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February 06, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 6, 2004
The Potential for Voting Machine Fraud
Charles R. Smith for NewsMax.com
There is an old proverb in data processing: To err is human. To really mess things up you need a computer.
The flawed 2000 presidential election in Florida unleashed a sudden and urgent effort to reform the U.S. voting system. At the forefront of this effort are businesses offering touch screen computer voting and Internet voting systems to replace punch cards and physical paper ballots.


February 06, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 6, 2004
State orders testing for touchscreens
By Thomas Peele of the CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Secretary of State Kevin Shelley on Thursday ordered California's counties to take extra security measures for the March 2 election due to expanding concerns about the vulnerability of electronic voting machines.
Shelley also directed the manufacturer of controversial touchscreen voting units used in Solano, Alameda and other counties to turn over software and said he would impanel a team of independent experts to review it.


February 06, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 6, 2004
TOUCH-SCREEN ELECTIONS
State to shun voting backup
Lawmakers say there's no need to add paper to touch-screen voting machines since they're confident the state's election reforms are satisfactory.
BY ERIKA BOLSTAD for The MiamiHerald.com


Michigan Dems Vote Online    Story Here  Archive
Published:Friday, February 6, 2004
wired.com
Thousands of Michigan Democrats have cast ballots for Saturday's caucuses using an Internet system that security experts say shares some of the risks found in a just-scrapped Pentagon effort.
Party officials insist they have safeguards and note that these particular ballots, unlike those in the $22 million Pentagon program, are not meant to be secret.


February 05, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 5, 2004
E-Vote Still Flawed, Experts Say
by Kim Zetter for WiredNews
Computer security experts hired to hack electronic voting machines manufactured by Diebold Election Systems found that flaws in the machines could result in malicious insiders or outsiders stealing an election.
The findings, released in a report late Thursday afternoon, culminated a weeklong test undertaken by security experts at Raba Technologies, a firm hired by Maryland's legislative services department to hack the voting machines. The report (PDF) stated that the Diebold machines did accurately count the votes but could be compromised.


February 05, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 5, 2004
Diebold drops takedown orders
BY PAUL GOLDSMITH-PINKHAM for The Phoenix, Swarthmore College's On-Line News
In response to litigation brought by two Swarthmore students, Diebold, Inc. has ceased asking individuals at universities across the country, including Swarthmore, to remove internal company e-mails from public display on Web sites.


February 05, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 5, 2004
Touch-Screen Security Criticized
By TED BYRD for the Tampa Tribune
TAMPA - Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Frank challenged the security of the county's touch-screen voting Wednesday, one day after Elections Supervisor Buddy Johnson defended it while launching a voter registration drive.


February 05, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 5, 2004
City ready to launch new voting machines
Optical scanners to be used March 2
By Phil Santoro, Boston Globe Staff
But by March 2, when residents vote in the presidential primary election, the old rods will become suitable for the Historical Commission. That's because all of Everett's 19,000-plus registered voters who show up to vote will use a new system to cast their ballots, one that makes it easier for both handicapped voters and election officials.


February 05, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 5, 2004
Baker sought no-bid contract for firm
Then he asked maker of voting machines to hire his girlfriend
By Jim Tankersley, Rocky Mountain News
Tracy Baker asked Arapahoe County to give a Texas company a no-bid $3.5 million voting-machine contract.
Then he asked the company to hire his girlfriend.


February 05, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 5, 2004
Getting zapped for vote
Clerk's recall election $100,000 pricier after batteries for voting machines lose juice
By Jim Tankersley, Rocky Mountain News
Arapahoe County will spend an extra $100,000 on Tracy Baker's recall election, because nobody bothered to charge the batteries in county voting machines.


Pentagon abandons Internet voting experiment    Story Here  Archive
Published:Thursday, February 5, 2004
By Vince Crawley MarineTimes staff writer
Following the advice of technical experts, the Pentagon has shut down a planned Internet voting experiment that would have let tens of thousands of overseas troops cast online ballots in the November presidential elections.

February 4, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Third voting report finds flaws, but hope
by Steven T. Dennis Staff Writer for Gazette.net
Paper ballots endorsed again
ANNAPOLIS A third independent study of the state's $74 million Diebold voting system found "considerable security risks," but endorses it as "worthy of voter trust" if a number of fixes are made immediately.
The report also endorsed voter-verifiable paper receipts as "absolutely necessary in some limited form" at some point.


February 4, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Palm Beach County avoids lawsuit, will buy printers for voting machines
By Kathy Bushouse Staff Writer for the Palm Beach Sun-Sentinel 
County commissioners got themselves out of a lawsuit Tuesday by agreeing to buy printers for the county's 5,400 touch-screen voting machines.


Despite Security Concerns, Michigan Democrats Continue Internet Voting    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Press Release from verifiedvoting.org
A new federal Internet-based voting system, the Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE), has come under criticism for security vulnerabilities. Tuesday the federal government, stating that SERVE wasn't yet certified, pulled it from use in the South Carolina primary.

February 4, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Don't Rush Voting Changes in W.Va.
OP/ED By The Wheeling West Virginia News-Register
As if there were not already plenty of questions concerning a mandated change to electronic voting in West Virginia, a new concern surfaced this week. It ought to convince legislators to go slowly on any state-required changes.
Federal law, enacted in the wake of election fiascos in 2000, requires that old voting systems be replaced by electronic equipment. The law stipulates that changes must be made by elections this fall - but it allows counties to seek extensions until 2006. Many already have done so.


February 4, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, February 4, 2004
New voting equipment hits snags in Illinois
By Stephanie Sievers, Dispatch/Argus Springfield Bureau
SPRINGFIELD Only one-third of Illinois' counties will have new election equipment up and running in time for the March 16 primary.


February 4, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, February 4, 2004

As primary season heats up voting-system upgrades lag
Add Op/Ed - USATODAY.com

After the 2000 presidential election debacle, when hanging chads in Florida threw the results in doubt for five weeks, federal and state officials vowed never again. They quickly drafted plans to replace punch cards and other outdated voting systems, and pledged to spend the money needed to ensure every vote is counted properly.



February 4, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Very close race for the Tulsa city council district 3 seat
One contest in Tuesday's elections, the Tulsa City Council race in District 3, may still be disputed. The News on 6's Rick Wells reports the final count was so close, emotions boiled over at the election board Tuesday night, and the end result may be a re-count. "Numbers started coming in from no where, and I just wanted to know how in the Hell they got those numbers."


Rock the Vote    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 3, 2004
By Shane Harris for GovExec.com
Critics and supporters of a new Pentagon-funded online voting system are digging in their heels in the debate over whether it should be scrapped over concerns that it's vulnerable to error and tampering. Now, a new dispute has developed not over the substance of the criticism, but the fact that it was aired at all.

February 3, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Rise of the machines: No voting tech is perfect, but integrity is crucial
OP/ED for DailyCamera.com
Nothing created by humans is ever going to be perfect. And as Boulder County Commissioner Paul Danish remarked recently, when it comes to choosing new election technology for the county, "No matter what we do, we won't get a perfect system." But with an election looming, we're going to need a system, perfect or not.


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