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State threatens to pull plug on vote machine firm (CA)    Story Here  Archive
John Wildermuth San Francisco Chronicle 24 December 2005
A voting machine company whose equipment handles elections in San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Solano and seven other California counties could be out of business in the state if it doesn't fix software problems that surfaced in November's election, a state official has warned.

County buys voting machines (South Bend, IN)    Story Here  Archive
JAMES WENSITS South Bend Tribune 24 December 2005
SOUTH BEND A million dollars worth of new voting machines will be available to handicapped and disabled voters next year, but some county officials don't think they'll get much use.

Diebold's state certification pending further tests of company's voting machines (Humboldt Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Shane Mizer The Eureka Reporter 12/23/2005
Secretary of State Bruce McPherson announced Tuesday that the state of California will not certify Diebold Inc.?s voting system until more federal testing can guarantee the security of Diebold?s memory cards.

Voting Machine Certification Delays Raise Concerns (Alameda Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
J. DOUGLAS ALLEN-TAYLOR Berkeley Daily Planet 23 December 2005

Delays in the certification of electronic voting machines have suddenly thrown confusion into the fate of Alameda County?s scheduled elections. A new state law has mandated that any electronic voting machines used in California elections following the turn of the year must include an electronic ?paper trail,? a hard copy in which the vote tally can be checked against the computerized tally automatically given by the voting machine. Since the Diebold electronic voting machines used in the November elections in Alameda County are not equipped with an electronic paper trail function, those machines cannot be used next year.



Errors lead California officials to warn voting-machine company    Story Here  Archive
JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press 23 December 2005
SACRAMENTO - California election officials have told one of the country's largest manufacturers of voting machines to repair its software after problems with vote counts and verification surfaced during California's November special election.

Diebold withdraws as N.C. voting equipment vendor; only one left (NC)    Story Here  Archive
GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press 22 December 2005
The effort to upgrade voting equipment in North Carolina by next spring took a hit when an approved vendor pulled out of the running, saying it couldn't follow a new law that required it to share its software coding with the state.

Diebold s out of competition (Durham Co., NC)    Story Here  Archive
Ray Gronberg The Durham Herald-Sun 22 December 2005
DURHAM One of the two companies that's vying to sell Durham County a new set of voting machines has ped out of the competition here and everywhere else in the state, saying it can't comply with the regulations North Carolina recently imposed on the systems.

Voting machine law burdens counties (McDowell Co., NC)    Story Here  Archive
Julie Ball Asheville Citizen-Times 22 December 2005
MARION ? McDowell County leaders want to challenge a state decision to de-certify the county?s 2-year-old voting machines as the state tries to implement new election laws in North Carolina.

State may not repay counties for handicap voting machines (AL)    Story Here  Archive
Clyde L. Stancil The Decatur Daily 21 December 2005
MOULTON ? A mandate that included money to help Alabama comply with handicap voter laws could turn into another unfunded mandate.

Voters in O.C. Will Have Paperwork (Orange Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Jean O. Pasco, Los Angeles Times 21 December 2005
Voters in coastal Orange County may feel a touch of nostalgia when they're handed old-fashioned paper ballots in the April 11 special election to fill a vacancy in the state Senate.

City to Borrow Voting Machines for Runoff (Riverside Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Los Angeles Times 21 December 2005
Riverside will borrow about 100 touch-screen voting machines with printers from San Bernardino County for the city's upcoming runoff election, under an agreement approved Tuesday by Riverside and San Bernardino counties' boards of supervisors.

Diebold Hack Hints at Wider Flaws    Story Here  Archive
Kim Zetter WiredNews 21 December 2005
Election officials spooked by tampering in a test last week of Diebold optical-scan voting machines should be equally wary of optical-scan equipment produced by other manufacturers, according to a computer scientist who conducted the test.

Panel postpones decision on more early voting computers (Washoe Co., NV)    Story Here  Archive
SUSAN VOYLES RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL 21 December 2005
Washoe County commissioners Tuesday night approved changes in election procedures except for one that perhaps matters most to many voters "" speeding up long lines for early voting.

Legislator?s tie to New Times paper questioned (Maricopa Co., AZ)    Story Here  Archive
Dennis Welch, East Valley Tribune 21 December 2005
A state senator could be illegally misusing his powers by allowing a weekly newspaper to pay for an investigation into the results of a 2004 election, the Maricopa County attorney said Tuesday.

Diebold e-voting approval is delayed (CA)    Story Here  Archive
Ian Hoffman ANG News 21 December 2005
In the wake of successful vote-hacking tests in Florida, California is putting off approval of Diebold's latest voting system until the firm has critical software evaluated by an outside lab.

St. Louis is going with Diebold Election Systems (MO)    Story Here  Archive
Jo Mannies St. Louis Post Dispatch 20 December 2005
The St. Louis Election Board has chosen Diebold Election Systems to provide a new hybrid voting system for the city. Officials said they were impressed by the firm's operations and equipment.

Riverside County to Borrow Voting Machines, Printers (CA)    Story Here  Archive
Susannah Rosenblatt Los Angeles Times 20 December 2005
Election officials in Riverside County will borrow about 100 electronic voting machines with printers from San Bernardino County for the city of Riverside's municipal runoff election next month, under an agreement expected to be approved today by supervisors in both counties.

Voting machine decision to wait (Bucks Co., PA)    Story Here  Archive
Hal Marcovitz The Morning Call 20 December 2005
Bucks County commissioners will wait at least until January to decide on buying new voting machines, giving proponents of 'voter verified paper ballots' a few more weeks to convince them that the new machines should provide hard-copy backups to electronic ballots.

Democrats question vote results (AK)    Story Here  Archive
LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News 20 December 2005
The official vote results from the 2004 general election are riddled with mistakes and discrepancies, are impossible for the public to make sense of, and should be corrected as soon as possible, the Alaska Democratic Party says.

State gives three choices for voting machines (Benton Co., AR)    Story Here  Archive
Jennifer Turner The Benton County Daily Record 20 December 2005
Quorum Court members here will decide this week between three options for new voting machines as set forth by the state.

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