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Puerto Rico Snaphsot PDF  | Print |  Email
By Sean Flaherty, Verified Voting Foundation   
May 31, 2008
All votes in the Puerto Rico primary election on June 1 and the Montana and South Dakota primaries on June 3 will be cast on voter-marked paper ballots. There will be no post-election audits of any of these primaries. 

2008 will see the first federal elections in which Puerto Rico implements its HAVA plan. Puerto Rico has over 2.3 million registered voters, and the June 1 Democratic primary will be open to all voters.

Puerto Rico received less than $1 per voter in HAVA funds, and for many years the commonwealth has offered Braille tactile ballot sleeves for voters with vision disabilities. This year, Braille sleeves will be used, and the Election Commission states that the IVS Vote by Phone system will be offered in 27 vote centers in the primary.  Puero Rico counts all ballots by hand.

Guam's Razor-Thin Caucus Vote Shows the Need for Paper Ballots PDF  | Print |  Email
By Verified Voting Foundation Press Release   
May 05, 2008
The extremely close vote in Guam's Democratic Presidential caucus shows the need for recountable and verifiable voting systems, the Verified Voting Foundation said Sunday. Only seven votes separated Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama out of over 4,500 cast.  The caucus used voter-marked paper ballots, and a recount was ordered.

“Since the election was conducted using voter-marked paper ballots, they can do a recount,” said Warren Stewart, Senior Project Director for Verified Voting.  “If the caucus had used paperless touch screens, all they would get would be a reprint,” Stewart said.  “Imagine the Electoral College this November is hanging on the results from one state – Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia – where the winner is determined by a razor-thin margin and there is no way to conduct a meaningful recount. Add to that inevitable machine failures in a handful of precincts in the state that will have resulted in long lines or anomalous results, and we have a constitutional crisis.”

Prominent computer scientists have warned strongly that all electronic voting systems are vulnerable to error and tampering. Verified Voting estimates that over 30 per cent of the ballots in the November Presidential election will be cast on paperless electronic machines.  In Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Tennessee, most votes will be paperless, and in Georgia, New Jersey, and Maryland, electronic systems with no paper record will be the only voting method at the polls.  In all, 14 states will have some paperless electronic voting on November 4.  “Unfortunately, over one fourth states are not as ready for a close Presidential race as the Guam Presidential caucus,” said Stewart.