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Alameda County Could Replace Diebold Machines (California)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 26, 2005
MATTHEW ARTZ Berkeley Daily Planet 26 August 2005
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider accepting bids for new voting machines to replace the controversial Diebold touch-screen voting systems.

County asks residents to test, rate new voting machines (Santa Cruz Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 26, 2005
BRIAN SEALS Santa Cruz Sentinel 26 August 2005
As the county readies for new voting systems in 2006, it is asking voters to grade six possible new voting machines.

Officials split over voting machines (Mobile Co., AL)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 26, 2005
SALLIE OWEN Mobile Register 26 August 2005
ORANGE BEACH Frustrated by delays at the state level, Mobile County Commission President Mike Dean said Thursday that the county should switch to paper ballots read by optical scanners at least for next year's elections.

Mobile County officials to lease voting equipment (Mobile Co., AL)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 25, 2005
SALLIE OWEN Mobile Register 25 August 2005
ORANGE BEACH Because of the continued uncertainty over what kind of voting machines will comply with federal reforms, Mobile County officials have decided to lease equipment for the 2006 elections instead of buying, Commission President Mike Dean said.

County looks at 'blended' voting (Alameda Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 25, 2005
Ian Hoffman ANG News 25 August 2005
Alameda County ? the first large West Coast county to gamble on Diebold Election Systems Inc. and its electronic voting machines ? is weighing whether to end that experiment, going with a more paper-based voting system and perhaps another supplier.

Paper trail turns tide for voting machines (Mississippi)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 25, 2005
Eric Stringfellow The Clarion-Ledger 25 August 2005
When Secretary of State Eric Clark announced in July plans to purchase new touch-screen voting machines, he didn't seem prepared for the boo birds, especially from other Democrats.

Voting Machines - Field narrows to four    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 25, 2005
J.D. Prose Beaver County Times 25 August 2005
BEAVER - Beaver County officials have asked four companies to bring their electronic voting systems here for public evaluations, including the maker of the county's former system that was banned by the state this year.

Lafayette County gets voting machines (Mississippi)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 25, 2005
Jermaine Jackson The Daily Mississippi 25 August 2005
Lafayette County supervisors have made a decision that affects the way local voters will elect their representation.

Voting machine deadline looms (St Joseph Co., IN)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 25, 2005
JAMES WENSITS South Bend Tribune 25 August 2005
SOUTH BEND As the deadline for meeting a federal requirement to provide handicapped-friendly voting machines looms near, some county officials are talking mutiny.

County mulls 'touchy' subject (Brazoria Co., TX)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 25, 2005
Colleen O'Brien Pearland Journal 25 August 2005
Just how safe is your touch-screen digital vote? Does it get recorded correctly? Can the code be manipulated? What if the voting machine breaks down, or worse, switches the vote before your very eyes? How do you conduct an accurate audit? There's a lot of controversy, and a lot of taxpayer's money, whirling around the subject. Fortunately, both sides of the political aisle are behind securing the voting process, including having a paper trail.

Commissioners face voting machine woes (Fayette Co., PA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Chris Foreman Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 24 August 2005
Four months before a deadline to meet federal election standards, Fayette County's commissioners believe state-administered grants won't even cover half of the cost to comply with the Help America Vote Act, or HAVA, of 2002

Electronic voting requires verification (Virginia)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Editorial Roanoke Times 24 August 2005
Virginia shouldn't spend another dime on voting equipment that doesn't provide a paper trail.

Voting machines raising concerns (Coahoma Co., MS)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 24, 2005
DAVID OWENS The Clarksdale Press Register 24 August 2005
Seventy six of the state's 82 counties opted into the new touch-screen voting machine system by Friday's deadline. However, in many counties including Coahoma, supervisors didn't see much choice in the matter.

Keep the polls open? Costly move likely (Snohomish Co., WA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Christopher Schwarzen Seattle Times 24 August 2005
Snohomish County likely will spend more than $1 million to back up electronic voting machines with paper records instead of switching to a cheaper all-mail election system.

Partial recount vindicates San Diego voting machines (San Diego, CA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Daniel J. Chac?n San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE 24 August 2005

Voting machines that critics have labeled unreliable work after all. A partial recount yesterday to test the accuracy of scanners that read ballots and tallied votes in the San Diego mayor's race July 26 revealed results that were nearly identical to those of the machines.



New voting system under review (Wyoming Co., PA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 24, 2005
DIXIE CASSELBURY, Wyoming County Press Examiner 24 August 2005
The new system is being researched by the Wyoming County Commissioners and is called the AccuVote-TSX. The system will come from the Diebold Election Systems, of Texas.

Freeholders to case votes for a ballot box (Essex Co., NJ)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 24, 2005
ERICA ZARRA The Montclair Times 24 August 2005
With the September deadline fast approaching, a decision has not yet been made by Essex County in the battle of the ballot box builders, especially as the electronic voting machine once considered the frontrunner may not meet new state requirements in time for the 2006 elections.

Trust in the Tally (Maryland)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Editorial Washington Post 23 August 2005
THANKS TO Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s curious and continuing blind faith in certifiably untrustworthy voting machines, voters in the state will never know whether their election choices were recorded correctly last year or what to believe when the "results" of key state elections are rolled out next year. Computer experts across the country and most notably in the governor's back yard, at Johns Hopkins University have warned repeatedly that although the touch-screen machines in use in Maryland can, at their best, be as accurate as they are efficient, no one can know for sure, because they are not equipped to produce paper trails showing each vote cast.

Virginia group pushes voting equipment with paper audit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 23, 2005
TYLER WHITLEY Richmond TIMES-DISPATCH 23 August 2005
Virginia's voting machine of choice got a going-over yesterday from a grass-roots group and computer experts.

'Perfect Voting System' Makes Sure Every Vote Counts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Press Release 23 August 2005
DENVER, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ Promising to make the voting process as transparent and trustworthy as state lotteries, the "Perfect Voting System" was introduced today at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission meeting in Denver. The vote tabulation software developed by David Biddulph of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, allows citizens to make sure their vote was counted exactly as intended. They can also review other anonymous ballots to confirm the accuracy of the official tally.

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