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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-18-08 12:26 PM
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States Still Struggling With Voting Machines
Gee, ya think?

States Still Struggling With Voting Machines
by Paul Kiel - August 18, 2008 11:06 am EDT


Voters use touch-screen machines in Florida for the 2004 election. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)


After the 2000 election, the nation that first sent a man to the moon set for itself what seemed an attainable technological goal: ensure that states had efficient and reliable voting machines. In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which allocated nearly $3 billion to the states for election administration. But eight years later, with an election fast approaching, the system is still characterized by the same panicked improvisation.

At least $1.2 billion went towards new voting machines between 2003 and 2007, McClatchy reports. But many states (Alaska, California, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Tennessee and New Mexico) that bought touch-screen machines have decided to replace them due to concerns about their reliability. In a number of places, that process won't be completed until long after the 2008 election.

Ohio's secretary of state recently sued to recover the $83 million in state funds spent on touch-screen machines, yet the machines will nevertheless be used in November. The machines will still be widely used in dozens of other states, but the trend, McClatchy reports, is apparent:

Election Data Services, a consulting firm that specializes in elections, estimated that half the electorate used touch-screen voting in 2006. This year, less than a third will be using the touch screens.

Meanwhile, while the states struggle with the reliability of new technologies, the federal commission formed by HAVA to help set national standards has yet to certify a single machine or software package. And it won't be able to be any help before Election Day, the New York Times reports.

The simple reason for this seems to be that the Election Assistance Commission has established a rigorous testing regime. As the chair of the commission puts it, "We simply are not going to sacrifice the integrity of the certification process for expediency." :wtf:

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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-18-08 12:27 PM
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1. We need more machines like this...
and more voters like this...

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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-18-08 07:54 PM
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2. K&R!
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-18-08 08:05 PM
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3. We need to use Common Sense,
get rid of all electronic and mechanical election counting/rigging machines.


Transparent ballot box, for 500 - 800 paper ballots, with deposit trap and counter





K&R...nt

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