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November 21, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Sequoia Voting Systems Announces Plan to Market Optional Voter Verifiable Paper Record Printers for Touch Screens in 2004
BUSINESS WIRE reports: Sequoia Voting Systems, one of the nation's largest suppliers of election equipment and services, announced today that it will formally seek federal certification of its unique voter verifiable paper record printer as an optional component to the company's AVC Edge(R) touch screen voting system. The new product upgrade will be submitted for federal testing in the first quarter of 2004.


November 20, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Brave new elections: New machines open door for disabled-and fraud
Mike Keefe-Feldman of The Mossoula Independent reports: “This was supposed to solve the problems of the hanging chad, but I think they took a huge mallet to kill a small bug,” says Squires. DRE technology is one aspect of Squires’ “huge mallet,” and much of the concern over DRE has centered on ownership of the technology.


November 19, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Printouts latest plan in voting security debate
Steven T. Dennis of The Gazette reports: With computer experts still charging that Maryland's $73 million electronic voting system remains highly vulnerable to fraud, a state delegate is proposing adding paper printouts as a check against the machines. Del. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Dist. 14) of Brookeville has drafted legislation mandating voter-verified paper records, acting on concerns that the Diebold Election Systems machines could be compromised without anyone knowing.


November 19, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Fired engineer reaches deal with election-software company
Keith Ervin of The Seattle Times staff reports: Bellevue-based election-security company VoteHere has settled a lawsuit filed by a former employee who said he was fired because he'd complained that the company's software was riddled with security defects.


November 19, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Republicans Back E-Vote Bill
Wired News Reports: As criticism of electronic voting systems heats up across the nation, three Republicans have signed on to support a bill that would force e-voting machines to produce a paper trail. Previously only Democrats had vowed to support the bill.


November 19, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Australia to watch Diebold hyperlinking case
James Pearce, ZDNet Australia reports: The legality of hyperlinks is back under the spotlight again, and Australia will be watching for the decision of a U.S. federal judge who is considering whether to issue an injunction to prevent a company issuing cease-and-desist letters in relation to hyperlinks.


November 18, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Fairfax To Probe Voting Machines
David Cho and Lisa Rein of The Washington Post report: Democrats in Fairfax County joined Republicans yesterday in criticizing the performance of the county's costly new high-tech voting system, saying that it may have disenfranchised voters in the Nov. 4 election.


November 18, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Diebold C&D ruling could be issued soon
P2Pnet reports: US District Judge Jeremy Fogel could issue a ruling this week on whether or not an injunction should be issued stopping e-voting company Diebold Inc from sending cease-and-desist letters to people publishing links to documents discussing alleged Diebold security flaws.


November 18, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Voting Machine Voodoo: Democracy at Risk
Colleen Redman of The Liberal Slant reports: I got my first taste of electronic voting on Election Day this past November. Although lever voting booths were still being used in my county, a touch screen computer was available, and people lined up to try it. I was surprised that no one I spoke to there was aware of the controversy surrounding electronic voting.


November 18, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Electronic Voting Debacle
Scott Granneman of SecurityFocus reports: Grave concerns over the security of electronic voting machines in the United States means the heart of American democracy is at risk, writes SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman.


November 18, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Supervisors' meeting with Clark muddles local voting system plan
JOHN SURRATT of The Gulf Coast reports: A Monday meeting with Mississippi Secretary of State Eric Clark about plans for a statewide voting system has forced Jackson County supervisors to take a closer look at problems with the county's aging ballot scanners.


November 17, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Students fight e-vote firm's DMCA claims
Declan McCullagh of CNET News.com reports: A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by student activists seeking to disseminate internal documents from Diebold Election Systems, an Ohio company that sells e-voting software.


November 17, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Recounts decide school contests
CLAIRE BUSHEY of The News-Sun reports: Clark County Board of Elections followed the paper trail Monday afternoon, counting ballots by hand to determine results in two school board elections. There may not be a paper trail in the future, as the board voted 3-1 to acquire electronic voting machines by the March 2004 primary election.


November 17, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Voting machines may take away right to vote
Matt Brown or The Oklahoma Daily reports:  Remember the hanging chad problem? Well, we don’t have to worry about it any more. The solution? Electronic voting machines. There are, however, a couple new problems. One, the programming code used to count the votes is a secret from everyone outside the company making the machines. Two, these companies aren’t exactly impartial.


November 17, 2003    Story Here  Archive
It's the computers' turn to mess up elections
Hiawatha Bray of The Boston Globe reports: Nearly a year before the presidential election, concerned citizens are already crying foul. But nobody's arguing over butterfly ballots or punch cards this time, as they did during the interminable Florida recount of 2000. After all, it's the 21st century now. All future elections will be screwed up with the aid of computers. Various local elections throughout the United States early this month provided worrisome hints of the woes to come.


November 16, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Evans: Elections must be verifiable
Clay Evans of the Daily Camera reports: So, are you ready to hand off the security of your precious vote to a bunch of software programmers who work for huge corporations? You, the average voter, could soon find that you have no way to verify that the votes you cast on fancy-schmancy "touch-screen" voting terminals are what you intended.


November 15, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Final count shakes up two races: San Carlos, E. Palo Alto elections go down to the wire and then some
Justin Jouvenal of The San Mateo County Times reports: Late vote counts have reversed elections results in East Palo Alto and San Carlos, after County officials completed a review of more than 10,000 absentee and provisional ballots.


November 15, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Sec. State to meet supervisors
JOHN SURRATT of The Gulf Live reports: Mississippi Secretary of State Eric Clark will meet Monday with Jackson County supervisors. The topic is expected to be voting machines. County Administrator Alan Sudduth said Friday that Clark is coming to Jackson County at the supervisors' request to answer questions about the state's plan to comply with the 2002 federal Helping America Vote Act.


November 14, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Rock Band Rails Against E-Vote
Kim Zetter of Wired News reports: They might seem an unlikely duo a coiffed congressman from New Jersey and a pasty-skinned garage-band front man from Alaska but the two are on a mission to protect voter rights and the integrity of U.S. elections.


November 14, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Legislators are warned by voting system critic, Expert who found flaws fears they weren't fixed
Michael Dresser of the Baltimore Sun reports: The Johns Hopkins University computer scientist who identified security lapses in the voting system Maryland is adopting took his warnings to Annapolis yesterday, telling legislators he has no confidence the flaws are being fixed. 


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