Friday, October 31

OUTLYING PRECINCTS


AFP - According to independent analysis website Real Clear Politics, which accumulates multiple polling data, Nader is holding 2.5 percent support nationwide. Barr enjoys 1.3 percent support, and the other candidates all average below one percent support.

Politico - Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirms Drudge's report that two right-leaning papers, the Washington Times and the New York Post, have lost their seats on the Obama plane, along with the Dallas Morning News. . . The Post and the Morning News are both read primarily in states that aren't in play, but the Washington Times is read in Northern Virginia. . . Burton said the campaign was making space for the dropped outlets on the campaign bus where possible, and that they were encouraged to travel with Senator Joe Biden. He also noted that Fox News, whose schedule includes perhaps the most openly hostile programming to Obama, has a seat on the plane.

Reuters
- Californians appear poised to support the right to same-sex marriage when they go to the polls on Tuesday but support for a ballot measure to ban the practice has increased in recent weeks, a poll showed on Friday. The latest Field Poll conducted from October 18 to Tuesday showed the proposed ban on same-sex marriage failing, with 49 percent opposing the ban and 44 supporting it. Opposition to the ban was stronger in September, when 55 percent opposed it and 38 percent supported it.

WATCHING THE COUNT

Brad Blog - A federal court has found in favor of the NAACP and the Election Reform Network, which were forced to sue [Pennsylvania's] Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth, Pedro A. Cortes, after his recent directive that emergency paper ballots only need to be given to the voters in the event that all of a precinct's touch-screen voting machines failed. Most of PA uses 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting systems, and many of them broke down across the state during last April's primary election, leaving untold numbers of voters unable to cast votes.

State law allows county clerks to give out paper ballots if just one machine breaks down on Election Day; Cortes' stunning decree, issued last month, went unchallenged by both the DNC and the Barack Obama campaign...

The lawsuit called for emergency paper ballots to be issued in the event that a majority or more [machines] broke down.."

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