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Anxiety surges around electronic voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
By Paul Nussbaum Philadelphia Inquirer 27 September 2004
What if?
What if you voted for Bush and the voting machine counted it for Kerry? What if the machine ate your vote? What if there was a recount, but no ballots to count?


State's E-Vote Trust Builds Slowly    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times 27 September 2004
Counties across California are preparing for another election day, as determined as ever to convert from paper to electronic voting. But because of a series of blunders in the March primary, fewer Californians will cast their ballots on touch-screen voting machines in November.

Touch-screen machines: riskier than hanging chads?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
By Jon Mills My View Tallahassee Democrat 27 September 2004
Computers are perfect. How else can opponents justify the resistance to individualized records in current touch-screen voting machines?

County hits snags on voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
By Jason Thomas Indianapolis Star 27 September 2004
Marion County election officials have had a rocky relationship with Election Systems & Software since signing an $11.1 million contract with the firm for equipment that includes touch-screen voting machines for disabled voters.

Carter decries Fla. election conditions    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
Associated Press 27 September 2004
WASHINGTON Former President Jimmy Carter says that despite changes designed to eliminate voting problems in Florida - where the disputed 2000 presidential election was decided by only a few hundred votes - conditions for a fair election in that state still don't exist.

Federal court abstains from ruling on Florida e-ballot lawsuit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
Associated Press 27 September 2004
ATLANTA - A federal court declined to intervene Monday in a Florida lawsuit that sought a paper trail for that state's new touchscreen voting machines. The decision means 15 Florida counties that use the machines will not have to create paper copies.

Still Seeking a Fair Florida Vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
Jimmy Carter Opinion Washington Post 27 September 2004
After the debacle in Florida four years ago, former president Gerald Ford and I were asked to lead a blue-ribbon commission to recommend changes in the American electoral process. After months of concerted effort by a dedicated and bipartisan group of experts, we presented unanimous recommendations to the president and Congress. The government responded with the Help America Vote Act of October 2002. Unfortunately, however, many of the act's key provisions have not been implemented because of inadequate funding or political disputes.

Worrying About Election Day    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
Opinion by Pimm Fox ComputerWorld 27 September 2004
SEPTEMBER 27, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) - U.S. elections tend to confound most foreigners. They find it strange that our politicians crisscross the country, kiss babies and eat apple pie, all while donning a wide variety of headgear.

Federal court orders trial in Florida e-ballot lawsuit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
Associated Press
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court on Monday revived a lawsuit seeking a paper trail for that state's new touchscreen voting machines with only five weeks left before the presidential election.

E-Voting Reform in the U.S.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
Kim Alexander Government Technology 27 September 2004
The November election is fast approaching, and all over the country people are wondering if the results produced by paperless, electronic voting machines will be reliable.
This issue of California Voter Foundation news (CVF-NEWS) provides a progress report on states that are improving election security, and suggests ten ways election officials across the nation can act now to secure the vote this November.


Trial Ordered in Fla. E-Ballot Lawsuit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
JACKIE HALLIFAX Associated Press 27 September 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Just five weeks before Election Day, a federal appeals court Monday revived a lawsuit demanding that all Florida voters who use touchscreen machines receive a paper receipt, in case a recount becomes necessary.

Schwarzenegger signs bills moving primary, requiring paper trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 27, 2004
STEVE LAWRENCE Associated Press 27 September 2004
SACRAMENTO - California is conceding defeat in its quest for more clout in picking presidential nominees and going back to its traditional June primary election.

Why We Fear the Digital Ballot    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 26, 2004
By TOM ZELLER Jr. New York Times 26 September 2004
WASHINGTON — It was a bit of gorilla theater.
At an event meant to highlight the dangers of electronic voting, a smattering of reporters and voting-rights advocates at the National Press Club last Wednesday watched a film of Baxter, a chimpanzee, poking the "Delete" and "Enter" keys on a computer keyboard. This was presented as evidence that even a chimp could tweak an election.


More Machine Politics    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 26, 2004
Editorial Washington Post 26 September 2004
IT'S RECKLESS, but election officials in Maryland remain steadfastly committed to using voting machines in November that could be useless for any post-election audit of votes. All the computers may tick like Swiss watches, but as we noted the other day, a little mishap with a demonstration machine at the Takoma Park Folk Festival did generate a bit of a stir when during a test it misregistered the voting intention of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) on a sample question...............

Louisa gets new voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 26, 2004
By Braxton Williams Charlottesville Daily Progress 26 September 2004
LOUISA - Some Louisa County residents, particularly those leery of computers, may be slightly uneasy about the new electronic voting machines they’ll be using to vote for president in November.

Losses minimal in e-voting flap    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 26, 2004
By GRETCHEN WENNER, Bakersfield Californian 26 September 2004
The roller-coaster ride for Kern County's touch-screen voting system has apparently flattened out, at last.
Financial fallout from the past year's e-voting drama is minimal about $28,000, according to elections chief Ann Barnett. That's the county's share of legal fees from joining a lawsuit against Secretary of State Kevin Shelley.


Voting Machines Criticized, State Says Bugs Gone    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 26, 2004
By Dan McKay Albuquerque Journal 26 September 2004
Jim Noel pored over election results two years ago, trying to understand his mistake.
As an attorney for the Democratic Party, Noel was examining records several days after the election that showed that about 48,000 people had voted early in Bernalillo County. The unofficial election results, however, tallied only 36,000 votes in the governor's race.


Rise in electronic voting spurs need for regulation    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 26, 2004
William M. Evan Baltimore Sun 26 September 2004
There is increasing concern about the reliability of our voting technology as the presidential election approaches. Congress can do much to alleviate the worry.

Lawmakers continuing fight for computer ballot receipts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 26, 2004
By Greg Wright Gannett News 26 September 2004
WASHINGTON Several lawmakers said this past week they will not give up a battle to give paper receipts to voters who cast computer ballots, despite objections from congressional leaders who are blocking their plans.

Voting methods dismay experts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 26, 2004
By Ian Hoffman Tri-Valley Herald 26 September 2004
An all-star cast of elections scientists holed up last weekend to examine the state of voting technology and elections. It's not disastrous, they concluded, but hardly a pretty picture, either.
The prescription: More research, naturally.


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