By John Gideon on 9/20/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

What is more important; verified accurate elections or results reported on election night? San Francisco election officials would have us believe election night reporting is the most important as they whine about how the decertification of their voting system will cause them to have to spend weeks counting the ballots; a clearly childish and false claim. Why isn’t the verified accurate count of our votes more important than election results being announced on election night or even the next morning?

The Secretary of State of Washington and the County Auditor’s Association argue against any audit of the votes counted on optical-scan machines. We are a vote-by-mail state so well over 70% of the ballots are all counted by optical-scan. I find it to be amazing that they would argue against ensuring every vote is counted correctly. The only reason they would make those arguments is cost or early results. Neither of those reasons should take precedence over my vote being counted accurately.

Those stories, and all of today's other notable voting news, linked below as usual...

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