By John Gideon on 7/31/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Sen. Diane Feinstein has announced a hearing in the Senate Rules Committee to be held in September. In her press release she says:

“I was very surprised to read how easily these machines could be hacked into and election results distorted,” Senator Feinstein said. “This report demonstrates the precarious risk of relying on electronic voting machines, especially when a verified paper record is not provided. These findings are yet another reason that states and counties should consider a move to optical scan machines that provide an auditable, individual voter-verified paper record without having to rely on a separate printer.”

If she really feels states and counties should consider a move to optical scan then why not say so in her legislation instead of doing all she can to protect Direct Recording Electronic machines? It’s time to step up and match the rhetoric with action, Senator.

Today is a big news day with big stories breaking nationally. King Co. Washington’s county commission decided to take the voters advice and not use tax-payers money to purchase an untested, uncertified high-speed optical scan system from Diebold. Florida State University has released a new study that discusses problems with the Diebold optical-scans used in the state. We are still trying to get that report. Plus the heat is being turned-up in congress.

All of those stories and many more today, all exhaustively linked below...

  • NAtional: Senate to Hold Hearing on Security of Voting Machines LINK
  • NAtional: Chairman Feinstein Announces Plans for Rules Committee Hearing to Examine Security of Electronic Voting Machines LINK
  • NAtional: EAC Releases Report on HAVA Spending by States LINK
  • NAtional: Editorial - Time Running Out for Voting Reform LINK
  • NAtional: A Publicly Owned and Controlled Voting System Ensuring Transparency and Oversight by the People or Nothing LINK
  • NAtional: What the U.S. Is Doing Wrong with E-Voting LINK
  • NAtional: Some States Slow to Spend Voting Aid LINK
  • CA: California's DRE Voting Systems Tested for Accessibility, Fail Fair Test LINK
  • CA: Public Comments on Top to Bottom Review of Voting Systems Used in California LINK
  • CA: Good Overviews of California's 'Top-to-Bottom Review' of Voting Systems and the Pathetic Election Official/Vendor Talking Points in Response LINK
  • CA: Report from Public Hearing on Debra Bowen's 'Top-To-Bottom Review' of Voting Systems LINK
  • CA: Voting Machine Memory Cards Could be Switched in Booth, Says Reviewer LINK
  • CA: E-Voting Machine Companies On Defensive LINK
  • CA: Opinion - Secure Votes, Secure Systems? LINK
  • CA: Companies say California voting-machine review is unrealistic LINK
  • CA: Elections officials blast vote-hacking research
    The fight over electronic balloting's security also has activists clamoring to ban the new technology. LINK
  • CA: Audit standards review group releases report LINK
  • CA: E-voting machines fail hacking test LINK
  • CA: Opinion – Legally Certifiable LINK
  • CA: E-voting could be breached LINK
  • CA: E-vote vendors attack critical state review LINK
  • CA: Officials say state's tests didn't include standard safeguards LINK
  • CA: Editorial - How safe is your vote? LINK
  • CA: Makers of voting machines battle critics over UC study LINK
  • CA: California Hacks Its E-Voting Machines LINK
  • CA: Review uncovers E-voting flaws
    UC Davis researchers assist in compiling security report LINK
  • CA: Opinion – Conspiracy Theorists Who Oppose Electronic Voting Suggest We Return To The Good Old Days Of ‘Hanging Chads’. LINK
  • CA: Humboldt County - Bowen Review Lights Up Humboldt Media LINK
  • CA: Will California Finally Ban Failed DRE Voting Systems? LINK
  • CA: Debunking the "laboratory" defense LINK
  • CT: Officials declare end of lever-style voting machines LINK
  • CT: Bysiewicz pulls lever voting machines LINK
  • FL: Study: Fla. voting machines still flawed LINK
  • FL: State: Fla. voting machines can be hacked LINK
  • FL: Fla. Voting Machines Still Flawed LINK
  • FL: Miami-Dade County - Test weeds out 261 Dade polling clerks
    Poll workers who fail a new test on voting procedures will no longer be allowed to oversee Miami-Dade precincts. LINK
  • NY: New York Can't Purchase Voting Machines from any Vendor Asserting a Proprietary Right to Conceal Information from Public LINK
  • OH: Shreds of evidence LINK
  • OH: Lucas County campaigns for fall poll workers
    12,000 voters called by elections board LINK
  • WA: King County - Council rejects new vote tabulators
    All-mail balloting to use old counters LINK
  • WI: Federal proposal may force state to buy new voting machines, again LINK
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