Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Probe of voting machines focuses on software upgrades

By Troy Anderson, Los Angeles Daily News, 1/15/04


"As a result of the investigation and Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's order in November that all electronic voting machines in California must provide paper receipts by 2006, McCormack said the county has put on hold its request to spend up to $115 million to install electronic voting machines countywide in the 2006 elections.

"McCormack said the new optical scanning voting machines, which replaced the punch-card voting systems after the October recall, will be used in the March presidential primary election.

"Computer scientists and voting-rights advocates have been warning for months that at least 50,000 paperless voting terminals nationwide expose the vote to hackers, software bugs and mechanical breakdowns."

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