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Election Overseers Want Big Win    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
by Kim Zetter WiredNews 31 August 2004
WASHINGTON "Dear God, please, please, please ... let the winner win big."
That was the prayer uttered last week by the nation's election officials as they gathered for a conference in Washington, D.C., the last time they will meet nationally before November's presidential election.


Machine testing lacks oversight    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
by Brian McDearmon in Red and Black (UofGa. Student paper) 31 August 2004
The three companies ed to test Athens-Clarke County's electronic voting machines operate free of government oversight and refuse to divulge their findings and procedure for testing the machines.

Cutting Diebold ties costs county $145,000    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
By Warren Lutz for Daily Republic (Solano Co.) 31 August 2004
FAIRFIELD Solano County paid a $415,000 settlement to get out of its contract with voting machine manufacturer Diebold Election Systems, closing a tumultuous chapter in local elections history.

Polls open in Broward with only one minor glitch    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
By Jeremy Milarsky South Florida Sun-Sentinel 31 August 2004
Broward County's polls opened this morning with only one small glitch someone forgot to get a key for a precinct in southwest Fort Lauderdale.
Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said two voters had to wait about five minutes at the Christian Academy, 1100 SW 21st St., while deputies broke in so that the polling place could open


Court Fights Loom Over E-Voting Paper Trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
by Roy Mark internetnews.com 31 August 2004
Tuesday's primary elections in Florida could underscore the last minute scrambling by voting rights groups to guarantee that some 50 million Americans who will electronically cast their votes in November leave more than a digital footprint.

Fla. Voting Machines Work in Primary Test    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press 31 August 2004
MIAMI - Touchscreen machines brought in to replace the punchcard ballots at the center of the 2000 presidential fiasco appeared to work smoothly in primary voting Tuesday, in a crucial test for Florida less than three months before the November election.

Minor problems, nothing major as voters hit polls    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press 31 August 2004
MIAMI - Florida election officials said Tuesday's primary went off with only minor glitches, but some critics said that doesn't mean the Election Day disasters of 2000 and 2002 won't be repeated in November.

Smooth vote earns thumbs up    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
BY JOE MOZINGO Miami Herald 31 August 2004
Polls opened on time, lines were short and voters lodged few complaints as South Florida's voting machinery the pariah of the 2000 Presidential election and the subject of intense criticism and scrutiny in recent months faced its final test Tuesday before the big day in November.

Despite smooth election, Broward warned over November vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 31, 2004
By Buddy Nevins South Florida Sun Sentinel 01 September 2004
Broward County passed the last test of its voting system before November's presidential balloting with little trouble Tuesday, but the light turnout prompted observers of the primary to say the smooth election proved little.

Primary will be moment of truth for vote machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 30, 2004
BY JEREMY WALLACE Southwest Florida Herald-Tribune 30 August 2004
Although high-profile battles for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and several local offices headline Tuesday's election, the real focus of this primary will likely be the touchscreen voting machines.

Another Florida Mess    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 30, 2004
Editorial in the Bangor (ME) Daily News
With the presidential election only two months away, another hang-fire vote in Florida seems likely. Voting-machine problems in several swing states could throw the outcome into doubt, but the worst case seems to be Florida, where a chaotic voting system in the 2000 election kept the nation from knowing for weeks who the next president would be.

Battle of the ballot heats    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 30, 2004
By Alan Boyle MSNBC 30 August 2004
Although the Nov. 2 presidential election is more than two months away, the controversy over your vote and how it will be counted is already in full swing.
In fact, the battle of the ballot could well stretch from Tuesday's Florida primary until weeks after the November election.


State: Hand recounts for touchscreens still barred for primary    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 30, 2004
Associated Press 30 August 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A rule barring 15 counties that use touchscreen voting systems from conducting hand recounts will remain in place until after Tuesday's primary election, state officials said.
A decision by an administrative law judge Friday invalidated the state rule, but the rule will stand until the 30-day appeal period expires under Florida law, Dawn Roberts, director of the Division of Elections, said Monday in a memorandum.


Florida Primary to Test More Than Candidates    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 29, 2004
By John-Thor Dahlburg, Los Angeles Times 29 August 2004
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — With parts of the state still cleaning up the destruction caused by Hurricane Charley, voters go to the polls Tuesday for a primary that will decide the major parties' candidates to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Bob Graham and test Florida's ability to hold trouble-free elections.

Flaws in state balloting loom large    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 29, 2004
By Tim Darragh Allentown Morning Call 29 August 2004
Four years after the Florida presidential vote taught the other 49 states that they needed to modernize and improve safeguards in their voting systems, key reforms in Pennsylvania remain incomplete or undone.

Will computers eat their votes?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 29, 2004
by Linda Hurst in the Toronto Star 29 August 2004
The debacle of the Florida recount in 2000 may look like the good old days come the even more hotly contested U.S. presidential election this November.

The good old days - and ways - of voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 29, 2004
By CHASE SQUIRES, St. Petersburg Times 29 August 2004
Used to be, we had what was called "election day." That was a day when people went to their polling places and voted. In college, the guys at my school even got the day off so that they could travel to their hometowns and consume heroic volumes of beer with their friends . . . and, uh, vote.

Florida Hopes to Get It Right in Primary Ballot    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 29, 2004
By Michael Christie for Reuters 29 August 2004
MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida, which held up the results of the 2000 presidential election by more than a month, holds a primary this week that many regard as a test of the state's readiness to avoid another fiasco in November.

Florida Voting Under Microscope Again    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 29, 2004
By RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press 29 August 2004
Cheryl Roberts was impressed with Florida's new voting machines in the 2002 primary, when she cast an electronic ballot for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride. But a series of computer glitches - including startling cases of corrupted or missing data - has undermined her faith. So for Tuesday's primary in Florida, Roberts is turning to an absentee ballot so Broward County has a paper record of her vote.

Counties ordered to enable recounts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 28, 2004
By Dara Kam in the Palm Beach Post 28 August 2004
TALLAHASSEE — An administrative law judge ruled Friday that the 15 counties that use touch-screen voting systems must be able to perform manual recounts in extremely close elections.

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