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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Looking for Candidates @ CNN/YouTube Debate

ST. PETE, FLA – Jacob hit the Spin Room following the CNN/YouTube Debate last Wednesday. The mission: find the final three presidential candidates who haven’t responded to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge… but they were surprisingly hard to come by. (more…)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Liveblogging the CNN/YouTube Debate

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — Greetings from the press filing center at the Progress Energy Center. We’re on the lookout for questions about our voting system, just like we were last time around at the CNN/YouTube Democratic debate. Stay tuned for updates. Watch the question we submitted, and follow along with the debate, after the jump. (more…)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Behind the Scenes: Anderson Cooper in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — Just caught up with Anderson Cooper who was chilling next to the CNN Election Express before tonight’s CNN/YouTube debate. The debate starts in 2 hours 40 minutes. Still no sign of the three candidates who haven’t responded to our Candidate Challenge.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

CNN/YT Debate, Here We Come!

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — Last night Tom, our trusty field producer and camera man, and I hit the road to come here for CNN/YouTube debate… but the journey didn’t start as planned. Stay tuned for more from the debate… and yes, we made it! (more…)

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

The afterlife of a Florida voting machine

Polling place

Following the messy 2000 election that made Florida’s punchcard voting system famous, many of the Votomatic machines at the center of the controversy got a glamorous second act, Abby Goodnough writes in today’s New York Times. Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, the Smithsonian Institution and even New York art galleries made an effort to get ahold of the machines.

Seven years later, the Votomatic’s replacement, the touch-screen voting machine, is losing favor amongst election administrators, voting rights and research groups nationwide because of security concerns. In Florida, the machines will all but disappear by the 2008 election. Goodnough says that unlike their predecessors, these machines may not get the same star treatment on the way out the door. Possible destinations: a Veterans Affairs hospital who has had issues with a cauda equina compensation case before and the scrap pile. (more…)

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

GA voter ID law upheld

Massachusetts driver’s license photos from Massachusetts DMV (via The Heritage Foundation)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week that a judge who previously overturned a voter ID requirement has now upheld a revised version of the same law.

[U.S. District Court Judge Harold] Murphy noted that his previous injunction hinged in large part on the fact that many voters who lacked a photo ID had no real notice of the requirement or knew how to get one or vote absentee. But the judge said recent evidence showed the state “made exceptional efforts” to contact voters in the 23 counties planning to hold local elections this month.

Amongst those who filed suit to block the law included Common Cause/Georgia and the League of Women Voters of Georgia. Back in February, the New York Times reported that a study commissioned by the federal government highlighted a link between voter ID laws and lower turnout. At the time, the paper noted where ID requirements were in place.

Only two states, Indiana and Florida, now require all voters to show photo ID, and voters without it are allowed to cast only provisional ballots. Indiana officials have said voter turnout increased by 2 percent last November, compared with the 2002 midterm election, despite the enactment of a photo ID law in 2005.

Three states — Hawaii, Louisiana and South Dakota — require voters without photo ID to sign affidavits to cast regular ballots.

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