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Daily Voting News For April 4, 2008

Daily Voting News For April 4, 2008


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Election officials in Pima Co Arizona have been on the wrong side of issues quite a bit lately. Because of this it is surprising that they may ask the Secretary of State to change the “Election Procedures Manual” to disallow tabulation of votes before election day, increase the size of hand-counted audits, disallow the use of modems to transmit results, improve ballot-verification procedures and chain-of-custody records, and other worthy changes. The county also wants to totally get rid of all DREs. It’s amazing what happens at times when a good citizen group stands-up and demands changes be made; people actually begin to listen.

Meanwhile in Georgia citizens involved in an electronic voting lawsuit have announced they have filed a summary judgment motion seeking to ban the machines. The motion “centers on a lack of equal protection and due process that the plaintiffs claim Election Day voters have when compared to absentee voters who use optically scanned paper ballots. The motion contends that retention of tangible paper ballots is required for voters to verify their actual ballot choices, for election officials to provide true recounts as needed, to investigate voting discrepancies, to prevent fraud and to produce evidence for contested elections”....

  • NAtional: Editorial - Safeguarding Electronic Voting LINK
  • National: The War On Voting Rights: Voter Fraud Smears, Voter ID And Corruption At DOJ LINK
  • National: Papantonio and Bender on the Hart InterCivic Fraud Suit LINK
  • National: The Cost of E-Voting LINK
  • Arizona: Pima County - County appeals vote-databases 'public' ruling Wants secretary of state to intervene; it's on list of security recommendations LINK
  • Colorado: Colorado AG expecting suit over electronic voting machines LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County - State investigation, prosecutor clear Dent of election tampering LINK
  • Georgia: Motion Filed to Ban Georgia Voting Equipment LINK
  • Georgia: Muscogee County - Political confusion: Removal letter confuses law-abiding voters LINK
  • Iowa: Judge: Iowa voting forms violate official English law LINK
  • Indiana: MicroVote pressed to pay '06 penalties LINK
  • Indiana: Voting Machine Maker Could Be Suspended for Five Years MicroVote calls proposed punishment for missed certification in 2006 too harsh LINK
  • Indiana: MicroVote Responds to Secretary of State LINK
  • Indiana: Another Voting Machine Company on the Ropes as Indiana Slaps MicroVote May be Banned from Doing business in State for Five Years After Missing Recertification Deadline Prior to 2006 Election... LINK
  • Maine: Senate approves National Popular Vote initiative LINK
  • New Jersey: Editorial - Protecting election integrity LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Election systems in Pa. don't get vote of confidence LINK
  • Pennsylvania: State preparing for huge voter turnout LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Lawmaker fears state not ready for election Workers ready to help voters with ID, other questions, official says LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Fayette County - Fayette adopts guidelines for new voting machines LINK
  • Texas: Waste of money? Low voter turnout has clerks questioning runoff efficiency LINK
  • Vermont: Douglas vetoes campaign finance, instant-runoff voting bills LINK
  • West Virginia: Ohio County - Ireland: No Identification Needed to Vote in West Virginia LINK
  • West Virginia: Ireland says Ohio County's voter ID policy violates state 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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