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Harsh weather, long lines, a few reports of problems at polls    Story Here  Archive
ALAN SAYRE Associated Press 02 November 2004
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? Rain around Louisiana made getting to polling places a soggy affair Tuesday, but the state's top election official disputed claims that there were widespread voting machine problems.

New touch-screen voting machines present problems in Culpeper, Westmoreland    Story Here  Archive
Free Lance-Star 02 November 2004
The large turnout created problems with new touch-screen voting machines in Culpeper and Westmoreland counties.

Computer Glitches Delay Voting in Low Country    Story Here  Archive
WTOC-TV Georgia 02 November 2004
Beaufort County voters began hitting the polls early, but many had to wait quite a while before casting their ballot. "A lot of standing in line, long lines, machines broke down," said voter Mark Fawcett. "That held it up for 30 minutes or so. The lines are moving but they're slow."

Nearly 40 Votes May Have Been Lost In Palm Beach County    Story Here  Archive
WKMG - TV Associated Press 02 November 2004
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Nine voting machines ran out of battery power and nearly 40 votes may have been lost in Palm Beach County, the first major problem reported on Election Day in the state that was the epicenter of the election fiasco four years ago.

Isolated voting problems reported across Texas    Story Here  Archive
LIZ AUSTIN Associated Press 02 November 2004
DALLAS - Long lines and stormy weather were the biggest hurdles most Texas voters faced on Election Day, but some voting machine problems were reported and an election judge accused of assaulting a federal election observer was replaced.

Surge in interest clogs election monitoring Web site    Story Here  Archive
Paul Roberts The Industry Standard 02 November 2004
Election monitors and technology experts at the Verified Voting Foundation expected that their Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS) would be a popular source of information about voting mishaps as millions of U.S. citizens took to the polls in the Nov. 2 presidential election but maybe not quite so popular. Besieged by requests for access to its sophisticated database of field reports of voting irregularities from across the nation, the public face of EIRS, www.voteprotect.org, slowed to a crawl Tuesday. By Tuesday afternoon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), systems administrators were rushing to bring additional servers on line to accommodate the crush of activity, according to Will Doherty, executive director of the Verified Voting Foundation.

Voting machine troubles cause long lines    Story Here  Archive
PHILIP ELLIOTT Courier & Press 02 November 2004
Voters found backed-up lines and electronic voting machines on the fritz Tuesday at some polling locations because, the county's top elections official said, poll workers weren't following directions or simply were not trained.

Activists seek to extend Orleans voting hours    Story Here  Archive
BRETT MARTEL Associated Press 02 November 2004
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? Voting activists asked a judge Tuesday evening for an emergency order extending poll hours in New Orleans until 10 p.m. ? two hours past the standard closing time ? so that voters who were improperly denied access to electronic voting booths could have time to return and cast a full ballot.

Illegal campaigning alleged at Iowa polling sites    Story Here  Archive
By LYNN CAMPBELL Des Moines Register 02 November 2004
Iowa was among at least five states - along with Minnesota, New Hampshire, Colorado and Michigan - where Republicans complained today that the left-leaning group MoveOn was illegally campaigning too close to polling sites.

Scattered Problems Impede Some Voting    Story Here  Archive
DEBORAH HASTINGS, AP National Writer 02 November 2004
Machines malfunctioned, tempers flared and edgy voters often waited hours Tuesday to pick a president in a contentious race watched by thousands of monitors who expected the worst.

Electronic Voting Glitches Reported    Story Here  Archive
Chris Gaither, Los Angeles Times 02 November 2004
Today's election was the first major test for the electronic voting machines, which record results on hard drives instead of on paper. More than 45 million people in 29 states, or 29% of the nation's electorate, were expected to cast votes on the new machines, up sharply from 12% in 2000.

Group tallies more than 1,100 e-voting glitches    Story Here  Archive
Grant Gross, IDG News Service 02 November 2004
U.S. voters calling in to a toll-free number had reported more than 1,100 separate incidents of problems with electronic voting machines and other voting technologies by late Tuesday during the nationwide election.

Officials say long lines, complex ballot cause most problems at polls    Story Here  Archive
JIM WASSERMAN Associated Press 02 November 2004
SACRAMENTO - Elections officials reported a mostly smooth vote Tuesday in California, noting only minor complaints as people cast ballots and scattered malfunctions among 28,000 electronic voting machines.

Electronic Voting Machine Woes Reported    Story Here  Archive
Rachel Konrad Associated Press 02 November 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. ? Voters nationwide reported some 1,100 problems with electronic voting machines on Tuesday, including trouble choosing their intended candidates.

E-voting worries    Story Here  Archive
Herbert H. Thompson SearchSecurity 01 November 2004
Palm Beach County, Florida is famous for its luxurious country clubs, affluent residents and extravagant homes. Thanks to punch cards in the 2000 presidential election, it's also well known for voting controversy. Few of us will forget the pictures of election officials scrutinizing punch card ballots with magnifying glasses and the infamous "hanging chads."

Activists fear e-voting security glitches    Story Here  Archive
Bill Brenner, SearchSecurity 01 November 2004
It's a recurring nightmare for many political activists and IT experts: electronic voting machines around the country suffer security breaches on Election Day, affecting the outcome of a bitterly-contested White House race and other key battles.

E-voting: Have we rushed to market?    Story Here  Archive
Anne Saita SearchSecurity 01 November 2004
Anxiety over the accuracy of millions of electronic votes cast tomorrow comes from a question raised often in the IT security community: Did we rush a product to market despite unresolved or even unknown security issues?

Two state firms just hope for glitch-free election    Story Here  Archive
Roger Fillion, Rocky Mountain News 01 NOvember 2004
Two Colorado companies are no doubt hoping for a relatively glitch- free election Tuesday.
Ciber Inc. and SysTest Labs are among three companies nationwide authorized by state officials to test the accuracy of touch-screen voting systems that more than 45 million Americans will have the opportunity to use.


Questions remain about touchscreen voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Paul Andrews Seattle Times 01 November 2004
Snohomish County election officials are hoping tomorrow's vote goes better than the September primary.
They think they've addressed and fixed the problems that caused 65 out of 860 touchscreen voting machines to be taken out of service during the primary. The number was considered "unacceptably high" by County Auditor Bob Terwilliger, whose concerns prompted an investigation by Sequoia Voting Systems, vendors for the e-voting machines.


Voting machines rejected    Story Here  Archive
By LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News 01 November 2004
The state won't use 100 new touchscreen voting machines in Tuesday's election because of increasing concerns about their lack of a paper trail and vulnerability, said Laura Glaiser, director of the state Divisions of Elections.
The state spent almost $300,000 to buy the machines last year. But unless they can be upgraded with the addition of a paper trail, they likely will never be used, she said.


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