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January 8, 2004    Story Here  Archive

Broward Election Once Again Comes Down To Recount
click10.com reports in a follow-up article to yesterdays revelations that 134 voters went to the polls and voted but their votes were not counted. Logic & Accuracy tests and re-print and recount of the ballots showed that the original count was correct.



January 7, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Votes from 134 residents were not counted
ERIKA BOLSTAD of the Miami Herald reports: Ballots cast by 134 voters in a special election Tuesday weren't counted, apparently because people failed to use touch-screen machines properly. It's the electronic equivalent of a voter failing to punch a stylus all the way through on a paper ballot, leaving a hanging chad. Only with electronic voting, there's no way to review the ballot and determine how a person wanted to vote. The vote is not counted, and in this case, the vote of 134 people who left polling places without hitting the 'vote' button on the machines was not counted.


January 7, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Summit cuts field for voting machines
The Akron Beacon Journal reports: The Summit County Board of Elections will use either Diebold Inc. or ES&S to supply the electronic voting machines required to be in place by the November elections.


January 7, 2004    Story Here  Archive
How safe is your vote? Doubts will persist until secure, accurate elections become a national priority
Steven Hill and Rob Richie of The Baltimore Sun report: After the 2000 presidential race, many Americans saw new voting technology as the obvious means to avoid the millions of votes lost due to voter error around the nation. Following that botched election, Georgia and Maryland were the first states to commit to a statewide touch-screen voting system. Now a burgeoning national movement questions the security of such equipment and calls for paper trails that would provide a voter-verifiable audit trail. Counties and states such as Maryland that committed to touch screens are scrambling to explore how to add a paper trail to their system.


January 6, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Random Notes On Voting Machine Scandals
Eric A. Smith in The Coastal Post reports: Maryland, December 12th: An internal memo has just surfaced suggesting e-vote manufacturer Diebold planned to overcharge the state of Maryland and make voter printouts "prohibitively expensive".


January 6, 2004    Story Here  Archive
New technology not available for May 18 election
FRANK WALLIS of The Baxter Bulletin reports: New voting machine technology for Baxter County [Arkansas] is not expected to be available for the May 18 preferential primary and nonpartisan judicial elections, according to Bob Bodenhamer, chairman of the Baxter County Election Commission.


January 6, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Group plans to protest Diebold
Warren Lutz of The Daily Republic reports: A grassroots political group said Monday it plans to protest every public demonstration of the county's [Solano , CA] new electronic voting machines - and is already stirring up controversy.


January 5, 2004    Story Here  Archive
E-Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? Controversy surrounds new e-voting systems set for wide use in 2004 elections.
Janet Rae-Dupree of PC World magazine reports: This election year, rather than punching holes or connecting dots on paper ballots, many of us will cast our votes on electronic touch screens. Electronic voting systems are already in place in eight states and were used in last November's elections. Many more states will use them in this year's primaries and in the presidential election. Good news, right? After all, computers have to be more accurate and less subject to fraud than old chad-prone paper ballotsdon't they? Critics say no.


January 5, 2004    Story Here  Archive
A Bonanza for Errors: America's Electronic Voting Machines Are Susceptible to Manipulation
DER SPIEGEL as printed in The New York Times reports: Walden O'Dell is entitled to call himself a "Pioneer." The business leader from North Canton, Ohio, has qualified for the honorific because he collected 600,000 dollars for George W. Bush's election campaign. He accompanied this with a pledge to do everything possible to help Ohio "deliver its electoral votes to the president" in 2004.  But with this statement O'Dell has caused more of a stir than he could have wished. For the "Pioneer" is also chief executive of Diebold Inc., a company that among other things manufactures voting machines. About 40,000 of these are installed in 37 states and are supposed to record and count votes on November 2.


January 5, 2004    Story Here  Archive
'Paper trail' of votes omitted
Jim McElhatton of THE WASHINGTON TIMES reports: A request that Maryland's new touch-screen voting network include printouts might have come too late because state officials already have signed a $55.6 million contract that includes no such backup system. "That was not part of the contract price we negotiated with Maryland," said Mark Radke, director of marketing for Diebold Election Systems Inc., a Diebold subsidiary. "The voter verification [paper trail] was not discussed."


