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County votes for eSlate voting system    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, May 3, 2005
SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend Sun 03 May 2005
Voters in Fort Bend County are likely to use the eSlate electronic voting machines in March 2006 party primaries. A 3-2 vote by Fort Bend County Commissioners Court last week paved the way for the election administration to begin negotiations with the eSlate manufacturer HartIntercivics.

County to buy new voting machines from California firm (Whatcom Co., WA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, May 3, 2005
JON GAMBRELL BELLINGHAM HERALD 03 May 2005
Whatcom County is negotiating with Sequoia Voting Systems Inc. to supply new election machines for its switch from punch card ballots to an all vote-by-mail system this year.

Gregoire Signs Election Reform Package    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, May 3, 2005
KOMO Staff & News Services 3 May 2005
OLYMPIA - Gov. Christine Gregoire on Tuesday signed a batch of bills introduced as a result of her contested election, including measures that will streamline election standards across the state and enhance voter registration records.

Secretary's office says vendor running out of time (Ohio)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, May 3, 2005
Associated Press 03 May 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A voting machine maker that sued the state over a decision by its chief elections official that allows counties to buy touch-screen electronic machines only from a rival company is running out of time to present its system to state officials, a lobbyist for Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell said Tuesday.

How Albany picks a new voting machine (New York)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, May 2, 2005
Erik Kriss Syracus Post-Standard 02 May 2005
There's a million-dollar battle raging over what kinds of voting machines New Yorkers will use starting next year.

Vote Fraud Theorists Battle Over Plausibility    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, May 2, 2005
Terry M. Neal Washington Post 24 April 2005
After my recent column on President Bush's popularity woes, a torrent of e-mail flooded in from angry Democrats insisting that Bush's relative lack of popularity only reinforced their belief that the 2004 election was stolen.

Voter ID proposals threaten civil rights    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, May 2, 2005
RYAN PAUL HAYGOOD Progressive Media Project Charlotte Observer 02 May 2005
The Voting Rights Act was passed 40 years ago. Shamelessly, several states are considering voter identification bills that threaten to undo much of the progress made during the civil rights era.

ES&S Files Legal Action to Maintain Choice in Ohio's Voting System Selection Process    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, May 2, 2005
Press Release ES&S 02 May 2005
n a lawsuit filed today, Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) - a leading provider of Ohio's election equipment and services - states that recent actions by the Ohio Secretary of State's office would unfairly eliminate the opportunity for Ohio counties to choose election systems from competing firms. This ion process is part of a statewide effort to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The lawsuit, filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County, Ohio, seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to enforce the terms of a signed contract that ES&S has with Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and prevent the Secretary from implementing several unilateral directives his office issued to counties in mid-April.

Proposal for new Las Vegas-area voting machines questioned (Nevada)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, May 2, 2005
ELIZABETH WHITE Associated Press 02 May 2005
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada Senate panel on Monday questioned the need for new voting machines in the Las Vegas-area, saying the county's current technology may not have to be replaced.

Maker of voting machines sues state (Ohio)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, May 2, 2005
JOHN McCARTHY Associated Press 02 May 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A voting machine maker on Monday sued the state over a decision by its chief elections official that allows counties to buy touch-screen electronic machines only from a rival company.

County narrows choice for new voting machines (Whatcom Co., WA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, May 1, 2005
JON GAMBRELL THE BELLINGHAM HERALD 01 May 2005
As Whatcom County prepares to replace its punch-card ballots with a vote-by-mail system for September's primary election, officials are weighing offers from two companies that make voting machines.

Touch-screen voting system officially out (Pennsylvania)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, May 1, 2005
Tom Barnes and Brian David, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 01 May 2005
The state Department of Elections has affirmed its decision to dump the UniLect touch-screen voting system used in Beaver, Greene and Mercer counties.

Outdated voting machines must go (Pennsylvania)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, May 1, 2005
Bobby Kerlik Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 01 May 2005
Time is running out for election officials nationwide to get rid of lever and other outdated voting machines by 2006 to meet new federal guidelines.

Group moving ahead with HAVA plan (Hale Co., TX)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, May 1, 2005
KEVIN LEWIS The Plainview Daily Herald 01 May 2005
Heard of HAVA? Well, you?ll likely be hearing a lot about it in the coming months.

System ain't broke - why must we fix it? (Editorial - Lake Co., OH)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, May 1, 2005
Editorial News-Herald 01 May 2005
There may be no greater example of injustice in government than the situation Lake County finds itself in with regard to its voting machines. The machines work perfectly well. The voters like them. They produce results that are 100 percent reliable. And they provide fast reports.

Failed voting system fine for other states    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, May 1, 2005
JD Prose Beaver County and Allegheny Times 01 May 2005
Whatever happens with the Patriot touch-screen voting system in Pennsylvania, Susan Miller is sure of one thing: It won't affect what happens in her county.

Elections chief after 78% bigger budget (Palm Beach Co., FL)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, April 30, 2005
George Bennett Palm Beach Post 30 April 2005
Elections Supervisor Arthur Anderson wants a massive budget increase to add staff, open a Belle Glade office, upgrade technology and purchase 500 more voting machines to keep pace with population growth.

State may consider new voting system (Texas)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, April 29, 2005
Dave McNeely MRT Wire 29 April 2005
The people who run elections in Texas in big counties have liked early voting enough that they'd like to try the system on election day. That's because the early voting system allows voters to vote at a number of places within their county other than their home precinct.

Prosecutors to challenge 110 voters (King Co., WA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, April 29, 2005
Keith Ervin Seattle Times 29 April 2005
King County prosecutors will challenge the registrations of 110 more voters they allege are felons who should not be voting.

Election proposals aren't voter-friendly (Florida)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, April 29, 2005
Opinion Miami Herald 29 April 2005
Election bills in the House and Senate that would amend Florida's voting seem designed to discourage voting rather than encourage it. That's the wrong approach. Collectively, the bills would make voting more difficult. One proposal, for example, would require voters to present a picture ID. Without the ID, they would have to cast a provisional vote. Lawmakers should remember the lesson from America's Jim Crow past about making voting easier, not more difficult.

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