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What oversight?

Don’t you love having democracy as a beta tester? Buried amid the controversy swirling around Diebold electronic voting equipment in California is this gem: According to the Oakland Tribune: State rules say local governments can use entire, experimental voting systems without state approval. Diebold’s attorneys were trying to use this loophole to justify the uncertified […]

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Voting transparency

There is very little transparency in most electronic voting. (Optical scanners are the notable exception.) However, a Seattle-area e-voting software firm announced this week that it was opening its source code to full inspection. The firm, Vote Here, also hired a third party to audit software performance. Both are unique actions in the world of […]

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Paperless voting hits snag

Wired has reported that two ranking California legislators have asked the Secretary of State to decertify all paperless touch-screen voting terminals before the fall election.