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Tribune editorial: Election problems persisting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 26, 2004
Editorial in the Fort Pierce Tribune 26 July 2004
The 2000 presidential election showed that voting problems extend far beyond Florida, and despite all the publicity and federal assistance the problems persist in many states.

Miss. officials question election numbers    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 26, 2004
By THOMAS HARGROVE for Scripps Howard News Service 26 July 2004
Mississippi election officials are discovering voting trends that "don't make any sense." In the state's first in-depth study of its aging voting machines, there are large disparities between the numbers of ballots cast and actually counted.

ACLU lawsuit against Ohio's punch card ballots goes to trial, first in nation    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 26, 2004
by CONNIE MABIN for the AP 26 July 2004
AKRON, Ohio - The number of punch-card votes not counted because of old or malfunctioning equipment may be small but could affect a close election like the one expected Nov. 2, a civil rights lawyer said Monday in the first punch-card system challenge to go to trial.

Voting system trial opens    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 26, 2004
By Erika D. Smith for the Akron Beacon 26 July 2004
The American Civil Liberties Union took its first swing at punch-card ballots Monday in U.S. District Court in Akron.
Ohio and four counties, including Summit, are trying to defend their use of the type of ballots that resulted in a contested presidential election four years ago. Although the ACLU has filed similar legal challenges in other states, this is the first to go to trial.


Article and Essay: The Fight For Fair Elections    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 26, 2004
By Elaine Kitchel in Intervention Magazine 26 July 2004
For a few moments there was hope. It finally looked as if we might actually see daylight past the tangled web of inaccuracies and lies spun by the voting machine industry. Citizens all over the country have been crying out for fair elections in which every vote gets counted. July 13th saw the “Computer Ate My Vote Day” in which action groups in several states demonstrated for fair elections with verifiable results. Numerous states, including the pivotal state of Ohio, decertified electronic voting machines because of the inability to perform recounts on the machines and because of their proven failures in many state primary elections. The average Joe suddenly became aware that his vote might not get counted. He’s finding that possibility unacceptable and beginning to shout about it.

ACLU punch card lawsuit goes to trial    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 25, 2004
by Connie Mabin for AP 25 July 2004
CLEVELAND - Four years after Florida's hanging chads captivated a nation and less than 100 days before what could be another tight presidential race, this swing state's punch-card voting system is being challenged in court.

Touch screen opponents are great at ignoring facts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 25, 2004
By HOWARD TROXLER, St. Petersburg Times Columnist 25 July 2004
What should a reasonable person conclude about touch screen voting machines? Sure, there are some safeguards it would be nice to add. But most of the worry out there is loony tunes stuff.

Vote absentee, group says    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 25, 2004
By MONIQUE H. HENDERSON / Special to The Press-Enterprise 25 July 2004
Concerns over the security of electronic voting have prompted the Riverside County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to urge black voters to cast absentee ballots in November.

ACLU claims punch ballots unfair to blacks    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 24, 2004
By SHANE HOOVER for the Canton Repository 24 July 2004
CANTON ? Deciding whether chad, hanging or otherwise, will be part of elections in Ohio will sit with a federal judge next week.
A trial pitting the American Civil Liberties Union against Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and state and county election officials is set to begin Monday in federal district court in Akron.


All eyes on Florida    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 24, 2004
Editorial in the St. Petersburg Times 24 July 2004
What is it like to be a supervisor of elections in Florida nowadays? Ask Kay Clem, elections chief in Indian River County and past president of the state supervisors association.

States rush to overhaul voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 24, 2004
By Jan Moller for the Times-Picayune 24 July 2004
BATON ROUGE With $3.9 billion in federal financing available for upgrading voting machinery, states from Florida to Alaska are scrambling to buy new computerized systems.

Alameda County can vote touch-screen    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 24, 2004
By Guy Ashley for the Contra Costa Times 24 July 2004
A special panel of state elections experts has approved Alameda County's touch-screen voting system for use in the November election, a move that probably will ward off the need for a last-minute replacement to the county's controversial voting equipment.

Interest in absentee ballots skyrockets    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
by Jane Musgrave in the Palm Beach Post
Like a Baptist minister, U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler has been preaching the evils of touch-screen voting and the eternal damnation that will befall the Democratic Party if the faithful don't cast absentee ballots in the upcoming fall elections.

Judge asked to dismiss suit against voting system    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
By Andrea F. Siegel of the Baltimore Sun
Lawyers for the state Board of Elections and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland asked a judge yesterday to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to decertify Maryland's 16,000 electronic voting machines until upgrades are made to the new voting system.

Newfangled Machines Eyed    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
By EVE HIGHTOWER Woodland Daily Democrat
The Yolo County Voting Technology Advisory Committee has recommended the county purchase three new types of voting machines.
If they are bought, the machines will be in polling precincts for the November 2005 election.


E-voting may get mail-in backup    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
By KAREN AYRES for the Trenton Times
Voters who are worried that their ballots won't be counted accurately on Mercer County's new electronic voting machines would be allowed to file absentee ballots in the November election under a proposal made public yesterday by the county administration.

Keep tabs on touchscreens State should heed calls for election-system audit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
Opinion of the Southwest Florida Herald-Tribune
Florida officials have been far too hasty in rejecting calls for an independent audit of state-certified touchscreen voting systems.
On Monday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, joined the chorus of people requesting the audit. Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood, a Republican, quickly accused him of grandstanding.


Insurance for Electronic Votes    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
Opinion in the New York Times
This November, millions of voters will use electronic voting machines of questionable reliability. The election is by now too near for the sort of major overhaul that electronic voting requires. But there is still time for states and localities to protect the integrity of the voting and build public confidence in the results. The public should insist that election officials put these protections in place right away.

Alameda County to use touch-screen voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
by Greg Lucas for the San Francisco Chronicle
Sacramento Alameda County will use its touch-screen voting system in November's election after receiving state approval this week on two major upgrades to the machines.

Attorney launches Web site encouraging absentee voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
Jill Krueger for the Orlando Business Journal
Prompted by criticism of the reliability of touch-screen electronic voting, one local constitutional law attorney has launched a Web site prompting Florida citizens to vote absentee in the upcoming presidential election.

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