Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Election officials across the country are beginning to make the same statements they make before every election. In order to try to give the voters some confidence they are talking about how they are ready. The voting machines are programmed and tested and all set and this year they will have another successful election. Of course on Nov. 4, just 23 days from today, we will hear the same reports of voter disenfranchisement, long lines at the polls causing voters to give up and not vote, vote flipping on touch-screen machines, and all of the other negative reports, and many will come from the very same jurisdictions that are now talking about being ready.
In a year when turn-out is predicted to be much higher than ever before county election officials should be looking to add polling sites yet in Fairfield Co, Ohio, the county has decided to delete 25 polling sites. This will cause voters to have to travel a further distance to vote and will increase the length of the lines. The county claims they are being forced into this decision by recent rulings from the Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner. If that is correct then Brunner needs to reconsider her rulings. If the county is just trying to make it more difficult for voters to vote, then Brunner needs to re-direct the county. Either way Brunner needs to take action....
- National: College voters facing obstacles
Some mistakenly told they may lose financial aid if they registered using address at school
- National: Voter Hot Line Upgraded for Election
- National: Princeton prof: Your votes could disappear without leaving paper trail
- National: Editorial - Two sides of vote fraud
- National: GOP Attacks on American Voters Turn Desperate, Ugly and Dangerous
- FL: Many convicted felons remain on voter rolls, according to Sun Sentinel investigation
Thousands who should be ineligible are registered to vote
- FL: Not every paper ballot counted
- FL: Editorial - The really big show
- IL: Kane County - Vote early to avoid election day wait
- IL: Peoria - 'I really hated what happened to Sam Polk'
Early period hopes to ease problems problems [sic]voters run into
- IL: Tazewell County - Officials show confidence in equipment
- IN: Making every vote count, as many times as necessary
- IN: Lake, Porter officials hope to avoid pitfalls from spring primary
- MD: Harford County - High interest suggests Nov. voting might reach 90%
Record numbers are registering in county as deadline nears
- MI: Do allegations of massive voter purge hold water?
- MN: Ritchie: Primary recount shows voting system works
- MS: Lowndes, state election officials focus on ways to improve voting process
- MT: State, local elections officials work to avoid '06 repeat
New security plans, new equipment, more people should help make it smooth
- NJ: So many new NJ voters, so little time to log them
- NJ: Mercer County - Mercer registering voters at record pace: 210K-plus
- NM: Opinion - Even Jimmy Carter supports Voter ID
- NM: Cibola County - AG: No crime in missing-ballots case
- NY: Cayuga County - Voters scramble to get registered
- NY: Rensselaer County - 'Osama' error sparks probe
County lawmakers to investigate how Barack Obama's name was misprinted on ballots
- OH: Butler County - What do you need to know before you vote?
Find your polling place and decide which kind of ballot you want
- OH: Cuyahoga County - Cuyahoga election officials downplay odds of vote fraud
50 of 65,000 registration cards have irregularities. Members of both parties say safeguards are in place
- OH: Fairfield County - Board of Elections eliminates polling sites
Decision to reduce number of locations comes as officials try to comply with state directives
- OK: No doubt cast on voting machines
ElectionOfficials say scanners should hold up fine in large turnout
- PA: Point/Counterpiont: Political apparel at polling places
- PA: Montgomery County - Montco official says county prepared for voter turnout
- RI: Man vs. machine at R.I. ballot box
Courts revisit hand-count ban
- TN: Sullivan County - Voting process features mix of new and old technologies
- WA: Pierce County - You chose it – now you’ll use ranked voting in Pierce County
Ranked choice what? Get ready for a new voting system for Pierce County offices, starting with this election.
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