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Vote of confidence?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Op-Ed in Brattleboro, VT Reformer 24 August 2004
They're bought and paid for or leased by the American taxpayer.
They're used by the American voter.
They tabulate votes for both the presidency and candidates for local office.


Procedures for election give reason to be hopeful    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 24, 2004
By HOWARD TROXLER in the St. Petersburg Times 24 August 2004
Nancy Bandy of St. Petersburg wasn't involved at all in the 2000 election. Today she's training poll workers in Pinellas County. She'll be a supervisor on Election Day, one week from today, overseeing several precincts.

Sum of a Glitch    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 24, 2004
by Bev Harris in In These Times 24 August 2004
In the Alabama 2002 general election, machines made by Election Systems and Software (ES&S) flipped the governor’s race. Six thousand three hundred Baldwin County electronic votes mysteriously disappeared after the polls had closed and everyone had gone home. Democrat Don Siegelman’s victory was handed to Republican Bob Riley, and the recount Siegelman requested was denied. Three months after the election, the vendor shrugged. “Something happened. I don’t have enough intelligence to say exactly what,” said Mark Kelley of ES&S.

Organized Labor Will Monitor Polls    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Associated Press 24 August 2004
WASHINGTON - The AFL-CIO will monitor polls in battleground states on Election Day to guard against voting abuses, and is launching a new effort to educate voters about the process and their rights.

Calif. Approves E-Voting in Counties After Row    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Reuters 24 August 2004
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California will allow voting at electronic voting machines in November at all but four counties, after an improvement in security measures, the state's top election official said on Tuesday.
In April, California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley blasted the state's largest e-voting machine supplier, Diebold, and called for a criminal investigation into the Ohio-based firm.


County asked to reconsider electronic voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 24, 2004
By FRANK TREJO / The Dallas Morning News 24 August 2004
With the November general election fast approaching, Dallas County commissioners were urged Tuesday to reconsider their use of electronic voting machines for early voting.
"Our primary concern is that electronic voting machines are eight times more likely to produce flawed results," said Susybell Gosslee, president of the League of Women Voters of Dallas.


Hoodwinked    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 24, 2004
By Ann Louise Bardach in Slate 24 August 2004
One indicator of the dire state of electoral affairs in Florida is the fact that Theresa LePore, the election supervisor who designed the infamous butterfly ballot, will once again be on the job. It was Ms. LePore's ballot that awarded the votes of thousands of elderly Jews in Palm Beach County to Pat Buchanan, arguably costing Al Gore the election. Given the multitude of other failures in the state's voting system, that's the good news.

Miami-Dade County hires Iowa expert as election consultant    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
Associated Press 23 August 2004
DAVENPORT, Iowa - A University of Iowa professor whose nickname is "the Yoda of voting" has been hired as a consultant by one Florida county hoping to avoid another presidential election debacle this November.

08-22: Counties look at ways to pay for electronic voting devices    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
By MELISSA TRESNER in the Longview News-Journal 22 August 2004
Forget hanging chads and butterfly ballots, the new election jargon is Direct Record Electronic systems, also known as DREs.
Each polling location in the country is required by the federal government to have at least one DRE by January 2006.


Terror fears to slow vote results    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
By Kerri Ginis in the Fresno Bee 23 August 2004
Fresno County voters will have to wait at least two hours longer for election results in November because officials are concerned that terrorists could tamper with returns transmitted over phone lines.

Computer may have bungled Natrona County votes    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
Associated Press 23 August 2004
CASPER (AP) An apparent computer glitch resulted in improper tallying of votes cast in Natrona County during last week's primary, election officials said.
Correcting the errors changed the order in which some candidates finished but did not affect which ones advanced to the general election, County Clerk Mary Ann Collins said.


E-Voting: It's Security, Stupid    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
By Ben Rothke for eWeek 23 August 2004
Last month, Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America, reportedly stated that the open-source movement is using the issue of e-voting security to wage a "religious war" that pits open-source software against proprietary software. The only thing more absurd would be for Miller to blame the woes of e-voting on a vast right-wing conspiracy. As a citizen and voter, Miller should applaud, not disparage, the whistle-blowers who have demonstrated the security flaws of e-voting systems.

More Than Forty National Organizations Call on Election Directors to Prevent Problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
Press Release from LWVUS 23 August 2004
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 /U.S. Newswire/ Forty national organizations last week called on the chief election officials of each of the fifty states to take steps to guard the election process for the November 2004 election.
"There is a growing chorus of concern over how this election will be run. Specific steps can be taken now to protect the right to vote, and we ask election directors to carefully consider our suggestions," said Kay J. Maxwell, president of the League of Women Voters. "These are common-sense, operational and management measures that can be put in place for this election," she said.


Hordes of election observers flock to Florida    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
By MONI BASU The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 24 August 2004
Come Election Day, Martha Fagan won't be anywhere close to her home in Morningside. She, like thousands of other Americans, will be in the mother of all battlegrounds: Florida.

The downloading of the president '04    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
By Farhad Manjoo in Salon 24 August 2004
Will fears about the new voting machines keep voters away from the polls? And what's going on in Florida, anyway?

Clerk changes election vote totals    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 23, 2004
By MATTHEW VAN DUSEN, Star-Tribune staff writer
The Natrona County clerk has changed Tuesday's primary election totals in several municipal races after noticing a glitch in new vote-counting software.

Lost Votes in N.M. a Cautionary Tale    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
By Dan Keating in the Washington Post 22 August 2004
ESPAÑOLA, N.M. Four years ago, about 2,300 voters traveled the winding roads through this remote county to cast their ballots before Election Day on state-of-the-art, push-button electronic voting machines. For 678 of them, their votes were never recorded.

Let?s avoid an Election Day like 2000    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
By Kevin C. Peterson in the Boston Globe 22 August 2004
IGNORE THE HOOPLA about swing states and battleground territories in the presidential election. The reality is that the contest between President George Bush and Senator John Kerry will likely hinge on a more important theme: electoral justice.

Iowan advises Florida election officials    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
By Deirdre Cox Baker in the Quad Cities Times 22 August 2004
While many public officials in Florida continue cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, those in Miami-Dade County are bracing for a storm of another kind.
Four years after Florida was at the epicenter of the 2000 presidential election upheaval, election personnel are working persistently on problems associated with the state’s controversial $25 million touch-screen, paperless voting system. Those involved include a University of Iowa professor and a former Quad-City resident.


Voting backup plan is ready    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
By JOHN MARTIN Courier & Press 22 August 2004
Vanderburgh County and its voting machine vendor are developing a backup plan for the Nov. 2 election in case the county's new equipment isn't certified in time.
If the plan must be used, voting in the general election will be done differently than it was in the May primary.


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