Thursday, February 18, 2010

Responsible tech use for Overseas Vote,VT rejects email voting, Dominion sues over NY ES&S contract

Just in from Verified Voting: "Responsible Use of Technology for Overseas Voting". From the report- "The security challenges posed by the electronic transmission of voted ballots are too formidable to allow the use of such systems at present. Before experimenting with voted ballots transmitted through cyberspace, we must together create a transparent public process to consider how to set cyber-security criteria..."

Florida SOS Browning proposes delay in purchasing disabled accessible voting equipt....
....Brennan Center has update on "Concerns About New York’s Voting Machines"...Bo Lipari reports- "Dominion Sues to Stop New York City Contract with ES&S"...

All this and more in today's voting news below....

CT: Registrar of Voters suit: Alleged to have fudged petitions for herself and relatives

Tallahassee -- The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee unveiled a package Wednesday that would delay a requirement for county election supervisors to buy $45 million in optical-scan voting equipment for the disabled from 2012 to 2016.

[...The state still has $67 million in HAVA funds ]

GA: Measure may ease voting from afar
In House Bill 665, the District 23 state representative from Cumming offers an alternative to the current ballot mailing system, one that could quicken the process by allowing them to vote electronically.

HI: New chief elections officer selected for Hawaii; no special election date set yet

IL: Kane County votes all counted, but fighting might not be over

OH: Old voting machines must go (ES&S iVotronic)

MA: Online elections bill passes SGA Senate (University of Mass.)
More details on the concerns of the Senators will be provided in two videos and in an expanded version of this article to be released on Friday.

NY: Dominion Sues to Stop New York City Contract with ES&S
Posted by: bolipari. In a surprise move, Dominion Voting Systems has filed an Article 78 lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to stop the New York City Board of Elections from awarding a $70 million dollar contract for new voting machines to ES&S.

NY: Concerns About New York’s Voting Machines: An Update
...The Board of Elections spoke with our coalition last Thursday, and agreed to take the following steps

SD: ACLU seeks to expand voting lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union wants to expand a voting rights lawsuit against state officials into a class-action lawsuit on behalf of American Indians in South Dakota.

TN: Ketron bill to ease military voting advances
...The bill...authorizes a county Election Commission to e-mail a ballot to each member of the armed forces.
The legislation helps the state comply with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which took effect in October. That law requires the Department of the Army and Postal Service to expedite the return of ballots by using express mail, since they cannot be returned electronically due to election security concerns.

VA: Suit filed over rejected NSU voter applications
Two voting rights groups asserting that Norfolk State University students were improperly denied the right to vote in the 2008 election have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn state law that prohibits full access to voter-application records.

VT: House votes to move primary election date up three weeks, to Aug. 24
An amendment proposed by Rep. Tom Koch, R-Barre City, which would have kept the Sept. 14 date intact and required the Secretary of State’s office to adopt a new e-mail voting system for overseas absentee voters, failed 50 to 95, along Republican and Democratic lines...

VT: Primary Date Likely To Move To August (email balloting for military rejected)
(Aswad) "I believe that electronic transmissions can very easily be compromised. We're all aware of the fact that even Pentagon transmissions have been compromised and I believe that the security of the ballot is very sacred."

WI: Waukesha mayoral totals revised because of missed votes *
In one case, the tape of vote counts was delivered to City Hall but not added into the totals. In the other, Neill explained in an interview, staffers who collected the tapes at polling places were unaware that a machine designed for people with disabilities had some votes on it and that tape was not collected.


Responsible Use of Technology for Overseas Voting
Verified Voting. Thursday, February 18, 2010 ...Experts in technology such as NIST, the GAO and internal reviewers of Department of Defense projects cite significant concerns with respect to the electronic submission of voted ballots

$750,000 in federal grants are available to fund college poll workers

ES&S Diebold Purchase: Groups Endorse Remedies for Unlawful Concentration of Market Power

US lawmakers call for legislation to limit corporate campaign spending


Iraq: Iraq Election Deteriorates as Leading Candidates are Banned
Seven hundred billion dollars and more than 4,200 American lives later, the government of Iraq is on the verge of conducting an election already being labeled illegitimate

Philippines: More voting machines should be audited to ensure polls' credibility
But Alvia said that at least 2.5 to 3 percent of the 82,200 PCOS units or five poll machines per congressional district should be manually audited.

Philippines: Revert to manual poll count, Comelec urged
the country's biggest telecommunications companies, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom, had expressed apprehension in hosting the main election data center for fear of attacks. The main data center will transmit the election results from precincts to the Comelec headquarters.

Ukraine: Ukraine High Court Suspends Election Results
The court's decision came a day after Tymoshenko appealed for the suspension while the court considers the evidence of electoral fraud she submitted. The evidence will be used to support her appeal for a recount of votes

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