By John Gideon on 8/23/2007, 7:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

Today’s news brings us more from California. A poll was conducted by The Field Poll in the state with 402 registered voters responding. The questions asked were to gauge the voters’ confidence in different modes of voting, i.e., paper ballots, DRE, and punch card. The report showed a near equal percentage of voters had confidence in each of the three voting methods, with paper ballots leading by one percentage point. 44% of the voters polled had a great deal of confidence that their ballot was being accurately counted without regard to the system being used. What is interesting is reading the headlines from those sources reporting on this poll. The poll results are entitled, “Voter Confidence In Touch Screen Voting Systems No Different Than Its Confidence In Other Vote Methods.” The newspapers then put on headlines that reflect their opinions, from “Many skeptical on vote counting” to “Voters confident in counts” to “Electronic voting trusted, poll shows.“ There appears to be no truth in marketing there. [Note: A hat-tip to Frank D. Russo, who wrote about the same issue in today’s “California Progress Report”]...

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  • CA: Voter Confidence In Touch Screen Voting Systems No Different Than Its Confidence In Other Vote Methods LINK
  • CA: Field Poll: Less Than Half of California Voters Have "Great Deal" of Confidence That Their Votes Are Being Accurately Counted
    Today's Papers Vary Widely in Headlines and Frame on Story--Here are the Numbers and an Analysis LINK
  • CA: Many skeptical on vote counting LINK
  • CA: Voters confident in counts LINK
  • CA: Electronic voting trusted, poll shows LINK
  • CA: Touch-screen machines OK with California voters
    But Most Like Old Way Better LINK
  • CA: Most voters suspicious of ballots' accuracy, Field Poll finds LINK
  • CA: Paper or e-vote? It's a virtual tie, poll says LINK
  • CA: More Uncertified Voting Systems in California? LINK
  • CO: Voting systems' approval delayed
    The state won't recertify equipment until Oct. 1, leaving some clerks on edge as Nov. 6 approaches. If systems aren't certified, counties must find a solution. LINK
  • CO: Post reported on voting system recertification delay, but not former GOP secretary of state's key role LINK
  • MS: Leflore County - Candidates, others share concerns on primary LINK
  • NM: Independent Researchers Find High Voter Confidence in New Paper Ballot System LINK
  • NY: Poll Access for the Disabled LINK
  • PA: Allegheny County - A vote for new machines
    Panel says adapt the old or move on LINK
  • PA: Allegheny Co. debating whether to replace voting machines LINK
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