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Voting problems are surfacing    Story Here  Archive
By Max B. Baker DFW Star-Telegram 21 October 2004
At least two Tarrant County voters have been unable to cast ballots and 23 voters have received provisional paper ballots because of problems with electronic voting machines that critics contend are proof of the unreliability of electronic balloting.

As Election Day Approaches, New Poll by WPI Shows Americans Have Concerns About Electronic Voting Machines    Story Here  Archive
Press Release Worcester Polytechnic Institute 21 October 2004
WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ With the presidential election rapidly approaching, and nearly one-third of voters casting their votes electronically, a new poll shows that U.S. adults are concerned about electronic voting machines being potentially vulnerable to mistakes and glitches, as well as fraud and cheating.

You touch it, you voted for it    Story Here  Archive
American City Business Journal 21 October 2004
A potential user-interface problem has surfaced with the touch-screen voting machines being used during early voting in San Antonio. The problem also could affect voters nationwide.

County auditor says 120,000 ballots to be reprinted    Story Here  Archive
Associated Press 21 October 2004
The Cass County auditor says 120,000 county ballots for the Nov. 2 general election will be reprinted because of mistakes in the wording involving a proposed constitutional amendment.

Early voting going briskly    Story Here  Archive
By Courtney Gaillard for The Chronicle (Winston Salem NC) 21 October 2004
Voters now have until Oct. 30 to cast an early ballot for the November election. One-Stop Absentee Voting is in full swing at seven sites around Forsyth County.

You touch it, you voted for it.    Story Here  Archive
San Antonio Business Journal. October 21, 2004
A potential user-interface problem has surfaced with the touch-screen voting machines being used during early voting in San Antonio. The problem also could affect voters nationwide.


Evidence of intent key vote suit issue    Story Here  Archive
George Bennett Palm Beach Post 20 October 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE — Resurrecting arguments from Florida's 2000 presidential election dispute, lawyers and witnesses sparred in federal court Tuesday over determining "voter intent" during ballot recounts.

Fewer problems on early vote's second day    Story Here  Archive
By John Murawski and Jane Musgrave Palm Beach Post 20 October 2004
Ann Dean spent eight hours — five on Monday and three on Tuesday — before she finally managed to vote.
The Boca Raton resident was one of scores stuck in voting limbo Tuesday morning when six touch-screen voting machines at the county branch library off Palmetto Park Road wouldn't start, forcing elections workers to order replacements.


Waiting, confusion impede early vote    Story Here  Archive
By Jane Musgrave Palm Beach Post 20 October 2004
Frustration gripped voters throughout Palm Beach County and across Florida as those who decided to take advantage of the first statewide exercise in early voting were greeted with long lines, malfunctioning machines and few people who could answer their questions.

Suit seeks to halt electronic voting in 15 N.J. counties    Story Here  Archive
Kaitlin Gurney Philadelphia Inquirer 20 October 2004
TRENTON - Arguing that electronic voting machines are faulty and vulnerable to fraud, a coalition of voting-rights activists sued the state yesterday, seeking to force election officials to use old-fashioned paper ballots.

Glitches tracked as vote lines shorten    Story Here  Archive
JEFF TESTERMAN and MICHAEL SANDLER St. Petersburgh Times 20 October 2004
TAMPA - Lines were shorter and voting was quicker around the Tampa Bay area Tuesday, the second day of early voting, but questions persisted about what knocked out computer systems at polling sites a day earlier.

Problems with e-voting? Blame the humans    Story Here  Archive
Paul Roberts, IDG News Service 20 October 2004
Voters worried that an electronic voting machine might accidentally eat their vote on Nov. 2 would be better off pointing the finger of blame at clueless poll workers than at shiny new touchscreen machines, according to information released by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).

Voting group calls for paper ballots, more training for Georgia elections    Story Here  Archive
DOUG GROSS Associated Press 20 October 2004
ATLANTA - Georgia's voting machines should create paper ballots and poll workers should get more training, a group of international election observers said in a report released Wednesday.
The California-based Fair Election International ed Georgia to study because it is one of only two states that will exclusively use paperless electronic voting this year.


Future of electronic voting may hinge on success this year    Story Here  Archive
Deborah Barfield Berry NewsDay 19 October 2004
Las Vegas Donna Matthews headed to the mall Saturday intent on casting her ballot. The 63-year-old, who has voted in every presidential race since she was 18, said it couldn't have been simpler. She touched a computer screen, reviewed her choices then watched as a paper receipt confirmed her picks.

Election 2004: Blunders and wonders do not cease    Story Here  Archive
Michael Mayo South Florida Sun-Sentinel 19 October 2004
Amazing. Brenda Snipes and her crew at the elections office have a whole year to get this 2004 presidential election right, and they blow it out of the starting gate.

Vote is on, so are fears    Story Here  Archive
Kate Larsen Boulder Daily Camera 19 October 2004
Eighteen-year-old Kelli Huls emerged from a voting booth at the Boulder County Courthouse on Monday with a smile on her face.

New Jersey Lawsuit Challenges Electronic Voting    Story Here  Archive
TOM ZELLER Jr. New York Times 19 October 2004
With just two weeks remaining before the Nov. 2 presidential election, a coalition of private citizens and local elected officials in New Jersey plan to file a lawsuit today to block the state's use of electronic voting machines.

Lawsuit to seek ban on use of electronic voting machines    Story Here  Archive
TOM BELL Associated Press 19 October 2004
TRENTON, N.J. Some 8,000 electronic voting machines should not be used by state residents on Election Day because they are unreliable, according to a lawsuit expected to be filed Tuesday.

States hope to improve on missing vote tally    Story Here  Archive
Thomas Hargrove Scripps Howard News Service 19 October 2004
America's top election officials, reacting to growing public anxiety over the voting errors made in Florida four years ago, are promising they will scrutinize next month's election results like never before.
At least 1.6 million ballots did not record a preference for president in 2000, or nearly 2 percent of the vote. Such an electoral fog could easily obscure a clear winner in the current, tight race for the White House.


California Pollworkers Told to Withhold Information From Voters    Story Here  Archive
Press Release from Common Dreams and EFF 19 October 2004
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA - October 18- Pollworkers in Santa Clara County are being trained not to offer voters a chance to use paper ballots instead of electronic voting machines, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has learned. California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley mandated in May that all polling places offer a paper ballot option, which would allow people concerned about e-voting machine reliability a chance to vote on paper ballots at the polls. But pollworkers in Santa Clara County are being instructed not to tell voters that this option is available. Instead, they will make paper ballots available only if voters specifically request them.

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