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  Voting system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Voting is perhaps best known for its use in democratic elections, where political candidates are selected for public office based on the preferences of voters.
Most voting systems are based on the concept of majority rule, or the principle that a group of more than half of the voters should be able to get the outcome they want.
Votes are transferred between candidates in a manner similar to instant runoff voting, but in addition to transferring votes from candidates who are eliminated, excess votes are also transferred from candidates who already have a quota.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Voting_system   (4902 words)

They are plurality voting (the candidate with the most votes wins) and plurality voting with a runoff (the two candidates with the most votes are paired against each other in a second, or runoff, election; the candidate with the most votes in the runoff election wins).
More interesting are systems in which some legislators are elected from districts, but new members may be added to the legislature to ensure, insofar as possible, that the parties underrepresented on the basis of their national-vote proportions gain additional seats.
A rational voter will vote for a second choice if his or her first choice appears to be a long shot--as indicated, for example, by the polls--but the voter's calculus and its effects on outcomes is not yet well understood for either approval voting or the other procedures discussed herein (Nurmi, l987; Merrill, l988).
bcn.boulder.co.us /government/approvalvote/altvote.html   (6123 words)

 Voting System Certification Guidelines for South Carolina
Examinations for upgrades to a currently certified voting system will not be conducted during this period unless a county currently using the system requests the upgrade and provides justification for the exception to this procedure.
The system will then be retained by the SEC for a period of time to be determined based upon the type of system and level of testing required.
The system shall be configured according to specifications outlined in section III State Level Testing Specifications and contain a ballot using specifications in sections 3.4 and 3.5 of this document.
www.state.sc.us /scsec/votecert.htm   (1037 words)

This national testing effort is overseen by NASED’s Voting System Committee, which is composed of election officials, independent technical advisors, and the FEC’s former contractor for the standards project.
As the qualification testing process evolved and tested systems were used in the field, NASED’s Voting Systems Committee identified standards and testing issues that needed to be resolved.
The current voting system standards do not, for example, address system components and configurations that relate to telecommunications, off-the-shelf hardware, newer practices in software design, or developments to assist the visually impaired in voting.
www.fec.gov /pages/vsshst.htm   (694 words)

 Voting Privacy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The National Committee for Voting Integrity held a press conference in Washington, DC to urge Presidential candidates to address the integrity of electronic voting systems.
To make DRE voting systems accountable to voters and auditable in the event of a recount, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has proposed a bill entitled the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003 (HR 2239) that would require all electronic voting machines to produce a voter-verified permanent paper record.
The secrecy and the security of the vote are integral to America's voting system, and both are in jeopardy when DRE machines are used in elections.
www.epic.org /privacy/voting   (4747 words)

 Election Selection: Science News Online, Nov. 2, 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The only common voting procedure that would give a tie to both of these cases is the Borda count, which gives two points to a voter's top choice and one point to his second choice in a three-candidate election.
Voters should be motivated to vote for their true favorites rather than feeling pressured by a bad voting system into voting for the lesser of two evils.
I vote that the purpose of elections is for each person to move government toward his goals, not to elect Tweedledum instead of Tweedledee.
www.sciencenews.org /20021102/bob8.asp   (8946 words)

 Douglas W. Jones on Voting System Transparency and Security
A central requirement of voting systems, in the larger sense that encompasses both the technology of elections and its human context, is that the entire process be observable.
As things stand, the voting system vendors have been allowed to hide behind a myth of thorough and painstaking testing, telling not only the public but also state and county authorities that these tests prove the security of their systems when they do no such thing.
The presence of inept security in voting systems reflects badly on the vendors and on the level of sophistication of their customers, but after the many publications of the past year, this is not news.
www.cs.uiowa.edu /~jones/voting/nist2004.shtml   (4280 words)

 Voting System Standards/Guidelines, Final   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The EAC may not vote on the final adoption of a guideline until the expiration of the 90-day period that begins on the date the proposed guidelines are submitted to the Board of Advisors and the Standards Board.
A majority vote (3 of the 4 Commissioners) is required to adopt a voluntary voting systems guideline.
A voluntary voting systems guideline is not considered to be finally adopted by the EAC unless the EAC votes to approve the final adoption taking into consideration the comments and recommendations submitted by the Board of Advisors and the Standards Board.
www.eac.gov /election_resources/vss.html   (338 words)

