— A Roll Call editorial notes that five states whose polls close by 8:00 pm ET -- Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- "have been placed by the nonpartisan group electionline.org on a list of 10 'states to watch.' In these states, new voting machines, voter identification requirements, out-of-date voter registration lists or sheer numbers of voters may cause trouble."
Top US voting machine manufacturer Smartmatic and subsidiary Sequoia Voting Systems are being investigated by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, at Smartmatic's request, for possibly problematic ties to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. "A breakdown in the use of Sequoia voting machines in the March primary in Chicago gave rise to questions about Smartmatic's corporate structure," says the Washington Post.
"The government has 30 days to issue its first ruling on whether the Sequoia purchase compromises U.S. national security by giving a foreign government undue influence on U.S. elections. The investigation can be extended by another 45 days, if a U.S. government agency requests it," reports the Miami Herald.