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New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?

September 7, 2011

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?

http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=2072649339b2bb3b19d3...

Electoral Fraud or Fraudulent Rhetoric: An Analysis of Jurisprudential and Political Arguments Over Voter Photo Identification Laws

August 9, 2011

Electoral Fraud or Fraudulent Rhetoric: An Analysis of Jurisprudential and Political Arguments Over Voter Photo Identification Laws

 

Andrew Winerman

University of Virginia - School of Law

Letter from 100 U.S. Representatives to the Department of Justice

July 24, 2011

Letter to the Department of Justice from 100 U.S. Representatives urging that it “protect the voting rights of Americans by using the full power of the Department of Justice to review these voter identification bills and scrutinize their implementation.  http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/House-Voter-ID-Letter.pdf

Losing Democracy in Cyberspace. Voting computers, like heads of state, must be held accountable to the people they serve.

April 2, 2011

By Penny Venetis, NorthJersey.com

T HAS BEEN nothing short of astonishing that, within a few weeks, the brave people of Tunisia and Egypt toppled corrupt dictators who ruled for decades.

One of the protesters' key demands was for democratic elections — the right to choose a government that is responsive to the people's needs. That is also what protesters in Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Jordan and Libya are demanding as they call for the dissolution of their autocratic and oppressive governments.

A decade after Florida fiasco, voting remains a hodgepodge

October 27, 2010

USA Today Opinion

Call it the Board of Elections' prayer: Let the weather be clear, let the turnout be heavy and let everyone who wins, win big.

The desire for clear-cut victories reflects election officials' awareness that razor-tight races magnify the foul-ups at the polls — late openings, lost ballots, machine malfunctions — that disenfranchise voters.

So where does the art of vote-counting stand a decade after the mother of all foul-ups, the Florida recount that left the nation without a president-elect for five weeks after the 2000 election?

Will Online Voting Turn Into an Election Day Debacle?

October 14, 2010

By Alex Altman, Time

A little more than 24 hours after online ballots started pouring into the Washington, D.C., Board of Elections and Ethics in late September, it became apparent that something was amiss. Washington's newly elected U.S. Representative went by the name of Colossus. A villainous computer from science-fiction lore captured the city-council chairmanship. And 15 seconds after voters cast their ballots, they were serenaded by the University of Michigan fight song. The system had been hacked.

Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial

October 3, 2010

By Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post

Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened a new Internet-based voting system for a weeklong test period, inviting computer experts from all corners to prod its vulnerabilities in the spirit of "give it your best shot." Well, the hackers gave it their best shot -- and midday Friday, the trial period was suspended, with the board citing "usability issues brought to our attention."

Voting System Failures: A Database Solution.

September 14, 2010

Recent, recurring voting machine breakdowns, as well as the failure to catch them and ensure that solutions are publicized widely, show the need for a national, searchable database to collect and disseminate information on system defects, a new Brennan Center study finds. Ten years after the Florida election mess of 2000 and eight years after the passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the government has invested billions on new voting equipment; still voting machine malfunctions – and resulting lost votes -- persist every election cycle.

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