A Look Back at the Most Notable Stories from the Week That Was In Our Continually Crumbling Democracy...
By John Gideon on 12/11/2005, 4:34pm 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 December 5 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 The Colorado SoS announced today that 10 counties may have to procure new voting machines. Their ES&S and Sequoia Optech Eagle III-P precinct scanners did not properly count the votes in last month's election and a hand recount in the 10 counties resulted in two races being changed. Is this just an excuse to force the counties to buy DREs? I dunno but these are precinct based optical scan machines and they were being used, in part, to count absentee and mail-in ballots. The Denver Post

#4 In a RawStory article, Miriam Rafferty talks to Dieb-Throat who alleges that the company is plagued by technical woes while Diebold defends it's 'sterling' record.

#3 A potential securities fraud Class Action lawsuit against Diebold is in progress according to a BradBlog Exclusive

#2 Court cases in Riverside County, CA and Florida continue. While a suit was filed in North Carolina against the State Board of Elections and the State Office of Information Technology Services.

#1 This week it was revealed that Department of Justice appointees ignored staff recommendations that the Georgia Voter ID bill was "Jim Crow Law" and that last years Texas redistricting was probably illegal. It was also revealed that partially because of leaks from the DoJ to the media, staff will no longer be asked to give their opinions on Civil Rights and Voting issues. Washington Post