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June,  2004

Will the 2000 farce be repeated?  6/30/2004 Granma, Cuba 

Electronic Voting – Not Ready for Primetime - By Howard Dean  6/29/2004 Alternet 

Activists cry foul in US electronic voting furore  6/28/2004 New Zealand Herald: "After years denying the evidence that touchscreen voting machines were unreliable and prone to tampering, the registrar of voters in Riverside County, California, Mischelle Townsend, suddenly announced her retirement - supposedly to spend more time with her family. It seems more than likely, however, than her decision was swayed by a looming lawsuit challenging her handling of a recount in a local county race in March, and a flurry of allegations about her own conduct in office and the misleading claims of Sequoia Voting Systems, the company that makes and services the county's voting machinery."

Spotlight on the Florida Purge  6/28/2004 People for the American Way 

Who's on the list?  6/27/2004 Tallahassee Democrat: "The People for the American Way Foundation, after trying unsuccessfully to get the statewide list so it could help voters prove their eligibility, is helping Gillum sort through Leon County's list of 820. Sharon Lettman-Pacheco, of the People for the American Way Foundation, says it shouldn't be up to her organization to do the state's job. But she wants to help people who are in danger of losing their rights navigate through the cumbersome process."

The Florida Overvote: Tragic Mistake, or Katharine Harris with Tweezers?  6/25/2004 "There were 120,000 overvotes in Florida, ballots rejected because more than one choice was marked for president. Overwhelmingly, the spoiled ballots were Gore votes. It was the overvote, much more than the dangling and dimpled chads of undervote, that cost America the president we really elected. Did tens of thousands of voters screw up their ballots by mistake, or was the second hole punched by someone other than the voter?"

Call to Action on Electronic Voting  6/24/2004 Alternet: "There are bills in both the U.S. Senate and House to require paper trails in time for the 2004 election, but they're stuck in committee. Take pen in hand and write (or email, or petition) your elected representative, ASAP."

New federal election official confronts obstacles to voting reform  6/22/2004 AP: "Congress created the commission after the 2000 presidential election dispute to act as a clearinghouse for election information, make recommendations about technology and other issues and distribute $2.3 billion to states for new voting machines. Yet, the commission couldn't afford office space. Lawmakers and Bush administration officials who had clamored for reform were slow to return calls. Although electronic voting was dividing election officials nationwide, commissioners had no way of conducting research about its use. Getting support for changing haphazard voting systems proved difficult."

1.9 million black votes didn't count in the 2000 presidential election It's not too hard to get your vote lost -- if some politicians want it to be lost  6/20/2004 SF Chronicle: "In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. "Spoiled votes" is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them -- half of the rejected ballots -- were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate. This year, it could get worse."

Florida: Polling places may combine to become super-sized precincts  6/12/2004 Palm Beach 

Will there be observers in Miami-Dade?  6/11/2004 Granma, Cuba: "In a memorandum published one year after it was written, Orlando Suárez, Miami-Dade technical services manager, writes that the system is “unusable” for the audit, recount or certification of elections. Suárez drew his conclusions from a detailed analysis that he made after a municipal vote in May 2003 in North Miami Beach. The local authorities have acknowledged that nothing has changed since he turned in the results of his study. In his report, Suárez analyzes the voting results in an area where nine machines were used and where the results of two of them fail to appear in the audit - which, however, did include the serial number of one machine that was not used."

Feds want e-voting source code disclosed  6/8/2004 CNET 

Florida elections division chief quits amid controvery on voter rolls  6/8/2004 Sun Sentinel, FL 

Deja Vu At The Florida Polls? Scrubbing felons from voters rolls raises fresh concerns  6/8/2004 Time 

Florida: ACLU Urges County Elections Supervisors to Implement a Four-Part Program to Protect the Right to Vote  6/7/2004 ACLU: "The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida today urged elections supervisors attending a conference this week in Key West to implement a four-part program to protect the right to vote for all Floridians during the upcoming election season."

Protect Our Votes - Insist on a Paper Ballot  6/5/2004 

Legislators defend ban on copying names from voter lists  6/4/2004 Sun Sentinel: "...a Florida law that legally prohibits individuals from copying or writing down names of the state's registered voters -- which is now being challenged in court -- is needed to protect voter privacy, state election officials and key state legislators insist. Groups such as the NAACP, eager to avoid a repeat of problems in the 2000 presidential election in which thousands of people in Florida were mistakenly purged from voter rolls, have demanded state election officials release the names of more than 47,000 suspected felons who may not be allowed to vote this fall."

