Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
By John Gideon on 12/18/2008, 4:22pm PT  

From a VoterAction.org press release today...

Pennsylvania voters challenging the continued use of unverifiable electronic voting machines in their state won another major round on Tuesday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing their case to proceed toward trial. The state’s highest court, in a one-sentence order, denied the Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s petition seeking permission to appeal a lower court ruling decided in the voters’ favor.

In April 2007, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania had ruled that voters have a right under the Pennsylvania Constitution to reliable and secure voting systems and can challenge the use of electronic voting machines “that provide no way for Electors to know whether their votes will be recognized” through voter verification or independent audit. Following that ruling, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortés filed his petition before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and further proceedings in the case, Banfield v. Cortés, had been suspended pending the outcome of the petition. The order issued on Tuesday gives a green light for the voters to pursue their claims.

Featured - PA: Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Allows Voting Rights Case To Proceed
http://www.voteraction.o...g-rights-case-to-proceed

CO: GOP push for voter ID
Opponents say the measures would block eligible voters
http://www.thedenverdail...com/article.php?aID=2780

CT: Refining Connecticut’s Elections
http://zip06.theday.com/...ecticut-s-elections.aspx

FL: Hillsborough County - No show, no $2.3-million for Hillsborough elections chief
http://www.tampabay.com/.../local/article941578.ece

FL: Hillsborough County - Where's Buddy Johnson?
http://www2.tbo.com/cont...na-wheres-buddy-johnson/

FL: Hillsborough County: Elections Boss Defends Not Attending Commission Hearing
http://www2.tbo.com/cont...-i-didnt-want-spark-med/

MD: State approves new voting services contract
Questions remain about who will run City of Frederick election
http://www.gazette.net/s...rednew170733_32486.shtml

MD: Frederick County - County board to rethink dropping city elections
http://www.fredericknews...isplay.htm?StoryID=84130

MN: Joe Quinn: Just count the ballots, not the possibilities
Having ruled on a recount, my advice is to keep it simple.
http://www.startribune.c..._Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiU

MN: Court weighs absentee ballots
http://www.startribune.c...kUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUycaEacyU

MN: Canvassing board puzzles over more challenged ballots
http://www.startribune.c...kUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUycaEacyU

MN: Recount update: No official recount result until at least next week
http://politicalticker.b...ntil-at-least-next-week/

MN: Coleman's lead down to 2 votes in Minn. canvass
http://www.google.com/ho...fyHT4Av4jsVQgrQD955E1P80

MN: Minnesota Supreme Court: Count rejected absentee ballots
http://www.startribune.c...:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUsr

OH: Ohio House shrinks early voting period
http://www.coshoctontrib...81216/UPDATES01/81216010

OH: The Wrong Approach to Election Reform
http://moritzlaw.osu.edu...-to-election-reform.html

PA: Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Allows Voting Rights Case To Proceed
http://www.voteraction.o...g-rights-case-to-proceed

PA: Voting-machine challenge back on track
http://www.scrantontimes...ting_s1.2169789_top9.txt

SC: Charleston County - Voting officials hear ideas
http://www.charleston.ne...ficials_hear_ideas65440/

WV: Straight-ticket voting remains force in West Virginia elections
http://www.timeswv.com/w...cal_story_353024825.html

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