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  • Virginia GOP: Voting Machines Malfunctioning in Several Precincts

    11/04/2014 12:18:27 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 72 replies
    CBS News Washington DC CBS DC ^ | 4 november 2014 | CBS DC
    UPDATED: November 4, 2014 2:22 p.m. LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Malfunctioning voting machines are causing issues for voters in several Virginia precincts, the Republican Party of Virginia says. RPV wrote a letter to the Virginia Department of Elections this morning stating there were problems with some of the electronic voting touch screens in at least four different Congressional Districts. “Voters have difficulty selecting the candidate of their choice using the touch screen because the screen’s touch sensor is not properly aligned with the text that appears on the screen,” a RPV spokesman said in the letter. A video link included...
  • GOP candidate discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat he is running against

    10/21/2014 8:45:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-21-14 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan....
  • Apple awarded U.S. patent for curved touch screen technology

    12/10/2013 3:47:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM
    However, Apple has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch device, and the patent suggests the so-called "iWatch," expected to arrive some time in 2014, might be equipped with a curved screen that would fit the shape of the user's wrist.
  • Computer scientists design new keyboard layout on touch screen devices (w/ video)

    04/18/2013 10:46:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 17 April 2013 | Staff / Provided by Max Planck Society
    The research team of Antti Oulasvirta at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics has created a new keyboard called KALQ that enables faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices. They used computational optimization techniques in conjunction with a model of thumb movement to search among millions of potential layouts before identifying one that yields superior performance. A user study confirmed that, after a short amount of practice, users could type 34% faster than they could with a QWERTY layout. Typing on today's mobile phones and tablets is needlessly slow. One limitation is that the QWERTY layout is ill-suited for tablets and other...

    11/14/2012 8:31:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    WND ^ | 11/13/2012 | Bob Unruh
    A Chicago voting-machine tech is sounding the alarm, claiming he witnessed multiple error messages on the voting touch-screens this election – but only in cases where people voted for Mitt Romney. Steve Pickrum said he worked for Chicago’s election system during the early voting and Election Day voting for the 2012 race. As an equipment manager for the system, Pickrum said, he responded whenever there was a glitch with a voting machine. “On early voting, when I did work on the floor when voters needed help using the equipment, I was able to see the preference of the voter, and...
  • Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, CEO Steve Ballmer - Windows 7 Preview

    05/27/2008 10:31:41 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 143 replies · 356+ views
    Wall Street Journal (excerpt) ^ | May 27, 2008 | John Paczkowski
    Excerpt - Switching gears. Walt asks about Vista and the lousy reception it’s been given. Is Vista a failure? Ballmer: Vista is not a failure. Is it something we’d like to improve? Of course. Is it something that with 20/20 hindsight we’d do differently? Sure, he confesses. But Vista has sold a lot of copies, he adds. Walt jumps in and asks about the percentage of Vista sales that result in downgrades to XP. Ballmer dodges. Gates looking a little depressed. Walt asks if Vista has damaged with Windows brand. Gates says Microsoft’s philosophy is to “do things better.” And...
  • Sharp shows the future of touch screens for micro devices (Touchscreens that scan)

    10/03/2007 7:01:31 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 4 replies · 247+ views ^ | 10/02/07 |
    October 3, 2007 Sharp yesterday began publicly demonstrating a new technology that could have far reaching effects on the way we interact with the mounting tide of mobile information available to us through diminutive devices such as smart phones, PDAs, cameras and UMPCs – the marriage of sensing function with an LCD screen is not new, but Sharp’s technology puts an optical sensor into each pixel enabling the screen to become a multiple touch-point screen and a scanner. The technology is a simple one to understand, but one that has massive implications as it is a fundamental building block in...
  • Apple quietly handling iPhone touchscreen issues?

