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Legislators tackle election reform in wake of governor's race    Story Here  Archive
RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press 16 January 2005
OLYMPIA, Wash. Florida's off the hook. Washington State is now under the election reform microscope.

Recount Backers File Suit; Group Wants Nov. Vote Records Saved    Story Here  Archive
Deborah Baker Associated Press 15 January 2005
SANTA FE? Advocates of a recount in the presidential race went to court Friday to try to block county clerks from erasing general election data from voting machines.

Ballot blamed for `undervote'    Story Here  Archive
MARK JOHNSON Charlotte Enquirer 15 January 2005
RALEIGH - State lawmakers Friday questioned whether Burke County's voting machines, the same kind that lost more than 4,400 votes in Carteret County, failed to record hundreds of presidential votes.

Texas Election System Examiners' Meetings Shrouded in Secrecy    Story Here  Archive
Opinion Kansas City infoZine 15 January 2005
Austin, TX - On January 19, a Texas court is scheduled to determine whether to force the state's voting examiners to open their meetings to the public. The ACLU of Texas and a Texas voter filed a lawsuit last year, ACLU of Texas v. Geoffrey S. Connor, demanding that the public be admitted to meetings where the examiners decide which electronic voting machines to certify. While these groups waited for a response from the court, the examiners held yet another closed meeting on January 4 and 5.

GOP's request for criminal list raises concern    Story Here  Archive
CHRIS McGANN Seattle Post Intelligencer 15 January 2005
Comparing voter lists with the state's criminal history database, as Republicans are doing in their attempt to nullify the gubernatorial election, infringes on voter privacy and could have a "chilling" effect on voter turnout, Democrats said yesterday.

Burke vote shows higher rate without presidential choice    Story Here  Archive
Associated Press 15 January 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. - Poorly designed ballots and insufficient education - not a problem with ballot machines - led a number of Burke County voters to fail to cast votes for president, state elections officials said.

Analysis: Flawed ballots more likely on touch screens    Story Here  Archive
JEREMY MILARSKY South Florida Sun-Sentinel 16 January 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (KRT) - Florida's touch-screen voting machines performed better in the Nov. 2 presidential election than they did in the March primary, but were still outmatched by older voting devices that use pencil and paper ballots, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel analysis.

Ohio shift hurts Diebold    Story Here  Archive
Ericka D. Smith Akron Beacon Journal 14 January 2005
Ohio's decision to ditch touch-screen voting machines will take Diebold Inc. back to the drawing board on its earnings forecast.

Forget about touch-screen voting devices    Story Here  Archive
Editorial Middletown Journal 14 January 2005
Ken Blackwell?s ?Back to the Future? order Wednesday ? mandating that plans for computer-screen voting be scrapped ? caught many county election officials in Ohio by surprise and will undoubtedly touch off a new storm of controversy over the way we cast our ballots.

Counties weigh use of voting centers    Story Here  Archive
Gabrielle Crist, Rocky Mountain News 14 January 2005
Denver and two other metro counties hope to abandon precinct polling places this year in favor of centralized voting centers.

Counties criticize Blackwell    Story Here  Archive
John Arthur Hutchison The News-Herald 14 January 2005
Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell's decision to make counties choose precinct count optical scans (PCOS) voting systems has drawn fiery criticism from officials in Lake, Ashtabula and Cuyahoga counties.
Counties will have to a PCOS by Feb. 9, or Blackwell will choose it for them.


Florida needs to monitor absentee votes more closely, Hood says    Story Here  Archive
Linda Kleindienst South Florida Sun-Sentinel 14 January 2005
TALLAHASSEE ? Florida's top election official told legislators on Thursday that the state should develop a tighter tracking system for absentee ballots.

Elections chiefs ask for changes    Story Here  Archive
Gary Fineout Tallahassee Democrat 14 January 2005
Coming off a mostly trouble-free election season, Florida's election supervisors went before state lawmakers Thursday to ask them to permanently eliminate the state's runoff elections, tighten restrictions on who's allowed near polling places and at least consider moving away from the traditional Election Day.

Ohio turns to optical scan voting    Story Here  Archive
Dennis J. Willard and Doug Oplinger Akron Beacon 14 January 2005
COLUMBUS - More machines at Ohio's precincts so voters will not have to wait two, three or four hours to cast a ballot.

Voting method of choice: pencils    Story Here  Archive
TIM BOTOS Canton Repository 14 January 2005
Come November, you won?t recognize the voting machines at your polling place. The old punch-card counters are out. Touch-screen terminals, the anticipated wave of the future, also are history.

Invasion of the vote-scanners    Story Here  Archive
Editorial Cincinnati Enquirer 14 January 2005
Say goodbye and good riddance to chad, hanging or otherwise. Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell pulled a surprise Wednesday by ordering that optical scanner-based paper ballots, not electronic touch-screen terminals, would become the state's standard voting system.

Counties frustrated at loss of autonomy over voting procedures    Story Here  Archive
Opinion Canton Repository 14 January 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? Election officials want to be able to choose the voting systems they believe appropriate for their counties and said Thursday they plan to lobby the secretary of state to reconsider a directive establishing statewide use of paper ballots.

House Judiciary Democrats to ask for special prosecutor to investigate Ohio election chief    Story Here  Archive
John Byrne Raw Story 14 January 2005
Four Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee asked the Department of Justice to begin a criminal investigation into Ohio?s Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell today, RAW STORY has learned.

Rob Zaleski: Accenture deal veteran asks, 'Why?'    Story Here  Archive
Rob Zaleski Madison Capital Times 14 January 2005
Why did Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the state Elections Board, enter into a $13.9 million contract with the controversial technology giant Accenture - on his own, without a vote of the full board - to create a federally mandated state voter database?

Concerns rise on early voting    Story Here  Archive
Eric Maddy/Rio Rancho Observer 14 January 2005
Concerns over early voting in Sandoval County reached new levels Thursday, with representatives from both major political parties saying machine error may have caused votes intended for one side to actually be cast for the other.

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