By John Gideon on 12/21/2005, 6:17pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Today has to be a bad day for two voting machine vendors. Diebold was told by the California SoS to send their system back to the Independent Test Authorities because some specific source code needs to be re-examined. In the meantime the state will not certify any Diebold voting machines. This morning a Temporary Restraining Order was filed by voters in New Mexico against the purchase of any Sequoia Edge voting machines. Included in the TRO is a statement from a developer of aides for disabled persons, who also happens to be blind, who correctly points out that the Sequoia AVC Edge DRE does not satisfy the disability access requirements of HAVA. There has been one disturbing announcement as a judge in North Carolina found for the state board of elections and against the voters of the state who pointed out that the voting systems certified by the state did not meet the law. Also in California a federal audit found that $3.8M of elections funds had been improperly spent by the previous SoS....

  • NAtional: Fixing Elections for Fun and Profit (Diebold) LINK
  • NAtional: Diebold Hack Hints at Wider Flaws LINK
  • NAtional: State won't meet federal voting act requirements by deadline (This is about WA state but refers to a national problem) LINK
  • AK: Diebold's reputation hurts vote-count confidence LINK
  • AK: 2004 vote count under scrutiny LINK
  • AL: State may not repay counties for handicap voting machines LINK
  • AL: Barbour County - Commission okays new voting machines LINK
  • AR: Clay County - County will purchase 41 voting machines LINK
  • AR: Crittenden County - Cost high for new county voting machines LINK
  • AZ: Maricopa County - Legislator's tie to New Times paper questioned LINK
  • CA: Audit finds $3.8 million in election funds improperly spent LINK
  • CA: Secretary of State asks for more testing of Diebold machines LINK
  • CA: Voting machines rejected (Diebold) LINK
  • CA: California election official wants more testing for voting machines LINK
  • CA: State wants more tests of voting machines. Diebold's electronic systems shown vulnerable to hackers LINK
  • CA: Ballot machines' future questioned LINK
  • CA: Diebold e-voting approval is delayed LINK
  • CA: Calif. refuses to recertify Diebold voting machines LINK
  • CA: California scrutinizes Diebold e-voting LINK
  • CA: Orange County - Voters in O.C. Will Have Paperwork LINK
  • CA: Riverside County - City to Borrow Voting Machines for Runoff LINK
  • FL: Polk County - Elections Chief Favors New Voting Machines (Change Diebold to ES&S) LINK
  • IL: St. Clair County - Committee targets vote fraud in county (VoterID) LINK
  • MN: Kandiyohi County - Kandiyohi County Board approves an election plan under federal act LINK
  • MO: St Louis County - St. Louis County picks new voting system (ES&S and AutoMark) LINK
  • MS: Regional counties push toward election changes LINK
  • MS: Hinds County - 3 new voting precincts proposed LINK
  • NC: Judge rejects challenge over N.C. voting equipment firms chosen LINK
  • NC: Counties race to make voting accessible to all LINK
  • NC: Catawba County - County will fight state to keep voting machines LINK
  • NC: Craven County - Craven decides on voting machines (ES&S) LINK
  • NC: Cumberland County - County must replace voting equipment to meet state rules LINK
  • NC: Pamlico County - Pamlico County, studying cost options, has until Jan. 20 to make choice LINK
  • NC: Vance County - Vance to modernize voting (ES&S and AutoMark) LINK
  • NM: TRO Filed Against Counties in New Mexico Purchasing Sequoia AVC Edge Voting Machines LINK
  • NM: Voters Seek Order Barring Purchase of More Touchscreen Voting Machines LINK
  • NV: Washoe County - Panel postpones decision on more early voting computers LINK
  • NY: Tompkins County - Voters cut out of polling machine choice LINK
  • OH: Clark County - Goodbye, punch cards; hello, optical scanners (ES&S) LINK
  • OH: Wood County - Wood County to buy 50 more voting machines LINK
  • PA: Centre County - County to upgrade voting, still undecided on machine LINK
  • PA: Fayette County - $1 million for voting machines to be discussed LINK
  • PA: Perry County - Perry earmarks voting system funds LINK
  • PA: Somerset County - County weighs voting switch LINK
  • VA: Recount Starts, but Without Va. Ballots LINK
  • VA: Va. recounts attorney general votes, send results to Richmond for final tally LINK
  • VA: McDonnell gains in hand counts (36 previously uncounted votes were counted) LINK
  • WA: Snohomish County - Shift in power probably means all-mail voting LINK
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