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Activist: Paper trail not enough    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
By: DAVE DOWNEY North County Times 23 September 2004
In 2006, Riverside and every other California county that offers electronic voting will have to provide a paper record that voters can inspect to make sure votes are recorded accurately on computer, under order of the secretary of state. But a local activist said this week that the directive does not go far enough.

E-Vote Fears Soar in Swing States    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
By Jacob Ogles Wired News 23 September 2004
Roughly a third of the votes cast in the November presidential election will be made on controversial paperless electronic voting machines, but as any political analyst can tell you, the only votes that will matter a great deal will be cast in a handful of swing states.

Critics say vote computer count can be easily hacked    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
By Julia Malone Cox News Service 23 September 2004
WASHINGTON—The computer systems that will count roughly half the ballots cast on Election Day are so vulnerable to hackers that almost anyone could rig the results, critics said Wednesday.
The group BlackBoxVoting.org, punctuated its charge with a video showing "Baxter the Chimp" hamming it up as he punched a couple of computer keys that wiped out the votes on a computer vote tabulating program.


Ney blocking bills to require states to issue voting receipts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
By GREG WRIGHT Gannett News Service 23 September 2004
WASHINGTON As states struggle to upgrade voting machines before Election Day, Rep. Robert Ney is blocking new bills that would make all states give paper receipts to voters who cast computer ballots.
The Ohio Republican, who has made voting reform a priority, has raised the ire of voting rights groups such as the Ohio Public Interest Research Group and Verified Voting Foundation, who say paper receipts could prevent computer fraud Nov. 2.


Sheila Lennon: Hacking the Presidential Election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
Sheila Lennon The Providence (R.I.) Journal 23 September 2004
Hacking the Presidential Election A Bipartisan Problem, Anyone Can Do It. That's the title of the press release for today's press conference at Washington's National Press Club at which voting activist Bev Harris (Black Box Voting) and computer experts demonstrated how election results could be changed.

Computer and Voting Experts Respond Online to 'Electronic Voting' Press Conference and Utah's On-going Voting Machines Decision    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
Press Release Utah Count Votes 23 September 2004
Fifteen Computer Science professors and voting experts, including Phillip Windley, associate professor of computer science at Bringham Young University and former CIO of the state of Utah under Gov. Leavitt; and Barbara Simons, IBM Research (ret.), former president, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the largest association of computer professionals in America, are releasing their response to the "American Attitudes about Electronic Voting" Survey co-authored by Professors Thad Hall and Michael Alvarez and offering sound advice to the Utah Election Office regarding its ion of voting equipment.

E-Voting: Trust, but Verify    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
Editorial Los Angeles Times 23 September 2004
It doesn't take a Luddite to wonder whether tapping an electronic touch screen is really as safe as marking a paper ballot.

'A Massive Experiment' in Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
By Robert MacMillan Washington Post 23 September 2004
Trust the computer. That's what Maryland told Linda Schade.
The Takoma Park resident and Green Party member believes in saving the environment, but also believes a that few trees are worth sacrificing for democracy. She is a co-founder of Truevotemd.org, and among the determined activists around the country who claim that electronic voting machines like the touch-screen devices that will count Marylanders' votes this November are so shot through with problems that no one will know whether their votes were counted correctly, or at all.


Firm caused anxiety over vote security    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
Indiana Palladium-Item 23 September 2004
Elections are serious business. They are where the people decide who will make laws and policies and levy taxes.
But voters have to know that the voting system is secure. There should never be a question about whether any vote will be lost because it's been miscounted or not counted.


Touch screens certified    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
By Rebecca Helmes Palladium-Item 23 September 2004
Wayne County residents will cast their ballots on certified iVotronic voting machines in the November election.
The Indiana Election Commission announced the certification at a meeting Wednesday afternoon, a little more than a week before the Oct. 1 certification deadline.


E-Voting, With a Paper Trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
Christian Science Monitor Commentary 23 September 2004
Nevada's Sept. 7 primary was the first official election in the US using touch-screen voting that also produced paper copies of individual votes. The system, called "Veri-Vote" by the California company that makes it, was deemed a rousing success.

Ensuring accurate count    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 23, 2004
Editorial Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Americans will have to hold their breaths and hope for minimal voting problems on Nov. 2. Four years after the Florida voting fiasco, our ability to ensure a smooth, accurate election count leaves much to be desired.

Broward again makes pitch for paper trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
BY ERIKA BOLSTAD Miami Herald 22 September 2004
Broward County commissioners know they won't be able to get a paper trail for the county's electronic voting machines by Nov. 2, but they're still making their interest clear to state officials.
Commissioners voted Tuesday to let the state Division of Elections know their preference: a paper record that enables a manual recount of machine results in close elections.


Firm unveils new voter technology    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Chicago Business 22 September 2004
A Chicago company founded by two patent attorneys is unveiling its only product Wednesday—and executives are confident it will be a boom, not a bust.
A classic example of entrepreneurial optimism.


Top Experts Warn American System of Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
SitNews Alaska 22 September 2004
A panel of top experts on election technology and administration warned Tuesday that the American system of voting is broadly vulnerable to error and abuse, and called for a crash-course of study and reform to make results more reliable and to promote better access by voters, especially those who have historically encountered serious impediments to exercising their right to vote.

Moore: Lincoln's ballots suit him just fine    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Opinion in Lincoln Journal 22 September 2004
I am a supporter of the philosophy, "If it ain't broke don't fix it." When I voted in the September state primary election I was reminded of nationwide controversy over what kind of ballot system should be adopted, nationally, for our "great democracy." It seems to me the, "Darken the ovals" paper ballot used in Lincoln comes about as close to ideal as we mortals can get.

ITAA Says eVoting Critics Play Games with Democracy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Press Release from ITAA 22 September 2004
ARLINGTON, Va.(BUSINESS WIRE)Sept. 22, 2004The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) today lambasted a so-called "technical" demo of electronic voting produced by a group of self-styled e-voting activists. ITAA called the demonstration an out of context, out of control media event that put the sponsors' need for public attention far ahead of voter confidence in the democratic process.

Technology key piece of election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
By Rebecca Helmes Palladium-Item 22 September 2004
Despite the hoopla about possible election complications caused by voting equipment, punch card voting is out in Indiana.
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, Indiana's top election official, has dealt with election issues since he took office in 2002. He came to Richmond on Monday and spoke with the Palladium-Item about changes in election systems.


Hacking the Vote: A Real and Present Danger    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Institute for Public Accuracy 22 September 2004
Black Box Voting and the National Ballot Integrity Project Task Force announced Wednesday that they "have been able to hack into both Diebold's and Sequoia Voting Systems' voting machines." Harris is the executive director of Black Box Voting. Karp is a board member with Black Box Voting. Delozier works with the Texas Coalition for Visible Ballots. Wynne is with the National Ballot Integrity Project Task Force

State Senators Question State Director of Election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Press Release Scoop 22 September 2004
Olympia, WA. Wednesday, September 22. Members of the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee heard testimony yesterday from John Gideon, Information Manager of VotersUnite!, that emergency rules written by the Secretary of State's office allowed six counties to count votes on the consolidated ballots using software that has not received Federal certification.

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