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November 14, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Voting security debated
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. 


November 14, 2003    Story Here  Archive
New era in voting about to dawn
Hallie Arnold of The Daily Freeman reports: Some in the computer industry say electronic voting machines are not as secure as lever and punch-card systems and could open the electoral process to fraud.New York must replace its 19,843 voting machines with electronic systems by 2006 to comply with the new regulations, at a cost of roughly $140 million.But some say the new machines will cause more problems than they'll solve.


November 14, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Date set for Diebold hearing
P2Pnet reports: Monday, November 17, is the date set by a US federal district court judge to hear a case brought by an ISP and two Swarthmore students against voting machine manufacturer Diebold Systems which, they say, has been harassing them and others in a case involving alleged flaws in Diebold's electronic voting machines.


November 14, 2003    Story Here  Archive
State impounds town's voting machines
B.J. O'Brien of The Bethel Beacon reports: The state is impounding the town's voting machines, and First Selectwoman Judith Novachek, who lost her seat in the Nov. 4 municipal election, said yesterday she is still considering whether to go to court to seek to have the results overturned and re-elections held. Town Clerk Sheila Zelensky said she received notice yesterday from the state Elections Enforcement Commission that 15 voting machines will be impounded as a result of problems that occurred at the polls and complaints that had subsequently been filed with its agency.


November 13, 2003    Story Here  Archive
NAACP disputes sales tax results: DuBose files complaint in Muscogee Superior Court
MARK RICE of the Ledger-Enquirer reports: Columbus NAACP president Edward DuBose filed a complaint Wednesday in Muscogee Superior Court about last week's sales tax vote. The petition makes two requests: A stay of the vote's certification and an investigation into alleged voting irregularities. State law requires a hearing to be scheduled within 20 days. A judge is expected to be assigned the case Monday. 


November 13, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Maybe Hanging Chads Weren't So Bad After All
David Pogue of The New York Times reports: If there's one thing you learn as you grow older, it's that life is painted in shades of gray. I find it harder and harder to view any issue in black and white; if you really think about it, you can almost always see the other guy's point of view. Take electronic voting, for example.


November 13, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Active military personnel may be able to vote by fax
GREGORY R. NORFLEET of The Register-News reports: Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn this week urged the state legislature to allow military personnel on active duty to vote by fax machine.


Secretary of State Orders Audit of All Counties' Voting Systems    Story Here  Archive
Allison Hoffman and Tim Reiterman. Los Angeles Times 13 November 2003
Responding to revelations that at least one county used unapproved voting software in the Oct. 7 recall election, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley has ordered an audit of voting systems used in all 58 California counties.

Secretary of State Orders Audit of All Counties' Voting Systems    Story Here  Archive
Allison Hoffman and Tim Reiterman. Los Angeles Times 13 November 2003
Responding to revelations that at least one county used unapproved voting software in the Oct. 7 recall election, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley has ordered an audit of voting systems used in all 58 California counties.

Secretary of State Orders Audit of All Counties' Voting Systems    Story Here  Archive
Allison Hoffman and Tim Reiterman. Los Angeles Times 13 November 2003
Responding to revelations that at least one county used unapproved voting software in the Oct. 7 recall election, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley has ordered an audit of voting systems used in all 58 California counties.

November 12, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Schrodinger’s Vote: Why Diebold can’t be trusted to tally in ’04.
Alan Cabal or the New York Press reports: "There’s no reason voters should trust a system that doesn’t have it," he said of the paper- receipt option. "And they shouldn’t be asked to. Why on Earth should voters have to trust me–someone with a vested interest in the project’s success? A voter-verified audit trail is the only way to ‘prove’ the system’s integrity to the vast majority of electors, who, after all, own the democracy."


November 11, 2003    Story Here  Archive
E-Vote Firm's Bill Comes Due
Kim Zetter of Wired News reports: Citing concerns that Diebold Election Systems installed uncertified software on some electronic voting systems in a California county without the state's knowledge, officials are forcing the company to pay for an audit of all the company's voting machines used in the state in order to win certification for a new model.


November 11, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Diebold with a Vengance: Secrets, lies, and electronic voting
Julian Sanchez of Reason reports: At present, companies like Diebold seem convinced that secrecy is the better part of security. This is wrong. As the authors of the Rice/Hopkins study concluded, "even the most serious of our outsider attacks could have been discovered without the source code. In the face of such attacks, the usual worries about insider threats are not the only concerns; outsiders can do the damage."


November 11, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Can Voting Machines Be Trusted?
Beth Lester of the CBS News Political Unit reports: New allegations about voting fraud that have been stirring up a storm in cyberspace. A new conspiracy theory is taking hold across the Internet. It goes something like this: Computerized voting machines bought from companies owned by major Bush/Cheney supporters are being used to fix elections all over the country in Republicans' favor. (This article actually has many facts wrong but was included in order to show a perspective on the issue from one of the "major" media players).


November 10, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Touch screens worry voters
ERIKA BOLSTAD of Miami Herald reports: South Florida voter opinions reflect increasing national concern about the security of electronic voting and the desire for a paper record. As voting reform sweeps the nation, its main mechanism the electronic voting machine is increasingly under fire. Miami-Dade and Broward counties already are exploring ways to enhance voter confidence in the machines, and 25 percent of likely voters polled in Broward said they were 'not confident at all' that the electronic system would accurately tally their vote.


November 10, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Old bugs in new voting technology a worry for states
KEVIN COUGHLIN of the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports: As New Jersey and other states prepare to buy thousands of computerized voting machines for next year's presidential election, experts say one thing hasn't changed. Most of the machines are certified to technical standards set almost 14 years ago. That means elections could be vulnerable to security breaches nobody anticipated in those ancient times, some computer scientists contend.


November 10, 2003    Story Here  Archive
In preparation for a $5 million purchase, Connecticut samples computerized machines
KEVIN COUGHLIN of the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports: A paper record does not guarantee happy voters. When a Southington woman insisted the paper results differed from her electronic tally, she was told it was too late for a do-over. "I called the registrar, who said once the vote is cast, it is cast as is," said poll worker Nancy Flis. Other election officials then voted on the same machine, Flis said, and saw no discrepancies between their electronic votes and the printouts. "We can't account for human errors," Avante's Tony Bandiero said.


November 10, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Ex-Officials Now Behind New Voting Machines; Those who led the state's ballot-count reforms now work for the firms making the equipment.
Los Angeles Times reports: As secretary of state in 2001, Bill Jones moved to rid California of  the type of antiquated voting machines that helped throw the presidential election into turmoil in Florida. Then last year he sponsored a successful $200-million industry-backed bond measure that gave counties money to buy high-tech replacements. Now, the former elections chief is a paid consultant to one of the major voting machine firms vying for that business. (requires registration)


November 10, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Michael Moore attacks e-voting
Andrew Donoghue of ZDNet UK reports: Controversial US documentary maker and author Michael Moore has lambasted electronic voting machines being used in some US states, claiming the technology is inherently open to misuse.


November 10, 2003    Story Here  Archive
N.J. seeking federal funds to improve vote system
THOMAS BARLAS of New Jersey News reports: New Jersey needs a little more than some political duct tape to repair its convoluted election system - it needs money. An estimated $68 million is needed to upgrade voting machines, install new computers and link a system in which election duties are distributed - sometimes disjointedly - between county clerks, boards of election and election superintendents.


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