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December 30, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Electronic-voting firm reveals hacker break-in
Monica Soto Ouchi of The Seattle Times reports: Bellevue-based VoteHere, which sells software designed to make electronic voting more secure, said yesterday a hacker it thinks was politically motivated broke into its computer system and stole nonsensitive internal documents.


December 22, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Paper trail stirs debate over voting machines
Julie Carr Smyth of The Plain Dealer reports: It seems simple enough: Gas pumps print receipts, so why can't voting machines? But the debate over whether the electronic voting machines sweeping America should allow voters to see a printout of their ballot before it is cast is nearly anything but simple.


December 22, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Graham rolls out electronic voting bill
Michael Hardy of FCW.com reports: Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) has introduced a bill to require the makers of touch screen voting machines to produce voter-verified paper receipts and to take other measures intended to prevent election fraud. Graham's bill mirrors a measure that Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) introduced in the House earlier this year.


December 22, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Trust in Voting Machines
The Washington Post reports: EVEN THOUGH experts continue to raise questions about the vulnerability of touch-screen voting systems to fraud and computer glitches, Maryland election officials seem determined to press a flawed plan to adopt them.


December 22, 2003 (subscription)    Story Here  Archive
Secret software, lack of paper trail a recipe for trouble
Hedda Haning of The West Virginia Gazette reports: To paraphrase and summarize their concerns: When a vote is cast on a DRE, there is no way of knowing whether what you see and touch on the screen is at all related to what is happening inside. Experts have shown that it is possible to touch the screen to choose the Democrat and have the Republican candidate get the vote (or vice versa), and the voter will never know.


December 22, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Electronic voting can and will be fine-tuned
BILL BOZARTH write in an editorial posted to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently wrote about concerns being raised nationally regarding the security of electronic voting systems. Because Georgia is ahead of all other states in this area, he casts doubt on our experience. My organization, Common Cause Georgia, has invested a great deal of effort in trying to determine if there is any credible evidence that the 2002 Georgia election was corrupted. We find absolutely no reason to question the integrity of the Georgia voting process now in use. It's not perfect, and tightening the process must be an ongoing priority. (Although we don't necessarily agree with the position of this author we felt it was important to list this so that those directly affected can contact the author, the publication or the organization with their own opinions)


December 21, 2003    Story Here  Archive
No telling if voter rolls are ready for 2004
ADAM C. SMITH of The St. Petersburg Times reports: In 2000, some people were mistakenly labeled felons and denied voting rights. Despite three years of reform efforts, inconsistencies and obstacles remain.


December 19, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Invention Offers Both Sighted and Visually Impaired Voters Proof Their Vote Is Accurately Counted
A PRNewswire release as reported by Yahoo.com stated: An electronic voting system that goes beyond the growing demands of elections officials, elected representatives, computer scientists, voting rights advocates and the visually impaired, that electronic voting systems incorporate an accessible voter verified paper audit trail (AVVPAT), has been announced by a Florida inventor.


December 18, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Foes of computer voting are getting heard
John Schwartz of The New York Times reports: High-tech voting is getting a low-tech backstop: paper. Most new voting machines are basically computers with touch screens instead of keyboards. Their makers promise that the new machines will simplify voting and forever end the prospect of pregnant and hanging chads. But as the market for computerized voting equipment has intensified, a band of critics has emerged, ranging from the analytical to the apoplectic.


December 18, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Expert doubts reliability of e-voting: State expected to go electronic by '06
Nik Bonopartis of ThePoughkeepsie Journal reports: In the mid-19th century, hardly an election was held in New York City without the result swayed to the specifications of one man William Marcy 'Boss' Tweed. Tweed was the most well-known figure in a political machine so corrupt, historians estimate it swindled the city out of as much as $200 million. Tweed used a small army of henchmen to fan out to the city's voting districts to fraudulently inflate vote totals. With the advent of electronic voting machines, a modern-day Boss Tweed could pull off that feat almost single-handedly, said a software engineer who spoke recently to Ulster County voters at Kingston city hall.


