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Editorial: Paper receipts won't cure ills of electronic voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 15, 2004
Tomah Journal
This week, moveon.org is organizing rallies in 19 states, including Wisconsin, to protest electronic voting. As part of its "computer ate my vote" campaign, moveon.org is promoting state and federal legislation that would require electronic ballot boxes to issue a paper receipt. The federal legislation has the backing of Wisconsin Reps. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) and Tom Petri (R-Fond du Lac). Skeptics are right to worry about computer voting.

Commission to seek Justice Dept.'s help in Florida voting matter    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 15, 2004
BY RAFAEL LORENTE for the South Florida Sun Sentinel
WASHINGTON - (KRT) - The chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said Thursday she intends to send a letter asking the Justice Department to look into whether the state of Florida broke the law in the way it put together the controversial, and now discarded, potential felon voter list.

Civil rights panel says disenfranchisement of voters was deliberate    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 15, 2004
BY ERIKA BOLSTAD for Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON - (KRT) - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said Thursday it will ask the Department of Justice to investigate whether Florida's use of a flawed database to remove felons from the voter rolls was a deliberate attempt to block some voters from casting ballots.

Delaware vows to watch ballots after low vote count    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 15, 2004
By THOMAS HARGROVE for Knox News
Delaware officials are defending their 2000 election results despite initial alarm at discovering some voters were less likely to have their presidential votes register than were voters in ballot-troubled Florida.

County should take time before changing systems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Opinion in the Hilton Head Island Packet
The problem with touch-screen voting in Beaufort County is that it would replace a system that is working well. That affords this community the opportunity to let the dust settle on the controversial national rush to touch-screen voting before changing.

Riverside County abandons vote challenge    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By: DAVE DOWNEY - Staff Writer for the North County Times
RIVERSIDE The county Tuesday ped its voting lawsuit against the state and reached terms for conducting the Nov. 2 election with touch-screen machines.
Roy Wilson, chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, said he and colleagues voted 5-0 in closed session not to appeal last week's unfavorable federal court ruling, which rebuffed Riverside's bid to throw out Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's rules for electronic-voting counties.


Votes that count    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Editorial from the Daytona Beach News-Journal
Election supervisors are sighing with relief over the state's decision to back off a voter-roll purge of suspected felons that could have barred tens of thousands of people from casting ballots this fall. Their sentiments are understandable: Independent investigations had already turned up numerous problems with the list.

2 Counties, State Reach a Deal on E-Vote Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By Hugo Mart?n and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Riverside and San Bernardino county officials reached an agreement Tuesday with the California secretary of state to use electronic voting machines for the November presidential election.

Plan to buy voting machines faces heat    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By LEE BANDY for The State (SC)
S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster was asked Tuesday to halt the State Election Commission’s plan to buy new touch-screen voting machines.
Meanwhile, the State Law Enforcement Division confirmed it is investigating the commission’s original plan to buy new machines from Election Systems Software.


Address Flaws So System Works    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board
There's plenty to second-guess about touch-screen voting machines. But wringing hands and lamenting past decisions won't change the reality staring starkly at voters and election supervisors: What we've got is what we've got, so let's make it work as well as possible.

Accord rescues e-voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By MICHELLE DeARMOND, IMRAN GHORI and BETTYE WELLS MILLER / The Press-Enterprise
Supervisors in Riverside and San Bernardino counties reached a truce Tuesday with Secretary of State Kevin Shelley that will allow Inland voters to use touch-screen voting in November's presidential election.
The unanimous vote by the two boards came one week after a federal judge upheld Shelley's right to decertify the electronic systems. In deciding to out of the lawsuit against Shelley, the two boards also agreed to provide paper ballots at polling places as an alternative to electronic machines, as Shelley had demanded.


Felon voter list cost state millions    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By Bob Mahlburg | Tallahassee Bureau of the Orlando Sentinel
TALLAHASSEE A database of almost 48,000 "potential felons," so riddled with errors that it had to be scrapped, cost state taxpayers nearly $2 million to compile and defend, officials said Tuesday.

Even with new chief, election doubts linger    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By LUCY MORGAN, St Petersburg Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief
TALLAHASSEE - Florida and its elections chief were vilified by Democrats, excoriated in newspaper editorials and carved up by late-night comedians after the contested 2000 election.

Paper trail called key to voting reform    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By ELIZABETH BENJAMIN, Times Union (NY) Capitol bureau
Activists delivered their own "paper trail" of nearly 42,000 signatures to Gov. George Pataki on Tuesday, demanding that the state buy only electronic voting machines that create verification records to prevent mistakes, miscounts and fraud.

Electronic ballot critics reiterate their concerns    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By Jerry Cornfield for the Everett Herald
EVERETT - The national debate on the security of electronic voting machines played out in Everett on Tuesday as critics of the machines urged reform to a small crowd that included the county's chief election official.

E-voting backup is demanded    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By Thomas Burr for the Salt Lake City Tribune
Bytes shouldn't replace ballots.
That was the cry of a group at the state Capitol on Tuesday who handed Utah election officials a 2,000-signature petition calling for some type of paper record to back up new election technology.


Voting system bidding probed    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
BY CLAY BARBOUR Of The Charleston Post and Courier Staff
COLUMBIAThe state is investigating alleged contract bidding improprieties by the South Carolina Election Commission, authorities announced Tuesday, the same day voter advocates around the nation expressed growing concerns that electronic voting systems simply offer a new way to cheat.

Report: Touchscreen Voting Flawed in Fla.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Associated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Touchscreen voting machines didn't perform as well as devices that scanned paper ballots in this year's Florida Democratic presidential primary, raising questions about the state's voting process for the November election, a newspaper reported Sunday.

ATM-style voting booths likely to be back this fall    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By Darrell Smith for the Desert Sun
Riverside County’s voters will use electronic touch- screen voting machines and have the option of using paper ballots in November’s election in a deal that could come as early as today.

Two more Southern California counties allowed to use e-voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Associated Press
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Riverside and San Bernardino counties will be allowed to use electronic voting machines in the November election after reaching an agreement with California's secretary of state to enact new ballot protections.

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