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Scanner glitch blamed for election miscounts (SD)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 4, 2009
Rapid City Journal. June 4, 2009. By Emilie Rusch, Journal staff
A Pennington County computer software accounting error, and lack of a manually compiled city tally sheet, were blamed Wednesday for reporting mistakes in Tuesday's municipal and school election results. ...

On Tuesday night, the individual precinct tallies were correct, Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson said Wednesday. But when officials combined information from the three ballot scanners for a grand total, a software glitch added thousands of votes. In reality, only 5,613 ballots were cast in Tuesday's election, not the 10,488 initially reported.



'Daily Voting News' for June 04, 2009    Story Here
Published:Thursday, June 4, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
In our featured article, the ES&S tabulation software added nearly 5,000 votes to the total as votes from the three M650 scanners were combined. Some people in India are suggesting that their election was rigged; with DREs, how will they find out if their software goofed, too?

‘Daily Voting News’ for June 03, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
The DoJ's decision to strike down Georgia's voter verification process has sparked a lot of discussion. And by the way, the decision about Georgia's voter ID law has not been made yet.

Barbara Simons and Justin Moore wrote an excellent article about Internet voting and countered some of the misinformation in an earlier article written by the vendor who ran the Hawaii Neighborhood election.

In New York, some counties resist the 'pilot program' of using uncertified equipment in the elections this year; others decide to participate. Bo Lipari points out that it isn't a pilot program at all and recommends some steps the NY Board of Elections could take to turn it into one.



Problems persist with Monmouth election computer system (NJ)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 3, 2009
APP.com June 3, 2009. By Bob Jordan, STAFF WRITER
Monmouth County's multimillion-dollar computerized voting tabulation system stumbled again on Tuesday night, though delays in collecting primary election tallies weren't as problematic as the extended lags that occurred during school board votes in April.

‘Daily Voting News’ for June 02, 2009    Story Here
Published:Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Today, we introduce a new word 'dagdag-bawas'. For the definition, see: http://iloilocityboy.blogspot.com/2007/02/on-dagdag-bawas-kbl-atbp.html

‘Daily Voting News’ for June 01, 2009    Story Here
Published:Monday, June 1, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
The news from Georgia is confusing: News articles tell us that the U.S. Justice Department has struck down both the Georgia's voter registration database verification rules and its newly passed voter ID law. Our reading of the DoJ letter and the response from the Secretary of State is that it only affects the voter registration database verification process, but it's hard to tell. Read the DoJ letter and Handel's statement for yourself. The first paragraph references letters we were unable to find. If you find a link to them, please send the link to dvn-tips@votersunite.org. All of our featured articles are about this topic.

'Daily Voting News' For May 30, 2009    Story Here
Published:Saturday, May 30, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Miscellaneous articles about IRV mistabulation, Internet voting, election auditing, Voter ID issues, fraud, and more.

'Daily Voting News' For May 29, 2009    Story Here
Published:Friday, May 29, 2009
by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Hillsborough County, Florida Supervisor of Elections Phyllis Busansky released her 9-page report on 2008 election problems. A notable quote: “Although it was not the main focus of this report, it should be noted that many of the problems that occurred were caused by inadequacies in the Premier system which they have acknowledged and are working to correct.” We hope she submits the report to the EAC, so other election officials have access to the information.

'Daily Voting News' For May 28, 2009    Story Here
Published:Thursday, May 28, 2009
by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
More New York counties join the resistance to switching from lever machines to optically scanned ballots. Smartmatic brought the wrong cable to its all-important demo in the Philippines and caused a short circuit in the optical scanner. Voter ID and Internet voting continue to be in the news. And an error was discovered in TrueBallot’s counting of the votes in Aspen’s IRV election – but it didn’t affect the outcome.

Mayoral Vote Tally Corrected; Outcome Stays the Same (CO)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, May 28, 2009
Aspen City Press Release. May 28, 2009. Kathryn Koch, City Clerk.
City staff recently learned of an error in the tabulation of the final-round vote totals for mayor; however, the error had no effect on the outcome of the race held in Aspen on May 5, 2009. Vote totals in all other rounds of the mayor’s instant runoff voting tally and in all rounds of the two council tallies were unchanged.

