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Protecting Maine's Vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 18, 2004
Editorial in the Bangor Daily News
Everyone knows how Florida's defective paper-ballot voting machines threw the 2000 presidential election into limbo for weeks. But election officials have not agreed what to do about it. The paperless, touch-screen machines being pushed by manufacturers can mess up, too, and they make recounts difficult if not impossible by providing no paper trail.

Death of a Patriot: No More 'Blind Faith Voting'    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 18, 2004
by Dr. Bob Fitrakis in CommonDreams
The subject line on yesterday's email read: "Another mysterious accident solves a Bush problem. Athan Gibbs dead, Diebold lives." The attached news story briefly described the untimely Friday, March 12th death of perhaps America's most influential advocate of a verified voting paper trail in the era of touch screen computer voting. Gibbs, an accountant for more than 30 years and the inventor of the TruVote system, died when his vehicle collided with an 18-wheeled truck which rolled his Chevy Blazer several times and forced it over the highway retaining wall where it came to rest on its roof.

Supporters of paper trail for e-voting launch ad campaign    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 18, 2004
By FOSTER KLUG for the Associated Press
BALTIMORE Supporters of a paper trail for electronic voting machines ran full-page advertisements Thursday in newspapers in Maryland and Florida calling for a tangible record of each ballot cast in the November election.

Probe: March 18, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 18, 2004
For the Imperial Valley Press
QUESTION: I read in your newspaper that Imperial County is looking at electronic voting equipment. Aren't these machines hooked up by phone lines?
A couple of months ago, on a news network, several young men who were interviewed said these machines can be hacked. Is this true?
I would hate to see the county spend so much money on systems that aren't that secure. — Proud Voter, Westmorland


It's better to be sure in change for voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Opinion in Seneca County Advertiser-Tribune (OH)
Ohio lawmakers are doing the right thing in reining in Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell over the issue of new voting machines. To agree with them, Ohioans need only to understand that legislators' goal is to ensure that new voting machines don't create more problems than they solve.

Election: Recount confirms Tucker's edge for fourth council seat    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
By NICHOLAS AZZARA and I.M. STACKEL, Staff Writers for the Marco Island Eagle
(NOTE: Marco Island is in Collier County, FL. They use ES&S iVotronic DREs hence no paper ballots to ensure a correct recount)
It was the closest margin of victory in Marco Island City Council's brief history.


Supervisors' Committee to Study Election Problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to form a committee of two supervisors to review problems with the county's new voting system, including an election day glitch that caused many voters to end up with the wrong ballots.

Our Voice: Give touch-screen voting machines a chance    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Opinion in the Palm Springs Desert Sun (CA)
A bipartisan duo of state senators has jumped the gun in their call for the state to abandon use of the high-tech touch-screen voting machines for the upcoming presidential election.

Registrars faulted in election woes    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
by Helen Gao for the San Diego Union-Tribune
A top state election official said yesterday that county registrars of voters, including San Diego's, pressured the secretary of state to certify a key component of an electronic voting system that was not fully tested and later malfunctioned on election day. top state election official said yesterday that county registrars of voters, including San Diego's, pressured the secretary of state to certify a key component of an electronic voting system that was not fully tested and later malfunctioned on election day.

Congress Must Act Now to Prevent '04 Election Debacle    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
By Norman Ornstein, Roll Call Contributing Writer
The 2000 election debacle in Florida revealed a deep and dirty secret about American elections: All over the country - with shoddy procedures in place, too few and poorly trained poll workers, inadequate funding, flawed registration systems and no link between d voter registration rolls and polling places, along with occasional but real corruption - thousands and thousands of real votes cast are lost, illegitimized or not counted, and thousands and thousands of legitimate voters are refused the right to vote.

289 blank ballots found in Palm Beach County's electronic voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
By Kathy Bushouse for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
At least 289 Palm Beach County residents cast blank votes in the March 9 Democratic presidential primary election even though it was the only race on their ballots.

Without paper trail, election could be chaotic    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
by Dan Gillmore for Mercury News
If the March 2 Super Tuesday primary election was any indication of what's coming, America is in for a rough time in the November presidential election.

Supervisors' Committee to Study Election Problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to form a committee of two supervisors to review problems with the county's new voting system, including an election day glitch that caused many voters to end up with the wrong ballots.

Senate approves delayed paper ballot bill    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 17, 2004
by the Associated Press
The state Senate approved a plan Wednesday requiring Georgia's electronic voting machines to create a paper version of every ballot cast.
But the plan would not go into effect until after new federal guidelines _ which are expected to require a voting paper trail _ are adopted and Congress provides money for the change.


Electronic voting was a fiasco    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 16, 2004
By: Pamela Smith - Commentary in the North County Times (CA)
San Diego County's initiation of voting machines on March 2 dramatically increased the complexity of our election system. The Registrar of Voters must certify the results within 28 days of the election, but she will not have time to review all the pertinent information by then. Initial findings, published last week, show we won't receive technical information from the vendor for two weeks, nor the state's independent election review for several weeks possibly after the canvassing period.

Stirrings in Florida bespeak 2000 dispute    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 16, 2004
By Peter S. Canellos, Boston Globe Columnist
JUPITER, Fla. Alongside pictures of early residents and an exhibit celebrating the legendary Everglades crusader Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the Loxahatchee River Historical Museum preserves one of the most important artifacts in political history.

New county vote scanners point to smoother election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 16, 2004
BY MIKE FITZGERALD for the Belleville News-Democrat
Goodbye punch cards and hanging chads. Hello black felt tip pens and blank ovals.
This morning, St. Clair County voters will encounter for the first time the county's new optical scanning system. Instead of punching a ballot, voters will use a felt tip pen to fill in a circle next to the candidates or proposals ed. It's a process strikingly similar to what high school students do when they sit for their ACT and SAT tests.


The (design) fix is in    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 16, 2004
By Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic
When the confusing "butterfly ballot" in Florida's Palm Beach County threw the 2000 presidential election into chaos, a little light went off in a lot of people's heads: Elections don't just happen. They're designed. Which means they can be mis-designed.

Optical-scan voting machines won't leave candidates hanging    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 16, 2004
By CARRIE KEPPLE of the Peoria Journal Star
A dozen counties throughout central Illinois have complied with the Help America Vote Act by updating to optical-scan voting machines in place of punch-cards.

Diebold apparently shopping for printers at Defense Contractor World    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 16, 2004
By John Paczkowski, in Good Morning Silicon Valley for SiliconValley.com
Last Wednesday, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bob Graham announced a bill that calls for touch-screen machines to produce a paper record of voters' ballots by November.

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