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Daily Voting News For January 3-9, 2007

Published: Wed 10 Jan 2007 10:46 PM
Daily Voting News For January 3, 2007
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Did you think that Florida is the only state that still has questions about voting machines and results? If you answered yes you were wrong. As in Florida Ohio has thousands of unexplained undervotes and concerns from candidates as to whether they really lost their elections. / "The evidence presented indicates that electronic voting in its current form is systematically flawed and will require significant corrective measures to remedy the problems that have been exposed," concludes the 23-page report issued by Voter Action, VotersUnite.Org and VoteTrustUSA....
National: E-Voting Failures in the 2006 Mid-Term Elections
A sampling of problems across the nation LINK
National: Report Exposes Excessive E-Voting Machine Malfunctions in Mid-term Elections LINK
National: Lawmaker to take seat provisionally LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Jennings appeals ruling in contested congressional seat LINK
Florida: Sarasota County – Editorial - District 13: Wrong ruling LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Newspaper links age, 'undervotes' LINK
Florida: Sarasota County and the Debate Over “Paper Trails” LINK
Louisiana: House panel to review 3 challenges to elections of GOP lawmakers LINK
Mississippi: Winston County - Smooth electronic elections expected in 2007 races LINK
New York: Editorial - Delay voting machine shift
New York shouldn't scramble to adopt untried system before 2008 election LINK
Ohio: Missing votes in Ohio call races into question LINK
Ohio: eVoting Exit Strategy 2007 LINK
Ohio: Overview of Major Expert Studies on Voting Systems LINK
Ohio: Franklin County - Squire requests out-of-county judges LINK
Texas: Electronic voting led to errors, report says
Malfunctioning machines and late poll openings among complaints 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 January 4, 2007
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
"A laboratory that has tested most of the nation's electronic voting systems has been temporarily barred from approving new machines after federal officials found that it was not following its quality-control procedures and could not document that it was conducting all the required tests" according to the New York Times and the EAC forgot to mention it. Ciber Inc., apparently up until last summer, was one of three Independent Test Authority (ITA) labs that were allowed to hire themselves out to voting machine manufacturers for inspection and testing and ultimate certification of those voting machines. Ciber, along with SysTest and Wyle, held a very lucrative position in what has become the boondoggle of certifying of voting systems. They get test procedures written by the vendors and a hefty check from those same vendors and, apparently in Ciber's case, they don't do the paperwork or testing required and pass the voting systems on to the voters....
National: Report Exposes Excessive E-Voting Machine Malfunctions in Mid-term Elections LINK
National: U.S. Bars Lab From Testing Electronic Voting LINK
National: U.S. halts electronic vote tests by lab-newspaper LINK
National: NY Times Front Page Stunner: Feds Shut Down E-Vote 'Testing' Lab Last Summer For Failure To Follow Procedures, Lack of Evidence That All Required Tests Were Perfromed! LINK
National: Electronic voting machine tests halted LINK
National: Two Media Releases Issued On the Conditional Seating of U.S. House Candidates LINK
California: Company that Certified Diebold Voting Machines in California Loses Federal Certification Because of Lax Procedures LINK
California: Orange County - Probation Given to Two GOP Operatives Found Guilty of Switching Democratic Voter Registration Forms to Republican LINK
Colorado: Montrose County - Montrose still studying election problems LINK
Connecticut: Connecticut test of voting devices charts new course LINK
Florida: Report details 'failure' of e-voting systems LINK
Florida: FL-13 – Opinion - Time to move on
Jennings should accept court ruling LINK
Florida: FL-13 - The Newest Florida "Voting Fraud"Fraud LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Voters' reports are still evidence LINK
Florida: FL-13 – Opinion - Running out of time LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Jennings wants re-vote, Buchanan sworn in LINK
Florida: FL-13 - The Loser Who Won’t Concede LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Jennings wants re-vote, Buchanan sworn in LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Statement on the Provisional Seating of Vern Buchanan LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Professor testifies for defense in Sarasota voting lawsuit LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Vote-machine ruling appealed LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Jennings appeals ruling on code access LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - GOPer's Wife Had Voting Troubles LINK
