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November 10, 2003    Story Here  Archive
A Brief History of Computerized Election Fraud in America
Victoria Collier of TRUTHOUT reports: Despite the best propaganda efforts of corrupt voting machine corporations like Diebold and ES&S, even those with the worst butterfly ballot jitters are coming to understand that destroying the ballot altogether, erasing any verifiable record of the vote count and making a recount impossible, is not the answer to our problems. And, as the Touch Screen systems continue to openly malfunction, increasing numbers of voters will begin doubting their safety and accuracy.

November 9, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Machine Politics in the Digital Age
MELANIE WARNER of the New York Times reports: Representative Rush D. Holt, Democrat of New Jersey, is leading an effort to make computerized voting more transparent. His bill, introduced this year, would require that computerized voting systems produce a voter-verified paper ballot and that the software code be publicly available. "Someone said to me the other day, 'We've had these electronic voting machines for several years now and we've never had a problem.' And I said, 'How do you know?' and he couldn't answer that," Representative Holt said. "The job of verification shouldn't belong to the company; it should belong to the voter." (this link requires a [free] registration process)

November 9, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Snail balloting: County makes the best of a flawed system
Boulder News reports: As elections become high-tech affairs, fewer average citizens will have the know-how to monitor them. Most fifth graders can count paper ballots, but few of us could audit software. In other words, the purity of every election will rest with a few skilled technicians. That's a little unsettling.

November 9, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Touch-and-Go Elections
The Washington Post reports:ARE TOUCH-SCREEN voting machines fast and flawless, or glitch-prone and vulnerable to tampering? No one can say for sure, which is reason enough for Maryland and Virginia localities to conduct more extensive testing before totally embracing the new systems they have inaugurated with mixed results. On Tuesday it took Fairfax County more than 21 hours to get final election results from its new computerized machines; when all was cast and done, enough doubts existed to prompt legal action by some Republicans who lost.

November 8, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Ethics panel clears State House lobbyist: Genn has represented companies on both sides of voting-machine debate
David Nitkin of Sun Spot (Maryland) reports: A State House lobbyist says he has been cleared of allegations that his relationship with two clients with opposing roles in the debate over touch-screen electronic voting posed a conflict of interest. 

November 8, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Touch-Screen Voting Devices a Hit in City
Andrew Martel of The Winchester Star reports: While Fairfax County’s experiment in touch-screen voting on Election Day has brought on threats of lawsuits and court-ordered probes, Winchester election officials are much happier with their experience.

November 7, 2003    Story Here  Archive
County clerk seeks new vote-counting machines
Steven Friederich of The Journal Writer reports: A vote counting machine erroneously picked up more than one ballot Tuesday, forcing the county to delay city election returns by about 15 to 30 minutes, said Bannock County Clerk Larry Ghan. None of the erroneous ballots were included in the city's final results, Ghan said. The optical scanning machine reads ballots marked in pencil by voters. Ghan said a machine, one of two used by the county, began acting up Sunday and a technician drove Monday from Missoula, Mont., and stayed until late Tuesday night trying to fix it. The technician fixed the counting problem until the machine's computer memory failed. The memory stores vote totals.

November 7, 2003    Story Here  Archive
HAVA has hold on local voting
RICK BUTLER, News Editor for The Daily Citizen reports: The Help Americans Vote Act, passed in 2002, is designed to make voting equipment more user-friendly for voters. White County Clerk Tanya Burleson has been overseeing presentations from vendors who are vying for the county's business. Representatives from Diebold Global Elections were in Searcy, Arkansas on Thursday and presented the company's latest model, the TSX.

November 6, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Election Day glitches fuel debate
Jim McElhatton of THE WASHINGTON TIMES reports: The court-ordered probe into the breakdown of 10 new touch-screen voting machines in Fairfax County on Election Day is fueling a larger debate about how high-tech equipment should replace aging manual devices. The use of touch-screen voting machines has led to an onslaught of lawsuits around the country. The latest was filed yesterday by the Campaign for Verifiable Voting in Maryland, which wants state election officials to reconsider a $55 million contract with the touch-screen voting machine manufacturer after the problems that arose in Fairfax this week. "The state has ceded responsibility for counting and reporting election results to a private corporation," the complaint states. "Ensuring the integrity of the vote cannot occur if the state does not count the votes in a transparent way."

