By John Gideon on 2/23/2007, 3:37pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “A state-mandated test of voting machines before the March municipal election went off without a flaw Friday at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, officials said. Elections Supervisor Arthur Anderson tested 2 percent of the 830 machines that will be in use during the March 13 city elections, running mock ballots to make sure the computerized voting systems and touch-screen machines are working.” 2 percent? That’s not a test, it’s a spot check.

In a press release today PFAW said, “An audit report released by the Florida Secretary of State’s office regarding Sarasota County’s November election debacle came under fire shortly after its release today. “This audit’s a whitewash. It is the result of a flawed process overseen by people with a stake in the outcome, and it will not be the last word on this matter,” said People For the American Way Foundation President Ralph G. Neas. “Something went terribly wrong in Sarasota County last November—and voters have provided credible evidence that widespread voting machine malfunctions were part of the problem. Unfortunately, this report papers over that evidence.”...

  • NAtional: "The Ballad of Sarasota" captures Voters' Angst LINK
  • NAtional: E-voting Testers Accredited
    U.S. Election Assistance Commission approves SysTest and iBeta Quality Assurance to check machines. LINK
  • NAtional: H.R. 811, the New Holt Bill LINK
  • AR: Benton County - State says county handling election issues LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - Voting machine test goes off without a hitch in Palm Beach County LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - March election could be last for voting machines that led to dispute LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - Secretary of State’s FL-13 Audit Report Whitewashes Clear Evidence of Voting Machine Problems in Sarasota LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - State: No problems with Sarasota voting machines LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - Two reports reach same verdict: No voting machine fault LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - Audit finds no evidence of voting machine malfunctioning LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - OFFICIAL FLORIDA AUDIT ON FL-13 RELEASED: Conflicting Conclusions Revealed Despite State Claim of 'No Evidence to Suggest Official Results in Error' LINK
  • IL: Chicago - State Supreme Court says two aldermen should not be on ballot LINK
  • IL: Chicago - Ill. High Court: Ex-felons can't run for city office LINK
  • KS: Kansas Senate Passes Controversial Voter ID Bill LINK
  • MN: Township tradition threatened
    New state law causing officials election headaches LINK
  • OH: Public Monitor Reports Serious, Possibly Illegal, Security Breaches During Ohio Mid-term Elections LINK
  • UT: SL TRIB: Cost for Utah Presidential Primary 'Balloons' from $850k to $3.4 MILLION(!) Due to New Electronic Voting Machines LINK
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