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Unverifiable Diebold Touch-Screen Voting Systems Reportedly Flipping R to D in Maryland 29.10.2014 BradBlog
As we told you recently, after 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting systems reportedly began flipping votes from Democratic to Republican in Texas, and from Republican to Democratic in Illinois, and then from "NO" to "YES" on an anti-choice measure in Tennessee, there would be more. There always is, as we discussed ...
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E-Votes Flip D to R in Texas, R to D in Illinois: More Trouble With Touch-Screens 28.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Diebold voting machine in El Paso, Texas, on February 25, 2008. Voting machines are increasingly popular in US elections, although concerns about accuracy and hacking persist. (Image via Shutterstock )And so begins our traditional, biennial (if not more frequent) coverage of partisans understandably freaking out when their 100% unverifiable touch-screen votes are seen flipping on screen from a candidate or candidates of their preferred party to a candidate or candidates from a different party. Historically, over the past decade since we've been covering it (and related issues), this issue has occurred far more often for Democratic voters seeing their votes flip to Republicans. Nonetheless, the opposite phenomenon (as well the scenario involving third party or independent candidates) is not entirely uncommon. And, in all cases, voters should be concerned, election officials should be embarrassed and elected officials who continue to allow the use of these unverifiable secret vote-counting systems --- ...
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E-Votes Flip D to R in Texas, R to D in Illinois: More Trouble With Touch-Screens (2014 Edition) 28.10.2014 Truthout.com
Diebold voting machine in El Paso, Texas, on February 25, 2008. Voting machines are increasingly popular in US elections, although concerns about accuracy and hacking persist. (Image via Shutterstock )And so begins our traditional, biennial (if not more frequent) coverage of partisans understandably freaking out when their 100% unverifiable touch-screen votes are seen flipping on screen from a candidate or candidates of their preferred party to a candidate or candidates from a different party. Historically, over the past decade since we've been covering it (and related issues), this issue has occurred far more often for Democratic voters seeing their votes flip to Republicans. Nonetheless, the opposite phenomenon (as well the scenario involving third party or independent candidates) is not entirely uncommon. And, in all cases, voters should be concerned, election officials should be embarrassed and elected officials who continue to allow the use of these unverifiable secret vote-counting systems --- ...
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Tanzania opposition sign unity deal ahead of 2015 elections 27.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Four main opposition parties in Tanzania have agreed to work together in key 2015 elections to try to end 50 years of dominance by the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, officials said on Monday. The four parties said in a statement they had decided to "field joint candidates at all levels of elections" in east Africa's second biggest economy, including in a parliamentary ballot and a presidential vote. ...
With L.A. council, ceremonial nonsense gets in the way of real action 26.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
This has been such a busy year for members of the Los Angeles City Council, you have to wonder if their coffee is spiked with Red Bull.
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Touch-Screen Votes Flip 'No' to 'Yes' on Abortion Amendment to State Constitution in TN 25.10.2014 BradBlog
Just after this morning's official start of our regular biennial coverage of votes flipping on 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting systems around the country, this report comes in right on cue from the great state of Tennessee... "I honestly sort of slapped my head and said, 'Why me? Why did this happen ...
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E-Votes Flip D to R in Texas, R to D in Illinois: More Trouble With Touch-Screens (2014 Edition) 24.10.2014 BradBlog
And so begins our traditional, biennial (if not more frequent) coverage of partisans understandably freaking out when their 100% unverifiable touch-screen votes are seen flipping on screen from a candidate or candidates of their preferred party to a candidate or candidates from a different party. Historically, over the past decade since ...
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Tanzania to hold referendum on new constitution in April 2015 22.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania will hold a referendum in April on a new constitution, its Attorney-General said on Wednesday, angering opposition parties which boycotted the drafting process and reject the draft charter. The row over the new constitution, which would replace one passed in 1977 when the east African Tanzania was under one-party rule, risks intensifying political divisions ahead of elections next year. ...
Business briefs: Walk-in ballot help now available for BID election 18.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Downtown commercial property owners and tenants who haven't automatically gotten their ballots in the mail to vote in the downtown business improvement district tax election can request and receive them here in Steamboat. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said she will be able to accept ballot request forms and give out ballots until 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at her office at in the Sequoia building at 141 Ninth St. Barnett said the preferred method for voters still is to send and receive ballot forms to the designated election official in Denver. Voters who have questions or who want to make an appointment to do ballot paperwork can contact Barnett at 970-846-1800 or at tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com . Only commercial property owners who are registered to vote in the state and whose property is registered in their name and not an entity like a business or corporation automatically will receive a ballot in the mail. Broker gets new designation Colorado Group Realty real estate broker and owner Martin ...
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Business briefs: Downtown stakeholders can get BID tax ballots at walk-in location in Steamboat Springs 5.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Walk-in ballot help available Starting Oct. 13, downtown commercial property owners and tenants who don't automatically get their ballots in the mail to vote in the downtown business improvement district tax election will be able to request and receive them here in Steamboat. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said she will be able to accept ballot request forms and give out ballots until 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at her office at in the Sequoia building at 141 Ninth St. Barnett said the preferred method for voters still is to send and receive ballot forms to the designated election official in Denver. Voters who have questions or who want to make an appointment to do ballot paperwork can reach Barnett at 970-846-1800 or at tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com. Only commercial property owners who are registered to vote in the state and whose property is registered in their name and not an entity like a business or corporation automatically will receive a ballot in the mail in mid-October. To learn more ...
Tanzania to ban public officials from holding private sector jobs 2.10.2014 World
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In response to a growing outcry over corruption and abuse of office, Tanzania is working on a new law to ban elected leaders and civil servants from using their position to build business empires and enrich themselves. The law is intended to end numerous scandals that have arisen in the absence of a clear definition of conflict of interest. ...
How to vote in the upcoming downtown BID tax election 1.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Emailed to mcarter@spencerfane.com Casting ballots in the upcoming downtown business improvement tax election will be a bit complicated for some commercial property owners and tenants. The owners and tenants soon will be casting their ballots and deciding whether to impose a property tax increase of 4 mills on commercial property owners in the district to pay for maintenance and improvements downtown. The special election is mail-in only, and not everyone who is eligible to vote will automatically receive a ballot. Here's a breakdown of how it will work for the property owners, tenants and landlords who can vote in the district. If you're a downtown commercial property owner who is registered to vote in the state and the property is listed in your name, the process should be simple and you can expect to have a ballot arrive in your mailbox sometime between Oct. 13 and 22. Fill it out, sign the back and either mail it to the address included or plan on dropping it off at the Mainstreet Steamboat Springs ...
Blogging History: Painting characters on coin-heads; UK wants brawl-proof pint glasses; EFF kicks Diebold's ass 28.9.2014 Boing Boing