May,  2004

Florida: Sticking the electorate where the sun don't shine  5/27/2004 Alternet 

Maryland voters who requested paper ballots instead of touch-screen won't be counted  5/21/2004 AP  5/21/2004 Seattle Weekly: "In the past 20 months, Harris has become America’s leading critic of electronic voting (see “Black Box Backlash,” March 10). Her reporting on the problems with new computer voting machines has been a key component in a national, grassroots movement to safeguard voting. Her astounding discoveries have resulted in important studies by distinguished computer scientists. She has been leaked thousands of pages of internal memos from Diebold Election Systems, one of the country’s leading electronic voting companies. She is frequently cited by newspapers across the country and is a guest on national and local television and radio stations. Thousands of people visit her Web site and participate in its reader forums. Now, Harris claims, the government wants our names, forum messages, and computer addresses."

Republican officials say Democrats subverting voting system purchase  5/18/2004 Toledo Blade: "Two Republican officeholders criticized Democrats yesterday for trying to derail the planned purchase of a $4 million voting machine system by Lucas County. State Sen. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green) and Lucas County Auditor Larry Kaczala, a Republican candidate for Congress, said opponents are trying to undermine public confidence in the election process in advance of the fall election. But state Rep. Peter Ujvagi and state Sen. Teresa Fedor, both Toledo Democrats, said they want the county to have voting machines that can be recounted, and they want the county to check with other vendors."

E-voting probe wanted  5/14/2004 FCW 

Federal commission nixes talk of paper-only elections; stacks panels with proponents of paperless touchscreens  5/12/2004 Online Journal: "At least one state, Missouri, will consider legislation (House Bill 1744) that effectively bans the use of all voting machines, including ballot scanners. California's Secretary of State Kevin Shelley has decertified thousands of Diebold touchscreen machines and has called for a criminal and civil investigation of the company. Several states are considering requiring printer attachments for paperless voting machines, while others are simply panicking and looking to Washington for guidance. And guidance is all they're going to get. The Bush administration has pulled funding for the development and implementation of any meaningful standards or certification for voting technology, not that those things would make any voting machine secure, or give back to the voter their right to vote. At least the EAC hearing was an opportunity for a full and fair debate about the issue. Yes? Not a chance."

Wexler lawsuit over electronic voting machines is creating fear, state officials say  5/11/2004 Sun Sentinel, FL 

Commission Seeks to Quell Voter Fears of Electronic Elections  5/9/2004 New Standard 

State: Purge felon voters on list  5/6/2004 Miami Herald: "State officials order local elections supervisors to begin purging voter rolls of felons who don't have the right to vote. The measure may affect as many as 40,000 voters."

Electronic Voting Hearings Set to Start  5/5/2004 AP: this is the Commission set up to create Florida like conditions across the country and includes the firm that carried out the removal of the "felons" from the Florida voting rolls - "Concerned about the reliability of electronic voting, a federal panel is examining ways to safeguard polling from hackers and bad software to avoid another disputed presidential election this November. The first public hearing Wednesday by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission comes as many states consider legislation to require a paper record of every vote cast as a backup to technology they consider potentially faulty or vulnerable to malicious attack."

Well Connected Computerized Voting Companies Hack Democracy  5/5/2004 Coastal Post 

Vanishing Votes  5/3/2004 The Nation: "HAVA not only blesses such purges, it requires all fifty states to implement a similar search-and-destroy mission against vulnerable voters. Specifically, every state must, by the 2004 election, imitate Florida's system of computerizing voter files. The law then empowers fifty secretaries of state--fifty Katherine Harrises--to purge these lists of "suspect" voters… The state admitted Steen's innocence. But a year after the NAACP won his case, Steen still couldn't register. Why was he still under suspicion? What do we know about this "potential felon," as Jeb called him? Steen, unlike our President, honorably served four years in the US military. There is, admittedly, a suspect mark on his record: Steen remains an African-American… At step three, the real gambling begins. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 guaranteed African-Americans the right to vote--but it did not guarantee the right to have their ballots counted. And in one in seven cases, they aren't. Take Gadsden County. Of Florida's sixty-seven counties, Gadsden has the highest proportion of black residents: 58 percent. It also has the highest "spoilage" rate, that is, ballots tossed out on technicalities: one in eight votes cast but not counted. Next door to Gadsden is white-majority Leon County, where virtually every vote is counted (a spoilage rate of one in 500)." "

