By John Gideon on 5/7/2008, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

The Help America Vote Act requires states to have centralized voter registration data bases. Most of the states have successfully been able to meet this mandate. Colorado, on the other hand, has done about as well with their data base as they did recertifying voting systems; they appear to have failed. Election officials throughout the state tested the system during simulated elections. They found the system extremely slow; in fact it is so slow that many plan on using their old systems to do the actual poll data work on election day. Just a reminder that voter registration data bases are fairly new and there has been a lot of data entry. All voters need to ensure they are on the rolls, their names are spelled correctly, and that there is nothing that will keep them from being able to get ballots in November.

What is all the talk about Lake Co, Indiana, (Gary) reporting last evening’s primary results late? Now the county is promising to be quicker in reporting. They need to ensure every vote is counted and that every vote is counted correctly. The media can wait for those correct numbers. Don’t speed up just to satisfy the cable news services....

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