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November 4, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Long lines, machine malfunctions mark today's voting
As reported by the Clarion Ledger: Hinds County (Mississippi) voters arrived at the polls today, only to discover overheaded electronic voting machines, long lines, and no paper ballots for backup.


Nov 3, 2003    Story Here
California:  Diebold's TSx certification process halted indefinitely

November 3, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Black Box Voting Blues
Steven Levy of NEWSWEEK reports: Electronic ballot technology makes things easy. But some computer-security experts warn of the possibility of stolen elections. After the traumas of butterfly ballots and hanging chad, election officials are embracing a brave new ballot: sleek, touch-screen terminals known as direct recording electronic voting systems (DRE). States are starting to replace their Rube Goldbergesque technology with digital devices like the Diebold Accu-Vote voting terminal. Georgia uses Diebolds exclusively, and other states have spent millions on such machines, funded in part by the 2002 federal Help America Vote Act. Many more terminals are on the way.


Mon Oct 27, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Diebold Warns on Electronic Voting Papers:   Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents that they claim raise serious security questions.

Monday, October 27, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Electronic voting and increased odds of voter fraud vs. punch cards and hanging chads. That was the topic of discussion Sunday afternoon at UC Santa Cruz’s Baskin Engineering Building. The forum was quite timely, with the Senate voting Thursday to spend $1.5 billion to implement the president’s request for improvements to the national voting system. The 4½ -hour event featured six speakers who voiced their concerns about the various methods elections offices across the state and nation use allow their constituencies cast their votes for their favorite politician or ballot measure. Those speakers included David Dill, a professor of computer science at Stanford University, and Warren Slocum, San Mateo County’s chief elections officer.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003    Story Here  Archive
The Maryland General Assembly yesterday asked for its own analysis of the state's planned purchase of electronic touch-screen voting machines, including a review to determine whether an earlier study ordered by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was "free of outside influence."

Tuesday, October 21, 2003    Story Here  Archive
More Scrutiny of Electronic Voting Systems
No electronic voting systems should be employed unless they leave a verifiable paper trail that can be audited. Otherwise the next election -- conducted on electronic systems -- could make the rancor of the last presidential election seem like a tea party.


Tuesday, October 21, 2003    Story Here  Archive
Editorial: Computerized voting systems cannot be made secure
Despite the hacking, the viruses, the worms, the Trojan horses that have affected millions upon millions of computers -- corporate, government and private -- the makers of computerized voting systems and the legislators who support them want you to believe your vote is secure. They want you to overlook the proven holes in these systems, much less consider that the vote you cast may not be the vote that is recorded. The last thing they want is a verifiable paper trail that would be counted and compared to the machine tally.


Mon, October 20, 2003    Story Here  Archive
HUONG CAT LE of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER reports that more votes are coming in by mail, not at polls.

Mon, October 20, 2003    Story Here  Archive
By ERIC LIPTON of the NY Times:  In New York, a long list of fundamental questions must be answered about how best to remake the voting experience across New York State: what the new ballot should look like, how a new statewide voter registration database should be set up, what kind of security should be incorporated into the new machines to prevent fraud, whether there should be one machine statewide or several models, and who should the machines the state will buy. Resolving each question will be hard enough. But the choices must come amid the charged atmosphere sure to form as lobbyists from the nation's biggest manufacturers of voting equipment descend on Albany, trying to grab a piece of what could be one of the largest voting machine contracts in the nation's history.

Sun, 19 Oct 2003 12:00:00 PST    Story Here  Archive
US voting system vulnerable to fraud - Parts 1-4
ANDREW GUMBEL of the Independent reports: The possibility of flaws in the electoral process is not something that gets discussed much in the United States. The attitude seems to be: we are the greatest democracy in the world, so the system must be fair.


