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Iowa Citizen Groups Applaud Paper Ballot Legislation

March 20, 2008

By Common Cause and Iowans for Voting Integrity      Press Release - Iowans for Voting Integrity and Common Cause applauded the state House of Representatives' passage of Senate File 2347 Thursday night by a 92-6 vote. The bill requires all counties to use optical scan voting systems in the November election. Last week, the measure passed the Iowa Senate 47-1.

Election-machine problems spur call for study

March 11, 2008

Independent analysis requested after lack of explanation from Sequoia
BY DIANE C. WALSHStar-Ledger Staff

New Jersey's county clerks remain troubled by the errors uncovered in the February presidential primary election, and yesterday a statewide association representing the clerks called for an independent study of the state's voting machines.

Machines get vote of no confidence after errors in primary

February 19, 2008

BY DIANE C. WALSH
Star-Ledger Staff

As Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi tried to verify returns in this month's historic presidential primary, she kept coming up with errors for a handful of voting machines.

The numbers from the cartridges that print out vote tallies and the paper-tape backup within the machine didn't match. Rajoppi asked her colleagues in other counties to perform the same test, and similar problems were found in voting machines for Bergen, Gloucester, Middlesex and Ocean counties.

Florida 13th: GAO Report Not a Clean Bill of Health for Voting Machines

February 7, 2008

By Verified Voting Foundation        Limited Scope Investigation Not Conclusive

Verified Voting Foundation concluded after reviewing a leaked copy of a draft GAO test report that the findings were not sufficient to exonerate the voting machines in determining what caused a massive undervote in the Florida District 13 contest of 2006.

Mauro: Update all of Iowa's Voting Machines

January 22, 2008

by Jennifer Jacobs, The Des Moines Register
January 23rd, 2008  

Ohio Study: Voting Systems Vulnerable

December 13, 2007

By Ohio Secretary of State Jenniefer Brunner MEdia Release     

EVEREST Report of Findings (PDF)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s electronic voting systems have “critical security failures” which could impact the integrity of elections in the Buckeye State, according to a review of the systems commissioned by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Look to Minnesota for vote-counting solution

December 17, 2007

By Edward B. Foley, The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is concerned that computers used to count ballots at precincts are vulnerable to hacking. In a major report released last Friday, she recommends instead counting ballots centrally at Ohio's 88 county boards of election.

Whatever the risk of hacking, however, it is a mistake to eliminate the counting of ballots at local precincts.

CA: Secretary of state casts doubt on future of electronic voting

December 1, 2007

     By John WildermuthThe San Francisco Chronicle
December 2nd, 2007
 

Electronic voting systems used throughout California still aren't good enough to be trusted with the state's elections, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Saturday.

Post-Election Audit Standards Working Group Reports Recommendations to California Secretary of State

July 29, 2007

By California Secretary of State Debra Bowen Press Release

  In her continuing effort to ensure the security, accuracy, reliability and accessibility of California voting systems and the elections in which they are used, Secretary of State Debra Bowen today received a final report from the Post-Election Audit Standards Working Group, a group created in June to examine whether California’s post-election audit standards should be strengthened.

 

California Report Slams E-Voting System Security

July 26, 2007

Researchers commissioned by California have found security issues in every electronic voting system they tested, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said today. PCWORLD
Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

Researchers commissioned by the State of California have found security issues in every electronic voting system they tested, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Friday.

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