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August 21, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Montgomery County director of voter services told the county commissioners yesterday that their $5 million state-of-the-art computer system should actually work in the November election. Joseph R. Passarella said software glitches that caused major delays during the May primary were fixed. In a mock election conducted earlier this week, Passarella said, the system delivered results in just over an hour. "Everything seems to be in place," Passarella told commissioners. In the May primary, many candidates and voters went to bed without the final results, and election workers toiled into the wee hours to deliver final reports by morning.
NEWS
February 14, 2001 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Expressing fear that concerns stemming from the recent election debacle in Florida could affect voter confidence in Chester County, the county commissioners yesterday named an eight-member task force to review the voting system. "This is an undertaking . . . to correct the potential for public concern," said Commissioners Chairman Colin Hanna. The appointments were made during the commissioners' regular weekly meeting. The county's political parties and business community selected representatives for the panel.
NEWS
December 8, 2005 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A split decision was rendered yesterday by members of the Chester County Voting System Task Force about what kind of voting machines to use in 2006. But all five agreed that the process driving their deliberations was severely flawed, and they blamed "bureaucratic bungling" at the federal and the state levels. "With unrealistic time lines, uncertain standards and criteria, and an unfathomable failure to communicate, these higher levels of government have backed us into a corner," said task force member Richard Winchester.
NEWS
March 22, 2006 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After months of debate and what seemed to be an endless e-mail campaign by voter activists, Chester County officials have picked a new voting system that uses paper cards and electronic scanners. The system, much like the one used for standardized tests, was approved by a unanimous vote of the county's Board of Elections to meet new federal standards for voting machines. Voters will fill in circles next to each candidate's name, and then the ballot will be fed into a high-speed electronic scanner, which counts the results.
NEWS
December 7, 2004
AN ELECTRONIC voting system allegedly gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a suburban precinct where only 638 people voted. Thousands of punch-card ballots are also believed not to have been counted. This specific fact has been debunked more than once. Although there was an error, it was quickly corrected (as were all other reported errors involving electronic machines), and those 3,893 extra votes were NOT counted in the final tally. An editorial that includes such basic misrepresentations of fact makes you anything but credible.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2001 | By Wendy Tanaka, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In light of Florida's ballot-counting debacle, Unisys Corp. has joined with Microsoft Corp. and Dell Computer Corp. to produce an electronic voting system that the companies say will ensure greater accuracy in registering and identifying voters and faster tabulation of votes. Dell will supply computers for the new voting system, while Microsoft will develop the software programs. Unisys, based in Blue Bell, will make the hardware and software work together, the company said yesterday.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Area school board decided Monday how it will redraw its voting boundaries into regions, marking the latest step in the district's move away from the at-large system it has used since its consolidation in 1966. The board voted, 6-2, to approve the new map, which divides the 75-square-mile district into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. It keeps West Chester Borough in one region, a previous point of contention. Approval of the map means the new voting system could be in place in time for next year's primary elections in the district, which has almost 12,000 students.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE STATE Supreme Court is deciding whether Pennsylvania will add pen and paper to its mainly electronic voting system. Accuracies and constitutionality issues concerning the current voting system in most of the state were brought in front of the high court yesterday in City Hall. The appeal comes from a 2006 case that argued that votes cast using direct recording electronic machines, or DREs, leave opportunity for tampering because they don't create a physical record of a voter's choice, but rather store electronic records that can be printed later.
NEWS
July 3, 2010
Britons to decide on voting system LONDON - Britain will hold a referendum next year on overhauling its voting system - a potentially radical change that could see the country frequently led by European-style coalition governments rather than by one strong party. Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Friday that details would be announced next week on what could be the most sweeping changes since British women won the vote in 1918, or the voting age dropped from 21 to 18 in the mid-1960s.
NEWS
May 25, 2004 | Los Angeles Daily News
Perhaps this year's "American Idol" winner should be accompanied by an asterisk in pop culture's history books: Idiot voters. When La Toya London and gospel belter Jennifer Hudson were voted out early, fans reacted with shock and outrage. Some accused both the voting system, with its insufficient number of phone lines, and its users of racism. When John Stevens survived weeks of subpar performances, it was chalked up to love-struck girls, who have more time to kill to dial than more sensible viewers.
