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February 14, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Critics punch at touch-screen voting security
Cox defends technology

By CARLOS CAMPOS for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cathy Cox looks at a Diebold AccuVote TS machine and sees the future of voting.
Georgia's secretary of state gushes over its high-tech features, which she says have significantly lowered the number of uncounted votes and the possibility of election fraud.


February 14, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Punch-card ballots that prompted 2000 election recount still in use
BY MARTIN MERZER for Knight Ridder Newspapers
(KRT) - It is Election Night 2004. The presidential tally stalls in a near-tie. All eyes turn to a pivotal state, a rich source of electoral votes, where election supervisors scrutinize ballots.
Punch-card ballots.

Yes, punch-card ballots, the much maligned voting system - dimpled chad, hanging chad, pregnant chad - that symbolized Florida's botched election four years ago, politically paralyzed the nation for 37 days and altered the course of electoral history.



February 13, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Rose: Worries about vote fraud
By John David Rose for the Carolina Morning News
Think About It
In defense of electronic voting, Tom Hatfield, Beaufort County chairman of the Election Commission, pooh-poohed the potential for fraud.
Let's hope he hasn't bought those machines yet.


February 13, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Opponents of change a threat to electronic voting
By Mike Langberg for the Mercury News
Fear of change is a universal human emotion, and it often erupts when new technology comes along to alter an established and comfortable way of doing things.


February 13, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Florida should have ballot printouts
OUR OPINION: PAPER RECORD OF VOTES WILL ENSURE ELECTION INTEGRITY
Those dreaded hanging chads and overvotes will be missing when Florida voters again cast their vote for president and other offices in November, and good riddance. But something will be missing that should have been included in the new electronic voting systems installed throughout Florida: a paper printout of each ballot cast.


February 13, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Fulton County Voters learn how to use new voting equipment
By DEB FOWLKS  for Eagle Publications Newspapers
The weather may have been less than perfect, but that didn’t stop Fulton County Clerk employees, Brenda Smick and Marge Grafford, from braving the harsh elements to come to Avon in order to instruct voters on the new voting equipment that will be implemented in the March 16, Primary Election.


February 13, 2004    Story Here  Archive
County officials challenge state over voting machines
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS FACE SECURITY TESTS
By Elise Ackerman for the Mercury News
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Jesse Durazo and nine other California elections officials have challenged Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's authority to require security measures to safeguard the integrity of electronic voting systems in next month's presidential primary.


February 13, 2004    Story Here  Archive

Elections board continues election investigation
By: B.J. O'Brien for the Bethel Beacon
It appears that the state Elections Enforcement Commission will not make any decisions concerning the complaints it received regarding the Nov. 4 elections in Bethel until its March meeting.



U.S. considers e-vote for primaries    Story Here  Archive
By Harold Lee for The Daily Bruin (UCLA)
(U-WIRE) LOS ANGELES ? The U.S. Department of Defense explored an option that would allow citizens overseas to vote online for the upcoming presidential election, but the project was abandoned last Friday.

February 12, 2004    Story Here  Archive
State approves touch-screen voting software for county
By Les Mahler for the San Joaquin News Service
STOCKTON The California secretary of state has approved voting software for San Joaquin County, paving the way for the county to use the technology with no worries in the March 2 primary.


February 12, 2004    Story Here  Archive
New voting machines in Pittsfield
By: Ryan Peterson for Capital News 9
State and Federal mandates are requiring municipalities all over the country to phase out and eventually eliminate some older forms of voting technology, including those old lever pulling booths so many of us are used to.


February 12, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Plenty of risks associated with touch-screen voting
GUEST OPINION, Ed Kleinow in the Florida News-Press
I am pleased that The News-Press has taken the position that we need to have a voter verifiable paper record of our votes in case a recount is required.


February 12, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Commission comes out against voting machines
By Nick Claussen the Athens NEWS Associate Editor
The Athens County Commissioners have been arguing with the county Board of Elections over new electronic voting machines for the county, and now some members of the Board of Elections are at odds with one another over the issue, too.


February 12, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Wexler ponders next move in battle for ballot receipts
Palm Beach County judge tosses out

by Dale King for the Boca Raton News
U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler says he hasn’t given up in his fight to attach a printer to every touch-screen voting machine in Florida.


February 12, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Touchscreen ballots don't have to be recounted, official claims
By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla — .The Department of State has notified elections supervisors that touchscreen ballots don't have to be included during manual recounts because there is no question about how voters intended to vote.


February 12, 2004    Story Here  Archive
County ordered to offer voters paper ballots
By: GIG CONAUGHTON - Staff Writer for the NC Times
Less than three weeks before the March 2 elections, state officials have ordered San Diego County to offer voters the option of casting paper ballots because of continued questions and criticisms of new electronic "touch-screen" voting machines.


February 11, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Election Pros Are Cons
Two felons have been involved in printing and processing ballots for King County—one of them a convicted embezzler. A voter activist calls this a security breach

by George Howland Jr. of the Seattle Weekly
BEV HARRIS HAS tangled with election bigwigs around the country. Her exposés of shady practices, conflicts of interest, and poor security in both the private and public sectors have helped ignite a national debate over the integrity of the U.S. electoral system. Now the 52-year-old Renton resident is claiming that there are local examples of lax security, too—at the King County Department of Records, Elections, and Licensing Services. She says the elections office has John Elder, a convicted drug dealer, printing ballots and Jeff Dean, a 23-count embezzler, programming software.


Will Internet Balloting Click?
Foes cite lack of safeguards
    Story Here  Archive
By Mark Harrington, Staff Writer for Newsday.com
Four years after a now-defunct local company ran the first online Democratic primary, the state of Internet voting is at a tenuous crossroads.

February 11, 2004    Story Here  Archive
This Time, Fairfax's Touch-Screen Machines Meet Challenge
By David Cho Washington Post Staff Writer
Fairfax County's new touch-screen voting machines behaved well throughout the day for yesterday's Democratic presidential primary, and most precincts succeeded in quickly transmitting vote tallies electronically once the polls closed last night.


February 11, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Voting Receipts Debated
By Tim Craig for the Washington Post
Critics of Maryland's new $55 million electronic voting system came out in favor of a bill yesterday that would require paper receipts to be printed, verifying each vote.


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