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Precinct consolidation considered    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 13, 2005
AIMEE TABOR The Hawkeye 13 April 2005
FORT MADISON ? Lee County may look at consolidating voting precincts to save money when switching to new precinct?based voting machines.

County to consider all-mail elections    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Patrick J. Sullivan Port Townsend Leader 13 April 2005
Jefferson County is moving toward conducting elections totally with mail-in ballots. The Board of County Commissioners on Monday advanced the idea toward a public forum, tentatively set for early May.

Better votes, on paper    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Robert Steinback Miami Herald 13 April 2005

Sometimes, low-tech is best. Who wouldn't prefer hand-cranked ice cream to the mass-produced stuff that comes in supermarket cubes?



Counties to rent vote-scanning machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Brian C. Rittmeyer Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 12 April 2005
Three Western Pennsylvania counties will rent optical scanning voting machines to replace touch-screen machines that the state says are inaccurate.

Dade studies switch to paper ballots    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
NOAKI SCHWARTZ Miami Herald 12 April 2005
Three years after spending $24.5 million to install a controversial touch-screen voting system, Miami-Dade County elections officials have been asked to study scrapping the system in favor of paper-based balloting.

New Mexico Gov. Signs Election Reform Package    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Government Technology 12 April 2005
Last week, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed a comprehensive election reform package incorporating several bills that initiate sweeping changes in New Mexico's election process. The new law creates uniform standards for voter identification, ballot counting, voting machine records, and the training of election judges and poll workers.

Decertified voting machines prompt option No. 2    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
CARA HOST Observer-Recorder 12 April 2005
WAYNESBURG ? Voters in Greene County will use No. 2 pencils, not electronic machines, to candidates in the May 17 primary.

Voting machine ion causes controversy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
JIM TALBERT Richlands News-Press 12 April 2005
TAZEWELL ? It?s not unanimous ? Tazewell County will adopt a new touch-screen voting system in 2006.

Careful study needed before voting machine purchase    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Editorial Richlands News-Press 12 April 2005
In the last decade, many folks on both side of the Virginia-West Virginia line have envisioned Tazewell County as a nouveau retirement haven like Florida.

Voting method must be determined    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Pam Tharp Palladium-Item 12 April 2005
LIBERTY, Ind. Union County officials must decide soon on a new voting method or the state will likely decide for them

Madison County in financial hole    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Chris Wilson NewsLinkIndiana 12 April 2005
ANDERSON, Ind. (NLI) - Madison County leaders are looking for financial help with the increasing cost of business and the declining income due to unpaid taxes.

Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney Urges Reform of Voting Process at Historic Conference    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Anna Thompson The FreePress 12 April 2005
Summary: Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney adressed the closing of the National Election Reform Conference Saturday, April 9th in Nashville. Congresswoman McKinney is the first black female elected to Congress from the state of Georgia. Elected in 1992, she served five consecutive terms. In 2002 she was the subject of an intense campaign by the Republicans to run her out of office for questions she asked about Bush Administration knowledge of events surrounding September 11th. After a two year hiatus she returned to the public arena and successfully regained her seat. She addressed the National Conference on Election Reform regarding the historical suppression of the black vote and modern attempts at gerrymandering and voter suppression.

Kerry urges citizens to defend their voting rights    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 11, 2005
Matt Viser Boston Globe 11 April 2005
Returning to the room where he gave his concession speech at the end of the bitter 2004 presidential campaign, Senator John F. Kerry yesterday said citizens must take more responsibility for their right to vote even when obstacles are placed in their way.

Have We Learned ...?    Story Here

Have We Learned ...?

Press Release???? 11 April 2005
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Voting systems without voter-verified permanent paper ballots for official hand counts and recounts are unacceptable for use in polls because they are failure-prone and unable to offer accurate election results.

(PRWEB) April 11, 2005 The laws of physics themselves had been transcended, by the superhuman forces of UniLect, yet in quaint and sleepy Beaver County, Pennsylvania. For the first time in history, reports were made of an electronic processing system which was impervious to both electromagnetic and mechanical forces, not subject to the known vagaries of manufacturing and programming, and even immune to mismanagement and human error.

Never before had anyone managed to conceive, design, engineer, or manufacture such a computer system, yet this marvel was said to be present in all the Beaver County polls every election, in the form of the miraculous 'Patriot' paperless direct recording electronic voting system. Described as the world's only known paragon of printed-circuit-board perfection, in effect, and it was found in Beaver County, Pennsylvania of all places ...

