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Technology: It's time to ditch touch-screen voting for paper ballots
Dec. 30, 2006 - Baltimore Sun, By Mike Himowitz
Maryland made headlines by committing $106 million to a voting system based on thousands of Diebold touch-screen electronic terminals. They run a stripped-down version of Windows, but it wouldn't matter if they ran Linux or some other system. Computers shouldn't be responsible for recording and counting votes without a verifiable backup.

Judge rules against Jennings, Democrats to seat Buchanan
Dec. 29. 2006 - Associated Press
A judge ruled Friday that congressional aspirant Christine Jennings has no right to examine the programming source code that runs the electronic voting machines at the center of a disputed Southwest Florida congressional race.... that Jennings' arguments about the possibility of lost votes were "conjecture," and didn't warrant overriding the trade secrets of the voting machine company.

Drop touch-screens - Our position:
It's time to pull the plug on the failed experiment of electronic voting

Dec. 24, 2006 - Orlando Sentinel, Editorial
In this editorial assessing the election fiasco in Sarasota, FL, the Orlando Sentinel's editors conclude, "that result isn't worth the paper the electronic ballots were not printed on...."

Elections: Here Maryland goes again
Consensus grows that state may have to update or replace technology for 2008 vote
Dec. 24, 2006 - Baltimore Sun, By Melissa Harris
It's too early to tell just what type of equipment Marylanders will cast votes on in 2008, but a national consensus is growing that electronic voting machines like those used in Maryland will need to be upgraded or replaced before the next national election.

Voter paper trail not an easy path
Ballot back-up clunky, lengthy, experts warn.

Dec. 22, 2006 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, By CARLOS CAMPOS
Adding a paper trail to electronic voting machines is not a cure-all for assuring voter confidence, a panel of elections experts cautioned... there are major logistical concerns to address.

Paper Jams Hamper Electronic Voting 
Dec. 21, 2006 - The Associated Press, by Stephen Manning
These machines produce continuous rolls of thermally-printed paper. They are difficult to load, difficult to handle after they are removed from the machines and extremely difficult to read and tally. They bear almost no relationship to the ordinary individual paper ballots of the past. 

E-vote tab adds up to big trouble:
Contract with Diebold may put ballot expenses out of reach for some cities, counties in Utah
Dec. 17, 2006 - The Salt Lake Tribune, By Matt Canham  
Democracy isn't cheap, but it sure used to be less expensive. Switching from punch cards to touch-screen voting machines doubled the cost of this year's election. And taxpayers will continue to hand over millions of dollars to machine-maker Diebold as long as the state uses the equipment.

Changes Are Expected in Voting by 2008 Election
Dec. 8, 2006 - New York Times, By IAN URBINA and CHRISTOPHER DREW
By the 2008 presidential election, voters around the country are likely to see sweeping changes in how they cast their ballots and how those ballots are counted, including an end to the use of most electronic voting machines without a paper trail, federal voting officials and legislators say.

Security Matters: Did Your Vote Get Counted?
Nov. 13, 2006,, by Bruce Schneier
Electronic voting machines represent a grave threat to fair and accurate elections, a threat that every American--Republican, Democrat or independent--should be concerned about. Because they're computer-based, the deliberate or accidental actions of a few can swing an entire election. The solution: Paper ballots, which can be verified by voters and recounted if necessary.

How to Steal an Election by Hacking the Vote
Oct. 24, 2006 - by Jon "Hannibal" Stokes
"...a party that can use these techniques to gain control of the government can also use them to maintain control in perpetuity," writes Stokes in his important overview of e-voting vulnerabilities.
  1. One bad apple...
  2. E-voting 101: touch-screen machines and optical scanners
  3. Narrowing the focus: the Diebold AccuVote TS
  4. Wholesale fraud on the AccuVote TS
  5. (Mis)counting the vote
  6. The bad apple chart
  7. Conclusions: take-home points and parting thoughts


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