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Daily Voting News For December 7-10, 2006

Published: Mon 11 Dec 2006 05:14 PM
Daily Voting News For December 7, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
The folks in Alaska may have a good idea that needs to be discussed (see the first article below). Essentially they are suggesting a separate, national, hand counted, paper ballot for President. Any registered voter can vote anywhere on that single race. The immediately apparent advantage is that it will enfranchise voters who may be away from home as they can walk into any polling place on election day, prove they are registered and vote the presidential ballot and that ballot would be counted, by hand, right along with every other ballot gathered at the polls. Of course, a glaring argument against is that this would require a national voter registration data base and states are having trouble just getting it right for themselves without joining all 50 plus the territories together into one. It may be an idea worth discussion and thought though. ...
National: Editorial - Alaska editorial: Nation needs a single, presidential paper ballot LINK
National: Where’s the Voter Fraud? LINK
National: Panel passes electronic voting guidelines, encourages use by states LINK
National: Panel wants paper trail for touch-screen voting
A committee voted to create a national standard that could eliminate paperless electronic voting machines. LINK
National: Opinion - Think globally, protect the vote locally LINK
National: EAC Approves Voting System Testing Program Standards LINK
National: EAC Releases Findings of Voting Fraud and Voter Intimidation Study LINK
National: U.S. board approves testing of e-voting machines
EAC votes unanimously to approve a manual for testing and certification of e-voting machines LINK
National: Remember the Pinto or Why Isn't the Performance of Our Voting Machines as Important as the Performance of Our Blenders LINK
National: Agency Toughen Voting Security Program LINK
California: Opinion - New elections czar promises to focus attention on better form of e-voting LINK
California: Riverside County – Supervisor Bets 'A Thousand To One' That His Sequoia Voting Machines Can't Be Hacked! LINK
Colorado: Denver - City elections chief quits LINK
Connecticut: Editorial - A TrueVote Vindication LINK
Connecticut: Audit finds new optical scan voting machines accurate, reliable LINK
Florida: Tired Of Being Butt Of Election Jokes, Florida Fights Back LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Dean calls for new election in District 13 race LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - D-13 audit heads to Tallahassee
Experts to verify that Sarasota County's voting software has been state-certified LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - SP TIMES: Jennings to Ask House for 'Investigation' in FL-13 Race LINK
Indiana: Allen County - Criminal campaign charges LINK
Kansas: Sedgwick County - Landwehr's opponent contests vote
Democratic challenger Walt Chappell claims an error or fraud occurred in the election; Rep Brenda Landwehr says there's no validity to the accusations. LINK
Ohio: Fairfield County - Diebold taking blame for invalid election results LINK
Ohio: Washington County - State ousts final elections board official LINK
Pennsylvania: Chester County - Recount will be a test of voting system LINK
New Jersey: Opinion - Ballots obtained by messengers open door for voting fraud LINK
Texas: Waller County - Waller officials vote to abolish elections office 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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Daily Voting News For December 8, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
"By the 2008 presidential election, voters around the country are likely to see sweeping changes in how they cast their ballots and how those ballots are counted," write Ian Urbina and Christopher Drew in today's NYTimes, "including an end to the use of most electronic voting machines without a paper trail." / The totally partisan EAC Commissioner Donetta Davidson has been named "Chairman" of that commission. "Ms. Davidson, speaking in her role as EAC commissioner, has publicly advocated for paperless electronic voting machines and opposed legislation that would require that electronic voting machines provide an independent means of verifying the accuracy of electronic vote totals. In addressing the recent TGDC meeting, Commissioner Davidson specifically urged the committee not to adopt a resolution that would require a voter verified paper audit trail for direct recording electronic voting machines."...
