Barton County replacing aging voting equipment
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Barton County is purchasing new voting equipment to replace its aging machines and move back to using paper ballots.
The Great Bend Tribune reports that commissioners...
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...
Indiana county approves $3M for new voting machines
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A county in northern Indiana plans to spend $3 million for new touch screen voting machines.
The South Bend Tribune reports the St. Joseph County Council unanimously...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the South Carolina budget (all times local):
South Carolina House lawmakers are closer to approving a budget to fund the state government...
Georgia's largest counties failed to prepare for heavy turnout in the state's fiercely contested 2018 elections, resulting in wait times of up to four hours at the polls and delays in processing...
VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Election officials in a southwestern Indiana county have nixed an idea to save money by not using voting machines during an upcoming primary vote.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Georgia's election system (all times local):
A wide-ranging elections bill that moves Georgia to new touchscreen voting machines that print paper...
ATLANTA (AP) — Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released...
VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Election officials in a southwestern Indiana county are expected to consider whether to save money by not using voting machines during an upcoming primary vote.
Justice Department says blind voter’s complaint resolved
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says it's resolved a complaint with the city of Concord, New Hampshire, stemming from 2015 alleging that the city failed to provide an accessible...
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...
Budget writers want more oversight of new voting machines
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Budget writers in the South Carolina House don't want the State Election Commission to have the final decision on choosing the state's new voting machines.
Auditor says officials took voting machine vendors’ freebies
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's elected auditor said Friday that officials in 18 of the state's 67 counties reported accepting gifts, meals or trips from firms competing to sell or lease new...
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...
Georgia hearing on voting machines moves into day 3
ATLANTA (AP) — A hearing on what type of new voting system Georgia should adopt will move into its third day after over seven hours of sometimes raucous public testimony.
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens' VoiceQuestions Abound Over New Voting MachinesMarch 22, 2019
- The Washington TimesElection security bill would let DHS set cyber standardsMarch 14, 2019
- The Washington TimesElection security bill would let DHS set cyber standardsMarch 14, 2019
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens' VoiceMore Secure Voting With Paper Trail Coming To PennsylvaniaMarch 14, 2019
Pennsylvania must replace voting machines, lawmakers told
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Failing to replace its roughly 25,000 voting machines by next year's elections could leave Pennsylvania as the only state without voter-verifiable paper systems, and...
Packed hearing on Georgia voting machines to go a second day
ATLANTA (AP) — A packed hearing on what sort of new voting machines Georgia should adopt will spill over into a second day to accommodate a long list of people wishing to testify at the state...
Georgia bill would replace state’s outdated voting machines
ATLANTA (AP) — Three months after a much-disputed election for Georgia governor, lawmakers have filed a bill to make the state use voting machines that have electronic ballot markers and print a paper ballot.
Governor removes entire Richland County Elections Board
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has removed the entire Richland County Election Board after officials failed to count more than 1,000 ballots in the 2018 election.
Unclaimed $1.5B prize: South Carolina could be big loser too
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too.
Economic officials on Thursday removed the estimated $61 million windfall the winner was expected to pay in state income taxes from tax and other estimates.
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
County with voting problems to spend $15M on new machines
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county where voting problems led to the suspension and resignation of its elections supervisor is spending $15.7 million on new voting machines.
Schools, farms and voting machines in Wolf’s budget sights
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars more for schools in his budget proposal released Tuesday, as well as a sprinkling of money for new voting machines and programs to improve worker training and the agricultural sector.
The Democrat is also seeking new tuition aid for community college students who remain in Pennsylvania.
Voting machine makers appeal Wisconsin nondisclosure ruling
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two voting machine manufacturers are appealing a Wisconsin judge's ruling allowing former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's experts to comment on their review of the state's election software.
Stein's request for a recount of Wisconsin's 2016 presidential election results grants her the right to review voting machines. The review hasn't been scheduled yet, but it could reveal whether the devices were hacked.
- BusinessWireDenim Group Recognized as a Trusted Election Security Advisor to Help States Prepare for the Prospect of Nation-State InterferenceOctober 3, 2018
- Globe NewswireBlack Hat USA 2018 Briefings Spotlight Vulnerabilities in Voting Machines, Cars, Emergency Systems, Critical Infrastructure, Payment Systems & MoreJune 6, 2018
Review of Wisconsin voting machines could be made public
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election security experts are watching a Wisconsin court case stemming from the 2016 presidential recount that could result in the first public conclusions on whether closely guarded ballot-counting machines were hacked or failed to perform.
The key question at the heart of the case is whether former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be allowed to comment publicly on what her auditors find in a review of Wisconsin voting machines' computer code.
