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Daily Voting News For March 20, 2008

Daily Voting News For March 20, 2008


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

After spending what must be over $1M total in Colorado and many months the state is in nearly exactly the same position they were in when they started. The court told the state they had to recertify their voting systems so all voting systems in use in the state were tested. Based on test results and information from the test labs nearly every voting system used in the state was denied certification. SoS Coffman proudly announced that voting systems were flawed. Then under pressure from the counties who use the systems and the vendors who stood to lose money, Coffman folded and decided that it would be alright for the counties and vendors to retest the machines. Naturally the counties and vendors reported that there were no problems and Coffman went along with that biased opinion and recertified the systems for use. The Governor and some legislative leaders then decided that paper ballots should be used in Nov. But no money could be found to support that change. So, long story short, nothing has changed from the time the court made their decision except a lot of labs and consultants made a lot of money. The same machines will be used with the same safeguards as previously were in place. ...

  • NAtional: E-voting vendor's Web site hacked The Web site of Sequoia Voting Systems, which is already under scrutiny for voting tally discrepancies in New Jersey, was hacked Thursday morning LINK
  • California: Dan Walters: Court ruling offers hope to dysfunctional California politics LINK
  • Colorado: Money woes may doom paper-ballot bill LINK
  • Colorado: Colorado Backs Off Paper Ballot Plan LINK
  • Colorado: Editorial - Paper ballots go up in smoke LINK
  • Colorado: Paper-ballot plan folds amid worry on feasibility, cost LINK
  • Colorado: Editorial - Restore trust in system - and clerks' role Legislature's yo-yo process is undermining fair election LINK
  • Colorado: Paper ballots officially dead LINK
  • Colorado: Paper ballot bill flames out LINK
  • Florida: New voting machines pass first hurdle for Plant City elections LINK
  • Florida: Hillsborough County - New Voting Machines Ready For Plant City Election LINK
  • New Jersey: Urge New Jersey's Governor to Veto a Paperless 2008 Election LINK
  • New Jersey: State AG confronted on voting machines Milgram urged to join demand for analysis LINK
  • New Jersey: After threats, NJ clerks call for e-voting investigation County clerks in New Jersey asked the state's attorney general to investigate discrepancies observed in last month's primary. LINK
  • New Jersey: E-voting vendor blocks security audit with legal threats LINK
  • New Jersey: Sequoia’s Explanation, and Why It’s Not the Whole Story LINK
  • New Jersey: Sequoia attack dogs kill review into e-voting discrepancies LINK
  • New York: Follow the Count, Super Tuesday Votes Revisited LINK
  • Ohio: Portage County - Election workers frustrated by new rules State directives create lines when dropping off ballots; officials want to speed process LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Voting system concerns voiced A Penn State researcher presented a report last night to members of the community about the security of voting systems. LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania's Online Voter Registration Data Found Vulnerable LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Bucks County - Activists blast voting machines Commissioner says equipment complies with federal 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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    John Gideon Co-Director and Information Manager VotersUnite.Org http://www.votersunite.org

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