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  • Wisconsin Elections Board Hardens Security of Voting Equipment

    11/10/2013 3:56:09 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 11-9-13 | Jared McHenry
    MADISON – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) reaffirmed their approval of voting technology from their August meeting. During Tuesday’s meeting, the GAB upheld their requirement that all election systems be hardened, or solely designated for voting and tabulation. Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno requested to allow counties to use existing equipment. She cited budget concerns over purchasing equipment solely for the purpose of election day practices saying such equipment purchases would cost her county a minimum of $15,000. Because Brown County’s voting equipment creates a paper trail, Juno believes that there is enough ability to verify the accuracy of...
  • 'Dozens' of Colorado Romney Voters Claim Machines Changed Votes to Obama

    11/03/2012 6:42:02 PM PDT · by forbushalltheway · 52 replies
    Briebart.com ^ | 3 Nov 2012, | Tony Lee
    Dozens of voters in Pueblo County, Colorado have claimed electronic voting machines have changed their votes for Mitt Romney to votes for President Barack Obama. The Pueblo County Republican Party has asked the Colorado Secretary of State's office to investigate the matter. A voter told KRDO Newschannel 13 that a checkmark appeared next to Obama's name after she cast her vote for Romney. "I wonder where my vote really counted," she stated. Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz admitted he was aware of "fewer than ten instances" of votes being switched and conceded such errors have occurred since the...
  • Who elected Obama?

    12/06/2012 10:40:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/06/2012 | Paul Murphy
    Many Republicans seem ready to agree to Obama's demands for tax increases -- after all, elections have consequences, and he won, right? Maybe, but before agreeing to anything, the GOP should probably look a little more carefully at just who elected Obama. Dr. Robert Vanderbei, a professor of Operations Research at Princeton, developed the visualization shown above by combining Democrat blue with GOP red according to popular vote proportions taken at the county level and printing the result as a 3D map in which apparent vertical height is a stand-in for the number of voters counted.Nationally, Obama won the popular...
  • How to Prove Voting Machine Fraud

    11/14/2012 1:15:32 PM PST · by rightjb · 27 replies
    PolitiJim.com ^ | 11-14-12 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    There is an enormity of evidence that voting machines across the country did not accurately record votes albeit from poll clerks, poll watchers or actual voters.  A common cry heard from those wanting to simply accept these results is “you’ll never be able to prove it.” Au contraire, mon frere. Continued at: How to Prove Voting Machine Fraud
  • Programmer Testifies About Rigging Elections With Vote Counting Machines [Video]

    11/13/2012 8:31:04 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 18 replies
    The Right Planet ^ | 11-08-12 | Sard
    Clinton Eugene Curtis testified under oath, before the Ohio State legislature, that he wrote a program to rig elections. This program would flip the total vote from the real winner to the candidate who had been pre-selected to win by the electronic vote counting machines….
  • Lawsuit filed in Ohio over software updates to vote tabulation machines

    11/05/2012 9:47:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Computer World ^ | November 5, 2012 04:55 PM ET | Jaikumar Vijayan
    The co-chairman of the Ohio Green Party and editor of FreePress.org, Bob Fitrakis, on Monday filed a federal lawsuit over software that was allegedly installed on central vote tabulation machines in 39 Ohio counties without being tested or certified for use, as required by state law. … The lawsuit comes days after FreePress.org published a report claiming that Husted had done an "end run" around Ohio law by installing the software on the vote tabulators in the weeks leading up to to the election. According to the report, the software was installed on machines that will be used to count...
  • Disturbing: Ohio Joins North Carolina In Voting Machines Turning Romney Votes Into Obama Votes

    10/31/2012 10:48:00 AM PDT · by JihadiKiller · 22 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 10/31/12 | Pat Dollard
    Related – Disturbing, Developing: North Carolina Machines Turning Romney Votes Into Obama Votes Now that we’ve had the same problem in both North Carolina and Ohio, clearly there is a national problem with these machines, and it looks like if voters themselves don’t catch it, it’s not gonna get caught. Also, why is the calibration such that the votes are going to Obama? We’ve had reports in two different states of this happening a few times, and with each report, the machine gave the vote to Obama. Disturbing that the mistake only happens in favor of the incumbent. Who owns...
  • COMMENTARY: WI’s ticking elections time bomb?

