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Voting chaos looms for American election    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
By Steve Connor in Seattle for the Independent.co.UK
The electronic voting system designed for the forthcoming American election is fundamentally flawed and could undermine the trustworthines of the entire US democratic process, a scientist has told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hi-tech voting machines 'threaten' US polls
Scientist warns that electronic votes cannot be safeguarded
    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
Tim Radford and Dan Glaister The Guardian
US voters will go to the polls in November using electronic voting machines which cannot be verified, a computer scientist warned yesterday.

US expert warns electronic voting cannot be trusted    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
Dick Ahlstrom, Science Editor, in Seattle for the Irish Times
A leading US computer expert has warned that the Government's new ?45 million electronic voting system cannot be trusted as there is no way to verify the results of the count.

The Computer Ate My Vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
By Kim Zetter for WiredNews
Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream fame will be dishing a little political activism with his ice cream tomorrow in Washington, D.C., when he calls on secretaries of state throughout the country to secure electronic voting machines.

Outgoing elections board member criticizes vote-machine    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
By Jim Phillips, Athens, OH NEWS Senior Writer
An outgoing member of the Athens County Board of Elections used his last meeting Thursday to blast the Athens County Commissioners, for a letter they sent the board about the county's pending purchase of electronic, touch-screen voting machines.

Touch-screen voting to make San Joaquin debut March 2    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
By JACK DOO Modesto BEE STAFF WRITER
San Joaquin County's $5.7 million worth of new touch-screen voting machines will receive their first trial in the March 2 primary.

Panel vows aid for election improvements    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press
States can expect by mid-May to get a long-awaited $2.3 billion in federal help to buy new voting-booth equipment and make other election improvements, the head of an electoral reform commission promised Monday.

Part I: Will Your Vote Count?    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
By Rick Dawson and Loni Smith McKown, I-Team 8 WISH-TV Indianapolis
An I-Team 8 investigation reveals recent changes in voting technology have raised the risk of fraud and miscounting. The investigation finds serious questions about security and troubling concerns on both how the technology is sold, and who is getting rich on public money. It?s an investigation into the heart and soul of our way of government: your ability to vote.

Paper ballot bill has local flavor    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
By RICHARD VALENTY Colorado Daily Staff Writer
The 2004 election is fast approaching, and August primaries are roughly five months away. Still, in mid-February, election rules and voting machinery are being debated locally and statewide.

Sparks fly in e-voting debate    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 16, 2004
By Alan Boyle, Science editor, MSNBC
SEATTLE - Researchers argued the pros and cons of electronic voting this weekend with the fervor of candidates on the campaign trail ? but agreed on at least one point: This year?s presidential balloting has the potential to suffer more glitches than the infamous 2000 election.

Q & A: Two sides of electronic voting issue    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 15, 2004
By Carlos Campos, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Carlos Campos interviewed leaders on both sides of the electronic voting machine issue. He spoke with Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox in her Capitol office in Atlanta on Jan. 5. Richard Searcy of Voter Independence Project responded to questions sent to him via e-mail on Feb. 4. Here are transcripts of those interviews.

Concerns over US computer voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 15, 2004
By Richard Black BBC Science correspondent
The 2000 presidential election descended into farce
Two leading American experts on computer voting have warned that the forthcoming US presidential election could be more chaotic than the last.


2000 poll problems may return    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 15, 2004
By Delphine Soulas in THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Despite the Help America Vote Act signed in 2002 to improve the electoral system, 32 million registered voters still will be using punch cards in the November presidential election, according to a report released last week.

Would you like a receipt with that election?
Technologists advocate a paper trail for electronic voting machines
    Story Here  Archive
Published:Sunday, February 15, 2004
By Stephanie Chasteen of UC Santa Cruz
Electronic voting has its perils. Imagine this odd scenario on election day. You step inside the voting booth at the local Y and are faced with a red curtain. Behind the curtain is a man who fills out your ballot for you as you tell him whom you want for president, for city council, for mayor. But what if the man writes it down wrong, or switches your vote to a different candidate?

State bans recounts of touch-screen ballots    Story Here  Archive
By Scott Wyman Staff writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
State elections officials banned any attempt to recount votes cast on touch-screen voting machines Friday, reversing an earlier decision as counties prepare for the presidential primary less than a month away.

February 14, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Recount rules clarified
BY ERIKA BOLSTAD for the Miami Herald
A month after a close Broward election using touch-screen equipment, Florida election officials have clarified electronic recount rules.


February 14, 2004    Story Here  Archive

Electronic Voting Questions Surface 
Reported By:  The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) To Georgia election officials, overhauling the state's voting system and going totally electronic looked like a no-brainer after the 2000 election debacle where the identity of the next president hung by a few Florida chads.



February 14, 2004    Story Here  Archive
State call for monitors angers county officials
Jim Schultz for the Redding Record Searchlight
Shasta County's top election official doesn't want Big Brother looking over the shoulders of voters in the March 2 primary.
She's not alone.
County Clerk Ann Reed is one of 10 county election officials in California who want Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to rescind an order requiring monitors to, among other things, oversee touch-screen voting on Election Day.


February 14, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Shelley asks registrars' support
ELECTION: The secretary of state asks registrars to help ensure the accuracy of touch-screen voting.
By TAMMY McCOY / The Press-Enterprise
Despite an outcry from election officials in several counties, the California secretary of state will stick with a plan he contends will help ensure that touch-screen voting is reliable and secure.
Secretary of State Kevin Shelley on Friday responded to criticisms and concerns over his directive, and asked county registrars to act as a team.


February 14, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Top elections official accuses counties of protecting voting 'turf'
By: DON THOMPSON - Associated Press
SACRAMENTO California's elections chief on Saturday criticized county officials for balking at a directive he said would protect new touch-screen voting machines from hackers and malfunction.


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