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December 15, 2003    Story Here  Archive
W.Va. set for voter database
The Associated Press reports: West Virginia is poised to clear a major hurdle erected by the federal Help America Vote Act. But other mandates remain, including one that state election officials are choosing to duck for now. Shortly after New Year's Day, the Mountain State will list all 1 million-plus of its voters on a computer database shared among all 55 counties. "All of the information is real-time, it will all come from a central location and it will all extend to the local level," said Jan Casto, who oversees HAVA compliance for Secretary of State Joe Manchin.


December 15, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Considering Computer Voting
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 15, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Split vote on electronic tally: Conference reveals stark division on computer systems' reliability
KEVIN COUGHLIN of The Star-Ledger reports: It was meant to be a peace-making summit. For two days last week, computer experts, election officials and vendors of electronic voting machines from around the country gathered here in Maryland. The conference was optimistically titled, "Building Trust and Confidence in Voting Systems."


December 15, 2003    Story Here  Archive
County goes with optical scan
RICHARD VALENTY of The Colorado Daily reports: The people spoke, and government listened. Officials from the Boulder County Clerk's office announced Friday that they decided against purchasing Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting machines for the 2004 election.


December 14, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Group Mobilizes Opposition to New Voting Machines
Brigid Schulte of The Washington Post reports: The fight to preserve democracy in Maryland is being waged from a sunset pink room on the second floor of an orange house in Takoma Park, where a gray cat named Handsome sleeps soundly on the batik-draped sofa. The freedom fighters, Linda Schade and Kevin Zeese, pad about the house in their stocking feet and jeans, firing off e-mails and calling state legislators and warning citizens that the new, ATM-like voting machines that are becoming all the rage are, in fact, quite nefarious.


December 14, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Accessible polls: Counties falling short of aid for disabled voters
Nancy Cook Lauer of The Tallahasse DEMOCRAT reports: Disabled voters should find polling places easier to get into come Election Day 2004. But they may not find it any easier to vote once they're there. That's because a 2002 state law mandating at least one disabled-accessible voting machine per precinct was made contingent upon money being available - and a federal mandate requiring the machines doesn't kick in until 2006.


December 12, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Criticism of electronic voting machines’ security is mounting
Elizabeth Heichler of ComputerWorld reports: As presidential primary season approaches, a debate is raging about electronic voting and IT professionals and computer scientists are among the loudest critics.


December 12, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Electronic voting no magic bullet: Specialists seek input of academia, technology, election officials
Marsha Walton of CNN reports: After the debacle of the dimpled ballots and "hanging chads" of the 2000 presidential race, many election officials looked to technology to come to their rescue. They rushed to buy new, high-tech electronic voting equipment, expecting features such as touch screens to prove more reliable than older systems' punch cards. But at a sometimes boisterous meeting of election officials, computer scientists and voting machine vendors this week in the Washington suburb of Gaithersburg, it seems clear that technology will not solve all.


December 12, 2003    Story Here  Archive
The Odd Conflict over E-Voting
BusinessWeek reports: Election officials want a digital solution to avoid Florida-style fiascos, while computer experts say only paper will work.


December 11, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Voting Machines Gone Wild!
Mark Lewellen-Biddle of In These Times reports: E-voting has obvious downsides—no ability to check recorded votes, no ability to perform meaningful recounts and susceptibility to electronic voting fraud. Nonetheless, the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) mandates that by January 1 states submit plans to make the switch in time for the 2006 elections. More troubling, the backers of the act and the manufactures of e-voting machines are a rat’s nest of conflicts that includes Northrop-Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Accenture. Why are major defense contractors like Northrop-Grumman and Lockheed-Martin mucking about in the American electoral system? And who are Accenture and EDS?


E-mail stolen from Diebold is a call to gouge Maryland    Story Here  Archive
The Gazette. December 10, 2003 by Steven T. Dennis, Staff Writer.
ANNAPOLIS An e-mail found in a collection of files stolen from Diebold Elections Systems' internal database recommends charging Maryland "out the yin-yang" if the state requires Diebold to add paper printouts to the $73 million voting system it purchased. The e-mail from "Ken," dated Jan. 3, 2003, discusses a (Baltimore) Sun article about a University of Maryland study of the Diebold system:

"There is an important point that seems to be missed by all these articles: they already bought the system. At this point they are just closing the barn door. Let's just hope that as a company we are smart enough to charge out the yin if they try to change the rules now and legislate voter receipts."



December 9, 2003    Story Here  Archive
E-Voting Vendors Seek Credibility: Industry group forms amid criticism to develop ethics code.
Grant Gross, IDG News Service on PCWorld reports: Six vendors of digital election systems have formed a trade group to address lingering questions about security and ethics in the electronic voting industry. The vendors have teamed with the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) to launch the Election Technology Council (ETC). The new trade group plans to write a code of ethics and review security procedures in the industry, members say.


December 8, 2003    Story Here  Archive
AccuPoll Electronic Voting Systems Provide Voter Verified Paper Printouts
The Silicon Valley Biz Inc reports: Multi-Lingual, Linux-Based, Voter Verified System Will Meet All Federal Requirements Including Accessibility for Disabled Voters


December 8, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Voter Fraud Investigation
Wish TV8 in Indianapolis reports: State police are investigating at least 70 instances of possible voter fraud in Madison County. (As long as there are opportunities to commit vote fraud there will be those that will attempt it. DRE's present a nearly irresistable tempation.)


December 8, 2003    Story Here  Archive
States scrutinize e-voting as primaries near
Paul Festa  of CNET News.com reports: Some states are raising last-minute security concerns over e-voting technology as much of the country prepares to switch over from mechanical to electronic ballots in time for the upcoming U.S. presidential election.


December 8, 2003    Story Here  Archive
A Paper Trail for Voters
The New York Times reports: Ever since the voting trauma in Florida three years ago, election officials have been trying to find a better way to cast and count ballots. As progress is beginning to be made, it is critical that the new strategies do not create as many problems as they solve.


December 7, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Q & A Mark Radke on Diebold's voting machine performance
The Boston Globe reports: Computerized voting machines were supposed to prevent a repeat of the 2000 Florida election fiasco. Instead, the high-tech ballot boxes have ignited a firestorm of their own. Critics say they're unreliable, and can actually make it easier to rig elections than old-fashioned paper ballots.


December 7, 2003    Story Here  Archive
How secure will votes be? Lack of a paper trail in 2004 election concerns some
Nancy Cook Lauer of The Tallahassee Democrat reports: When playwright Tom Stoppard said "It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting," he had no idea how his words would resonate in Florida and across the nation almost three decades later.Counts, recounts, canvassing boards and lawsuits took center stage after the 2000 presidential election. As a result, Election Day 2004 is sure to be one of the most scrutinized ever. And now, with the advent of electronic ballots for more than half of Florida's voting populace, a new controversy has surfaced - the security and verifiability of votes cast using machines that leave no paper trail.


December 7, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Florida officials brace for close election
Nancy Cook Lauer of The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Florida has made scores of changes to election procedures as state elections officials try to avoid a repeat of the presidential contest that kept the world on the edge of its seat more than three years ago.


December 7, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Let's HAVA closer look. State, county should slow the rush to e-voting
The Daily Camera reports: Given still-festering suspicions about the accuracy of the 2000 presidential election, it's not surprising that concern about newfangled, electronic voting systems has grown from a gradual swell to a wave that seems on the verge of cresting.


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