Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters
NEW DELHI (AP) — The figures involved in India's general election are staggering: 900 million voters, 83 million first-time voters, 11 million poll workers, nearly 4 million electronic voting...
ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation calling for Georgia to purchase new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot is headed to the governor's desk.
Georgia Senate backs new electronic voting machines
ATLANTA (AP) — Just months after a contentious race for Georgia governor, and amid several election-related lawsuits and a probe by U.S. House Democrats, the state Senate on Wednesday approved a...
Georgia House approves new electronic voting machines
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia House lawmakers on Tuesday approved moving the state to new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot, a big step toward replacing the current...
Electronic voting machines clear hurdles in Georgia House
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters could soon get new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot under fast-moving legislation approved Thursday by a House subcommittee and then...
The Latest: Electronic voting machines clear 2 hurdles in GA
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a push for new voting equipment in Georgia (all times local):
A Georgia House committee has approved legislation that would move the state to new...
Correction: Georgia-Voting Machines story
ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Feb. 8 about a challenge to Georgia's voting machines, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a federal appeals court ruling affects two lawsuits. It is actually a single lawsuit with two sets of plaintiffs that is affected.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Court: Suit challenging Georgia voting machines can proceed
Georgia official seeks to replace criticized voting machines
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's new elections chief asked lawmakers Wednesday for $150 million to replace the state's outdated electronic voting machines. In doing so, he all but closed the door on a hand-marked paper balloting system that experts say is cheapest and most secure.
State legislature to consider Gov. Kemp’s budget proposals
ATLANTA (AP) — The coming days in the Georgia legislature are all about one, all-encompassing proposal: the state budget.
While the state House and Senate will not hold floor sessions, many lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Tuesday — after a the long holiday weekend in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — for joint budget hearings. That's where they'll hash out the amended budget for fiscal year 2019 and general budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.
Report: Voting paper trail still needed in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state government group is renewing its call for Tennessee to keep a paper trail of voters' ballots roughly 10 years after coming out with a similar recommendation that resulted in little change.
‘Full plate’ of voter worries for new Georgia elections head
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Republican elected to oversee Georgia's elections for the next four years will inherit an office tasked with replacing the state's aging electronic voting machines, ensuring security flaws that exposed voters' personal information to potential hacks have been patched and dealing with several lawsuits that allege voter suppression marred the 2018 midterms.
Nonprofit challenges Georgia lieutenant governor’s election
A nonprofit group and three Georgia voters are challenging the results of the lieutenant governor's election, arguing that there may have been tens of thousands of votes never recorded in the race.
The Coalition for Good Governance alleges that an accurate result in the Nov. 6 election can't be determined because of flaws and malfunctions in the electronic voting system, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court.
1 dead, 2 injured as storms, tornadoes hit South
CHRISTIANA, Tenn. (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across the South with tornadoes on Tuesday killed a person and injured at least two others, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without power, officials said. The weather disrupted Election Day voting in some places, forcing citizens to use paper ballots instead of electronic voting machines.
Concerns over voter registrations loom in Tennessee county
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Concerns about voter registrations and the security of electronic voting machines are looming over the upcoming election in Tennessee's largest county.
Two lawsuits have been filed in connection with Tuesday's pivotal election in Shelby County, the largest by population in Tennessee and the one that includes Memphis. Election officials there have pushed back against allegations of voter suppression and that they are not doing enough to protect the election process.
Judge rules against voting security advocates in Tennessee
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge declined Tuesday to order election officials in Tennessee's largest county to perform rigorous safeguards to its voting systems ahead of early voting for the November elections.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker denied a request for an order requiring that the Shelby County Election Commission ask the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to perform risk and vulnerability assessments on electronic voting systems.
Suit filed in Tennessee seeks safeguards ahead of election
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A group claiming that electronic voting machines used in Tennessee's largest county are not secure filed a lawsuit Friday to get the voting system replaced with paper ballots after the Nov. 6 election.
Advocate demands election system review in Tennessee county
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An elections integrity activist is demanding a rigorous security review of voting systems in Tennessee's largest county before the November election, and the replacement in the next year of its electronic voting machines with paper ballots.
First county buys voting machines under new state standards
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Susquehanna County is the first Pennsylvania county to buy a voting system under new security standards by Gov. Tom Wolf's administration.