 Open Directory - Society: Politics: Campaigns and Elections: Voting Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Approval Voting - A voting procedure in which voters can vote for, or approve of, as many candidates as they wish.
Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project - Project set up to evaluate the current state and reliability of U.S. voting systems, and to propose specific uniform requirements and guidelines for U.S. voting systems.
The Immigrant Voting Project - Promotes discussion of immigrant voting rights (also known as resident voting, alien suffrage, and non-citizen voting) as a sensible policy to strengthen democracy by encouraging citizenship, community building, and government accountability.
dmoz.org /Society/Politics/Campaigns_and_Elections/Voting_Systems   (896 words)

 The Nightmare Scenario is Here - Computer Voting with No Paper Trail, by Lynn Landes - Democratic Underground
For the last 10 years she's dreamed of the day when voting machines can be relied upon to register and count every vote correctly; where man and machine, paper and process, come together to guarantee an almost fail-safe voting system.
Mercuri says that in order for an electronic voting system to have any integrity, five components must be present - a voter, a ballot, a computerized voting machine, a printer, and an optical scanner - and three basic steps must be taken.
Due to difficulties using voting equipment, 1.5 million presidential votes were not recorded in 2000, and up to 3.5 million votes weren't recorded in the last election cycle for the Senate and state governors, according to The CalTech/MIT Technology Report of July 2001.
www.democraticunderground.com /articles/02/08/07_computer.html   (1009 words)

 Diebold to market paper-trail e-voting system - Computerworld
Diebold Election Systems Inc., a target of many electronic-voting critics during the 2004 U.S. election, announced today that it has completed the design for a printer that would give its e-voting machines a paper trail.
A machine with a voter-verified paper-trail printer allows voters to review their votes on a printout after using an electronic ballot, and advocates of such printers say they would allow voters to be confident that e-voting machines recorded their votes correctly.
Verified Voting Foundation advocates that the printed ballots be the official record when e-voting machines with voter-verified paper trails are used.
www.computerworld.com /printthis/2005/0,4814,99290,00.html   (562 words)

 Creating a Fraud-proof Voting System
Setting up polls or voting systems is a great way to get users more involved in your website, and keep them coming back for more.
A fraud-proof voting system can help ensure that the outcome of polls or contests on your site are evidence of what voting is about, determining popular demand.
If the system was so basic as to let users just click a button to vote, some people would click it all day or set up a script to run and cast millions of votes for the same song.
www.devshed.com /c/a/PHP/Creating-a-Fraud-proof-Voting-System   (842 words)

 Electronic Voting
Voting systems are currently certified under a system established by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).
Internet voting creates additional problems due to the inability of service providers to assure that websites are not spoofed, denial of service attacks do not occur, balloting is recorded accurately and anonymously, and votes are cast by the appropriate person.
memorandum opinion affirming that voting systems that include contemporaneous paper records, allowing voters to confirm that their ballots accurately reflect their choices, do not violate HAVA or ADA laws, so long as a similar capablility (such as can be provided by audio equipment) is available for use.
www.notablesoftware.com /evote.html   (5152 words)

 FairVote - Home.
As a major partner in NPV, FairVote is proud to have its research used to build the case for a national popular vote for the president.
In 1960, 24 states, with 327 electoral votes, were battleground states, according to estimates by National Popular Vote, the bipartisan coalition making the new proposal.
Voters found the system easy to use and understand, and almost no trouble with the balloting was reported.
www.fairvote.org   (581 words)

 Hoodwinked - Why is Florida's voting system so corrupt? By Ann Louise Bardach
Harris then had the operating system of her computer changed, a procedure that erased all its data.
Unlike the recent elections in Venezuela, where the new touch-screen voting machine provided every voter with a receipt, Floridians will have to take the word of Hood and Bush that their vote was counted.
Florida is one of only seven states that does not automatically restore a felon's voting rights after his or her release from prison (another of the ignored recommendations made by the commission Jeb Bush created).
www.slate.com /id/2105524   (1614 words)

