By John Gideon, November 14, 2006

One friend in the activist community asked me this morning if we are making the case enough that unverifiable/unverified DREs give some the “temptation to cheat”. Based on the close elections this year (eight House races are still not decided and there are a few recounts and contests still in the process) aren’t we in a position where there is a “temptation”. My simple answer is; Yes. The country is so evenly divided and that division is contentious to say the least. I would also add that we are in danger of desensitizing ourselves to questionable elections. It’s just another questionable election on questionable machines and only a few of us die-hards really seem to care that the voters will may not have been heard in large and small races across the country. The Sarasota County story with over 18,000 undervotes is now relegated to the back pages, if it is mentioned at all, in the national media. So, Yes! In an atmosphere of tight races and now normal election contests the “temptation to cheat” is very real and very dangerous because it can be done with no one knowing and the vendors denying it will ever happen.

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  • National: Fixing The 2008 Election LINK
  • National: Electronic voting: the silent catastrophe LINK
  • National: A Post-Election E-Conversation with Ion Sancho LINK
  • Alabama: Baldwin County – Baldwin finds glitch in voting Error turned Republican Gruenloh into a Democrat in uncontested race LINK
  • Arkansas: Benton County – Recount Changes Three Races — Again Win Or Lose, Candidates Doubt Outcome LINK
  • Arkansas: Benton County – Third time’s a charm? LINK
  • Arkansas: Crawford County – Panel Seeks Recount On Ballots LINK
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  • Arkansas: Poinsett County – E-voting 2006: A touch screen, a missing vote, a mystery in Arkansas LINK
  • California: Nevada County – 9,000 county ballots still to be counted LINK
  • Colorado: Douglas County wants answers, Denver’s still counting LINK
  • Colorado: Denver – Editorial – Tech ‘expert’ not only one at fault Denver election was a two-part fiasco LINK
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  • Colorado: Denver – Big bar code backfire Misprint blamed for days of hand-sorting absentee ballots LINK
  • Colorado: Douglas County Forms Panel To Study Election Problems Group To Look At Machines, Vote Centers, Process, People LINK
  • Colorado: Douglas County – Panel will examine failures in Douglas County LINK
  • Connecticut: In East Lyme, Optical-scan Voting Machines Make For ‘Tedious’ Recount LINK
  • Connecticut: Recount Nears Completion in Connecticut’s 2nd District LINK
  • Florida: Jeb Feels Better Now LINK
  • Florida: Manatee County begins recount of 96,784 votes in Buchanan-Jennings race LINK
  • Florida: Manatee elections workers zipping through machine recount of ballots LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – Sarasota voting woes spur state audit LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – Congress race goes to court “Alarming aberrations” in machines are claimed as a recount of ballots begins. LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – Voting recount begins with a lawsuit LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – The curse lives! Snafu casts doubt on new voting machines LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – Election leaders prepare for recount 18,000 ballots in Southwest Florida listed as ‘no vote’ LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – Sarasota vote recount begins with a lawsuit As a recount began in a congressional race in Sarasota County, lawyers for Democrat Christine Jennings voiced concern about a state computer expert with GOP ties. LINK
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  • Florida: Sarasota County – Jennings takes legal action amid recount LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – As 5 counties recount votes, candidate files legal petition LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – Sarasota judge defers decision on Jennings’ legal move to protect voting machines LINK
  • Florida: Sarasota County – Judge rules state must wait to audit votes in congressional race LINK
  • Georgia: Diebold Does Not Own Our Votes LINK
  • Idaho: Bannock County – Election Recount LINK
  • Idaho: Bannock County – Pocatello to Recount Ballots LINK
  • Indiana: Opinion – The ballot’s in the mail LINK
  • Indiana: Delaware County – Ballots found in drawer Another mistake for GOP-controlled election board narrowed the gap in the county recorder’s race to 25 votes. LINK
  • Indiana: Grant County – State impounds ballots in District 31 Hartford City’s Larry Hile trails Marion’s Tim Harris by 25 votes — and a recount appears likely. LINK
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  • Indiana: Lake County waiting on state to pick up recount materials LINK
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  • Minnesota: Election officials count ballots the old-fashioned way LINK
  • Missouri: Boone County – County, state diverge on voter turnout LINK
  • Missouri: St. Louis County still counting votes LINK
  • North Carolina: Recount Expected in North Carolina’s 8th District LINK
  • New Jersey: Ocean County – Voting mishap blamed on software problems Some ballots counted twice, sparking a call for a check of totals at Shore LINK
  • New Jersey: Ocean County – Judge delays recheck of county voting machines Rules candidates weren’t sent proper information LINK
  • New Jersey: Ocean County – Poll worker mistake could eliminate ballots LINK
  • New Jersey: Ocean County – Recheck of digital voting machines pushed back a day LINK
  • New Mexico: Provisional Ballots To Determine Congressional Race LINK
  • New York: Suffolk County – Editorial Reply: Levy’s Levers LINK
  • Pennsylvania: Monroe County – Broken voting machine sets off a series of events LINK
  • Utah: Salt Lake County – Paper, wood and plastic spools are high-tech vote auditors’ tools LINK

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