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Daily Voting News For February 26-27, 2007

Daily Voting News For February 27, 2007


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

“Florida's Congressional District 13 race and the report of conflicts between the paper trail records and the electronic ballots in Cuyahoga County, Ohio are only two recent examples of how elections using DRE technology cannot be trusted and how confusing the technology can be to voters. Evidence overwhelmingly confirms that, even with the addition of a voter-verified paper audit trail, DREs cannot be made to serve our nation's need for universal citizen enfranchisement. It would constitute a grievous error to further codify the use of DRE systems, as is currently done by the redefinition of "voter verified paper ballot" found at the beginning of HR 811's Section 2(a)(1). We believe that all voters should have equal access to accurate, secure, meaningfully observable, and verifiable election systems. DREs have been touted as providing this kind of election system, but America’s experience with hundreds of documented DRE failures and thousands of voters disenfranchised by them proves otherwise. Any voter required to use a DRE is at once relegated to second-class status, given that other voters can vote on voter-marked paper ballots. Evidence shows that voter-marked paper ballots, combined with existing ballot-marking interfaces, provide both equity and parity to disabled and language minority voters in full compliance with ADA and HAVA.”...

  • NAtional: Essential Revisions to HR 811 LINK
  • National: John Bonifaz makes the case for amending Holt's HR 811 LINK
  • National: A Return To Sanity – Why We Must Eliminate Computerized Control Of Our Election System LINK
  • National: States work on proposals to make voting easier LINK
  • National: Opinion - Fixes for accurate vote counts LINK
  • National: Unreliable voting machines LINK
  • California: Orange County - Janet Nguyen is expected to be named winner in disputed O.C. supervisor's race LINK
  • California: Riverside County - California Focus LINK
  • Colorado: Montrose County - Report blisters Montrose over election trouble State finds ‘flagrant violations,’ demands change immediately LINK
  • Colorado: Montrose County - State lambastes county election LINK
  • Connecticut: Bysiewicz to ask this week for vote audits LINK
  • Florida: CD-13 – Opinion - Never-ending campaign LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County - Secretary of State’s FL-13 Audit Report Whitewashes Evidence of Voting Machine Problems in Sarasota LINK
  • Florida: Touchscreen voting: vote of no confidence? LINK
  • Illinois: Call for new election audit rules in Illinois LINK
  • New Mexico: Paper Ballots are Better (NM Case Study) LINK
  • Texas: Bowie County will get new election equipment 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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    Daily Voting News For February 26, 2007


    Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

    While organizations like People For The American Way, Common Cause, and Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition argue that the continued use of DRE voting machines is necessary to support the foreign language speaking minority, they ignore that those machines may, in fact, serve to disenfranchise more voters from that community than they help. A new study from VotersUnite.Org proves that the undervote rate in minority communities in New Mexico plummeted when those communities changed from DRE to optical scan voting systems. // According to BradBlog; “California's new Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, has flatly rejected a request from Riverside County, CA County Supervisor Jeff Stone to participate in a "hack test" challenge originally proposed to Election Integrity Advocates in response to their concerns about security and accuracy for the county's electronic touch-screen voting machines.” ...

  • NAtional: 2004 and 2006 New Mexico Canvass Data Shows Undervote Rates Plummet in Minority Precincts When Paper Ballots are Used LINK
  • National: REPORT: Undervote Rate Plummets 85% in New Mexico's Native American Precincts after Statewide Switch from Touch-Screen Voting to Paper Ballots LINK
  • National: EAC Research Finds Polling-Place ID Laws Reduce Minority Voter Turnout LINK
  • National: Feinstein Calls for Probe Into E-voting Machines Senator asks GAO to look at potential for DRE malfunctions, election fraud LINK
  • National: Fixes for accurate vote counts LINK
  • California: EXCLUSIVE: California SoS Finds No State Law to Prohibit Proposed Riverside County 'Hack Test' of Sequoia Touch-Screen Machines! LINK
  • California: On Election Day, you've got mail LINK
  • Florida: Opinion - Accurate and Fraud-Free Elections Now: Florida's Solution LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County - Computer Scientists Defend Voting Machines LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County - Florida e-vote audit criticized by Jennings, activists State report says machines didn't cause undervote of 18,000 LINK
  • Massachusetts: Royalston to try out new vote machines LINK
  • Maryland: Opinion - Don't replace voting system LINK
  • Missouri: Commentary - Make it easier, not harder, to cast ballot LINK
  • New Jersey: How to Fix Our Broken Voting System LINK
  • Texas: Texas Bill Would Require Voting Machine Paper Trail LINK
  • Texas: Matagorda County - Statewide election costly for county 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
    Executive Director www.votersunite.org and
    Member www.votetrustusa.org


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