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Registrar retiring to be closer to father-in-law    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 23, 2004
By Trey Clark for the Desert Sun
RIVERSIDE COUNTY The woman who initiated the first wave of electronic voting in California is retiring for a life in Pismo Beach.
Mischelle Townsend, Riverside County’s registrar of voters for seven years, said she will leave her post on July 17 so she and her husband can move closer to her father-in-law.


Electronic voting machines on the way to Hays County    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, June 23, 2004
By JEFF WALKER - Staff Reporter for San Marcos Daily Record
Electronic voting machines are on their way to Hays County.
On Tuesday, the Hays County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of 275 eSlate voting machines, valued at approximately $2,000 apiece. The machines will be bought under a lease to purchase agreement, paid out at $200,000 a year for five years.


Bexar hopes to prove to critics that electronic voting safe    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Ihosvani Rodriguez for San Antonio Express-News
Hoping to win a vote of confidence from a mounting group of skeptics, Bexar County officials plan to conduct a demonstration of an $8.1 million electronic voting system that they contend is safe from fraud.
Election officials plan to conduct a mock recount of a recent local election sometime in mid-August, with invited local groups and the media watching each step of the process.


Election chief's responses are cause for alarm    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 22, 2004
by Jim DeFede columnist for the Miami Herald
What did Constance Kaplan know and when did she know it?
As Miami-Dade's elections supervisor, Kaplan is responsible for protecting the public's right to vote. But last month, Secretary of State Glenda Hood, who is responsible for the election systems in Florida, took Kaplan to the woodshed for not reporting a problem in the county's new touch-screen voting machines.


Lucas County faces $350,000 tab to lease voting machines for Nov. 2 election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 22, 2004
By FRITZ WENZEL for the Toledo Blade
If they could have agreed, members of the Lucas County Board of Elections would be buying new voting machines with the state and federal governments paying the bill.
But they couldn't agree, so yesterday the board had to lease temporary voting machines for the Nov. 2 election - with the county forced to pick up the $350,000 tab.


Sen. Clinton questions e-voting security    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 22, 2004
News Story by Dan Verton for Computerworld
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) last week urged a group of high-profile IT vendor CEOs to help ensure the integrity and accuracy of the millions of votes that will be cast electronically in this year's presidential election.

E-voting skeptics rally for paper    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 22, 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 today at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to heighten the sense of urgency for e-voting paper-trail legislation.

Dade ballot request denied    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, June 22, 2004
BY CHARLES RABIN for the Miami Herald
Miami-Dade County initiated legal proceedings Tuesday against the state's Division of Elections after the state said numbers can't be placed next to ballot questions and candidates during the Aug. 31 mayoral elections.

This Time, Get It Right    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 21, 2004
John Fund On The Trail in The Wall Street Journal
Ronald Reagan's death led warring political camps to call a temporary truce. Everyone seemed to agree that politics back in Reagan's era weren't quite as much of a blood sport and that a return to some civility and cooperation across party lines would be welcome.

As e-voting grows, calls for paper trail delay cards' demise    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 21, 2004
By Brian C. Mooney, Boston Globe Staff
Florida's infamous hanging chads and butterfly ballots in the 2000 presidential election prompted a land rush to electronic voting across the country. But five months before the 2004 election, a chorus of computer scientists and activists see potential for electoral meltdown in the growing trend toward touch-screen technology.

Michael Peltier: Voting issues again put Florida in spotlight    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 21, 2004
by Michael Peltier for Naples Daily News
The infamously quotable Yogi Berra likely did not have Florida's election system in mind when he coined the phrase now inseparable with things that happen over and over again. But the baseball linguist's axiom could well describe the predicament Florida election officials face as they try to regain the trust of a nation preparing for another nail-biter of a presidential election now less than five months away.

Quarter of voters will use unreliable machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 21, 2004
By THOMAS HARGROVE for Scripps Howard News Service
One out of every four voters in November will face the same election machines - some more than 40 years old - and unreliable counting procedures that botched the presidential race in Florida four years ago.
Slow action by Congress, a series of bureaucratic blunders and foot-dragging by many local election officials mean that 575 counties in 27 states are expected to use punch-card and lever-machine voting equipment for at least one more presidential election.


Electronic Voting Danger for Democracy    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 21, 2004
Press Release from Institute for Public Accuracy
Bio's and Quotes from Dan Wallach, Bev Harris and Linda Schade

Riverside County elections chief to retire    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 21, 2004
By MIKE KATAOKA, BETTYE WELLS MILLER and BRADLEY WEAVER / The Press-Enterprise
Riverside County's registrar of voters, who ushered in electronic voting, is retiring July 17 and moving to Pismo Beach.
Mischelle Townsend, 57, cited family reasons for ending nearly 30 years with Riverside County government, the past seven in charge of elections.
Although California's secretary of state has halted electronic voting in the state, because of problems with a different computerized system, Riverside County experienced 29 "flawless" elections with the new technology under Townsend's administration, said Roy Wilson, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors.


Why You Should Be Scared to Death of Electronic Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, June 21, 2004
by Robert E. Mutch for History News Network
Imagine what opportunities nineteenth-century politicos like Matt Quay would see in the recent trend toward paying private companies to count the votes in our elections. It might take the old Pennsylvania Republican boss a while to understand innovations like electronic voting and computerized voter lists. But he’d soon see how the new trends could give him high-tech versions of the low-tech practices he knew so well.

State Democrats deny Jasper protest appeal    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, June 20, 2004
By Mark Kreuzwieser for the Carolina Morning News
State Democratic Party Executive Committee members on Saturday turned down Jasper County Councilwoman Barbara Clark's appeal of the local party's decision not to schedule a new election.

Recount shows massive error in Jasper voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 19, 2004
By Mark Kreuzwieser for Carolina Morning News
The bad news about Jasper County's June 8 primary is that every candidate lost votes in a recount late Thursday and early Friday, but the good news - for the winners anyway - is that the political outcomes were unchanged.
Election officials now say that 1,500 votes certified June 10 were phantoms, ballots never cast by Jasper County voters.


Voting equipment fuels political spat    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 19, 2004
By JOHN MARTIN Courier & Press staff
Vanderburgh County Commissioners are withholding money owed to the county's election equipment vendor, and County Clerk Marsha Abell said she doesn't understand why.

Jerseyans join U.S. voting-machine study    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 19, 2004
BY KEVIN COUGHLIN for the NJ Star-Ledger
Two state residents are part of a new panel with a daunting mission: Devise the first federal standards to ensure America's voting machines are secure, easy to use and accessible to the disabled.
It's a tall order. The volunteer committee has just nine months to do its work. Funding is unresolved. And its chairman already has a full plate.


County to receive federal funds for touch-screen voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, June 19, 2004
By MATT SANDERS The Daily Statesman Staff Writer
The federal Election Assistance Commission announced earlier this week that the state of Missouri will be receiving a $45 million grant to overhaul its election operations.

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