April,  2004

US heading for another election fiasco as reforms fail  4/22/2004 Independent, UK: "The United States may be on the way to another Florida-style presidential election fiasco this year because legislation passed to fix the system has either failed to address the problems or has broken down because of missed deadlines and unmet funding targets. Such is the conclusion of a damning new report by the US Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan government body which previously looked into the Florida mess and found alarming evidence of voter disenfranchisement among poor and minority groups, incorrectly compiled voter rolls and other glaring irregularities. "Many of the problems that the commission previously cautioned should be corrected yet prevail ... Unless the government acts now, many of those previously disenfranchised stand to be excluded again," the report said."

Diebold Machine May Get Boot  4/22/2004 Wired: "A California voting systems panel recommended Thursday that the secretary of state decertify an electronic voting machine made by Diebold Election Systems, making it likely that four counties that used the machines will have to find others for the November election."

Election Machine Security Takes Center Stage as Campaign Season Gears Up  4/13/2004 Knight Ridder: "In the past year and a half, Allen said, critics of electronic voting machines have chronicled examples across the country of questionable outcomes of elections, such as instances where voters report that the machine changed their vote from one candidate to another one. In too many instances, Allen said, software for voting machines has been "poorly put together" and would not only allow mistakes to happen, but hinder the chance to go back and catch the errors after a vote."

Incumbent likens recount to vote fraud that aided LBJ  4/6/2004 AP 

Will the 2004 Election Be Called Off? Why Three Out of Four Experts Predict a Terrorist Attack by November  4/6/2004 BuzzFlash 

Faking Democracy - Americans Don't Vote; Machines Do  4/6/2004 Counterpunch 

Electronic-vote complaints reviewed  4/2/2004 San Jose Mercury News: "Floyd said he saw two men, who were subsequently identified as employees of Sequoia named Michael Frontera and Ed Campbell, working at computers in the vote-counting room on the eve of the election. Two days later, when provisional ballots were being counted, Floyd said he saw Campbell take a cartridge that appeared to contain ballots out of his pocket and return to the vote-counting room. Another witness claims Campbell loaded information from the cartridge into the vote-counting system and then left the county, taking the cartridge with him."

Money, Access, and Stunning Security Flaws — A Poor Recipe for Fair Elections  4/1/2004 Black Box Voting: "Recently, Registrar Mischelle Townsend made a peculiar statement. She said that she could see why people might rig slot machines, because there is money involved, but she could not imagine why anyone would have a motive to rig an election. One of the most traditional motives for local, city, or county-wide election-rigging is to place candidates in office who will be kind to certain construction companies. I am not imputing any specific ties, or motives, to any candidate at all. However, to say that there is no motive to tamper with election results for the county supervisor positions is naive. Riverside County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, with lucrative projects for new housing developments, and new industrial parks, going up for approval by county supervisors quite frequently."

Who Counts the Votes? Too many questions, too little time, too much riding on the outcome.  4/1/2004 Hartford Advocate: "To add to the inherently partisan worries, Diebold's machines are said to be easily hacked. According to one software engineer, "The security of a Diebold voting machine is inexcusable. It's not at all complicated. All you have to do is open Windows Explorer, locate the Diebold folder, double-click the Microsoft Access file and read, and modify, access to all votes recorded on that machine." Most conveniently, Diebold's machines leave no paper trail. And attempts to examine or audit the machines have been thwarted by Diebold's contract language in the states where the machines are used ("proprietary trade secret")."

Bill could torpedo video-voting printouts  4/1/2004 Miami Herald: "TALLAHASSEE - The push to equip electronic voting machines with paper printers suffered a blow Wednesday when a Senate committee passed a bill forbidding manual recounts on touch-screen equipment. A hand count of votes would only be allowed on ''marked ballots,'' where a canvassing board could determine voter intent through stray pencil marks. But the bill could have unintended consequences, thwarting a drive to use paper printers as a backup to touch-screen voting."

