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All eyes will be on Pennsylvania Tuesday, but citizen journalist Brad Friedman wonders if all votes will be counted, especially considering that the vast majority of Pennsylvanians will be casting electronic ballots. Election integrity is one of those issues that get a lot of lip service but no real action, which is probably why we're still talking about it in 2008.

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California's incoming secretary of state, Debra Bowen, says her office will conduct "a top to bottom review of every voting system in use anywhere in California." What's more, Bowen has indicated she is willing to decertify machines approved by her predecessor, Bruce McPherson. We can only hope Bowen's investigation will spark a national trend.

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A federal advisory panel has ruled against a proposal that would have required electronic voting machines to produce a verifiable paper ballot. A report released last week by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that detailed the vulnerabilities of popular e-voting machines inspired the proposal, but was ultimately discarded.

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