 New Scientist Breaking News - E-voting system flaws 'risk election fraud'
Software flaws in a leading US electronic voting system could be used to subvert the outcome of an election, claim researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Rice University in the US.
The system requires that each voter be issued with a unique smart card that must be inserted into an electronic ballot box to cast a vote.
The researchers say if it were possible to tamper with a voting box itself, legitimate votes could be transferred to from one candidate to another.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn3987   (570 words)

 USATODAY.com - Voting system failures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In a North Carolina county, more than 4,500 votes were lost because the computerized voting device wouldn't hold as much data as officials had been led to believe.
In parts of Ohio still using punch-card systems, an unknown number of votes were counted twice.
Tales of long lines, too few voting machines, confusion over absentee and provisional ballots, and poll workers who didn't know voters' rights were legion.
www.usatoday.com /news/opinion/editorials/2004-11-09-edit_x.htm   (467 words)

 Maryland Votes - Touch Screen Voting - Easy - Accurate - Secure
Maryland's new voting system — with an easy-to-use touch-screen ballot — brings security and simplicity to both voters and election staff.
And with the advanced technology that powers it, voting is more accurate and more accessible than ever before.
To learn more about Maryland's new voting system and to see first-hand how it works, click on the buttons to the left.
www.mdvotes.org   (120 words)

 California Secretary of State - Elections&Voter Information - Voting Systems
Section 19201 of the California Election Code specifies that no voting system may be used in a California election until the Secretary of State approves that system.
All voting systems seeking approval will be required to meet current standards and procedures and the new more rigorous standards announced in August 2005.
The purpose of the public hearing is to present staff reports regarding the voting system application and to take comments from the public that will be reviewed before preparing the final recommendations about approval or denial of the applications that are submitted to the Secretary of State.
www.ss.ca.gov /elections/elections_vs.htm   (582 words)

Most people in the UK know that you have to be 18 to vote, but simply being an adult is not the only qualification.
Candidates do not need to get a majority of the votes cast, just more than anyone else.
Not everyone is eligible to stand for parliament in the United Kingdom, though candidates do not even have to be British citizens.
news.bbc.co.uk /vote2001/hi/english/voting_system/default.stm   (88 words)

 Wired News: Aussies Do It Right: E-Voting
Although a private Australian company designed the system, it was based on specifications set by independent election officials, who posted the code on the Internet for all to see and evaluate.
Called eVACS, or Electronic Voting and Counting System, the system was created by a company called Software Improvements to run on Linux, an open-source operating system available on the Internet.
Election officials in the Australian Capital Territory, one of eight states and territories in the country, turned to electronic voting for the same reason the United States did -- a close election in 1998 exposed errors in the state's hand-counting system.
www.wired.com /news/ebiz/0,1272,61045,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1   (726 words)

 Welcome To Diebold Election Systems
Over 75,000 Diebold electronic voting stations are being used in locations across the United States to assist voters in exercising their most fundamental constitutional right: The right to vote.
Diebold is at the forefront in providing high-quality, secure direct recording electronic (DRE) voting solutions to jurisdictions of all sizes, along with a comprehensive service and elections support capability that’s unmatched on a global scale.
stand alone touch screen system provides voters with an entirely new state-of-the-art, light weight design that represents a major leap forward in voting technology.
www.diebold.com /dieboldes   (215 words)

 Black Box Voting - Welcome to www.BlackBoxVoting.org, Consumer protection for elections
With Ohio law changes (and changes across the nation), absentee/early voting is becoming a much larger factor in elections.
The internal logs of at least 40 Sequoia touch-screen voting machines reveal that votes were time and date-stamped as cast two weeks before the election,; sometimes in the middle of the night.
Two of the most ardent proponents of election secrecy and paperless voting, Los Angeles County Registrar of Elections Conny McCormack and former San Bernardino Registrar Scott Konopasek, appear to be practically brother and sister-in-law, yet we can't find that they have disclosed this.
www.blackboxvoting.org /#   (2016 words)

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