By John Gideon on 4/22/2007, 5:05pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

The Pensacola [FL] News-Journal begins an editorial this way:

There is little of more importance in a democracy than that each qualified voter who appears at the polls on an Election Day will be able to vote --- and that this vote will be recorded and counted accurately.

Many states, including Florida, are switching from paper ballots to high-tech, ATM-like electronic voting machines. With the increasing use of the new machines, there is mounting evidence suggesting that touch-screen machines present a far graver threat to the integrity of America's elections.

We urge state lawmakers to consider two election reform bills that require a paper trail of all votes. Repeated studies have shown that touch-screen machines, which provide voters with no paper record of their ballots, are highly susceptible to tampering.

That, and links to other notable voting news stories from over the weekend, linked below...

  • NAtional: California Rep. Millender-McDonald dies LINK
  • NAtional: Dianne Feinstein: Ensuring every vote counts in elections LINK
  • AZ: Court Rejects Blocking Ariz. Voter Law LINK
  • CA: Riverside County - Voter activist struggles against the machines LINK
  • FL: Florida looks to Tempe company for voting equipment LINK
  • FL: Opinion - When recounts are needed, it's hard to beat paper record LINK
  • GA: Test finds flaws in paper-backup voting LINK
  • NY: New York-- The Buck Stops Here: Reflections on the Rule of Law and our Election System LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - More Than 1 in 4 Votes Recorded Incorrectly on Diebold System in Cuyahoga County, According to 2006 Election Audit LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Cuyahoga unofficial results show some absentees deleted LINK
  • WV: Parties overhauling primary voting
    New voting machines add to cost of picking a presidential nominee LINK
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