By John Gideon on 9/12/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Today’s “Enemy of Democracy” is George Gilbert, the director of the Guilford County, North Carolina, Board of Elections. In making an argument against a voter verified paper audit trail and against HR-811, George uses a disingenuous argument when he states, “Some people have convinced them there's something magical about counting it [the vote] by hand.” He added errors are more likely to occur when ballots are tabulated by hand and results will be significantly slower. Clearly George would like all who will believe him to think that the choice is only paperless DREs or hand-counted paper ballots. George conveniently forgets that optical-scan machines are used in almost every county in the country and they are used much more successfully than his favorite paperless DRE machines.

Meanwhile, where are the final reports that were part of the California “Top-To-Bottom Review”? Why has the state kept them from the public? What is in those reports that is so secret?

Those stories, and many more, all linked below...

  • NAtional: EAC halts certification of e-voting system LINK
  • NAtional: Who Needs Hackers? LINK
  • NAtional: Voter Purging: A Legal Way for Republicans to Swing Elections? LINK
  • CA: The California Top-To-Bottom Review Is Still Incomplete
    Only Three-Quarters Of the Review Reports Have Been Released
    Is The Secretary of State Hiding Something? LINK
  • CA: San Francisco - SF Supervisor Calls for Vote Counting Answers LINK
  • CO: Denver - Colorado, Denver, And Mail Ballots: One City's Experience LINK
  • CO: Pueblo County – Editorial – Paper Trails LINK
  • CT: Mostly smooth debut for new machines LINK
  • CT: Few glitches reported at polls LINK
  • NC: Guilford County - Voting Machine Debate Could Cost NC Taxpayers $4.5 Mil LINK
  • OH: Board puts off request on voting machine tests LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Panel chastises county registrar
    Advisory committee on elections accuses her of 'poor judgment.' LINK
  • UT: Utah County - Only Provo uses electronic voting LINK
  • WV: Opinion - The paper ballot chase LINK
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