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November 26, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Diebold Cash machines (ATM's) infected with worm
NewScientist.com news service reports: Cash dispensing ATMs belonging to two US financial institutions were shut down when the computer worm Welchia invaded their embedded Windows XP operating systems in August. Diebold, the Ohio-based company that makes the machines, revealed the security breach on Tuesday.


November 26, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Diebold withdraws threats
P2PNet.net reports: Electronic voting machine maker Diebold Systems says it's withdrawing more than a dozen legal threats against ISPs for hosting users who publish or link to corporate documents suggesting there are flaws in its equipment and irregularities. with certifying the systems for elections.


November 26, 2003    Story Here  Archive
State move a victory for safe voting
Dan Gillmor of The Mercury News reports: A decision last week by California's chief voting official in favor of honest ballot counting was more than an acknowledgment of some well-founded worries about the reliability of electronic voting machines. It was a huge victory for the cause of safe voting.


November 25, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Officials Vow to Fix Voter Problems Before 2004
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos of FoxNews reports: In anticipation of another tight presidential contest in 2004, elections officials are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as they seek to deter rampant voter fraud and irregularities.


November 25, 2003    Story Here  Archive
New voting machines to debut
Michelle Himple of The Western Front reports: Hanging chads soon will be a memory. The now infamous method of casting a vote will go the way of the Lite-Brite. Voters gathered Tuesday in the Bellingham Public Library to voice concerns about new voting systems that the Help America Vote Act could mandate for Whatcom County.


November 25, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Republican trio signs on to voter verification bill
Michael Hardy of FCW.com reports: Three House Republicans signed on to co-sponsor a bill that would require a voter-verified paper trail for electronic voting machines. Rep. Thomas Davis (R-Va.), chair of the Government Reform Committee, joined Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Rep. Charles Bass (R-N.H.) as co-sponsors of legislation first proposed by Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.)


November 24, 2003    Story Here  Archive
California requires paper with electronic voting
Joris Evers of IDG News Service reports: Responding to concerns about the reliability of electronic voting machines, California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley said Friday that all such machines used in the state must produce paper receipts by 2006.


November 24, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Art heady in here: Drop head goes right in here and here yep
Nancy Cook Lauer of The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Florida has spent tens of millions of dollars on new equipment, voter education and poll worker training since the 2000 election meltdown. But none of those reforms will matter if the would-be voter is denied a chance to cast a ballot to begin with.


November 24, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Student Will Not Be Disciplined for Memos
ZACHARY M. SEWARD of the The Harvard Crimson reports: The undergraduate who was forced to remove damning internal corporate documents from his Harvard website earlier this month will not face disciplinary action by the University. Derek A. Slater ’05 said he has notified the University of his desire to restore the documents, which are private memoranda of Diebold Election Systems employees.


November 24, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Kucinich Requests Hearing On Diebold DMCA Abuses
A Kucinish Press release stated: Kucinich Requests House Judiciary Committee Hearing On Diebold’s Abuses Of Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


November 24, 2003    Story Here  Archive
City of Alexandria, Va., is the Latest Jurisdiction to Purchase Hart InterCivic's eSlate Electronic Voting System
Business Wire reports: The City of Alexandria, Va., announced today that it has purchased the eSlate(tm) Electronic Voting System from Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas, after a unanimous vote by the Alexandria City Council earlier this month. The contract, valued at $711,450, marks the company's second electronic voting installation in the state of Virginia.


November 23, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Can America trust electronic voting? Much clout, no regulation for big firms
Freddie Oakley and John Oakley of The Sacramento Bee report: The recall election allowed California voters to express fundamental dissatisfaction with the status quo. That's democracy in action. But we should not take it for granted. Coming to light now are serious concerns about the rush to adopt electronic voting systems, and why this may threaten the way our democracy works in the future.


November 23, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Company disputes county's voting machine preference
Advocate reports: Diebold Inc. has sent letters to every member of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce to show its displeasure with the Licking County Board of Elections' intention to purchase the county's touch-screen voting machines from an out-of-state company. Canton-based Diebold mailed out approximately 700 letters asking members to support its effort to get the final contract. Licking County Board of Elections Chairman Mike King said he believes that the best choice for a company is Sequoia Voting Systems, out of Oakland, Calif., because the system is a better fit for the county.


November 23, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Are we ready? As Election 2004 nears, Florida will be under the national microscope once again
Nancy Cook Lauer of The Tallahassee DEMOCRAT reports: With Election Day less than a year away, will Florida be ready?


November 23, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Election-law changes
The Tallahassee Democrat reports: There have been a lot of changes to Florida's elections laws since the 2000 presidential election. Among them...


November 22, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Diebold Memos Now on House Web Site
Tim O'Reilly or O'Reillly & Associates reports: "Dennis Kucinich has outfoxed Diebold by putting some of some of the more egregious Diebold memos up on his part of the House of Representative web site, http://www.house.gov/kucinich/issues/voting.htm. Let's see Diebold serve the House with a DMCA letter." (From Tim Bishop via Dave Farber's IP mailing list.)


November 22, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Touch-screen voting isn't the answer
Dave Zweifel of The Capital Times reports: Those modern "touch-screen" voting machines that were to be a panacea for eliminating voting problems such as the ones that occurred in Florida in 2000 are beginning to look like a bigger problem themselves.


November 21, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Los Alamos Reconsiders Touch Screen Voting
Michael from Slashdot.org reports: "Los Alamos county, which boasts the highest geek PhD per capita in the world and considerable clout in secure computing, has voted to rescind its previous plans to purchase Touch Screen voting systems and will ask the New Mexico's secretary of state to address its concerns regarding an imminent state-wide purchase.


November 21, 2003    Story Here  Archive
State plans paper trail on votes: Electronic systems considered vulnerable
Ian Hoffman of The Tri-Valley Herald reports: In a move sure to influence other states, California is headed toward letting voters double-check their electronic votes with paper records. Secretary of State Kevin Shelley is expected to announce today a timetable for California counties to offer a voter-verified paper trail as a backup to computerized voting.


November 21, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Group pushing e-voting security to launch
Elizabeth Heichler, IDG News Service reports: A new group that draws heavily from the ranks of computer scientists and technology policy specialists who are concerned about inattention to IT security issues in voting systems will announce its debut on Friday in Washington, D.C. The National Committee on Voter Integrity (NCVI) plans to hold its first press conference Friday at which it will discuss "the integrity and reliability of electronic voting systems," according to a statement released by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).


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