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Preventing a repeat of the 2000 debacle    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 2, 2004
BY BRYN NELSON for New York Newsday
Within the past month alone, there have been accusations of half-truths. Questions about credibility and experience. Angry retorts.
No, not between those candidates.


Voters in grouchy mood at the polls Technical glitches keep some from casting ballots    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Chronicle staff writers Rick Del Vecchio, Maria Alicia Gaura, Ilene Lelchuk, C.W. Nevius, Michael Taylor and Diana Walsh, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bay Area voters who went to the polls Tuesday to vote in a presidential primary and decide on a number of bond measures said, among other things, that they were getting tired of being faced with debt-producing bond measures on the ballot.

E-voting Runs Into Problems    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 2, 2004
NewsMax.com Wires
WASHINGTON – Voters in Maryland, Georgia and California encountered scattered technical problems Tuesday as electronic voting machines got their biggest U.S. test so far.

State, county registrars clash over voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 2, 2004
By JAY GOETTING for the Napa Valley Register
An edict from the California secretary of state to county election officials has Napa's registrar of voters and others fighting mad.
Secretary Kevin Shelley fired off a memo last month to the registrars in 18 counties officials who oversee ballots for 40 percent of the California electorate calling for state testing of randomly ed voting machines, retention of images of every vote cast, posted results of voting on each machine, and preparation of a security plan which would be reviewed by the Secretary of State's office. Shelley's plan is intended to ensure the confidentiality and security of electronic touch-screen voting machines.


Scattered e-voting problems anger computer scientists    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 2, 2004
by RACHEL KONRAD for Associated Press
Super Tuesday voters in Maryland, Georgia and California encountered scattered technical problems Tuesday as electronic voting machines got their biggest U.S. test so far.
Elections officials blamed improperly trained poll workers unfamiliar with new machines, especially in Maryland and California, where dozens of counties switched from antiquated punch-card and lever systems to touchscreen terminals.


Electronic voting glitches abound    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Staff writers Bruce Gerstman, Thomas Peele, Sam Richards, Taunya English, Lisa Coffey Mahoney and Sandy Kleffman contributed to this story.
OAKLAND - Voting equipment in at least 43 polling places around Alameda County failed for parts of the morning, requiring many voters to use paper ballots and when those ran out making it hard for some to vote at all.

Did Your Vote Count? New Coded Ballots May Prove It Did    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, March 2, 2004
By SARA ROBINSON for the Science Desk of the New York Times
More than two centuries of elections in the United States have resulted in paper-based voting systems secured by a multitude of checks and procedures. New electronic voting systems require voters to trust computers and the people who program them, a trust that computer security experts say is unwarranted.

Some mistrust screen voting: Poll shows most think it's reliable    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 1, 2004
By CARLOS CAMPOS for the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Ben Mack will vote Tuesday on an electronic touch-screen machine, but he won't like it.
Mack, an Atlanta advertising executive, doesn't trust the Diebold Election Systems machines used since 2002 in the state of Georgia to tally votes. Mack is worried they can be rigged electronically to produce fraudulent election results.


Electronic voting is here to stay despite fears of tampering    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 1, 2004
Editorial in the Gainesville (GA) Times

When voters go to the polls in Georgia's special primary Tuesday, they again will be touching ions on a computer screen rather than filling in circles or punching holes. And most welcome the chance.



All punched out    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 1, 2004
By Cameron Jahn Sacramento Bee Staff Writer
Voters in Sacramento County on Tuesday will "say goodbye to Chad and hello to Mark."

Record number of electronic ballots to be cast on Super Tuesday    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 1, 2004
By RACHEL KONRAD for AP
SAN JOSE, Calif.
With a record number of voters casting electronic ballots on Super Tuesday, poll workers from California to Maryland are beefing up security to forestall problems ranging from software glitches to brazen hackers.


The Ballots are Still Full of Holes    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 1, 2004
by Marc Eisen in The Progressive
It wasn't supposed to be this way. After the Florida debacle in the 2000 Presidential election, Congress agreed in 2002 that voting practices had to be made more secure and accurate. But now we are approaching the 2004 election with an even more suspect voting technology than the notorious punch-card system.

Federal Budget Underfunds 'Help America Vote' Initiatives    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 1, 2004
by Carly Schuffler for KTVO-TV (IA and MO)
(Ottumwa, Iowa)In the wake of the 2000 presidential election, when pregnant, dimpled, hanging and swinging-door chads were put in the spotlight, Congress began looking at election reform. The Help America Vote Act, or HAVA, was created. "The HAVA bill says no more punch cards, no more lever machines, they're gone," said Wapello County Auditor Phyllis Dean.

Excerpts from Interviews with MicroVote Executives (IN)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, March 1, 2004
WISH TV 8 I-Team, By Rick Dawson and Loni Smith McKown, March 2004.
The following are excerpts from interviews with executives from MicroVote.

High-tech ballots draw skepticism    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 29, 2004
By Jack Hagel, Globe Correspondent
Faster than voters can say "Bush vs. Gore," electronic voting systems are being shuffled into polling places nationwide, replacing outdated lever machines and eliminating punchcard ballots, which many believe caused confusion in the photo-finish 2000 presidential election.

Md. Split On Voting Machines: Accuracy Touted As Fraud Feared    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 29, 2004
By Brigid Schulte in the Washington Post
Maryland voters will move into the machine age Tuesday, casting their votes in the state primary on ATM-like gadgets with ease and efficiency.
At least that's what state election officials are saying, promising the most accurate vote ever.


Broward voters fearful of new screens    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 29, 2004
BY ERIKA BOLSTAD in the Miami Herald
Last year, Broward voters tiptoed to city elections, anxious about what they might find after well-publicized confusion and missteps at the elections office.

Chadless Ballots, Puzzled Voters    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 29, 2004
By Kristina Sauerwein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Tuesday's election will mark the first time in California that no chad-bearing voting machines will be allowed, courtesy of a federal court order.
But forecasters for the statewide primary election predict that voters from Alameda to Yuba counties will have a confusing time casting their ballots. The state's 58 counties will offer roughly a dozen ways to vote, such as touching, dialing, inking and levering ballot choices using touch-screen, optical-scan or non-scored-punch-card systems.


Security questions cloud election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 29, 2004
By Elise Ackerman in the San Jose Mercury
As Santa Clara County prepares for the first countywide election using touch-screen voting machines, voters have an urgent question: Can they be confident the computerized system will accurately count their ballots?

County priming public on new voting machines    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 29, 2004
By Luis Monteagudo Jr. San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
In the dining room of a senior citizens complex, Emma Schlegel carefully eyed an election ballot displayed on a computer screen and touched the screen to cast a vote.
"Oh, OK," Schlegel said after voting. "I like that. I really enjoyed that."


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