By John Gideon on 2/9/2007, 4:22pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

I highly recommend that everyone reading this take the time to read Lowell Finley’s “Testimony to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration” [see below]. It is excellent.

The New York Times editorializes, “It is good news that Ms. Feinstein has called for the federal investigations — and that she is pushing a bill to require paper trails nationally. As long as there are no paper records, and voting machine manufacturers continue to insist that the software that runs the machines is a 'trade secret,' voters cannot be expected to trust that votes are being counted correctly. The leadership in Congress needs to focus on making sure that Ms. Feinstein’s paper-trail bill becomes law, along with a companion House measure from Rush Holt, Democrat of New Jersey.” We need to add that we hope that Senator Feinstein will fix the various problems that are in the Holt bill. We don’t expect that she will ban the use of DREs, though we encourage her to do that, and we cannot support any legislation that does not include that ban. We do hope, however, that she fixes audit language that would allow a county to easily skirt the bill's requirements; language that squelches the use of alternative, low-tech voting systems amongst other; and the co-opting of “paper ballot” when the legislation uses that term to describe what is really a voter verified paper audit trail. These are only three of a short list of items that must be addressed. ...

  • NAtional: Testimony to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration LINK
  • NAtional: Editorial - Making Democracy Credible LINK
  • NAtional: Banned Voting Machine Test Lab Given More Time to Fix Problems by Friendly Director of U.S. Election Assistance Commission LINK
  • NAtional: The Flaws that Need Fixing in Holt's HR811 LINK
  • NAtional: Submission to Feinstein Hearings On Election Rules LINK
  • NAtional: A push for paper trails in voting machines LINK
  • NAtional: Hart InterCivic CEO to resign LINK
  • CA: Group investigates Riverside County’s electronic voting system LINK
  • CA: Orange County - Janet Nguyen tries to close seven-vote margin LINK
  • CA: Orange County - Janet Nguyen won't seek legal action today LINK
  • FL: Opinion - Electronically stored data is the issue in voting LINK
  • FL: House panel links primary date to New Hampshire's LINK
  • FL: Committee hears appeal for voting-system accountability LINK
  • FL: Editorial - Don't dump touch-screen machines LINK
  • FL: Opinion - Gov. Crist scores again with plan for touch-screen voting LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Optical-scan switch to cost $4.3 million in printing costs LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - Clearing of D-13 evidence opposed LINK
  • OH: Ohio's firebrand elections chief gone but controversy remains LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Vu's Waterloo LINK
  • UT: Legislator proposes presidential preference poll LINK
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