By John Gideon on 2/1/2008, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Next Tuesday is “Tsunami Tuesday,” in which 22 states will participate and of those 15 states will hold primaries. The primary states are: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DE, GA, IL, MA, MO, NJ, NY, OK, TN, and UT. Whether these states will have successful elections or total meltdowns should be based, in large part, on their past history in elections using the same voting systems. Using only data such as whether a state requires a vvpat or post election audits tells only a small part of the story. Have the states experienced large numbers of machine failures, ballot programming errors, tabulating errors, long lines, and/or disenfranchised voters for instance? For instance, looking at VotersUnite’s “Election Problem Log – 2004 to Date” there have been no reported problems from Oklahoma. The risk of any major meltdown in Oklahoma is small when compared to Georgia with 13 machine malfunction reports or California with 24 machine malfunction reports. States that have a real risk of meltdown based on past record are Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Utah. Those will be the states that get our extra attention....

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