March,  2004

Disenfranchised Florida Felons Struggle to Regain Their Rights  3/28/2004 NYT: "In one lingering puzzle from 2000, an unknown number of legal voters were removed from Florida's rolls leading up to the presidential election, after a company working for the state mistakenly identified the voters as felons. At the same time, some counties mistakenly allowed actual felons to vote or turned away legitimate voters as suspected felons. A lawsuit filed in January 2001 sought to prevent similar errors, while another, filed just before the 2000 election, charged that the ban on felons voting discriminated against blacks and should be overturned." The company that "misidentified" felons now sits on the national commission to overhaul voting for the next election.

Vote Theft in 2004: déjà vu all over again  3/18/2004 Black Commentator: "Not only was the real story unreported, but the media feeding frenzy over the wrong issue led to the establishment of new and more insidious forms of voting fraud in the United States. When the story of punch cards and touch screens was reported over and over the solution seemed simple. America needed new voting mechanisms to prevent a Florida repeat in future elections. The media said that Congress had to act. The American people joined in the demand for action. However, the result has made vote manipulation easier than ever before. In 2004 voter purges will be only one weapon in the vote thieves’ arsenal. The technology that was supposed to assure the integrity of the electoral process has already undermined it… Greg Palast and Martin Luther King III spelled out the perils presented by these new rules. ”The controls on the 50 secretaries of state are few – and the temptation to purge voters of the opposition party enormous. African-Americans, whose vote concentrates in one party, are an easy and obvious target.” "

Death of a patriot: No more  3/17/2004 Free Press: "The subject line on yesterday’s email read: “Another mysterious accident solves a Bush problem. Athan Gibbs dead, Diebold lives.” The attached news story briefly described the untimely Friday, March 12th death of perhaps America’s most influential advocate of a verified voting paper trail in the era of touch screen computer voting. Gibbs, an accountant for more than 30 years and the inventor of the TruVote system, died when his vehicle collided with an 18-wheeled truck which rolled his Chevy Blazer several times and forced it over the highway retaining wall where it came to rest on its roof. Coincidence theorists will simply dismiss the death of Gibbs as a tragic accident – the same conclusion these coincidence theorists came to when anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood died in November 1974 when her car struck a concrete embankment en route to a meeting with New York Times reporter David Burnham."

Information Control For Social Manipulation  3/16/2004 Nexus, Australia: "It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas in disguise. —Joseph Goebbels"


Florida as the Next Florida  3/14/2004 NYT: "Four years after Florida made a mockery of American elections, there is every reason to believe it could happen again. This time, the problems will most likely be with the electronic voting that has replaced chad-producing punch cards. Some counties, including Bay County, use paper ballots that are fed into an optical scanner, so a recount is possible if there are questions. But 15 Florida counties, including Palm Beach, home of the infamous "butterfly ballot," have adopted touch-screen machines that do not produce a paper record. If anything goes wrong in these counties in November, we will be in bad shape. Florida's official line is that its machines are so carefully tested, nothing can go wrong. But things already have gone wrong. In a January election in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, the victory margin was 12 votes, but the machines recorded more than 130 blank ballots. It is simply not believable that 130 people showed up to cast a nonvote, in an election with only one race on the ballot. The runner-up wanted a recount, but since the machines do not produce a paper record, there was nothing to recount."

'Massive' vote fraud under investigation  3/12/2004 UPI: "Chicago election officials say as many as 2,000 fraudulent voter registrations have turned up in advance of Tuesday's primary election. Two suspects are under investigation, the Chicago Tribune said, both of whom gathered registrations on behalf of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration."

Black Box Backlash  3/10/2004 Seattle Weekly 

Six Florida Counties Experience High Missing Vote Rates  3/10/2004 Vote Watch 

February,  2004

Diebold, Electronic Voting and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy  2/25/2004 Free Press, Colombus: "Bob Urosevich was the Programmer and CEO at AIS, before being replaced by Hagel. Bob now heads Diebold Election Systems and his brother Todd is a top executive at ES&S. Bob created Diebold’s original electronic voting machine software. Thus, the brothers Urosevich, originally funded by the far Right, figure in the counting of approximately 80% of electronic voting in the United States." "

Diebold, electronic voting and the vast right-wing conspiracy  2/24/2004 Free Press 

Columns - Theft of Presidency  2/21/2004 Greg Palast 

Florida Still Producing Voting Mix-ups  2/18/2004 NNPA: "In a shocking repeat of the March 2002 Wellington run-off election in which 78 voters supposedly failed to cast their ballots, a similar situation arose in early January when 137 voters were said to have cast blank ballots in that election race as well. By a 12-vote margin – out of a total of 10,844 votes cast -- Fort Lauderdale-based political consultant Ellyn Bogdanoff narrowly squeaked by opponent Oliver Parker, Mayor of Lauderdale-by-the Sea. According to state law, races as close as the Bogdanoff/Parker race, mandate a manual recount. The only problem is that paperless Sequoia touch screen voting machines leave no trail, making that impossible."