    05/05/2012 9:58:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-4-12 | Kevin Binversie
    In a powerful piece of investigative journalism, my Wisconsin Reporter colleague Kirsten Adsheadpointed out the very real possibility that there’s a land mine in Wisconsin’s election future. Adshead’s profile of computer software tester John Washburn revealed that the Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin’s election oversight agency, does not require municipalities to recertify their election machines when they update aging technology. That makes the state’s election system vulnerable to breakdown. With the state politically polarized, any election abnormality quickly could metastasize, producing legal challenges and counter-challenges like those that trashed the presidential election of 2000. Nothing better exemplifies the potential for meltdown...
  • U.S. GOV investigation finds Cuyahoga's election machines are flawed(heavy dem/swing county OH)

    12/23/2011 1:32:26 PM PST · by EBH · 13 replies
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scanners Cuyahoga County has used to tally election results since 2008 are defective, missing some votes, freezing up inexplicably and failing to log problems, according to a federal government agency. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released its findings this week, after a 20-month investigation spurred by an April 2010 Plain Dealer story. The paper reported a tenth of the machines arbitrarily powered down and locked up, failing certification tests required by federal law. The manufacturer, Omaha-Neb.-based Elections Systems & Software Inc., tried to fix the problems this year, but the upgrade actually created more problems, according to...
  • Researchers Hack Voting Machine for $26

    09/30/2011 11:46:31 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/30/11 | Matt Liebowitz
    Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a hack that, for about $26 and an 8th-grade science education, can remotely manipulate the electronic voting machines used by millions of voters all across the U.S.
  • Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control

    09/27/2011 9:11:14 AM PDT · by Clairity · 61 replies
    Salon ^ | Sept. 27, 2011 | Brad Friedman
    Exclusive: A laboratory shows how an e-voting machine used by a third of all voters can be easily manipulated It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date. Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the...
  • Can the Voting Machines Used in American Elections Be Trusted?

    04/05/2011 11:59:30 AM PDT · by pinochet · 52 replies
    I recently heard someone mention that it is possible for computer hackers to get access to the electronic voting machines, and tamper with the results. The only voting process that I trust, is one that involves a paper ballot, with the voter making a "X" mark on his paper ballot with a pen/pencil. That is how American democracy worked for 200 years. With paper ballots, you can count actual paper votes, during recounts. But under the electronic voting system, you cannot have credible recounts, because it is so easy to hack into the computer system.
  • Vote Fraud Woes Already Mar Mid-Term Elections

    11/01/2010 8:25:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 1, 2010 | Deroy Murdock
    NEW YORK — November 2 is not here yet, but polling problems have begun. From possibly malfunctioning ballot gear to potential fraud, the 2010 mid-term vote is marred even before Election Day has dawned. •Like jurors who deliberate before a trial concludes, some Nevadans who have tried voting early for Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle instead have seen Democrat Harry Reid’s name appear on their electronic voting machines. Some voters have complained about this apparent glitch, but how many others unwittingly have miscast their ballots? Intriguingly, these machines are maintained in Las Vegas by members of the Service Employees International...
  • URGENT: Videotape your voting if using touch screen machines!

    10/26/2010 5:08:26 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 56 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | 10/26/10 | Hillbuzz
    Listen, it usually never occurs to me to even check if my phone is charged because I very rarely, if ever, talk to anyone on the phone. My life is entirely lived via the computer and email. I only rarely text. If I knock out more than two HB posts on the phone, I drain the battery. So there are many things in life I miss capturing on film because I just don’t have a charged-up recording device on my person. I’ve yet to find a remedy to this, but since I live in Chicago and am surrounded by so...
  • Arson not ruled out in voting device fire

    09/17/2010 4:39:54 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 17, 2010 | MIKE GLENN
    A pre-dawn fire that destroyed nearly all of Harris County's voting machines last month likely erupted in a rear section of the north Houston warehouse that was used as a classroom and storage area, authorities said on Wednesday. Houston Fire Department arson dogs didn't find any accelerants, such as gasoline, at the scene of the Aug. 27 blaze at the Harris County Election Technology Center, 606 Canino. "We don't have any reason to believe that ignitable liquids were used," said HFD arson chief Gabe Cortez. Although arson investigators haven't ruled out the fire being intentionally set, Cortez acknowledged that most...
  • Warehouse Fire Destroyed Houston Ballot Machines, Raising the Possibility of Voter Fraud