One year Coins painted as fictional characters: Andre Levy, a designer in Frankfurt, likes to paint coins.

Five years Britain seeks ban on glass pint-glasses to prevent bar-brawl injuries: The British Home Office is looking for proposals to make it harder to attack people with pint-glasses, including a mandate that all pint sleeves be made from plastic, or coated with shatter-resistant plastic.

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Tanzania police arrest several people in opposition protests 27.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Protests broke out in at least two Tanzanian towns, after opposition leaders called for nationwide demonstrations to oppose an assembly writing the country's constitution, leading to the arrest of several protesters, police said on Saturday.     The main opposition Chadema party called the protests after the government rejected calls to dissolve the Constituent Assembly, which is expected to pass a new constitution next week, the first salvo ahead of elections next year. ...
Tanzania's main opposition party plans nationwide protests 23.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's main opposition party called on Monday for protests this week after the ruling party rejected calls that include changing the way the nation is governed under a constitution now being drawn up, an early salvo before elections next year.     The opposition party, Chadema, and its smaller allies are trying to challenge the dominance of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the party which has been in power since Tanzania's independence in 1961. The assembly drawing up a new constitution has become a battleground. ...
Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday 10.9.2014 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Today's Boring Correction In calling for a boycott of the Target chain of stores because the company now supports marriage rights for same-sex couples, the American Family Association writes : [E]very Christian in this nation should let Target know it is out of step with the majority of Americans who support natural marriage. Let's check some 2014 poll results and see what percent of Americans are for marriage equality and against it: Gallup : 55% For vs. 42% Against. Money quote: Same-Sex Marriage Support Reaches New High. McClatchy-Marist : 54% For vs. 38% Against. Money quote: A solid majority support same-sex marriage, confirming the fast-turning tide that’s started appearing over the last three years. CBS News : 54% For vs. 39% Against. Money quote: Hispanics are more in step with a majority of Americans on the issue of same sex marriage. More Hispanics think same-sex marriage should be legal (50 percent) than not legal (44 percent). ABC News-Washington Post : 56% For ...
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Three of the five candidates for Sequoia Healthcare District board want to dissolve the agency 16.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Peninsula
An incumbent and two challengers in the race for three seats on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors say they want to dissolve the district, which originally was established to build and operate Sequoia Hospital.
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Bonds, parcel taxes pass to help Peninsula, South Bay, Santa Cruz County schools 5.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Keeping with their record of staunchly supporting local school funding, South Bay, Peninsula and Santa Cruz County voters passed nearly a dozen school tax measures on the ballot.
Voters passing bonds, taxes 4.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: San Jose/Valley
Keeping with their record of staunchly supporting local school funding, South Bay, Peninsula and Santa Cruz County voters appeared to be passing nearly a dozen school tax measures on the ballot, early returns Tuesday showed.
Sequoia district wins $256 million bond measure to improve high schools 4.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: News
Voters in the Sequoia Union High School District on Tuesday apparently approved a $256 million bond measure to add classrooms, improve facilities, upgrade technology and possibly build two small schools.
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