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Daily Voting News For August 2-4, 2006

Daily Voting News For August 2, 2006


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Three disability advocacy groups have filed suit in California against the SoS and five counties for using voting systems that are not accessible, according to the groups. The list of systems includes AutoMark and Hart eSlate and Diebold TSx but not Sequoia Edge / "We have lousy voting machines and no results. When I voted this afternoon, there were three men standing behind me who could've seen how I voted." said Park City, Kansas Mayor Dee Stuart about Sedgwick Counties ES&S voting system. / Shelby Co. Tennessee sent their Diebold voting machines home with election workers for the night tonight, ignoring the federal certification memorandum....

  • National: Democracy In Crisis: An Interview with Mike Papantonio
    An Explanation of the Qui Tam Cases Filed Against Some Electronic Voting Machine Companies LINK
  • National: Whistleblower lawsuit filed against e-voting industry LINK
  • National: Blowing the whistle on Diebold (Kennedy Qui Tam) LINK
  • National: Lawmaker urges residents to exercise vote LINK
  • National: EAC Requests Public Comment On Draft of 2006 Election Survey LINK
  • National: Election Monitoring Shows Commitment to Democracy LINK
  • Arizona: Pima County - Our Opinion: Security of vote machines still in doubt. Before Pima County commits to using touchscreen voting machines, it must know that the system is totally secure. LINK
  • California: State, Alameda County sued over voter access LINK
  • California: Lawsuit Filed Against Voting Machines LINK
  • California: Disabled voters sue five counties, state over access LINK
  • California: San Diego County - County sued over handling of primary: Lawsuit asks court to order recount of Bilbray-Busby race LINK
  • Colorado: Morgan County - Calling all voters Sheriff, assessor races to highlight primary elections (Hart Intercivic) LINK
  • Kansas: Computer glitch stalls some election results (VoTech) LINK
  • Kansas: Labette County - 16% of voters cast ballots LINK
  • Kansas: Sedgwick County - Voting reforms pass their first test (ES&S iVotronic) LINK
  • Kansas: Sedgwick County - County 4th District candidates left hanging LINK
  • Kansas: Sedgwick County - Glitches mark new voting system LINK
  • Missouri: Boone County - Poll workers learn to use newfangled election gear LINK
  • New Mexico: Columnist - Safe and secure. Paper ballots will give New Mexico uniform voting procedures LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Bucks County - Calming voters' fears. County Commissioners attempt to ease residents' concerns about using new voting machines in the upcoming election LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Centre County - County OKs voting system contract. But opponents of the touch-screens say protest not over (ES&S iVotronic) LINK
  • Tennessee: Veterans Fired On Corrupt Politicians To Prevent Election Fraud. Some Little-Known American History For Your Reading Pleasure, from Athens, Tennessee, August 1/2, 1946. LINK
  • Tennessee: Don't wait until the last minute to vote LINK
  • Tennessee: Hamilton County - Kick the Rats Out! Election results may take a little longer to process Thursday – but they’ll be escorted by both parties (Diebold) LINK
  • Tennessee: Shelby County - Diebold says voting machines are ready for Thursday's election LINK
  • Tennessee: Shelby County - Justice Department to have observers at the polls LINK
  • Washington: Federal Judge Protects Eligible Voters In Washington. Court Blocks Law Creating New Obstacles to Voter Registration LINK
  • Washington: Judge bars state from enforcing new voter registration law 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 August 3, 2006


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Chris Zachmeyer, executive director of the Catskill Center For Independence, said Tuesday that voting-machine manufacturers have tried to contribute money to her organization, which has given testimony on which voting machines Otsego County should buy. / The final results of the Connecticut primary, on Aug. 8, may not be reported until Aug. 25 depending on how close the races are. The reason is an agreement between the state and the DoJ over late mailing, or lack of mailing, of ballots to the military voters. / A federal judge agreed with the DoJ and stripped voter registration duties from the Alabama SoS and gave them to the Gov. This was done because the state does not yet have a viable voter registration data base. When will the same happen in other states where there is no viable data base, i.e. Washington, California, Maine, New York? / Tennessee Governor Phil Brednesen when asked about the new voting machines he used for the first time today, "I'll probably hear about that from whoever makes the machines, but I voted this morning. I have to be honest, I didn't care for it that much. The machines were complicated. I'm fairly computer-literate, and there were a couple issues that I found confusing, and I think there's going to be some elderly people who have trouble with it. More than that, I didn't like the lack of privacy. I was just standing there, kind of in the middle of the floor voting at my voting place. At one point, one of the poll workers walked behind me and certainly could see whatever I had on the screen at that point. I really believe in the secret ballot, and people are entitled to that. I think that's very fixable, but something I didn't like about it this morning"....