    09/09/2010 6:38:50 AM PDT · by Marcus · 20 replies
    Associated Content ^ | September 8th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    Pajama Media's Bryan Preston is reporting that there are fears that a campaign of voter fraud, coupled with the lost of ten thousand voting machines in a warehouse fire, may be threatening the integrity of the 2010 elections in Houston.
  • Warehouse blaze still a mystery (Voting Machines Destroyed)

    08/29/2010 5:06:23 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 21 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 29, 2010 | PAIGE HEWITT
    Officials still investigating cause of fire that destroyed voting devices A day after a fire destroyed virtually all of Harris County's electronic voting gear, officials were still determining the cause of the warehouse blaze and furiously exploring ways to accommodate voters come early November. Houston's fire marshal's office hasn't made a ruling on whether Friday's early-morning fire was accidental or deliberately set, said Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman, who hopes to hear something on the cause early this week. "It would break my heart to think someone would do something like this to the election process," she said, adding that...
  • Campaigns say blaze won't alter their strategy

    08/28/2010 2:30:50 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 4 replies
    AUSTIN BUREAU / Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 27, 2010 | GARY SCHARRER
    Perry, White trust Harris election officials, voters AUSTIN ­— State election officials said they will make sure Harris County gets enough voting machine replacements to pull off a smooth election, and neither major gubernatorial campaign plans major changes after a Friday morning fire consumed all of the county's 10,000 voting machines. Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade spoke with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and other county officials on Friday, pledging to provide whatever necessary help once they finish assessing the damage and equipment needs. "There is some time," Andrade spokesman Randall Dillard said. "It's not a good time, but...
  • Sour Pixels

    06/14/2010 4:00:15 AM PDT · by Scanian · 27 replies · 1,069+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2010 | Rosslyn Smith
    South Carolina Democrat Vic Rawl has lined up hired independent experts and is calling for an official investigation of his stunning loss to unknown Alvin Greene in the U.S. Senate primary last week. There is a tendency to treat all post-election complaints by the losers as so many sour grapes. The site TechDirt, however, suggests an alternative and very scary explanation as to how Alvin Greene upset Vic Rawl that needs to be taken seriously. It starts with a basic question most political writers prefer to ignore. Does South Carolina use electronic voting machines? Not only does it turn out...
  • Obama makes first move to undermine 2010 elections. GETS FORMER SEQUOIA CO. VP NAMED AS ADVISER...

    12/21/2009 3:42:04 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 66 replies · 5,601+ views
    The Post & Email ^ | 12/21/09 | John Charlton
    GETS FORMER SEQUOIA CO. VP NAMED AS ADVISER TO U.S. ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Earlier this month, Obama made his first official move to corrupt and undermine the 2010 elections. The move consisted in the little noticed appointment of a technical adviser to the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The importance of the appointment was explained at The Brad Blog last Monday. The Official Press Release of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission read as follows: U.S. ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION 1225 New York Ave. NW – Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20005 For Immediate Release December...
  • Electronic-voting systems under scrutiny

    03/27/2009 1:46:15 PM PDT · by cartan · 3 replies · 301+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2009-03-25 | Greg Gordon
    WASHINGTON—The CIA, which has been monitoring foreign countries’ use of electronic-voting systems, has reported apparent vote-rigging schemes in Venezuela, Macedonia and Ukraine and a raft of concerns about the machines’ vulnerability to tampering. Appearing last month before a U.S. Election Assistance Commission field hearing in Orlando, Fla., a CIA cybersecurity expert suggested that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his allies fixed a 2004 election recount, an assertion that could further roil U.S. relations with the Latin leader. In a presentation that could provide disturbing lessons for the United States, where electronic voting is becoming universal, Steve Stigall summarized what he...
  • Why is Hugo Chávez Involved With U.S. Voting Machines?

