By John Gideon on 11/14/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

An editorial in today’s Daytona Beach News-Journal begins: “For votes to count, they must be counted, and accurately. Americans expect tallies to be quick, as well.

“It doesn't always work that way. Ongoing problems with electronic vote-counting machines have eroded voter confidence and raised anxiety about the potential for tampering. In an era when voter-participation levels are already low, it's a problem local, state and federal leaders should confront.

“That effort should start with coordinated, national information-sharing. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, created in 2004, was charged with creating a central clearinghouse detailing glitches, hardware problems and tampering attempts. That database has yet to be created. So when supervisors in Illinois or California --- or Volusia or Flagler counties --- want to know about potential problems with a system, their only recourse is to turn to the Internet. Grass-roots voting-accuracy advocates, to their credit, are operating informational Web sites, but elections officials should have an objective source to turn to --- especially since advocacy groups might not always have access to insider information about how an error occurred.”...

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