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Daily Voting News For October 7, 2008

Daily Voting News For October 7, 2008

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Several days ago, in this space, we recommended that voters who have the ability to vote “straight party” do not exercise that right. Yes, it is easier because all you have to do is mark one box on the ballot for the top-of-the-ticket votes are all taken care of for you. However, consider this. In North Carolina (and South Carolina also) the “straight party” vote does NOT include President. According to the first “Featured” article [below] ballots in North Carolina have the following words: “A Straight Party vote is a vote for all candidates of that party in partisan offices. Individual partisan office selections are not necessary if you select a Straight Party below.” What the ballot doesn’t tell you is that this does not include President. How many thousand of voters will vote straight-party but not for President in North and South Carolina?

In our second “Featured” article we learn another good reason not to vote straight party. New Mexico is one of the states that allows straight party voting, including the presidential race. However, if the ballots are not properly programmed and a thorough pre-election testing is accomplished there is no telling what may be the result of voting straight party. Voters should not take a chance that the county has tested thoroughly. Voters should not take a chance that their machine may not even register straight party votes for their party while it does for the other party. Don’t trust them. Forego the “straight party” selection and pick each candidate individually.

The straight party states are: North Carolina, South Carolina, New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and Rhode Island. ...

  • Featured - NC: Straight-ticket omits presidential race LINK
  • Featured - NM: Santa Fe County - Officials find, fix glitch in NM voting machine LINK
  • National: Election 2008: Election Law (and How They Break It) LINK
  • National: Hack-a-vote: Students at Rice learn how vulnerable electronic voting really is LINK
  • National: Fears over US electronic voting machine fraud As the Presidential election nears, Texan students learn how to rig votes LINK
  • National: Democratic Election Protection Strategy's Missing Link: Electronic Vote Counts LINK
  • National: E-voting issues stir in advance of November elections LINK
  • National: Voter Rolls Grow As States Help Poor People Register LINK
  • Arizona: Tucson - Disabled vet claims city kept him from voting LINK
  • California: I Just Prevented Thousands of Californians from Having to Vote on Provisional Ballots! LINK
  • California: Don't foreclose the vote LINK
  • California: San Francisco County - S.F. turnout on election day to be huge LINK
  • Colorado: Is Colorado the next Florida? Watchdogs worry huge turn-out and a new untested voter database could spell disaster on Election Day LINK
  • Connecticut: New machines offer voters advantages, challenges LINK
  • Florida: Hillsborough County - Hillsborough elections supervisor's mass mailing criticized LINK
  • Iowa: Carroll County - County approves contract for new voting machines LINK
  • Indiana: Lake County - Judge orders opening of early voting sites despite hearing LINK
  • Michigan: Clerks' offices swamped with voters-to-be Registration deadline was Monday LINK
  • Montana: Montana Registration Challenges Are Error-Prone LINK
  • Montana: Suit filed to stop vote challenges LINK
  • Montana: Dems challenge claim that 6,000 Montanans aren’t eligible to vote LINK
  • Montana: GOP registration challenge frustrates voters, officials LINK
  • New Jersey: Report on voting machines at issue Analyst wants results released to public LINK
  • New Mexico: Bernalillo County - New voters' ballots could be thrown out LINK
  • Ohio: Window came as surprise to Ohio GOP LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio GOP sues over voter ID discrepancies LINK
  • Ohio: Come To Ohio! What We Can Learn From 2004 - And What We Can Do In 2008 LINK
  • Ohio: Licking County - Some enjoy convenience of early balloting; others see disadvantages LINK
  • Ohio: Putnam County - Ohio county fires election director LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Bucks County - Bucks awaits voting figures, machine count LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Bucks County - Voting deadline draws last-minute registrations LINK
  • South Carolina: Beaufort County - Voting machine snafu hits county LINK
  • South Carolina: Beaufort County - Ballot machines for early voting down again today LINK
  • Tennessee: Officials: It's too late to change ballot U.S. District Court in Nashville to hear Kurita's case Friday LINK
  • Utah: Salt Lake County needs more poll workers and voting machines LINK
  • Virginia: Virginians meet registration deadline in droves LINK
  • Washington: Outdated, Arcane Laws Disenfranchising Voters in Seattle LINK
  • Wisconsin: Legal Center Opposes Voter Roll Purges in Wisconsin Lawsuit 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 VotersUnite.Org www.votersunite.org

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