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Vote-machine firm protests exclusion from La. contract    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 25, 2005
The Advocate. February 25, 2005. By MARSHA SHULER
Diebold Election Systems has filed a formal protest challenging its exclusion from bidding on a potential $49 million contract to provide Louisiana with new voting machines.

County may take legal action: Commissioners in dispute with state over voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 25, 2005
Chillicothe Gazette. February 25, 2005. By Janelle Rucker,Gazette Staff Writer
The Ross County Board of Commissioners is taking another step in its fight against new voting machines mandated by Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.

Bell County receives funding for new voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 25, 2005
KCEN-TV, Texas. February 24, 2005
New voting machines could be on the way to Bell County soon and Thursday commissioners got some help paying for them.

DRE voting machines costly to use    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 25, 2005
Herald Tribune. February 25, 2005. By Rosemarie F. Myerson and Charles Edwards
Upon the recommendation of the Sarasota County supervisor of elections, the County Commission spent $4.7 million for direct-recording electronic voting machines in November 2001. The DREs were supposed to be less expensive to use than other machines.

Auditors' votes on new machines mixed.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 25, 2005
Daily Onpareil. February 25, 2005. By TOM MCMAHON, Staff Writer
Most southwest Iowa counties will be installing new voting machines next year. At a presentation demonstrating the new equipment this week, county auditors had a mixed reaction to what they saw.

Lake County and six other counties would be able to continue to use electronic voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 24, 2005
News-Herald (serving NE Ohio). February 24, 2005. By John Arthur Hutchison, Staff Writer
State Sen. Tim Grendell introduced legislation Wednesday that would grandfather Lake County and six other counties so that they can continue to use electronic voting machines.

Election rules pose shortfall: Counties must pay the cost of specially equipped voting machines.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 24, 2005
Orlando Sentinel. February 24, 2005. By Robert Perez, Sentinel Staff Writer
The fallout from Florida's 2000 election debacle took many forms, but one of the bright spots was the federal push to make sure all voters, including the disabled, could vote. Under a federal mandate, special voting machines must be available by the end of this year in all U.S. polling places. In Florida, the state said it would foot the bill.

Residents in 18 cities have ways to vote early    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 24, 2005
Sun-Sentinel. February 24, 2005. By Anthony Man, Staff writer
It's not called early voting, but residents of the 18 cities, towns and villages in Palm Beach County with elections on March 8 can vote early.

Rusk commissioners closer to consolidating polling places    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 24, 2005
Longview (TX) News-Journal. February 24, 2005. By MELISSA TRESNER
HENDERSON ? Rusk County Commissioners made some headway Wednesday morning in coming up with a plan to consolidate polling locations ? an effort to save money and trouble.

Surveys may help pick gear for voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 24, 2005
Indystar.com. February 24, 2005. By Jason Thomas.
Punch cards, optical scan machines, touch screens: Johnson County residents have used their fair share of voting equipment. A batch of surveys distributed after the November general election could help officials decide which procedure to use in the 2006 primary the county's next election.

Editorial: Wrong precinct rule should be changed    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 24, 2005
Middletown Journal. February 24, 2005.
The importance of provisional ballots couldn?t be clearer after those cast in the Lakota School District were counted Tuesday.

Orangeburg County getting voting machines.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, February 23, 2005
The Times and Democrat (SC). February 22, 2005. By TUCKER LYON, T&D Government Writer
Orangeburg County Council accepted an offer it couldn't refuse Tuesday ? a $1 million uniform electronic voting system that is mandated but will be fully financed by state and federal funds.

Secretary of State plans disabled voter workshop    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 22, 2005
BUD CHAMBERS Brenham Banner Press 22 February 2005
It wouldn't be that much of a stretch to say this morning's meeting of Washington County commissioners court was tabled.

Other view: Rebuild trust in electoral process    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Debra Bowen, D-Redondo Beach Sacramento Bee 22 February 2005
Few things are more important in a democracy than the integrity of our electoral process.

Tackling Election Reform    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Opinion New York Times 22 February 2005
After a second consecutive presidential election marred by significant flaws in the mechanics of voting, it's time for Congress to take a hard look at fixing the system. Two Senate bills aim to do that. A Republican-sponsored bill is narrowly tailored around making electronic voting more reliable. A more ambitious bill, sponsored by the Democrats, would take on a broad array of problems, from long lines at the polls to odious maneuvers aimed at keeping people from voting. Both bills would greatly improve the functioning of American democracy.

Other view: California can lead way for nation    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Opinion Jeff Denham, Republican state senator from Merced Sacramento Bee 22 February 2005
Partisan politics has found its way into the business of state elections with accusations of trouble at the secretary of state's office. As the state's chief elections officer, the secretary of state has an ethical responsibility to remain above partisan politics. Despite an increase in recent voter turnout, trust in government remains extremely low.

Federal vote panel's hearings not public enough, group says    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Julie Carr Smyth Cleveland Plain Dealer 22 February 2005
Columbus - Ohio Citizen Action wants a federal elections panel to put the "public" back in "public hearing."

Partial recounts a totally bad idea    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Jesse Jackson Chicago Sun Times 22 February 2005
Sometimes a decision made in the heat of partisan battle has reverberations for years to come.

League president: Turnout, confusion led to invalidation rate    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 22, 2005
JOHN McCARTHY Associated Press 22 February 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The heavy turnout in the Nov. 2 election and poll-worker confusion contributed to the invalidation of ballots cast by many voters whose names didn't appear on registration logs kept at polling places, the president of the League of Women Voters said Tuesday.

Computer voting to be evaluated by resident group.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Amarillo-Globe News. February 22, 2005. By BETH WILSON
Computer voting is coming to Amarillo, but in what form and how much counties will have to pay are still undecided.

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