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Daily Voting News For October 21, 2008

Daily Voting News For October 21, 2008


Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

14 days until Election Day.

New York state officials have either purged or made inactive over 1.6 million voters. That is a huge number and with that large a number there will certainly be problems.

Georgia’s Secretary of State is doing all she can to suppress the vote. She is requiring a waiting period between voters registering and voting. She has also instituted checks on citizenship and ID at registration even though the Justice Department has warned her that she can’t do that without pre-clearance. The state is also woefully behind in processing new voter registrations.

We’ve also got more reports of vote swapping in West Virginia, Tennessee, and Texas and long lines across the nation.

Straight-party voting in Texas continues to cause problems for voters. Voters need to be told to not vote straight-party. Vote for each race but vote the whole ballot....

  • Featured - NY: Over 1,500,000 NYS Voters Purged LINK
  • Featured - GA: Don’t do it, Karen! LINK
  • National: Attention Voters: Here's What You Have to Do to Make Sure You Get to Vote LINK
  • National: Election Day Will Likely Test Voting System, Voter Patience LINK
  • National: Experts encourage early voting, fear voting system meltdown LINK
  • National: States Warned to Prep for Election Glitches LINK
  • National: Stumper's Handy Voting Problem Primer LINK
  • National: Report: Voting glitches could disrupt election LINK
  • National: Voting concerns surfacing in key states LINK
  • National: Voting Rights Watch: Report reveals a new generation of online voter suppression LINK
  • National: Early voting starts in 31 states; e-voting snag in W.Va. fixed
    Voters using e-voting machines urged to check printouts to verify their choices LINK
  • National: Pew warns 'perfect storm' on election day could complicate vote count LINK
  • National: Early voting suggests 2008 may see record turnout, expert says LINK
  • California: L.A. County probes possible errors in absentee ballot mailing
    A Baldwin Hills man told officials he had been issued an incorrect ballot and used it to vote. LINK
  • California: Orange County - SoCal voters cast ballots in drive-through style LINK
  • Colorado: Interest in voting-by-mail skyrockets in Colorado LINK
  • Colorado: Denver - Early Voting Underway In Colorado
    Some Voters Complain About Ballot Shortages LINK
  • Florida: Editorial - In swing states like Florida, voters need to know rights LINK
  • Florida: Florida hopes optical scan machines avoid recount repeat LINK
  • Florida: Broward County - Early voting opens in Broward County with lines, three-hour waits LINK
  • Florida: Broward County - CNN reporter waits 3 hours on voting line in Florida LINK
  • Florida: Duval County - Officials Discuss Early Voting Problems LINK
  • Florida: Duval County - Lines, Voting Problems Continue For 2nd Day
    Despite Delays, 11,970 In Duval Voted Monday LINK
  • Florida: Leon County overcomes voting snag LINK
  • Florida: Miami-Dade County - Congressman Meek seethes over long early-voting lines LINK
  • Florida: Miami-Dade County - More machines added to handle early-voting crowds
    Voters came out in big numbers across South Florida the first day of early voting -- so much so that more machines are being added to handle crowds. LINK
  • Georgia: Three-judge panel to hear arguments in Georgia voter ID lawsuit LINK
  • Iowa: Some good, some bad in Iowa's use of ballots LINK
  • Illinois: DuPage County - Early voting in DuPage exceeds expectations LINK
  • Indiana: Lake County - Judge tours early voting sites, anticipates ruling today LINK
  • Indiana: Tippecanoe County - More machines coming for Purdue's early voting LINK
  • Michigan: MI Dems, GOP Settle Suit Over Use of Foreclosure to Challenge Voters — But Fight Goes On LINK
  • Michigan: Voter suit settlement reached
    Both Dems, GOP agree foreclosure lists won't be used in poll challenges, but plan's existence still disputed. LINK
  • Missouri: Greene County - Getting your vote costs taxing districts plenty LINK
  • New Jersey: Report finds New Jersey voting machines flawed LINK
  • New Jersey: Reports warn of tampering risks in New Jersey's electronic voting LINK
  • New Jersey: Union County Clerk says voting machines are unreliable; encourages voting by mail LINK
  • Nevada: Republican Party challenging some voters LINK
  • New York: Voter rolls drop 1.6 million names LINK
  • Ohio: Voter-registration lawsuit against Brunner is dropped LINK
  • Ohio: Death Threats, Hack Attempts Beseige OH Sec. of State's Office
    Website Set to 'Static Mode' After 'Security Breaches', Threatening Packages, Messages Received Following Brunner's Legal Tussles With State Republicans LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio Secretary of State Site Hacked LINK
  • Ohio: Breach cripples Ohio Secretary of State's site
    It's the latest incident targeting Jennifer Brunner, who has criticized e-voting LINK
  • Ohio: Ohio searches for state-site attacker LINK
  • Ohio: Republicans press voter registration challenges; Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland calls for stop LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Allegheny Co. First In Nation To Test Voting Machine Software LINK
  • Pennsylvania: VoteAllegheny accepts audit of Allegheny County voting machines LINK
  • Pennsylvania: VotePA Statement On Allegheny County Software Verification Testing LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Centre County - Optical scan voting machines to expedite voting
    New optical scan machines purchased by Centre County should help the upcoming presidential voting process run more smoothly. LINK
  • South Carolina: South Carolina among 10 least ready for voting glitches LINK
  • Tennessee: Davidson County - Vote Flipping in Davidson County, Tennessee LINK
  • Tennessee: Davidson County - Election Integrity Filmmaker Sees Own Vote Flipped on ESS Touch-Screens in TN LINK
  • Texas: Dallas County - Early Voting Can Be Fun! And Crowded! And Confusing! Also, Troubling! LINK
  • Texas: First day of voting sees thousands flock to Travis County polling sites LINK
  • Texas: Travis County - Dispelling electronic voting myths LINK
  • Texas: Webb County - Voting machines absent on first day of early voting LINK
  • Texas: Webb County - Officials subpoenaed for hearing LINK
  • Texas: Williamson County - Problems at polls LINK
  • Utah: Early voting begins today in Utah LINK
  • Utah: Washington County - Card glitch snarls early voting LINK
  • West Virginia: West Virginia sets state voter registration record LINK
  • West Virginia: Voters in W.Va. Say Electronic Voting Machines Switched their Obama Votes to McCain LINK
  • West Virginia: Voting Machines Switch Votes; Officials Blame Voters LINK
  • West Virginia: Ohio County - Voting Is a Touchy Business
    Some machines showing wrong choices in W.Va. LINK
  • West Virginia: Putnam County - Early-voting problems in Putnam
    Touch-screen votes switched, then corrected 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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