Louisiana: Challenge to McCrery election is 1 of 3 House may consider LINK
Montana: Sheridan County - Dems plan recount of ballots LINK
New York: Paper ballots vs. touch screen voting LINK
Ohio: Groups fault electronic voting machines LINK
Pennsylvania: Electronic voting errors detailed in area counties LINK
Texas: Kolkhorst bill would require ‘paper ballot’ LINK
Texas: Anderson County - Lawsuit filed in Precinct 2 race LINK
Wisconsin: Editorial: Voting holiday would go nicely with poll-worker recruitment project 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" 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 January 5, 2007
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
States are now beginning to question whether their voting systems were originally inspected and tested by Ciber and whether the quality of that testing should be questioned. / Meanwhile the EAC has sent their commissioners out to handle damage control. Commissioners are denying the existence of negative reports against Ciber and denying that Ciber has any problems beyond what they think is normal for an accreditation process. They, however, are not explaining why two other labs were accredited almost immediately and why Ciber's process has taken 5 months longer and is still not complete. / Another key member of the House of Representatives has weighed in on the disputed Florida Congressional election, saying that not only the litigants but the House itself would benefit from more open discovery. On Thursday, the incoming Chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, which has the responsibility for evaluating any House election contest, submitted a letter to the Florida First District Court of Appeal expressing concern with the inability of the Plaintiffs to pursue their claims....
National: Electronic Voting Machine Tests Halted LINK
National: Feds Failed to Warn on Flawed E-Vote Lab LINK
National: Vote-test crew under fire LINK
National: Feds: Voting system is not doomed LINK
National: Fifteen Republicans Squeaked by in 2006, Analysis Shows LINK
National: Press Release - Election Experts Offer 14 Recommendations for Federal Legislation LINK
California: Bowen plans full review of voting machines LINK
California: New CA Secretary of State Bowen to Review Every Voting System in Use From 'Top to Bottom', Will Consider Decertification of Machines Approved by Predecessor McPherson! LINK
California: Riverside County - California County Official Who Dared 'Hackers' to Manipulate Voting System Gets Desperate! LINK
California: Riverside County - State official petitioned on e-voting challenge LINK
California: Riverside County - State's OK sought in test of e-voting LINK
Florida: 'No vote' choice would be on ballots under new bill LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Vote Still Contested As Congress Convenes LINK
Florida: FL-13 - House Encourages Florida Court to Allow Access to E-voting Source Code, Hardware LINK
Florida: FL-13 - ES vote machines skipped a step [FL-13] - promised at Election website LINK
Florida: FL-13 - UPDATE: New U.S. House Administration Comm. Chair Sends Letter to FL Court, Gives Notice Concerning Release of Touch-Screen Voting Machine Source Code in Jennings/Buchanan Election! LINK
Florida: Martin County - Voters: We want a paper trail LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Ciber Inc. at center of touch-screen controversy LINK
Indiana: Posner on Photo ID: The Unbearable Cleverness of Being Wrong LINK
Maryland: Election tech company under scrutiny LINK
Michigan: Oakland County – Editorial - Clerks deserve applause for questioning voting machines LINK
New York: New York State May Suspend Tests of New Voting Machines LINK
New York: Firm that tests voting machines not accredited; state cites inadequacies LINK
West Virginia: Jefferson County - Election woes prompt state audit 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 January 6, 2007
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
The EAC seems to be hiding a lot with regard to their not giving interim accreditation to Ciber for testing voting systems. One commissioner says there is no report that led to the lack of accreditation by the EAC. Part of that interim accreditation is an inspection of the labs facilities and procedures. An advisor hired by the EAC did that inspection. How can there not be a report? Maybe it's not the final report. Maybe it's an interim report. No matter what it is called there must be a report. The government does not run without reams of paper. Why is the EAC obfuscating? What are they not telling us and why?...