National: Changes Are Expected in Voting by 2008 Election LINK
National: Donetta Davidson Named Chairman of the Election Assistance Commission LINK
National: Security concerns plague e-voting LINK
National: U.S. election panel OKs testing of e-voting machines LINK
National: The Press Catching Up With Koehler on E-Voting Problems LINK
National: Exclusive: Rep. Holt Say His Election Reform Legislation Will Require 'Voter-Verified Paper Ballots' LINK
California: Riverside County – Columnist - Down for the Count LINK
Connecticut: Registrar of voters: phone-in voting too slow LINK
Connecticut: State's New Vote System Earns High Marks LINK
Connecticut: Audit finds new optical scan voting machines accurate, reliable LINK
Florida: Opinion - Have a backup plan for close elections
Our Opinion: Paper Trail Would Verify Count, Boost Voters' Confidence LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Jennings gets Dean's help in bid for revote LINK
Florida: Fl-13 - Vote challenge unlikely to be resolved before Congress meets LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Dems top Republicans in no-vote dispute in Dist. 13 LINK
Georgia: Paper-trail rule is a voting victory LINK
Indiana: Microvote Sues State LINK
Maryland: Maryland official reverses stance on e-voting bill
Law requiring paper trail now likely to gain legislative OK LINK
Minnesota: Florida election snafu could herald 2008 meltdown LINK
New York: Touch Screen Voting Machines Feel Wrong to Many LINK
Ohio: OH-15 - After hand recount, Pryce’s lead over Kilroy still as it was LINK
Pennsylvania: Delaware County - Resolution targets new voting machine flaw LINK
Rhode Island: Editorial - Ballots need manual review for accuracy LINK
Texas: Waller County abolishes elections office LINK
Utah: Salt Lake County - Mayor Corroon says upkeep of Electronic Voting Machines Costing "Million and Millions" LINK
Virginia: Auditing Elections
City Council votes to support General Assembly efforts to create a paper trail for voters. LINK
Virginia: Editorial - Paper trail needed for voting confidence LINK
Wyoming: No barriers to voting 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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Daily Voting News For December 9, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
It seems that the Sarasota election problems along with the overwhelming vote by the people of that county who spoke out and told the county that they want a paper ballot, has influenced other counties in the state. There is now talk of converting from DREs to paper ballots or including a vvpat on the DREs in Volusia, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. ...
National: Statement to the EAC LINK
National: Changes ahead for e-voting; FL-13 controversy continues LINK
National: New Voting Machines - The Gift That Keeps On Costing LINK
Arkansas: State election results certified
Benton County's numbers were last in to secretary of state LINK
Florida: Broward and Miami-Dade – Vote Is Set On Voting Machines LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Election firm says codes are a secret LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Hearing set for challenge to voting machine's software LINK
Florida: Volusia County - Paper ballots may be coming LINK
Montana: Guest Opinion: Time to review changes in Montana election laws LINK
New York: Opinion - Voting last, voting smart 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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Daily Voting News For December 10, 2006
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Summit Co. Ohio is now considering following in the foot steps of Douglas Co. Nebraska. Douglas Co., the home of ES, purchased a digital printer and now prints their own ballots for their ES op-scans. Douglas Co bought the printer for $120,000 and saved $75,000 in printing costs in the just completed election. And, they did not have to rely on ES to make any deadlines. They were in complete control. ...
California: San Mateo County - Human error to blame for November e-voting snafus LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Sample ballot was different from screen LINK
Florida: Sarasota County – Opinion - Election conformity
Back to the drawing board in Florida LINK
Florida: Exclusive: Sarasota Offered Faulty Information to Voters Concerning Undervote Confirmation Process on their ES Touch-Screen Voting Machines LINK
Georgia: The Cox Legacy
Who "owns" our votes? LINK
Indiana: Delaware County - More objections raised to recount LINK
Michigan: Macomb County - Clerks feud over who runs school elections
Several municipalities want to leave special elections to the county LINK
Ohio: Summit County - Summit ponders printing ballots
Elections panel looks at buying digital printer to avoid voting delays LINK
Utah: Salt Lake County Mayor Corroon says upkeep of Electronic Voting Machines Costing "Million and Millions" LINK
Virginia: Editorial - Montgomery County secures its elections 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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