State and county officials said Thursday the new optical scan system will be in use for the Nov. 6 general election.
Wolf earlier this year ordered counties to replace their electronic voting systems with machines that leave a paper trail as a safeguard against hacking.
Leading Brazil candidate says he fears electoral fraud
SAO PAULO (AP) — The man leading Brazil's presidential election polls says he is worried that fraud could cost him victory in October, raising questions about whether he would accept defeat.
Judge weighs whether Georgia must switch to paper ballots
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge who's considering whether Georgia should have to switch from electronic voting machines to paper ballots for the November election called the situation "a catch-22."
Voting integrity groups and individuals sued state and county election officials, arguing that the touchscreen voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are vulnerable to hacking and provide no way to confirm that votes have been recorded correctly because they don't produce a paper trail.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A legislative committee has approved replacing an electronic voting system used by Alaska lawmakers that has been described as outdated and failing.
The Legislative Council on Monday approved a request for $912,700 to replace hardware and software. Council members also approved a $91,270 contingency.
Information technology manager Tim Banaszak wrote in a memo that the annual maintenance cost will be $17,300.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year's highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister has ordered the creation of a high-powered commission to look into alleged irregularities in the parliamentary elections held May 12, the first sign that authorities are taking seriously complaints about the vote.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Republican party officials are making changes in voting procedures for their upcoming state convention in Worcester.
The party is switching from paper ballots to an electronic voting system to select among candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices on Saturday. The GOP is also giving delegates the option of voting "no preference" if they don't like any of the choices.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration told Pennsylvania's counties Thursday that he wants them to replace their electronic voting systems with machines that leave a verifiable paper trail by the end of 2019, although counties warned that the price tag is a major problem.
Counties estimate the cost will be $125 million and said the greatest single impediment to buying new voting machines is the lack of a funding source.
Missouri Senate considers banning touchscreen voting
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate is considering whether to permanently unplug the state's touchscreen machines amid concerns that electronic voting machines might be susceptible to hackers.
The proposal, which already passed the House in a 108-31 vote, would require voters to use paper ballots exclusively. Machines could still be used to count votes and to assist disabled voters in marking their ballots. But systems that only recorded votes electronically would be phased out.
Budget, distracted driving bills pass on last day
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers agreed to a budget that fully funds the state's K-12 education formula and passed a measure that cracks down on distracted driving before the gavel fell on this year's legislative session early Friday.
A number of bills, including a controversial immigration enforcement measure and a proposal to move away from electronic voting machines failed to be taken up as lawmakers rushed to pass dozens of other bills throughout the final hours of the legislative session.
ATLANTA (AP) — Thursday will mark the last day of Georgia's 40-day legislative session, and several bills, including proposals that would replace the state's 16-year-old electronic voting system and give victims of childhood sexual assault more time to sue their abusers, await action by either the House or Senate.
The final days of the session are generally chaotic as lawmakers push to vote on as many bills as possible and use legislative maneuvers to hitch stalled proposals to other bills.
Georgia lawmakers mull paper ballot voting system
ATLANTA (AP) — As Georgia lawmakers consider scrapping electronic voting machines for a system that uses paper ballots, a razor-thin margin in a U.S. House race over 500 miles away in Western Pennsylvania has highlighted a crucial distinction between the two systems: the presence of an auditable paper trail.
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican Party will watch the final vote-counting in a tightly contested U.S. House race in Pennsylvania before deciding whether to seek a recount or sue over perceived election irregularities, officials said Thursday, even as they scrounged for votes to whittle away at Democrat Conor Lamb's lead.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers are preparing to replace the state's old electronic voting machines.
But organizations seeking secure elections say they're worried that Georgia could end up with an untrustworthy and expensive new system.
US urges pressure if needed to ensure Congo vote on Dec. 23
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the Security Council on Monday to use pressure if necessary to ensure that long-delayed presidential elections in Congo take place Dec. 23.
She denounced the use of force by Congo government against opposition demonstrators and demanded that Congolese authorities release political prisoners and guarantee freedom of expression and assembly.
