By John Gideon on 9/18/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

First some business. I thought it was readily apparent that comments that I write and post in this lead ‘graf’ are comments and opinions on what has happened during the day or what may be happening in the future. What I write here is not news. Apparently a handful of readers failed to recognize that fact.

Now on to my comments. What is going on in New Jersey? The legislature passed a law in 2005 that any voting system used in the state would have to provide a voter verified paper audit trail. The state elections people were given until January 2008 to make that happen. There were no printers developed for the state’s full-face DREs so they had to be built and tested. The state chose to take that avenue rather than go with a state-wide change to optical scan and the state waited until the last minute and now is asking for extensions from the legislature and the court. This is a parallel to HR-811 which will require an as yet undeveloped printer for DREs and probably four years to develop that printer. This is Holt’s home state. They didn’t change systems. Why should anyone believe that his legislation, that does not ban DREs, would cause any state to change systems to get rid of their DREs?

Those stories and more voting news from today, all linked below...

  • NAtional: Are Elections Very Important? LINK
  • NAtional: IT industry group calls for technology-neutral voting audit trail LINK
  • NAtional: Group says e-voting paper trail wouldn't improve security LINK
  • CA: California Secretary of State: Voting Machine 'Sleepovers' Violate State Law LINK
  • CA: Riverside County set to sole-source purchase decertified Sequoia vote scanners LINK
  • GA: Georgia Dems push paper ballot mandate, despite local opposition LINK
  • IA: Election reforms could be costly
    New regulations could require touch-screen machines to create paper trail LINK
  • KS: Voter Confidence Act could cost Kansas counties a bundle LINK
  • NJ: Judge: No printers for voting machines before primary LINK
  • NJ: Judge: Extend deadline for e-voting 'paper trail' LINK
  • NJ: Editorial - Lagging on election integrity LINK
  • NJ: Judge refuses to require new voting machines for N.J. LINK
  • NJ: Judge extends deadline to bolster voting machines in N.J. LINK
  • NY: Don't let the NY Board of Elections allow uncertified DREs in your polling place! LINK
  • OH: Columbus Dispatch endorses untested hackable computer voting machines LINK
  • OH: Mark Naymik: Ohio primary won't change; neither will Cuyahoga voting machines LINK
  • OH: GOP wants Brunner to count faster LINK
  • PA: Lackawanna County - Election snafu tab $100,000 LINK
  • PA: Schuylkill [County] Election Bureau sees need for budget hike LINK
  • WA: King County - Online plan to monitor ballots goes off track LINK
  • WI: Editorial: Congress: Leave Wisconsin elections be LINK
  • WI: No new polling place for Algoma voters despite long lines in '04 LINK
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