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Voting Tech Standards: What Legislators Need to Know

January 23, 2013

NCSL predicts that voting technology will be a growing concern for state legislators in 2013—and that it will continue as a concern for the next several years. Why? Because most jurisdictions bought new voting equipment in the mid-2000s and now that equipment is limping along and may need to be replaced....

http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/the-canvass-january...

Editorials : Voting Requires Vigilance. Popular Isn’t Always Prudent | CT News Junkie

January 23, 2013

One third of Americans vote on machines, without the paper ballots we use in Connecticut. Our president is chosen based on faith in those unverifiable machines, vote accounting, and unequal enfranchisement in 50 independent states and the District of Columbia. In 2000, we witnessed the precarious underpinnings of this state-by-state voting system combined with the flawed mechanism of the 12th Amendment and the Electoral Accounting Act. The Supreme Court ruled votes could not be recounted in Florida, because even that single state did not have uniform recount procedures.

The Election Disaster That Wasn’t: America’s poorly designed ballots could have bungled the 2012 election | Slate Magazine

January 19, 2013

The shambolic state of ballot design in America remains a potent threat to our democracy. Richard L.

Election, Tech Experts to Obama: Yes, “We Need to Fix That,” But E-Voting Not the Answer

December 7, 2012

Groups Warn Against Hasty Action on Internet Voting in Response to Long Lines, Technical Glitches in November

Recount Roulette. We risk an election meltdown worse than the Florida 2000 debacle when the presidential election came down to hanging chads and chaos.

November 4, 2012

We risk an election meltdown worse than the Florida 2000 debacle when the presidential election came down to hanging chads and chaos. This time we are looking at another razor close result and perhaps another recount.

However, if a recount is required in either of two key states -- Virginia and Pennsylvania -- we risk catastrophe, because most of those votes will be cast on paperless voting machines that are impossible to recount.

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