National: Testing Lab Failure Leads To Obfuscation By The Election Assistance Commission LINK
National: Experts say changes in e-voting likely to come LINK
California: State officials say testing proved machines accurate LINK
Florida: Voting system tester barred LINK
Florida: FL-13 - House Democrats continue challenge of Florida congressman's legitimacy LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Dem objects to state ruling on District 13: Letter expresses concern... LINK
Florida: FL-13 - House committee unlikely to rush District 13 voting inquiry LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Bennett proposes 'no vote' option LINK
Mississippi: Lafayette County could become early voting pilot project LINK
Ohio: Butler County - Absentee voting strains board 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 January 8, 2007
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
"There is by now no doubt that there are serious problems with electronic voting machines: they fail to record votes, and even flip votes from one candidate to another. Election officials like to defend the machines by noting that they have been certified by independent testing labs. But the certification process has long been deeply flawed, and last week there was even more disturbing news ­ that the leading testing lab has been unable to meet the federal government’s standards." NYTimes Editorial / Lowell Finley, the lead attorney for the non-partisan voting machine legal watchdog organization VoterAction.org has been named to be the new Deputy SoS for Voting Systems Technology and Policy in California today. This is a huge piece of news for all voters....
National: Editorial - Testing the Testers LINK
National: Are you a citizen? Prove it LINK
National: Report outlines midterm e-voting failures LINK
National: The Single Greatest Threat to the Media Reform Movement : Electronic Election Theft LINK
National: Like Elections, E-voting Must Be Open LINK
National: Sale could ease doubt about elections LINK
National: Ciber Not Given Interim Accreditation, Part 1 LINK
California: Major E-Voting Critic, Attorney Named to Key Voting Systems Oversight Role by New CA Secretary of State! LINK
Florida: Supreme Court will not hear Wexler's paper ballot trail lawsuit LINK
Florida: FL-13 - Bush vs. Gore it isn't, but it still matters LINK
Florida: FL-13 – Opinion - Voters slapped
Let's look at voting machines' DNA LINK
Florida: FL-13 - E-voting flaws put Florida in spotlight again LINK
Mississippi: Lafayette County - County mulling 'no excuses' early voting LINK
North Carolina: Editorial - Voting machines can't be trusted LINK
New York: Opinion by Bo Lipari - Don't rush into new machines
State's voting changeover should be moved from '07 to'09. LINK
Pennsylvania: Northampton County - Voting snags put heat on Northampton County elections office LINK
Texas: Hill County - Election Complaint Under Investigation LINK
Wisconsin: Campaign seeks poll workers
League says ranks are dwindling 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 January 9, 2007
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
“Voting machines are different from other things bought by a government. In purchasing voting equipment, election officials must rely heavily on the integrity, honesty and reliability of the vendor selling them this equipment."--Gary Greenhalgh, VP ES The same Gary Greenhalgh who was President of the Election Center and worked for convicted felon Ransom Shoup of Shouptronic fame and with MicroVote, another voting machine company with a checkered past. / "The 2006 election was a success: Most of the millions of Americans who cast their ballots did so with confidence. Despite some isolated problems, exit polls showed that in 98 percent of U.S. jurisdictions, the process worked so well that voter confidence rose to levels not seen since before Election 2000." This according to EAC Commissioner and Chief Blower of Smoke, Paul DeGregorio....
National: VP at Election Giant ES Threatens To Sue MadCowMorningNews LINK
National: How to hold successful elections LINK
National: E-voting controversy overcasts its success LINK
National: The Ciber Report? The EAC Now Admits It Really Exists LINK
California: NEW: E-voting critic tapped as deputy secretary of state LINK
California: New Bowen Deputy Forced Schwarzenegger to Pay Millions LINK
California: CA-50 - Appeal Heard on CA50 Election Case LINK
Colorado: Logan County - Goodbye to a public servant
3-term county clerk elects to leave office on her own terms LINK
Colorado: Montrose County - Election judges’ report mixed LINK
Florida: Supreme Court refuses to hear paper trail suit LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - Florida Voters Challenge Judge's Shutdown of Election Investigation LINK
Iowa: Iowa General Assembly Urged to Upgrade Election Procedures LINK
Illinois: Cook County - Part of vote blame on Orr
Election report faults county clerk, technology firm LINK
Illinois: Cook County - Panel: County clerk, voting-machine maker to blame for glitches LINK
New York: Delaware County - Group plans forums on voting machines LINK
Utah: Orem to look at using old punch cards for 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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