    10/09/2008 1:46:49 PM PDT · by BIOCHEMKY · 28 replies · 931+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 28, 2006 | Richard Brand
    The greater threat to our nation's security comes not from Dubai and its pro-Western government, but from Venezuela, where software engineers with links to the leftist, anti-American regime of Hugo Chávez are programming electronic voting machines that will soon power U.S. elections. Congress spent two weeks overreacting to news that Dubai Ports World would operate several American ports, including Miami's, but a better target for their hysteria would be the acquisition by Smartmatic International of California-based Sequoia Voting Systems, whose machines serve millions of U.S. voters. That Smartmatic -- which has been accused by Venezuela's opposition of helping Chávez rig...
  • "Researchers expose flaws in California voting machines"

    08/02/2007 3:45:59 AM PDT · by lifelong_republican · 58 replies · 741+ views
    canada.com ^ | 01 August 2007 | Alex Blonski
    "...the team was able to bypass security in every machine they tested..."
  • Man Sentenced For Bashing Voting Machine (Crazed Liberal Says He Was "Obligated to Destroy It")

    07/29/2007 12:47:40 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 826+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | July 26, 2007 | Debbie Garlicki
    An Allentown man who smashed an electronic voting machine because he didn't trust it and believed that election results could be altered was convicted Wednesday of summary offenses of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. After a Lehigh County nonjury trial, Michael C. Young, who represented himself, was sentenced to 180 days of probation and was ordered to pay $2,910 for replacement of the touch-screen machine. Young, 43, of 375 Auburn St., admitted that he went to a polling place at the Good Shepherd Home at Sixth and St. John streets, Allentown, on Nov. 7. He testified that he struck the...
  • California: All Vote Machines Tested Are Hackable

    07/29/2007 12:04:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 569+ views
    California: All Vote Machines Tested Are Hackable (CBS) SACRAMENTO, Calif. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen released the first part of her review of the state's voting systems Friday, seven days before she must decide whether to decertify any of the systems for the presidential primary It found that computer experts were able to breach all the systems they studied and change the machines' results. But the experts did that under artificial conditions, with unimpeded access to the equipment, a situation that ordinarily would not occur. Matt Bishop, a computer scientist at the University of California, Davis, who led the...
  • Microsoft Muscles the NYS Legislature (Software giant moves to weaken NY Election law)

    06/17/2007 10:46:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies · 775+ views
    Bo Lipari's Weblog ^ | June 16, 2007 | Bo Lipari
    (Bo Lipari is the Executive Director of New Yorkers for Verified Voting, http://www.nyvv.org/) Microsoft, the 800 pound gorilla of software development has moved forcefully into New York State, supported by voting machine vendors using Microsoft Windows in their touch screen voting machines and other systems. Over the last two months Microsoft and a cadre of high paid lobbyists have been working a full-court press in Albany in an attempt to bring about a serious weakening of New York State election law. This back door effort by private corporations to weaken public protections is about to bear fruit. On Thursday, June...
  • "Gov. Crist to recommend ditching touch-screen machines"

    01/31/2007 2:18:31 AM PST · by lifelong_republican · 37 replies · 731+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 30 January 2007 | Anthony Man
    "...Gov. Charlie Crist is preparing to recommend that the controversial touch-screen voting machines used in Broward, Palm Beach and 13 other Florida counties be scrapped and replaced with optical scanners that would count paper ballots..."
  • Computer Voting Machines

    11/08/2006 10:46:19 PM PST · by Francis · 29 replies · 622+ views
    110806 | Francis
    Computer Voting Machines November 8, 2006 How can a citizen verify that there vote was counted on a computerized voting machine, when the voter receives no receipt? If the vote was challenged, how could a recount be verified?
  • E-voting worries again surface before elections (Venezuelans to buy company)

    11/07/2006 10:55:12 AM PST · by FourPeas · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Security Focus ^ | 2006-10-31 | Robert Lemos
    Security experts continue to raise concerns over the auditability and trustworthiness of electronic voting machines, but their efforts are hurting U.S. election more than helping, Paul DeGregorio, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), argued in a op-ed piece. The column states the commission's position that the U.S. election system is sound and well guarded by the efforts of poll workers and election administrators. Security researchers, however, have argued that electronic voting systems--specifically the touchscreen systems that will be used by nearly four of every ten voters in the midterm election--have significant vulnerabilities, cannot be meaningfully audited and...
  • U.S. voting-machine shocker:Does Hugo Chavez own 'em? [recycling 2006 post due to recent mention in

    10/29/2006 4:20:53 AM PST · by Man50D · 80 replies · 5,894+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 28, 2006
    WASHINGTON – Just 10 days before Americans vote in midterm congressional elections that could result in a historic shift of power, the federal government is investigating whether anti-American Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may control the company that operates electronic voting machines in 17 states. Many questions have been raised about the reliability of the new machines, which leave no paper trails for the purposes of recounts. But now federal officials are investigating whether Smartmatic, owner of Sequoia Voting Systems, is secretly controlled by the Castroite revolutionary leader of Venezuela who denounced President Bush as Satan in his most recent United...
  • U.S. Investigates Voting Machines’ Venezuela Ties

