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Paper printouts reassure some e-voters    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
by Rebeca Rodriguez in the San Antonio Express-News 22 August 2004
LAS VEGAS — Thousands of Silver State voters cast early ballots Saturday for their late-in-the-year primary, becoming the first to test a new technology at the heart of a national debate.

Does rush to voting by touch screens compute?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
STEVE TERRELL | The Santa Fe New Mexican 22 August 2004
At a speech in Santa Fe last week, populist author and radio personality Jim Hightower got a lot of laughs when he referred to new electronic touch-screen voting machines as \\\"faith-based voting.\\\"

Sumter County is lone punch-card ballot user in November    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
by JACOB JORDAN for AP 22 August 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Every South Carolina county that once used punch-card ballots is on track to have their election systems d in time for the Nov. 2 election - except Sumter County.
Officials there have said there's not enough time to make the switch to electronic touch-screen voting machines for the general election, which means the county will continue to use the same ballots that caused turmoil during the 2000 presidential election.


Secretive testing firms certify nation's vote count machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
By BILL POOVEY for AP 22 August 2004
The three companies that certify the nation's voting technologies operate in secrecy, and refuse to discuss flaws in the ATM-like machines to be used by nearly one in three voters in November.

Essay: More Problems with Electronic Voting Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 22, 2004
by Elaine Kitchel in Intervention Magazine 22 August 2004
Something stinks in Riverside County, California, and it’s not the local dump. The nasty odor assailing the residents’ nostrils is the smell of rotten politics. But it’s Riverside, so why should you care? Well there’s just one reason. What’s happening in Riverside County is a snapshot of what’s happening all over the country, probably in your state. And this is a story best told by a young man named Jeremiah Akin.

Wexler, losing in court, dismisses tests of ?black box? voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 21, 2004
by Sean Salai in Boca Raton News 21 August 2004
Last week’s public testing of Florida’s touch-screen voting machines was meaningless and created a false sense of security, says U.S. Congressman Robert Wexler, whose legal challenges to the devices were on their last legs in federal court yesterday.
“You can test all you want in August,” Wexler told the Boca Raton News in an interview. “It only creates a false sense of security. It doesn’t mean the boxes will work on Nov. 2.


County to use paper ballots in November    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 21, 2004
By MICHAEL W. HOSKINS in Johnson, Co., IN Daily Journal
Voters will have to do more than touch a screen when going to the polls in November’s election.
Instead of using touchscreen voting machines, as in May’s primary, voters will mark paper ballots and slide them through a ballot-reading machine.


Workers at voting firm gave to GOP    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 21, 2004
By Roger Fillion, Rocky Mountain News 21 August 2004
A Colorado company under contract to ensure that the nation's touch-screen voting machines are accurate has been a substantial contributor to Republican candidates and groups.

Vendors off-limits to staff    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 21, 2004
By Ed Anderson for the New Orleans Times-Picayune
BATON ROUGE Secretary of State Fox McKeithen has warned employees of his office to avoid direct contact with election machine vendors who may want to sell the state new voting equipment or face disciplinary action.

Provisional ballots offer promise, peril    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 21, 2004
Associated Press 21 August 2004
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of Americans will vote in November using a special kind of ballot that must be counted by hand.
That could leave the outcome of the presidential election in doubt as elections officials argue over each vote.


Electronic voting controversy? Not here    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, August 21, 2004
By JAMES BEATY in McAlester News Capital 21 August 2004
Unless there's a landslide in the upcoming Nov. 2 presidential election, the seeds have already been sown for another post-election controversy.
If this year's showdown between Republican President George W. Bush and the Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, is as close as polls show, a post-election controversy may be inevitable.


Techies Praised for E-Vote Work    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 20, 2004
By Kim Zetter in Wired News 20 August 2004
The new national elections chairman this week praised computer scientists for calling attention to security problems with e-voting machines and for helping develop new standards for building machines that will be more secure in the future.
"The country owes you a debt of thanks to have taken this challenge of voting systems seriously," DeForest B. Soaries Jr., chairman of the newly formed federal Election Assistance Commission, said to members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, who are in the process of drafting new standards for electronic voting systems.


California relents on touch-screen balloting use for November election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 20, 2004
By Guy Ashley for the Contra Costa Times 20 August 2004
California's top elections official has officially re-certified Alameda County's touch-screen voting system for use in the November election.
Despite problems in the November election, Piedmont City Clerk Ann Swift supports the move.


EDITORIAL Every vote must count    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 20, 2004
San Fracisco Chronicle 20 August 2004
IN A DEMOCRACY, perhaps the only thing more frustrating than being denied the right to vote is voting without ever really knowing whether your ballot was actually counted.
That is why 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.


Venezuela dispute shows e-voting hazards for U.S., critics say    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 20, 2004
By Bob Dart in the Austin American-Statesman 20 August 2004
WASHINGTON The disputed presidential recall referendum in Venezuela offers ominous lessons about the use of electronic voting machines in U.S. elections this November, critics of the process are warning.

Lawyers for Fla. congressman argue for paper ballots    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 20, 2004
by DOUG GROSS for AP 20 August 2004
ATLANTA - Lawyers for a Florida congressman argued Friday to keep alive a legal battle to require the state's voting machines to create paper ballots.
Attorneys for U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, a Democrat, told members of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a district judge wrongly threw out Wexler's lawsuit.


Lower court to hear arguments for voter paper trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 20, 2004
By Gretchen Parker AP 20 August 2004
ANNAPOLIS A group suing the state Board of Elections acknowledged today that its fight to eliminate Maryland's computerized voting machines by November has failed. But members still hope a Circuit Court judge will require elections officials to guarantee a paper trail.

Johnson County Election Issues    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, August 20, 2004
WISH-TV Indianapolis, IN 20 August 2004
(Johnson County) - Johnson County voters may not be using their touch-screen voting machines in the November 2nd election, because the company that makes those machines didn't meet Friday's deadline.

Local residents will get to test voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 19, 2004
By WALLACE McBRIDE in The Index Journal (SC) 19 August 2004
As part of the federal grant agreement, ES&S will conduct the county’s first election using the iVotronic, said Connie Moody, director of voter registration and elections for Greenwood County. The equipment will not go into use until November, she said, when county election staff functions mostly as observers and consultants.

Hold primary as scheduled    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 19, 2004
Editorial in the Palm Beach Post 19 August 2004
During the past few weeks, the Florida Division of Elections has caused plenty of political turbulence with its bumbling and seeming partisanship. In the wake of Hurricane Charley, the state must deal with election problems that have resulted from a real storm. Yet Secretary of State Glenda Hood still seems eager to avoid the issue.

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