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May 24, 2011 | Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has officially begun its shift toward electronic voting for the Oscars. The academy has sent a letter to voting members asking them for their personal email addresses as Step 1 in its effort to eliminate paper ballots. The news was first reported by Deadline and confirmed by the L.A. Times. The letter says that a new electronic voting system could be implemented as early as this year and definitely will be in effect by 2012. The academy didn't immediately return a request for comment, but the letter seems to imply that electronic voting could be in effect for the 2012 Academy Awards and definitely will be implemented by the 2013 show.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2012
The Oscars are going digital: After years of deliberating whether the security concerns of voting online outweigh the convenience factor, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to move forward with a plan to develop an electronic voting system for the 2013 Academy Awards. After an 18-month search, the motion picture academy, in conjunction with accounting firm PwC, will partner with Everyone Counts Inc., an election administration and computer security firm that works with the U.S. Department of Defense and Britain's Ministry of Justice, among others, to build the system.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2001
I am writing to support James Q. Wilson's suggestion that the country follow the county of Riverside and use an electronic voting system ("Riverside's Investment in Making the Chad Obsolete," Opinion, Jan. 21). I have voted in almost every election since 1958 (when I became 21), and this year was clearly the easiest and least confusing voting experience I have ever had. Three cheers for [county Registrar of Voters] Mischelle Townsend and her foresight. DIANE ROSS Palm Springs
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. The first wave of reactions to J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" is leaking out, and it's very good. ( Slash Film ) Ron Howard wants your photographs as the basis for a movie. ( Los Angeles Times ) Oscar De La Hoya has entered rehab. ( Los Angeles Times ) The academy is going to start electronic voting for the Oscars. Let the conspiracy theories begin ... now! ( Los Angeles Times ) Rush Limbaugh's ratings are down by a third, and Sean Hannity's are down by more than a quarter.
NATIONAL
May 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
Experts told a federal panel Wednesday that electronic voting wasn't completely reliable and suggested that a backup paper system might be the only way to avoid another disputed presidential election in November. But the chairman of the commission said he didn't expect the bipartisan panel would issue national standards requiring paper receipts when it made preliminary recommendations next week, followed by more detailed guidelines next month.
NEWS
September 14, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
New Yorkers had so many problems breaking in a new electronic voting system, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a "royal screw-up" on primary day. Replacing the old lever machines not just in the city but also across the state was a new system in which voters marked paper ballots and then fed them into scanners. Early reports were that scattered polling places either opened hours late because the machines had yet to be delivered or had long lines because others malfunctioned. Mayor Bloomberg spelled out all the problems reported with the new system Tuesday and condemned the city's Board of Elections for not being better prepared.
OPINION
November 30, 2003
Re "New Vote Machines Get a Dry (Ice) Run," Oct. 24: I have been educating myself about electronic voting. I believe there are grave problems associated with it, including the lack of an audit trail, a lack of testing, the possibility of erroneous or malicious code, code not open to public view, insider and outsider attacks on the system, outright fraud and more. We should delay the introduction of these machines until we have dealt with the security problems. Furthermore, we should require that the testing be done by companies independent of the manufacturer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2003
Orange County will get a $26.1-million electronic voting system that will reshape the way voters cast ballots, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday. The state and federal government have allocated billions of dollars to upgrade local voting systems since the controversy over the Florida presidential vote in 2000, said Steve Rodermund, the county's interim registrar of voters.
NATIONAL
September 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) added her name to a bill that would require electronic voting machines to produce a paper record of ballots, one day after a machine she tested in Maryland produced an erroneous result. She signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation filed by Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.). Graham's bill was introduced in response to fears that electronic voting machines used nationwide were subject to human error, could fail or be tampered with.
NEWS
November 26, 1987
To the chagrin of some members, the City Council will look into setting up an electronic voting system for its meetings. Councilman Herb Katz made the proposal on Tuesday, saying that replacing the current voice-vote system with electronically registered voting would "stop some of the game-playing and get some straight voting." Mayor James Conn and Councilman Dennis Zane agreed to have the proposal studied, but said they opposed the idea. "I like the voice-vote ritual and prefer it," Conn said.
NEWS
May 24, 2011 | Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has officially begun its shift toward electronic voting for the Oscars. The academy has sent a letter to voting members asking them for their personal email addresses as Step 1 in its effort to eliminate paper ballots. The news was first reported by Deadline and confirmed by the L.A. Times. The letter says that a new electronic voting system could be implemented as early as this year and definitely will be in effect by 2012. The academy didn't immediately return a request for comment, but the letter seems to imply that electronic voting could be in effect for the 2012 Academy Awards and definitely will be implemented by the 2013 show.
NEWS
September 14, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
New Yorkers had so many problems breaking in a new electronic voting system, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a "royal screw-up" on primary day. Replacing the old lever machines not just in the city but also across the state was a new system in which voters marked paper ballots and then fed them into scanners. Early reports were that scattered polling places either opened hours late because the machines had yet to be delivered or had long lines because others malfunctioned. Mayor Bloomberg spelled out all the problems reported with the new system Tuesday and condemned the city's Board of Elections for not being better prepared.
WORLD
May 10, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Sol Vanzi, Los Angeles Times
Tens of millions of Filipinos flocked to the polls Monday to elect a new president amid widespread violence and flaws with ballot-counting machines that many blamed on the corrupt politics that has plagued the archipelago under outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Officials confirmed election-related violence at more than 80 polling places nationwide including bombings, shootouts, abductions and the burning of voting machines. At least a half-dozen people were killed and eight were wounded, they said.
WORLD
April 25, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Communist rebels are suspected of blowing up a jeep carrying polling officials in eastern India, killing five people in ongoing violence that has marred India's elections, officials said. Several electronic voting machines being transported in the jeep were destroyed in the land mine attack. Election officials announced that citizens in the eastern district would have to revote.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2008 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
Electronic voting was widely embraced -- with the help of the federal government -- as the cure for inaccuracies in vote counting that roiled the 2000 presidential election. But eight years later, the fix has spawned a new round of bitter controversy. Uncertainty, legal challenges and, in some cases, chaos are gripping voting offices as they contend with allegations that the electronic machines are ridden with defects and vulnerable to manipulation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
The state's top election official approved the use of two previously banned voting devices in Los Angeles County on Thursday, a decision that allows next month's presidential primary to proceed as scheduled. After months of uncertainty over the largest county election operation in the nation, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen recertified a privately manufactured polling booth for disabled and non-English-speaking voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge has rejected efforts by four California counties to lift Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's ban on electronic voting -- a decision that could force some to issue paper ballots in the November election. Confirming a tentative decision made last week, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said Tuesday that Shelley acted reasonably when he blocked 14 counties from using digital voting systems in November because of concerns about the machines' reliability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
California's secretary of state will let five counties use their electronic voting machines in the February primary election despite her assertion that the machines were sold without proper certification. Secretary of State Debra Bowen is suing the manufacturer, Nebraska-based Election System & Software Inc., for selling the machines to Colusa, Marin, Merced, San Francisco and Solano counties. But Bowen says those counties can use the equipment for the Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Conny McCormack announced Tuesday that she would retire at the end of the year, saying she was tired of battling state officials over the future of electronic voting machines. McCormack, who has served 12 years as the top election official in the largest election jurisdiction in the country, said that Secretary of State Debra Bowen's move this month to pull the plug on the machines used in L.A. County and most of the state clinched her decision.
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