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Electronic-Vote Critics Urge Changes to System    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
By Andy Sullivan Reuters 22 September 2004
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voting activists on Wednesday enlisted computer experts, a trained monkey and a man on a hunger strike in a last-minute pitch to convince officials to improve the security of electronic vote-counting systems.

Rage Against the Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
BY REBECCA WAKEFIELD Miami New Times 22 September 2004
Lida Rodriguez-Taseff was trying to grab a quick lunch on September 11, 2002, when Keith Hartley cornered her in the Pollo Tropical downtown. He wouldn't let her go until a wad of napkins covered in a girlish scrawl lay piled beside her tray of dessicating chicken. "This was a disaster," Hartley assured the then-president of the local chapter of the ACLU. "I worked the polls on Miami Beach. I saw it all happen."

Voting Machine For Disabled Could Provide Audit Feature    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
By W. David Gardner, TechWeb.com 22 September 2004
As the nation's election officials struggle with problematic electronic voting machines, a new ballot-marking system initially designed for disabled voters could help solve a crucial problem the lack of an auditable paper trail.

Carolina voters suffer from an old voting law    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
By THOMAS HARGROVE Scripps Howard News Service 22 September 2004
Tens of thousands of voters in North Carolina and South Carolina routinely lose their votes for president because state laws prevent straight-ticket voting in White House races.
Top election officials in both states blame the laws, passed in the 1960s to protect local Democratic politicians from increasingly GOP-oriented Southern voters, for an unusually large number of ballots that don't register a vote for president.


E-voting critics report new flaws    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 22, 2004
By Declan McCullagh CNET News.com September 22, 2004
WASHINGTONCritics of electronic voting machines said on Wednesday they have identified additional flaws in vote-counting software that could permit miscreants to alter results in the November election.

To Catch a Thief    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
by Barbara Ehrenreich for the October Issue of The Progressive 21 September 2004
We were six toasts into the wedding dinner when the conversation turned, as conversations usually do, to the possibility of a Republican theft of the election in November. "That's when we hit the streets!" declared the Cuban American community organizer from Pennsylvania. "Yeah!" bellowed the retired union president from Long Island, and we all pounded the table and raised our glasses yet again: "Everybody hit the streets!"

Our View    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Augusta, VA Free Press 21 September 2004
The push following the 2000 presidential-election fiasco was to find a way to make it so that what took place in Florida with butterfly ballots and hanging and dimpled chads and the like would never happen again.
As the saying goes, Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it ...


Reminder on Election Day - this is not a test    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
By HOWARD TROXLER St. Petersburg Times 21 September 2004
Florida's new electronic voting machines work just fine ...
... provided that you turn them on.
Oops.
Now we learn that a voting machine in Hillsborough County, used for the two-week early voting period before the Aug. 31 primary, was not counted in the results on election night. The machine had been left in a test mode and so it reported zero official votes.


Act now to secure votes    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
By William M. Evan Opinion in Baltimore Sun 21 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.

Can you spare 5 minutes for democracy?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
By MICHAEL CARRIER Rutgers University Seattle Post-Intelligencer 21 September 2004
The bitter wounds opened by the 2000 presidential election continue to fester four years later. But if we do not act immediately to address the dangers of electronic voting machines, the 2004 election will be far worse, with potentially devastating and irreparable consequences for democracy.

Electronic voting machines used in Phila. spark concern    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
By Byron Kho The Daily Pennsylvanian 21 September 2004
With the November presidential election quickly approaching and election reform a hot issue in the wake of the contested 2000 presidential election, electoral officials locally and nationally must contend with the growing uproar over the latest in a series of electoral system controversies voting by electronic machine.

Speaker discusses paper trail need    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
By Jeff Cavallaro University of Southern Florida Oracle 21 September 2004
After an election error in which 245 votes were somehow lost and therefore not counted in last month's primary election in Hillsborough County, the idea of yet another election fiasco is becoming frightfully real for Florida voters. Monday night, Rebecca Mercuri spoke to a crowd of more than 50 USF students and several election officials about this possibility.

Forum fuels e-voting fears    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
By: DAVE DOWNEY North County Times 21 September 2004
MURRIETA When Riverside County abandoned paper ballots in favor of electronic ones in 2000, Bob Newhard was ecstatic.
The retired librarian from Murrieta who has macular degeneration said Monday he found it easier to read the large print and press the then-new electronic touch-screens to cast his vote than to find and fill in the tiny circle next to his preferred candidate on the old paper ballots.


Activists Find More E-Vote Flaws    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
By Kim Zetter WiredNews 21 September 2004
Voting activist Bev Harris and a computer scientist say they found more vulnerabilities in an electronic voting system made by Diebold Election Systems, weaknesses that could allow someone to alter votes in the election this November.

McComish GOP winner in District 20 by 13 votes, recount shows    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, September 21, 2004
The Arizona Republic
John McComish can finally exhale. McComish beat Anton Orlich by 13 votes in the District 20 Republican primary for the state House, according to a recount of the votes on Tuesday.

E-voting vent: You can't tell if it worked    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 20, 2004
Paul Andrews Seattle Times 20 September 2004
By most indicators, Frank Love Elementary School in Bothell was just another suburban voting location last week.
Makeshift "Polling Place" signs and storybook paw prints in blue paint marked the path to the school library, which housed six voting booths. The room was quiet and orderly, and poll personnel were helpful and personable.


The paper trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 20, 2004
Chris Graham Augusta Free Press 20 September 2004
What happens in Augusta County if Congress decides to mandate that localities across the country equip their electronic voting machines with the capability of spitting out voter-verified paper ballots?
"It wouldn't be a matter of replacing the machines. It would be a matter of upgrades. The machines could be upgraded if that was the new requirement," said Susan Miller, the voter registrar in Augusta County, which recently decided to commit $330,000 toward the purchase of electronic voting machines from the Dublin, Calif.,-based UniLect Corp. that should be in place in time for the November 2005 state elections.


The Magic Voting Touch    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 20, 2004
Editorial Washington Post 20 September 2004
MARYLANDERS CAN only hope that their votes are tallied correctly this November because now more than ever voting will be a touchy exercise: If you don't have the proper touch, the touch-screen machines might misunderstand your intentions. The state's highest court has refused to order any security upgrades to Maryland's new $55 million electronic system or to require paper ballots for voters who still hold the old-fashioned belief that a paper record of each ballot should be available to audit tallies. If the system isn't flawlessly programmed by the best-trained experts available it may be difficult to ascertain whether the count is accurate.

Machines will reduce errors in voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 20, 2004
The Exponent Purdue University 20 September 2004
This November, it's good that a digital-savvy America will be choosing our president.
Direct-recording electronic machines, known as DRE machines, will be used more than any other election before it. Around 29.4 percent of Americans will be casting their votes electronically on Nov. 2, which is up from 12.2 percent in the controversial 2000 election.


Voting machine manufacturers answer to activists, politicians    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 20, 2004
By Dan Laidman Contra Costa Times 20 September 2004
If you've never heard of Jack Gerbel's company, that's fine by him.
Once-frustrating anonymity is suddenly quite nice for the president of UniLect Corp., the Dublin-based maker of the Patriot touch-screen voting system.


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