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February 3, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Heller concerned about cuts to election budget
by Geoff Dornan for Nevada Appeal
Secretary of State Dean Heller says he's concerned about deep cuts to the federal election-reform budget proposed by President Bush.
The president's budget plan would chop the funding for 2005 from $500 million to $40 million.


Pentagon Drops E-Voting Test For S.C.    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 3, 2004
As reported by thepittsburghchannel.com
The Pentagon says it will not test an Internet voting project during Tuesday's South Carolina Democratic presidential primary. A system called the Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment or SERVE was developed for U.S. citizens overseas and is supposed to let would-be voters register and vote just like they would under their local laws and rules.

February 3, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Tuesday, February 3, 2004
No Bumper Stickers, Just the Ballots, Please
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL of the New York Times
In gyms, schools and community centers across South Carolina, voters long accustomed to pushing buttons on machines were surprised to face simple paper ballots instead. With the memory of hanging chads fresh in the minds of Democratic Party officials, it was back to basics. "We felt it was the most accurate way to measure the intent of the voter," said Nu Wexler, executive director of the State Democratic Party. "You don't have to worry about chads and that sort of stuff.


February 2, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 2, 2004
New reports cast doubt on Internet voting
By Gregory M. Lamb | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Computers are spreading into nearly every aspect of American life, but the door may have just slammed shut on them as they try to enter the polling booth. Two recent reports have called for pulling the plug on online voting unless serious security concerns are addressed. Many security experts say the flaws cannot be fixed.


February 2, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 2, 2004
Printers draw fire and praise
By Kathy Bushouse Staff Writer for the Sun-Sentinel 
When Nevada voters go to the polls in November, they'll be among the first in the nation to cast their ballots on a touch-screen voting machine, then double-check them on a piece of paper before making their choices official.


February 2, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Published:Monday, February 2, 2004
Fed-up Elections Officials Are Quitting
NewsMax.com Wires from the AP
Turnover among election administrators in the nation's largest counties since the 2000 presidential stalemate has been unusually high with, by one expert's count, at least 20 top officials leaving office.


February 1, 2004    Story Here  Archive
ELECTRONIC VOTING'S HIDDEN PERILS
By Elise Ackerman of Mercury News
Poll workers in Alameda County noticed something strange on election night in October. As a computer counted absentee ballots in the recall race, workers were stunned to see a big surge in support for a fringe candidate named John Burton.


A promising road to Internet voting    Story Here  Archive
Mercury News Editorial
Many reports since the 2000 election have cautioned against proceeding with voting over the Internet until fundamental security problems can be resolved.

The Pentagon ignored the warnings. It's moving ahead with a system that will enable 100,000 overseas residents to vote in presidential primaries and the November election.

February 1, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Touch-screen systems aren't infallible
ELECTION OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN LAX IN SUPERVISION
Mercury News Editorial
After spending millions on new touch-screen machines, the last thing local election officials want is for people to doubt the systems' reliability. So registrars of voters, Jesse Durazo of Santa Clara County among them, end up sounding more like pitchmen than guardians of the vote. They mouth reassurances about technologies few of them understand and dismiss skeptics as Luddites and kooks.


February 1, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Rigged election called possible
By Elise Ackerman, Mercury News
Could someone hack an election?
Yes, according to a report presented to the Maryland Legislature Thursday by Raba Technologies, a consulting firm. Maryland hired Raba's computer scientists to hack into its Diebold electronic voting system. The researchers found that software vulnerabilities could allow a saboteur to vote multiple times or tamper with computer code to steal an election.


January 31, 2004    Story Here  Archive
An Editorial from the New York Times
How to Hack an Election
Concerned citizens have been warning that new electronic voting technology being rolled out nationwide can be used to steal elections. Now there is proof. When the State of Maryland hired a computer security firm to test its new machines, these paid hackers had little trouble casting multiple votes and taking over the machines' vote-recording mechanisms. The Maryland study shows convincingly that more security is needed for electronic voting, starting with voter-verified paper trails.


January 31, 2004    Story Here  Archive
New Voting Machines for New York State: Promise or Peril?
An Editorial by Kim Alexander
Are new, paperless, computerized voting machines a sign of promise or peril?

This is an important subject. What we do about voting technology now will have consequences for decades to come.

I'm here today to explain why I believe it is necessary that there be a voter-verified paper trail to accompany digital ballots. The short answer is this: there is no good reason for voters to trust paperless, one hundred percent computerized voting systems run on secret software. Most of the security risks associated with computerized voting can be addressed by requiring a voter-verified paper audit trail.

January 30, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Commissioners to pledge money for ballot printers
By George Bennett, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH Palm Beach County commissioners appear ready to extricate themselves from an elections lawsuit by pledging $2.5 million for ballot printers to go along with the county's paperless touch-screen voting machines.


January 30, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Flaws, but hope, in voting report
by Steven T. Dennis Staff Writer for GazetteNet
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.

January 30, 2004    Story Here  Archive
County one step closer to buying voting machines: Activist groups find actions hasty
By Laura Morsch, Camera Staff Writer
Boulder County is one step closer to buying a new voting system, and some local groups are objecting. Boulder County commissioners unanimously approved a motion Thursday to allow the county clerk to negotiate a contract with voting-machine vendor Hart InterCivic Inc.


January 30, 2004    Story Here  Archive
County Unveils New Voting Machines: Some Voter Groups Oppose New System From SanDiegoChannels.com
SAN DIEGO With the California primary election less than two months away, the San Diego County Office of the Registrar worked around the clock to introduce the county's new touch-screen voting machines.
More than 10,000 computerized touch-screen voting machines were delivered throughout the county. They were tested and certified by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley. Poll workers are being trained to handle the new system, which will be in place by March 2, 2004, for every California county.


January 30, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Bipartisan Request Seeks Halt to Internet Voting
Groups Fear Citizens Abroad Will Be Compromised

By Dan Keating, Washington Post Staff Writer

In a highly unusual pairing, the Republican and Democratic party organizations for citizens living abroad have banded together against the Pentagon's Internet voting program for the presidential election.


January 30, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Md. computer testers cast a vote: Election boxes easy to mess with
In Annapolis, tales of trickery, vote rigging
By Stephanie Desmon SunSpot.net Staff
For a week, the computer whizzes laid abuse - both high- and low-tech - on the six new briefcase-sized electronic voting machines sent over by the state.


January 30, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Electoral Meltdown in Fairfax
A Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post by Raoul E. Drapeau of Vienna, VA
Fairfax County recently spent $3.5 million on electronic voting machines, which were introduced to voters in November. They were a disaster.
I was an election officer assisting voters during that election. I also have many years of experience in developing computer graphics systems. This one was not ready for prime time.


January 29, 2004    Story Here
Diebold's record year hurt by vote machines

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