American Elections

The Invisible Election – Alternet 11/18/08

The 2008 presidential election did not end with a contested vote count, but that doesn’t mean it went smoothly for voters or election officials.

Consensus Builds for Universal Voter Registration – Alternet 11/19/08

More Unfinished 2008 Election Business: Verifiable Vote Counts – Alternet 11/25/08

The ongoing Senate races in Minnesota and Georgia highlight America’s disparate systems of voting and auditing the count.

 Election Day fell short – The Progressive 11/24/08

Democracy never intended for a simple majority of the people to take away the fundamental rights of the minority. A cornerstone of democracy is found in the belief that our Constitution, and not our contempt, should be the driving force insuring equality for all.

Minn. Senate race could hinge on scanning machine mistakes – CNet 11/19/08 

Franken worries about missing ballots – Politico 11/25/08

Franken camp finds 6,400 uncounted absentee ballots – Raw Story 11/25/08

Allegations about 2002 Georgia election raise doubts on current voting – Raw Story 11/21/08

Republicans Turn to Dirty Tactics in Georgia – Alternet 11/23/08

The not-quite-finished 2008 elections

Six close-call races remain undecided – Politico 11/13/08

One-third of votes not counted in AK – Raw Story 11/10/08

Observers sensing ‘something fishy’ in Alaska vote – Raw Story 11/7/08

1.6 million ballots are uncounted in California – LA Times 11/6/08

Alaska Update: Thousands of Ballots ‘Found’, One-Third Remain Uncounted in the State’s Still-Fishy ’08 Election – BradBlog 11/10/08

A New Political Party Is Needed – Dissident Voice 11/13/08

Checking the Vote-Checking in Minnesota – Mother Jones 11/11/08

Georgia Can’t Say How Many Eligible Voters It’s Currently Disenfranchising – TPMuckraker 11/10/08

MI precinct delegate dons KKK robes – Raw Story 11/10/08

Diebold’s e-voting machines violate GPL, good taste – EnGadget 11/7/08

Election Day Coverage – Election Fraud and Last Minute Candidate Coverage

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EXCLUSIVE: Obama/DNC Incident Report Database Reveals Startling, Wide-Spread Voting Machine Problems Across Nevada During Early Voting – BradBlog 11/4/08

Presidential Race Missing on Ballots; Machines Go Down; Votes Not Recorded; Printers Jam.  Attorneys Decline to Take Action to Remove Machines From Service, Ensure Paper Ballots for Voters…

RNC Ready To Sue Over Computerized Voter Fraud? – TPMuckraker 11/4/08

US Election Campaign: Silence on War Crimes – Global Research 11/4/08

Republican Poll Watchers Removed from Indiana Polling Site – TPMuckraker 11/4/08

Voting Rights Watch: New problems in Virginia, Florida, and Mississippi  – Institute for Southern Studies 11/4/08

Some Kansas City polling places have wrong registration books – CNN 11/4/08

Election Protection – Metafilter 11/4/08

Having trouble voting? Have a question about the polling process in your state? The folks at the non-partisan 866-OUR-VOTE Election Protection Hotline are there to help.

Following e-voting glitches – CNet 11/4/08

Only Nader Is Right on the Issues – Global Research 11/4/08

I’ve been in a car accident and was wearing my selt belt.  Ralph Nader is the only candidate who’s done anything for me.  Unfortuntely, due to the two party system, I’m only able to vote for a Republican or a Democrat for president (or neither).

Mercenary Firm Offers to ‘Detain Troublemakers’ on Election Day – Cryptogon 11/3/08

Urgent: Take Action Now to Stop Racist Voter Suppression – Global Research 11/3/08

Meet Mike Connell, McCain’s Computerized Vote Theft Specialist – Wake Up From Your Slumber 11/4/08

Previously today:

Virginia: The New Florida? – The Nation 11/4/08

‘Massive machine failures’ spur call to extend VA vote hours – Raw Story 11/4/08

Virginia: Ground Zero For Election Shenanigans, Snafus – Mother Jones 11/4/08

Election Day: Voting Snafus from Around the Country – Alternet 11/4/08

Election Day: Hot News, Emerging Trends, Juicy Rumors – Alternet 11/4/08

CIA Contractor Offers to Keep the Peace on Election Day – Center for Media & Democracy 11/4/08

Voting problems crop up around US – Raw Story 11/4/08

Machine failures in NV, MI; reports in VA

Toledo police brace for possible civil unrest – NBC 24, Ohio 11/3/08

In an internal memo obtained exclusively by NBC 24 News, officers are ordered to “Have their riot equipment with them Tuesday and Wednesday”. Police chief Mike Navarre confirms, officers will have gear similar to the equipment they used during the 2005 race riots. “They have been asked to have their helmets and their gas masks available tomorrow and Wednesday.”, Navarre says, “That’s the equipment they would not normally carry with them on a normal day”. Navarre also says, officers will not be stationed at individual polling stations. But the memo says otherwise. It reads, “On Tuesday, units shall be directed to patrol the polling locations“.

ES&S Voting Machines in Michigan Flunk Tests, Don’t Tally Votes Consistently – Wired 11/3/08

“The same ballots, run through the same machines, yielded different results each time,” she wrote.  “This begs the question — on Election Day, will the record number of ballots going through the remaining tabulators leave even more build-up on the sensors, affecting machines that tested just fine initially? Could this additional build-up on voting tabulators that have not had any preventative maintenance skew vote totals? My understanding is that the problem could occur and election workers would have no inkling that ballots are being misread.”

Election Day Coverage: The Senate, House, and Ballot Measures – Alternet 11/4/08

If You’re in a Swing State, Don’t Just Vote — Verify – Alternet 11/4/08

Election Expert: McCain’s VA Suit On Military Ballots May Be Barred – TPMuckraker 11/3/08

Private investigators recruited to aid voter caging – Raw Story 11/3/08

Here’s What Vote Fraud Really Looks Like – Alternet 11/3/08

Say You, Say Me – Metafilter 11/3/08

Call a phone number and explain why you’re voting the way you are.

Election Protection Wiki: The One-Stop Website for Guarding the Vote – Center for Media & Democracy 11/3/08

How McCain Could Win – TruthOut 11/3/08

“Since the last election, more than ten million voters have been purged from the nation’s vote registries. And that’s just the start of the steal.”