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A Tale of Three (Electronic Voting) Elections

July 30, 2008

Electronic voting has made great strides in reliability, but it has a long way to go. When reformers push for greater safeguards, they often argue that future elections could produce the wrong result because of a computer glitch or be stolen through malicious software. That’s being too nice.

Check That Vote

July 15, 2008

The New York Times Editorial

Electronic voting is notoriously vulnerable to technical glitches and vote theft. By now, most states have passed good laws requiring paper records of every vote cast — an important safeguard. But that is not enough. States also need strong audit laws to ensure that machine totals are vigilantly checked against the paper records. That is the only way that voters will be able to trust electronic voting.

Voting System Standards: All Form and No Substance

June 13, 2008

By John Washburn  
This article was posted at
Washburn's World and is reposted here with permission of the author.

Brennan Center Criticizes Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Indiana Voter ID Law

April 27, 2008

While Court Leaves Door Open For Future Challenges to Restrictive ID Laws, Center Calls on Lawmakers Across Country to Enact Laws That Protect the Right to Vote

Today the Brennan Center for Justice criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold Indiana's voter identification law  the strictest in the country  but noted that the decision did not give other states a blank check to block eligible voters.  The Brennan Center called on lawmakers across the country to reject similar laws and to pass affirmative legislation protecting the right to vote.

Americans still wary of voting machines for 2008

March 22, 2008

by Rob LeverAgence France-Presse via Inquirer.net
 

WASHINGTON--Eight years after glitches marred the 2000 presidential elections, Americans are still struggling over voting machine technology amid growing concerns about the reliability of electronic systems.

Following the Paper Trail - Case study examines five states' efforts to limit paperless voting

February 20, 2008

By PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report by electionline.org details how five states that implemented electronic voting have chosen or are considering statewide paper-based optical scan systems.

"Back to Paper" explores the process by which California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Ohio -- having adopted electronic voting systems -- subsequently decided to de-certify, re-examine or re-think their use.

Can You Count On These Machines?

January 5, 2008

By Clive Thompson, The New York Times Magazine

Jane Platten gestured, bleary-eyed, into the secure room filled with voting
machines. It was 3 a.m. on Nov. 7, and she had been working for 22 hours
straight. "I guess we've seen how technology can affect an election," she
said. The electronic voting machines in Cleveland were causing trouble
again.

Election Audit Summit Brings Together Statisticians, Election Officials and Advocates

November 6, 2007

Note: Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota was a co-sponsor and the host organization for this national audit summit - the first of its kind.

by Pamela W. Smith, President, Verified Voting Foundation  

Voting Out E-Voting Machines

November 2, 2007

by Tim PadgettTime Magazine  

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