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Voting technology 2008

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September 30, 2008 12:00 PM ET
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Live blog: E-voting news as it happens
Computerworld tracks reports of e-voting problems in real time on Election Day.

Top Stories

As Minnesota awaits recount, e-voting is ruled out as issue in tight U.S Senate race
While Minnesota preps for a recount of its close U.S. Senate race, e-voting problems apparently had little to do with the tight election.

Officials: Early voting could improve e-voting
Expanding early voting could help states work out a lot of e-voting kinks well in advance of election day, officials said.

E-voting '08: Problems, yes, but it could have been worse
Despite long lines and occasionally problematic e-voting hardware, U.S. elections took place without the hardware meltdown some e-voting experts and state officials had feared.

Update: E-voting problems reported early in battleground states
Election Day could be a long day for election officials in states relying on electronic-voting machines to record votes in the U.S. presidential election, if early reports of malfunctions are any indication.

Hoax e-mail postponing election sent to 35,000 at GMU
About 35,000 students, faculty and staff at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., received an e-mail hoax from the provost's office saying the presidential election had been postponed to Nov. 5.

Election Day: What could possibly go wrong?
E-voting technology has come a long way since the 2000 U.S. presidential election. But has it come far enough to deliver a smooth election?

Election Tech blog
Todd Weiss keeps you up to date on the latest voting technology news.

Database: Voting technology problem reports
Computerworld is tracking recent reports of e-voting incidents in the U.S.

Top 20 Election Day Web sites and online tools
Just about everything you want to know about the U.S. elections is online. You just have to know where to look.

E-voting groups keeping tabs on a handful of states
What happens when you combine long lines of voters with sometimes balky voting technology? E-voting critics are watching a handful of states for problems on election day.

Q&A: Felten on e-voting and what can go wrong
Princeton computer science professor Edward Felten explains some of the specifics of what can go wrong with e-voting in the presidential election, what voters should do and what and what they ought to do for the next election.

Are design issues to blame for vote 'flipping' in touch-screen machines?
"Vote flipping" by touch-screen e-voting machines is caused by user error, according to the manufacturers of the devices. But e-voting critics blame bad hardware design.

Princeton report rips N.J. e-voting machines as easily hackable
Court-ordered analysis charges the systems can be compromised in seven minutes; vendor Sequoia challenged the findings, arguing tests used unreasonable conditions.

Early voting starts in 31 states; e-voting snag in W.Va. fixed
Early voting is underway in many states, where voters are casting their ballots before Election Day and avoid the long lines expected on Nov. 4.

States ready e-voting systems as Election Day approaches
Election officials around the nation are ramping up efforts to ensure secure and fair voting on Nov. 4. For some, that means switching from touch-screen voting machines to optical scanning of paper ballots.

Poor records organization at root of Palm Beach County recount woes
In the wake of yet another Florida voter recount controversy, election officials are being advised to adopt better record-keeping and provide additional oversight.

E-voting vendor: Programming errors caused dropped votes
Premier Election Solutions says Ohio problem was the result of a logic error in GEMS code.

Voting groups release guidelines for e-voting checks
A coalition has urged state officials to require post-election audits of e-voting systems.

Study: Electronic voting increased tabulation errors
Polling stations using electronic systems suffered more voting discrepancies than those with traditional paper votes in four recent French elections.

Opinion

Opinion: Will your vote count tomorrow?
What's intuitive and simple for a system designer isn't necessarily easy and obvious for users. Which brings us to tomorrow's election.

Open source e-voting essential to integrity of electoral process
It's time for us geeks to come to the rescue, with a little help from Congress.

The Grill: Avi Rubin
The e-voting critic talks about the inherent weakness of software, the critical need for audit trails and the 'perfect storm' of the 2000 election.

Lucas Mearian: Prevent unwanted presidencies with paper ballots
While you may think the voting issues associated with the elections in 2000 and 2004 have been resolved, you'd be wrong. And, there's a new call to go back to paper.

Let's impeach e-voting
Those of us who vote on paperless machines, whether with touch screens or levers, can never be confident that our votes will be properly submitted, registered and counted, says online managing editor Sharon Machlis.

Douglas Schweitzer: Are electronic voting machines better or worse than paper ballots?
It's a shame that a couple of states are finding it necessary to take steps backwards when it comes to recording American voter ballots.

IT Blogwatch: Voting machines currently cause concern
Richi Jennings watches voting machine problems that cause voters to worry there ballots may not be counted.

 

Voting technology state by state

Click on the graphic below to see a larger, interactive map showing voting technologies and vendors in each state for the 2008 presidential election.

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Poll
From the archives

E-voting: Laws, lingo and technologies
Do you know your DREs from your VVPATs?

California report slams e-voting system security
Every tested machine had problems -- yes, every single one.

As primary season ramps up, an e-voting snapshot
The use of touch-screen voting systems is down, and skepticism is up -- way up -- as the 2008 election season confronts the realities of electronic voting.

Public, security experts' e-voting views differ sharply
Experts worry more about system errors than does the public.



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