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- Leave it to the Lower Courts: On Judicial Intervention in Election Administration, 68 Ohio State Law Journal 1065 (2007)
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Wednesday, July 5
Trouble with Statewide Voter Registration Lists
The Help America Vote Act requires that every state have in place a statewide registration database for this year's elections. The Madison Capital Times reports here that Wisconsin is having trouble making its work: "The state's new voter registration system can't process absentee ballots and is five times slower than the city of Madison's current system, says Mayor Dave Cieslewicz." The software for the system was developed by Accenture.
How well statewide registration databases work is a big issue to watch this year. Unfortunately, there's not been a whole lot of media coverage, but you can find more on the status of each state's database (including the vendor it's using) on the votingindustry.com website -- a great source of information for those interested in the subject. It also has information on each states' voting equipment.