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Daily Voting News For March 21, 2007

Daily Voting News For March 21, 2007

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

As a result of complaints from voters the Diebold DREs used in Montgomery Co. Ohio have been tested. Voters complained that votes flipped on the screens. Testing of the machines that were used by the complaining voters has proven that 56 of the number tested failed the test and did, in fact, flip votes. The blame has been put on possible mis-handling of the machines by the shipping company that delivered the machines to the poll sites. Diebold claims that no votes were lost and that every vote was counted accurately. Of course, the accurate count claim does not mean that the choices of the people were counted; just that the selection made by the machine was accurately chosen. What is interesting about the media reports of the testing is that the local Dayton Daily News reports that 125 machines were tested resulting in a 45% failure rate while the Associated Press reports that 258 machines were tested which results in a 19% failure rate. Which number was true? I’ve got calls in but the Montgomery Co. Board of Elections has ignored my query so far....

  • NAtional: Press Release – Election Integrity Leaders Say Electronic Ballot Decision Rightfully Belongs to the People, Not Only Congress LINK
  • National: So 2008 is history -- ALREADY? I don't think so, and here's why LINK
  • National: Brad Friedman (BRAD BLOG) v. Ralph Neas (PFAW) on Amending the Holt Election Reform Bill to Ban DRE Touch-Screen Voting Systems LINK
  • Alabama: Court weighs Ala. cases over election ballot access LINK
  • California: Orange County - Election code is at center of O.C. recount dispute Who'll be the new supervisor is just one outcome; the other will be the addressing of state's mixed signals. LINK
  • California: OC Recount Goes to Court LINK
  • Colorado: New Rules Added To Test Electronic Voting Machines LINK
  • Colorado: Coffman issues voting machine standards LINK
  • Florida: Editorial - Stick to the plan Our position: Florida's secretary of state shouldn't back off banning touch-screens. LINK
  • Florida: Organizers seek voting 'paper trail' LINK
  • Florida: FL-13 - Congressional inquiry into election on hold LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County - Voting groups ask judge to reconsider election dispute LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County - Jennings claims memo a coverup Vote display delay didn't cause overvotes, scientist says LINK
  • Iowa: House OKs same-day registration for voters Republicans say the bill fails to adequately protect against election fraud. LINK
  • Indiana: Toll-free line set up to thwart voter fraud LINK
  • Kansas: Bill making it harder to register to vote stalls Backers hope to thwart election fraud; critics fear voter turnout would slide LINK
  • Maryland: Paper trail voting bill advances in House Plan could cost more than $16 million; similar proposal pending in Senate LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County - Election board in limbo awaiting board ouster fight LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County - Ohio’s Brunner Right to Demand Cleveland Board of Elections Resignation LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County - Coaxum resigns from elections board LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County - 1 Cuyahoga County elections board member quits, 3 defiant LINK
  • Ohio: Montgomery County - Nearly half of voting machines tested fail Montgomery officials tested the 5% of machines that drew complaints; 56 of those 125 machines failed. LINK
  • Ohio: Montgomery County - Voting machines flunk tests 56 touch-screen units in Montgomery have calibration problems LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Lawrence County - Damage to machines is not extensive LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Luzerne County - Cosgrove proposes paper trail for elections LINK
  • South Carolina: Chester County - Chester seeks machines for city 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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