Michigan: Reinstates voting fraud case following forensic probe

U.S. 03/07/21, 18:22

After the county clerk dismissed a voting fraud lawsuit in Michigan, a federal judge reinstated it. Judge Kevin Elsenheimer released two separate orders this week ordering the Antrim County election fraud case to be immediately reinstated, finding that the clerk's non-service dismissal was inappropriate. After it was revealed that more than 5,000 ...

GOP pushes back on cash governor seeks for voting machines

U.S. 06/12/19, 11:57

Republican lawmakers aren't committing to the money sought by Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that counties replace their voting machines by 2020's presidential elections.Republicans who control the Legislature say a roughly $34 billion budget counterproposal they are finalizing this week doesn't include the $15 million ...

Vote counting begins in India, Modi expected to hold power

Asia & Pacific 05/22/19, 22:18

Vote counting began Thursday morning in India's massive general elections, which have been forecast to keep Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party in power.The count was expected to conclude by the evening, with strong trends visible by midday. In the world's largest democratic exercise, some 900 million ...

Georgia high court hears appeal in election challenge

U.S. 05/07/19, 13:44

Georgia's highest court is mulling whether to reverse a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the outcome of November's race for lieutenant governor in a case that focuses attention on the state's outdated voting machines. The lawsuit says tens of thousands of votes were never recorded in the race and ...

Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters

Asia & Pacific 04/13/19, 01:38

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 machines, 1 million polling booths and 570 special trains for migrant laborers and security personnel.Such numbers convey the scale of the world's biggest democratic exercise. ...

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs new touchscreen voting machines bill

U.S. 04/04/19, 11:30

Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has quietly signed a wide ranging elections bill authorizing the statewide purchase of new touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot.He signed it Tuesday, behind closed doors and without prior announcement, on the final hectic day of Georgia's 2019 legislative session.It's a major step ...

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

U.S. 03/05/19, 07:57

A new report says time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries.State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to replace their voting equipment before the 2020 elections. Yet a report released Tuesday by The ...

Georgia House approves new electronic voting machines

U.S. 02/26/19, 16:49

Georgia House lawmakers approved using new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot by 2020, a big step toward replacing an outdated system that offered no verifiable paper trail.The proposal disregards cybersecurity experts who say hand-marked paper ballots are more secure.The bill passed Tuesday, largely along partisan lines ...

Audit says officials took freebies from voting machine firms

U.S. 02/22/19, 13:34

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 voting machines ahead of the 2020 elections.Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said accepting the gifts is wrong, even though it's a legal practice ...

Schools, farms and voting machines in Wolf’s budget sights

U.S. 02/05/19, 11:38

Gov. Tom Wolf's new budget proposal requests hundreds of millions of dollars more for Pennsylvania's schools, as well as a sprinkling of money for new voting machines and new programs to improve worker training and the agricultural sector.The Democrat is also seeking new college benefits for members of the National ...

Review of Wisconsin voting machines could be made public

U.S. 01/30/19, 13:09

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 ...

Georgia official seeks to replace criticized voting machines

U.S. 01/23/19, 18:11

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. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Georgia legislators meeting for ...

Changes may be ahead for criticized Georgia election system

U.S. 01/01/19, 09:23

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 paperless system was closely scrutinized during last year's nationally watched gubernatorial race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, ...

EXPLAINS: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble

Africa 12/30/18, 00:26

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.But a last-minute decision to bar some 1 million voters because ...

Confusion, anger grow as Congo faces Sunday’s election

Africa 12/25/18, 09:57

As Congo hurtles toward Sunday's already troubled election, the opposition is urging mobile phone companies to disable SIM cards provided for voting machines.Concerns are growing about how the ballots of 40 million voters will be counted and shared. Some worry that electronic transmission of results by the machines could open ...

Congo delays presidential vote until Dec. 30, citing fire

World 12/20/18, 12:16

Congo's electoral commission has 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.The vote had been scheduled for Sunday. This is the latest of several delays in the election originally scheduled for late 2016, amid ...

Congo: Ebola outbreak ‘certainly’ to last 3-4 months more

World 12/20/18, 11:52

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 ...

Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital’s voting machines

World 12/13/18, 10:36

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.Congo's first use of voting machines on Dec. 23, ...

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