January 5, 2004    Story Here  Archive
New device, old method: Scanners to count ballots in Feb. 3 election
Sharon Dunham of The Havasu News reports: At the same time Mohave County moves forward with new machines to count ballots next month, voters will return to one of the the oldest forms of voting — blackening the ovals next to their choices on paper ballots. In the presidential preference election on Feb. 3, Democrats will be the first county voters to trade punch-card ballots for the paper ballots that will be read by an optical scanner at each precinct.


January 5, 2004    Story Here  Archive
County Residents Stop Display of Fraudulent Voting Technology.
Douglas MacDonald, Citizen Journalism Contributor reports: Under public pressure, the Solano County Voter Registrar's January 7th public display of Diebold electronic touch screen voting machines has been cancelled, however the County plans several future events displaying this fraudulent technology.


January 05, 2004    Story Here  Archive
TALK BACK
Would You Vote for E-Voting?
by Sandy Kendall for CSOonline
I vote in a small town, and when I go to the polls, I am greeted by several locally esteemed ladies with extremely sharp pencils and a ruler. They scan the printed list of voters and their addresses by sliding the ruler down the page, aligning the two columns of information and, never mistaking a resident of 52 Main Street with a resident of 54 Main Street, they make a sharp, dark check-mark next to each person to whom they hand a ballot.


January 3, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Electronic Voting Causing Concern
CBS News Correspondent Russ Mitchell reports: "Everybody who tried it thought it was terrific," said Margaret Luca, who supervises elections in Fairfax County, Virginia, where voters make their ions by simply touching a screen. It turns out that not everybody thought it was terrific. Rita Thompson believes the machines cost her a second term on the County School Board, which she lost by just 1% of the vote. Several people had started to complain about the fact that either they didn't see my name on the ballot, or it would take three or four times for the touch screen to light up my name," Thompson said. Officials confirm that improper stacking of their machines may have damaged the touch screens in a way that cost Thompson votes on at least one machine, Mitchell reports. They can't be sure about all the other polling places because the machines, made by Advanced Voting Solutions, do not create a paper record of every vote.


January 2, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Money matters county's top issue
STEVE SCHLATHER, News-Sun Staff Writer reports: The Board of Elections is overseeing a transition to electronic voting machines required by federal law. The board has chosen to use touch-screen technology produced by Sequoia Voting Systems. The federal government is expected to pay the $2 million cost of buying the machines and training workers, but the county may incur incidental costs, such as storage.


January 1, 2004    Story Here  Archive
Lawyer to guide elections board through voting-machine process
The Plain Dealer reports: The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has settled on hiring a lawyer, not a high-tech consultant, to help it purchase electronic voting machines.


December 31, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Voting machine decision for Athens County is coming down to the wire
John Lasker of The Athens NEWS Contributor reports: With less than 11 months until the presidential election, the Athens County Board of Elections is set to make a critical vote on the future of the county's voting technology. On Jan. 14, the four-member Board of Elections is slated to vote on the voting-machine vendor that will replace most of the county's antiquated "punch card" machines with state-of-the-art voting "kiosks." For every 200 registered voters in Athens County, one machine will be purchased, according to officials. The current punch-card system has been in use since 1978.


December 31, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Judge sets January trial date for disputed election
The Associated Press reports: A federal judge has scheduled a Jan. 20 trial date to resolve the disputed results of a township supervisor's race. In a 17-page order Tuesday, Judge David Hurd said it was clear a voting machine had malfunctioned Nov. 4 in the race for Whitestown Town Supervisor and that Democrat Thomas Shannon was the winner over Republican challenger David Jacobowitz.


December 31, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Bloomington gets voting machine money
Rebecca Loda of The Pantagraph reports: The Bloomington Election Commission is the first in the state to receive federal money for a new optical-scan voting system. Jesse Smart, vice chairman of the Illinois State Board of Elections and former Bloomington mayor, presented the $130,818 check to the commission Tuesday morning. "Everybody now has a new reason to vote to see the new machines," said Smart.


December 30, 2003    Story Here  Archive
FBI investigates hack at e-voting software company
Paul Festa of CNET News.com reports: Local and federal authorities including the FBI are investigating an intrusion into a computer network at an e-vote software company, which suspects the hack was politically motivated. It's also, e-voting critics would say, about security.


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