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Election chief tries to restore faith in Dade voting system    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, July 13, 2004
BY CHARLES RABIN for Miami Herald
Despite her critical letter last month to the company that manufactures Miami-Dade's touch-screen voting equipment, County Election Supervisor Constance Kaplan on Tuesday defended the machines and said flaws found so far will not affect upcoming elections.
'The issues we've raised recently are administrative,' Kaplan said. ``They don't impact voters, and they don't impact tabulations. We should be ok.'


Groups Rally for Voting Receipts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, July 13, 2004
By Dan Keating for the Washington Post
Members of liberal groups rallied in 19 states yesterday to demand that new electronic voting terminals have paper receipts to ensure accurate election recounts in the November presidential race.

E-voting's Rush to Failure    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 12, 2004
Opinion by Tommy Peterson for Computer World
In the wake of the painful experiences of 2000, the choice of the mechanism used to record and tally votes in this year's presidential election may be almost as controversial as the battle between the candidates. Unfortunately, a hefty portion of state and local jurisdictions have prematurely adopted electronic voting systems.

New voting machines getting final testing in Nevada    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 12, 2004
Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Nevada voting machines are still being tested for use in the September primary and November election, alarming election officials who say they are already under immense strain.
Nevada plans to be the first state in the nation to use touch-screen machines with an attached printer that keeps a paper record of electronic votes. But officials said it was taking longer than expected to get federal certification.


West Virginia certifies AccuPoll    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 12, 2004
BY Michael Hardy for Federal Computer Week
Touch-screen machines, formally called Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines, have become controversial. Some computer scientists and other critics warn that hackers could falsify voting results, or the machines could generate inaccurate results simply through an honest mistake. Such a mistake could go undetected because there would be no other record of votes cast, skeptics warn.

Check 'E' for 'Evasion'    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
Palm Beach Post Editorial
When it comes to making sure that every eligible voter in Florida has a chance to vote, the state Division of Elections once again has shirked its duty.

Analysis reveals flaws in voting by touch-screen    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
By Jeremy Milarsky and Buddy Nevins for the South-Florida Sun Sentinel
Florida's relatively new touch-screen voting machines, touted as a solution to the state's 2000 presidential election meltdown, didn't perform as well as machines that use an older technology during a statewide election earlier this year, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel analysis.

Vote early, vote often and get a receipt    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
Editorial Board of the Seattle PI
For elections to have validity, the public must have confidence in the count. That's a big challenge as America begins more electronic voting.
No reasonable person should accept assurances that computerized voting is immune from error, fraud or vote rigging. There's no such thing as total security. The political involvements of some voting-machine companies underline the need for skepticism.


County should redirect energies    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
Opinion of Paul Jacobs in the North County Times
When public officials are sworn into office, they take an oath to defend the constitutions of the state of California and the United States of America. Why, then, would all five Riverside County supervisors defy an order from California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley by filing a lawsuit to defend an unverifiable voting system?

List abandoned, but doubts linger    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
Analysis by Leslie Clark in the Miami Herald
Four years after earning the moniker Flori-duh, the state is again risking becoming a late-night talk show one-liner for mismanaging a presidential election.
Once again, there is turmoil over a list of who is eligible to vote, and the voting machines themselves in some of the state's biggest counties are under question: The touchs-creen machines touted as a space-age solution to the 1960s-era punch-card dinosaurs are proving to be a colossal headache.


Editorial: Voting reform loses federal momentum    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
Opinion in the San Antonio Express-News
The nation has failed to eliminate outdated voting systems since the controversial 2000 presidential election.
Four years after the worst voting controversy in presidential election history, the United States is quickly approaching another election that could be equally as close. But timid federal leadership has prevented voting-system upgrades in many areas around the nation.


Del. voting discrepancy dismissed    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
By PATRICK JACKSON for the Delaware News-Journal
In the tight 2000 presidential election, 220,871 people in New Castle County stepped into the voting booth, ed the candidates they favored and then pressed the touch screen to have the machine record their ballot.
But when those ballots were counted, only 212,995 votes were recorded for president.


Division of Elections Still Faces Criticism    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
By Lloyd Dunkelberger for the Lakeland Ledger
TALLAHASSEE Katherine Harris is in Congress. The state elections office has moved out of the Capitol to a less prominent building that also houses a museum featuring mastodon bones and Spanish doubloons.

Paper: More undervotes on touchscreen machines than optical scan    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
Associated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida's touchscreen voting machines didn't perform as well as devices that scanned paper ballots during the statewide Democratic presidential primary this year, raising questions about the state's voting process ahead of the November election, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Opinion - In Our View: Modern Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
Opinion of the Columbian (WA)
Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed could not have been more correct last Wednesday when he said: "The most fundamental quality to a democracy is using a voting system people can trust."
Thus we agree with Reed's requirement announced last week that by 2006 every electronic voting machine in Washington state must produce a paper trail that will allow voters to verify their ballots.


Elections supervisors relieved to disregard felon voter list    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 11, 2004
by CORALIE CARLSON for Associated Press
MIAMI - State officials were smart to abandon a disputed list designed to take felons off the voter rolls - a move that would likely please election supervisors, the president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections said Sunday.

Voting machines to receive digital fix    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
by Mary Ellen Klas for the Miami Herald. 7/10/04
TALLAHASSEE - The software fix needed to repair a flaw in touch-screen voting machines used by Miami-Dade, Broward and nine other Florida counties will be approved by state officials next week and required to be applied to every piece of equipment made by the company, state officials said Friday.

Officials Say Election Questions Under Control    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
By TED BYRD for the Tampa Tribune
TAMPA - After Florida's 2000 election debacle, Florida voting officials moved quickly to modernize equipment, procedures and re-educate poll workers and voters.

Voting in the electronic booth: Your secret is safe    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
By Sam Reed Guest Columnist in the Seattle Times
If you're fortunate enough to live without a disability, you've voted your entire life secretly and independently. You've laid your ballot out on the kitchen table, cast your vote for America's president and ped it in the mail. You've voted at a poll site alone without help. No poll worker saw your choice for governor. Not one of your neighbors knew if you approved that initiative.

Standards lacking for voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
By G. PATRICK KELLEY Canton Repository business editor
GREEN — Most Ohio counties won’t be using electronic balloting machines in November.
The original deadline set by the federal Help America Vote Act was the Nov. 2 election, but Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell received a waiver because of security questions.


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