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Daily Voting News For January 19-22, 2007

Daily Voting News For January 19-22, 2007

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Daily Voting News For January 22, 2007


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Horry Co South Carolina is now reporting that they had more problems than reported on Saturday. It seems that not only could they not get 80% of the machines to start-up on Saturday morning but many of those same machines could not be turned-off when the polls closed. It seems that the internal clocks were set for the ES&S iVotronics to be closed-out next Saturday evening following the Democratic primary. Those machines had to be taken to the county election office and the clocks had to be changed. The county was still counting ballots late on Sunday. I had a reporter call me from one SC newspaper. He asked how I felt about this delay in getting the results out. My response was that quick and early results were for the media not for the voter. We want our votes counted accurately; not quickly. It is, in part, the media that has driven election officials to waste our tax money on the purchase of machines that give some result as quickly as possible upon poll closure. It may not be an accurate number but it is a number that can be reported. Tomorrow the Republican South Carolina primary will be forgotten as all eyes turn to the next primary and the next potential disaster. ...

  • NAtional: Editorial - Election Changes May Be Detrimental LINK
  • National: Voter ID allies betray King and democracy LINK
  • Arkansas: Officials Expect Few Electronic Voting Problems LINK
  • Arkansas: Officials Expect Smooth Vote In February Primary LINK
  • California: Columnist - Thomas Elias: Prospects for accurate vote tallies are good LINK
  • California: Santa Clara County - Mail-in ballots get most votes LINK
  • Colorado: Opinion - Hodge: Voting equipment snafu causing chaos LINK
  • Colorado: Boulder County - County Clerk will discuss voting machines with City Council LINK
  • Connecticut: Primary will cost cities LINK
  • Florida: Absentee ballot requests in Broward three times higher than 2004 LINK
  • Florida: Florida prepares to unplug touchscreen voting machines LINK
  • Iowa: Problems in South Carolina prompt questions about electronic voting LINK
  • New Hampshire: Who Counts in New Hampshire?
    And, are Diebold memory cards forgetful? LINK
  • New Hampshire: Our view: Recount won't change New Hampshire result LINK
  • New Jersey: Opinion - Congress must ensure vote integrity LINK
  • Nevada: After Nevada Caucuses, Charges of Foul Play LINK
  • New York: A dream for making sure every vote counts
    Martin Luther King Jr. holiday a time to reflect on the integrity of the ballot. LINK
  • Ohio: Elections chief finds surprises in first year LINK
  • Ohio: New election rules will cost
    Butler Co. estimate: $1.5M; Hamilton Co., $3.4M LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Vote results further delayed
    Officials vow to fix machine issues by Saturday LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - County, state to blame for Horry County voting machine errors LINK
  • Rhode Island: Can R.I. count on its voting machines? LINK
  • Overseas: Americans Abroad Can Now Vote Online 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 21, 2007


    Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

    Two weeks ago South Carolina election officials told their voters that they needn’t be concerned about the negative reports relative to the state’s chosen voting system, ES&S iVotronic DREs, that have come from Ohio and Colorado. Officials talked about how security in the state was top-notch. So yesterday, in Horry Co, the voting system melted down forcing voters to cast their ballots on any paper they could find. A state representative told the media even paper towels would suffice if necessary. OK, so the problem turned out to be what appears to be a human error again. Someone forgot to complete the last step of testing and the machines would not start at the polls without the testing being closed out. Early reports were that 80 to 90% or more of the machines in the county were affected. Today, one day after the meltdown, damage control has kicked-in and one media outlet is even saying that just 20 machines in the county were affected. But no matter, yes it appears to have been human error and that error may have affected 20 or 20,000 machines, the fact is that some voters went away from the polls without voting. The fact is also that state election officials provided the counties with a voting system that may be too difficult and too technical for use by someone without a computer sciences degree. I would lay better than even odds that an ES&S representative or two were there when the machines were tested and probably had an active role in that testing. Even they failed to follow the instructions and complete the process. Voting should be easy. Voters should be able to walk away from the polls with a feeling of pride in taking part in our democracy; not concern for whether the paper towel they voted on would actually by counted. The KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid - rule should apply....

