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'Daily Voting News' For October 27, 2006    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

Md. Voting Machines Had Part Defect    Story Here  Archive
Cameron W. Barr Washington Post 26 October 2006
The maker of Maryland's electronic voting system replaced flawed electronic components in several thousand touch-screen voting machines in 2005, state election officials acknowledged this week. To eliminate unpredictable "screen freezes" that have occurred since the machines were first used in Maryland in 2002, Diebold Election Systems installed new system boards in about 4,700 voting machines from four Maryland counties: Allegany, Dorchester, Montgomery and Prince George's

F.C. Election Chief Says Problem With Voting Machines Identified a Year Ago (VA)    Story Here  Archive
Nicholas F. Benton Falls Church News-Press 26 October 2006
A glitch on all voting machines in the City of Falls Church, as well as those in Alexandria and Charlottesville, will keep the full name of U.S. Senate candidate James Webb from appearing on all ballot summary pages on Nov. 7. While remedies in the form of ample signage informing voters of the problem, and assuring them that their votes will still be counted, are being readied, Falls Church’s chief election official of many years told the News-Press yesterday that this is not a new problem. It was known a year ago and complained about then with no results.

Diebold machine glitch fixed quietly (MD)    Story Here  Archive
Melissa Harris Baltimore Sun 26 October 2006
Diebold Election Systems shipped Maryland flawed electronic voting machines that were used in the 2004 election, then quietly replaced the malfunctioning components last year, documents and interviews show. Gilles W. Burger, chairman of the State Board of Elections, said this week that he and fellow members were initially told that Diebold was performing a "technical refresher" of the voting machines during July and August last year. He later learned that the refresher was really the repair of a flaw discovered by Diebold about three years earlier but not disclosed to him and other board members. The "motherboard" of each unit - the main circuit board that holds all of the machine's critical parts - had a glitch that could cause the machines to freeze.

Voting machines chop off candidates' names (TX)    Story Here  Archive
Tara Copp, Corrie MacLaggan; AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
WASHINGTON — It's conventional wisdom in politics that it's good to have a short, simple last name to build identification with voters. Seems Austin's electronic voting machines think so, too.

Voting machines to get fix after audit trail prints right vote for the wrong district (AR)    Story Here  Archive
TRISH HOLLENBECK Northwest Arkansas Times 26 October 2006
Washington County voting machines are slated to be reconfigured today after a candidate for state representative for the 92 nd district cast his vote on Wednesday and ran into an electronic voting snag. The paper trail “ receipt” from his vote said Republican candidate Cephus Richard III was in the wrong district.

'Daily Voting News' For October 26, 2006    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

Some in Ojai Valley receive wrong ballots (CA)    Story Here  Archive
By Charles Levin, Ventura County Star
Chuck Bennett knows the meaning of getting out the vote — even for a seemingly low-profile race like a local water board serving the Ojai Valley. But when the Miramonte resident opened his absentee ballot last week, he couldn't find his name, or those of the two candidates challenging him for a seat on the Casitas Municipal Water District.

Ballot glitch concerns Democrats (VA)    Story Here  Archive
Richmond Times-Dispatch 25 October 2006
U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb's last name has been cut off on part of the electronic ballot in Alexandria, Falls Church and Charlottesville because of a computer glitch. The problem also affects other candidates with long names, officials said. The Democrat's full name appears on the page where voters choose for whom to vote. The error shows up only on the summary page, where voters are asked to review their ions before hitting the button to record their votes.

Glitch occurs in City's electronic election ballot (VA)    Story Here  Archive
Max Hall, Cavalier Daily 25 October 2006
Voters in Charlottesville, Alexandria and Falls Church may be in for a surprise when they reach the end of their electronic ballot Nov. 7. Hart InterCivic brand voting machines, which will be used in these cities for the upcoming midterm election, have altered the last names of some candidates on the ballot's summary screen. According to a statement from Hart InterCivic, the software in use "has a font-size limitation only on the summary screen that causes longer names to truncate."