Report outlines ways to make Pennsylvania voting more secure
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A report issued Tuesday says Pennsylvania should adopt changes to make its elections more secure — encouraging the replacement of older voting machines, enhanced security of voter rolls and better contingency planning for cyberattacks and other technological challenges.
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.
Lawmakers to consider voting machines, airport management
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Jan. 14 with a full slate of priorities as they consider replacing the state's aging touchscreen voting machines and mull changing the management structure of Atlanta's airport. But one major question remains: what legislation will be on incoming Republican Gov.-elect Brian Kemp's agenda?
Here is a look at some of the issues and trends to watch as Georgia's 2019 legislative session begins:
Commission recommends machine-marked ballots for Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — After Georgia's 2018 elections focused stinging criticism on the state's outdated election system, a study commission voted Thursday to recommend the use of machines that record votes and print a record.
Members of the panel tasked with considering a potential replacement chose that option over hand-marked paper ballots favored by cybersecurity experts.
Judge calls for lost ballots to be counted in city election
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A circuit judge in West Virginia has called for 57 lost ballots to be counted toward a city council election.
Changes may be ahead for criticized Georgia election system
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's outdated election system has drawn criticism from cybersecurity experts and voting integrity advocates, and now a commission tasked with examining potential replacements is preparing to make recommendations to lawmakers.
The Latest: As Congo polls close, 1 is just about to open
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):
AP Explains: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rich in the minerals that power the world's mobile phones and laptops, yet desperately underdeveloped, Congo votes on Sunday for its first new president in nearly two decades. This could be the sprawling country's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.
Confusion, anger grow as Congo faces Sunday’s election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As Congo hurtles toward Sunday's already troubled election, the opposition on Tuesday urged mobile phone companies to disable SIM cards provided for voting machines as concerns grow about how the ballots of some 40 million people will be counted and shared.
Congo delays presidential vote until Dec. 30, citing fire
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's electoral commission on Thursday delayed the country's long-awaited presidential election until Dec. 30, citing a recent fire that destroyed 80 percent of the voting machines in the capital.
Congo: Ebola outbreak ‘certainly’ to last 3-4 months more
BENI, Congo (AP) — The second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is "certainly" expected to continue for another three or four months, Congo's health minister said Thursday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Health Minister Oly Ilunga also sought to calm concerns days ahead of a presidential election in which millions of people will use touch-screen voting machines. The deadly Ebola virus is spread via infected bodily fluids, so some worry they may pick it up from the screens.
Getting new voting machines is ‘right thing,’ governor says
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It's the "right thing" for every Pennsylvania county to buy new voting machines in time for the 2020 presidential election to give voters confidence in the balloting, Gov. Tom Wolf said, although he acknowledged that it is a costly proposition.
The governor, a Democrat, told The Associated Press on Friday that one of the biggest challenges his administration faces in the matter is helping counties afford an estimated tab of $125 million.
Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital’s voting machines
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — An early-morning fire in Congo's capital destroyed nearly 80 percent of the capital city's voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal but vowing that it would not disrupt the vote.
Official: 57 uncounted ballots found in West Virginia county
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county's officials say 57 uncounted ballots have been found from the 2018 general election, all from one voting machine, so they're preparing to ask a judge for permission to include them.
Company won’t sue Louisiana over voided voting machine deal
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The company whose multimillion-dollar contract award to replace Louisiana's voting machines was scrapped said Wednesday it won't sue over the cancellation. But the avoidance of litigation won't immediately restart the state's stalled work to update its decade-old voting system.
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.
Lawmaker questions governor’s drive for new voting machines
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A top Republican state senator is drafting legislation to prevent Gov. Tom Wolf from forcing Pennsylvania counties to buy new voting machines, a priority for the Democratic governor to ensure the machines are in place in time for the 2020 presidential election.
Wolf has promoted the effort as a safeguard against hacking, since four in five Pennsylvania voters use electronic voting machines that lack an auditable paper trail.
‘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.
Crunch time nears in Pennsylvania to buy new voting machines
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It's getting down to crunch time for Pennsylvania's counties to decide which new voting machines to buy, and how, as Gov. Tom Wolf presses them to switch to voting machines that leave a paper trail as a safeguard against hacking.
Louisiana voting machine work stalls, with no date to resume
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With a major election year approaching, Louisiana's work to replace voting machines it bought 13 years ago has remained stalled for months, amid bid-rigging allegations, a voided contract award, and claims of political meddling.
Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, whose office oversees state elections, has no immediate timeline for restarting the replacement effort as he waits to see if the cancelled contract award will prompt litigation.