By John Gideon on 5/21/2006, 5:18pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Crittenden County Arkansas trained all of their poll workers Saturday morning. Four hours of training and throw them to the wolves on Tuesday. A newspaper in Ohio correctly points out a fact we have been talking about for quite sometime now: the cost of elections is going to markedly rise for school, water, fire and other districts who hold small elections for bonds, initiatives and levies. The same will be true for small town elections when they are not held on the same day as county and state elections. In other words those small elections will be driven to be held with the larger elections which will increase the size of our ballots and the complexity of those elections. Benton County Arkansas Election Coordinator Jim McCarthy said. "To make the voting process go as smoothly as possible, we would urge everyone who can to use a paper ballot. We have not had a sufficient amount of time to do adequate training for our pollworkers with the electronic ballots, and it's going to stop everything, or slow it way down, if they try and do that." County Election Commission Chairman John Brown said the company has "bitten off more than it can chew," leaving nearly every county in the state dealing with the same problems as Benton County. "ES&S has oversold itself all over the country," McCarthy said....

  • AR: Train Wreck - Some counties opt not to use voting machines Tuesday (ES&S) LINK
  • AR: Train Wreck - Touch screens are a first for voters in many areas LINK
  • AR: Benton County � Train Wreck - Choose paper LINK
  • AR: Crittenden County � Train Wreck - Arkansas poll workers tackle new voting machines (ES&S) LINK
  • NAtional: Will Your Vote Count in 2006? 'When you're using a paperless voting system, there is no security,' says Stanford's David Dill. LINK
  • NAtional: Diebold Disaster: Newsweek Jumps In, Covers Latest E-Voting Debacle! LINK
  • FL: Elections chief [Ion Sancho] urges citizens to demand vote accountability LINK
  • IL: Chicago � LTTE - Making voting more efficient in Chicago LINK
  • MA: Milford - Milford may buy new voting machines LINK
  • OH: Fallout From New Voting Machines. Law changes drive up special-elections costs LINK
  • PA: Carbon County - Carbon voters like new machines LINK
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