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Daily Voting News For November 1, 2008

Daily Voting News For November 1, 2008
Evening Edition

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

3 days until Election Day.

Just a comment to those who want to dismiss ‘vote-flipping’ as voter error. All kinds of people go to the polls to vote. They are highly educated and high-school dropouts. Rich and poor. They have long fingernails and nails bitten to the quick. They have thin fingers and wide fingers. They are going to softly touch the creen or touch it hard. Vendors and election officials tend to blame vote-flipping on the voters. They touched the screen too hard; drug their finger; had long fingernails; or their fingers touched too large an area. So, is it the voters fault? NO! It is the vendors who designed, built and sold these machines that don’t work for all voters and it is the election officials who bought those machines.

A large majority of the ‘vote-flipping’ has been on older ES&S iVotronic DREs; those machines that were featured on last year’s Dan Rather Reports. The cheaply built, poorly tested touch screens that were used as components on those systems should have been scrapped long ago. It’s not the voters fault and this constant pointing of fingers is wrong. The vendors need to remember that when they point a finger at the voters they have three fingers pointing back at the real culprit, themselves; and it makes no difference what those fingers look like, they are the fingers of blame....

  • National: The Technical Term for Voting Flaws: Human Error LINK
  • National: Oprah's Vote Lost & How You Can Fight to Assure It Doesn't Happen to You! LINK
  • National: Voter, election fraud charges fly as Election Day nears LINK
  • National: Voting Machine Incident Roundup, 11/1 LINK
  • National: Voting Early: Sounds Good, But Its Not the Answer LINK
  • National: Voters Eager to Have A Stake in Historical Election: Early Voting Predicts Strong Turnout Tuesday LINK
  • Arizona: Pima County - Pima vote count could be a slow, painstaking ordeal Full results may take days given large turnout, provisional ballots, new oversight guidelines LINK
  • Arizona: Pima County - How vote problems will be addressed LINK
  • California: Los Angeles County - Early voters tough it out LINK
  • California: San Mateo County - Directly connected democracy LINK
  • Colorado: Larimer County - Long voting lines likely About 60,000 expected to cast their ballots on Election Day at vote centers LINK
  • Florida: Broward County - Close eye kept on Broward's polls As Election Day nears, some worry how Broward County's understaffed elections department will fare. LINK
  • Georgia: Lawyers across state plan to keep their eyes on voting procedures U.S. attorney, FBI will be on lookout for fraud, abuses LINK
  • Georgia: Georgia's Secretary of State Promotes Voter Challenges and Refuses to Extend Early Voting Hours LINK
  • Georgia: Fulton, Clayton may extend voting hours on Tuesday LINK
  • Mississippi: Lawmakers may call for earlier voting LINK
  • North Carolina: Can N.C. handle 4.5 million voters? Concerns: Turnout, registration, software issues LINK
  • New Hampshire: Sort And Stack Elections In New Hampshire LINK
  • New Jersey: Big voter turnout could test election system in NJ LINK
  • New Jersey: Central Jersey officials expect significant voter turnout on Election Day LINK
  • New York: State restrictions put New York behind on early voting Limited exceptions hurt turnout, experts say LINK
  • New York: New York's Voter Registration Database: Fact & Friction LINK
  • New York: Advocates concerned about language access at polls LINK
  • New York: NY State Board of Elections Halts E-Vote “Certification” Tests LINK
  • Ohio: Succession of Voting Disputes Put Ohio Official in Spotlight LINK
  • Ohio: Franklin County - Paper-ballot must be offered if poll is busy LINK
  • Oklahoma: Pottawatomie County - Shawnee Election, Software Glitch Lend New Angle To National Vote LINK
  • Texas: Early Voting Records Broken In Smith County, Statewide LINK
  • Texas: Wichita County - Final day of early voting ends strong Turnout steady at all six polling sites LINK
  • Virginia: NAACP to take lawsuit over voting machines to federal court LINK
  • Virginia: Five-Hour Wait Today for Richmond Voters 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

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

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