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Tuesday's election underscores need for paper trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
Howard Goodman South Florida Sun Sentinel 02 September 2004
A day after Tuesday's primary, someone discovered that optical-screen machines had scanned and recorded 37,839 absentee ballots.
But before that tally, workers had counted only 31,095 absentee ballots.


Cast a Ballot From the Couch: Absentee Voting Gets Easier    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
By RON LIEBER Wall Street Journal 02 September 2004
The long lines. The confusion over whether the polling place has moved again. It is no wonder that many people dread voting on Election Day.
Increasingly, states are making it remarkably easy to vote without ever setting foot in a crowded school lunchroom or community center. A spate of regulatory changes around the country is relaxing the rules on absentee voting so much that tens of millions of Americans are now eligible, even if they plan to be in town on the day of the vote. In addition, a host of new online services have popped up to help people who want to vote early.


Thousands of absentee ballots miscounted in Palm Beach County    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
By Patty Pensa and Anthony Man for South Florida Sun Sentinel 02 September 2004
In a bizarre twist, the election that cost Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore her job became mired Wednesday in a major vote-counting problem when thousands of absentee ballots were counted twice.

Wallach: Texas must confront voting systems' flaws    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
Dan Wallach, RICE UNIVERSITY Austin American-Stateman 02 September 2004
Our state's election officials support the most fundamental pillars of our democracy. They ensure that our votes are counted with enough transparency and robustness to convince all parties that an election outcome is correct.

Smooth vote in Fla. a boost for local firms    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
By Roger Fillion, Rocky Mountain News 02 September 2004
Two Colorado companies authorized to test the accuracy of touch- screen voting machines got good news.
The ATM-like machines were used Tuesday in 15 counties in Florida's primary elections. And while critics have uncovered flaws in such electronic machines, Tuesday's vote appeared to go smoothly, based on local reports.


County holds pay for voting devices    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
By Rebecca Helmes Paladium Item Indiana 02 September 2004
Wayne County won't pay for $1.6 million in electronic voting equipment from Election Systems & Software until after it is certified by the state of Indiana.
The Wayne County Council had put back $400,000 from the 2003 budget to pay ES&S but voted Wednesday to "unencumber" it. The money will be put in the 2005 budget.


Maryland Court Rejects E-Voting Challenge    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
By Andy Sullivan Reuters 02 September 2004
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Maryland judge has dismissed a challenge to the state's electronic voting system and ruled that elections officials have made a reasonable effort to ensure that votes will be counted properly in November.

Md. judge rejects paper requirement    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
BY Michael Hardy for Federal Computer Week 02 September 2004
A Maryland county judge has ruled that state officials do not have to add paper trails to the state's electronic voting machines before the November election.

Electronic voting machines had hitches, but no glitches    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, September 2, 2004
BY LUISA YANEZ for the Miami Herald 02 September 2004
The much-maligned iVotronic voting machines appeared to perform well in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday as voters grew more comfortable with the touch-screen equipment. But some machines did act up, frustrating poll workers.
A survey of calls for assistance from poll workers to the elections department's 'war room' on primary day shows three types of complaints:


Appeal expected in voting machines suit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 1, 2004
by Steven T. Dennis Gazette (MD) 01 September 2004

ANNAPOLIS An Anne Arundel County judge is expected to decide this week whether Maryland voters will have the option of voting on paper ballots in November, with an immediate appeal expected regardless of the decision.



Kane County can't find equipment to meet election law    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 1, 2004
By Patrick Waldron Chicago Daily Herald 01 September 2004
Kane County election officials have come up with a list of requirements for new voting equipment needed by 2006, but so far no vendors have products to meet those standards.

Voters get pitch from Bush to cast their ballot absentee    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Alan Johnson Columbus Dispatch 01 September 2004
Many Ohioans were surprised recently to get a call from President Bush.
"I’m asking for your vote, it’s important," Bush said in an automated message piped into hundreds of thousands of homes and recorded on voicemail and answering machines. "Please look for your absenteeballot request form in the mail and return it as soon as possible."


Hood given no choice on state election recount    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 1, 2004
By Palm Beach Post Editorial 01 September 2004
Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood got a legal rebuke Friday in her effort to single-handedly eliminate manual recounts in counties that may account for more than half of the state's votes for president in November. So now the Division of Elections is soliciting ideas from the public. What took her so long?

Fixing the system    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 1, 2004
OP-ED in Vacaville Reporter 01 September 2004
In California, we are painfully aware of the shortcomings of touch-screen voting machines.

Diebold Learns What Edison Knew: Voting Machine Sales Are Tough    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Bloomberg 01 September 2004
Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) Diebold Inc. got off to a fast start in the voting machine industry. After almost 150 years of making safes, bank vaults, jailhouse doors and, more recently, automated teller machines, Diebold bought Global Election Systems Inc. and its AccuVote line of computerized voting terminals in 2002.

Backlog delays Hillsborough totals    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 1, 2004
By BRADY DENNIS and TAMARA LUSH St. Petersburg Times 01 September 2004
Touch screens passed the test.
Sixteen counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco, used the electronic voting machines with few problems Tuesday.


Judge rejects challenge to voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, September 1, 2004
By Stephanie Desmon Baltimore Sun 01 September 2004
An Anne Arundel County Circuit judge yesterday rejected a challenge to Maryland's new statewide electronic voting system, saying officials have done enough to "ensure each vote is counted and the security and secrecy of the ballots remain intact."

Votes made today won't be recounted    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
By JACOB OGLES Lake and Sumter Co. Daily Commercial 31 August 2004
There will be no recount of votes cast on touchscreen machines in Lake or Sumter counties for today’s election, despite a ruling by administrative judge Susan Kirkland.

Let every vote count    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Op-Ed in the Volusia-Flagler Co. News-Independent 31 August 2004
Florida officials have had three years, eight months, two weeks and five days since the U.S. Supreme Court smacked the state for unfair, untrustworthy elections practices in the 2000 electoral primary.

E-Vote Recount Rule in Dispute    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
By Jacob Ogles Wired Magazine 31 August 2004
Florida officials will not require any recounts of votes cast on touch-screen voting machines during Tuesday's state primary, despite a ruling by an administrative judge that counties using electronic voting are not exempt from laws requiring the re-tabulation of votes in close elections.

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