    10/28/2006 7:04:53 PM PDT · by floridareader1 · 45 replies · 1,747+ views
    The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist government of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. The federal inquiry is focusing on the Venezuelan owners of the software company, the Smartmatic Corporation, and is trying to determine whether the government in Caracas has any control or influence over the firm’s operations, government officials and others familiar with the investigation said. The inquiry on the eve of the midterm elections is being conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in...
  • U.S. digs for vote-machine links to Hugo Chávez

    10/28/2006 3:24:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies · 2,569+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | October 28, 2006 | ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@MiamiHerald.com
    Smartmatic's corporate papers, obtained in Curac¸ao by The Miami Herald, reveal a convoluted trail of companies incorporated abroad and operating through dozens of proxy holders -- a structure seemingly designed to cloak the true owners. In the debate about the reliability of electronic voting technology, the South Florida parent company of one of the nation's leading suppliers of touch-screen voting machines is drawing special scrutiny from the U.S. government. Federal officials are investigating whether Smartmatic, owner of Oakland, Calif.-based Sequoia Voting Systems, is secretly controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, according to two people familiar with the probe. In July,...
  • Princeton Prof. Stirs Up E-Voting Controversy [Voting Machine Fraud]

    09/16/2006 9:11:02 PM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies · 902+ views
    CIO.com ^ | Sep 15, 2006 | Al Sacco
    Edward Felten, a Princeton University computer science professor, along with two of his graduate students on Wednesday stirred up controversy surrounding the usage of electronic voting (e-voting) machines in U.S. elections by releasing a paper that claims they were able to hack the machines and upload malicious programs that could potentially modify vote tabulation, as well as shut down the machines, the Associated Press reports via Forbes.com. Felten posted the paper on the Princeton website, and it describes how he and his students obtained and tested a Diebold AccuVote TS e-voting machine and found a handful of vulnerabilities, including a...
  • Why is Hugo Chávez Involved With U.S. Voting Machines?

    03/28/2006 9:32:53 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 57 replies · 1,194+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 28, 2006 | Richard Brand
     The greater threat to our nation's security comes not from Dubai and its pro-Western government, but from Venezuela, where software engineers with links to the leftist, anti-American regime of Hugo Chávez are programming electronic voting machines that will soon power U.S. elections.Congress spent two weeks overreacting to news that Dubai Ports World would operate several American ports, including Miami's, but a better target for their hysteria would be the acquisition by Smartmatic International of California-based Sequoia Voting Systems, whose machines serve millions of U.S. voters. That Smartmatic -- which has been accused by Venezuela's opposition of helping Chávez rig elections...
  • New York Is Sued by U.S. on Delay of Vote System

    03/02/2006 6:19:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 502+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2006 | MICHAEL COOPER
    ALBANY, March 1 — The Justice Department sued New York State on Wednesday for failing to overhaul its election system and replace its aging voting machines. It is the first lawsuit the federal government has filed to force a state to comply with the voting guidelines enacted by Congress after the 2000 election debacle. The new federal guidelines were designed to prevent the kind of electoral chaos that marred the 2000 presidential election in Florida, and to make casting ballots easier for disabled voters. But New York State's efforts to modernize its election system have fallen far behind the rest...
  • CALIFORNIA: Hacker to try to attack state voting machines

    11/25/2005 12:16:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 762+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/25/5 | John Wildermuth
    A computer hacker will be trying to break into one of California's electronic voting machines next week, with the full cooperation of the secretary of state. Harri Hursti, a computer security expert from Finland, will be trying to demonstrate that voting machines made by Diebold Election Systems are vulnerable to attacks by computer hackers seeking to manipulate the results of an election. "This is part of our security mission,'' said Nghia Nguyen Demovic, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office. "We want to make sure that every vote is counted and registered correctly.'' The stakes are high for Diebold,...
  • CA: Secretary of state announces new requirements for electronic voting machines

    10/05/2005 7:36:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 249+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/5/05 | ap - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Secretary of State Bruce McPherson announced new requirements for electronic voting machines Wednesday and said he would create a unit in his office to test and certify the machines. "We must take these fundamental steps to guarantee public confidence in our voting process," McPherson said in a speech to the California Black Chamber of Commerce. He laid out 10 requirements that the machines must meet for use in California elections, starting in 2006, including approval by an independent testing unit certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Other requirements include providing state election officials with full information...
  • Partial recount vindicates San Diego voting machines

