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NYT's: House leadership should make passing Mr. Holt’s bill a priority.

June 21, 2009

This editorial was published in the New York Times on June 22, 2009.

Electronic voting machines that do not produce a paper record of every vote cast cannot be trusted. In 2008, more than one-third of the states, including New Jersey and Texas, still did not require all votes to be recorded on paper. Representative Rush Holt has introduced a good bill that would ban paperless electronic voting in all federal elections. Congress should pass it while there is still time to get ready for 2010.

A Voting Rights Disaster?

October 27, 2008

By Christopher Edley Jr., the Washington Post

Suppose in your neighborhood there are 600 registered voters per machine, while across town there are only 120 per machine. (That's a 5 to 1 disparity, which is what exists in some places in Virginia today.) On Election Day, your line wraps around the block and looks to be a four-hour wait, while in other areas lines are nonexistent.

EmTech 08: Audits, Open Source Needed With E-voting

September 24, 2008

by Elizabeth Heichler, PC World

U.S. jurisdictions using electronic voting systems this November would do well to implement routine post-election auditing and press for open-source software to help ensure fair votes in the future, said e-voting experts at the Technology Review EmTech conference on Thursday.

VotersUnite.org: Vendors are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections

August 18, 2008

By VotersUnite.org

“As we approach the 2008 general election, the structure of elections in the United States — once reliant on local representatives accountable to the public — has become almost wholly dependent on large corporations, which are not accountable to the public,” states a report released today by VotersUnite.Org, entitled “Vendors Are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections.”

Warning on voting machines reveals oversight failure

August 23, 2008

 

WASHINGTON — Disclosure of an election computer glitch that could drop ballot totals for entire precincts is stirring new worries that an unofficial laboratory testing system failed for years to detect an array of flaws in $1.5 billion worth of voting equipment sold nationwide since 2003.

Planning to E-Vote? Read This First

August 17, 2008

With less than three months before the presidential election, the hotly contested state, Ohio, along with others, continue to have problems with E-voting technology

by Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American
August 18th, 2008

A Bad Electronic Voting Bill

August 2, 2008

This editorial is published in the August 3, 2008 New York Times.

Congress has stood idly by while states have done the hard work of trying to make electronic voting more reliable. Now the Senate is taking up a dangerous bill introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Robert Bennett, Republican of Utah, that would make things worse in the name of reform. If Congress will not pass a strong bill, it should apply the medical maxim: first, do no harm.

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.

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