Friday, March 12, 2004

I read the Vanity Fair article. It focuses mainly on Bev Harris of the Black Box Voting site(s). It gives a reasonable overview of the situation looking mainly at who runs the companies, who they give money to, with some information about the technical concerns as well.
USA Today Calif. senators want decertification of e-vote systems. Via Google News Alert.

"California has a lemon law which protects consumers if they buy an automobile that doesn't work. So far, electronic voting in California is a lemon. It needs to be fixed," said Sen. Ross Johnson, R-Irvine.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

This month's Vanity Fair has an article "How Unsecure Are This Election's Voting Machines?". They don't seem to have any content online.
Elections always run smoothly in Canada, right? We never have any problems.

Copps appeals nomination loss

Stronach team calls for delay of leadership vote

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

IEEE P1583 Voting Equipment Standards. Via upa-evoting.
The UPA has a project Voting and Usability. Via upa-evoting.
foundation for information policy research: e-Democracy news has lots of e-voting links but doesn't seem to have been updated since September 2003. Via upa-evoting.
Yahoo has a group upa-evoting: UPA Discuss international e-voting

You have to write an email saying why you would like to join.

UPA is the Usability Professionals' Association.

The group is created/run by Louise Ferguson.
Her blog also reports

Monday, March 08, 2004  

UPA workshop and panel on voting

We're running a panel and a workshop on voting at the Usability Professionals' Association conference in Minneapolis this summer.

She links to the workshop page at http://www.upassoc.org/conferences_and_events/.../Workshops/VotingSystems.html

This workshop will look at the social, civic and methodology issues in ensuring the usability of voting systems and new voting concepts currently being trialed. The goal of this workshop is to bring together practitioners, officials and researchers from around the world to look at the issue of e-voting/e-participation through the lens of usability and user-centered design.

The workshop is on Monday June 7 2004, 8:30 – 5:30.
From comp.risks

Extended Call for Papers: Voting, Elections, and Technology

Micah Altman Micah_Altman@harvard.edu
Thu, 4 Mar 2004 19:22:28 -0500 (EST)

Due to the scheduling of other journal issues, the SSCORE editor has given
us an opportunity to extend the original deadline for submissions to this
special issue until June 15.

Call for Papers: *Voting, Elections, and Technology*
a special issue of _Social_Science_Computer_Review_

This special issue of Social Science Computer Review will bring together a
collection of high quality academic work that extends, refines and
challenges our understanding of the use, state of the art, and challenges
associated with voting and election technology, broadly conceived.

This special issue will bring together papers that investigate specific
cases of the use of technology in voting and elections, as well as analysis
of policy, and reviews of the state of the art. Papers from a broad range of
social science perspectives are encouraged. Submissions can be in the form
of full papers (maximum 20 printed pages) or in the form of short papers (5
printed pages). Post-graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit
early work in the form of short papers.

*Sample Topics*: E-voting, Online voter survey methods, Technologies for
election forecasting, Agent,based models of voting behavior, Web,based
campaign fundraising, Redistricting technology, Policy implications

[Abridged for RISKS. For more on SSCORE, see this URL:

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Black Box Notes links to a Mother Jones article Diebold's Political Machine.

I must emphasize: even if all of the conspiracy theories are completely, utterly false, electronic and Internet voting still undermines democracy.

For some inexplicable reason, the U.S. is rushing to eliminate the only physical record of the mark made by each voter, going to straight touch-screens with no paper trail. Canada doesn't allow this. Neither does Japan. Why are we so casually throwing away the only real audit trail that protects our vote?

Canada must continue to use paper.
Civilization.ca - A History of the Vote in Canada
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