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Bev Harris's BlackBoxVoting Finds Voting Scan Machines Hackable    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, June 5, 2005
Matthew Cardinale OpEdNews 05 June 2005
Two new and startling discoveries announced by Bev Harris and BlackBoxVoting.org indicate that Diebold Optical Scan Machines are vulnerable to, and designed for, hacking that would modify the results of an election.

State soon to have touch-screen voting (Utah)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, June 5, 2005
The Salt Lake Tribune. 05 June 2005
GOODBYE, CHADS
Say goodbye to paper ballots, punch pins and the accompanying chads. Utahns will soon tap touch-screen computers to cast their vote.


Voting for access (New York)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 4, 2005
Amaris Elliott-Engel / The Citizen 04 June 2005
AUBURN - When Sally Johnston and fellow disability rights advocates faced too many stairs to readily access Onondaga County Legislature or Syracuse Common Council meetings, they held a disability awareness day - inviting county legislators and councilors to spend a day in wheelchairs.

Two firms refuse to bid (Louisiana)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 4, 2005
MARSHA SHULER The Baton Rouge Advocate 04 June 2005
Two of seven companies bowed out of competition for a $47 million state voting machine contract, with one of them alleging the specifications for the project favor a particular vendor.

Test shows voter fraud is possible    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 4, 2005
Tony Bridges Tallahassee Democrat 04 June 2005

All it takes is the right access. Get that, and an election worker could manipulate voting results in the computers that read paper ballots - without leaving any digital fingerprints.



Concerns expressed on voter database (New Hampshire)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 4, 2005
GORDON FRASER Laconia Citizen 04 June 2005
PLYMOUTH ? Several residents expressed concern about the state's move to compile voter information into a computer database ? which can be checked against other state databases to prevent voter fraud ? at a public hearing on upcoming changes in New Hampshire's voting procedure at Plymouth State University Thursday.

Special Report: BBV Attempts to Penetrate The Leon County Florida Optical Scan Voting System.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 4, 2005
Ion Sancho Leon County Supervisor of Elections 04 January 2005
In January of this year Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho was contacted by representatives of Black Box Voting .org, a non-partisan elections advocacy group, to see if their computer experts could successfully circumvent the security of the Leon County voting system. Supervisor Sancho agreed to this proposal and in three separate attempts over a four month period, computer experts Dr. Herbert Thompson and Harri Hursti visited the Leon County Elections Office in their efforts to penetrate the county voting tabulation equipment and alter election data.

Judge's ruling extends voting machine deadline (Ohio)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 3, 2005
Associated Press 03 June 2005
COLUMBUS - A judge's ruling Thursday that extends the time 32 counties including Summit have to choose a voting machine system for next year's elections allows the parties in a lawsuit against Ohio's chief elections official to work out their differences.

Voting "yes" for democracy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 3, 2005
Opinion Asbury Park Press 03 June 2005
With a majority of registered voters getting to the polls in New Jersey only for the presidential or a hotly contested gubernatorial election, anything state officials can do to encourage greater turnout is welcome. A package of bills that cleared a state Senate committee last week can help entice more people to take part.

Goodbye, Chad (Chicago, IL)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 3, 2005
Chicago Tribune 03 June 2005
Perhaps the only good thing about chads is that they sound kind of funny, what with all the various descriptions of the little paper dots that foul vote counting machines as dimpled, hanging, swinging, dangling and even pregnant.

Voting machine issue (West Virginia)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 3, 2005
Matthew Thompson Charleston Daily Mail 03 June 2005
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper is worried the county will not have a new kind of voting machine in place by the national deadline of Jan. 1, 2006.

County moves toward federal voting guides (Lonoke Co., AR)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 3, 2005
Ed Galucki Cabot Star Herald 03 June 2005
Election night watch parties of the future will not mean an overnight stay at the courthouse, but for Lonoke County the hours-long wrestling matches with precinct boxes and a balky optical scanner will likely continue for some time to come. Budget constraints mean the county will have to continue with the current system, though with some improvements, JPs agreed at a failed special meeting on Thursday.
Charlie Troutman, county judge, and JPs Gina Burton, Joe Gunter, Richard Kyzer, Mike Dolan, Jeanette Minton and Sonny Moery attended the meeting. With 13 members on the court, a minimum of seven members must be present for a vote to be taken.


New voting system in the works (Chicago and Cook Co., IL)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 2, 2005
STEVE PATTERSON Chicago Sun Times 02 June 2005
A $50 million overhaul to Chicago and Cook County voting systems is set to begin.

Decision due today on choice in voting machines (Ohio)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 2, 2005
The Associated Press 02 June 2005
COLUMBUS - A judge planned to decide today whether to approve an agreement to extend the deadlines for ion and certification of voting machine systems for 32 counties that have sued Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.

County, city opt for past in ballots (Chicago and Cook Co., IL)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 2, 2005
John McCormick Chicago Tribune 02 June 2005
The notorious punch-card ballotand its hanging, dimpled and pregnant chadswill be a relic of the past in Chicago and suburban Cook County by early 2006 following the expected approval of more than $50 million in new voting equipment.

Judge extends deadline for counties to chose voting machines (Ohio)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 2, 2005
John McCarthy Associated Press 02 June 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge on Thursday gave Ohio's chief elections official and 32 counties that sued him over how Ohioans will vote next year more time to work out their differences.

Voting bill clears last legislative hurdle (Connecticut)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 2, 2005
NOREEN GILLESPIE Associated Press 02 June 2005
HARTFORD, Conn. Electronic voting machines will have to create a paper trail backup of computerized votes under legislation that overwhelmingly passed the state House Thursday.

Public to view new voting system (Washington Co., OH)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 2, 2005
Justin McIntosh Marietta Times 02 June 2005
Citizen involvement is being called upon for the ion of Washington County?s new voting equipment to be used in 2006.

County elects to scan ballots (El Dorado Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 2, 2005
Cathy Locke Sacramento Bee 02 June 2005
El Dorado County voters will abandon punching for penciling when they go to the polls this fall.

Conn. to Require Paper Record of Votes (Connecticut)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 2, 2005
Associated Press 02 June 2005

HARTFORD, Conn. Electronic voting machines in Connecticut will have to create a paper trail backup under legislation that passed in the state House Thursday by 147-0.



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