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Electric voting machines given the once-over    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
By Daniel Pulliam for Roanoke.com
Mike Maslaney nimbly poked at the LCD screen to record his paperless vote. The computer flashed a set of names at Floyd County's electoral board vice chairman.
Maslaney tried to vote for two candidates, but the Windows-based computer voting machine, which works like an ATM, wouldn't allow it.


Verify The Ballots    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
Editorial from the Lakeland Ledger
In dealing with the old Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan counseled, "Trust but verify." It's still good advice, even though Reagan and the Soviet Union have passed on. America is approaching one of its most crucial, and perhaps most divisive, elections in modern history. The ability of the people to trust their government to fairly and impartially administer elections is the very bedrock upon which is built our representative democracy. That would seem to be particularly true here in Florida, the state that made such a hash of the 2000 presidential election.

Suit alleges Diebold led county astray    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER of the Oakland Tribune
In a lawsuit unsealed Friday, electronic voting critics charge that Diebold Election Systems Inc. gained its first major West Coast sale by misleading Alameda County about the security and legality of its touchscreen voting systems.

Electronic voting critics sue company under whistle blower law    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
by Rachel Konrad for AP
SAN FRANCISCO - Electronic voting critics are suing Diebold Inc., alleging that the hardware and software company's shoddy equipment exposed California elections to hackers and software bugs.
California's attorney general on Friday unsealed the lawsuit, among the first e-voting cases to rely on an obscure legal provision for whistle blowers who help the government identify fraud.


Officials debate Florida's preparation    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 10, 2004
BY JOHN KENNEDY for The Orlando Sentinel
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (KRT) - Glenda Hood's main mission when she became Florida's secretary of state last year was to take control of a flawed election system that became a national joke in the 2000 presidential race.
The former Orlando mayor was charged with fixing the mess and preparing Florida for Election Day 2004.


Documents detail more voting machine flaws    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
BY MARY ELLEN KLAS for the Miami Herald
TALLAHASSEE - As state and Miami-Dade County election officials work to approve software that will clear up a nagging problem with touch-screen voting machines, a Herald review of internal election department documents has found that there are a host of other flaws that have never been publicly acknowledged and are not expected to be fixed by the new programming.

Voting machine fix likely to be OK'd    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
BY CHARLES RABIN for the Miami Herald
A top state election official said Thursday he will likely recommend certification of software designed to correct a flaw in the audit system of electronic voting machines.
Miami-Dade, Broward and nine other counties plan to use the touch-screen machines designed by Electronic Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb., during the Aug. 31 primary election and again for the November general contest.


Score another victory for safe elections    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
Mercury News Editorial
A federal judge has quelled a rebellion by four county registrars of voters who tried to dispute the obvious: Their voting machines couldn't be trusted to count straight.

Bids for new voting system open today    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
By Thomas Burr for The Salt Lake Tribune
Utahns are edging closer to casting their ballots on new voting equipment, but it may not be the electronic systems that have alarmed critics nationwide.
The state will start seeking bids today from vendors vying for a $20.5 million contract to provide some type of new voting machines. The new system is expected to be in polling precincts in time for next year's municipal elections.


Voting troubles may not be over in Fla., elsewhere    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
By Larry Wheeler, Gannett News Service
WASHINGTON — The nation may never see another butterfly ballot or hanging chad from Florida, but the Sunshine State still hasn't fixed its voting system.
That could mean big trouble again if the Nov. 2 presidential election is as close as it was in 2000, as many anticipate it will be.


Residents OK litigation money    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
By: B.J. O'Brien for the Bethel Beacon
Residents at a town meeting agreed to allow the town to spend $137,000 to pay for litigation expenses related to the election lawsuit that was filed by former First Selectwoman Judith Novachek and other members of the Republican ticket who lost on Election Day against town officials and the victorious Democrats.

E-voting stays on hold in Calif.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
By William Jackson for Government Computer Week
A federal judge this week upheld the California secretary of state’s decision to decertify current touch-screen voting machines for use in the November general election.
The decision means that it is unlikely that the direct-recording electronic machines, used by an estimated 43 percent of voters in the state’s March elections, will be used in this fall’s presidential election.


County To Take A Look At New Voting Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
BY DAVID SLONE, Times-Union Staff Writer
If Kosciusko County wants to be reimbursed by the federal government for new voting machine equipment, the county has to act before Dec. 31, 2005.
Thursday, county clerk Sharon Christner asked the county council if they had made any decisions on which company’s voting machines they want to inspect.


Bradbury urges voter-verified paper records    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
SoS Bradbury as printed in the Bend Bugle (OR)
July 9 - Secretary of State Bill Bradbury's letter on paper records of votes cast to Oregon's Congressional delegation:

Three companies bid on voting machine contract    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three companies responded to the state's request for proposals for a new electronic voting system to replace punch cards in some counties.

Cost estimate of county elections disputed    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 9, 2004
By: DAVE DOWNEY - Staff Writer for the North County Times
California officials dispute Riverside County's contention that it would cost $3.2 million to comply with the state's electronic voting mandate for the November presidential election, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office said Friday.

Has the Time Come for Touchscreen Voting?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 8, 2004
David Pogue for the New York Times
On Sunday, "CBS Sunday Morning" will air my report on touchscreen voting machines, which 50 million Americans will use in November's election. The main characters include Avi Rubin (the Johns Hopkins professor who analyzed the software in Diebold machines and found it disturbingly insecure); Rush Holt (the Congressman who's proposed a bill that requires a printed paper trail); Kevin Shelley (the California Secretary of State who banned or decertified e-voting machines statewide); and representatives of Diebold and Sequoia (the number 1 and 2 voting-machine makers).

New lawsuit questions state's election recount rule    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 8, 2004
by Naples Daily News staff and Wire Services
TALLAHASSEE — A group sued the state Wednesday, hoping to reverse a Division of Elections rule that tells elections supervisors they don't have to include touchscreen ballots, such as those used in Collier and Lee counties, in manual recounts.

Suit filed against state over voting paper trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 8, 2004
By Jim Ash, Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau
TALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of State has no right to cancel manual recounts for touch-screen voting machines, a rule that covers residents of Palm Beach and 14 other counties, or nearly half of all voters in the state, civil rights activists charged Wednesday.

State says e-voting machines must leave paper trail by 2006    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 8, 2004
By NEIL MODIE for the Seattle PI
Secretary of State Sam Reed announced a series of safeguards to bolster public trust in electronic voting machines yesterday, including a requirement that by 2006, each device produce a paper trail allowing voters to verify their ballots.
Snohomish and Yakima are the only two Washington counties that will use electronic machines at all their polling places this fall.


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