    08/09/2007 9:42:54 PM PDT · by RS · 7 replies · 239+ views
    engadget ^ | 08/09/07 | lll
    "Other affected owners have taken their iPhones to local Apple stores, where after a brief inspection, Apple Store Geniuses have routinely recommended that the handsets be sent into Apple for a 3-day repair. Apple offers customers a $29 iPhone rental in the meantime, though one customer speaking directly with AppleInsider observed that he successfully negotiated a waiver of the fee during his repair process."
  • Apple announces iPhone

    01/09/2007 9:46:19 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 308+ views ^ | January 9, 2007
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  • Microsoft Unveils New Surface Computer

    05/29/2007 10:24:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 520+ views
    Excerpt - Microsoft Corp. has taken the wraps off "Surface," a coffee-table shaped computer that responds to touch and to special bar codes attached to everyday objects. The machines, which Microsoft planned to debut Wednesday at a technology conference in Carlsbad, Calif., are set to arrive in November in T-Mobile USA stores and properties owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Surface is essentially a Windows Vista PC tucked inside a shiny black table base, topped with a 30-inch touchscreen in a clear acrylic frame. Five cameras that can sense nearby objects are mounted beneath...
  • Republican to take seat in House amid touch-screen dispute

    12/29/2006 11:09:01 PM PST · by jdm · 30 replies · 864+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | Dec 29, 2006 | JONI JAMES
    TALLAHASSEE — Congressional hopeful Christine Jennings' drive for a new election in Southwest Florida suffered two blows Friday when Congress announced it would seat her opponent and a state judge denied her request to inspect vote-counting software in Sarasota County. But Jennings, a Democrat who has fought relentlessly since official results showed her losing by just 369 votes to Republican Vern Buchanan in last month's election, was unfazed. She pledged to appeal the judge's ruling and said she supported the seating of Buchanan "temporarily," in part because congressional leaders promised to remove him if she prevails in her call for...
  • FTIR technology - The future user interface?

    02/27/2006 10:38:49 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 222+ views ^ | January 2006 | Jeff Han
    Brief excerpt - go to the source for amazing video - While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording and bi-manual operations. Such sensing devices are inherently also able to accommodate multiple users simultaneously, which is especially useful for larger interaction scenarios such as interactive walls and tabletops. Since refining the FTIR (frustrated total internal reflection) sensing technique, we've been experimenting with a wide variety of application scenarios and interaction modalities that utilize multi-touch input information. These...
  • Berkeley Florida Election Study Falling Apart?

    11/26/2004 8:59:54 PM PST · by passeryby · 26 replies · 1,169+ views
    Researchers in academia are apparently starting to punch rather large holes in the Berkeley study ( that supposedly showed that something went amiss with e-voting in Florida that gave Bush 130,000+ extra votes. Here are some links for whoever is interested. Be warned some of it is pretty heavy reading. P.S. This is my first post so please be forgiving if I screwed up! :^)

    11/03/2004 1:20:02 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 14 replies · 502+ views
    Robert Drobot | 3 November 2004 | Robert Drobot
    Yesterday my day started at 0600 hours. In my role as 'inspector' of a local polling place, I had five clerks to supervise in setting up the five electronic touch screen units we were going to use, and prepare for a 0700 hours opening of the poll to voters. Each of the clerks had received a three hour training course from staff of Registrar of Voters office, to acquaint them with their function election day. I formally opened the polling place at 0700 hours. All went well, as voters were processed - each received a plastic card which would activate...
  • Florida will not be required to create a paper record from touch-screen voting machines.

    10/26/2004 12:12:47 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 51 replies · 1,244+ views
    FindLaw ^ | 10-26-04 | Find law
    WEXLER, ET AL. v. LEPORE, ET AL. (October 26, 2004) The state of Florida will not be required to create a paper record from touch-screen voting machines. U.S. Representative Robert Wexler had argued that the touch-screen voting machines used in some Florida counties lacked a manual recount procedure. Memorandum Opinion [PDF] Final Judgment [PDF] Related Materials: FindLaw Legal News Special Coverage: Election 2004
  • Switched-on US voters hark back to punch cards

    10/20/2004 12:49:03 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 5 replies · 274+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | October 20, 2004 | RICHARD LUSCOMBE
    IT WAS an affair with technology that began in the early part of the last century and lasted several blissful decades before ending in an ugly divorce.Now Americans have simply fallen out of love with their not-so-trusty old mechanical voting machines, which were widely blamed for the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida. But as voters in the United States rush to embrace the wonders of touch-screen voting and other electronic improvements on the notorious butterfly ballots and hanging chads of four years ago, many believe the old system was not so bad. "If this is how it is starting,...
  • Black Voters 'Afraid' of Electronic Voting Machines, Activist Says

