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4 Ways Election Day Could Go Horribly Wrong

Chances of 2000-style debacle high, experts say

(Newser) - Election Day is almost here and experts fear that the chances of a 2000-style mess that prevents the winner from being known for days or weeks are higher than ever this time around. NBC runs through some of the worst-case scenarios.
  • Provisional ballots could make it impossible to determine the
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'Rich Whitey' Appears on Chicago Ballots

Misspelling of Rich Whitney's name to be corrected

(Newser) - A certain “Rich Whitey” is running for governor of Illinois—or so the ballots have it. Thousands of electronic voting machines, including about 500 currently being used for early voting, contain a misspelling of Green Party hopeful Rich Whitney’s last name, the AP reports. “We don't have... More »

SC Loser Lodges Formal Protest

Rawl blames machines for Greene's win

(Newser) - Vic Rawl is crying foul over his defeat by total unknown Alvin Greene in the South Carolina Democratic primary for the US Senate. Rawl, a former judge and state lawmaker, has filed a formal protest with the state's Democratic Party over what he calls the "strange circumstances" surrounding his... More »

Drive-Through Voting Debuts in SoCal

OC voters vote fast-food style

(Newser) - You couldn't get a Big Mac at this drive-through, reports the AP—just democracy. Voters didn't need to leave their cars yesterday to either register or cast ballots at an electronic drive-through station. The one-day-only offer came on the last day of voter registration for Californians. An Orange County elections... More »

Swing States Will Face Voting Glitches: Report

Feds failed to notify officials of ballot machine failures

(Newser) - Little has been done to fix voting problems in some key states over the last few years, and voters in those states could have problems at the polls in November, CNN reports. Ten swing states—including Florida and Ohio—are likely to face voting day snarls, including shortages of voting... More »

Paper Ballots Rock the Vote

Touch screens decline; 55% of US will have choice read by scanner

(Newser) - Paper ballots are making a comeback in many states after problems plagued electronic voting systems—thanks in large part to issues with Florida's hanging chads in 2000. At least 55% of US ballots in November will be cast on paper, then optically scanned, the Boston Globe reports. Security isn't expected... More »

How Dare You Assess Our Voting Machines

Sequoia Systems gets touchy about security audits

(Newser) - Sequoia Voting Systems has sent a letter to a Princeton professor threatening legal action if he publishes any info from a security audit of their voting machines. "It's hard to imagine a stupider legal threat," says Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing. "Sequoia's basically saying, 'We're scared of... More »

United Tech Makes $3B Bid for Diebold

Deal would expand UTC's footprint in electronic security business

(Newser) - United Technologies is bidding $3 billion for Diebold, one of the largest manufacturers of ATMs and voting machines. The unsolicited bid is $40 per share, a 66% premium over Diebold’s closing stock price Friday of $24.12, reports the New York Times. The deal would provide an opportunity for... More »

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