Electronic voting unreliable without receipt, expert says  2/18/2004 Stanford Report 

States May Soon Get $2.3B for Elections  2/17/2004 AP: "A long-awaited $2.3 billion in federal funds should be flowing to states by mid-May to help buy new voting-booth equipment and make other election improvements, the head of an electoral reform commission says."

How America Doesn't Vote  2/15/2004 NYT: "One outcome of this year's presidential election is already certain: people will show up to vote and find they have been wrongly taken off the rolls. The lists of eligible voters kept by localities around the country are the gateway to democracy, and they are also a national scandal. In 2000, the American public saw, in Katherine Harris's massive purge of eligible voters in Florida, how easy it is for registered voters to lose their rights by bureaucratic fiat. Missouri's voting-list problems received far less attention, but may have disenfranchised more eligible voters. It's hard to judge where voting lists are being mishandled, since the procedures by which they are kept and corrected are shrouded in secrecy. That's the beginning of the problem. The public has a right to know that the rolls are being properly maintained — and to know it before the election. As became clear in 2000, after the fact is too late."

Electronic Elections  2/13/2004 Howard University Hilltop 

Blacks Beware: Election Maelstrom may be Brewing  2/11/2004 Black America Web: "After signing the act, Bush dragged his feet for another year on doing what needed to be done to ensure that the stench of Election 2000 doesn’t permeate Election 2004. He got around to nominating his two members to the four-person Election Assistance Commission in 2003. Interestingly enough, it is this commission that is responsible for administering the act. Yet it has only been given $2 million instead of the $10 million promised to it -- with the White House proffering a slim reed of an excuse that the commission doesn’t need the money because it has riches tucked away from previous years. On top of that, the states were supposed to get $800 million for election improvements. But Bush?s new budget only provides $40 million for that."

Electronic voting has too many flaws  2/5/2004 San Jose Mercury News 

The Coming Election Scandal - Broken Ballots  2/1/2004 Counterpunch: "Many Americans believe they live in a relatively young country. This is true if the comparison is China or Greece, but the U.S. remains the world's oldest democratic republic and many modern democracies did not even exist in 1776. This antiquity is beginning to show. The Electoral College, which constitutionally stands between the popular vote and the presidency -- as it was originally meant to -- may again thwart the people's choice. If it does not, plenty of alternative obstacles remain: the recent, ruthless gerrymandering of congressional districts by Republicans; the increasing disenfranchisement of convicted felons -- for life in 13 states; and the new voting machines, already exposed as unreliable and potentially vulnerable to corruption."

Electronic voting's hidden perils  2/1/2004 San Jose Mercury News: "When Californians go to the polls next month to choose a presidential candidate, many voters will cast a virtual ballot by pressing a computer touch screen that records their votes digitally. The only tangible proof that a citizen has voted -- and how he voted -- will be fingerprints left on the machine's screen. Electronic voting removes the risk of election officials misinterpreting hanging chads. But it raises another electoral peril: that a digital ballot box might miscount votes without anyone noticing. As the black box replaces the ballot box, concern is growing that local officials are becoming dependent on a handful of corporations to guarantee the integrity and accuracy of elections."

January,  2004

How to Hack an Election  1/31/2004 Cryptome: contains a link to the analysis report submitted to the Maryland legislature, "Trusted Agent Report Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting System", by RABA Technologies and a NYT article: "Concerned citizens have been warning that new electronic voting technology being rolled out nationwide can be used to steal elections. Now there is proof. When the State of Maryland hired a computer security firm to test its new machines, these paid hackers had little trouble casting multiple votes and taking over the machines' vote-recording mechanisms. The Maryland study shows convincingly that more security is needed for electronic voting, starting with voter-verified paper trails. When Maryland decided to buy 16,000 AccuVote-TS voting machines, there was considerable opposition. Critics charged that the new touch-screen machines, which do not create a paper record of votes cast, were vulnerable to vote theft. The state commissioned a staged attack on the machines, in which computer-security experts would try to foil the safeguards and interfere with an election. They were disturbingly successful. It was an "easy matter," they reported, to reprogram the access cards used by voters and vote multiple times. They were able to attach a keyboard to a voting terminal and change its vote count. And by exploiting a software flaw and using a modem, they were able to change votes from a remote location."