For a not-particularly-prosperous, smaller, suburban and rural region, this was truly an amazing discovery. The scientific and technological worlds had experienced, somehow, an unprecedented and monumental upheaval, and it had occurred in relatively humble and obscure circumstances in a place where it would never be expected.

It turned out to be a total hoax.

The Commissioners and Director of Elections said they'd never had any problems. They said that even after they'd received numerous formal complaints, from candidates, from pollworkers, and from voters, for years. They knew they were using a faulty system.

It refused to accept touchscreen inputs, and changed the inputs, and refused to start, and gave the people that creepy feeling any other piece of mysterious technology gives them, especially when it wants them to trust it with the very currency of their democracy.

It didn't count their votes.

The officials said, at every turn, things which confirmed their ignorance, their willful deceit, and their intentions of thwarting valid elections. They'd been told that what they were doing was obvious to the public and, moreover, that it was wrong.

Finally, the state confirmed what the people had told them: the UniLect Patriot paperless voting system was throwing away the votes. There could be no excuse for using such a system. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania decertified the UniLect Patriot voting system on April 7th, for which they earn the admiration of the people.

The officials would have to give up their wonder. They'd have to quit trying to blame the vote losses on the apathy of the voters.

Citizens had gone to court to try to stop the use of the fake voting system prior to the election last November, but a judge spewed misinformation because he hadn't learned that university studies had shown paper ballots to be more reliable than the secret electronic systems. The people were forced to give up their right to vote in that election.

Another nearby county had thrown away as many as 7 or 8 out of every 10 votes in one precinct, and the Director of Elections had been forced to resign after he finished trying to clean up the crime scene. 41 precincts there had serious losses of the votes. The same system had failed spectacularly, and it had failed to some degree everywhere it was used.

In another state the system had caused an election to fail, and when the people there told the vendor that it would cost them millions, he shrugged it off and rejected the notion of his own responsibility.

Local elected officials are responsible for the quality of their decisionmaking and for the costs to the public of their mistakes. In this case, the state is picking up the tab because they'd originally approved the system. The primary election only weeks ahead is a relatively light one without a long complicated ballot. It is a prime opportunity to do the right thing and do it well.

Instead, the Commissioners specifically stated that they were 'shocked' (despite years of very specific warnings). They're trying to claim it'd take half a million dollars to do twenty thousand dollars' worth of ballot printing. They're going to charge the state for all they possibly can, complaining rather than working for valid elections. They're refusing to hand-count the votes, and forcing their technological ineptitude and fraud on the people with yet another flawed tabulation method featuring unchecked computers.

They're also going to try to buy another flawed system.

Undervote rates per se are only one problem known to exist with paperless direct recording electronic voting systems, and these other problems must not be ignored.

The public must not tolerate a mere upgrade/switch to systems which merely hide the undervotes and other problems infesting this equipment.

Nonrecorded voting systems also tabulate thousands of nonexistent votes. They fail from mechanical glitches and electrical anomalies and user errors, among many other things. They fail undectably in many instances, with only the most extreme of the failures becoming apparent.

These cheat machines are more expensive to operate. They're not better for disabled voters. They're not required by HAVA.

They're not acceptable to the voting public.

Not in my America ...



Election reform speaker: Electronic voting out of hand    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 11, 2005
LAURA LUXOR The Tennessean 11 April 2005
While many Americans are intrigued by the idea of electronic voting, the process is out of control, creating an unhealthy democracy, experts said at the National Election Reform Conference.

Elections board: Who's running the store?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 11, 2005
Fritz Wenzel Toledo Blade 11 April 2005
The question on the minds of Lucas County voters may well be "What now?"

Report taking shape    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 11, 2005
RICHARD VALENTY Colorado Daily 11 April 2005
The Boulder County Election Review Committee is getting closer to releasing its report detailing problems with the 2004 county election process, but it appears a complete draft could be at least several weeks away from completion.

The Commendable Commonwealth: Way To Go, PA    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 11, 2005
Press Release American Voter 11 April 2005
Democracy has been defended. Top officials in Pennsylvania have made a bold move to protect the votes of the people. Their representation of the public is an admirable example of a good start to an important ongoing effort.

Election Reform: Mechanics of democracy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 10, 2005
Editorial Seattle Post-Intelligencer 10 April 2005
Everyone can debate how to avoid problems with elections. But there is one bottom line for local, state and national efforts: The mechanics of elections and the counting of votes must improve.

Disabled voters get to catch up    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 10, 2005
Editorial Orlando Sentinel 10 April 2005
T he disabled in Volusia County this year will be able to vote using machines equipped for their needs. It's about time.

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