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Daily Voting News For August 21, 2008

Daily Voting News For August 21, 2008


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

This past March, a Butler Co Ohio election official was examining the database from the just held primary. The official found a problem he was not looking for. It seems that two memory cards had not been downloaded even though the system had reported that it was. 150 votes were affected. That revelation led to an inspection of the system and a pronouncement by Premier/Diebold that there was a problem with the interactivity between the GEMS software and anti-virus software. This problem has led to a lawsuit and counter-suit. Recently SoS staff and Premier/Diebold staff went to Butler Co to look closer at the software in question. Today it was announced that Premier has admitted that their GEMS software has a programming error and that this error goes back over ten years worth of software. Of course, they make the highly implausible claim that no votes were lost during all that time. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner also has said that no votes were lost in Ohio. However, Brunner ignores the fact that the problem has been on the machines for years and just because they found the problem in March does not mean the problem did not affect elections in previous years....

  • Featured - National: Ohio Voting Machines Contained Programming Error That Dropped Votes LINK
  • National: Company acknowledges voting machine error LINK
  • National: VIDEO: Lou Dobbs Covers VotersUnite's Report on Private Vendors Undermining Our Public Elections LINK
  • National: Report: Running of elections being outsourced to private companies LINK
  • National: States rush to dump touch-screen voting systems LINK
  • National: Vote fraud, crumbling democracy's bedrock LINK
  • Alabama: ACLU defends voting rights for ex-felon in Alabama LINK
  • Colorado: Arapahoe County - ArapCo voting machines forced into an early retirement LINK
  • Connecticut: Editorial - Getting ready: Connecticut will audit local primary results LINK
  • Iowa: Scott County Auditor’s office leads training LINK
  • Massachusetts: Marlborough - City looks to improve voting for disabled residents LINK
  • North Carolina: Edgecombe County - Elections board cautious on extra voting site LINK
  • Nevada: Nye County - DeCanio questions primary vote LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio Secretary of State Ends Voting Machine 'Sleepovers' LINK
  • Ohio: Company acknowledges Ohio voting machine error LINK
  • Ohio: E-Vote: Ohio Counties Move To Secure Voting Machine Delivery LINK
  • Ohio: Auglaize County - Location change to secure votes LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga elections to present new voting system Nov. 4 LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Clarion County - County’s league of women voters seeks incidents of voting problems LINK
  • West Virginia: Editorial - Panic and haste make for waste 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-Executive Director
    VotersUnite.Org
    www.votersunite.org

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

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