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Daily Voting News For October 19, 2008

Daily Voting News For October 19, 2008


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

17 days until Election Day.

Along with early voting we are getting reports of early vote switching. The ES&S iVotronic machines in Jackson Co. West Virginia are reportedly swapping voters selections from one candidate to another.

VotersUnite has done some research of state laws and talked with election officials in a few states on the subject of straight-party voting. The laws and rules from one state to another are a confusing mess and even state election officials did not understand the rules without checking. How can the machine vendors and ballot programmers be expected to get it right? The best answer for everyone is to vote the whole ballot but avoid straight-party voting. We have done our best to explain the rules in each state for the voters HERE. ...

  • Featured - WV: Jackson County - Some early W.Va. voters angry over switched votes
    Jackson County touch-screens switched votes, 3 residents say LINK
  • Featured - National: Avoid Straight-Party Voting LINK
  • National: Block the Vote LINK
  • National: Election Watchdog Group Compiles Stunning List of Recent 'Problems Facing Voters Nationwide' LINK
  • National: States' Attempts to Clean up Voting Lists Result in Unlawful Voter Purging and Suppression LINK
  • National: Thousands Face Mix-Ups In Voter Registrations
    In New Databases, Many Are Wrongly Flagged as Ineligible LINK
  • National: USA Today cited "accusations of voter fraud and voter suppression" but omitted examples of voter suppression LINK
  • National: Policy Brief on the Truth About Voter Fraud LINK
  • National: 'SWAT' lawyers ready for election LINK
  • National: Study by USA dean could play role in election process
    Dean to lead team seeking to locate risks to voting systems LINK
  • National: Did Washington waste millions on faulty voting machines? LINK
  • National: Forward to the Past: Junk the Machines, Count Votes Manually LINK
  • California: Voters say they were duped into registering as Republicans LINK
  • Colorado: Election option: Early voting begins Monday LINK
  • Colorado: Pueblo County Clerk says Colorado ready for election LINK
  • Florida: Treasure Coast officials calling residents on 'no match, no vote' list LINK
  • Florida: Indian River County - Early voting in Indian River to include electronic ID machines LINK
  • Florida: Volusia County adds nearly 10,000 new voters in October LINK
  • Indiana: Porter County - Porter officials on lookout for voting problems LINK
  • Kentucky: Report: Kentucky not prepared for election LINK
  • Kentucky: Kentucky assails PBS-YouTube video vote project LINK
  • Michigan: Judge Rules Michigan Voter Purging Program Illegal LINK
  • Missouri: Missouri recognized for elections system LINK
  • Mississippi: HAVA interpretations may be problematic in Mississippi LINK
  • New Jersey: Jersey disputes report faulting voting machines LINK
  • New Jersey: N.J. voting machines vulnerable, report says LINK
  • New Jersey: Mercer County - Advice on how to vote: Absentee
    Mercer official targets fear after report on machines LINK
  • New Mexico: Election Officials Grapple With Voting Irregularities in New Mexico LINK
  • Nevada: Officials Reassure: ACORN Hasn't Compromised Nevada Voting LINK
  • Nevada: Voters will see more security
    Officials to watch for fraud at polls LINK
  • Nevada: Nye County - Alphabetical registration to ease check-in on voting day LINK
  • New York: DiNapoli: More hiring needed to avoid election glitches LINK
  • New York: There's No Place Like Home: Plan L for NY Elections LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio GOP loses fight to contest new voters
    The Supreme Court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by the Ohio Republican Party that could have made it easier to challenge tens of... LINK
  • Ohio: Two Lines For Voting Choice In Jefferson County LINK
  • South Carolina: Attorney general asked for opinion on emergency ballots LINK
  • Texas: Concerns wrong instructions will give Obama less votes LINK
  • Texas: Bexar County - Missing Marker For Ballots Confusing Voters
    Mail-In Ballots Can Be Marked With Black Or Blue Pen, Pencil LINK
  • West Virginia: Jackson County - And It Begins Again: Touch-Screen Votes Flipping From Dem to Rep in WV
    Votes for Obama Switching to McCain in Early Voting in Jackson County... LINK
  • Virginia: Virginia is ready for Election Day - really, state officials say LINK
  • Virginia: Early Voters Sticking With Electronic Machines LINK
  • Virginia: Suffolk - City still processing voters
    Registar’s office swamped with applications 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

    "To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory
    democracy." The Creekside Declaration March 22, 2008

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