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Daily Voting News For November 2, 2008

Daily Voting News For November 2, 2008

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

2 days until Election Day.

I recommend that everyone watch the video that is our ‘Feature’ article this morning. This is what our election officials think of the voters? How can this woman compare standing on line to vote with standing on line for an I-Pod or baseball tickets? Amazing!

Lines for early voters in Georgia were reported to be 8 to 10 hours long last week. Lines in other states were hours long with thousands of voters standing in those lines. And now election officials across the nation are warning that lines will be long on Tuesday. What do the long lines do? They serve to turn voters away from voting. How many of those voters who stood on line during early voting or who will be standing on line on Tuesday will lose wages from jobs they are not working at so they can vote? Is this not a type of poll-tax? Is it not voter suppression and disenfranchisement? Our nation cannot allow this to be the norm. Investigations need to be held to find what are the causes of the bottle-necks and what can be done about them. If federal law needs to written and passed then that must happen so never again do voters have to stand on line for hours and hours so their voices can be heard. It is amazing that voters feel so strongly about exercising the franchise of voting that they would be willing to suffer as they have but they should never have to make that choice again....

  • Feature - PA: Video - Chaos Looms Over Pennsylvania Vote LINK
  • National: If Tuesday's Vote is Close, Get Ready for a Slow Count LINK
  • National: What if ... a record turnout? LINK
  • National: Swelling voter rolls raise fears of Election Day chaos Observers say polling places might not accommodate crowds LINK
  • National: SysTest Labs: Why it matters to you as a voter, as a conspiracy. LINK
  • National: Long lines might deter some voters, election watchers say LINK
  • National: PA and NJ - With a record number of registered voters in some places, residents in Warren and Hunterdon counties might be in for a crush at the polls on Election Day. LINK
  • National: PA and NJ - With record numbers of registered voters, Lehigh Valley residents can expect a crush at the election polls. LINK
  • National: Now It's Clear Why Some People Are Scared of Early Voting: Because It Empowers People LINK
  • National: Prosecute Election Officials Involved in Stripping Legitimate Voters of the Right to Vote LINK
  • National: What could go wrong on Election Day? LINK
  • National: Are Our Voting Machines Safe? LINK
  • National: Paper ballots: the new killer app LINK
  • International: Why Is Voting Overseas So Difficult? LINK
  • International: Troops may run out of time to cast ballots LINK
  • International: Some Military Votes May Not Be Counted LINK
  • International: Making the Expat Vote Count LINK
  • Alabama: Cullman County - Many checks, balances in voting security procedures LINK
  • California: Heavy Calif. turnout could mean lengthy vote tally LINK
  • California: Orange County adds convenience to voting LINK
  • Florida: What happens to your ballot after you vote? LINK
  • Florida: Record-breaking early voting turnout continues LINK
  • Florida: Florida's early voting may presage tsunami LINK
  • Florida: Brevard County - Ballots are option if problems arise LINK
  • Florida: Duval County - Let The Games Begin - 709 Ballots Rejected So Far LINK
  • Florida: Highlands County - Steady voting continues LINK
  • Florida: Palm Beach Co. Ballot Creases Cause Chad-Like Blunders LINK
  • Florida: Seminole County's early voting ends today; voters face long lines LINK
  • Georgia: Early voter turnout called 'unbelievable' LINK
  • Georgia: Fulton, Clayton may extend voting hours on Tuesday LINK
  • Georgia: Ready or not, time to vote Likely surge in turnout could test the system even without any major bungles. LINK
  • Georgia: Lawyers plan to keep eye on voting procedures U.S. attorney, FBI will be on lookout for fraud, abuses LINK
  • Illinois: Anxious voters hurry up and wait 19 percent of Peoria voters cast ballots ahead of Tuesday election LINK
  • Minnesota: Editorial - State should permit more early voting LINK
  • Mississippi: One voter, one ballot Wave of absentee ballots, registrations scrutinized LINK
  • New Hampshire: NH recounts no check and balance for its privatized corporate-controlled elections LINK
  • New Jersey: Provisional ballot request has pitfalls, say watchdogs LINK
  • New Jersey: Big voter turnout could test election system in NJ LINK
  • New Jersey: Passaic County - Short-staffing could delay casting of ballots LINK
  • New York: On Election Day LINK
  • New York: Broome County – Opinion - New voting machines could turn off older voters LINK
  • Ohio: Editorial - For credibility's sake, Ohio must change to a non-partisan election authority LINK
  • Ohio: Tracking Ohio vote on election night: what counties to watch LINK
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County - Some Ohio voters receive multiple absentee ballots LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Opinion – Count Every Vote LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Lebanon County - 75 percent expected at county polls LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Monroe County - Some precincts destined to have long lines at polls LINK
  • South Carolina: Absentee ballots predict record turnout Shocked by crowds, Richland officials say S.C. should allow early voting LINK
  • South Carolina: Spartanburg County - Elections chief: Don't fear new voting machines LINK
  • Tennessee: Voters must not flinch at poll-place challenges LINK
  • Vermont: Ready for the count? Vt. towns divided over vote-tabulating machines LINK
  • Vermont: Vermont towns split over voting machines 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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