Pennsylvania to require voting machines with paper backup
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday ordered counties that plan to replace their electronic voting systems to buy machines that leave a paper trail — a safeguard against hacking — but his budget doesn't include any money to fund the replacement of the state's aging, increasingly vulnerable fleet.
The Democrat's administration said the move to require that new systems include a paper backup will increase the security of voting systems and make balloting easier to audit.
The Latest: Pennsylvania working to overhaul election system
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's plan to modernize its voting machines (all times local):
Pennsylvania says it's working on a comprehensive overhaul of its election apparatus, including its voter registration database.
Bill would allow for early electronic voting
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters in Wisconsin could cast their ballots early on electronic voting machines instead of paper ballots under a bill heard by an Assembly committee.
The proposal considered Tuesday would allow for local governments to approve early, in-person voting using electronic voting machines. Currently, early voting is done on paper ballots that are either mailed or turned in to clerks' offices.
The South Dakota Board of Elections has endorsed potential legislation that would block electronic voting in the state.
South Dakota doesn’t current allow electronic voting, either by terminal at a polling site or by any other method over the internet or by phone. Paper ballots are used throughout the state, although some counties (including Lake County) use electronic vote counting equipment.
Elections board endorses electronic voting system law change
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state Board of Elections has endorsed draft legislation that would block a type of electronic voting system from being used in South Dakota.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Monday that a direct recording electronic voting system hasn't been used in the state. Krebs says South Dakota uses paper ballots.
The board supported 2018 draft legislation that would remove references to the machines from state law. Krebs says officials want to take a "very proactive approach."
When Columbia County supervisors gathered Wednesday for their monthly meeting, they found a new toy on their desks.
The electronic voting system wasn’t ready – at least the bugs hadn’t been worked out of the system – when the supervisors first occupied their new meeting room in the Administration Building, 112 E. Edgewater St., in June.
Kenya holds memorial service for murdered election official
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The family of a Kenyan election official who was found tortured and killed shortly before this month's presidential vote said Thursday he was killed because of his work.
Kenyans held a memorial service for Christopher Msando, with speakers demanding justice.
Msando was in charge of the electronic voting system and technology to prevent voter fraud. His body was found days before the Aug. 8 election. An autopsy showed signs of torture before he was strangled.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenyans are nervously watching results from the election between President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is ahead in the vote count as he seeks a second term, and Raila Odinga, who alleges that the electoral commission's database was hacked. The East African high-tech and commercial hub of 44 million people is often described as one of the continent's most politically stable countries, but the recent torture and killing of the official in charge of the electronic voting system has many recalling the disputed 2007 election between the same candidates that left more than 1,000 people dead.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.S.-based campaign data company confirmed Saturday that its CEO was detained in Kenya and faced deportation after working on the opposition's campaign ahead of Tuesday's tightly contested presidential election, while the opposition accused police of raiding one of its offices.
LONDON (AP) — The allegation of electoral fraud in Venezuela was brought by an electronic voting company headquartered in England that counts the Latin American country as one of its oldest clients and promotes its technology as a way to ensure legitimate elections.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Security forces in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir opened fire Sunday on crowds of people who attacked polling stations where voting for a by-election was taking place, killing five and injuring at least a dozen, officials said.
Protesters tried to snatch or damage electronic voting machines in at least a dozen places in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, said Shantmanu, Kashmir's chief electoral officer.
ATLANTA (AP) — A group of technology experts said Tuesday that Georgia's top elections officials should stop using electronic voting machines as the FBI reviews a suspected data breach.
Freebies, symbols, funding: India’s key election features
NEW DELHI (AP) — At 1.3 billion people, India is the world's largest and arguably the most chaotic democracy. Elections are a complicated logistical exercise that blends colorful pageantry with more serious political issues. A village fair atmosphere takes over rural India as people troop to the nearest voting stations.
Kenyan president signs electoral law amid rigging fears
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president Monday signed an amendment to the country's election law to allow manual voting and counting of ballots as a backup, a move the opposition called a back door to rigging this year's presidential election.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission can implement the backup process if the electronic voting system fails, said President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is running for a second term in the August election.
Wisconsin recount goes ahead, judge mulls Pennsylvania case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge allowed Wisconsin's presidential recount to move forward Friday as a another federal judge in Pennsylvania planned to take the weekend to decide on a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots and examine election computer systems for signs of hacking.