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6:15 PM ET, November 7, 2006


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USA Today:
Voting machine problems bedevil multiple states  —  Election machine glitches caused delays and jangled nerves in at least three states today as voters began turning out for midterm elections that could set the tone for the last two years of President Bush's term in office.
Anita Wadhwani /
Dems will go to court this afternoon to ask for polls to stay open
Discussion: Joe's Dartblog
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
New rules, machines trouble voters early
Associated Press:
New Rules, Machines Frazzle Poll Workers
Discussion: Associated Press and Lost Remote
Think Progress:
AUDIO: Laura Ingraham Tells Listeners To Jam Voter Protection Hotline »  —  As FireDogLake has been reporting, right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham today urged her listeners to obstruct efforts to protect voting rights by jamming a free voter protection hotline.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Repeat Robocalls Suck?  Blame the GOP  —  UPDATE: Laura Ingraham has asked her listeners to call the Dem Voter protection hotline — and they are now being flooded with calls from crank callers.  Please call Laura and tell her what you think about this: 800.876.4123.  You can e-mail her here.
BEWARE OF EXIT POLLS  —  Biased And Inaccurate Predictions Have Led To Poor  —  GOP Exit Poll Showings In Past Three National Elections  — Election Experts Believe Exit Polls Give An Edge And Sway Towards Democrat Candidates.  — National Exit Polls Will Skew In Favor Of Democrats This Year …
George Merritt / Denver Post:
Voting nightmare: Democrats seek extension  —  Democratic party leaders are planning to seek a two-hour extension for voting in Denver, due to massive computer problems which have created long lines, and kept many from casting their vote.  —  Party spokesman Brian Mason said a motion is being prepared …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
New York Plans to Make Gender Personal Choice  —  Separating anatomy from what it means to be a man or a woman, New York City is moving forward with a plan to let people alter the sex on their birth certificate even if they have not had sex-change surgery.  —  Under the rule being considered …
FBI looking into possible Va. voter intimidation  —  Officials probing reports of phone calls allegedly intended to confuse voters … The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the possibility of voter intimidation in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. George Allen, a Republican …
Jeff E. Schapiro / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
FBI looks into voter intimidation
Discussion: TAPPED
Confederate Yankee:
"Absolutely True:" Rather Continues to Defend 60 Minutes TANG Story  —  Just moments ago on North Carolina's Morning News with Jack Boston on Raleigh-based News-Talk 680 WPTF, former CBS anchor Dan Rather defended the infamous 60 Minutes story using forged documents to attack President Bush's service …
Britney Spears Files for Divorce  —  Britney Spears has filed a petition for divorce from Kevin Federline.  —  TMZ obtained the legal papers, filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences."  In her petition, Spears asks for both legal and physical custody …
Discussion: 7.62mm Justice
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Following the Election Returns  —  An hour-by-hour guide to tonight's results.  —  This year the networks say they are guarding their exit poll results as if they were crown jewels.  The results will be delivered to a "quarantine room," access to which will be granted to only two staffers …
No ID, no vote  —  Chabot turned away at polls  —  WESTWOOD - Congressman Steve Chabot found out just how serious elections officials are about the new voter ID law when he showed up to vote at his polling place in Westwood.  —  Chabot went into the polling place at Westwood …
Indianapolis Star:
Election Day Report: Difficulties no surprise to computer expert  —  Star report … 2:54 p.m. - IU computer expert says voting machine problems no surprise  —  The problems encountered across Indiana today with new electronic voting machines come as no surprise to computer security expert Steven Myers.
Discussion: Facing South
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
How to watch the elections  —  In an ideal world, we would be blessed with the "Old-Fashioned Election Night Channel," which would merely show raw-vote totals from key races around the country.  The only on-air commentary would come from veteran pols chomping on unlit cigars as they explain …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Sisyphus
South Carolina governor's goof delays his vote  —  SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, South Carolina (CNN) — A sheepish Gov. Mark Sanford was turned away from a South Carolina polling place Tuesday because he forgot his voter registration card.  —  The casting of ballots in front of the news media …
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