[E-voting] From Educause

Austin Kinsella AustinKinsella1 at Eircom.net
Sat Mar 13 11:59:39 GMT 2004


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E-VOTING HITS SNAG IN CALIFORNIA
Some California legislators have called on the secretary of state to
decertify paperless touch-screen voting machines before November's
general election, citing the poor performance of the machines during
the state's primary. State Sens. Don Perata and Ross Johnson sent a
letter to Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, saying that the
primary-election "test flight" of the machines "crashed and burned."
According to the "Los Angeles Times," 7,000 voters in Orange County
were given the wrong ballots, and 21 precincts reported more votes cast
than there were registered voters. In San Diego, problems with the
voting machines kept more than half of the precincts from opening on
time, and results from the voting machines were generally no faster
than with traditional paper ballots. Shelley has issued a mandate that
all voting machines create a paper trail for ballots cast, but not
until July 2006, well past this fall's election. Shelley's office is
reportedly "looking at all of the options" for how to handle complaints
about the voting machines.
Wired News, 11 March 2004
http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,62627,00.html


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Austin Kinsella,
Lecturer, Networks & Programming,
Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland.
+353 59 9170417
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