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Register vote for optical scanners (New York)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 8, 2005
Barbara Murphy Opinion Albany Times Union 08 August 2005
With federal funds available for replacements, New York has banned lever voting machines as of 2007 and has given each county the task of ing new voting technology. The choices are paper ballots, alone or with optical scanners to tally the votes, or fully electronic voting machines, called direct recording electronic machines.

Ohio Voters File Historic Lawsuit Against State    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 8, 2005
Media Release Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 08 August 2005
Toledo, OH - Seeking to redress decades-old Constitutional defects in the way Ohio conducts federal elections, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Toledo-Lucas County, and more than a dozen Ohio citizens today filed a historic, non-partisan lawsuit against the State of Ohio.

Punch card voting's days are numbered in Mo. (Missouri)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 8, 2005
Jo Mannies St. Louis Post Dispatch 08 August 2005
In just less than one year - next Aug. 8 - most Missouri voters will go to the polls and make a discovery:

Voters losing their pull: Lever machines gone in 2006 (New York)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 7, 2005
Hallie Arnold Kingston Daily Freeman 07 August 2005
IN THE FINAL days of the state Legislature's 2005 session, the Senate and Assembly hammered out a deal to bring the state into compliance with the Help America Vote Act, making New York the last state in the nation to enact the 2002 federal legislation.

Blind seek voter independence (Lee Co., MS)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 7, 2005
DANZA JOHNSON Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal 07 August 2005
TUPELO - A new voting machine may bring voting independence to blind and other disabled voters in Lee County.

Reconsider voting machines (Utah)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 7, 2005
Deseret Morning News Editorial 07 August 2005
Utah has wisely waited to switch to electronic voting until several others states led the way. In a world where software glitches and paper jams cause problems every day at work and at home, there was no sense trusting the most important public act of a democracy to an unproven technology.

Counties urge residents to test touch-screen voting (Horry and Georgetown Co., SC)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 6, 2005
Emma Ritch Myrtle Beach Sun News 06 August 2005
Horry and Georgetown county residents will be able to test-drive new touch-screen voting machines in several locations along the Grand Strand before this fall's city elections.

Fewer precincts doesn't help voters (Iowa)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 6, 2005
Opinion Daily Nonpareil 06 August 2005
For some Cass County voters, it is, unfortunately, already too late. Voters in Pottawattamie County have at least one more opportunity - on Aug. 15 - to let elected officials know their feelings regarding a proposed reduction in the number of polling sites in the county.

Clark hustling to ease concerns over voting machines (Mississippi)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 6, 2005
Picayune Item 06 August 2005
JACKSON (AP) - The secretary of state's office says 20 counties have signed up to obtain the new touch-screen voting machine system.

Diebold's test woes elicit probe of system (Alameda Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 5, 2005
Guy Ashley ContraCosta Times 05 August 2005
Alameda County supervisors said they will revisit an agreement with Diebold Election Systems for a $6 million upgrade of its touch-screen voting system, responding to problems the system showed in tests last month.

State resolves lawsuit with maker of voting machines (Ohio)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 5, 2005
Associated Press 05 August 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A voting machine maker which sued the state claiming its certification deadlines were unfair has reached an agreement with Ohio's chief elections official.

What we lose when voters act more like consumers    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 5, 2005
JANE EISNER The Philadelphia Inquirer 05 August 2005

Should voting in America be super-sized? That's the provocative suggestion offered by a national task force of state and local election officials charged with reforming the voting process.



California tightens rules for e-voting vendors    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 5, 2005
JENNIFER COLEMAN, Associated Press 05 August 2005
Makers of electronic voting machines will have to certify that their systems meet federal guidelines to ensure that voters don't get "stuck with a lemon" as technology and regulations evolve, the state's top election official said.

County gets grant to buy electronic ballot machines (Angelina Co., TX)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 4, 2005
CHRISTINE S. DIAMOND, The Lufkin Daily News 04 August 2005
Angelina County voters will soon be tapping computer screens instead of penciling in ballots.

New systems appear to get OK from voters (Green and Webster Cos., MO)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 4, 2005
Kerry James Evans Springfield News Leader 04 August 2005
Voters in Elkland and Walnut Grove moved a few steps into the future Tuesday with new technology at the voting booth.

Counties prepare to meet HAVA mandates (Minnesota)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 4, 2005
MEGAN FEDDERSEN and CHRISTINE RUPP Fairmont Sentinel 04 August 2005
FAIRMONT If you are handicapped and have difficulty voting come election time, the Help America Vote Act could mean good news. However, for precincts and counties, it could mean extra expense and work.

A firewall for democracy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 4, 2005
Andrew Gumbel in the Los Angeles Times 04 August 2005
BRUCE MCPHERSON, California's secretary of state, has just performed an invaluable service for the voters. Only a few months into the job, he had been under intense pressure to certify the latest electronic touch-screen voting machine manufactured by Diebold Election Systems, which is supposed to help California counties meet a federally mandated January deadline for the overhaul of their election equipment. But instead of rolling over, his office conducted exhaustive tests on the Diebold TSx, discovered that it had a 10% error rate ? worse than the reviled punch-card machines used in Florida in 2000 ? and sent the company back to the drawing board.

County to name vendor for voting machines by November (Luzerne Co., PA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 4, 2005
Edward Lewis The Citizen's Voice 04 August 2005
Selection of new electronic voting machines in Luzerne County should be made by November to comply with the Help America Vote Act, said Leonard Piazza III, director of the county's Bureau of Elections.

Unplugged: County voters will return to paper and pen (San Jaoquin Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 4, 2005
Ben van der Meer Lodi News 04 August 2005
You'll find conventional ink pens and paper sheets with bubbles to fill in for the November special election, says San Joaquin County's registrar of voters.

Voting machines for disabled won't be ready for fall election (Whatcom Co., WA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 4, 2005
JON GAMBRELL THE BELLINGHAM HERALD 04 August 2005
Whatcom County?s touch-screen voting machines, purchased to help the county?s disabled residents vote unassisted, will not be ready for this year?s election because current models do not comply with newer federal laws.

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