Help America Vote Act  1/29/2004 Disinfopedia: "In an article in In These Times, Mark Lewellen-Biddle wrote "more troubling, the backers of the act and the manufactures of e-voting machines are a rat’s nest of conflicts that includes Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Accenture Ltd.. Why are major defense contractors like Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin mucking about in the American electoral system? And who are Accenture and EDS?" "

San Francisco is NOT Florida! People of color decry voting rights violations in mayoral election  1/28/2004 SF Bay View: "As Willie spoke, PNN reporters Joseph Bolden, Clive Whistle and I shook our heads in frustrated agreement. Clive mumbled, “Maybe the truth about the A. Phillip Randolph Institute (known as APRI, or Willie Brown’s voting machine) will finally come out." …“If people had Matt Gonzalez stickers and posters on their cars, they would snatch the posters and rip them off the cars. So on election day when we needed to walk the precincts, our staff was inside the office, intimidated. It got so bad that we had to bring folks down just to protect us.” Majeid went on to relate the story surrounding an event called “Pop Yo Collaz for Matt Gonzalez” in which a “Newsom supporter showed up threatening the organizers with violence if they promoted Matt Gonzalez on the mike.” "

Risky Votes  1/27/2004 Gov Exec: "Despite warnings from computer experts that a $22 million online voting system is plagued by security risks, the Pentagon is moving forward with the project. Known as Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment, or SERVE, the system lets U.S. military members and their dependents or U.S. citizens living abroad vote in this year's presidential election via the Internet. SERVE effectively puts the mail-in absentee ballot system online."

America as a One-Party State  1/25/2004 American Prospect: "Today's hard right seeks total dominion. It's packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself."

Experts: Remote E-Voting Still Workable  1/23/2004 AP 

Security experts nix Internet voting plan  1/23/2004 EE Times 

Democracy at Risk  1/23/2004 NYT: "Now imagine this: in November the candidate trailing in the polls wins an upset victory — but all of the districts where he does much better than expected use touch-screen voting machines. Meanwhile, leaked internal e-mail from the companies that make these machines suggests widespread error, and possibly fraud. What would this do to the nation? Unfortunately, this story is completely plausible. (In fact, you can tell a similar story about some of the results in the 2002 midterm elections, especially in Georgia.) Fortune magazine rightly declared paperless voting the worst technology of 2003, but it's not just a bad technology — it's a threat to the republic."

The Perils of Online Voting  1/23/2004 NYT 

Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003 (H.R. 2239)  1/18/2004 Black Voter Net: "I would argue that this bill is a strong contender for the most important one to hit the House and Senate in 200 years, maybe longer. If it fails, our democracy, such as it is, is in serious trouble -- it will not be possible to refute charges of fixed elections."

Tight Florida House race reveals flaws in Broward voting machines  1/13/2004 Sun Sentinel, FL: the consequences of no paper audit trail - "Bogdanoff's closest competitor, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Mayor Oliver Parker, told Broward elections officials that the results of the election wouldn't be legal until they counted all the undervotes by hand. And since machine ballots can't be counted by hand, Parker said the voting machines in South Florida are illegal. Broward County Canvassing Board Attorney Ed Dion dismissed the claim, saying the voting machines had been approved by state officials. A letter Monday from the office of state Secretary Glenda Hood, Florida's top election official, left the decision of how to perform the manual recount up to the local officials. The letter said state law was unclear on how to resolve the Broward dilemma, adding that state recount rules were currently being revised. Parker conceded after Broward's canvassing board chose to manually recount only the five invalid paper ballots cast by absentee -- and not revisit machine-cast ballots."

Random Notes On Voting Machine Scandals  1/8/2004 Coastal Post 

E-Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?  1/5/2004 PC World: "Electronic voting systems are already in place in eight states and were used in last November's elections. Many more states will use them in this year's primaries and in the presidential election. Good news, right? After all, computers have to be more accurate and less subject to fraud than old chad-prone paper ballots--don't they? "

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