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Block sought for voting machine purchase

Group wants injunction against Northampton County.

By Joe Nixon, Morning Call, Jan. 26, 2008

Pennsylvania Voters Seek Injunction to Block Purchase of Electronic/Touchscreen Voting Systems: Cite Machines’ Inability to Verify Votes, Secretary’s Non-compliance with Law, Jan. 25, 2008

 

We need a reliable voting system, Letter to the Editor, Express-Times.com, January 16, 2008

 

New voting system faces new delay

County weighs option. AVS balks at test of its electronic machine.

By Joe McDonald, Morning Call, Nov. 21, 2007 

 

Voting machine suit set

Northampton County files notice it will sue manufacturer over unusable electronic devices.

By Sarah Cassi, Express-Times, Nov. 17, 2007

 

[Northampton] County ready to rule out voting machines

Certification problems mean machines 'not on a good path.'

By Sarah Cassi, Express-Times, Oct. 6, 2007

 

Give Northampton voters a 'time out' from computer, by Alan Brau, Morning Call, Aug. 26, 2007

 

Lever-style voting machines back in game

Northampton County's decision helped by Department of State, which suspends use of Advanced Voting Solutions units.

By Joe Nixon, Morning Call, Aug. 23, 2007 

 

"Voters deserve verifiable electronic votes," Morning Call, May 16, 2007

A must-read CVI Report–Highlights of Hursti II: "Vulnerabilities and Critical Security Issues with Diebold TSx Voting Machines" by Cathy Reed, Lehigh Valley CVI, June 13, 2006

"Resolving the Voting Machine Controversy": Presentation to the Lehigh County Commissioners by Cathy Reed, February 22, 2006

[Last year's] Panel Session and Open Discussion
The E-Voting Controversy:
What Are the Risks?
Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion of electronic voting, its risks, and its potential impact on democracy.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Maginnes Hall, Room 102
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Moderator: Hannah Stewart-Gambino
Professor, Lehigh University Department of Political Science; Director, Lehigh's Global Citizenship Program

Panelists:
Christopher Borick

Associate Professor, Muhlenberg College Department of Political Science; Director, Muhlenberg's Institute of Public Opinion

Bob Freeman
Pennsylvania State Representative, co-sponsor of H.B. 2000 to require a Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)
Steve Freeman
Lecturer and Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Center for Organizational Dynamics, widely quoted researcher on polling discrepancies in contested elections, author of a forthcoming book on the 2004 election
Mary Ann Gould
Expert on managing change in corporate and private sectors, co-founder of the nonpartisan Coalition for Voting Integrity
Daniel Lopresti
Associate Professor, Lehigh University Department of Computer Science and Engineering, noted computer security expert


Click here for directions to the Lehigh University campus, here for event URL, and here for PDF flyer.

 

Electronic voting to face scrutiny at Lehigh University

Free public forum will feature scholars, area officials addressing possible risks of the new balloting machines.

Morning Call, April 18, 2006

Note: The article incorrectly refers to "federal law that prohibits . . . paper ballots from being used to conduct federal elections." This error illustrates the widespread confusion surrounding the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). It does not prohibit paper ballots; they are used with optical scan voting machines, which some states have adopted exclusively in order to be able to audit and recount elections, which is not possible with paperless electronic voting machines. A voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT), on the other hand, is a record generated by a voting machine, unlike the voter-verified paper ballot (VVPB), which the voter marks by hand in a privacy booth and then inserts into the optical scanner, from which it drops into a secure ballot box for possible audits or recounts. Pennsylvania has not certified any voting machines that generate voter-verified paper audit trails (VVPATs) out of concerns that CVI shares. PA has certified optical scan voting machines, which use voter-verified paper ballots (VVPBs).

 

PA Secretary of State rejects Northampton County voters' request for re-examination of potentially-flawed computerized voting machines, March 29, 2006

 

Engineering professors voice concerns about e-voting processes

Lehigh University News, March 10, 2006

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