    09/30/2004 6:06:14 AM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 47 replies · 1,062+ views ^ | 09/30/04 | Marc Morano
    Black Voters 'Afraid' of Electronic Voting Machines, Activist Says Miami ( - An African-American civil rights spokeswoman said on Wednesday that the new computerized voting machines "terrify" her, and that blacks are "afraid of machines like that." Joanne Bland, the director and co-founder of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Ala., told on Wednesday that the new computerized voting machines are going to intimidate black voters in Florida and elsewhere and surpress their vote in the November presidential election because many blacks are not "technologically savvy." "The computers really terrify me. The electronic voting -- the...
  • Florida Court revives voting machine lawsuit

    09/28/2004 12:36:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies · 596+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | September 28, 2004 | GARY FINEOUT AND LESLEY CLARK
    TALLAHASSEE - Florida's election system, ridiculed and maligned during the 2000 presidential election and then rebuilt with new technology, was thrown into chaos again Monday with five weeks to go before Election Day. A federal appeals court in Atlanta reversed a lower-court judge and ordered him to hear a lawsuit that demands voters be given paper receipts when they use touch-screen voting machines so there is a paper trail in a close election. The court's decision is vindication for U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, the Palm Beach County Democrat who filed the lawsuit, and a potential nightmare for election officials in...
  • Group challenges Florida rule on touchscreen recounts

    07/09/2004 5:16:36 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 16 replies · 550+ views
    naples daily news ^ | July 8, 2004 | By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press
    Group challenges Florida rule on touchscreen recountsBy BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated PressJuly 8, 2004TALLAHASSEE — A group sued the state Wednesday, hoping to reverse a Division of Elections rule that tells elections supervisors that they don't have to include touchscreen ballots in manual recounts. The rule ignores the fact that machines can malfunction or be tampered with, according to the suit filed by a group calling itself the Voter Protection Coalition Round Table. "The prohibition of a manual recount does in fact cover up — perhaps not intentionally or maliciously — malfunctioning machines and ... covers up when there is malicious...
  • Florida's Elections [FL's new Sec of State responds to a NYT Editorial re Touch Screen Voting]

    03/28/2004 12:09:42 PM PST · by summer · 39 replies · 207+ views
    The NYT - Letters to the Editor ^ | March 26, 2004 | FL SEc of State Glenda Hood
    Florida's Elections Published: March 26, 2004 To the Editor: A March 14 [NYT] editorial makes references to our elections process that hold Florida to a different and, in one case, impossible standard. You say, "There is still time before the November vote to put printers in place." In fact, no manufacturer has submitted printers for required certification, and the manufacturers of the Florida equipment have testified it would not be ready. Your insistence that Florida employ printers when no other state has ever provided a voter-verified paper trail sets an unfair standard. But when such new technology is fully developed,...
  • Senators Clinton, Graham talk 2004 voting - not Democratic ticket

    03/10/2004 3:26:27 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 8 replies · 138+ views
    Brandenton ^ | 3/10/04 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    Two Democratic senators often mentioned as possible candidates for the vice presidential spot on the 2004 ticket talked voting Wednesday - but not for themselves. Sens. Bob Graham of Florida and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York are pushing legislation that would ensure a printed receipt of votes cast on new touch-screen computer terminals, arguing it will restore voter confidence in the election process. They both insisted the move had nothing to do with future political aspirations - and everything to do with past political confusion. "We can't ever go through what we went through in 2000," said Clinton, referring...
  • Voting machines become a US election issue

    03/04/2004 1:50:33 PM PST · by KriegerGeist · 12 replies · 153+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Mar 2, 2004 | Henry Hamman
    Voting machines become a US election issue Financial Times [] By Henry Hamman in Miami, Florida Published: March 2 2004 21:12 | Last Updated: March 2 2004 21:12 When voters in the 10 Super Tuesday states went to the polls on Tuesday, they were not only picking who they wanted to take on President George W. Bush in November. They were also engaging in the first important test of the US's retooling of its voting system since the debacle of the 2000 presidential election. The new system was highly contentious long before this year's primary season began. At the core...
  • Chads still hanging around in 22 states

    02/15/2004 11:23:23 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies · 359+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | February 15, 2004 | MARTIN MERZER
    It is Election Night 2004. The presidential tally stalls in a near-tie. All eyes turn to a pivotal state, a rich source of electoral votes, where election supervisors scrutinize ballots. Punch-card ballots. Yes, punch-card ballots, the much maligned voting system -- dimpled chad, hanging chad, pregnant chad -- that symbolized Florida's botched election four years ago, politically paralyzed the nation for 37 days and altered the course of electoral history. Punch cards may be gone in Florida, but chads still thrive elsewhere and are actually gaining favor in some quarters. As many as 32 million voters in 307 counties in...
  • GOP Urges Investigation of Voting Machine Performance

