By John Gideon
on 4/12/2007, 6:51pm PT
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Yesterday the New York Times reported:
Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews. Although Republican activists have repeatedly said fraud is so widespread that it has corrupted the political process and, possibly, cost the party election victories, about 120 people have been charged and 86 convicted as of last year.
Why is it that the main-stream media can report this yet the supposedly bi-partisan Election Assistance Commission refuses to release a report that says the same thing?
Also late yesterday San Diego Co, CA announced that they had hired Michael Vu to be their assistant registrar of voters. Vu resigned under fire from his last job as the election director of Cuyahoga Co, OH where two of his employees were convicted of election fraud for pre-counting precincts in a scheme to cherry-pick precincts to be recounted with no problems. Vu still refuses to believe that the employees did anything wrong. Perhaps Michael Brown will be San Diego county's next emergency preparedness director?
And today voters in Pennsylvania won a suit brought by the state who attempted to stop a suit brought by 26 voters. The original suit challenges the use of electronic voting machines “that provide no way for Electors to know whether their votes will be recognized” through voter verification or independent audit.
Those voting news stories, and many others on a busy day, all lined below...
NAtional: In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud LINK
NAtional: Howard Dean: Stop Playing Politics with Voting Rights LINK
NAtional: Hinchey, Serrano Urge Non-Partisanship, Greater Transparency at Election Assistance Commission LINK
NAtional: When the Government Is Watching the Voters, Shouldn't the Voters Be Closely Watching the Government? LINK
NAtional: End secret vote counts - a story for everyone LINK
CA: Editorial - Editorial: California knows how to vote LINK
CA: San Diego County hires Vu as assistant registrar LINK
CO: Douglas County - What's the best way to improve voting procedures? LINK
FL: Insider Emails Reveal Florida's Voter Registration Database Was Plagued With Problems in 2006
New Computerized System was Rife with Bugs, Unexplained Errors and Party-Flipping According to Newly Revealed Documents... LINK
GA: Secretary of State Karen Handel Issues Report on Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail 2006 Pilot LINK
GA: 75,000 voter registration cards found in trash bin in Atlanta LINK
IN: Johnson County - The results are in: County voting system passes test LINK
MD: Columnist - Legislators act to keep vote count accurate LINK
OH: Cuyahoga County - Chairman agrees to resign from Cuyahoga Co. elections board LINK
OH: Cuyahoga County - Bennett quits elections panel LINK
OH: Cuyahoga County - Brunner moves to fill board seats LINK
PA: Court Recognizes Pennsylvania Voters' Right to Reliable, Secure Voting Machines LINK
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