Ahh, this is FUN. I LOVE it when my greatest fears about my democracy come true!

Wait. No, I don't. This sucks.

I want to just blog about my custom toys and draw comics and write novels.

But nooooo, the government has to go and be all corrupt and whatnot! OK, so, here's a nice little round up of election irregularity news from around the web, most notably that first link--yep, that's CNN.com covering voter purging! Amazing! But let's get to the links:

Some voters 'purged' from voter rolls
www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/26/voter.suppression/index.html
(It's funny, this article's headline refers to "some" voters being purged but if you read the article, tens of thousands in various states could lose their ability to vote.)

WIDESPREAD TOUCH SCREEN VOTE FLIPPING!!
www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/26/112912/81/554/642200
(I hate linking to (let alone Digging) a post at DailyKos--they might as well be called "DailyBias" or "DailyDemocratMouthpiece". I've heard so many bad things about them shutting people down for dissenting with the Democrat POV--but if they're covering voter probs, what can you do?)

Election Developments & Problems in FL, GA, VA, IN, OH, NM, TN, WV
www.bradblog.com/?p=6561
(LOADS of great info here on all sorts of bizarre crap, including a Florida Elections Supervisor saying: "No one could have anticipated that this election would be so historic and draw as much attention as it has," Seriously? Because the news has been saying that for months, lady!)

11,000 Absentee Ballots Not Mailed Out in Colorado
www.democracynow.org/2008/10/27/headlines#6
(Sequoia Voting Systems failed to deliver half of the absentee ballots they were supposed to deliver to the post office, as a result 10k+ people may not vote.)

Justice Department Pressed by Bush to Contest 200,000 Ohio Voters
www.democracynow.org/2008/10/27/headlines#8
From DN's headline story for this:

The White House has asked the Department of Justice to look into whether 200,000 new Ohio voters must reconfirm their registration information before the Nov. 4 election because their records don’t precisely match other government databases.


Here's another one from BradBlog.com:
'AWOL' Obama/DNC Attorneys Found! Turns Out They Were Working in Secret, Reports Alternet
www.bradblog.com/?p=6571
Here's an excerpt from the post:

We've had to report on Democrats in PA being sued by the NAACP, because neither the DNC nor the Obama campaign was willing to stand up for voters to demand that emergency paper ballots be made available to voters in PA before every machine in a precinct breaks down, as decreed a month ago from PA's Democratic Sec. of the Commonwealth.

We haven't even had time to report that the Republicans have attempted to intervene in the case, to take the side of the PA Democrats to keep paper ballots from being given to voters.


Yeah, that's pretty bizarre, huh?

Can you think of a reason why voters who want to vote with paper ballots should be kept from voting with paper ballots?

Meanwhile, here's a headline and link to that Alternet.org story Brad blogged about:

Democrats Describe Efforts to Limit Voting Machines Problems
www.alternet.org/democracy/104635/democrats_describe_efforts_to_limit_voting_machines_problems
It goes into what the Dems are supposedly doing to protect the vote, but the article admits:

Whether these resources and responses will satisfy election integrity activists is an open question. That e-voting problems continue to surface undermines their confidence. One big difference between the activist community and DNC is the activists want to end the use of troubling technologies altogether whereas the DNC wants to ensure the election machinery, however flawed, works as best as it can for the public -- because the voting systems in place are the systems that will be used in 2008.


Here are a few sites to check out for more on voter irregularities:

bradblog.com
votersunite.org

More to come! (Sadly)