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Diebold's Political Machine    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman in Mother Jones
Political insiders suggest Ohio could become as decisive this year as Florida was four years ago. Which is why the state's plan to use paperless touch-screen voting machines has so many up in arms.

Voting Machine Foul-Ups Delay Local Count    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
By JAKOB SCHILLER for the Berkeley Daily Planet
Berkeley voters ran into a number of glitches Tuesday when the machines that clear voter cards after they are used malfunctioned throughout the day, forcing several precincts to move to paper ballots which quickly ran out and had to be re-supplied by the county.

A Deafening Silence As Democracy Expires: The Perfect World of Electronic Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, March 5, 2004
by Brian Barry of Counterpunch.org
"This is a brilliant strategy by Sequoia Voting Systems. All elections are now perfect by design. If you eliminate the ability to detect or prove fraud in an election, then you can claim that all elections are free of fraud."

Election officials say problems minimal    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By: GIG CONAUGHTON - Staff Writer for NCTimes
County officials said Wednesday that they do not think significant numbers of people were deprived of their right to vote Tuesday when early computer problems forced poll workers to turn some voters away in San Diego County's first election with electronic ballots.

Blackwell Plans To Lead Public Information Effort's Media Tour    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell could be featured in part of a $15.3 million public information campaign to explain to Ohio voters how new voting systems work.
A proposal that the state Controlling Board will consider Monday describes the voter education campaign as focus groups, phone surveys, television spots and a "campaign-style media tour" featuring Blackwell.


Digital Democracy?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
Daily Mojo in Mother Jones
The excruciatingly narrow presidential contest in Florida four years ago left the nation eager to adopt a more reliable voting system one that wouldn't systematically disenfranchise swaths of voters or raise suspicions of tampering. The goal was to eliminate the crude machines, puzzling butterfly ballots, and hanging chads that cost thousands of voters their choice in 2000.

Ballot card problems delayed election returns    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
Eric Beavers for the Walker County Messenger
Walker County election officials worked until after midnight, following Tuesday’s election, to rectify problems tallying results.

Electronic voting devices lack federal OK and disrupt vote for thousands    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By Ian Hoffman - STAFF WRITER in the Oakland Tribune
None of the devices used Tuesday to generate digital ballots for millions of California voters have undergone federal testing and certification.

Glitches in voting machines examined    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By Luis Monteagudo Jr. and Helen Gao of the San Diego Union-Tribune Staff
State and federal officials said yesterday they will examine the problems with the county's new electronic voting system, while a county supervisor and the ACLU called for investigations into the matter.

E-Voting Field Test    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By Cynthia L. Webb, washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
High-tech voting machines got yet another trial run on Super Tuesday this week. The results, according to critics? There's still a lot of work to be done to make electronic voting secure and glitch-free.

Voters like new machines; failure delays results    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By Pete PICHASKE in the Columbia Flier
Election officials had hoped to have the final results tabulated no more than two hours after the polls closed at 8 p.m. But a computer problem prevented them from downloading the precinct results electronically, delaying the tallies for hours.

Johnson County: Election Worker Fired    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By Rick Dawson for WISH-TV I-Team 8
Election officials in Johnson County are now demanding answers from a voting machine company at the heart of a recent I-Team investigation.

Taxpayers Association blasts voter PR campaign    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
Tony Goins for Columbus Business First
The Ohio Taxpayers Association on Thursday called the secretary of state's campaign to educate Ohioans about new voting machines a "total waste of time and money."

Unlikely Allies: Blust, Williamson Share Voting Concerns    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By Kathleen McFadden for the Mountain Times of Boone Co., NC
Politically, Republican County Commissioner David Blust and Democratic Party activist Pam Williamson couldn’t be farther apart. Blust and Williamson hold very different views on a number of issues and rarely agree. But one of the mandates of the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 has the two of them seeing eye to eye. Neither favors the federal requirement for changing from the familiar punch-card system to a “direct-recording electronic system” — a computerized voting machine.

Sheila Lennon: One person's experience as an election judge    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By Sheila Lennon / The Providence (R.I.) Journal
My experience as an Election Judge in Baltimore County: Let's follow up on yesterday's item that led with Aviel Rubin, one of the authors of the Johns Hopkins study Analysis of an Electronic Voting System, serving as an election judge in Lutherville, Md. Here's Rubin's account of his day. It's all interesting, but here are the relevant revelations from the front lines:

ALAMEDA COUNTY: Computer Glitches, human error, paper ballot shortage slow count    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
Rick DelVecchio, Chronicle Staff Writer
Glitches plagued a new computer designed to speed voting in Alameda County on Tuesday, forcing voters in many locations to cast their ballots on paper instead of electronically. Some sites ran out of paper ballots before the breakdown could be fixed.

Printers Wanted for Voting Machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
Reported By: Keith Whitney for WXIA-TV Atlanta
Though Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox said the state’s 26,000 elections voting machines performed without any problems on Super Tuesday earlier this week, some lawmakers Thursday said the machines may nonetheless be vulnerable to fraud and wanted printed receipts to serve as proof to the computer tabulation.

Registrar says electronic vote went smoothly    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By MATTHIAS GAFNI, Times-Herald staff writer
A day after Tuesday's landmark election, initiating a new age of electronic voting, the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office called the process "one of the smoothest elections ever conducted in Solano County."

Security reviews, push for paper tallies, funding postpone use of Diebold's machines in Ohio    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, March 4, 2004
By Erika D. Smith, Beacon Journal staff writer
Issues delay E-vote rollout
It all seemed so simple.
After weeks of figuring out which chads were pregnant and which chads were hanging, why wouldn't it?


New Md. Voting Machines Receive Mostly High Marks    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 3, 2004
By Raymond McCaffrey and Cameron W. Barr of the Washington Post
Maryland election officials praised the statewide debut of a new touch-screen voting system in yesterday's primary, despite computer glitches that crashed isolated machines and left some frustrated voters demanding the return of paper ballots.

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