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Daily Voting News For August 25, 2008

Daily Voting News For August 25, 2008


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Today’s featured article is a warning from Greg Gordon of McClatchy News in which he points to the fact that the recent disclosure of flawed software in Premier/Diebold machines points directly to a system of testing and certifying voting systems that was broken. Gordon points out, “NASED watched over the issuance of "qualified" reports from Independent Testing Laboratories, but with little control over the testing. The vendors secretly negotiated payments with the labs, helped design the tests, got to see the results first and only shared the codes driving their software with three NASED technical experts who signed non-disclosure agreements.”

All it took was a disclosure by Premier/Diebold that all of their voting systems of the past ten years have potentially lost votes and the media has woken up to the issue. Of course, some election officials are just too wedded to their vendors. Officials in South Carolina and West Virginia proudly proclaim that while states around them are doing the right thing by changing from DRE voting to paper based systems they are going to stand firm behind their paperless voting systems, ignoring the facts in doing so. ...

  • Featured - National: Warning on voting machines reveals oversight failure LINK
  • National: Opinion - Casting doubt on a voting plan LINK
  • National: How Design Can Save Democracy LINK
  • National: Diebold Admits Their Tabulator Software Doesn't Count Votes Correctly LINK
  • National: Uncounted: Documentary Explores U.S. Election Fraud LINK
  • National: No chad, but questions still hang over voting LINK
  • National: Voting Machines Can Never Be Trusted Says GOP Computer Security Expert LINK
  • National: Commentary: How Electronic Voting Could Be Secure and Why It Isn't Good Now. LINK
  • National: MSM comes out against computerized voting, finally LINK
  • National: Diebold/Premier 'fesses lost OH votes LINK
  • National: From Black Box Voting: You can help safeguard our elections LINK
  • National: Troops may lead in online voting LINK
  • National: Election experts warn of November storm LINK
  • Alaska: Division of Elections Clarifies Absentee Voting Instructions Error LINK
  • Colorado: El Paso County - Few glitches during primary elections, review reveals LINK
  • Connecticut: A win for state veterans and voting LINK
  • Florida: A hefty trail of paper: 90 tons of ballots piling up in Palm Beach County alone LINK
  • Florida: Pasco County - First and foremost: Will the optical scan machines work? LINK
  • Illinois: DuPage County confident of no past election problems
    Equipment vendor acknowledged software glitch in Ohio votes LINK
  • New York: Proposed Mitigation for GEMS (and other EMS) Vote Deletion LINK
  • New York: Monroe County seeks election inspectors LINK
  • Ohio: Look for big voter turnout in November LINK
  • Ohio: Editorial - Hold Company Accountable LINK
  • Ohio: PERSPECTIVE: Spat over Ohio voting law about politics LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio elections officials preparing for 80% turnout in November LINK
  • South Carolina: State bucks trend, keeps voting machines
    SC election officials have faith in systems LINK
  • Tennessee: Touch screens on way out in TN
    Optical-scanning voting machines to be in use by 2010 LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Guest column: Voter ID laws are a national catastrophe LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Westmoreland County - Elections inspector gets role in documentary LINK
  • West Virginia: W.Va. counties sticking with touch-screen voting, despite troubles elsewhere 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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