    08/24/2005 6:24:12 AM PDT · by RS · 209+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 08/24/05 | Daniel J. Chacón
    Tallies nearly identical, says a county official A partial recount yesterday to test the accuracy of scanners that read ballots and tallied votes in the San Diego mayor's race July 26 revealed results that were nearly identical to those of the machines. For example, a discrepancy of perhaps one vote occurred in a few precincts.
  • Diebold hires top Dem for PR blitz

    08/20/2005 2:44:53 PM PDT · by HowardLSmith.ôżô · 4 replies · 436+ views
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 8/20/2005 | Ian Hoffman
    Diebold hires top Dem for PR blitz Former party chairman make the case for voting to California By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER With a phone call and a retainer, Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell has launched former Democratic National Committee chairman Joe Andrew on a 50-state ambassadorship for electronic voting. O'Dell said he ``wanted to reframe some of the issues,'' Andrew said. His first stop: California, the nation's largest market for voting machines and the place where Diebold's fortunes as the largest supplier of electronic-voting machines in the nation could be made or broken. ``Even if you have tremendous success every...
  • Federal Elections Hampered by Machines

    04/18/2005 7:53:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies · 423+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-18-2005 | WILL LESTER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Carter and one-time Secretary of State James A. Baker on Monday rejected the notion that Democrats and Republicans have different interests in who gets to vote. At the first meeting of a bipartisan commission examining federal election problems, the two co-chairs stressed the importance of a system with extensive access to voters and a minimum of fraud. Carter and Baker dismissed the argument that the two parties cannot agree on those goals. "Many people have alleged that these are a Republican-versus-Democrat pair of issues," Carter told a news conference following the commission's initial session. They...
  • Tauzin loses votes in official tally

    12/07/2004 2:29:21 PM PST · by StJacques · 45 replies · 1,145+ views
    BATON ROUGE, La. An official count from the 13 parishes comprising Louisiana's Third Congressional District shows Billy Tauzin the Third lost ground. Unofficial results from Saturday night's runoff between the Republican and Democrat Charles Melancon gave Melancon a 523-vote margin from more than 104-thousand votes cast. The parishes opened their voting machines this morning. A survey by The Associated Press determined that Tauzin lost 62 votes, while Melancon gained one vote. The parishes will send their tallies to the secretary of state, who will make the count official.
  • Outcomes in two N.C. races delayed by recounts, protests [NC has worst vote problems in US]

    11/16/2004 3:29:53 PM PST · by TaxRelief · 12 replies · 540+ views
    Rockymount Telegram ^ | November 16, 2004 | STEVE HARTSOE
    Despite all 100 counties reporting unofficial results in North Carolina's Nov. 2 election, the outcome of two statewide races won't be known for at least 10 days. Protests and requests for recounts have been filed by candidates for agriculture commissioner and superintendent of public instruction, forcing election workers to again labor over the 3 million-plus ballots cast more than a week ago. They have until Wednesday to complete the task. Recounts are allowed when the margin in a statewide race is no more than 0.5 percent of the total votes cast, or 10,000 votes, whichever is less. State election officials...
  • Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked (A "progressive" whine ...)

    11/09/2004 10:55:05 AM PST · by dixie_conservative · 73 replies · 2,537+ views
    Saturday, November 6, 2004 | Thom Hartmann
    When I spoke with Jeff Fisher this morning (Saturday, November 06, 2004), the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 16th District said he was waiting for the FBI to show up. Fisher has evidence, he says, not only that the Florida election was hacked, but of who hacked it and how. And not just this year, he said, but that these same people had previously hacked the Democratic primary race in 2002 so that Jeb Bush would not have to run against Janet Reno, who presented a real threat to Jeb, but instead against Bill McBride,...
  • Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio Votes

    11/05/2004 11:02:37 AM PST · by finnman69 · 71 replies · 3,384+ views
    myway ^ | 11/5/04
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said. Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus Dispatch. State and county election officials did not immediately respond to requests by The Associated Press for more details about the voting system and its vendor,...
  • Popular Science Mag: Electronic voting machines may create new Election Day woes

