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How things have changed since 2000    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
Palm Beach Post Staff Reports 01 August 2004
The notorious chad-producing Votomatic system has been replaced by Sequoia AVC Edge touch-screen technology. LePore plans to deploy 4,270 machines about one machine for every 164 registered voters and 1,229 activators, used to boot up the Sequoias. They replace 5,000 of the old machines.

LePore: We'll be ready for elections    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
by John Lantigua in the Palm Beach Post 01 August 2004
Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore sits in her "war room" about 30 days before the ballot battles of 2004 begin. She is finalizing preparations for the Aug. 31 primaries and bolstering her troops for The Big One: the Nov. 2 general election that will pick the next president.

Florida elections in the national spotlight    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
Opinion of the Miami Herald 01 August 2004
The national spotlight will shine brighter on Florida on Nov. 2 than on any other state. The reasons go beyond the 2000 presidential debacle. After all, even if Florida had enjoyed smooth elections in the four years since, and even if its new electronic voting equipment didn't continue to pose reliability and accuracy questions, the state has one other unique factor that draws attention to it on Election Day. President Bush's brother Jeb is Florida's governor.

Don't Touch That Screen    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
by MARK EHRMAN in the Los Angeles Times
In these days of everything electronic, sometimes paper still triumphs. In April, California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley rocked the brave new world of touch-screen voting by banning machines that don't generate a paper confirmation of each vote, unless the 15 counties using them adopted a strict set of guidelines. Anti-touch-screen activists lauded the move, but Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern and Plumas counties and disability advocates filed suit, claiming the edict violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because the machines made it easier for the visually and manually impaired to vote.

No reason to delay buying new voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
Opinion in The State (South Carolina) 01 August 2004
OUR STATE IS IN danger of disenfranchising thousands of voters, not to mention squandering millions of dollars we can’t afford to waste. All in the name of protecting against election fraud.
Critics are playing Chicken Little and attempting to undermine public confidence and throw up procedural barriers to a plan to replace unreliable voting machines with state-of-the-art equipment.


Is staff 'the Achilles' heel' at polls?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
By TAMARA LUSH, St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer 01 August 2004
They have been called the weakest link in Florida's election system, the last defense between a well-run democracy and a banana republic.
They also may be the most overlooked of all the potential problems facing Florida's election system.


Touch-screen voting may create new problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
Opinion in the Salem (OR) Statesman Journal 01 August 2004
With only three months remaining until the general election, other states are spending millions to buy touch-screen voting machines. Meanwhile, doubts about the devices multiply, with good reason.

Voting machines and polling places are about to change    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
BY DIANE MARKEL in the Sauk Valley News 01 August 2004
With one national convention at an end and another to begin, the act of voting is in the news.
Four years ago the final ion of president hung in the balance for weeks as ballots in Florida were examined and re-examined. At issue was the traditional punch card/butterfly ballot, and whether or not the "chad" had been punched out or not.


Progressives Split Over Electronic Voting Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
by Madeleine Baran in The New Standard 01 August 2004
Aug 1 - Fractures between disabled and non-disabled activists within the broad progressive movement have been common in recent decades, and have emerged once again in the fight over electronic voting machines.

Rush to absentee ballots may magnify trouble    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, August 1, 2004
By Jane Musgrave in the Palm Beach Post 01 August 2004
Despite instructions that clearly explain how to connect arrows so their votes will be counted, warnings to vote for only one candidate and admonitions not to erase, at least 150 Palm Beach County voters managed to mess up their absentee ballots in the March presidential primary.

GOP seeking to exploit its failure to fix system    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 31, 2004
By Palm Beach Post Editorial 31 July 2004
Top Republicans in Florida dismiss fears of touch-screen voting as a Democratic scare tactic designed to exploit resentment over the 2000 election. They would be the last group one would expect to find parroting U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's "don't trust the machines" mantra.

'Lost' vote data in Miami-Dade just misplaced    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 31, 2004
BY JOE MOZINGO for the Miami Herald 31 July 2004
Miami-Dade election officials said Friday that they found electronic records of recent elections that were thought to be lost in computer crashes, but the explanation did little to ease the swirl of controversy that again put the county's voting process under scrutiny.

State must not allow a rerun of the 2000 presidential election mess    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 31, 2004
Opinion in NewDay 31 July 2004
Here we go again. Four years after a razor-thin margin of votes in Florida threw the 2000 presidential election into chaos, things may not be much better in the Sunshine State this November. Technical glitches and suspicion that officials may be manipulating the system for partisan advantage have made bitter post-election disputes all too likely.

Voting modernization casts doubts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 31, 2004
By VIKAS BAJAJ / The Dallas Morning News
The technology revolution that was supposed to modernize voting booths by the November elections is turning out to be, well, not so revolutionary.
Disputes over their security and delays in federal funding have slowed the upgrade of U.S. voting machines, promised after the Florida vote-counting debacle in the last presidential election.


Voting machine woes go on    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 30, 2004
By HERB MARYNELL for the Evansville Courier & Press 30 July 2004
Vanderburgh County Clerk Marsha Abell will try to get answers today from the supplier of touch screen voting equipment on why voting data disappeared in Florida precincts where the firm's system is used.

GOP sorry for sending flier    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 30, 2004
BY GARY FINEOUT for the Miami Herald 30 July 2004
TALLAHASSEE - The Republican Party of Florida apologized Thursday for sending out a flier over the weekend to some Miami-Dade County Republicans that raised questions about the accuracy of touch-screen machines.

Elections department working to ensure accurate vote results    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 30, 2004
CONSTANCE A. KAPLAN, Opinion in the Miami Herald 30 July 2004
Be assured that the Miami-Dade County Elections Department is working diligently to ensure that your vote will count. We have come a long way from the 2000 presidential election, in which more than 100,000 overvotes were reportedly cast in Florida, to machines that will not allow even one overvote this year. While voters can choose not to vote in a particular race, our touch-screen voting machines clearly alert voters that they are casting an undervote before allowing them to do so.

Optical-scan ballots not too old/new; just right    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 30, 2004
By MARK LANE, Columnist in the Daytona Beach News-Journal 30 July 2004
Maybe it's a good thing Volusia County has such a rich electoral history.
It means we've achieved a level of election paranoia the rest of the state heck, the rest of the nation only arrived at after the 2000 election. It meant we were readier for the 2000 election. It means we don't have touch-screen voting this year.


Florida Democrats gearing up to protect voting rights    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 30, 2004
by KEN THOMAS for the AP 30 July 2004
BOSTON - Fresh off their convention, Florida Democrats are issuing renewed calls to protect voters' rights amid questions over new electronic voting machines and an anticipated down-to-the-wire campaign that could mirror the 2000 election.

Miami-Dade elections officials find lost 2002 voting data    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 30, 2004
by RACHEL LA CORTE for AP 30 July 2004
MIAMI - Miami-Dade County elections officials said Friday they have found detailed electronic records from the 2002 gubernatorial primary that were originally believed lost in computer crashes last year.
"The data has been located on a compact disk that was in the files of the election office," said Seth Kaplan, spokesman for the office of Elections Supervisor Constance Kaplan. "We are very pleased."


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