October 2008

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eTRICK or reTREAT? Nightmare of Elections Future

Editor’s Note:  Posted Halloween 2009.  Rush Holt has moved on from the House, yet we still face the danger of putting off needed reforms.

Like many voters, I am concerned about the integrity of this year’s election. Last night I was visited by three visions of elections future. From 2008, 2012 or 2016. I’m a little hazy on some of the details, but the visions were worse than anything yet imagined.

The Ghost Of Presidential Elections Future:
It seems the problems all stemmed from what happened in the 2008 election and its aftermath. Its a little hazy but the ghost warned of three possible outcomes:

U.S. Map of Presidential Post-Election Audits

Verified Voting has created color coded map of the state of post-election audits of the Presidential race in each state: <view> States are classified in 6 categories based on the existence and details of their post-election audit laws relative to the Presidential race and the 2008 election. How does Connecticut rate? We are in the […]

Nationwide: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We won’t go into all the details here, but in case you have not been keeping up, there have been many small and large problems occuring across the country lately.  It started with recent elections in Washington D.C., Palm Beach, and Rhode Island highlighted at CTVotersCount.org <read> <read> Now with early voting and problems with […]

CT: Misstatements In Stamford Advocate

Three days ago we pointed out misleading statements made by the Secretary of the State on WNPR. Now we see some similar misinformation in the Stamford Advocate. <read> Was the Secretary of the State misquoted or misleading? Legislation introduced this year that would have required poll workers to give all voters privacy folders and to […]

CT: Are Connecticut Voters Left Behind By Web Site?

Update 3/21/2009: Another analysis rates CT’s election web site in the lower tier.
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PEW project report, Being Online Is Not Enough, State Elections Web Sites
Connecticut rates 48th out of 51 (50 states and D.C.)

Report: Is America Ready To Vote?

Verified Voting, Common Cause, and the Brennan Center for Justice released a major report today: <press release> <report> Is America Ready to Vote? State Preparations for Voting Machine Problems in 2008 States Get Mixed Reviews on Readiness for Voting Machine Problems — Citing Improvements, Election Experts Call for Backup Measures to Secure the Vote on […]

CT: Secretary Of The State: Misstatements on WNPR

(Note: We have offered the Secretary of the State’s Office an opportunity to comment on this post) Secretary of the State, Susan Bysiewicz, was on “Where We Live” on WNPR this AM. She made several misstatements and misleading omissions (these are not exact quotes as we have no transcript) Misstatement: Bysiewicz: UConn tests the cards […]

After You Vote: Help Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Become a Volunteer Post-Election Audit Observer Join the team: Sign-Up For Nov  <click>

UTC Ends Bid To Buy Diebold

Hartford Courant article <read> In a letter to Diebold released Monday, UTC Chairman George David said UTC was withdrawing its offer of $40 a share, which valued Diebold at about $2.6 billion… On Sept. 30, Diebold filed a late 2007 annual report with securities regulators. It also filed revised quarterly reports for the second and […]

Voter Registration System Is Upgraded

Story by Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie <read> Earlier coverage <read>