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Florida, again    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 8, 2004
By Tim Grieve for Salon.com
Assume for a moment that all the votes were counted in Florida four years ago. Assume that the punch-card voting machines never malfunctioned. Assume that a badly designed butterfly ballot didn't cause thousands of Democrats to vote for Pat Buchanan by mistake. Assume that a highway patrol roadblock didn't scare off black voters, and that all of the black voters who made it to their polling places actually got to vote.

Lawsuit challenges paperless voting system    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 8, 2004
By George Bennett, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
WEST PALM BEACH After being rejected in state court last month, U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler turned to federal court Monday and filed another lawsuit challenging the paperless electronic voting systems used by Palm Beach County and 14 other Florida counties.

Think You Voted in Md.? Think Again    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, March 7, 2004
A Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post by Jeffrey Liss
Getting elections right is Job No. 1 in a democracy. Maryland's new touch-screen system fails that test. The state is using machines that officials know will fail, and the burden is on the voter to correct those failures.

Voices of Carolina: Voting machine change draws questions    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, March 7, 2004
Virginia Ghirardelli, a member of the LWV of Hilton Head Island for the Carolina News
Here they come, ready or not. The DREs, that is. By 2006 all of the counties in South Carolina will have Direct Recording Electronic voting systems; they will all be alike, and will all be provided by one vendor.

Electronic Voting: States must shore up public's confidence in it    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, March 7, 2004
Editorial in the Dallas Morning News
In Texas, as in many other states, touchscreens are seen as the future of electronic voting. Indeed, some Texas counties – including Collin, Harris and Travis – use only touchscreens. But here's the rub: Some voters lack confidence in the machines. They're unsure whether the machines are accurate, and they're worried about the potential for fraud.

Voting issue: No paper trail    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, March 7, 2004
By Ed Bierschenk staff writer for TCPalm
Touch-screen voting machines eliminate the "hanging chads' of the 2000 election, but critics worry about security and the lack of a hard-copy backup.

Voters short changed at the polls    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, March 7, 2004
By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER with the Oakland Tribune
State's rush to use untested electronic machines results in many failures, loss of franchise
When Katherine Shao went to vote Tuesday morning in Emeryville, all she found was a row of powerless, blank touchscreen voting machines, soon joined by a single, harried poll worker.
In a rush herself, Shao helped by signing herself in as a voter and booting up the machines.


Poll workers, voters cite tied-up hotline, poor training, confusion    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, March 7, 2004
By Jeff McDonald and Luis Monteagudo Jr. for the San Diego Union-Tribune
While elections officials continue to size up everything that went wrong with San Diego County's first stab at electronic balloting, the problems ran much deeper than a simple technological glitch, voters and poll workers say.


U.S. legislator to sue for election printers    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, March 6, 2004
By Kathy Bushouse and Anthony Man Staff Writers for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler will file a federal lawsuit Monday against Palm Beach County elections supervisor Theresa LePore and Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood as part of his continuing effort to get printers for electronic voting machines, a Wexler spokeswoman said Friday.

Have a query? You can phone voter hot line    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, March 6, 2004
BY ERIKA BOLSTAD in the Miami Herald
TALLAHASSEE - Secretary of State Glenda Hood opened a new voter hot line Friday for Florida voters who have questions about registering to vote, where to vote and other election-related issues.
The hot line will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through the November presidential election.


New Voting Hitch Had Old Cause    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, March 6, 2004
By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Confusion in Orange County that led to some voters receiving the wrong ballots on Tuesday highlights a problem election officials have been struggling with for years: recruiting and training temporary poll workers.

Phillip S. Warf: Electronic vote machine too easily corrupted    Story Here  Archive
Published:Saturday, March 6, 2004
By Phillip Warf in the Arizona Daily Star
A strange thing is happening in American elections: The secret ballot is quietly becoming the invisible ballot.

Pittsfield's new scanning machines tally votes with few kinks, no chads    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
By Jack Dew of the Berkshire Eagle Staff
PITTSFIELD A slow trickle of voters headed to the polls yesterday in a lackluster turnout for the primary election in which the fate of both John Kerry and George W. Bush seemed a predetermined certainty.

New technology could ease voting confusion in November election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
Stephen Dawkins, staff reporter for Dateline Alabama
One of the most essential parts of a successful democracy is a reliable voting process. So what happens when major flaws cast doubt on the outcome of an election?

Rivals hold 2000 problems against Palm Beach County's elections chief    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
By Anthony Man in the Sun Sentinel
West Delray · Passions over the 2000 presidential election flared Thursday as Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore's re-election challengers, and some in a debate audience, cited it as grounds to oust her.

Vote paper trail sought    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
By Erika D. Smith, Beacon Journal Staff Writer
At the crux of the controversy over electronic voting is whether Americans should get a paper record to verify their vote.
Most states don't require receipts now, although California and Nevada will by at least 2006. (Florida has actually outlawed printing receipts for a recount.)


Lawmakers: Reconsider punch cards    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
By Julie Carr Smythe in the Cleveland Plain Dealer
State lawmakers studying voting-machine security might consider taking Ohio's plan back to square one, with some suggesting that the state erase three years of planning and stick with punch cards.

Voters turned away by glitches: 200 Alameda County precincts encounter problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
By Thomas Peele and Sam Richards for the Contra Costa Times
California's transition to electronic voting hit glitches on election day as voters were delayed and in some cases turned away from polling places in Alameda and San Diego counties because of malfunctioning machines.

Avoiding Another Florida Fiasco    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
by Jake Trapper for ABC News
The controversial Florida recount still looms large in the minds of election officials seeking to put an end to paper voting systems and their hanging, pregnant and dimpled chads.

Panel may block cash for voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
By JIM PROVANCE for the Toledo Blade
COLUMBUS - The legislative panel controlling the state’s purse strings is expected next week to block release of federal funds to buy electronic voting machines.

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