  • AR: Officials Expect Smooth Sailing With Voting Machines LINK
  • California: Kings County - Kings Co. counts on a difficult vote count LINK
  • New Hampshire: Huge Diebold Disparities Uncovered In New Hampshire Recount
    Memory cards missing as attorney voices concerns about transparency LINK
  • New York: Breakthrough at the Board?
    NY Could Vote on Paper Ballots LINK
  • Ohio: Better training would be better than dumping LINK
  • Ohio: Butler County - 9 in county accused of voting twice
    Elections board refers the incidents from November to the county prosecutor. LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Local officials dismiss reports of flawed voting system LINK
  • Pennsylvania: No "perfect" voting solution for county LINK
  • South Carolina: Democrats concerned
    Party hopes machines ready for Saturday LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Human Error Delayed Opening of Voting Machines in Some Horry County Precincts LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Machines fail, voters use paper ballots LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Horry voting machines melt down LINK
  • Tennessee: Davidson County - Nashville laptop theft may cost $1 million
    Thieves have stolen two laptops containing unencrypted Social Security numbers of 337,000 Tennessee residents. 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 20, 2007


    Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

    Voters went to the polls in Horry Co South Carolina this morning in hopes of casting their vote in that state’s Republican primary. Unfortunately testing of the voting machines had not been completed by the county and ES&S so poll workers were not able to start the machines. Over 80% of the machines used in the county sat dark until technicians could be sent out to get them cleared and ready for the voters. While county election officials were telling the media that no voters had been turned away, voters were telling the media the truth. Voters were sent away without voting.

    Ohio SoS Jennifer Brunner has moved back a bit from her plans for November. Gone are her demands for vote centers and gone is her mandate for only central count. Now she will allow counties to use precinct based optical scan to unofficially count the ballots at the precinct level so they can compare those numbers to the official centrally counted tally. There is still no mention of accessible voting for voters with disabilities or federally mandated over vote protection. ...

  • CA: 600 ballots sent astray; to be in the mail Saturday LINK
  • Colorado: Vote machine bill on its way to passage LINK
  • Connecticut: Coalition Says Changes Needed in Election Audits LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Avoid absentee problems by going to the polls LINK
  • Florida: St. Johns County - Early voting means fewer precincts in St. Johns LINK
  • Maryland: Security of ballot not 100%
    Critics expect flaws as Md. switches systems LINK
  • Mississippi: 2 days of runoffs possible for Mississippi
    Depending on need for special election to fill Lott's Senate seat LINK
  • Montana: Guest Opinion: Election machines secure in Montana LINK
  • North Carolina: Wake County - Instant-runoff voting mulled
    Complicated or convenient? Wake voters weigh in at public hearing LINK
  • New Hampshire: Human error in Nashua Ward 5 resulted in extra numbers LINK
  • New York: N.Y. gets OK for new voting machines
    But local election officials must examine machines from state list before making choice. LINK
  • Ohio: Secretary of state retreats from some voting changes
    Brunner still wants to replace touch screen machines in 57 counties. LINK
  • Ohio: Central counting of votes waived
    Brunner still pushing shift from touch screens to scanned paper ballots LINK
  • Ohio: Elections officials fear paper ballots will delay primary results
    Paper ballots could delay results of primary until the wee hours LINK
  • Ohio: Ashtabula County steams ahead with its voting system LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Northampton County - Officials get set for new voting era LINK
  • South Carolina: Chester County - Justice Department won't monitor primary in Chester
    NAACP asked for oversight of voting machines LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - State readies for elections
    Polling formerly conducted by parties LINK
  • South Carolina: E-Voting Train Wreck 2008: The Horry County, SC Disaster LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County Voting Machine Error LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Voting machine problems reported in one South Carolina county
    Posted: 11:15 AM ET LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Voters being turned away in Horry? LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Voting machine problems anger voters LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Electronic Voting Machine Problems in Myrtle Beach LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Voting Machine Error Forces Paper Ballot Use LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - SC polling problems: Man v. Machine LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - McCain looking to extend South Carolina poll hours LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County - Voting problems widespread in Horry County, officials say LINK
  • South Carolina: Horry County – SC Voting Problems 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 19, 2007


    Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

    Direct Recording Electronic voting is on the wane. New Mexico has already gone from DREs to paper. Florida is in the process of making the change and will be there by Nov. Ohio may make the move from DREs to paper ballots before Nov. Colorado clerks in all but three counties want to go to vote-by-mail for all elections and their SoS has now flip-flopped over to their side. Maryland has now budgeted $6.8M to make the move. Yet officials in Northampton Co, Pennsylvania have decided to buy DREs from Sequoia and they won’t even have a vvpat printer. Even the vendors are beginning to admit that while they have made hundreds of millions of dollars selling flawed technology their time is coming to an end. Soon the DRE purveyor will go the way of the snake-oil salesman. But officials like those in Northampton need to look beyond their county border and realize there is a world out there and they can learn from more than just a “slick-willie” salesman who is selling them junk.

