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Effort afoot to address e-voting at convention    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
News Story by Dan Verton for Computer World
JULY 23, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) - WASHINGTON A Democratic congresswoman from President George W. Bush's home state plans to put the issue of electronic voting security and integrity in the spotlight at next week's Democratic National Convention.

Diebold for Democracy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
by Roy Mark for InternetNews
After the federal election controversies of 2000, Congress turned to technology as a solution, approving almost $4 billion to modernize state voting systems. Electronic voting, however, is proving as contentious an issue as hanging chads.

Boost confidence    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 23, 2004
Editorial in the Orlando Sentinel
Secretary of State Glenda Hood has five weeks to convince Floridians that all is well with upcoming elections. And that is no small challenge, due in large part to the former Orlando mayor's stubborn resistance to hear out her critics.

Election upgrade urgency    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
Editorial in the Charleston Post and Courier
The frustration with tactics that could halt the badly needed upgrade of voting equipment in counties that still have punch-card voting and optical scanners is understandable. Private citizens and election officials have been working for more than three years on election reform in this state. To date, we've heard nothing that would warrant conducting another general election with outmoded and troublesome equipment.

SOUND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES RECOMMENDED FOR 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
League of Women Voters Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC- The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) today issued a new report to help safeguard the votes of all Americans in the 2004 election. Helping America Vote: Safeguarding the Vote outlines a set of recommended operational and management practices for state and local election officials to enhance voting system security, protect eligible voters and ensure that valid votes are counted.

Connor: E-Voting Is Safe    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
BY MICHAEL KING, AND LEE NICHOLS for Naked City in the Austin Chronicle
Responding to activist calls last week that verifiable paper voter receipts be mandated for electronic voting machines in Texas' November elections (see "Naked City: E-Voting in the Hot Box," July 16), Secretary of State Geoffrey Connor – who oversees Texas elections – offered a statement, reading in part:

Goal for Florida: Smoother elections    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
Opinion in the Miami Herald
Less than four months before the presidential election, one question still nags Florida election officials: Will voting machines work the way they are supposed to?

Election angst    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
A TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT EDITORIAL
Let's assume that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was grandstanding Monday when he announced his request that the Justice Department audit the upcoming Florida elections.

Elections still face problems, panel says    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
By LUCY MORGAN, St. Petersburg Times
SALT LAKE CITY - Emerging technology could ease concerns about the lack of a paper trail in touch screen voting machines, but the solution won't be cheap and it could cause new problems at the polls, election experts gathered here said Wednesday.

Undervoting Added to List Of Florida's Election Woes    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
By TAMARA LUSH for the St. Petersburg Times
TAMPA Florida elections officials knew before they bought the first touch screen machine that the devices had a history of recording undervotes at a higher rate than optical scan machines.

4 years later, new election controversies dog Florida    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
By Mike Williams for Cox News Service
COCOA BEACH, Fla. — After the debacle of the 2000 presidential election, Florida's top politicians and elections officials vowed it would never happen again.
They rammed through sweeping changes in election laws and poured more than $130 million into purchasing new voting machines, retraining poll workers and designing voter-education drives.


County holds mock election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
By RICHARD VALENTY Colorado Daily
Many Boulder County citizens might not think about voting systems until closer to the November presidential election, but for county election officials, time is of the essence in making sure a brand new county voting system works efficiently and to perfection.

Vote by mail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 22, 2004
Editorial in the Tallahassee Democrat
Given that we're just weeks away from the Aug. 31 primary, there's realistically nothing that can be done to restore full confidence to an elections process that is sorely in need of it.
But there is one short-term alternative that can and should be emphasized: voting by mail, also known as voting by absentee.


Touch screen voting - practice now    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 21, 2004
by Becky Bosshart for the Lahontan Valley News
This past week, Churchill County clerk's office manager Kelly Helton helped about 25 people understand the new touch-screen voting machine, which will be used for the first time in the Sept. 7 primary.

New voting machines on the way    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 21, 2004
HEATHER VOGELL for the Charlotte Observer
York and 13 other counties should have new electronic voting machines in hand by mid-August, officials said this week.
But the touch-screen machines still aren't clear of the controversy that has surrounded them for months. York County Elections Director Wanda Hemphill said Tuesday that she won't count on the machines until she knows they are headed for York.


County to post poll results    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 21, 2004
By IMRAN GHORI / The Press-Enterprise
San Bernardino County supervisors Tuesday acceded to a demand from the state to post results at polling places and finalized approval of settlement of a lawsuit over touch-screen voting.
The provision for posting results was the only issue holding up the settlement that was reached last week. The county ped its lawsuit against Secretary of State Kevin Shelley and agreed to provide extra paper ballots at polling places on Nov. 2.


Voting machine faults ignored    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 21, 2004
By TAMARA LUSH, St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
TAMPA - Florida elections officials knew before they bought the first touch screen voting machine that the devices had a history of problems.
The machines recorded cases in which no vote was cast, known as undervotes, at a higher rate than some other machines.


Democrats using 2000 Fla. fiasco as object lesson    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 21, 2004
By Peter S. Canellos, Boston Globe Staff
MIAMI Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas spent much of the past three years worrying about voting machines, a legacy of Florida's 2000 election. Then a more powerful force emanating from 2000 slapped him like a hurricane moving through Biscayne Bay: anger.

Funds pledged for voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 21, 2004
By Karen Ducheneaux American News Writer
Brown County has pledged matching funds to have electronic voting machines in place at each of its 22 precincts in time for the 2006 elections, according to county officials.
Although the exact cost for individual machines is not yet known, the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office has tentatively requested $21,000 in matching funds from Brown County to help pay for them.


California Recount Case to Consider E-Voting Audit Trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 21, 2004
In Government Technology
Former Riverside County Board of Supervisors candidate Linda Soubirous recently sued Riverside County and its Registrar of Voters Mischelle Townsend because the county refused to provide voting-machine electronic records during an election recount. The Soubirous lawsuit could guarantee public access to security records stored inside electronic voting machines in future recounts.

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