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Lecture questions security level of electronic voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 19, 2004
By Gala M. Pierce Daily Herald Staff Writer (Chicago, IL) 19 August 2004
With the presidential election on the horizon, Americans are wondering if their vote will count.
And Dan Wallach of Rice University in Houston has asked the question: How reliable and secure are electronic voting systems?


Iowa's ready for election; one county keeping old voting machines.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 19, 2004
By AMY LORENTZEN, Associated Press Writer 19 August 2004
DES MOINES Although one county has opted to keep its old-fashioned lever voting equipment, Iowa officials say the state is in good shape for the November general election.
Most of Iowa's 99 counties use high-tech voting equipment, such as a touch-screen system that operates like a bank's ATM or, like Black Hawk County, optical scan technology that combines paper ballots with electronic tallying, said Iowa secretary of state spokesman Chris Ludlow.


Gov. Bush orders election emergency in 10 counties    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, August 19, 2004
BY MARY ELLEN KLAS for the Miami Herald 20 August 2004
TALLAHASSEE - With election equipment potentially damaged by Hurricane Charley and poll workers hard to find, Gov. Jeb Bush declared an election emergency Thursday in 10 counties. The move gives state election officials power to modify procedures so the Aug. 31 primary can be conducted.

Election 2004: Florida under microscope again heading into election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 18, 2004
By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press 18 August 2004
MIAMI — Questions about electronic voting machines and a series of embarrassing blunders have stoked concerns months before the November ballot about another bungled vote in the state that was the epicenter of the 2000 presidential election fiasco.

Miami-Dade forms panel to oversee election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 18, 2004
By Madeline Bar? Diaz in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel 18 August 2004
MIAMI · Miami-Dade officials on Tuesday launched an elections task force they said would root out fraud and respond to voter concerns in the Aug. 31 mayoral and primary election, punctuating the announcement with news that they arrested a campaign worker in an election fraud case.

Court rules against recount request    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 18, 2004
By Sara Withee in the Milford Daily News 18 August 2004
UXBRIDGE The state Appeals Court has ruled against the town's request to hold a recount of the April 13 Finance Committee and School Committee elections.
Judge Charlotte A. Perretta last Friday denied the town's appeal of a July 2 Worcester Superior Court decision against reviewing the ballots, according to court records.


E.C. plan under scrutiny by feds    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 18, 2004
By Steve Walsh / Post-Tribune 18 August 2004
CROWN POINT — U.S. Justice Department election monitors grilled Lake County election officials behind closed doors about their plan to comply with federal election law at the polls in East Chicago.

New voting machines to aid disabled    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 18, 2004
By Lynda Arakawa in the Honolulu Advertiser 18 August 2004
The state has awarded Texas-based company Hart InterCivic a $3.8 million contract for new electronic voting machines to make the election process more accessible to disabled and non-English speaking voters.

Extra equipment will help count ballots    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 18, 2004
By GRETCHEN LOSI in the Victorville Daily Press
SAN BERNARDINO — The Board of Supervisors approved $370,000 on Tuesday to purchase four additional machines that will assist in counting ballots during the November election.

Tilting at the Ballot Box    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, August 18, 2004
By John Heilemann in Business 2.0 August 18, 2004
The legendary cryptographer David Chaum has just invented something amazing, and his timing is nearly perfect. At a moment when electronic voting has been turned by a confluence of clueless election officials, slipshod technologies, dodgy vendors, and ever vigilant geeks from a great leap forward into an abject fiasco, Chaum has unveiled an e-voting system that's everything the current gizmos aren't. It's incredibly secure. It guarantees anonymity. Its results are verifiable.

Paper trail poses problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 17, 2004
BY TYLER WHITLEY in the Richmond Times-Dispatch 17 August 2004
Virginia should go slow before joining the rush to require a paper trail in voting, a computer expert told a voting-equipment study committee yesterday.
Dr. Michael I. Shamos, of the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said creating a paper receipt that would show people how they voted would calm a great deal of anxiety that has emerged since the contested 2000 presidential election.


Short notice rules out replacing touch-screens in Miami-Dade    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 17, 2004
By Tania Valdemoro for South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Miami In a response to an inquiry from Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas, County Manager George Burgess has determined that replacing Miami-Dade's 7,200 touch-screen voting machines with paper ballots and optical scan equipment by the November general election is not possible.

Touch-screen voting fails to ease fear of more blunders    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 17, 2004
BY JOE MOZINGO AND ERIKA BOLSTAD in the Miami Herald 17 August 2004
Since Miami-Dade and Broward counties purchased the iVotronic touch-screen voting system almost three years ago, a gubernatorial primary was botched, the cost of running an election has soared and the notion that every vote counts seems less a certainty than blind faith.

Electronic vote critics await county?s reply    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 17, 2004
By Darrell Smith in The Desert Sun 17 August 2004
RIVERSIDE COUNTY Electronic voting critics came out with guns blazing. They charged Riverside County elections officials misled county leaders and stonewalled those seeking answers to questions about the county’s touch-screen voting systems.

Saving the Vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, August 17, 2004
by Paul Krugman in the New York Times 17 August 2004
Everyone knows it, but not many politicians or mainstream journalists are willing to talk about it, for fear of sounding conspiracy-minded: there is a substantial chance that the result of the 2004 presidential election will be suspect.

Early primary balloting starts today    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 16, 2004
by Erika Bolstad in the Miami Herald 16 August 2004
Early voting for the Aug. 31 primary begins today across Florida, giving voters a two-week window to cast ballots without the lines or worries of election day.
Voters in Miami-Dade have their pick of 14 sites. Broward voters can go to one of 10 public offices or libraries to vote even on Saturdays.


BALLOT BALKS: Switch to optical-scan voting raises concerns    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 16, 2004
By Barton Deiters for The Grand Rapids Press 16 August 2004
"Optical scan is a proven system that incorporates the safeguards necessary to ensure election integrity," Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land said in May.

Florida a Big Test of E-Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 16, 2004
By Jacob Ogles for WiredNews 16 August 2004
ORLANDO, Florida Florida election officials will be relying on touch-screen machines to provide the sole storage of early voting data between now and the state's Aug. 31 primary election day, raising concerns that votes sitting in storage for two weeks could be susceptible to tampering.

County gets reimbursed for optical scan equipment    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, August 16, 2004
By RENEE JEAN\Daily Journal (MO) 16 August 2004
St. Francois County has gotten the money it was promised as reimbursement for the optical scan equipment it purchased shortly after the 2000 election.
The Secretary of State Matt Blunt's office sent the county a check for $93,937. The money was filtered through Blunt's office from federal sources, and was part of the Help America Vote Act. That federal initiative included a partial buyout of punch card systems.


Editorial:Retreating to the past won't smooth voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 15, 2004
Editorial in the San Antonio Express-News 15 August 2004
Touch screen voting machines are taking a beating from fearful critics as the presidential election approaches.
Voting-rights activists are sounding a fevered warning that the machines are vulnerable to hackers who could alter election results.


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