    01/12/2004 4:54:35 PM PST · by GregD · 201 replies · 603+ views
    ABC News ^ | January 10, 2004
    Hello. I’m the webmaster of I’m a Democrat, and you folks presumably will want to flame me on that point alone. But if you would bear with me, perhaps we could avoid that. I need to talk about an issue that affects all of us, and I am not here to pick a fight. I need your help. is NOT about conspiracy theory. We are NOT about screaming about “Wally O’Dell delivering the votes to GWB”, but I do have to admit that his remarks were about as ill-conceived as they might have possibly been, and have made...
  • Computer Experts Fear Recall Voter Fraud

    10/07/2003 9:52:41 AM PDT · by SteveH · 40 replies · 275+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/6/2003 | Rachel Conrad
    Computer Experts Fear Recall Voter Fraud Mon Oct 6, 2:43 PM ET By RACHEL KONRAD, Associated Press Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. - Punch-card ballots from Tuesday's historic recall election are sure to get a going-over by political activists, but some computer scientists think touch-screen voting machines deserve just as much scrutiny. AP Photo Reuters Slideshow: Calif. Recall Election Latest news, photos, video While punch-card ballots caused headaches for Florida election officials with their "hanging" and "pregnant" chads, nearly one in 10 California voters will be using touch-screen machines, which don't produce printouts voters can see. And no paper printouts,...
  • Electronic Voting Machines discovered to be "easily hacked"...(2008 ALERT!)

    08/27/2003 5:34:38 PM PDT · by vannrox · 47 replies · 3,223+ views
    Blackbox Voting ^ | FR Post 8-24-2003 | The research and activism arm of BlackBox
    The research and activism arm of BlackBox   CONTENTSIntroductionPart 1 - Can the votes be changed?Part 2 - Can the password be bypassed?Part 3 ? Can the audit log be altered? ************* Introduction According to election industry officials, electronic voting systems are absolutely secure, because they are protected by passwords and tamperproof audit logs. But the passwords can easily be bypassed, and in fact the audit logs can be altered. Worse, the votes can be changed without anyone knowing, even the County Election Supervisor who runs the election system. The computer programs that tell electronic voting machines how...
  • Scattered problems mar debut of touchscreens and other high-tech voting systems

    11/05/2002 3:09:59 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies · 174+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-5-02 | ANICK JESDANUN
    <p>15:05 PST (AP) -- Scattered problems, a few serious but most described as hiccups, marred the debut of touchscreens and other high-tech voting machines Tuesday, including in all of Georgia and in Florida's most election-challenged counties.</p> <p>The most serious appeared in two Georgia counties where officials said they could result in contested elections and lawsuits. The state has the nation's largest deployment: 19,000 touchscreens.</p>
  • Could It Be That Florida Democrats Are Too Stupid To Vote?

    09/18/2002 7:42:36 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 45 replies · 1,205+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | September 18, 2002 | Mary Mostert
    The Miami Herald reported Saturday, "In an increasingly eerie replay of the 2000 presidential election in Florida, former attorney general Janet Reno today demanded a statewide, manual recount of the votes in Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary." By Sunday, Janet Reno was denied a recount, since McBride won by at least 8000 votes. This seems to be a replay of the 2000-voting debacle in Florida. There, if you remember, a "butterfly ballot," created by a Democrat, was the fault somehow of Governor Jeb Bush. Now, we hear, from the Reno camp that the newest voting debacle in Florida "could be...
  • Florida county tests new vote machines (Palm Beach County alert)

    07/14/2002 2:00:13 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 27 replies · 254+ views
    <p>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Elections officials in Palm Beach County, where voters were confused by a controversial "butterfly" ballot in the hotly contested 2000 U.S. presidential election, declared a test of new touch-screen voting machines a success on Sunday.</p> <p>The electronic voting machines were put before voters at 21 sites on Saturday. Elections officials said 3,810 people used them to cast votes in a mock election that asked voters to choose their favorite patriotic landmark, patriotic song and to decide whether the words "under God" should be in the Pledge of Allegiance.</p>