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Paper ballots may be back

first_imgHOUSE: Lawmakers’ push for backup records frustrates some state election officials. By Jim Abrams THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Lawmakers have come full circle after devoting more money to high-tech voting machines following the 2000 election debacle in Florida. They now say a return to the paper trails of old is the key to an honest vote, exasperating state election officials. Legislation pending in the House would require a voter-verified paper ballot for every vote cast in national elections beginning with the November 2008 ballot. It also would require random audits in federal elections and specifies that the paper ballot is the vote of record in all recounts and audits. Public confidence in the voting process is at an all-time low, said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., the bill’s chief sponsor. “I shudder to think what would happen with another election where millions of Americans don’t believe the results,” Holt said. But his bill has been hit by a barrage of criticism from state and local election officials and election machine makers who contend the timelines are unrealistic, the audit process is overly cumbersome, the reliance on paper is too restrictive and the money allotted to replace existing systems, $1billion, is insufficient. “The ramifications of hasty action on this ill-conceived piece of legislation are immense and far-reaching,” Donna Stone, a member of the Delaware House of Representatives and president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, wrote to House leaders Wednesday. R. Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center of the National Association of Election Officials, said the bill was so objectionable that, if passed, he would recommend that state and local election officials refuse to run future federal elections. A planned vote on the House floor Thursday was put off after the legislation met resistance in the Democratic-controlled Rules Committee, which sets rules for floor debate. “I really am scared we’re waltzing off a cliff here,” said Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., citing the need for more comprehensive election reform. It could come up on Monday. Few were arguing against the need for Congress to restore integrity to the election system. In 2002, Congress passed an election reform act approving nearly $4 billion aimed at correcting some of the technology and registration problems epitomized by the “hanging chad” dispute in Florida that left the outcome of the 2000 presidential election to a Supreme Court decision. A 2006 study by the Election Data Services predicted 80percent of registered voters would use optical scan or electronic voting equipment in that year’s election. About 13 percent would use lever or punch card devices, it said. But Holt argued that with the headlong rush to buy new voting systems, as many as 50 million voters in the 2004 election cast ballots on electronic voting machines that lacked a voter-verified paper audit trail. He said that included up to 1 million in the 10 largest counties of Ohio, where Democrats claimed that voting irregularities were pivotal to President Bush’s re-election. There was trouble again in Florida in 2006 after Democrats blamed touch-screen voting machine malfunctions for 18,000 “undervotes” in a House race won by the Republican candidate by 369 votes. The Florida secretary of state said an audit found no problems with the machines. Holt argued that under his bill only six states – Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee – which had no voter-verified paper ballot in 2006, would have to upgrade all their voting machines by 2008. Another 14 states would need partial changes. The bill also would mandate that only durable, scannable, accessible paper ballots be used by 2012. Ballot-marking machines must be able to deposit the ballots automatically into a secure container for later access. Direct recording machines must allow disabled voters to privately and independently verify the contents of the paper ballot printed out. Voters would be able to look at the actual printed record of their vote but would not get a printed copy, as with an ATM machine. The measure also requires that random audits be conducted by hand count in 3 percent of precincts in all federal elections and would ban wireless devices, Internet connections and uncertified software in voting and tabulating machines. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., a lead sponsor, said late changes had been made to the bill to meet some criticisms from states about funding and from machine manufacturers about providing outside investigators access to proprietary computer software. “I believe we have addressed as well as possible all reasonable concerns,” she said. But David Beirne, executive director of the Election Technology Council, which represents voting equipment manufacturers, said it normally takes 54 months to develop, install and train people in new machines, and, even with quick passage, meeting the 2012 deadline would be “a tall order.” He also urged caution on making paper the “official ballot of record,” saying that, just as electronic machines can malfunction, paper is subject to printer jams and improper handling by poll workers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Google Partners with Yad Vashem to Digitize the Shoah

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today, Yad Vashem and Google have begun an ambitious project to digitize the Holocaust museum’s extensive collection of materials. Starting today, a user can directly access over 130,000 full-resolution photographs from Yad Vashem’s photo collection via the Google search page. Google has implemented experimental optical character recognition technology for the project. OCR, it is hoped, will make photographs and other documents lacking in metadata easier to find by search in different languages. In a statement, Google’s Israel research and development director, Yossi Matias, commented that the Yad Vashem project fits into Google’s overall mission ” to bring the world’s historical and cultural heritage online.” There is also a social component to the project, according to the same statement.“This initiative will not only bring this valuable information to a much wider audience worldwide, but it will allow people around the world to contribute, by identifying the stories behind photos and documents, adding their own stories and knowledge to the site.”The digitization project, which will eventually see all of the memorial’s materials digitized and available online, is the latest step in a partnership between it and Google. Two years ago, They launched a Yad Vashem YouTube channel to showcase a series of videos of Holocaust survivor testimonials.More recently, they have launched a Persian-language YouTube channel to educate Iranians about the Holocaust. It previously launched Hebrew, English, Russian, Spanish and Arabic versions. Yad Vashem, located in Israel, is the world’s largest memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Founded in 1953, it is also the world’s largest repository of materials related to that historical tragedy. Tags:#E-Learning#Google#international#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkinslast_img read more

