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Electronic voting needs to prove itself    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Opinion in the Southwest Florida News-Press
A state audit of electronic voting machines would be useful in calming fears about these devices as the 2004 elections approach.
But given Florida’s ghastly experience in 2000, only a successful election experience will put the public mind truly at ease.


E-voting: Nightmare or nirvana?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
By Paul Festa for CNET
If electronic voting were to face an international referendum, it would almost certainly lose.
Once the province of a small group of election officials and equipment sellers, e-voting has exploded into the popular consciousness because of a spreading controversy over security and verifiability. Thanks to a concerted effort by opponents and to the missteps of voting machine vendor Diebold Election Systems, most of the news has been bad.


Lobbyist- Lovin' Lori    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
BY BOB NORMAN for NewTimesbpb
If Broward County had only listened to Miriam Oliphant, taxpayers could have saved millions of dollars and had a more efficient democracy.
Stranger words were never spoken. But it's true. The mega-maligned former Broward supervisor of elections who Gov. Jeb Bush forced out of office last November tried to warn the County Commission against buying widely untested electronic voting machines produced by Nebraska-based Elections Systems & Software (ES&S).


Experts outline e-voting security requirements    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 30, 2004
News Story by Dan Verton for Computerworld
JUNE 30, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) - A panel of IT security experts yesterday proposed a series of detailed recommendations that they said state and local jurisdictions must act on immediately to ensure the security of electronic voting systems and the accuracy and transparency of the November presidential election.

Groups work for trouble-free vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
By KIM COBB of the Houston Chronicle
Two federal election advisory groups are meeting in Houston this week to review a written "tool kit" for election officials designed to prevent the kind of controversies that called into question the results of the 2000 presidential election.
But the advisers must raceto get revisions into the draft document, which the U.S. Election Assistance Commission hopes to print by mid-July. The next challenge isdistributing the list of voting "best practices" to the state and local officials in time make changes before the November election.


Watchdog group urges voting system audit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
BY MARY ELLEN KLAS for the Miami Herald
TALLAHASSEE - A Miami-Dade elections watchdog organization is traveling to the state capital today to turn up the heat on the governor: The group wants him to order a statewide audit of voting systems to check if the machines will work on Election Day.

Commissioners Delay Payment on Voting Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
by Ben Jackey for WFIE-News
The Democrats on the Vanderburgh County Commission are holding up payment of some two million dollars to the company that sold the county all those new voting machines.

She tied, she lost, she won!    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
By Linda Angelo for the Flint Journal
OWOSSO - Cedar Point's Millennium Force is no match for the ride Lisa Hood and Daniel Comrie have endured for the past two weeks.
But it finally screeched to a halt Monday when a recount declared Hood - who lost a tiebreaker drawing last week - the winner in the Board of Education race.


Commission proposes e-voting options    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
BY Diane Frank for Federal Computer Week
Using independent experts and permanent advisory panels are among the recommendations in a new report on how to improve the security of many electronic voting systems going into place around the country.

South Florida groups calls for elections' audit    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
By BRENT KALLESTAD for the AP
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush should increase voter confidence by calling Florida's Legislature into special session to order an independent audit of the state's voting system, a group of South Florida activists said Tuesday.

Voting software company submits code to NIST    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
By William Jackson for Government Computer News
An electronic voting software company has released source code for a balloting security module to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
VoteHere Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., sent the reference code implementation for VoteHere Technology inside, or VHTi, to NIST’s National Software Reference Library.


Rights Groups Seek E-Vote System Source Code Access    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
By Caron Carlson for eWeek
Civil rights advocates and computer experts today urged all counties planning to use DRE (direct recording electronic), or touch-screen, voting systems to immediately implement security precautions, including independent expert access to the systems' source code.

Shelley recertifies electronic voting in Shasta, Tehama counties    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Associated Press
SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Kevin Shelley recertified electronic voting systems in Shasta and Tehama counties Tuesday, bringing to five the number of counties allowed to use touch-screen voting in the Nov. 2 election.

Report Calls for Fixes in High-Tech Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 29, 2004
By JOHN SCHWARTZ in the New York Times
Hgh-tech voting systems need quick fixes if they are to be used in the November election, according to a report released yesterday by a coalition of civil rights groups and computer security experts.

The Trouble With E-Ballots    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 28, 2004
By Steven Levy for Newsweek
June 28 issue - It's now official: Walden O'Dell is no longer raising funds for George W. Bush. Why should you care? That was Walden O'Dell's attitude last year, when he promised, in his role as rainmaker for Ohio's presidential re-election campaign, to deliver the state to the incumbent. To his surprise, he learned that lots of people did indeed care—once they realized that his day job was running Diebold, a company that makes electronic-voting devices used by millions of voters. So it was prudent for Diebold to adopt a new policy that banned its executives from outside political work, adopted months ago but formally announced just recently.

E-voting skeptics rally for paper    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 28, 2004
by Michael Hardy for Federal Computer Week
With the next presidential election less than five months away, Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) led a rally last week at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to heighten the sense of urgency for e-voting paper-trail legislation.
Joined by other legislators and representatives from several activist groups including Common Cause, Rock the Vote and Democracy for America, Holt urged passage of the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act, which he introduced. Despite having attracted more than 140 co-sponsors, the bill remains held up in the House Administration Committee, chaired by Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio).


E-vote directive has counties upset, concerned about costs    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 28, 2004
By Andrew LaMar for San Jose Mercury News
SACRAMENTO - Election officials in 14 California counties are busily piecing together plans to bring paper ballots back to polling booths for the November presidential election.
Under orders from Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, counties that had leaped to electronic voting must backtrack. Some must abandon their touch-screen systems for now; others can keep them if they supplement the electronic balloting with paper versions.


Emergency Election Board Meeting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 28, 2004
from WFIE-TV 14
Republicans and Democrats have been feuding over the cost of educating the public about the new electronic touch-screen voting machines.
The issue came up earlier Monday at the Vanderburgh County Election Board and then again at the Commissioner's meeting which was underway Monday afternoon.


Miami, county clash on voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 28, 2004
BY DANIEL A. RICKER for the Miami Herald
If the Miami-Dade County Elections Department cannot provide more voting locations for the Aug. 31 election, Miami city commissioners said they would consider initiating a class-action suit against the state and county.

In this election, nothing will go wrongg    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, June 27, 2004
by Carl Hiaasen in the Miami Herald
Late-night comedians are already making snarky jokes insinuating that Florida will botch the upcoming presidential election.
Enough already. One little fiasco that changed the course of history and dumped democracy on its ear, and they just can't let it be.


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