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Daily Voting News For September 19, 2008

Daily Voting News For September 19, 2008

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

It is now a bit fun watching some previously silent news organizations fall all over themselves as they suddenly recognize that our election process is seriously flawed. Today CNN reported, and many smaller organizations picked up the report, that the GAO released a report this week on voting system testing that finds that the Election Assistance Commission [EAC] has not notified election officials across the country about electronic voting machine failures. This has been no secret within the Election Integrity community and has been one of our main complaints about the EAC. Voting systems fail and the EAC does nothing about it. They argue instead that none of the voting systems were certified by the EAC so they have no right/mandate to do anything about them. The GAO recommends that congress step in with legislation to force this issue. We agree but dislike the fact that we have to wait on a snail-slow congress to do anything. CNN also reports on the CommonCause/Century Foundation report that was also released this week and that points to 10 states that they believe will have problems in Nov. My guess is that the “ten states” will grow substantially to 40 or more by election day and on beyond.

Also in the news is that the re-re-recount of ballots in Palm Beach Co Florida is taking place today and tomorrow. One can only guess what they are going to find. Ballots from 2004? Punch cards with hanging chads?

And a member of the Washington DC council has subpoenaed Sequoia for records that may reveal what really happened in the recent primary. Could it be that the council will find that the Sequoia spokeswoman, Michelle Shafer’s, declaration that the company is not at fault; “No, no, no” is really “Yes, yes, yes”? ...

  • Featured - National: Report: Voting problems in several swing states LINK
  • National: State Election Officials Not Told Of Voting Machine Failures LINK
  • National: Election Officials Brace for Trouble LINK
  • National: Conyers Demands 'Immediate Halt to Republican Vote Suppression Efforts'
    U.S. House Judiciary Chair Announces Hearings, Requests 'Full Scale Investigation' by DoJ Into Recent Reports of GOP 'Vote Caging' Schemes... LINK
  • National: Bob Koehler: Goo-Goo America LINK
  • National: Historic 2008 Election Could See Unprecedented Attempts to Bar African American Voters LINK
  • National: New Laws, Technology Challenge Elections Officials
    Presidential Race Raises Voting Fears in Toss-Up States LINK
  • National: Stealing America: Vote by Vote (Unrated) *** | Cast your vote, take your chances LINK
  • National: "Stealing America": Regardless of viewers' politics, assertions of vote fraud are disturbing LINK
  • National: Voting Machines Routinely Failing Nationwide LINK
  • National: Significant Voting Machine Problems Present in 10 Swing States LINK
  • National: Report: Crucial swing states not prepared for voting problems LINK
  • National: Software, Trust and Democracy LINK
  • Arizona: Hispanic group appeals ruling on voter ID law
    Requirements hurt minorities more, it argues LINK
  • California: Riverside County - Vote Hacking Revealed By Computer Scientists LINK
  • Florida: Recount going smoothly in disputed Palm Beach County judge's race LINK
  • Georgia: Polls open for earlier voting
    A new law allows ballots to be cast starting Monday; officials brace for onslaught LINK
  • Georgia: Early voting starts Monday LINK
  • Maryland: Disabilities voter forum draws a big crowd LINK
  • Michigan: Advancement Project and ACLU Sue Michigan Secretary of State Over Unlawful Voter Purging LINK
  • Michigan: ACLU sues state over voter purging programs LINK
  • Mississippi: Senate race moving up
    Secretary of state, governor OK change to November ballot LINK
  • Ohio: Deposition by Spoonamore Admits Ohio Vote Theft LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Lawsuit seeks ban on partisan election clothing LINK
  • Washington DC: Firm Subpoenaed in Vote Tally
    Errors Add to Election Board's Concerns About November 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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