Computer problem slows early balloting (FL)    Story Here  Archive
MIKE SAEWITZ Southwest Florida Herald Tribune 25 October 2006
SARASOTA Early voting hit an afternoon slowdown Tuesday as problems with a county computer system prevented elections workers from looking up voters' information. Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent stressed that the problems, which completely halted voting for 20 minutes at one location, had "nothing to do with the voting machines."

Official calls for probe in ballot delay (OH)    Story Here  Archive
Lisa A. Abraham Akron Beacon Journal 25 October 2006
Members of the Summit County Board of Elections are angry with the three-week delay in printing absentee ballots for the Nov. 7 election, with one member suggesting a conspiracy may be in the works and a federal investigation warranted. ``It's unacceptable what's gone on here and I'm outraged by it,' Democrat Wayne Jones said at a board meeting Tuesday. ``I think there could be a conspiracy with not getting us our ballots.'

Late Paper Ballots Create Problems For Md. Election Boards    Story Here  Archive
Megha Rajagopalan, Capital News Service 25 October 2006
ANNAPOLIS - After electronic glitches made a mess of primary elections in some places, voting officials vowed that general elections would progress without a bump. But with less than two weeks remaining before the Nov. 7 general election, many county elections boards have received only a small fraction of the paper ballots they need for use as absentee ballots or standby provisional ballots - a troubling turn in a year that has brought the most requests for the ballots in the history of non-presidential races in Maryland

'Daily Voting News' For October 25, 2006    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

Thousands in South Florida cast early ballots    Story Here  Archive
KATHLEEN FORDYCE AND ANI MARTINEZ Miami Herald 25 October 2006
Early voting for the Nov. 7 election began this week in South Florida without glaring hitches as thousands of voters got a jump-start to cast their ballots and avoid long lines on Election Day. Officials reported 9,569 Miami-Dade voters had cast early ballots through today, and 8,300 Broward voters had voted by closing Tuesday. Wednesday's Broward results will be released Thursday

Some Voting Machines Chop Off Candidates' Names (VA)    Story Here  Archive
Leef Smith Washington Post 24 October 2006
U.S. Senate candidate James Webb's last name has been cut off on part of the electronic ballot used by voters in Alexandria, Falls Church and Charlottesville because of a computer glitch that also affects other candidates with long names, city officials said yesterday. Although the problem creates some voter confusion, it will not cause votes to be cast incorrectly, election officials emphasized. The error shows up only on the summary page, where voters are asked to review their ions before hitting the button to cast their votes. Webb's full name appears on the page where voters choose for whom to vote.

Election board angered by absentee ballot delay (OH)    Story Here  Archive
Lisa A. Abraham Akron Beacon-Journal 24 October 2006
Members of the Summit County Board of Elections are angry with the three-week delay in printing absentee ballots for the Nov. 7 election, with one member suggesting a conspiracy may be in the works and a federal investigation warranted. ``It's unacceptable what's gone on here and I'm outraged by it,' said Democrat Wayne Jones, board chairman at a board meeting this morning. ``I think there could be a conspiracy with not getting us our ballots.'

Officials see significant errors in electronic voting test run (CA)    Story Here  Archive
Edward Carpenter The Examiner 24 October 2006
SAN MATEO — Numerous human errors reported during pre-election tests of new electronic voting machines have voting advocates worried that similar mistakes will be repeated by county voters in two weeks. With the election scheduled for Nov. 7, test votes cast by trained personnel Thursday, which was the first day of pre-election tests of the new equipment, failed to match up to the voting “scripts” they were given by elections officials 40 percent of the time, David Tom, county elections manager, said. The number of errors in the so-called Logic and Accuracy tests ped to 25 percent on Wednesday and about 14 percent on Friday, with all errors eliminated by Monday morning, Tom said.

'Daily Voting News' For October 24, 2006    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

'Daily Voting News' For October 23, 2006    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

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