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SPORTS
November 4, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple's football team not only earned its first loss in Saturday's 24-20 defeat to Notre Dame, but the 7-1 Owls took a pounding as well. "We might be missing a number of starters, that took a toll on us Saturday and we have a lot of backups ready to play," Temple coach Matt Rhule said during Monday's American Athletic Conference call. Rhule said he wouldn't discuss specific players concerning injuries until he got a chance to see them more this week in practice. One player who was injured was running back Jahad Thomas, who said after Saturday's game that he hurt his ribs.
NEWS
June 15, 2015
ISSUE | STING Shamefully easy Congratulations to the District Attorney's Office for bringing corrupt politicians to justice ("Revived sting brings 4th plea," June 9). On one hand, we have state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who apparently doesn't have a clue, and on the other, we have city District Attorney Seth Williams, who offered defendants the deal of the century just to spite her. Probation and you get to keep your pension after taking bribes: That's justice? Shame on both of them and the courts for buying into this farce.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE STATE Supreme Court is deciding whether Pennsylvania will add pen and paper to its mainly electronic voting system. Accuracies and constitutionality issues concerning the current voting system in most of the state were brought in front of the high court yesterday in City Hall. The appeal comes from a 2006 case that argued that votes cast using direct recording electronic machines, or DREs, leave opportunity for tampering because they don't create a physical record of a voter's choice, but rather store electronic records that can be printed later.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Area school board decided Monday how it will redraw its voting boundaries into regions, marking the latest step in the district's move away from the at-large system it has used since its consolidation in 1966. The board voted, 6-2, to approve the new map, which divides the 75-square-mile district into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. It keeps West Chester Borough in one region, a previous point of contention. Approval of the map means the new voting system could be in place in time for next year's primary elections in the district, which has almost 12,000 students.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
THE NIGHT of his re-election, President Obama promised to address the problem of hours-long lines at polling places. "We have to fix that," he said. Fourteen months later, the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration has released a 100-plus page compendium of sensible, nonideological best practices to improve a confusing, antiquated system. The recommendations aim to ensure that no American waits more than 30 minutes to vote. They provide a useful road map for states to improve their systems - if politicians and election officials believe it's their job to make it as easy as possible for everyone to vote.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
DAN LE BATARD, the longtime columnist for the Miami Herald and a TV and radio host for ESPN, revealed yesterday that he gave his Baseball Hall of Fame ballot to Deadspin. Despising the "hypocrisy" of the Hall of Fame voting system, Le Batard exercised his defiance and allowed Deadspin to complete the ballot. Deadspin wanted to "draw attention to how ridiculous the Hall of Fame elections have become . . . the process has been hijacked by cranks, attention-seeking trolls, and the merely perplexed" and it wanted to "turn a small bit of power over to the public for the sake of doing so. " And Le Batard's rationale?
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
TRENTON - Voting-rights lawyers returned to a New Jersey appeals court Tuesday to ask the judges to force the state to replace paperless voting machines with a new system that they say would be less vulnerable to hacking and could be used for a recount. A lawyer for the state argued that a change would be too costly and that other styles of voting machines are vulnerable, too. The hearing was the latest chapter in a nine-year fight over the logistics of the way the state votes, frustrating activists who say New Jersey has fallen behind as most states have moved away from the type of machine still used in most of New Jersey.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - If at first you don't succeed, try again. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware) is doing just that in a memo circulated Monday to colleagues, saying he intends to reintroduce legislation in the next session to change the way Pennsylvania parcels out its 20 electoral votes. Pileggi's new proposal is, at its core, similar to the one he and Gov. Corbett championed last fall, in that it would do away with Pennsylvania's winner-take-all system of awarding electoral votes.
SPORTS
June 28, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies did not announce Raul Valdes as Wednesday's starting pitcher until after Tuesday's game because of a pitching staff in flux. So a bullpen that can rarely provide three clean innings must chew up all nine Wednesday. The team apparently has no better option. "That's the way we decided," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "That's what we felt comfortable with. " They waited to name Valdes in case he was needed Tuesday, but Vance Worley pitched six innings and it was unnecessary.
SPORTS
June 28, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
THE PHILLIES did not announce Raul Valdes as Wednesday's starting pitcher until after Tuesday's game because of a pitching staff in flux. So a bullpen that can rarely provide three clean innings must chew up all nine Wednesday. The team apparently has no better option.   "That's the way we decided," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "That's what we felt comfortable with. " They waited to name Valdes in case he was needed Tuesday, but Vance Worley pitched into the seventh inning and it was unnecessary.
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