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Touch-screen display hits snag    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 13, 2004
By David Nitkin Baltimore Sun 13 September 2004
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski gained first-hand knowledge yesterday of potential glitches that haunt Maryland's costly and embattled electronic voting system.
Working the crowd at the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Mikulski encountered a demonstration of the touch-screen voting system, which gets its first statewide general-election roll-out in less than two months. She decided to give the AccuVote TS manufactured by Ohio-based Diebold Election Systems a try, with troubling results.


Changes made to avoid March repeat    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 13, 2004
By Daniel J. Chac?n San Diego Union Tribune 13 September 2004
In March, San Diego County election officials trusted a new $31 million electronic voting system and suffered the consequences when it malfunctioned.
Paralyzed by an easy-to-fix computer glitch, more than one-third of polling places opened late and an unknown number of voters were turned away.


Senator backs voting machine bill after firsthand experience with glitch    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 13, 2004
STEPHEN MANNING, Associated Press 13 September 2004
Sen. Barbara Mikulski added her name Monday to a bill that would require electronic voting machines to produce a paper record of ballots, just one day after a machine she tested at a local festival produced an erroneous result.

Senator backs voting machine bill after firsthand experience    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, September 13, 2004
Associated Press 14 September 2004
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Sen. Barbara Mikulski added her name Monday to a bill that would require electronic voting machines to produce a paper record of ballots, just one day after a machine she tested at a local festival produced an erroneous result.

On the Voting Machine Makers' Tab    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
New York Times 12 September 2004
As doubts have grown about the reliability of electronic voting, some of its loudest defenders have been state and local election officials. Many of those same officials have financial ties to voting machine companies. While they may sincerely think that electronic voting machines are so trustworthy that there is no need for a paper record of votes, their views have to be regarded with suspicion until their conflicts are addressed.

Voting needn't be risky, even if you live in Florida    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
By DAVE BARRY Knight Ridder 12 September 2004
Pretty soon you, the American voter, will enter the sacred sanctity of the voting booth and cast your ballot for the next U.S. president. Or not. It's also possible that your ballot will go back in time and participate in the election of 1848, or wind up in a distant galaxy, helping to elect an alien being with 73 eyeballs (slogan: "A Being of Vision").

Hall: Electronic voting is a step forward - if taken with care    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
Thad Hall Salt Lake Tribune 12 September 2004
In 2000, Americans were given a crash course in election administration as they watched officials try to count paper ballots. Given the lessons from Florida and other states, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act and encouraged states to ditch punch cards and move to voting systems that are accessible to people with disabilities - our nation's largest population of disenfranchised eligible voters - and have the ability to inform voters about errors on their ballots.

Elections board head refutes leak allegation    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
By Andrew A. Green Baltimore Sun 12 September 2004
The chairman of the Maryland Board of Elections denied yesterday that he leaked the confidential charges against Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone to the news media and defended himself against her accusation that his attempt to remove her is politically motivated.

Thurston County confusion; Feds to monitor Franklin County balloting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
Associated Press 12 September 2004
OLYMPIA, Wash. About half of early Thurston County voters are getting it wrong on their mailed-in ballots for the state's new primary election.
This is the first time in decades that Washington state voters must choose a party - Republican, Democrat or Libertarian - and vote only for its candidates in the primary.


Forida-like recount could happen in Ohio    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
Scott Hiaasen and Julie Carr Smyth Cleveland Plain Dealer 12 September 2004
Let's say a bolt of Florida lightning strikes Ohio on election night. What happens if the presidential race is too close to call?
In Ohio, a recount is automatic in a statewide race if the difference between the top two candidates is 0.25 percent or less. In 2000, when nearly 4.8 million votes for president were cast in the state, George W. Bush would have had to lead Al Gore by no more than 11,990 votes to trigger a recount.


Outdated gear casts doubts on Ohio's vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
Scott Hiaasen and Julie Carr Smyth Cleveland Plain Dealer 12 September 2004
In the four years since a batch of Florida chads nearly unhinged the republic, politicians from Washington to Columbus have promised to overhaul the nation's voting systems and ensure that every vote counts.
So will Ohio be any better at counting votes in this year's presidential election?


County eyes paper ballots    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
By Rebecca Helmes Palladium-Item 12 September 2004
Wayne County might be using optical scan equipment to tabulate election results in November if iVotronic voting machines are not certified by Oct. 1.
The Indiana Election Commission allowed uncertified iVotronic machines to be used in Indiana's primary elections in May but will not make the same exception this time


New voting machine use stirs controversy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
By Diana Leone Honolulu Star-Bulletin 12 September 2004
Some Hawaii election observers are questioning whether all voters should be permitted to use new electronic voting machines.
Observers from the Democratic and Republican parties and the League of Women Voters said the machines, which will be available in all precincts for the primary election Saturday, should be used only by disabled voters.


Nation looks to Nevada after smooth election on new computers    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
RACHEL KONRAD, AP Technology Writer 12 September 2004
Alarmed by software glitches, security threats and computer crashes with ATM-like voting machines, officials from Washington, D.C., to California are considering an alternative from an unlikely place: Nevada.

E-voting works    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
Harris N. Miller ITAA Stooge in USA Today 12 September 2004
Not to be too thin-skinned about it, the lowly onion is useful for understanding the overheated electronic-voting debate.
We were told that direct-recording electronic machines, known as DRE machines, were not secure. But critics have yet to document a single real-world security breach. So peel that layer back.


Electronic ballots fail to gain vote of confidence    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, September 12, 2004
OP-ED USA Today 12 September 2004
In Nye County, Nev., last week, one of the new, highly touted electronic-voting devices bought to replace discredited old-technology machines malfunctioned. When the polls closed in the state primary election, it refused to display the results, threatening to disenfranchise everyone who'd used it.

Forget Hanging Chads    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, September 11, 2004
Whitney Hess The Carnegie Pulse 11 September 2004
In 1996, Professor Michael Shamos offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could undetectably hack an electronic voting machine. Eight years later, no one has stepped up to the plate.

Virgin Islands voters casting primary ballots today    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, September 11, 2004
By AESHA DUVAL Virgin Islands Daily News 11 September 2004
Voters who cast ballots in the Virgin Islands Primary Election today will local political parties' nominees for the General Election on Nov. 2 and will choose the leaders of the parties.
In the races for public office, voters will narrow the fields of candidates for the territory's delegate to Congress, the V.I. Legislature's St. Croix and at-large seats, the V.I. Board of Education and the V.I. Board of Elections.


Consumer organisation highlights security hole in US vote-counting system    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, September 10, 2004
By Mike Ingram World Socialist Web Site 10 September 2004
Black Box Voting, a non-profit organisation that specialises in exposing possible electoral abuses, has published details of a security hole in America’s Diebold GEMS central vote tabulator. The security hole has been know about for a year with no action being taken to rectify the problem.

Bradford County Commissioners approve new electronic voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, September 10, 2004
By: James Loewenstein Towanda Daily and Sunday Review 10 September 2004
The county will purchase touch-screen voting machines for all polling places in the county, Bradford County Commissioner Nancy Schrader announced Thursday at the commissioners' meeting.
The voting machines will replace the current system of using paper ballots, Schrader said.


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