    Tax payers in four California counties need to question their counties decision to file a wasteful lawsuit against the Secretary of State. How much San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Kern money was wasted in this attempt to not follow the rules? Kern stupidly announced they were joining the suit on Wed. and heard the tentative ruling against them on Thurs. That’s great planning....

  • NAtional: Paper jam may curb Latino vote LINK
  • National: The Legacy of Hanging Chads
    As the Florida recount implodes, the high court decides Bush v. Gore LINK
  • National: Can America Run a Fairer Election?
    Why it's so hard to make sure that voting day goes as it should LINK
  • National: Rep. pushes bill offering cash for paper ballots LINK
  • National: New Jersey Congressman Rush Holts Grand Notion… LINK
  • California: Growth in absentee voters threatens to delay California tally LINK
  • California: Tentative decision in San Diego case favors Secretary of State LINK
  • California: State's tallying may be delayed LINK
  • California: San Diego County - Judge Rules Against San Diego's Recount Dispute LINK
  • California: San Diego County - Hand count of ballots for primary may grow LINK
  • California: Solano County - Absentee voters told not to err LINK
  • California: Tulare County - One size does not fit all ballots
    Absentee votes can be folded to send back to the county LINK
  • Colorado: County clerks want all-mail ballot after machine, database problems LINK
  • Colorado: Coffman bows to clerks on mail vote
    Secretary of state attempts to mend election fences LINK
  • Colorado: All-mail ballot wins ally
    Secretary of State Coffman says he may support it, but not all clerks on board LINK
  • Colorado: Voting system fix may need a 'time out'
    Lawmakers should approve all-mail-in election this year LINK
  • Colorado: Secretary of state closer to voting machine retest LINK
  • Colorado: Voting machine measure clears House committee LINK
  • Florida: Touch-screen voting popular with many but on the way out LINK
  • Illinois: Elections officials defend safety of technology, watchdogs say it invites fraud LINK
  • Massachusetts: New voting machines help sight-challenged voters LINK
  • Maryland: Funding set for vote with 'paper trail'
    Md. budget has $6.8 million for new optical-scan system LINK
  • Maryland: Board gets grant to study 2008 election LINK
  • New Hampshire: 'No Problems' in NH Hand Count Says Local Media (Who Apparently Didn't Bother to Check First with Anybody but the SoS) LINK
  • New Hampshire: New Hampshire law spells out how AccuVote technology must be used LINK
  • New Hampshire: Election officials shrug off criticisms of voting machines LINK
  • New Jersey: Bill prods states to drop paperless voting machines LINK
  • New Jersey: Opinion - Electronic voting machines should have backup system LINK
  • New York: Opinion - Judicial action gets New York moving on voting machines LINK
  • Ohio: Brunner backs off centralized vote-counting demand LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio leaders, minus speaker, huddle to prepare for election
    Husted cites scheduling conflict in missing presidential vote meeting on counting ballots LINK
  • Ohio: Brunner backs off proposals for voting
    Touch-screens still out; other changes can wait LINK
  • Ohio: Brunner backs off centralized vote-counting demand LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County - Ohio ACLU Sues SOS Brunner on Claims Voting System Changes Unlawful and Will Result in More Uncounted Ballots LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County - ACLU files suit to block paper ballots
    New paper ballots called unconstitutional LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Northampton County - County picks new electronic voting machines
    Sequoia voting machines resemble lever machine ballots. LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Northampton County - County: It's Sequoia by a landslide
    With lone holdout, council picks new voting machine vendor. LINK
  • South Carolina: Absentee vote gaining popularity LINK
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    John Gideon
    Executive Director www.votersunite.org

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