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You Are Not Going to Go Undefeated

first_imgI grew up watching boxing. Occasionally, you would see a fighter like the young Mike Tyson who would go undefeated for years in a spectacular rise to the top. Floyd Mayweather has also shared the experience of going undefeated for a long time, remaining so to this day. Most fighters, however, suffered defeats on their way up the rankings.One of the ways boxers remain undefeated is to carefully choose their fights, gaining competence and confidence by first choosing competitors they know they can beat, and later stretching to take on more dangerous fighters as their skills grow.Selling is more like the UFC. No one makes it to the top of the rankings without suffering defeat along the way. Connor McGregor bit off more than he could chew by going up to weight classes to fight Nate Diaz. He lost. Rhonda Rousey lost in an unexpected upset to Holly Holmes. McGregor and Rousey are both tremendous fighters, even with losses on their records.Competing to WinUnlike a boxer, you can’t carefully choose which prospects you compete for to ensure that you go undefeated. Some of the opportunities that you pursue will be difficult opportunities for you to win. They will stretch you and your company.You also don’t get to choose who you compete against. It’s wonderful luck when the final two sales organizations competing for your dream clients business end up being you and a competitor you can easily beat. But sometimes you end up competing against the ferocious company that has your number and knows how to win.Sometimes you are going to lose even when that idea seems impossible. You are going to lose even when you do everything right. Sometimes, when you do a lot of things wrong, you are going to win.Keep FightingYou are not supposed to like to lose. As a competitor, you need a burning desire to win. You are allowed to be disappointed when you lose, but you are not allowed to allow that disappointment to take you out of your game.No one playing the game is undefeated. Learn from your losses. Make adjustments. Take the next fight. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Maharashtra waits for Amit Shah to resolve crisis

first_imgMaharahstra BJP leaders on Saturday said they were awaiting the arrival of party president Amit Shah, who is likely to begin talks with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over government formation next week.The party, however, has started preparations for a swearing-in ceremony possibly at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium between November 5 and November 7, by which time it would have two days left to install a government, sources said. A new government must be installed before November 9.Sena impatientHowever, the Sena has warned that it could drop the ‘wait and watch’ approach if there is no end to the ongoing  crisis.Reacting to the BJP’s statement on the looming constitutional crisis, Sena leader Sanjay Raut asked if the alliance partner was threatening democratically elected legislators of its party. “If there is a delay in the formation of government in a State and a Minister from the ruling party says President’s Rule will be implemented in Maharashtra if a government isn’t formed, is this a threat to the MLAs who have been elected?” Mr. Raut said on Saturday. Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar had on Friday said Maharashtra was headed for Presidential Rule if a government was not installed by November 7.Commenting on the situation, Mr. Raut said that due to the kind of situation prevailing in Maharashtra, all political parties are talking to each other. “Except for the Sena and the BJP, all parties are talking to each other,” he said. Cong., NCP clarifyMeanwhile, both the Congress and the NCP clarified they were not in touch with other parties. “We are not in contact with anyone. We have got the mandate to sit in the Opposition, we are ready for it,” NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said. His comments came a day after rumours were rife of NCP chief Sharad Pawar having  a telephonic conversation with Mr. Uddhav Thackeray. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also clarified that the party would sit in the Opposition. “I would like to make it clear that we have not held discussions with anybody to form the government,” he said. Mr. Ajit Pawar confirmed that Mr. Sharad Pawar would meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday. “Sharad Pawar will visit Delhi on Monday. I have information that he and Sonia Gandhi had spoken on the phone recently… He will speak to her [in Delhi]… A lot depends on what they discuss,” Mr. Ajit Pawar told reporters.NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said alternatives could become available if the Sena took any decision in this regard in the interest of the people. “The NCP will definitely take a positive view if the Sena is ready to form the people’s government, minus the BJP. An alternative will be available if a decision is taken in the interest of people to form a government,” he said.last_img read more

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Bolick, San Beda ‘not satisfied’ with win over Nambatac-less Letran

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Bolick continued his revenge tour on Sunday as he carried the Red Lions to a 75-63 victory over the Knights in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.The senior playmaker took matters to his own hands as he finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Bolick said he’s still not satisfied with the triumph over Letran, knowing that the Knights came into the game without Rey Nambatac, who is recovering from a hyperextended left knee.“We’re still not satisfied because Rey still isn’t there and there were times when we seemed like we’ll lose the game. So what we want is to stay competitive, play as a team, and stay hungry,” he said. There’s no denying that come NCAA Season 93, San Beda will be Bolick’s squad.And to no one’s surprise, the 6-foot-1 guard expressed his reluctance to the tag, opting to share the spotlight to his teammates like an empowering leader Fernandez brands him as.“I don’t look at myself as a go-to guy. In my mind, I’m just a role player and I play in the system of coach Boyet (Fernandez). Anyone here can be a playmaker, so when I have the ball, I just want to make good decisions, find my open teammate. If I have the shot, I’ll take it,” he said.“That’s what I tell to his team, that there’s no go-to-guy here. If you have the shot, take it. If you think what you’ll do will help the team, do it.The Red Lions, however, know the ball should be in the hands of Robert Bolick come winning time.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwo years have passed, but Robert Bolick shared that San Beda still seethes from its NCAA Season 91 defeat to Letran which denied the school a rare six-peat.“I reminded them how tough the feeling was when we were on our six-peat drive. It was painful for us because [Letran] took the pride out of us. I told everyone who was playing then to take it personal and be competitive against them,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ayo on loss to Ateneo: La Salle still ‘lack maturity’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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