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Election Watchdog Group Offers $20,000 Reward

Reward: Calls On All Computer Scientists, IT Specialists And Hackers To Monitor 2010 Election Tabulators For Illegal Manipulations

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Washington, DC -- Today, the election watchdog group ProtectOurElections.org announced a $20,000 reward for any computer scientist, IT specialist or hacker who can provide definitive evidence that vote tabulation results in the 2010 midterm elections were manipulated in such a way that the results changed the legitimate winner running for federal office. The information must result in an arrest and conviction. The announcement is posted on the ProtectOurElections.org website and includes a reward poster.

Ohio County, ACLU Sue Brunner Over Ballots, Voting Machines for March Primary

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Even though Ohio is not among the 24 states whose collective primaries are called Super Tuesday, which some say constitute a national primary, voting news related to the Buckeye State’s primary on March 4th is in the headlines.

Former Ohio SOS Blackwell Asked to Testify on Voter Suppression

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Former two-term Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth J. Blackwell, who made headlines in 2004 for serving as state co-chair of the Bush/Cheney campaign and who many defenders of democracy and voting activists believe was complicit in throwing Ohio to President Bush, was sent a letter Tuesday asking him to appear before the US House Committee on Judiciary to provide testimony on “Voter Suppression.”

In Ohio: Battleground State Battles

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: The label “battleground state” generally refers to a state whose Electoral College votes can make or break a race for the White House. Ohio, the nation’s 7th largest state with 20 such votes, has been so designated in previous election cycles and is predicted to again defend that title this year.

This year the moniker "battleground state" may more aptly describe the breakout of intra-state battles taking shape over the budget, voting systems and energy. These battles are creating fissures between Republicans, who still rule the roost at the legislature and office of auditor, and Democrats, who for the first time in 16 years control the executive branch and offices of attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state.

Like Déjà Vu, Sour Stew Starting to Brew over Voting in Ohio

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Just when you thought the confab and controversy over Ohio’s problem-plagued system of voting was over, a new stew is brewing pitting election-law experts and voting-rights advocates against Ohio’s new chief elections officer, who recently decided to scrap expensive, hackable touch-screen machines in favor of expensive, temperamental optical scanners in the hotspot of Ohio election failures just a few short months before the Buckeye State’s March primary.

Ohio SOS Breaks Tie, Chooses Optical Scan Machines for Cuyahoga, It’s Her Election Now

Ohio Election Officials Say Reform Costly, Others Say Reforms Also Risky, Unwise

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Last Friday Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner presented the controversial findings of her $1.8 million dollar EVEREST study of Ohio’s election system showing vulnerabilities abound.

Strickland Says Ohio Election System Changes Needed for 08 Presidential Race

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, responding to the findings in a report released last Friday that confirmed serious vulnerabilities exist with Ohio’s pervasive and costly system of electronic voting, said he hopes changes can be made before next year’s race for the White House so it doesn’t turn out to be as flawed and open to criticism as were the two previous elections.

Brunner’s EVEREST Report Finds Vulnerabilities in Ohio Voting System

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: With $100 million in federal Help America Vote Funds having been spent already to purchase thousands of electronic voting machines used in Ohio’s 88 counties, the $1.9 million more in federal funds just spent by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to perform a comprehensive review of voting systems used in the state seems only to have further muddied the waters of what to do for the 2008 March primaries and the fall general elections, when a massive turnout is expected for the race for the White House.

Cuyahoga Commissioners Ask Ohio SOS for $20M to Replace Flawed Vote Machines

ePluribus Media OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: When earlier pioneers floated downstream on the Niagara River, they saw the billowing streams of rising mists from the monstrous falls that lay ahead of them. For the boatmen who failed to heed the message of the mists, their future was indeed bleak. For the smart ones who understood the peril below the mists, they had time to portage around the death-defying falls.

Ohio Judge Strikes Down Republican Campaign Finance Bill, Wrong Bill Signed

ePluribus Media OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: An Ohio common pleas court judge struck down a Republican-pushed campaign finance bill Thursday because the wrong version of the legislation was signed by former Gov. Bob Taft and then filed with the secretary of State, making it the law of the land.

The controversial campaign finance bill was rammed through a lame-duck session of the legislature in 2006 by the GOP, which at the time enjoyed veto-proof margins in both chambers of the legislature and had a Republican governor willing to sign the bill.

Ohio Wins Poll-Worker Training Funds, Voting Problems Persist in Cuyahoga County

ePluribus Media Ohio News Bureau

ONB Columbus: It’s unfortunate that Ohio had to wait until the November general elections were over before winning a poll-worker training grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT). The grant initiative will fund an online training program for poll workers and state and local-election officials that will hopefully make them more competent and capable in their jobs on Election Day.