 2007 LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Experts say revotes rare, but possible LINK
Florida: FL-13 - More Questions Arise About Competence and Impartiality of Sarasota Voting Machine Auditors LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Audit Finds Dems Would Have Won if all Votes Had Been Recorded in Sarasota's FL-13 U.S. House Race LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Candidate denied access to vote machines' insides LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Check of touchscreens needs more credibility LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Candidate can't check voting machines yet LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Losing Sarasota Democrat denied voting machine access LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Judge won't speed up testing of voting machines in contested congressional race LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Analysis: Ballots favored Dems LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Florida lawsuit targets electronic voting machines in close race LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Sarasota Voters File Lawsuit for Re-vote in Congressional Race LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Jennings asks that machines actually used in voting be tested LINK
Georgia: Follow the paper trail LINK
Georgia: The Future of Democracy Will Be Determined from the Bench…Whether Judges Like it or Not LINK
Indiana: Indiana Election Not Over LINK
Indiana: Mahern asks for recount in House race LINK
Indiana: Delaware County - Recount sought in recorder's race LINK
Minnesota: Minneapolis begins work on multiple choice voting system LINK
North Carolina: NC-8 - 8th District race tightens slightly as recount continues LINK
New York: New Voting Machine Options Concern Citizens LINK
New York: Vote Groups Screaming At Screens LINK
New York: Advocacy groups fault touch-screen vote machines LINK
Ohio: Belmont County - Officials Seeking Funds For Elections LINK
Ohio: OH-15 - Pryce’s lead over Kilroy grows with 2 counties’ totals LINK
Texas: Fort Bend County - Elections Chief Wants E-scan Machines, Better Phones To Avoid Past Election Pitfalls LINK
Utah: Salt Lake County - Vote canvass bolsters Democrats LINK
Utah: Utah County - Election analysis detects database problem LINK
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Daily Voting News For November 23, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! / The disaster of an election in Denver, Colorado cost the tax payers over $4M or $20 for each voter who went to the polls. This is an amazing cost and it is being borne out all over the country as counties begin to tally up the costs of HAVA. Many counties are now spending two and three times more for elections than they have spent in the past and the cost can only go up once the first year contracts go away and the counties begin to realize they have the extra costs of maintenance, licensing, technical support, and the other hidden costs. And to add to the misery, many counties are beginning to complain about the cost of purchasing accessible voting machines that were not used in the last election and may never be used. ...
National: GOP's Hayes Urges Rival To Concede LINK
National: Opinion - Democrats can build trust by working for election fairness LINK
Arkansas: Benton County - Election problems, federal requirements challenge commissioners LINK
California: Actor apologizes for copying key documents on election equipment LINK
Colorado: Denver County - Panel Investigates Election Fiasco LINK
Colorado: Denver County - Election season costs Denver 20 bucks a vote LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Florida's 'national model' for fair elections now under scrutiny LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Voting machines actually used in disputed election to be tested LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Jennings team: Test of machines flawed LINK
Indiana: Posey County - Curtis requests recount LINK
Massachusetts: Lenox - CPA passes, but voting system fails LINK
Maryland: Anne Arundel County - Recount Is Likely in House Contest LINK
New Jersey: Ocean County - Voting machines proved reliable LINK
Pennsylvania: Centre County - Board hears from unhappy voters LINK
Pennsylvania: Northampton County - Changes slated for Northampton ballot LINK
Texas: El Paso County - A troubleshooting report reveals the problems reported by election judges during the mid-term election. LINK
Texas: Williamson County - Former Williamson elections administrator gets blame for problems LINK
West Virginia: Belmont County - Election Costs Sky High In Belmont County 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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John Gideon
Executive Director www.votersunite.org and
Member www.votetrustusa.org

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