The Dallas Morning News reports on the concerns over election reform and the worries that new voting equipment is susceptible to tampering. "Election watchdogs fear similar problems or worse - perhaps even fraud - as thousands of U.S. counties use such machines for the first time in November's general elections. In Texas, most big counties, including Dallas, have already made the switch. But as smaller counties switch over, many voting experts are warning that people may face long waits at the polls, wrong vote tallies or recounts."
The House passed the Federal Election Integrity Act by 228-196; the bill would require voters to show ID before casting ballots in federal elections starting in 2008. Republicans call it key to avoiding voter fraud; Democrats charge that it will disenfranchise low-income and minority voters. The Washington Times says was among the recommendations made last year by the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, headed by former President Jimmy Carter ... and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III."
Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R), who faces a extremely tough challenge to his re-election this fall, is calling for the state to dump its electronic voting system in favor of paper ballots after problems plagued the vote count in last week's primaries. Some of those problems were caused by human rather than machine error. Top Democratic officials are objecting to Ehrlich's proposal, saying the state should focus on fixing issues with the current system because a rushed switch to another system before election day could cause even more problems.