A Look Back at the Most Notable Stories from the Week That Was In Our Continually Crumbling Democracy...
By John Gideon on 12/4/2005, 5:26pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon, of VotersUnite and VoteTrustUSA

As an introduction, the "DVN Top 5" is a feature that I have been providing in the weekly voting newsletter of VoteTrustUSA. The November 28 edition can be found here. The selection of what will be the "Top 5" for each week and where it goes on the list is all mine. The fact that you may disagree with my choices is great because it shows that you have been reading the DVN articles that I've posted throughout the week here on BRAD BLOG!...

#5 An interesting article from the Associated Press was printed on Wed. The article discusses the looming problem, nationally, as states scramble to meet the mandates of the Help America Vote Act of 2002(HAVA). The article discusses the recent GAO report and goings-on in North Carolina and California.

San Jose Mercury

#4 The state of Colorado has run into a large problem with their HAVA required state voter registration system. It seems that the prime contractor Accenture cannot meet the agreed upon deadline for the system. The state has cancelled the $10.5M contract with the contractor.

The Guardian (UK)

#3 The Georgia Voter ID issue will not go away any time soon. In two Opinion pieces printed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution calls have been made to redo the legislation. This is the same legislation that employees of the Department of Justice recommended should not get federal backing but they were overruled by the political appointees. There is now a call for a congressional hearing into this issue.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Atlanta Progressive News

#2 The 'hack' test in California is also a story that will be around for awhile. Misinformation seems to be flowing from the SoS office and the media, to some extent, seem to be reporting what they get without checking on the facts.
San Francisco Chronicle
Monterey Herald

#1 The #1 story for the week is the amazing story from North Carolina. It seems that Diebold lost in court where they were hoping to get a judicial 'ok' to circumvent state law for escrow and inspection of their source code. The court found that they would have to comply, so Diebold threatened to take their 'football and go home'. Then within three days, the State Board of Elections decided that if the judge would not let Diebold ignore the law, they would do it for Diebold. Suddenly, in what has become known as "The Immaculate Certification", Diebold was certified.