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Political Passion Counts ? But Your Vote for Bush Might Not!    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
by Joan Swirsky for NewsMax
Groups like the San Francisco-based Verified Voting Foundation and www.VerifiedVoting.org say that electronic voting equipment is vulnerable to programming errors, equipment malfunctions and malevolent tampering, with no way to detect malfeasance or deliberate rigging either before or after a vote.

Call for UN observers in US poll    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
The Australian from correspondents in Washington DC
SEVERAL members of the US House of Representatives have requested the United Nations to send observers to monitor the November 2 US presidential election to avoid a contentious vote as in 2000, when the outcome was decided by Florida.

Touch and Go    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
by Tara Treasurefield in the East Bay Monthly
Also in the March primary, blind voter and computer scientist Noel Runyan, who lives of Campbell, was a casualty of Santa Clara County's Sequoia DRE system. Theoretically, when Runyan donned the earphones connected to the DRE, a recorded voice would lead him through the ballot. That didn't happen. "The speech function didn't work at all," says Runyan. "We tried it on several machines, and they didn't work either." He finally gave up and asked his wife to cast his ballot for him.

County argues vote case in court    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, July 2, 2004
By: DAVE DOWNEY - Staff Writer for the North County Times
LOS ANGELES Stung by an unfavorable tentative ruling, attorneys argued in Los Angeles federal court Friday that Riverside County should not have to follow tough, new state guidelines on using touch-screen voting machines in November.

Protection for Md. Voters    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
Letter to the Editor by GILLES W. BURGER, Chairman of the Maryland BoE
The June 18 editorial "At-Risk Voters" asserted that because Maryland is not adopting a paper trail for electronic balloting it is unconcerned about voter confidence. Let me add some perspective:

E-ballots worrisome to those who value accuracy, fairness    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
By Thomas Elias in the Ventura County Star
No commodity in a democracy is more precious than the right to vote.
That's why many county election officials looked silly as they spent the springtime loudly protesting and then filing lawsuits over the decision of California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to ban touch-screen voting machines in four counties and impose several conditions on all other counties using them.


Ballot snafu inquiry opens    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
By John Tuohy for the Indianapolis Star
A committee investigating mistakes during the May 4 primary heard Wednesday of broken ballot printers, outraged voters and shocked poll workers in testimony that brought more details to light about the failures.

New election equipment brings new problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
by Lauren Hutton for the Conroe Courier
LAKE CONROE Dan Wallach, a Rice University Department of Computer Science assistant professor, is a known skeptic of Direct Recording Electronic voting systems, or DREs.

A new way to vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
BY JAMES WASHBURN for the Lincoln Courier
New electronic voting machines slated to replace the punch-card voting system in the general election this November will be available for perusing at a few locations in the county during July.

N.C. weighs ballot model    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
By CRAIG JARVIS, Staff Writer for the News-Observer
Four years after the much-disputed presidential election recount in Florida, there are no technology standards in place to guarantee that fiasco won't be repeated.
As a result, North Carolina is no closer to an easy, electronic way for voters across the entire state to cast their ballots. The new goal: the 2006 election.


Journalist to File Federal Lawsuits Against Use of Voting Machines and Absentee Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
Press Release
PHILADELPHIA, July 1 /PRNewswire/ On Friday, July 2, two federal Complaints will be filed by freelance journalist Lynn Landes challenging the use of voting machines and absentee voting in elections for political office. The Complaints will be filed against MARGARET TARTAGLIONE, Chair of the City Commissioners of Philadelphia, PEDRO A. CORTES, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and JOHN ASHCROFT, the Attorney General of the United States, at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Complaints are an unprecedented legal challenge to the use of voting machines and absentee voting. Landes specializes in voting technology and democracy issues. She is acting as her own attorney.

Electronic ballots in N.C.: Maybe next election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
from the Associated Press
Although North Carolina is no closer to an easy, electronic way for voters statewide to cast their ballots than it was in the last presidential election, the state does have strong safeguards, officials say.
Some states have rushed to buy new equipment that they don't know how to operate, experts have told Congress. But North Carolina put a moratorium on certifying any new voting equipment until technology concerns are resolved.


States change policies after SHNS points out problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
By THOMAS HARGROVE for Scripps Howard News Service
Top election officials in Delaware, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas have vowed they will - for the first time - report the number of ballots cast for every county in their states during the upcoming presidential election.
Counting ballots is critical to determining if inaccurate voting machines or improper counting procedures are causing Florida-like tabulating problems.


AccuPoll to acquire NTS    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
BY Michael Hardy for Federal Computer Week
Touch-screen voting machine maker AccuPoll Inc. plans to buy NTS Data Services Corp., a provider of voter registration applications and election support services.
"AccuPoll's proposed acquisition of NTS will create a full-service election company," said Frank Wiebe, president of AccuPoll, in a statement.


U.S. district judge refuses to lift state ban on electronic voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, July 1, 2004
by Jim Wasserman for AP
SACRAMENTO - A federal judge in Los Angeles upheld a partial state ban Thursday on electronic voting in the Nov. 2 election, denying a request by advocates for the disabled.
In a tentative ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper declined to overturn an April 30 order by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to ban electronic voting in 14 counties. Four counties and advocates for the disabled sought a temporary restraining order to block Shelley's order.


Voting machine scrutiny urged    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
By Deb McCown for THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Election officials need to have voting machines analyzed, provide more thorough training for election workers and carefully monitor the process to ensure the security of votes in the November election, a report released yesterday recommended.

Diebold and the dutiful    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
by Tim Chitwood for the Colombus Ledger-Enquirer
From the electioneering you've seen so far this year, you might not think anyone's testing for logic or accuracy.
But in fact four guys spent last week doing just that on about 400 of Columbus' touch-screen voting machines.
One guy worked for Columbus' elections office. The other three worked for voting-machine maker Diebold, which is pronounced "dee-bold," like in a soap opera ("Diebold and the Beautiful").


Voting-gear check rejected    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
BY MARY ELLEN KLAS for the Miami Herald
TALLAHASSEE - The state's top election officials dismissed a request Tuesday from an election watchdog group to conduct an independent review of the state's touch-screen voting systems.
The Miami Dade Election Reform Coalition urged the governor to conduct audits of the electronic touch-screen voting machines used in 15 Florida counties, and do random audits of the optical scan machines used in the other 52 counties, to determine if they are working correctly during the Aug. 31 primary.


Group wants check of state's voting systems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
By Nancy Cook Lauer for the Tallahassee Democrat
A Miami group is asking Gov. Jeb Bush to order a statewide, independent audit of voting systems, following a county employee's discovery of ballot-counting irregularities there.

Groups seek study of August primary to gauge voting systems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
By Bob Mahlburg for the S. Florida Sun-Sentinel
TALLAHASSEE · A coalition of groups Tuesday called on Gov. Jeb Bush to order a statewide study of the August primary election to make sure voting systems work for November's presidential vote.
Florida is a key battleground state, and problems have been found with a type of electronic voting machines used by 11 of the state's 67 counties, including some in Central and South Florida.


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