By John Gideon on 2/21/2008, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

Election officials in three Colorado counties claim that they can catch all of the stray marks on ballots. Those stray marks may be read as votes by their Hart Intercivic eScan voting machines. Those claims don’t seem to carry any water when you consider that some of the marks that were read by the machines instead of the actual votes were just dots where voters may have rested their pens.

On the heels of reports of serious problems with Sequoia Advantage voting machines used in New Jersey the state Attorney General has announced that there is no way they can have voter verified paper audit trail (vvpat) printers for those machines by the November election. Of course, some would have you believe that the inclusion of a vvpat printer would mitigate the problems reported yesterday. No vvpat printer on those machines would have made any difference with the internal memory and voters do not verify their ballots using those printers. The only savior would be to replace the machines with a paper ballot voting system....

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