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Daily Voting News For September 28, 2008

Daily Voting News For September 28, 2008

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

In our featured article today we again get information about the shut-down of the Social Security Administration’s databases for maintenance. As related in the article by Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice this shut-down is important because “A 2002 federal law, the Help America Vote Act, requires all states to "coordinate" their voter registration databases with the Social Security database (and state motor vehicle databases) for the purpose of processing new voter registration forms. For the millions of voters who do not have current driver's licenses and register using the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, state election officials are required to try to match their voter registration information against Social Security records. But if the Social Security database is down—as it will be for four days—they won't be able to do that. Across the country, the processing of these voter registration forms will grind to a halt for four days”. Why has the SSA scheduled this shut-down within three weeks of the Nov. election? Now Sen. Diane Feinstein has asked the same question. That letter can be found with the featured article....

  • Featured - National: Voter Registration Shut Down? LINK
  • National: What does the future hold for elections? LINK
  • National: The most important open source system: Voting LINK
  • National: Will Your Vote Be Counted? LINK
  • California: Counting Every Vote
    California's Sec. of State Says Open-Source Software Is Needed to Safeguard Electronic Voting Systems LINK
  • Florida: Recently Registered Voters May Experience Problems LINK
  • Florida: State's new paper trail leads to new problems LINK
  • Florida: Opinion - Paper ballots won't be the panacea Broward County hoped for LINK
  • Florida: Broward County - New ballot system as iffy as the last LINK
  • Florida: Miami-Dade County - Register by Oct. 6 deadline LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach County - Acting chief of elections embraces sudden role LINK
  • Florida: Pinellas County - League Says Pinellas Has Too Few Early Voting Sites LINK
  • Georgia: Handel in eye of vote storm LINK
  • Georgia: Election workers reassure security of votes LINK
  • Iowa: Warren County’s new voting machines to leave paper trail LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio gets jump on voting
    150,000 regional voters expected to beat lines, decide now LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania vows to avoid messes Fla., Ohio stepped in LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Area counties brace for record turnout LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Montgomery County - Director says Election Night will be a late one LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Union County - Dems lead area battle to register new voters LINK
  • Pennsylvania: York County - County ditches dress code at polls LINK
  • Tennessee: Opinion - Suggestions to make voting in presidential election simpler LINK
  • Utah: Salt Lake County - County clerk works to make voting easier 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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