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Daily Voting News For December 18, 2008

Daily Voting News For December 18, 2008


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

“Pennsylvania voters challenging the continued use of unverifiable electronic voting machines in their state won another major round on Tuesday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing their case to proceed toward trial. The state’s highest court, in a one-sentence order, denied the Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s petition seeking permission to appeal a lower court ruling decided in the voters’ favor. In April 2007, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania had ruled that voters have a right under the Pennsylvania Constitution to reliable and secure voting systems and can challenge the use of electronic voting machines “that provide no way for Electors to know whether their votes will be recognized” through voter verification or independent audit. Following that ruling, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortés filed his petition before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and further proceedings in the case, Banfield v. Cortés, had been suspended pending the outcome of the petition. The order issued on Tuesday gives a green light for the voters to pursue their claims.”...

  • Featured - PA: Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Allows Voting Rights Case To Proceed LINK
  • Colorado: GOP push for voter ID
    Opponents say the measures would block eligible voters LINK
  • Connecticut: Refining Connecticut’s Elections LINK
  • Florida: Hillsborough County - No show, no $2.3-million for Hillsborough elections chief LINK
  • Florida: Hillsborough County - Where's Buddy Johnson? LINK
  • Florida: Hillsborough County: Elections Boss Defends Not Attending Commission Hearing LINK
  • Maryland: State approves new voting services contract
    Questions remain about who will run City of Frederick election LINK
  • Maryland: Frederick County - County board to rethink dropping city elections LINK
  • Minnesota: Joe Quinn: Just count the ballots, not the possibilities
    Having ruled on a recount, my advice is to keep it simple. LINK
  • Minnesota: Court weighs absentee ballots LINK
  • Minnesota: Canvassing board puzzles over more challenged ballots LINK
  • Minnesota: Recount update: No official recount result until at least next week LINK
  • Minnesota: Coleman's lead down to 2 votes in Minn. canvass LINK
  • Minnesota: Minnesota Supreme Court: Count rejected absentee ballots LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio House shrinks early voting period LINK
  • Ohio: The Wrong Approach to Election Reform LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Allows Voting Rights Case To Proceed LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Voting-machine challenge back on track LINK
  • South Carolina: Charleston County - Voting officials hear ideas LINK
  • West Virginia: Straight-ticket voting remains force in West Virginia elections 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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