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Voting Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 5, 2004
Opinion in the Evansville Courier-Press
The Issue: Election Board, commissioners divided over paying for new equipment. Our View: Get it certified, and then write the check.

A Voter's Paper Trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 5, 2004
Opinion by Sharon Machlis for Computerworld
If voting is a cornerstone of democracy, so is the belief that one's vote will be properly counted. That's why the stakes and emotions are high as vendors, government officials and citizens groups debate the use of electronic voting machines.

Time Running Out for E-voting Security Plan    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 5, 2004
by Dan Verton for ComputerWorld
State and local jurisdictions must act immediately to ensure the security of the electronic voting systems that are to be used in the November presidential election, according to an IT security panel. But the panel's recommendations may well have come too late.

A Wine Region's Future Is Centered on 2 Rivals    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, July 5, 2004
By CAROL POGASH in New York Times
These are uncertain times in California's Napa County, a pastoral region of fertile hills that produces some of the world's best cabernet and, recently, accusations of voting fraud.

Officials warn of another 'Florida-style' election this year    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 4, 2004
By CATHY ZOLLO for the Naples Daily News
"Florida-style" anything sounds inviting as long as it's not an election.
But even with the high-sounding election reforms that came out of the 2000 presidential race, election experts including the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights say the country may be in for another round of Florida-style election controversy this fall.


Beaufort County still pondering voting machine upgrades    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 4, 2004
The Beaufort Gazette
Although Beaufort County has not yet decided whether it will abandon its voting machines to follow the state's plan to move to a uniform electronic system, two studies released this week recommended increased security precautions to ensure the reliability of electronic voting.

Election fairness begets voter confidence    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 4, 2004
Opinion in Miami Herald
If newspaper reporters can cull felons' names that are wrongly listed as ineligible to vote in official state data,why can't Florida's elections officials? After all, they're trained to ensure the accuracy and fairness of our elections.

Post-2000 task force set yardstick for reform    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 4, 2004
By ION SANCHO, Opinion in Daytona Beach News-Journal
Is Florida ready for the Aug. 31 primary and Nov. 2 general elections? Will there be a repeat of the disastrous 2000 presidential election or the botched first primary election of 2002? While the answers to these questions may provoke bitter partisan exchange, fortunately there is a yardstick by which Floridians can measure how Florida's electoral system has changed, or failed to change, over the last four years.

Voting machine training begins    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 4, 2004
by Susie Vasquez for the Douglas, Co., Record-Courier (NV)
The last of Douglas County's 160 new computerized voting machines arrived Tuesday.
By Friday, officials were learning the finer points, taking the machines through "acceptance testing," the first in a number of challenges facing Douglas County officials in the rush to get the machines ready for elections this fall. The punch card voting system will be illegal in Nevada as of Sept. 1, said Barbara Reed, Douglas County clerk-treasurer.


County wants its e-voting system OK'd    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, July 4, 2004
By JAY GOETTING for the Napa News
A federal judge's tentative opinion released Friday morning in Los Angeles has already had local ramifications.
Napa County's Registrar of Voters John Tuteur has fired a single page letter off to Secretary of State Kevin Shelley requesting recertification of Napa's Sequoia Voting Systems electronic touchscreen ballot boxes for the November election.


Counties Make Case for E-Vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 3, 2004
By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Friday appeared ready to uphold California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's temporary ban on electronic voting, a move that could lead four counties to begin searching for alternative voting systems or to take the case to a federal appeals court.

Judge vows quick decision in voting suit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 3, 2004
By LARRY RAND/Staff Writer for the Victorville Daily Press
LOS ANGELES — The federal judge hearing arguments about the legality of California touch-screen voting machines promised a decision by next Tuesday, a San Bernardino County spokesman said Friday.
David Wert said that the county told Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the U.S. District Court on Friday that Secretary of State Kevin Shelley had exceeded his authority when he banned the use of touch-screen voting machines in individual counties.


Unlikely activist brashly discredits paperless voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, July 3, 2004
by Rachel Konrad for AP
A literary publicist accustomed to working with manuscripts and authors in suburban Seattle, she preferred doting on her new grandchild to debating politics. She still doesn't vote regularly.
But when Harris was idly surfing the Web during a lunch break two years ago, she became obsessed with an issue essential to democracy, quickly becoming the unlikely center of a movement to ensure integrity in the nation's voting systems.


Appeals court mulling paperless ballot lawsuit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
By George Bennett, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
WEST PALM BEACH An appeals judge on Thursday raised questions about a lower court's ruling that U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler lacked proper standing to file a lawsuit challenging the paperless voting systems used in Palm Beach County and 14 other Florida counties.

County facing potential defeat in e-voting case    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
By: DAVE DOWNEY - Staff Writer for North County Times
LOS ANGELES A federal judge Thursday tentatively ruled against Riverside County in its lawsuit against Secretary of State Kevin Shelley over electronic voting.
While U.S. District Judge Florence Cooper's 17-page opinion is tentative pending the outcome of a court hearing Friday in Los Angeles, such rulings are rarely reversed.


Voting machine pay flap unsettled    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
By JOHN MARTIN Evansville Courier & Press staff writer
Bills owed to Vanderburgh County's voting machine vendor remain unpaid, and the Election Board concluded Thursday that it can't force county commissioners to pay them.
County commissioners have refused to pay Election Systems & Software because new voting machines that the county received from the company, and successfully used in the May 4 primary, do not meet a national certification standard.


Setback for Counties' E-Vote Effort    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A federal judge has issued a tentative ruling that deals a blow to four counties — including Riverside and San Bernardino — that challenged the state's temporary ban on electronic voting machines.

Congressman challenges touch-screen voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
BY PHIL LONG for the Miami Herald
WEST PALM BEACH - Touch-screen voting machines that don't provide a paper printout of the voter's choices violate state election laws, an attorney for South Florida congressman Robert Wexler argued Thursday before a three-judge appeals court panel.
Jeffrey Liggio, Wexler's attorney, said it is wrong for Wexler to be barred from challenging the use of the machines.


Appeals court hears Wexler vote case    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
By Jeremy Milarsky for the South Florida Sun Sentinel
WEST PALM BEACH · If a U.S. congressman has no right to challenge the election process in 15 of Florida's 67 counties, then no one does, an attorney for Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, said in an appellate court hearing Thursday.

Election board won't count paper ballots    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
By David Nitkin for the Baltimore Sun
The Maryland State Board of Elections will not count paper ballots used by Howard County residents who did not want to vote on new touch-screen voting machines in the March primary, according to a decision released yesterday.
A hearing officer for the elections board determined that even though Howard poll workers did not tell many voters that the provisional ballots they requested would not be tallied, the voters should have read the printed instructions and drawn the conclusion themselves.


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