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Daily Voting News For April 1, 2007

Published: Mon 2 Apr 2007 02:20 PM
Daily Voting News For April 1, 2007
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
The rise of electronic voting has created new ways to disenfranchise African-American voters—through high-tech ethnic profiling, inequitable allocation of equipment, and discrimination against non-computer-users and the elderly.
The solution? Prohibit the use of electronic voting systems, and replace them with voter-marked paper ballots, optical scanners, and stringent audits — a combination that provides the most secure safeguards available today and in the foreseeable future.
The opportunity to ban electronic voting is before Congress now. HR 811, the “Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007,” does not prohibit electronic voting but must be amended to do so, in order to protect the voting rights of African-Americans.
“Many national organizations are pushing electronic voting machines, in spite of evidence that the machines are disenfranchising African-Americans and other minorities. Everyone must take a closer look at this — and soon.” Velmanette Montgomery, New York State Senator...
NAtional: Electronic Voting Machines: New, High-Tech Ways to Disenfranchise African-Americans LINK
National: HAVA and HR811 -- Voting Machines’ Impact on Minority Communities LINK
National: EAC Finally Releases Previously Withheld, 9 Month Old Report on 'Voter ID' Failures After Congressional Prodding LINK
National: Hinchey Statement on U.S. Election Assistance Commission's Release of Report on Voter Identification Issues LINK
California: Editorial: Election system review LINK
California: Riverside County - Expert: Electronic ballots in Riverside Co. vulnerable to hackers LINK
California: Riverside County - Hacker gives voters something to worry about Finnish scientist testifies how easy it is to hack system LINK
California: Riverside County committee hears vote for paper ballots LINK
Florida: House panel shoots down plans for vote paper trails LINK
Missouri: Voting bill too specific, county says Touch-screen machines’ future at risk. LINK
Ohio: Cuyahoga County - In Ohio: GOP Party Kingpin (Guilty Yet Defiant) Battles On LINK
Pennsylvania: Cambria County - Officials receive expert’s report 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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