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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Tuesday, March 16, 2004

    Katherine Harris hired as e-voting spokesmodel 

    Paperless electronic voting machines were chosen by Fortune magazine as the "worst new technology" of 2003 for good reason. Not only are they horribly insecure, but they make it enormously difficult to detect error or fraud (see "Diebold PR department files early entry in 2004 "Black is White" contest, Electronic voting machines able to simulate Daley-era Chicago") And yet by November of this year, almost every state in the union will be using them to count votes in the upcoming presidential election. So it's reassuring to read of the efforts of two California legislators who are calling for a ban on the use of touch-screen voting machines this fall. Citing malfunctions in e-voting machines during the recent primary, state Sens. Don Perata, D-Oakland, and Ross Johnson, R-Irvine, asked Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to decertify all touch-screen voting machines before the upcoming general election. "[The March 2 primary] was a test-flight of widespread use of these machines. I think it's fair to say the test flight crashed and burned," said Perata. "None of us wants California to be the sequel to Florida."

    - Good Morning Silicon Valley

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 9:01 AM



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