By John Gideon on 3/19/2007, 4:39pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

In an article on BRAD BLOG, Ellen Theisen of VotersUnite.Org challenges...

...anyone to put forward an actual disadvantage of amending Representative Rush Holt's bill (HR 811, "The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007") to ban electronic ballots. With a few moments' thought, I can list four "bad" things (which opponents might anticipate) that such an amendment would NOT do and thirteen good — actually, critical — things it WILL do.

I claim that an amendment banning electronic ballots has LOTS of advantages and NO disadvantages — for our country and its democracy, anyway. And I challenge anyone to think of a democracy-serving reason why NOT to amend it. "The bill won't pass with the amendment" doesn't count. I'm looking for a genuine disadvantage (for democracy, not for the voting equipment vendors).

Links to that article, and many more, follow below...

  • NAtional: A Challenge to Opponents of a Ban on Electronic Ballots
    Seeking Just One Democracy-Serving Reason to Keep DREs Allowable Under the Holt Bill
    Any takers? LINK
  • NAtional: Are Voting Machine Purists Standing the Way of Reform? LINK
  • FL: Secretary of state gets marching orders from Crist: No election fiascos in Florida LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - House forms task force on Florida’s 13th district LINK
  • IN: Absentee voting period shortened LINK
  • MN: Kandiyohi County Township Association to meet Wednesday on voting machine issues LINK
  • NJ: Judge: Electronic voting machine advisors needed LINK
  • NY: Oneida County - Voting machines at a glance LINK
  • NY: Oneida County - State behind on updating of voting technology LINK
  • OH: Ohio SOS Demands Immediate Resignation Of All Cuyahoga County Election Board Members LINK
  • OH: Secretary of State Calls for Clean Slate in Cuyahoga County LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga Board of Elections ordered to step down LINK
  • OH: Brunner asks entire Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to quit LINK
  • OH: State seeks resignations of all Cuyahoga elections board members LINK
  • OK: Voting privileges taken away LINK
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