Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Electronic voting machines still vulnerable, according to USA Today

Crazy that they're still messing with the same problems years after the first concerns were raised about the potential security vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines. But appearntly that's the case, according to this article:
Most of the electronic voting machines widely adopted since the disputed 2000 presidential election "pose a real danger to the integrity of national, state and local elections," a report out Tuesday concludes.

There are more than 120 security threats to the three most commonly purchased electronic voting systems, the study by the Brennan Center for Justice says. For what it calls the most comprehensive review of its kind, the New York City-based non-partisan think tank convened a task force of election officials, computer scientists and security experts to study e-voting vulnerabilities.

The study, which took more than a year to complete, examined optical scanners and touch-screen machines with and without paper trails. Together, the three systems account for 80% of the voting machines that will be used in this November's election.
That's pretty scary. The thought of anybody using a voting system that doesn't have a paper audit trail (or better, a voter-verified paper trail) is insane, and I don't see how it could be considered a viable voting technique.

Since I've written about this a number of times in the past, here are some relevant articles that show that... well... we haven't really made any progress yet :/

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