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'Daily Voting News' For August 30 and 31, 2008

'Daily Voting News' For August 30 and 31, 2008

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

True to form Florida is in the midst of another election nightmare. Is it a few less than honorable election officials in a couple counties; or, is it the simplistic process the state uses for certifying and accepting voting systems for use; or, is it vendors who have no problem at all selling counties voting systems that should never be used in elections work and that they don’t even warrant as being manufactured to be used in elections? Or, is it all of the above? I suspect it is all of the above. Indian River Co. decided to test a new system that would modem results from the poll sites to the main tabulating room. They decided to do this test in the middle of an election and they ended up doubling results from 40 polling sites. The results from Palm Beach Co are still a mess big enough to boggle the mind but there seems to have been thousands of votes that went uncounted originally while the final total vote count went down by over three thousand votes in one race after a machine and manual recount. And there is still a recount underway in Broward Co. Who knows what reports of problems will come from that recount. Is this a portent of things to come in November? It very clearly is that. ...

  • National: Proposed Mitigation for GEMS (and other EMS) Vote Deletion LINK
  • National: Meet the New Flaws LINK
  • National: Bob Thaves Tackles e-Voting LINK
  • Florida: Opinion - Early voting becomes an issue LINK
  • Florida: New machines, new election, & Sarasota still can't count our votes. LINK
  • Florida: Broward County manager, mayor's aide will serve on judicial race recount panel LINK
  • Florida: Indian River County - Vote glitch could sink incumbent vote-counter in Vero LINK
  • Florida: Indian River County - System error doubles vote count in most Indian River County precincts LINK
  • Florida: Indian River County election miscount stirs up worries about Nov. 4 LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Wennet takes lead in recount LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Tight state deadline for recount might not be met in judge's race LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Recount is under way in judge's race LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Palm Beach Recount Reminiscent To 2000
    Judicial Race Candidates Separated By 17 Votes LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Concerns Arise With Machine Recount LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Wennet's thin lead in judicial race prompts manual recount of votes LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Recount completed; Winner announced LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Wennet retains spot on bench after two-day recount LINK
  • Florida: Polk County - Recount in School Board contest goes to Mullenax LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – Opinion - Ballot glitch looming?
    Sarasota vote problem not a good sign LINK
  • Hawaii: Hawaii Election Integrity Lawsuit Update LINK
  • Iowa: Clay County - Sept. 9 election marks return of paper LINK
  • Maryland: Idea for Emergency Paper Ballots Torn Up by Election Officials LINK
  • New York: Some NY officials worry about voting access LINK
  • Ohio: Secretary of state to break tie on absentee voting hours LINK
  • Virginia: Editorial - No Patriot games LINK
  • Wisconsin: Voter registration information often doesn’t match driver records
    22% mismatch rate found in registrations this month 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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