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Manual recounts may be impossible here    Story Here  Archive
Jack Gurney Pelican Press 06 October 2004
A spokesman for Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood has suggested that Sarasota County and 15 others simply may not be able to conduct manual recounts of contested Nov. 2 general election races with their paperless touch-screen voting machines.

Fair elections    Story Here  Archive
Opinion in Charlotte Observer 06 October 2004
Jimmy Carter's Atlanta-based Carter Center has monitored elections in 50 nations to help ensure a fair vote and accurate tally. Yet when he describes the center's activities to U.S. or foreign audiences, one question is inevitable: Why don't you observe the election in Florida?

Wayne clerk rues    Story Here  Archive
Kris Wise Charleston Daily Mail 06 October 2004
WAYNE When Wayne County Clerk Bob Pasley looks at the 600-pound metal machines he's used to vote for almost 35 years, he has a hard time imagining what they'll be used for in the future.

Diebold Debacle Signals Need for a Paper Trail    Story Here  Archive
By Chris Nolan for eWeek 06 October 2004
Opinion: Some say the company's and others' voting machines need to provide a paper trail that less-than-tech-savvy elections officials can understand when something goes wrong.

E-voting doubts surface    Story Here  Archive
Lori Aratani San Jose Mercury 05 October 2004
Citing a lack of confidence in electronic voting systems, a non-partisan voting group is urging voters in Santa Clara, Alameda and eight other California counties to use absentee ballots to cast their votes next month.
``Our advice is to cast your ballots on paper,' said Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation. ``Every voting system needs to be protected against manipulation and error, and with an electronic system the voter has to depend 100 percent on secret software produced by private companies that can't be verified.'


Familiar technology replaces touch screens for Nov. 2    Story Here  Archive
By Daniel J. Chac?n San Diego Union-Tribune 05 October 2004
During the March primary, San Diego County introduced voters to a $31 million state-of-the-art electronic voting system with touch screens.

California Voter Foundation Urges Voters to Skip Paperless E-Voting    Story Here  Archive
Government Technology 05 October 2004
The California Voter Foundation (CVF) is urging voters in counties where electronic, touchscreen voting systems are used to instead vote by paper absentee ballot in the November 2 election.
Citing security concerns and an inability to conduct meaningful audits of election results on the paperless systems, CVF president Kim Alexander said voters in 10 California counties that use touchscreen voting systems should immediately request an absentee ballot from their county elections office.


County hails high-tech voting system    Story Here  Archive
Robert D. D?vila Sacramento Bee 05 October 2004
Sacramento County election officials on Monday unveiled a new, high-tech voting process for the Nov. 2 election that is expected to make ballots easier to cast and faster to count.

Fear and voting in an electronic age    Story Here  Archive
Karla Hailer-Fidelman Newton TAB 06 October 2004
Because of what happened to thousands of people across Florida during the last presidential election, the Help America Vote Act was passed into law.

A Day As Observer    Story Here  Archive
Milo Clark Swans 04 October 2004
My question: "Did I see too little and learn too much?"
Hawaii's primary election on September 18, 2004 found us in the Hawaii County Counting Room as Official Observers, "the eyes and ears of the public."


Absentee vote rise expected    Story Here  Archive
By CLAIRE VITUCCI Inland Southern California Press-Enterprise 04 October 2004
As electronic-voting machines encounter mounting criticism, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are gearing up for what could be a marked increase in the number of voters who cast paper ballots this November.

More touch screens on the way    Story Here  Archive
By MELODEE HALL BLOBAUM The Kansas City Star 04 October 2004
Johnson County is expanding its inventory of touch-screen voting machines as questions about the machines continue to be raised elsewhere in the nation.

Voting safeguards    Story Here  Archive
Charlotte Observer Opinion 04 October 2004
The surest way to safeguard the voting process is to get the basics right. That means ensuring voting machines are well maintained, election officials are well trained and poll watchers are vigilant.

Voting mystery stirs call for paper trail    Story Here  Archive
JEFF TESTERMAN St. Petersburg Times 04 October 2004
TAMPA - In the Aug. 31 primary, the population of a small town - 12,498 voters - appeared at the polls in Hillsborough County and apparently decided not to vote in the race for state attorney.

Do?a Ana Won't Use New Voting Machines Nov. 2    Story Here  Archive
Associated Press 04 October 2004
LAS CRUCES— Seventy-five new voting machines purchased by Doña Ana County earlier this year will have to sit out the Nov. 2 general election.

Could election snafu strike Pa.?    Story Here  Archive
by RICHARD FELLINGER York Daily Record 03 October 2004
As George W. Bush and John Kerry gird for what could be a nail-biter in Pennsylvania, state and local officials are under pressure to ensure the votes are counted properly and without the controversies that jolted Florida four years ago.

A touch of controversy    Story Here  Archive
By Joyce Howard Price Washington Times 03 October 2004
The turmoil that surrounded the 2000 presidential-vote recount in Florida prompted a national call for an overhaul of the nation's voting systems. Early on, many eyed electronic voting — specifically, touch-screen machines — as the best solution.

Voting systems vary by county    Story Here  Archive
Dan Haugen Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier 03 October 2004
INDEPENDENCE - Hundreds of thousands of Iowans will head to polling stations Nov. 2. Whether they push a button, fill in an oval or scratch a line will depend on the county in which they vote.
Because counties - not the state or federal government - are in charge of running elections, the type of technology used to track votes varies across Iowa. Much of the equipment will be replaced in coming years to comply with a new federal law designed to make voting more accurate and accessible.


Many places count votes very well, study reveals    Story Here  Archive
Thomas Hargrove Scripps Howard News Service 03 October 2004
Despite the many election-counting flaws discovered in Florida four years ago, democracy runs smoothly in hundreds of counties and major cities.

E-voting machines' confidence gap    Story Here  Archive
By Susan Llewelyn Leach Christian Science Monitor 03 October 2004
Imagine your bank teller accepting a deposit and then saying, "Oh, you don't need a receipt. It's all in the computer." On Nov. 2, that's essentially what millions of citizens will be told when they cast ballots on new electronic voting machines. Forty-two states are poised to use this latest technology, but with only 28 days left until the presidential election, some states are still debating whether to provide a paper confirmation of each voter's choices.

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