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Diebold Wines and Dines Elections Officials    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 26, 2004
by David Corn in The Nation 26 August 2004
At a time when there is much controversy over electronic voting and some election experts are raising concerns about the integrity of such voting, should the leading manufacturers of electronic voting machines be wining and dining state and local officials responsible for conducting elections? Well, they are.

E-Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 26, 2004
by Henry Noor in BeyondTheChron 26 August 2004
It is "so hard to understand how an Assembly committee last week killed a bill that would have required paper printouts for electronic voting machines," the Chronicle complained in an August 20 editorial.*

Johnson County Going With Optical Scan Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 26, 2004
By Rick Dawson for WISH-TV Indiana 26 August 2004
Since February, I-Team 8 has been investigating new voting technology. We're less than ten weeks before the election, but there are still concerns about the technology.

State elections chief not worried about machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 26, 2004
By Stephanie Desmon in the Baltimore Sun 26 August 2004
Despite warnings from three computer experts including two hired by the state about widespread security vulnerabilities in a new electronic voting system, Maryland's top elections administrator said Thursday that she sees no reason for concern about proceeding with the planned statewide use of voting machines.

The Voting Machine Jackpot    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 26, 2004
By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet. Posted August 26, 2004.
On August 24th, droves of state and county election officials converged on Washington, D.C. for a four day-long conference designed to help prepare them for the crucial task they will perform this November 2. The conference will allow them to chat with the four members of the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) appointed by President Bush to administer election standards, mingle with congressional members involved in recent election reforms, and finally, they will be presented with awards by the three major voting machine companies that wined, dined and lobbied them throughout the entire four days.

County tests new voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 26, 2004
By ROBERT W. DALTON Spartanburg, SC Herald-Journal 26 August 2004
Barbara Blanchard was like a kid with a new toy Wednesday afternoon.
Blanchard, Spartanburg County's director of voter registration and elections, was showing off the 690 iVotronic touch-screen voting machines that voters will use in the Nov. 2 election.


Md. Machines Seek Vote of Confidence    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
By John Wagner in the Washington Post 25 August 2004
When critics of electronic voting machines warn of Maryland becoming another Florida, with the potential for hundreds if not thousands of lost votes this fall, State Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone shudders.

McKeithen says voting machines' vendors off limits    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
By MARSHA SHULER in the Baton Rouge Advocate 25 August 2004
Secretary of State Fox McKeithen warned his employees: "Don't fraternize" with anyone trying to sell the state new voting machines, or face the consequences.
The prohibition goes "much further" than state ethics laws for public workers, state ethics attorney Maris LeBlanc said.


Rio Arriba County to Reconstruct 2000 Early Voting Results    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
By Martin Salazar in the Albuquerque Journal 25 August 2004
The Secretary of State's Office plans to reconstruct Rio Arriba County's early voting results from the 2000 general election in the wake of a Washington Post article that contends presidential votes weren't recorded for 678 early voters.

Poll: Voters Want Paper Trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
By Laila Weir in Wired 25 August 2004
A new poll shows growing support for requiring electronic voting machines to produce a voter-verified paper trail.
Just under half of all respondents 44 percent said they thought computerized voting systems are unreliable, up from about one-fourth of respondents in other studies. And almost three-fourths said the systems should produce a paper record that the voter can review. Sixty percent said they would vote for a presidential candidate this year who supports requiring a paper trail.


Present facts on voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Opinion of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 25 August 2004
Much of the controversy over electronic voting has turned on whether touch-screen machines such as those used in Georgia and elsewhere should be required to produce a verifiable "paper trail" for each ballot cast. While that issue may never be settled to everyone's satisfaction, other worrisome questions about the process for assessing the reliability of the machines must be resolved.

Electronic voting beats levers, punch cards    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
by Cathy Cox in the Atlanta Journal Constitution 25 August 2004
There's a significant threat to the integrity of the upcoming presidential election — but it's not electronic voting.
Four years after the Florida recount, more than 22 million registered Americans will use voting equipment that has no paper trail and no audit capability. They're called lever machines.


Trial Begins In Challenge To Electronic Voting Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Tom Stuckey Associated Press 25 August 2004
ANNAPOLIS, Md. Opponents of touch-screen electronic voting machines launched a broad attack Wednesday on Maryland's system, arguing that it is riddled with flaws that must be fixed to assure an accurate vote count in November.

Gambling with your vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
by Jim Hightower/Special to ETR
Very soon now, you’ll be hearing & reading red-white-and-blue editorials about your responsibility to go vote this fall. “Every Vote Counts,” they’ll cry! Unless, of course, it doesn’t.
Many of our votes this year will be cast and tallied on corporate-controlled electronic voting machines that keep no traceable record of our ballots. These computers can easily malfunction or be manipulated, meaning they can be used to cheat and steal elections.


Senate OKs voting machine paper trail; Sierra bill to governor    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
by STEVE LAWRENCE for the Associated Press 25 August 2004
SACRAMENTO - The Senate on Wednesday revived an effort to require a paper trail to ensure that electronic voting machines aren't tampered with and accurately record voter preferences.
Meanwhile, the Assembly sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill that would create a state conservancy to help protect the Sierra Nevada from overdevelopment.


AFL-CIO?S ?My Vote, My Right? Initiative Aimed at Curbing Voting Rights Abuses in 32 Communities in 12 States    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Press Release from AFL-CIO 25 August 2004
WASHINGTON - August 25 - Through a non-partisan “My Vote, My Right” program, the AFL-CIO is working with allies in 32 communities in 12 states to educate citizens about their voting rights, help prevent the kinds of voting rights violations that marred the 2000 presidential election and urge voters to take advantage of new protections they enjoy under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) passed by Congress in 2002.

Electronic voting machine safeguards in question    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
By Stephanie Desmon for the Baltimore Sun 25 August 2004
Maryland election officials ignored key recommendations for protecting a new electronic voting system in time for the November election, a state computer-security consultant testified Wednesday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

Report targets possible election flaws    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
BY AMY DRISCOLL AND CHARLES RABIN in the Miami Herald 26 August 2004
With the primary just days away, Inspector General Christopher Mazzella issued a report Wednesday on Miami-Dade County's election readiness. Among his recommendations: more training for some elections workers, additional security for voting machines and stronger guidelines for handling absentee ballots.

Forsyth election challenger to appeal to Ga. high court    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 25, 2004
by Marcia Langhenry in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

The magistrate candidate who lost her challenge to Forsyth County's primary election will appeal to the state Supreme Court, asking that the November general election be postponed if necessary.



E-Voting Lawsuit Trial Begins, 8/25-27, Maryland    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Press Release - TrueVoteMD 24 August 2004
On Wednesday, August 25th, for the first time in the new technology's turbulent history, paperless electronic voting will be on trial for three days in the state capital. Progressing further than any other electronic voting suit in the nation, the suit /Linda Schade et al. vs. Linda Lamone et al./ calls into question the legality of paperless voting machines under Maryland law which requires paper ballots and the ability to conduct a recount.

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