  • National: Control Alt Delete Democracy LINK
  • National: Election Monitoring Shows Commitment to Democracy LINK
  • Alabama: Judge Denies Motions to Intervene by Dems and Appoints Riley Special Master LINK
  • Alabama: Editorial - Strong-Arming the Vote LINK
  • Arkansas: Committeee Accepts Election Report's Recommendations LINK
  • Arizona: Security of Vote Machines Still In doubt LINK
  • California: Voting Security Attacked In Court Again LINK
  • California: Do The Secretary of State's Voter Registration Database Restrictions Violate Federal Law LINK
  • California: Kern County - Locals appear before state elections panel, discuss primary voting woes LINK
  • Connecticut: State Tries To Avoid Florida-Type Chaos LINK
  • Indiana: 1 million voters may not live at registered address LINK
  • Indiana: Nearly 5,000 duplicate voter registrations eliminated LINK
  • Indiana: Wayne County - Pilot program would reduce polling places from 31 to 4 LINK
  • Kansas: Crawford County - Things go 'very well' with new voting machines (AutoMark) LINK
  • Kansas: Douglas County - New voting machines perform well on first test LINK
  • Kansas: Sedgwick County - Provisional votes delay decisions in four races LINK
  • Maine: Maine Chooses UVS Vote-By-Phone LINK
  • Michigan: Ingham County - Officials Warn There May be Problems During Voting (ES&S and AutoMark) LINK
  • New York: Are Electronic Voting Machine Vendors Paying Disabilities Advocates Under The Table In New York? And Elsewhere? LINK
  • New York: Otsego County - Advocate for disabled says group didn’t take voting-machine money LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County - What if we aren't ready for an election? LINK
  • Tennessee: Governor Doesn't Like New Voting Machines LINK
  • Tennessee: Waiting For "The Perfect Storm" On Primary Day LINK
  • Tennessee: Davidson County - Longest ballot in state history awaits voters (13 screens) LINK
  • Tennessee: Knox County - Lengthy ballots greet voters at polls today (12 screens) LINK
  • Tennessee: Rutherford County - Voters introduced to new machines (MicroVote Infinity)(12 screens) LINK
  • Tennessee: Shelby County - How To Speed Up Voting On Election Day (17 to 21 screens) LINK
  • Tennessee: Shelby County - Agents probe election wrinkle LINK
  • Tennessee: Shelby County - Stolen ballot box a mixup (See above) LINK
  • Tennessee: Sullivan County - County may not put live election returns on Internet - computer security issue may also mean no precinct totals until 10 p.m. LINK
  • Tennessee: Williamson County - Voters face glitches with new voting machines in at least one Williamson precinct (ES&S iVotronic) LINK
  • Washington: Voter Rolls: Pesky citizen rights LINK
  • Washington: Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictive Registration Rules LINK

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Daily Voting News For August 4, 2006


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Carteret County, North Carolina is selling their old Unilect Patriot voting machines back to the vendor for $3000 total for over 200 machines. / Tennessee counties faced an overly long ballot of up to 21 screens and a projected large turnout of voters yet many polling places had as few as two DREs resulting in two hour waits to vote. / Next Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan and Missouri. / Pima Co. Arizona Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 to use Diebold TSx machines for accessibility along with a 100% hand count audit of the vvpat / It looks like Williamson Co., Tennessee may have gotten bit by the ES&S Ballot Programming bug where votes swapped between candidates....

  • Alabama: Barbour County - Reimbursement iffy for voting machines LINK
  • Arizona: Pima County - County Supervisors OK Use Of Diebold Touch Screen Voting Machines LINK
  • Arizona: Pima County - Diebold voting machines subject of Friday morning supervisors meeting LINK
  • Arizona: Pima County - County supervisors authorize touch-screen voting machines for disabled (Diebold) LINK
  • Arizona: Pima County - Supervisors approve use of Diebold touch-screen machines LINK
  • California: New Voters With Disabilities Suit in California LINK
  • California: Mendocino County - Elections office clarifying changes LINK
  • California: San Diego County - E-voting security under fire in San Diego lawsuit LINK
  • Colorado: Boulder County - Electronic election LINK
  • Colorado: Prowers County - County Clerk clarifies LINK
  • Connecticut: News and notes from the campaign trail (Diebold Op-scan and IVS for accessibility) LINK
  • Florida: Miami-Dade County - Officials: Technology Will Make Early Voting Faster, More Accurate LINK
  • Florida: Volusia County - Secure ballots fuel races LINK
  • Kansas: Butler County - Voters ask for more privacy - New voting machines get favorable grade after primary election LINK
  • Maine: Disabled voters get new help (IVS Vote-By-Phone) LINK
  • Michigan: Voting machines bring mixed reviews LINK
  • Michigan: Chippewa County - New auto-mark voting machines set for primary LINK
  • Michigan: Detroit - Detroit announces new election policies LINK
  • Michigan: Detroit - New voting system won't be glitch-free (ES&S) LINK
  • Michigan: Midland County - Some upset by non-voter letter LINK
  • Missouri: Suit Seeks to Block Mo. Voter ID Law LINK
  • Missouri: Kansas City and Jackson County - Step right up to your new voting future (Jackson County – InkaVote; Kansas City – Diebold OpScan and TSx for accessibility) LINK
  • North Carolina: Carteret County - UniLect to buy voting system LINK
  • Ohio: Activists: Advisory proves Blackwell suppressing vote LINK
  • Ohio: Court affirms Blackwell owes $65,000 in legal fees LINK
  • Ohio: Franklin County - County won't hang curtains around voting machines LINK
  • Tennessee: Long ballot and longer lines frustrate voters LINK
  • Tennessee: Rutherford County - Long waits for Rutherford voters. County stops giving out paper ballots (MicroVote) LINK
  • Tennessee: Rutherford County - Long lines causing delay at polls (2.5 hour wait – two machines) LINK
  • Tennessee: Sullivan County - Long ballots, long lines ... late results LINK
  • Tennessee: Williamson County - Glitches may result in changes to original election results (ES&S) LINK

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John Gideon
Executive Director www.votersunite.org and
Information Manager www.votetrustusa.org

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