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Many Americans Distrustful of Electronic Voting Machines, Says New FindLaw Survey    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 20, 2004
Press Release from FindLaw 20 September 2004
EAGAN, Minn., Sept. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ Roughly four in 10 Americans say they are worried about potential problems with electronic voting machines to be used in the November election, according to a new poll by the legal Web site FindLaw (http://www.findlaw.com). Forty-two percent of those surveyed are concerned about potential vote tampering in electronic voting machines. Thirty-eight percent say they are worried about the accuracy of the machines.

Unsupervised voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 20, 2004
St. Petersburg Times Editorial 20 September 2004
While self-appointed elections watchdogs are barking their warnings about touch screen voting, they are diverting attention from a real threat to an honest outcome - the manipulation of absentee ballots. The rules governing absentee voting have been eased throughout the country, and more voters are casting their ballots in that manner. Yet the process is only loosely controlled in many states, and the opportunity for fraud is real.

Electronic voting divides county political leaders    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 20, 2004
Amy Morenz Allen American 20 September 2004
Local Democrats and Republicans are already sparring over the reliability of touch-screen voting machines Collin County will use on Nov. 2.
Deployed in 2003, Collin County has used electronic voting machines in 28 elections. It bought AccuVote-TX machines from McKinney-based Diebold Election Systems after Florida's 2000 problems tallying punch cards in thepresidential election.


Ready or Not (and Maybe Not), Electronic Voting Goes National    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 19, 2004
By TOM ZELLER Jr. New York Times 19 September 2004
Just over six weeks before the nation holds the first general election in which touch-screen voting will play a major role, specialists agree that whatever the remaining questions about the technology's readiness, it is now too late to make any significant changes.

Voting machines' reliability debated    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 19, 2004
By John Strauss Indianapolis Star 19 September 2004
Nearly half the state's voters including thousands in the Indianapolis metro area will head to the polls this fall to use voting machines criticized as unreliable in a fierce debate over accuracy and security.

Utah is rushing headlong into electronic voting danger    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 19, 2004
Phillip J. Windley and Jay Lepreau Salt Lake Tribune 19 September 2004
If the election of 2000 taught us anything, regardless of our feeling about the outcome, it was that elections are precarious things, run on unreliable systems using technologies and procedures that left us shaking our heads. Many people believe that any computerized system must be better. Computers have fundamentally changed other parts of our lives, so why not voting?

Election officials prepare for controversy over close vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 19, 2004
JULIE ANN GRIMM | The New Mexican 19 September 2004
Bracing for intense scrutiny over the Nov. 2 election, New Mexico election officials met in Santa Fe to brush up on state rules and encourage one another for the strenuous days that lie ahead.
"This is going to be a difficult election," said state Elections Bureau Director Denise Lamb in her closing remarks of a three-day training session.


No Hanging Chads In Our Vote Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 19, 2004
BY FLORENCE GILKESON The Pilot, NC 19 September 2004
When you press the vote button and leave the polling booth, are you sure your vote is counted?
In the day of paper ballots, that question was applied to human vote counters — were they honest, reliable, alert?
Questions about reliability of the voting system have arisen since the United States first began holding elections, but it was not until the 2000 presidential election that this issue generated a nationwide uproar.


Voter turnout weak in isles    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 19, 2004
By Craig Gima and Leila Fujimori Honolulu Star Bulletin 19 September 2004
Absentee balloting in yesterday's primary election was the highest ever in Hawaii, but election officials said they did not expect the total voter turnout to be strong.
More than 73,000 people cast absentee ballots, according to the first printout yesterday already higher than the record total absentee turnout of 69,544 in the 2002 election.


The Hand-Marked Ballot Wins for Accuracy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 19, 2004
By TOM ZELLER Jr. for the New York Times
After the pandemonium over dimpled and pregnant chads in the 2000 election, nearly everyone agreed it was time to rethink old vote-counting ways. But the stampede to touch-screen voting was not inevitable.

245 Votes In Primary Originally Uncounted    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, September 18, 2004
By TED BYRD Tampa Tribune 18 September 2004
TAMPA - Hillsborough County Elections Supervisor Buddy Johnson has maintained that vote-counting delays during the Aug. 31 primary were unfortunate but that results were accurate.

Official: 245 votes not counted until weeks after August primary    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, September 18, 2004
Associated Press 18 September 2004
A total of 245 electronic ballots weren't counted in Hillsborough County until more than two weeks after the Aug. 31 state primary, an elections official said.

When democracy goes haywire    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, September 18, 2004
By Dieter M. Zube Special to Seattle Times 18 September 2004
When I received my U.S. citizenship last year, one of the questions I could have been asked by the INS officer was "What is one of the benefits of citizenship?" The correct response would have been, "The right to vote." So Tuesday I exercised for the first time my new right to vote in the U.S., in our state's primary election.

245 Hillsborough primary votes go uncounted    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, September 18, 2004
By JEFF TESTERMAN, St. Petersburg Times
TAMPA - Nearly 250 votes cast at a Hillsborough County early voting site before the Aug. 31 primary were never counted, a mistake that was discovered Friday, 17 days after the election.

They Said It Couldn't Be Done    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, September 18, 2004
Opinion New York Times 18 September 2004
Many computer scientists insist that electronic voting machines will be trustworthy only when they produce paper receipts that can be audited. But supporters of electronic voting have long argued that doing so would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. Nevada proved the naysayers wrong this month, running the first statewide election in which electronic voting machines produced paper records of votes cast. Election officials across the country now have no excuse not to provide systems that voters can trust.

Hacking the Presidency A Bipartisan Problem Anyone Can Do It; Wednesday, Sept. 22    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, September 17, 2004
Press Release 17 September 2004
Wednesday, Sept. 22. Two press events: 9:30 am (National Press Club, by invitation only; features a surprise and a three-hour head start for TV news) and 12:30 pm EST (The Ballroom at Heldref Publications, open to all journalists, policymakers, and to the public)
Startling demonstrations using real election software proving that any teenager or terrorist with a laptop can create havoc with the election results in November. Or, more onerous: Anyone with an agenda or a profit motive can help themselves to an election with subtlety such that no one will ever know.


Holding the Vote-Counting Machines Accountable    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 16, 2004
Lisa GUERNSEY New York Times 16 September 2004
COMPUTERIZED voting machines are attracting a lot of attention in this election year, but one system is being watched particularly closely: the AccuVote-TS.
The AccuVote-TS has been the subject of at least four studies over 14 months that expose security holes. This spring California's secretary of state, Kevin Shelley, blasted the manufacturer, Diebold Election Systems, for not following proper procedures in updating its software. Those problems and a battery defect that rendered some machines unusable for hours during the March primary prompted Mr. Shelley to order all counties using touch-screen machines to offer a paper alternative.


Delayed primary results fuels fears for Nov. 2 vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 16, 2004
By Jim McElhatton Washington Times 16 September 2004
Delays in the reporting of Tuesday's primary results in the hotly contested D.C. Council races have fueled concerns about whether city election officials are prepared for higher turnout in the November general election.

Board Says Dual System Delayed Vote Count    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 16, 2004
By Serge F. Kovaleski Washington Post 16 September 2004
The D.C. elections board said yesterday that a three-hour lapse Tuesday night in releasing results of the District's primary contests stemmed in part from a delay in receiving cartridges from one of the two types of voting machines used in the city.

Electronic machines pose threat to integrity of electoral process    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 16, 2004
By MICHAEL A. CARRIER Asbury Park Press 16 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.

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