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November 24, 2003
Poll says US voters evenly split on Bush "..job approval rating was 52 percent, down from its peak of 89 percent in October 2001.."
Alarms sounded as Republican bills grow Republican leaders are trying to garner votes for controversial legislation by loading the bills with billions of dollars in added costs. Analysts say this could expand the deficit for years to come.
Gay 'marriage' opponents push civil-union bill Opponents of same-sex "marriage" in Massachusetts are trying to counter last week's landmark court ruling by persuading the legislature to enact a civil-union law instead, and by delaying the court's decision from taking effect for long enough to amend the state constitution.
Important electronic voting machine ruling
Note: Bexar County purchased electronic voting machines which do not leave a paper trail, which makes me feel that I cannot fully trust our voting system. Judge Nelson Wolff has said that when approved add-ons become available for our local machines, they will be considered. Until we get a paper trail, the voting system is frighteningly incomplete.
rules electronic voting machines MUST generate a paper trail
The Secretary of State is responsible for certifying all voting machines used for elections within the state of California.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has urged election officials and legislators to require that electronic voting machines use publicly reviewed software and generate a paper record, which would allow voters to verify their votes as well as create a "paper trail" for potential recounts.
"Secretary of State Shelley has taken a courageous and important step in response to the growing public concern about the security of voting machines," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "Paper audit trails are currently the best way to prevent anyone from bungling or stealing our elections."
"We hope that California can continue to lead the country and the world in implementing secure electronic voting standards," added EFF Activist Ren Bucholz. "By requiring a voter verified paper trail, the Secretary of State has taken a critical step toward preserving the integrity of the voting process in the wake of new technologies that change the ways in which we vote," commented California Voter Foundation President Kim Alexander.
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