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Many states now using evoting { March 2 2004 }

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March 2, 2004
Many States Now Using E-Voting

By Rick Dawson
I-Team 8

Super Tuesday is underway in ten states. It's the single biggest test so far of new voting technology mandated by the federal government after the Florida election debacle of 2000. In this follow-up to “Will Your Vote Count?” I-Team 8 takes a look at what’s happening around the country today.

Millions of voters in ten states will use new equipment - electronic voting machines like the touch-screens used in Johnson County, or push-button machines used in Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Morgan and Shelby Counties, or optical-scan machines used in Marion and Hancock Counties.

In preparation for today's primary elections, several states have mounted education and public relations blitzes to familiarize voters with the new "easy-to-use" machines.

“There are an awful lot of things in life that occur in life that we could make simpler, but we don't make them better as a result,” said Eugene Spafford, Purdue computer expert.

Skeptics, including presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, and computer security experts like Eugene Spafford of Purdue University say there are no safeguards to prevent election fraud.

“With the electronic systems, it's simply the number. Whatever is there is, is the number...there is no way to recount it,” he said.

Last month's I-Team investigation "Will Your Vote Count?" raised concerns about the partisan ties of companies that make these machines and exposed problems with the accuracy, reliability and security of new voting technology.

“People are holding up individual instances to say the last vote worked. Doesn't mean the next one does,” said Spafford.

I-Team 8 will be watching closely to see what happens today in states with touch-screen systems, especially Maryland, Georgia and California. Next week all eyes will be on Texas and Florida.

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