By John Gideon on 11/26/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Today the Government Accountability Office (GAO) began two weeks of testing 125 voting machines used in Sarasota Co Florida in the CD-13 race a year ago. These are supposed to be the same machines that lost over 18,000 votes. What if they find no problems with the machines? What if they find the machines were the cause?

Marin Co California has admitted that only 17 ballots have been cast in the past two county wide elections on their 130 AutoMark voting machines that they purchased for the use of voters with disabilities. That works out to over $45,500 per ballot. Oklahoma paid $1M to lease a telephone voting system last year. It was used by only 50 voters. Voters with disabilities must be allowed the opportunity to vote in privacy. We cannot go back to the days when they had to ask for someone to mark their ballot for them. However, some common sense has to be added to the mix. Why are states not going low-tech? There are options available.

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

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