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Voting machine inspection weak    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, June 27, 2004
by MARY ORNDORFF for the Birmingham News
WASHINGTON - Alabama does not inspect its voting machines as closely as some other states, an omission an electronic voting expert said could increase the chances of an inaccurate count on election day.
While other states have technical experts scrutinize and test the machines against their state's specific balloting needs, Alabama law allows officials to defer to an independent lab that tests all brands of electronic voting machines for conformity to national standards.


Voter rights effort lagging    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, June 27, 2004
By Errin Haines for The Orlando Sentinel
DAYTONA BEACH · The American Civil Liberties Union said Saturday that a referendum to automatically restore felons' voter rights will likely fall short of the number of signatures needed to make the November ballot.

Election commission hears last pitch on vote machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 26, 2004
By Richard Duke for the Benton (AR) Courier
The Saline County Election Commission, faced with having to revamp the county voting system by 2005, listened to the final presentation by independent companies about new and technologically advanced voting machines.
Representatives from Election Systems & Software spoke to officials Thursday morning, highlighting a feature that will assist the visually impaired with marking their ballots. Each county will have to provide assistance of this kind in the future.


Filing in Md. targets Diebold    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 26, 2004
From the Akron Beacon Journal
Two law firms representing opponents of electronic voting have filed for a preliminary injunction to stop Maryland from using Diebold Inc.'s machines in November.
The motion follows an April lawsuit that was filed for the same reason.


Rare glitch fuels furor over touch screens    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 25, 2004
By BRIDGET HALL GRUMET, St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
NEW PORT RICHEY - Something can always go wrong on election day. But chances are, the culprit will be man, not the machine, Supervisor of Elections Kurt Browning said.
The voting data is backed up three times on Pasco County's touch screen voting machines, and hackers can't tap in because the voting booths are not plugged into the Internet.


Firm's voting machine could provide needed 'paper trail'    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 25, 2004
By: Shanay Cadette , Staff Writer for the Princeton Packet
WEST WINDSOR — This West Windsor company has had a touch-screen electronic voting machine that can produce voter-verifiable paper trails — a receipt, per se — for several years.
But Avante International Technology, Inc. has sold only one machine.


E-Voting Problems Expected    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 25, 2004
by Mark S. Sullivan, Medill News Service
WASHINGTON This year's Presidential election could have balloting snafus like those in Florida in 2000, if more ATM-like electronic voting systems replace punch-card systems in voting booths across the country, experts warned at a hearing of the Environment, Technology and Standards Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science.

ES&S Employee: Touchscreens Easily Manipulated (AR)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, June 25, 2004
Benton Courier, June 25, 2004. By Richard Duke, Courier Staff,
"The problem with touch screens as vote counters is that they can be easily manipulated," Devereaux said. "If someone were to go to a polling place that had a large turnout for John Kerry, that person could vote for John Kerry falsely, and when they got their receipt for John Kerry, they could report to an official that their vote was counted wrong. The entire machine would then have to be shut down with all of those votes still inside."

DOWN FOR THE COUNT    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 24, 2004
by Andrew Gumbel for LACityBeat
Riverside County?s outspoken registrar was a national poster child for touchscreen voting, but problems with the machines may have just ended her career

Neglecting the 14-year-old hacker set    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 24, 2004
by Molly Ivins
AUSTIN, Texas — Heads up, team, the voting machine situation requires sustained attention, but not panic or paranoia. There is time to act, but act we must.

Justice department settles with county over voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 24, 2004
By: GIG CONAUGHTON for North County News
SAN DIEGO The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it had reached a settlement agreement with the County of San Diego, after determining that the county had not complied with sections of the federal Voting Act requiring outreach to local Spanish and Filipino voters.

Voting tough for disabled    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 24, 2004
By BETTY EASLER, Guest Columnist in The State (SC)
After studying the issues and candidates, I went to vote on primary day. Upon arrival at the polling place, I was again reminded that most people who use wheelchairs, as I do, still can’t use voting machines without assistance.
An individual I did not know was appointed by the poll manager to assist me. However, because my vote was not visible to me, I have no assurance that the vote was cast for the candidate of my choice.


Digging for E-Voting Skulduggery    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 24, 2004
by Kim Zetter for Wired News
The woman who launched the controversy over electronic voting machines has formed a nonprofit consumer group that plans to investigate election officials who may have conflicts of interest with voting companies.

Failure to seek bids delays voting machine lease    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 24, 2004
By FRITZ WENZEL for the Toledo Blade
The Lucas County Board of Elections will be forced to reverse course, abandoning pursuit of a lease contract with Diebold Election Systems to provide optical scan voting machines for the November election.
It must instead put the lease out to competitive bid.


Presidential election procedures will be same old, same old    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 24, 2004
By Doug Smith for the Arkansas Times
Despite the highly publicized problems with voting in the 2000 presidential election, and the passage of federal legislation intended to bring efficiency and uniformity to elections, the 2004 election will be conducted with much the same equipment and in much the same way as four years ago.

Testing of voting machines inadequate, election experts say    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, June 24, 2004
by Erica Werner for the AP
WASHINGTON - Electronic voting machines are not tested thoroughly enough before being used in elections, voting experts said Thursday.
"The processes that we're talking about here are much more out of control than anyone's willing to admit. There's virtually no control over how software enters a voting machine," Michael Shamos, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, told a House Science Committee subcommittee hearing.


The last lone inventor    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 23, 2004
By Chris Bagley for Salon
June 23, 2004  |  BERKELEY, Calif. Visitors to Bill Rouverol's apartment may not immediately see, as he does, that the fate of American democracy depends on the gadget sitting by the window.

State to get federal help for elections    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 23, 2004
BY MARY ELLEN KLAS for the Miami Herald
The computer glitches troubling the touch-screen voting machines in Miami-Dade, Broward and other counties won't have an effect on Florida receiving $47 million in federal money to bring the state into compliance with federal voting reforms

Martin Democrats committee: If you doubt machines, vote absentee    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 23, 2004
By Jim Turner staff writer for TCPalm
MARTIN COUNTY — Vote while you cook. Vote during a commercial. Or simply relax in shorts and a T-shirt as you fill out an absentee ballot on the back porch, free of election-day hassles.
Vote early and at your leisure is the message the county Democrats Executive Committee intends to send local party members concerned about the lack of a hardcopy record of their individual vote while using electronic voting machines.


Jones defends seat in Jasper squeaker    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 23, 2004
By OMAR FORD, Beaufort Gazette staff
RIDGELAND — Incumbent Gladys Jones retained her at-large seat on the Jasper County Council Tuesday after narrowly defeating former Councilman Samuel Gregory with 52 percent of the runoff vote to Gregory’s 48 percent, according to unofficial results.

Records: 5681-5700 of 6703
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