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Mail ballot backlog poses problems for L.A. County voters (CA)    Story Here  Archive
Jennifer Oldham and Ruben Vives Los Angeles Times 30 October 2008

Thousands of Los Angeles County voters may not receive their mail-in ballots in time to actually mail them in, county officials said Wednesday. Clerks were racing to process about 13,000 last-minute vote-by-mail applications while also handling 55,000 remaining voter registrations, said Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan.



Straight-ticket voting not straightforward (National)    Story Here  Archive
Adam Levine CNN 30 October 2008
A number of states try to make voting a little easier by allowing voters to choose all the candidates from a single party with a single vote. The process is known as straight-party or straight-ticket voting. But while it sounds straightforward, the CNN Voter Hotline has gotten a number of calls with concerns about whether the option works.

Jennifer Brunner cancels cross-checking of Ohio's new voters    Story Here  Archive
Reginald Fields Cleveland Plain Dealer 30 October 2008
It is impossible to cross-check nearly 700,000 new or revised voter registrations filed this year without crashing Ohio's registration system, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said Thursday. She added that the entire system will have to be rebuilt after next week's election so that fraud can be more easily detected.

Washington, D.C., Suffers Headaches as Early Voters Show Up at Election Board HQ    Story Here  Archive
FoxNews 30 October 2008
Despite efforts to reduce long lines and voting irregularities on Election Day, thousands of voters this week have been waiting in line for hours at Washingon, D.C., Election Board headquarters to cast ballots in person after requested absentee ballots failed to arrive before the voting deadline.

'Daily Voting News' For October 30, 2008 - Evening Edition    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

Voting problems hit Atlanta’s Adamsville Rec Center (GA)    Story Here  Archive
Thomas Wheatley Creative Loafing 31 October 2008
Georgia Democrats are calling for Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel to extend advanced voting on Saturday and Sunday after computer glitches caused a reported 500 people to wait two hours in line at a Fulton County polling place.

Early voters report obstacles at polls (TX)    Story Here  Archive
THEODORE KIM and IAN McCANN The Dallas Morning News 29 October 2008
As record numbers of early voters flock to polls across North Texas, it has not been all smooth sailing. In some cases, election workers appear to have applied voter laws inconsistently.

'Daily Voting News' For October 29, 2008 - Morning Edition    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

Adams County ‘quarantines’ machine that switched candidate’s vote (CO)    Story Here  Archive
Ernest Luning Colorado Independent 29 October 2008
An electronic voting machine in Adams County repeatedly failed to accept a vote for a Democratic state Senate candidate — instead registering the vote for her Republican opponent — at an early voting site last week and has been removed from service, the Aurora Sentinel reports Wednesday. Adams County Clerk and Recorder Karen Long told the newspaper the error doesn’t reflect wider problems in the county’s voting systems, but the candidate said the incident could lead to a lawsuit.

Adams County pulls plug on faulty voting machine (CO)    Story Here  Archive
ADAM GOLDSTEIN The Aurora Sentinel 29 October 2008
Karen Long confirmed that a machine at an Adams County early-voting location failed to register a vote last week intended for Democratic state Senate candidate Mary Hodge. The vote instead appeared for Hodge’s Republican opponent, Robert John Hadfield

Internet, phone disruptions in area; no early voting at Evansville libraries today (IN)    Story Here  Archive
Evansville Courier and Press 29 October 2008
An outage in some phone and Internet services in the Tri-State has left, among others, the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library system without Internet service today, meaning people who want to vote early will have to do so at the Civic Center in Downtown Evansville.

Texas Voters Say Straight-Party Voting Flipped Votes; Activists Urge Voters to Avoid Straight-Party Voting    Story Here  Archive
Kim Zetter Wired 29 October 2008

A number of voters in several Texas counties have been complaining that voting machines they used to cast early votes flipped their votes from Democratic choices to Republican ones. Voters have reported that when they tried to vote a straight-party Democratic ticket, the machine flipped their choices to Republican candidates instead. In some cases, voters reported a problem only with the presidential race; in other cases voters reported the entire ballot being marked Republican by the machine.



90% of Hillsborough absentee ballots rejected so far (FL)    Story Here  Archive
ABC Action News 29 October 2008
TAMPA, FL Nearly 90 percent of the absentee ballots checked by the Hillsborough County Canvassing Board so far have been rejected and will not count in the November 4th General Election.

'Daily Voting News' For October 29, 2008 - Evening Edition    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

COUNTDOWN 2008: Computer woes slow Georgians at polls    Story Here  Archive
Mary Lou Pickel The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 28 October 2008

Computer problems slowed voting to a crawl at some polling locations around metro Atlanta on Monday. It was the first day that counties opened more early voting locations with the idea of easing the crush on Election Day. At the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Regional Library in Alpharetta, some people waited eight hours to cast their ballots.



Demand for early ballots cannot be met (CA)    Story Here  Archive
Times-Herald, Vallejo, October 28, 2008. By Tony Burchyns
Solano County election officials said they will be unable to meet the record demand for issuing early ballots through the mail to voters. That means an unknown number of people likely between 500 and 1,000 won't be getting ballots sent to them despite making requests on their registration forms, Assistant Registrar of Voters Lindsey McWilliams said Monday.

'Daily Voting News' For October 28, 2008 - Morning Edition    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

Machine error in Oak Island means no paper trail for some votes (NC)    Story Here  Archive
Shelby Sebens Wilmington Star-News 28 October 2008
A poll worker at the Oak Island Recreation Center voting location put the paper in backward, causing it not to print votes cast on a majority of the polling machines.

'Daily Voting News' For October 28, 2008 - Evening Edition    Story Here
John Gideon
A collection of articles from local and national media that cover voting issues

Texas county's machines causing concern for some voters    Story Here  Archive
CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart 28 October 2008
A caller from Beaumont, Texas reports that his mother, who he accompanied to the polls, had problems assuring the electronic touch screen machine was accurately recording her preference for Sen. Barack Obama. “She went to punch the ion for Obama and it flipped to McCain,” the caller said. “They need to do something about this. They need to separate the names. Put ‘em apart, pretty much. Side-by-side instead of stacked on top of one another. This issue needs to be addressed,” said the caller.

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