Fri, 17 Oct 2003 12:00:00 PST    Story Here  Archive
Who will win the election?
Carolina Morning News reports: Before answering the question in the headline, consider the new electronic voting machines mandated by Congress to be in use in every voting district by 2006. Election officers are jumping on the bandwagon just as fast as federal money is made available. So far 37 states have bought more than 40,000 of the most popular machine, the Diebold Accuvote-TS.


Fri, 17 Oct 2003 12:00:00 PST    Story Here  Archive
Firm's attempts to down hyperlinks an attack on free speech, says EFF. Diebold tactic of attacking ISPs attacked
By Paul Hales reports: THE ANTICS OF DIEBOLD, a maker of electronic voting systems, which has been leaning on ISPs to get them to prevent linking to a election of its internal memos here, have drawn the EFF into the ring. The memos seem to show how Diebold sought to demo software it didn't have and apparently installed outdated versions of its GEM software in elections.


Fri, 17 Oct 2003 12:00:00 PST    Story Here  Archive
Ballot tabulators tested: 1 machine doesn't work, will be replaced
The Palladium - Item reports: The Wayne County Office of Voter Registration conducted a public test Thursday of Wayne County's two absentee ballot tabulators to ensure that the upcoming elections come off without a hitch. But of the two M100 machines, one did not perform to meet certification criteria.


Thu, 16 Oct 2003 12:00:00 EST    Story Here  Archive
A VOTING SCANDAL?
MSNBC reports: It seems a graduate student at the University of California at Riverside has been sentenced to spend 28 days in jail on consecutive weekends for tampering with a campus election conducted over the Internet. 


Wed, 15 Oct 2003 12:00:00 PST    Story Here  Archive
Bad grades for a voting-machine exam
Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com reports: Riverside County, Calif., invited citizens to observe a test of its computerized voting systems. One participant was not impressed.


Tue, 14 Oct 2003 08:49:13 PST    Story Here  Archive
Editorial: Modernized voting machines must have paper trail
Even if few were aware of it before last month's court rulings on the recall election date, the whole world now knows Los Angeles County and five others in California did not have new and chad-free voting systems up and running for the Oct. 7 vote. That may be a good thing. For at least computer punch cards produce paper ballots to be counted later by hand if need be, even if some chads might be left hanging. Without a paper trail, a voter experiences nothing but a click after pushing the "cast ballot" button on a touch-screen. [...] Should anyone ever prove that secret voting software has been manipulated to favor one candidate or one side in any kind of major election, voter confidence in electronic elections will disappear. Only paper records can prevent this kind of disaster. So even if lawmakers tinker with other aspects of the Shelley blueprint, which lays out in detail how the state will help pay for new voting machines, paper trails are an absolute must.


Tue, 14 Oct 2003 16:23:00 PDT    Story Here  Archive
Fears of more US electoral chaos after flaws are discovered in ballot computers
Next year's US presidential election may be compromised by new voting machines that computer scientists believe are unreliable, poorly programmed and prone to tampering. An investigation published in today's Independent reveals tens of thousands of touch screen voting machine smay be less reliable than the old punch cards, which famously stalled the presidential election in Florida in 2000, leaving the whole election open to international ridicule. The machines are said to offer no independent verification of individual voting choices, making recounts impossible, and the software is shielded from public scrutiny by trade secrecy agreements.


Tue, 14 Oct 2003 12:00:00 PST    Story Here  Archive
All the President's votes?
The Independent UK reports: A quiet revolution is taking place in US politics. By the time it's over, the integrity of elections will be in the unchallenged, unscrutinised control of a few large - and pro-Republican - corporations. Andrew Gumbel wonders if democracy in America can survive.


Mon, 13 Oct 2003 02:00:00 PST    Story Here  Archive
Did E-Vote Firm Patch Election?
Kim Zetter of Wired Magazine reports: Williams of Kennesaw State University denies Behler ever mentioned patches to him and said, to his knowledge, no uncertified patches were applied to the machines. He said he would be very concerned if this happened. "If they were changing the configuration of the machine, that would certainly be a concern because that would violate the certification," he said. 


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