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Voting problems? Let me know (TN)    Story Here  Archive
Franklin Reporter. October 7, 2009. by Kevin Walters
Ward 3 Alderman Mike Skinner, who’s running for re-election, tells me he’s filed a complaint with the county Election Commission about a voting machine malfunction in the county Administrative Complex.

Missing ballots cast doubt on Toledo City Council tally (OH)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Toledo Blade. September 22, 2009. By TOM TROY, BLADE POLITICS WRITER
The Lucas County Board of Elections has 1,092 ballots that could be added to last week's Toledo primary election count, putting the final results for Toledo City Council in doubt. The additional ballots include 166 absentee ballots accidentally left uncounted last Tuesday, Director Linda Howe said Monday.

Slow Boulder vote count blamed on software glitch (CO)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, September 19, 2009
The Associated Press . September 19, 2009
Boulder County election officials say a software problem led to the delay in counting votes last November, when the county processed 172,531 ballots.

Boulder County: Incompatible software caused ballot-counting problems (CO)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, September 18, 2009
Boulder Daily Camera. By Laura Snider. September 18, 2009
With less than two months to go before this year's election, the Boulder County clerk and recorder has finally released a long-awaited report detailing what went wrong during the vote count last November.

Glitch in database delays vote count by 90 minutes (OH)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 17, 2009
Toledo Blade. September 17, 2009. By TOM TROY, BLADE POLITICS WRITER
Toledo's mayoral primary results were delayed up to 90 minutes because of a database error that was not discovered until the Lucas County Board of Elections started crunching the election results late Tuesday night.

Trial run took some patience (NY)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Times Union. September 16, 2009. By LAUREN STANFORTH, Staff writer
Eight poll workers huddled around Albany County Board of Elections technician Joshua Rutnick as he fixed a brand-new electronic voting machine that made its debut at the First United Methodist Church in Delmar for Tuesday's primary.

District Attorney primary totals d after voting machine malfunction (NY)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Post-Star. September 16, 2009. By NICK REISMAN
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright picked up 97 additional votes after a malfunctioning voting machine in Whitehall was fixed Tuesday night, but that did little to close the gap against his opponent, Robert Winn.

Voting Machine Delays in Broome County (NY)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 15, 2009
By WBNG News. September 15, 2009
The ballot marking devices are being used at every polling place. But as Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us there were a few bumps in the road before voters could cast ballots.

Despite Light Turnout, Some Voting Irregularities (NY)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 15, 2009
New York Times. September 15, 2009. By Sewell Chan
The scene at New York City’s 1,300-plus polling sites on Tuesday was far more sparse than last November, when the presidential election resulted in long lines, impatience and confusion. But nevertheless, a number of voting problems were reported around the city. The Board of Elections — an agency that is independent of the mayor and City Council and is largely under the influence of party officials in the five boroughs — has been repeatedly criticized for its handling of voting in the city.

'Daily Voting News' for July 11-13, 2009    Story Here
Published:Monday, July 13, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
John Washburn, Dave Klein, and I have decided that, starting tonight, Daily Voting News will be on an indefinite hiatus. After realistically evaluating the situation, we are forced to accept that current resources alone are insufficient to continue DVN while we are also exploring possible models that will be viable and still retain the quality that DVN readers have rightfully come to expect. Since now is a slow time for election-related news, clearly this is a good time for a hiatus. We are grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the continuation of DVN and very much appreciate the kind words and support expressed by those of you who responded to our survey

'Daily Voting News' for July 09-10, 2009    Story Here
Published:Friday, July 10, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Debate rages in Tennessee over the Secretary of State’s ever-growing reasons why the state can’t implement the law requiring voter-marked paper ballots by 2010. The Philippines and Smartmatic finally put pen to paper for automating the 2010 election.

Correction: In our previous DVN, we included an article about Hart InterCivic, which we have since found out was from April 2008. We apologize for any confusion we caused.



'Daily Voting News' for July 07-08, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
Two of the major voting system vendors in the U.S. are expanding into new arenas. Hart InterCivic has acquired a company that produces Geographic Information Systems software for local governments, and Premier (formerly Diebold) is getting into the vote-by-mail game.

