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Daily Voting News For January 3-9, 2007

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&S 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&S. 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&S 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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