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Daily Voting News For September 10, 2008

Daily Voting News For September 10, 2008


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

A couple days ago in this space I mentioned a newly posted video and report from the good folks at UC Santa Barbara with some of their findings from their work on the Calif. Top-To-Bottom Review. This report has gotten a lot of press and the video is very much worth viewing. A few of the articles are linked below.

There is also a report of a potential problem in Johnson Co Kansas where election officials are reporting that Premier/Diebold software causes their TSx DREs to time-out after 2.5 minutes of no activity. So if a voter takes too long to read or think about their next choice the machine begins to warn them and then after 2.5 minutes the voter card is kicked-out and the ballot is cancelled. The voter then has to start over, after some assistance from poll workers. This is a national problem that is probably being ignored or worked-around in most counties.

There are also reports from Pennsylvania and Indiana, The Brennan Center and the New York Times concerning student voting issues and what seems to be a concerted attempt to make it harder for students to vote. ...

  • National: 'Fatally Flawed' Systems Await Voters: 'Drastic Change Needed' LINK
  • National: UC Computer Scientists Release Video on How to Hack a Sequoia Touch-Screen Voting Machine LINK
  • National: Newly released video shows how easily electronic voting machines can be hacked, pried open LINK
  • National: Want To See How Easy It Is To Hack An Election? LINK
  • National: Security Group at Santa Barbara Infects Voting Machines with Viruses, Showing Vulnerability LINK
  • Featured - KS: Johnson County computer voting machines prone to take a 'time out' LINK
  • Featured – KS: Johnson County - Software feature puts time pressure on voters LINK
  • National: Voter Registration by Students Raises Cloud of Consequences LINK
  • National: Student Voting Rights LINK
  • National: Standards for accreditation of labs that test voting machines inconsistent LINK
  • Florida: 'No match, no vote' law to be enforced LINK
  • Florida: Highland County - How Much Do Elections Cost? LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County – Press Release: Florida Republicans, Democrats and Non-Partisans Join Forces, Call for State Action To Secure November’s General Election LINK
  • Indiana: Fate of Ball State voting center in the hands of GOP
    The measure requires unanimous approval from the Delaware County Election Board and one member said he is leaning against it. LINK
  • Indiana: New center could target youth vote
    Board considers early voter center on Ball State campus LINK
  • Massachusetts: New Bedford - Ballot glitch a mystery LINK
  • New York: Albany County - Few use new vote devices LINK
  • New York: Clinton County Voters Confused Over Polling Place
    Board Of Elections Mailers Indicate Wrong Location For Primary LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Chester County - Petition seeks poll change LINK
  • Virginia: Charlottesville - City Expected to Buy More Voting Machines LINK
  • Washington DC: DCBOEE Issues Statement; Nickles Investigating Voting Irregularities LINK
  • Washington DC: Some More Answers from BOEE 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

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