December 18, 2003    Story Here  Archive
The year democracy ended
Dr. Bob Fitrakis is Senior Editor of The Free Press reports: As the year ends, 2003 will be remembered by future historians as the year the pretense of democracy in the United States ended. Since the 1940s, conservatives have accepted the assumption of economist Joseph Schumpeter that democracy in a mass society existed of little more than the following: the adult population could vote; the votes were fairly counted; and the masses could choose between elites from one of two parties. With the most recent revelations about the 2000 Bush coup in Florida disclosed in the shocking stolen Diebold memos, the Bush family has signaled that an authoritarian right-wing dynasty is the future course for American politics.


December 17, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Critics of new voting machines want system to create paper trail
Stephanie Desmon of The SunSpot reports: The future of voting in Maryland is stored in warehouses across the state, including one in Glen Burnie, formerly Anne Arundel County's animal shelter, where new touch-screen machines inside small hardtop suitcases are stacked in bays where dogs and cats used to live. Even before the machines have been turned on, though, they are at the center of a growing chorus of criticism about whether the results they will provide in the March presidential primary, and beyond, can be trusted.


December 17, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Embezzlers, Drug Dealers & Uncertified BBV Voting Systems In 10 States
Press Statement from Bev Harris & Andy Stephenson: Bev Harris, author of Black Box Voting, and Andy Stephenson, Democratic candidate for Washington Secretary of State, have uncovered information that brings concerns about electronic voting to a new level. This information affects both optical scans and touch-screens; it also affects the security of absentee ballots.


December 17, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Security concerns may delay vote system
David Postman of The Seattle Times reports: Controversial electronic voting machines, which were supposed to be introduced throughout the United States next year, likely won't be used statewide in the 2004 elections because Secretary of State Sam Reed says better security is needed.


December 17, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Con Job at Diebold Subsidiary
The Associated Press at WiredNews reports: At least five convicted felons secured management positions at a manufacturer of electronic voting machines, according to critics demanding more stringent background checks for people responsible for voting machine software.Voter advocate Bev Harris alleged Tuesday that managers of a subsidiary of Diebold Inc., one of the country's largest voting equipment vendors, included a cocaine trafficker, a man who conducted fraudulent stock transactions and a programmer jailed for falsifying computer records.


December 16, 2003    Story Here  Archive
'Gouging' memo leaves Diebold red-faced
Andrew Orlowski for the The Register reports: The archive of internal correspondence from the politically-connected ATM giant Diebold - which is bidding for many electronic voting contracts across the US - is a gift that keeps on giving. Diebold has its own answer to critics who want a verifiable paper trail. Incredibly, the e-voting terminals don't leave behind such information. It plans to make the modifications so expensive that city and state officials balk at the cost.


December 16, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Group Seeks E-Voting Standards 
Kim Zetter of WiredNews reports: The National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, the keepers of the atomic clock and the official arbiters of time in the United States, will attempt to restore trust and confidence in voting systems.


December 16, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Security an issue in ballot machine
AARON CORVIN of The News Tribune reports: By 2006 in Pierce County, you'll be able to vote for a candidate or ballot measure the way you get cash from an ATM: Read a computer screen, press some buttons and, voilá, you've exercised your constitutional right. But will you trust a computer to record your vote correctly and securely? That question looms in Pierce County and around the state as officials grapple with the requirements of a federal law aimed at avoiding a repeat of Florida's fiasco - pregnant chads and all - in the 2000 presidential election.


December 16, 2003    Story Here  Archive
New Voting Machines for New York State: Promise or Peril?
Kim Alexander writes this editorial for The Empire Page: 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.


December 16, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Critics: Convicted felons worked for electronic voting companies
RACHEL KONRAD and Associated Press Writer as published in The Herold Tribune reports: At least five convicted felons secured management positions at a manufacturer of electronic voting machines, according to critics demanding more stringent background checks for people responsible for voting machine software. Voter advocate Bev Harris alleged Tuesday that managers of a subsidiary of Diebold Inc., one of the country's largest voting equipment vendors, included a cocaine trafficker, a man who conducted fraudulent stock transactions, and a programmer jailed for falsifying computer records.


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