In the introduction to two electronic-voting experts facing off, the Wall Street Journal reports that "more votes than ever will be cast on electronic machines in next week's election, but experts are still deeply divided on the reliability of the devices -- particularly on whether there should be paper records."
Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post takes us through the networks' election plans, with lots of detail on how the exit polls will work. LINK
Bill Lambrecht writes in the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the flood of absentee ballots and the use of the new voting machines may delay counting past Nov. 7. The article includes the 10 states to watch for voting problems come Election Day. LINK
Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register acknowledges that the "stakes are undeniably high" this Tuesday when Iowa uses its new electronic voting system. LINK
Julie Carr Smyth of the Associated Press and Kimball Perry of the Cincinnati Enquirer report that Ohio courts clarified new voter ID laws and suspended all ID requirements for absentee voters. LINK
The Washington Post's Christian Davenport reports that although more poll workers have been recruited, the training is proving to be "daunting." LINK
The Chicago Tribune's McCormick Notes that Chicago and Cook County election officials have tested and made changes to new software and hardware for the voting equipment, but that the system remains messy. LINK
In a front-page story by Brody Mullins, the Wall Street Journal reports that leadership PACs, "which exist to funnel money to candidates in need of campaign cash, are increasingly being used for other things -- from lawmakers' meals to gifts for political supporters."
According to PoliticalMoneyLine, Sen. Reid's bills at "Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay and other Las Vegas establishments have totaled more than $125,000" over the past four years.
Other Thursday schedule items:
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) delivers the keynote address at NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson's second clergy conference that is co-sponsored by the Faith Center for Community Development at the United Federation of Teachers at 9:15 am ET in New York, NY. The senator also speaks at Congressman Gregory Meek's (D-NY) community appreciation dinner at Anturi's at 8:00 pm ET in Jamaica, NY.
Sen. Clinton is also expected to join Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) for a fundraiser for House candidate Tim Mahoney (D-FL) in New York City at 10:30 am ET.
Former Vice President Al Gore and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) attend the "Campaign for Change Kick-Off Tour" with Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) at 12:45 pm ET at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Tonight, Klobuchar and her opponent Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-MN) participate in a radio debate in Rochester, MN at 8:00 pm ET.
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman is at it again today rallying grassroots voters across Missouri in High Ridge (10:00 am ET), St. Charles (11:15 am ET), St. Louis (12:30 pm ET), Camdenton (4:45 pm ET), Columbia (6:00 pm ET), and St. Joseph (8:30 pm ET). LINK
DNC Chairman Howard Dean fundraises for congressional candidate Jason Altmire (D-PA) at Café Euro in Pittsburgh, PA at 12:00 pm ET. Altmire is running against Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA) in Pennsylvania's fourth congressional district.