By John Gideon on 6/15/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

The Juneau Empire reports:

Alaska elections officials spent $1.7 million for electronic voting machines to help disabled voters cast ballots and wound up with a costly system that's never seen much use. Some legislators say they wouldn't object if the $3,500-apiece touch-screen machines were scrapped. The machines were forced on the state by "those yahoos in Washington," said Rep. Mike Doogan, D-Anchorage, after politicians spent too much time listening to "glib lobbyists with something to sell."

Sounds like the same “glib lobbyists” who have had an effect on federal voting legislation in the House and especially in the Senate.

That story, and links to many more of today's notable voting news items, listed below...

  • AK: $1.7 million voting system gets little use
    Authorities question of cost touch-screen voting machines LINK
  • CA: Riverside County - Turning up the heat with HAVA LINK
  • FL: FL-13 Election Contest Continues to Continue LINK
  • FL: FL-13 - Review of contested election advances LINK
  • FL: FL-13 - Speed inquiry, House urges
    A task force wants a July deadline for investigation of Sarasota vote. LINK
  • FL: FL-13 - GAO Asked to Examine Contested Voting Machines and Report Back July 27 LINK
  • NC: N.C. pressed on voter listings
    State, feds say rolls out of date, push changes; official says no need LINK
  • OH: Turnout and cost prompt election bill
    State Sen. Gary Cates says his proposal will increase voter participation and decrease special election costs. LINK
  • OH: Butler County - Elections director: Mail-only ballots may not be viable solution LINK
  • OH: Tuscarawas County - Elections board accepts Johnson's withdrawal LINK
  • The following two articles are outside the scope of what we normally provide but they may be of interest to some readers:
  • Election 2004: The Urban Legend LINK
  • Sludge Report #177 – Bigger Than Watergate II
    a.k.a. Election 2004 vs George On The Block & The White Ghosts Of NYC LINK
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