eVoting Flawed : A GAO Review

Despite spending untold millions on new voting equipment, the 2004 election had both real and potential error, according to a recent GAO report. Moreover, due to January deadlines and little government guidance for localities, the situation is unlikely to improve for 2006, because local governments are required to have an electronic voting machine at every polling place after 1 Jan 2006, according to ComputerWorld. Word of the 21 October GAO report about security problems surrounding electronic voting in the 2004 election is slowly making its way through the blogosphere, having been thoroughly ignored by the mainstream media. GAO - in a damning but understated manner - reports that in 2004 "[c]ast ballots, ballot definition files, and audit logs could be modified" (p 2). Specifically (p 7): (1) some electronic voting systems did not encrypt cast ballots or system audit logs, and it was possible to alter both without being detected;…continue reading →

Another eVoting Failure

The Everett Herald (WA) reports that 20 of the 886 eVoting machines (made by Sequoia Voting Systems) failed during last month's primary election. The company says that the failure was hardware, not software. Remember: if you don't want to vote on an electronic machine that has no paper trail -- either vote absentee (preferable) or ask for a paper ballot at your polling place.continue reading →