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TEN NEWS ARTICLES Re. ELECTION READINESS REPORT

The full Brennan Center report is available here:
http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/is_america_ready_to_vote

"The states least-prepared to handle problems that could crop up at
polling places are the presidential swing states of Colorado and
Virginia, along with Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah."

California is deemed the best prepared of the 50 U.S. states for
election system problems this year, according to a study by the
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and voting watchdog
groups.

Report Card: How States Fix Voting Machine Issues
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00350.htm

E-Vote: Report Sends Wake-Up Call to Election Officials
http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/422402

States warned to prep for election glitches
http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=348702

Several US states not ready for accurate e-voting - report
http://www.computerworlduk.com/management/government-law/public-sector/news/index.cfm?newsid=11520

Va. Election Preparations Inadequate, Study Finds
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/16/AR2008101603641.html?hpid=topnews

Texas faulted on preparations for Election Day
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/nation/10/17/1017voteproblems.html

One study hits Texas' voting-equipment system; another praises election
Web site
http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/980684.html

Study: Colorado Not Ready for Voting Problems
http://www.myfoxcolorado.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7664381&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

Election readiness panned
http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_10740735

Colorado election snafu roundup: Are we ready for Nov. 4?
http://coloradoindependent.com/11745/colorado-election-snafu-roundup-are-we-ready-for-nov-4

CNN Lou Dobbs also covered the report today.

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JUDGE RELEASES REPORT ON SEQUOIA E-VOTING MACHINES

The Sequoia AVC Advantage is an e-ballot voting machine used in New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and other states.

REPORT: Insecurities and Inaccuracies of the Sequoia AVC Advantage
9.00H DRE Voting Machine

http://citp.princeton.edu/voting/advantage/

Quotes:

The AVC Advantage contains a computer. If someone installs a different
computer program for that computer to run, it can deliberately add up
the votes wrong. It's easy to make a computer program that steals
votes from one party's candidates, and gives them to another, while
taking care to make the total number of votes come out right. It's
easy to make this program take care to cheat only on election day when
hundreds of ballots are cast, and not cheat when the machine is being
tested for accuracy. This kind of fraudulent computer program can
modify every electronic "audit trail" in the computer. Without
voter-verified paper ballots, it's extremely hard to know whether a
voting machine (such as the AVC Advantage) is running the right
program.

It takes about 7 minutes, using simple tools, to replace the computer
program in the AVC Advantage with a fraudulent program that cheats.

Even when it's not hacked to deliberately steal votes ... sometimes
the AVC Advantage does not properly record the intent of the voter. ..

What should be done? Most technology experts who study the security of
voting methods recommend precinct-count optical-scan voting, with
by-hand audits of the optical-scan ballots from randomly selected
precincts. ... In fact, most states are moving in the right direction:
32 states now vote with voter-verified paper ballots (mostly
optical-scan, some with DRE+VVPAT). Only a minority of states are
still using paperless DRE voting machines such as the AVC Advantage.
We recommend that those states adopt precinct-count optical scan.

END Quotes.

According to US Representative Rush Holt from NJ: "The AVC Advantage's
susceptibility to installation of a fraudulent vote-counting program
is far more than an imperfection: it is a fatal flaw...The AVC
Advantage is too insecure to use in New Jersey."

Judge agrees to release voting machine report
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/10/machinevoting_critics_are_due.html

Sequoia Voting Systems Refutes Academic Report Related to Court Case
on the Constitutionality of Electronic Voting in New Jersey
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/sequoia-voting-systems-refutes-academic/story.aspx?guid={A652EF08-9D4C-4C1C-8FF5-05DB4AAD1DCB}&dist=hppr

Judge releases report on NJ voting machines
http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/national-news/ap/2008/10/17/judge-releases-report-on-nj-voting-machines

Reports claim tampering risk in NJ voting machines
http://www.packetonline.com/articles/2008/10/17/the_princeton_packet/news/doc48f8df66baae1696338016.txt

Jersey voting machines susceptible to hackers, report finds
http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/B3/20081017/NEWS0301/81017034/1123/NEWS02

Sensitive reports loom on electronic voting
http://www.packetonline.com/articles/2008/10/17/the_princeton_packet/news/doc48f7e6c458be2033077491.txt

Rep. Holt Statement on New Jersey Voting Report
http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2978&Itemid=51

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Regards,

Kathy Dopp

The material expressed herein is the informed product of the author
Kathy Dopp's fact-finding and investigative efforts. Dopp is a
Mathematician, Expert in election audit mathematics and procedures; in
exit poll discrepancy analysis; and can be reached at

P.O. Box 680192
Park City, UT 84068
phone 435-658-4657

http://utahcountvotes.org
http://electionmathematics.org
http://electionarchive.org

How to Audit Election Outcome Accuracy
http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/VoteCountAuditBillRequest.pdf

History of Confidence Election Auditing Development & Overview of
Election Auditing Fundamentals
http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/History-of-Election-Auditing-Development.pdf

Voters Have Reason to Worry
http://utahcountvotes.org/UT/UtahCountVotes-ThadHall-Response.pdf

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