'Daily Voting News' For May 27, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, May 27, 2009
by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Various aspects of Voter ID are in the news today. Texas Democrats defeated their bill. In Kansas, a candidate for Secretary of State claims it’s essential to prevent fraud.

'Daily Voting News' For May 25-26, 2009    Story Here
Published:Tuesday, May 26, 2009
by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
A bill introduced into the Oregon House of Representatives in February provided for submission of completed ballots over the Internet for the military and Americans living abroad. Last week amendments made in the House changed the bill, removing the authorization for Internet voting and providing instead for faxed ballots if the voter waives the right to a secret ballot. The bill, as amended, passed the House and is headed for the Senate.

Voting Drops 83 Percent In All-Digital Election (HI)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, May 26, 2009
KITV.com May 26, 2009
HONOLULU Officials saw an 83 percent in the number of voters participating in the Honolulu Neighborhood Board's recent election that is the nation's first all-digital election, where people could vote over the Internet or by phone.

'Daily Voting News' For May 23-24, 2009    Story Here
Published:Sunday, May 24, 2009
by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Texas ratified the 45-year old constitutional amendment to eliminate the poll tax and continues its voter ID debate. The Internet and phone election in Hawaii came to a close on Friday; Warren Stewart of Verified Voting Foundation points out that "Web voting cannot be used in city council or state elections because state law bars voting systems that do not include a vote verification process."

'Daily Voting News' For May 22, 2009    Story Here
Published:Friday, May 22, 2009
by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Yesterday Jessie Jane Duff, Retired Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps and spokesperson for Military Voting Rights USA, testified before Congress on the issue of military and overseas voting. Her testimony told what it is like in the field – that the military does more to assist soldiers to pay taxes and give to charity than it does to help them get their ballots cast. She pointed out that the Internet is not readily available in the field (contrary to what many proponents of Internet voting say). She proposed a well-thought out solution and explained the many benefits. The federal government should provide an Express Mail program for the return of ballots, more training for people who assist during the election cycle, and accessible voter registration and absentee ballot request locations. We hope Congress acts on her wise recommendations.

The Voter ID bill is scheduled to come to the floor in Texas tomorrow.



'Daily Voting News' For May 21, 2009    Story Here
Published:Thursday, May 21, 2009
by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
The debate on photo voter ID in Texas continues to slow cook, and the particular question of Asian names and voter ID may have nationwide implications. Also in today’s news are two government actions (in IL and HI) that show the necessity of citizens’ persistence in demanding that the law be upheld. Andrew Appel writes about the testimony of the plaintiff’s witnesses in the NJ lawsuit, and plans to follow up with testimony of the defendant’s witnesses.

Voters cause some machines to falter (PA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, May 21, 2009
Bucks County Courier Times. May 21, 2009. By: JENNA PORTNOY, The Intelligencer
Bucks County voters who tried to write in the names of candidates not on the primary ballot Tuesday caused machines to falter - same as they did in the primary two years ago.

Minor voting problems reported (PA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, May 21, 2009
TribLive News. May 21, 2009. By Mitch Fryer, LEADER TIMES
KITTANNING Some voters in the county may have experienced problems with electronic machines during Tuesday's primary, according to reports circulating at the courthouse annex building on election night.

Machines malfunction in 5 towns (PA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Bucks County Courier Times, By: GEORGE MATTAR, May 20, 2009.
Election night turned chaotic in five municipalities as some voting machines were reported either broken or jammed late Tuesday.

'Daily Voting News' For May 20, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, May 20, 2009
by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Three interesting personal accounts: one from a voter in CA who found that the state-certified InkaVote Plus won't accept write-in votes; another from a candidate in PA who tried three times to vote and didn't get to cast a ballot; and the third from an activist in Brazil who tells about vote-selling, biometric voter IDs, spy pens, and e-voting machines.

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