By John Gideon on 7/10/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

An article at The BRAD BLOG reports the following:

The results of California Secretary of State Debra Bowen's "top-to-bottom review" of electronic voting systems previously approved for use by her predecessor is still underway. But before any of the findings from her teams of security specialists, software analysts, and voting systems experts have been made public, the unprecedented analysis has already revealed a disturbing anomaly which may have far-reaching implications for both state and federal voting systems laws across the country.

The King Coounty, Washington, County Council voted on Monday that there can be no bar-code or other unique marks on paper ballots. In a press release one council member said, “The Washington State Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to cast a secret ballot,” said Councilmember Dow Constantine, prime sponsor of the motion. “We must protect this right by accurately tracking the return and signature verification of every voter’s sealed envelope, while ensuring that the ballot inside cannot later be connected with a particular voter.” One can only hope that now the state legislature will follow the county’s lead and make the same decision for the whole state.

Those stories, and the other voting news notables today, all linked below...

  • NAtional: Let's Not Miss the Chance to Change Voting Laws LINK
  • AR: Washington County - Election Commissioners ask for double pay
    Officials say increase would not effect county budget LINK
  • CA: Discrepancies Reported in Versions of LA County E-Voting System Source Code as Submitted and Escrowed by ES&S LINK
  • CA: California Enlists Higher Ed Hackers To Test Voting Machines LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County to pay $2.9 million for new voting machines LINK
  • NC: Pamlico County - Pamlico elections director resigning LINK
  • NY: Columnist - Now, it's voters left hanging LINK
  • PA: Paperless voting remains a danger LINK
  • PA: Tuscarawas County - Board of Elections reviews absentee voting changes LINK
  • WA: Press Release - Council preserves voters’ right to secret ballot in vote-by-mail system LINK
  • WA: King County - Hitch won't halt all-mail voting plan LINK
  • WV: Kanawha County - Defeated East Bank candidate sues LINK
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