November 6, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Students sue over voting vulnerability
Lindsay McGregor of the Princetonian reports: Two students from Swarthmore College have filed suit against one of the nation's largest makers of electronic voting machines, alleging that Diebold, Inc. had abused copyright laws to keep information from the public that is crucial to the health of America's democracy.

November 6, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Suspect Code Used in State Votes 
Kim Zetter of WiredNews reports: An investigation by California's secretary of state has revealed that Diebold Election Systems placed uncertified software on electronic voting machines in a California county.

November 6, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Group Calls for Decertification of Maryland Touch Screen Voting Machines
Michael Duck of Fox News reports: An activist group critical of Maryland's touch-screen voting machines wants the state Board of Elections to decertify the system because it doesn't create a paper trail. The formal complaint, made by the Campaign for Verifiable Voting in Maryland, cited machine breakdowns in Fairfax County, Va., elections Tuesday as evidence of the voting equipment's weakness.

November 6, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Fairfax Judge Orders Logs Of Voting Machines Inspected
David Cho of the Washington Post reports: It took more than 21 hours from the time polls closed Tuesday night for Fairfax County, the putative high-tech capital of the region, to get final election results from its new, computerized vote machines. Widespread problems in the system, which the county paid $3.5 million to install, also opened the door to possible election challenges by party leaders and candidates.

November 6, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Computer glitch was a puzzler
The Star Report reports: Boone County officials are searching for an answer to the computer glitch that spewed out impossible numbers and interrupted an otherwise uneventful election process Tuesday. "It was like 144,000 votes cast," said Garofolo, whose corrected accounting showed just 5,352 ballots from a pool of less than 19,000 registered voters. "Believe me, there was nobody more shook up than I was." 

November 6, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Computer problem reverses Commissioners election
News Station KTXS reports: An electronic glitch has turned the election of two Scurry County Commissioners upside down. Tuesday night, it was thought that Republicans Robbie Floyd and Keith Hackfeld had won their races. However, Scurry County Clerk Joan Bunch says it was discovered that a defective computer chip in the county's optical scanner had misread the ballots and incorrectly given the two a landslide victory. After a hand count of the ballots and also a re-scan with a repaired scanner...it turns out that Democrat Jerry House beat Robbie Floyd, while incumbent Democrat Chloanne Lindsey is the winner over Keith Hackfeld. The final numbers look like this: Jerry House (D) 678 - Robbie Floyd (R) 436. Chloanne Lindsey (I-D) 512 - Keith Hackfeld (R) 336. The candidates were notified of the correction Wednesday morning.

November 6, 2003    Story Here
Ballot Problems Delay Final Returns for Hinds County
The Jackson Channel reports:  Election officials say problems with new touch-screen voting machines that led to delays in completing the count in Hinds County are extremely disappointing. Election Day problems included voting machines that overheated, a lack of paper ballots for voters to use when machines went down, and long waits in line.

Wed, November 5, 2003, 1:20 AM    Story Here  Archive
Electronic Voting Machines Break Done in Virginia
The Washington Post reports: Technical glitches with as many as nine new voting machines in Fairfax County, the Republican Party sought a court injunction to set aside votes recorded by those machines, which the GOP said could affect results in some races. Although the glitches were relatively few, they helped create delays in reporting results.

November 5, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Swain relies on venerable voting machines
Becky Johnson of the Sky Mountain News reports: Every October, Joan Weeks lugs her five-pound key chain out of storage — a complex set of keys for each lever voting machine in Swain County and keys to all the voting precincts.

November 4, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Polling machine problems anger many voters
KHOU, Ch. 11 in HARRIS COUNTY, TX reports: Hundreds of Houston area voters didn't get to cast ballots Tuesday morning because of problems with the eSlate system. Click to watch video 

November 4, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Voting machines face two tests: As voters try new systems, experts call for a paper trail
William Spain of CBS.MarketWatch.com reports: One year ahead of the presidential election, a drive to replace aging voting machines with computers has been challenged by questions about security and reliability.

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