By John Gideon
on 7/10/2007, 8:00pm PT
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
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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