'Daily Voting News' for July 04-06, 2009    Story Here
Published:Monday, July 6, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
How can we get a fair and honest election? In the Philippines, citizens worry about paper-ballot fraud; in India, they worry about electronic-voting fraud; in Iran, many question the results of their recent paper-ballot election; in Colorado, the Arapahoe County Clerk extols the virtues of DREs and decries paper ballots. Maybe the way to get a fair and honest election lies not in our technology, but in our transparency.

In 1896 the New York legislature and the courts agreed that to permit an essential step of the electoral process to be within the exclusive control of the State, outside of public view, renders “voting a useless formality as it depends upon the will of the [state] as to who shall hold office, and not upon the vote of the people.”

Could open, public observation of the vote count put election questions to rest?



'Daily Voting News' for July 2-3, 2009    Story Here
Published:Friday, July 3, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
While the goals of the U.S. and the Philippines seem to be the same regarding elections fair and fraud-free, their methods are diametrically opposed. The Philippines is desperate to get away from paper ballots and automate their elections, and the U.S., having been there done that, is heading in the opposite direction.

Happy Independence Day! We're taking the weekend off.



'Daily Voting News' for July 1, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn

As the continuation of John Gideon's valued creation, The Daily Voting News, nears its two-month anniversary, those of us who have been fortunate enough to carry on John's work are beginning to understand what will be necessary for its existence to continue into the indefinite future. At this point, we need to create a "budget" of the potential resourcesvolunteer time, computer resources, or direct financial donationsthat can be devoted to continuing DVN.

Please respond to our survey to help us determine how to proceed. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=uE7EmPVpo79LsZd7Xe8UNg_3d_3d . Based on the responses we received from DVN subscribers, the resources we could expect would support a drastically minimized form of DVN, if it were able to continue at all.



'Daily Voting News' for June 30, 2009    Story Here
Published:Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
As is so often the case, just when everyone had given up all hope of some resolution of the issue, the MN Supreme Court ruled unanimously to affirm the election contest decision made by a lower court and reject the appeal of the non-prevailing candidate, Norm Coleman. In another violation of expectations, Coleman conceded the November 2008 U.S. Senate race to Al Franken.

'Daily Voting News' for June 27-29, 2009    Story Here
Published:Monday, June 29, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
In Pierce County, WA, indications are that Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) may be a failed experiment. 63% of the voters didn’t like it, the auditor says scrapping it would save the county $600,000. The County Council voted to amend the county charter to repeal the mandate for RCV; the voters will make the final decision in November.

Smartmatic still hasn’t submitted its incorporation papers to the Philippines Comelec, and its local partner, TIM, has pulled out of the joint venture.

Internet voting is now being considered in Canada and Nova Scotia. Is there no end to the wack-a-mole of unobservable ballots? Prove in one place that Internet ballots are an exercise in unjustified trust, and the idea pops up its head in another.

Today's articles about the Voting Rights Act deal with how to minimize future challenges.



'Daily Voting News' for June 26, 2009    Story Here
Published:Friday, June 26, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
The Tennessee Senate’s defeat, last week, of a bill that would have delayed a switch from paperless e-voting machines to optical scanners is already having an effect. Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy is pressing the county election commission to begin the switch. Some counties in New York will be switching from levers to optical scanners this year, too – testing the uncertified scanners on 1.4 million real voters in real elections in a ‘pilot program.’

'Daily Voting News' for June 25, 2009    Story Here
Published:Thursday, June 25, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
On a day in which celebrity deaths will capture headlines, we mourn the loss of FL Elections Supervisor, Phyllis Busansky, and honor her lifetime of public service as "an election official with integrity."

No it's not a typo, ACORN brought a lawsuit and won.



'Daily Voting News' for June 24, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein, and John Washburn
A glaring innaccuracy in the New York Times article about Congressman Holt's new election reform bill is pointed out in today's BradBlog article. The NYT says, "Mr. Holt's bill would require paper ballots to be used for every vote cast in November 2010." But according to the bill's text, e-voting machines that merely produce a voter-verifiable paper record are grandfathered in until 2014.

Secretary of State Kurt Browning and ES&S have both responded to the report from Florida Fair Elections Center.

Comelec says: We're ready to go forward with the automation. The Philippines Senate is asking: Who exactly is Smartmatic and are they really able to do the automation? And Business World responds with "A recipe for disaster."

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