    11/02/2004 11:07:05 AM PST · by Tolik · 24 replies · 594+ views
    Popular Science ^ | November 2004 | Annalee Newitz and Michael Moyer
    Below is a group of articles discussing different aspects of the electronic voting; possible problems and possible solutions. The article was written at least a few month ago. It's not a reporting of the problems on November 2, 2004 (yet). Sorry, Your Vote Has Been: Lost, Hacked, Miscast, Recorded TwiceNew electronic voting machines are supposed to prevent another Election Day disaster, but these paperless PCs could make hanging chads seem like a minor nuisance.  A breakdown of 2004 voting machines by county, and a few hotspots to watch    http://www.popsci.com/popsci/lgimg/0,21039,748736,00.html[1] Maryland and Georgia use Diebold voting machines statewide that leave...
  • BREAKING STORY: County Responds to Voting Machine Problems (Dumb Demo voters at it again)

    10/22/2004 4:33:01 PM PDT · by Smogger · 18 replies · 822+ views
    Austin Chronicle ^ | OCTOBER 22, 2004 | LEE NICHOLS
    Travis County election officials have responded to complaints that voters casting straight-party Democratic ballots are discovering, when performing a final check of their ballots, that their votes for president have been changed from Kerry/Edwards to Bush/Cheney. The officials say that, after trying and failing to replicate the problem on its eSlate voting machines, they have concluded the vote changes are due to voter error rather than mechanical failure. Gail Fisher, manager of the county's Elections Division, theorizes that after selecting their straight party vote, some voters are going to the next page on the electronic ballot and pressing "enter," perhaps...
  • Trucker Details Vote Machine Delivery Woes

    10/02/2004 12:08:49 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 7 replies · 478+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 1, 11:55 PM EDT | BRETT MARTEL
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A driver who delivered voting machines for the city's primary election described a litany of logistical problems Friday, including dropping off machines in empty, unlocked buildings and handing them over to unauthorized people who refused to sign for them. Driver Paul Washington spoke before members of a joint legislative government affairs committee investigating the Sept. 18 election, when voting machines showed up late to 53 city polling places, possibly disenfranchising thousands of voters and spawning several lawsuits. Lawmakers listening to Washington were annoyed and amazed that security for the voting machines was so weak. "These are...
  • The Bombay Ballot

    09/30/2004 9:08:53 AM PDT · by El Conservador · 2 replies · 347+ views
    Slate.com ^ | September 29, 2004 | Eric Weiner
    The Bombay Ballot What the U.S. can learn from India's electronic voting machines. By Eric Weiner Posted Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at 5:17 AM PT Remember the Cold War tale of Soviet and American scientists racing to solve the problem of writing in zero gravity? NASA spent a decade and millions of dollars developing the high-tech Astronaut Pen. The Soviets solved the problem another way: They used a pencil. The story turns out to be (mostly) urban legend, but the lesson holds true. Sometimes less is more. That seems to be the case as the world's largest democracy, India, and...
  • Voting machine hacked by monkey

    09/22/2004 11:22:01 PM PDT · by ETERNAL WARMING · 20 replies · 621+ views
    WND | Wednesday, September 22, 2004 | Joseph Bacchus and Stacy Kaper
    Touchscreen Hack Effort Called 'Monkey Business' Wednesday, September 22, 2004 By Joseph Bacchus and Stacy Kaper Critics of the Diebold (search) touch-screen voting machines turned their attention Wednesday from the machines themselves to the computers that will tally the final vote, saying the outcome is so easy to manipulate that even a monkey could do it. And they showed video of a monkey hacking the system to prove it. In the minute-long video produced by Black Box Voting (search), Baxter the chimp is shown deleting the audit log that is supposed to keep track of changes in the Diebold central...
  • Holding the Vote-Counting Machines Accountable

    09/16/2004 6:09:28 AM PDT · by OESY · 5 replies · 290+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 16, 2004 | LISA GUERNSEY
    COMPUTERIZED voting machines are attracting a lot of attention in this election year, but one system is being watched particularly closely: the AccuVote-TS. The AccuVote-TS has been the subject of at least four studies over 14 months that expose security holes. This spring California's secretary of state, Kevin Shelley, blasted the manufacturer, Diebold Election Systems, for not following proper procedures in updating its software. Those problems and a battery defect that rendered some machines unusable for hours during the March primary prompted Mr. Shelley to order all counties using touch-screen machines to offer a paper alternative. Still, the AccuVote-TS will...