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Touch-screen voting anomalies found    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, April 22, 2005
Brad Bumsted Pittsburgh Live 23 April 2005
HARRISBURG An expert hired by state elections officials discovered anomalies Friday as he retested touch-screen voting machines used in Beaver, Greene and Mercer counties.

Getting the Tally Right (Maryland)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, April 21, 2005
Editorial Washington Post 21 April 2005
IT'S SLIM PROGRESS, but at least this year Maryland's lawmakers did vote for an official review of electronic voting systems that unlike the take-it-on-faith machines used last time could tell voters if their election choices were recorded correctly. The essential but missing ingredient in the current system is a paper record showing each vote cast, which can be checked by voters before their ions are officially recorded. Such paper records also would facilitate recounts and audits if needed. The legislators should have insisted on this before, despite the reluctance of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) to embrace any change in the deal made for Diebold touch-screen machines. The technology exists to create audit trails, and the machines ought to be fitted and ready for next year's elections (which happen to include voting for governor).

Glitches add up for electronic vote machines (Pennsylvania)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, April 21, 2005
Brandon Keat Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 21 April 2005
Electronic voting machines frequently are inferior to the technologies they replace, evidenced by a string of snafus stretching from Western Pennsylvania to Miami-Dade County, elections experts say.

Optical vote scan machines cheaper, more accurate, group says    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, April 21, 2005
JARRETT CARROLL Legislative Gazette (NY) 20 April 2005
A voting machine cost comparison was released last week by New Yorkers for Verified Voting in their efforts to push for optical scan machines over the direct recording electronic machines.

Mail-in ballot bill goes to governor (Washington)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, April 21, 2005
RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press 21 April 2005
OLYMPIA A bill that would make it easier for counties to switch to all mail-in voting headed to the governor yesterday, after winning approval from the House and Senate.

Instant-runoff voting urged for Alameda County (California)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, April 21, 2005
Ian Hoffmann The Oakland Tribune 21 April 2005
Spurred by the nation's largest experiment in instant-runoff voting in San Francisco, activists and a handful of local politicians demanded the latest flavor of democracy for Alameda County voters.

Greene relying on paper ballots (Greene Co., PA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, April 21, 2005
CARA HOST Observer-Reporter 21 April 2005
WAYNESBURG ? Even if Greene County's voting machines achieve state recertification at an examination later this week, voters still will use an alternative method, paper ballots, in the May 17 primary, the election board decided Wednesday.

Snarled by write-ins (Pequannock, NJ)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, April 21, 2005
ROBERT RATISH NorthJersey.com 21 April 2005
PEQUANNOCK - Results of the school board election remained up in the air Wednesday as township officials counted and double-checked a flood of ballots that came in for an unusually large field of write-in candidates.

New voting machines ready for May ballot (Bay Co., MI)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, April 21, 2005
Steve Neavling Bay City Times 21 April 2005

What looks like a tall printer, is a staple of democracy and has been called "our new baby?" It's Bay County's new voting machine.



County approves purchase of new voting machines (Woodbury Co., IA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Nick Hytrek Sioux City Journal 20 April 2005

Out with the arrows and in with the ovals. By as early as August, Woodbury County voters will be coloring in new shapes on their ballots as the county upgrades its election equipment to meet federal standards.



Secretary of state to address voting (Longview, TX)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Patrina Bostic Longview News-Journal 20 April 2005
Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams will field questions Thursday from local county officials about the Help America Vote Act.

Elections official offers improvement plan (Mecklenburg Co., NC)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Mecklenburg County's election process strained last fall under the weight of heavy turnout and changing rules. Now, election officials are trying to patch the leaks revealed in 2004.

Portage might voting suit (Portage Co., OH)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Lisa A. Abraham Akron Beacon Journal 20 April 2005
The Portage County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to its lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell if he agrees to some specifics about the purchase of electronic voting machines.

Voting officials slam Diebold on instant-runoff system (Alameda Co., CA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Patrick Hoge San Francisco Chronicle 20 April 2005
Advocates of instant-runoff voting say Alameda County officials and Diebold Election Systems are dragging their feet, preventing a majority winner in a current Oakland City Council mail election and slowing efforts for instant-runoff voting in Berkeley.

Governor to get bill making mail-in balloting easier for counties (Washington)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 20, 2005
RACHEL LA CORTE / Associated Press 20 April 2005
A bill that would make it easier for counties to switch to all mail-in voting headed to the governor on Wednesday, after winning approval from the House and Senate.

New bill would mandate recounts before electoral vote (Ohio)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 20, 2005
JOHN McCARTHY Associated Press 20 April 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A revamped elections bill would require the state to finish its recount in a presidential election six days before the vote of the Electoral College and make other changes prompted by last November's election in Ohio.

Washington - King County Council calls for audit of elections office    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Keith Ervin Seattle Times 19 April 2005
One week after King County Executive Ron Sims appointed a blue-ribbon commission to study the flawed 2004 election, the County Council voted unanimously yesterday to commission its own audit.

Lucas Co., OH - Touch screens, at last    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Editorial Toledo Blade 19 April 2005
THE process has been herky-jerky at best, but the outcome appears satisfactory: Lucas County will finally get touch-screen voting machines, paid for entirely with state and federal funds.

Ohio - A pinball performance    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Editorial Cincinnati Post 19 April 2005
Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell's efforts to replace punch card ballots with a new generation of voting machines calls to mind a machine of a different sort: a pinball machine.

AccuPoll Receives Certification for Electronic Voting System in Louisiana    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Press Release AccuPoll 19 April 2005
TUSTIN, Calif.(BUSINESS WIRE)April 19, 2005AccuPoll Inc. (OTCBB:ACUP), a developer of Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting systems, today announced the receipt of state certification for its voting system in the state of Louisiana. The designation marks yet another state where AccuPoll's electronic voting system featuring a voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) is now available. AccuPoll has also been extended an invitation to participate in public demonstrations of certified voting systems across the state April 26-28.

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