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Berkeley mayor upset about e-voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 6, 2004
By Kristin Bender, STAFF WRITER for the Alameda Times-Star
BERKELEY Mayor Tom Bates is asking Berkeley officials to consider breaking away from the county election system if problems with electronic voting machines can't be fixed.

High tech unlikely for Kalamazoo voters this year    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 6, 2004
Article in Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo voters probably will continue to use the punch-card election system during the August primary and the November general election.

Faking Democracy: Americans Don't Vote; Machines Do    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, April 6, 2004
by Lynn Landes
Machines will produce 99.4% of the election results for the upcoming 2004 presidential election. With all the hoopla over voting machine "glitches," porous software, leaked memos, and the creepy corporations that sell and service these contraptions, and with all the controversy that surrounds campaign financing, voter registration, redistricting issues, and the general privatization of the election process - we are missing the boat on the biggest crisis facing our democracy.

Ready for electronic voting?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 5, 2004
By Todd Jackson for Roanoke.com
The company Roanoke might use to provide electronic voting machines has been getting a lot of negative attention. But a Roanoke official is comfortable at this point that the product will work effectively.

Primary results may sink McNerney's bid for Congress    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 5, 2004
By Matt Carter, STAFF WRITER for the Argus (CA)
PLEASANTON Gerald McNerney's plans to run for Congress against Richard Pombo have been derailed or at least sidetracked.

Hall County, First in bilingual voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 5, 2004
by Scott Kembler for AccessNorthGeorgia
GAINESVILLE - Hall County has been chosen as the test market for bilingual voting in the November general election.

E-Voting Enthusiasts Face Hurdles    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, April 5, 2004
By Caron Carlson for eWeek
Internet voting in a U.S. presidential election is gone, but it is not forgotten. The security concerns that last month forced the Pentagon to cancel a project allowing some military personnel and other U.S. citizens to vote online from overseas in November dampened the Internet voting initiative, but it did not deter enthusiasts.

Guest commentary: Florida law doesn't recognize ballot printouts    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 4, 2004
by Jennifer Edwards, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections
The voters of Collier County deserve clarity regarding the March 28 Naples Daily News editorial calling for paper printouts to back up touch-screen balloting.

An America where votes disappear    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 4, 2004
by Susan Nielsen for the Oregonian
The guy in charge of Oregon's elections is worried.
Not about Oregon. This state's voting system is fine, thank you. Secretary of State Bill Bradbury is troubled by the states that have installed touch-screen electronic voting machines with no paper records of votes and no way to check for mistakes.


Critics cautious of new vote machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 4, 2004
by John McCarthy for Florida Today
In the wake of the 2000 presidential election fiasco, Florida and every other state in the country rushed to replace antiquated voting systems.
While the meaning of hanging chads isn't likely to be a focal point this November, critics say the newer voting systems have problems of their own.


Brevard touchscreen tab to hit at least $1 million    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 4, 2004
by John McCarthy for Florida Today
Brevard County will have to spend at least $1 million buying ATM-like touchscreen voting systems by 2006.
Federal voting reform laws passed in 2002 requires each polling place has at least one such screen for blind voters. The machines have an audio option that allow sight-impaired voters to listen to ballot choices through headphones and vote using a handset similar to a video-game controller.


Legislative agenda: Election safeguards    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 4, 2004
Opinion of the Miami Herald
A Florida Senate committee last week made a mistake by approving an otherwise good bill that includes a ban on manual recounts in the 15 Florida counties that use electronic-voting equipment.

EDITORIAL: Paper trails    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 4, 2004
In the Las Vegas Review-Journal
As the 2004 federal election draws near, a number of state election officials are worried that new electronic voting machines purchased in an effort to avoid a repeat of the Florida fiasco might be vulnerable to tampering, or that software malfunctions could cause problems.

E-Voting Don't Count Un-RECOUNTABLE Votes    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 4, 2004
by Rob Kall for OpEdNews
If you can't re-count it, don't count it in the first place. Voting is a process integral to democracy. Any invention or experiment that attempts to toy with or experiment with such a basic component of democracy is straight out, totally, purely, completely unacceptable. The threats of electronic voting have been widely discussed

Santa Ana, Calif., Volunteers Discuss Ways to Improve November's Election Day    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, April 4, 2004
By Peter Larsen, The Orange County Register, Calif. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Apr. 4SANTA ANA, Calif. - Yes, it's nice to be thanked and it's nice to be fed, most poll workers agreed at a barbecue Saturday in appreciation of their volunteer work.
But it's nicer still, many said, to be asked their opinions. What went well in the March election? What went poorly? And what can the county do to improve Election Day come November?


Vote machines can deliver paper trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, April 3, 2004
by Mike Wright for The Facts (TX)
ANGLETON — If you want it, you got it.
That was the message to county commissioners Thursday from a company that makes electronic voting machines.
Mike Devereaux of Electronic Systems and Software told commissioners, along with members of the committee studying new machines, the company could deliver a system that complies with any needs the county has.


Change to recount law doesn't go far enough    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, April 3, 2004
Opinion in Palm Beach Post
If the bill drafted by the Florida Division of Elections is the long-awaited comprehensive fix for the state's ballot problems, voters are in trouble.

Registrar Asks D.A. to Probe Election Charges    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, April 3, 2004
By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Riverside County's registrar of voters asked the district attorney's office Friday to review accusations of voting-tallying improprieties in the March 2 election.

E-Voting: No Chads, But ...    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, April 3, 2004
For CBS Evening News
(CBS) Today's presidential primaries in the South are not only a dry run for the issues in November but also for new high-tech voting machines.

Perata pushes ban on e-voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, April 3, 2004
By Steve Geissinger - Alameda Times-Star SACRAMENTO BUREAU
SACRAMENTO Senate Majority Leader Don Perata introduced urgency legislation Thursday to ban use of computerized voting machines in Alameda County and across Cali-fornia during the November election a dramatic move the secretary of state said he is seriously considering.

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