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Daily Voting News For February 28, 2007

Published: Fri 2 Mar 2007 09:45 AM
Daily Voting News For February 28, 2007
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
In an excellent, must-read, article in “The Free Press” authors Victoria Parks and Paddy Shaffer relate, “The Squire v. Geer case is more than just a mere election challenge lawsuit; the reliability of electronic voting was on trial last week in a small courtroom in Franklin County, Ohio. Voting rights activists see the issues before the court as going to the heart of democracy itself and whether or not election results obtained through the computerized voting machines can be trusted.” And they sum-up their article thusly, “Electronic voting seems more questionable than ever as vendors pass on the substantial costs of software service contracts to taxpayers in already financially cash-strapped counties. Electronic voting also appears more vulnerable than ever at this time of slumping voter confidence. In the final analysis, the integrity of electronic voting continues to dog this industry — a private industry that holds so much power over a democratic process meant to be fully transparent and accountable to the public. The trial reconvenes Wednesday, February 28, to hear final arguments. Afterwards, Sacco's findings go before a three judge Appeals Court panel which will decide to accept or reject his recommendations. All Franklin County judges have been removed from the case to avoid the appearance of impropriety.”...
NAtional: False Choices in the Debate on Voting Technology LINK
National: Election Assistance Commissioner's Qualifications Questioned LINK
National: Holt bill would demand paper record of votes Once defeated, proposal getting a second look with new Democratic majority LINK
National: David Becker informs ISU students about voting rights LINK
National: Chairman Feinstein Calls for Full Funding of Help America Vote Act in FY08 Budget LINK
Arkansas: Ark. bill would require voters to show photo ID LINK
California: Orange County - OC supervisors delay seating Vietnamese candidate LINK
California: Riverside County - Test of Riverside County voting machines called limited LINK
Colorado: Montrose County - Coffman blasts Montrose official over election failures LINK
Connecticut: By Voting Officials Paper Ballots Chosen LINK
Florida: Opinion - Ease touch-screen doubt LINK
Florida: Duval County - Is it just a glitch in the system? LINK
Florida: Sarasota County – Opinion - Sarasota: Could a Bug Have Lost Votes? LINK
Florida: Sarasota County - New vote machines may be delayed LINK
Illinois: Chicago - Election 2007: Low Turnout, Reports Of Violence LINK
Illinois: Chicago - Smooth sailing at polls, this time LINK
Illinois: Kane County - Kane clerk scolded for buying voting machines County panel unhappy $201,880 was spent when it wasn’t in the budget LINK
Illinois: Kane County - Clerk, County Board make uneasy peace LINK
Illinois: Kane County - Spending under scrutiny LINK
Kansas: Shawnee County - Some voters were given wrong ballots Problem could be more widespread than what was discovered LINK
Missouri: Missouri Activists Say “Show Me The Vote” LINK
Ohio: Franklin County - E-voting on trial in Columbus, Ohio: The Squire Case LINK
Pennsylvania: Union County - County board to leave elections post unfilled LINK
Utah: Senate sets aside funds for statewide primary 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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