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Daily Voting News For May 7, 2008

Daily Voting News For May 7, 2008

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

The Help America Vote Act requires states to have a centralized voter registration data base. Most of the states have successfully been able to meet this mandate. Colorado, on the other hand, has done about as well with their data base as they did recertifying voting systems; they appear to have failed. Election officials throughout the state tested the system during simulated elections. They found the system extremely slow; in fact it is so slow that many plan on using their old systems to do the actual poll data work on election-day. Just a reminder that voter registration data bases are fairly new and there has been a lot of data entry. Every voter needs to ensure they are on the rolls, their name is spelled correctly, and that there is nothing that will keep them from being able to get a ballot in November.

What is all the talk about Lake Co Indiana (Gary) reporting last evening’s primary results late? Now the county is promising to be quicker in reporting. They need to ensure every vote is counted and that every vote is counted correctly. The media can wait for those correct numbers. Don’t speed up just to satisfy the cable news services....

  • CA: Opinion – Debra Bowen - Poll workers stand on the front lines of democracy LINK
  • Colorado: Colorado election clerks plan only partial use of new system LINK
  • Florida: Florida 2006: Can Statistics Tell Us Who Won Congressional District-13? (pdf) LINK
  • Indiana and North Carolina: 866.MYVOTE1 National Election Hotline Presents A Tale of Two Counties: Lake County Indiana and Guilford County North Carolina LINK
  • Indiana and North Carolina: Election Protection Fields Nearly 800 Calls During North Carolina and Indiana Primary Elections
    Indiana Voter ID Law Emerges as a Significant Issue; Scattered Problems Reported Throughout Both Primary States LINK
  • Indiana: 866.MYVOTE1 National Election Hotline Reports in Indiana Scattered Machine Problems, Some Polling Location Confusion and a Lack of Democratic Ballots in Some
    Precincts. LINK
  • Indiana: Voter ID Law Consequences Mild in Ind. LINK
  • Indiana: Ballot shortage in Howard County LINK
  • Indiana: Lake County - Election officals were optimistic that vote problem were over LINK
  • Indiana: Lake Co. vote results criticized, explained LINK
  • Indiana: Lake County - History of corruption clouds primary in northern Indiana LINK
  • Indiana: Lake County - Late-Reporting Indiana County Vows to Fix Poll Problems Before November LINK
  • Indiana: La Porte County – Two NW Indiana Voting Places To Stay Open LINK
  • Indiana: Porter County won't have final count tonight LINK
  • Kansas: Voter ID passes, but veto possible LINK
  • Kansas: Voter ID measure sent to Sebelius LINK
  • Maryland: Voter registration rejections sent to 17-year-old voters LINK
  • North Carolina: 866.MYVOTE1 National Election Hotline Reports in North Carolina Scattered Machine Problems, Questions Regarding Registration Status and the Hybrid, Closed/Open Primary, and A Responsive State Board of Elections. LINK
  • New York: New Blog Website to Keep NYers Informed on How to Prevent Stolen Elections LINK
  • New York: Storage of voting machines in question LINK
  • Oklahoma: Voter ID measure dies in Senate LINK
  • Texas: Editorial - Voter ID bills are vote suppression 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.**


    John Gideon
    Co-Executive Director

    "To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory
    democracy." The Creekside Declaration March 22, 2008

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