May 12, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
Computer security experts say they have found the worst security flaw yet in the oft-criticized touch-screen machines that Maryland voters will use in this year's elections, leaving one computer scientist to warn that the state should have "stacks of paper ballots" on hand in case of a complete Election Day breakdown.Go read the rest, and DEMAND that your local election officials use machines that print paper ballots that can be counted by hand! There is just no other way to guarantee that the vote count matches the actual vote. There is no reason to trust any voting machine that doesn't do this.
The machines, made by Diebold Elections Systems, are "much, much easier to attack than anything we've previously said," said Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins University computer science professor who first cast doubt on the reliability of the technology in a 2003 report.
"On a scale of one to 10, if the problems we found before were a six, this is a 10. It's a totally different ballgame," he said.
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That article's from the Baltimore Sun, which is a very reliable newspaper, so everyone had better take it seriously. Good grief, even I could trash the system with that big an oversight. What a mess! In a way, though, the best thing that could happen to the country would be a big 'meltdown" in some districts in one small state; at least that would make it painfully clear that the Diebold machines have to go in a way that everybody could understand.
I believe the number one agenda of progressives should be to demand a paper trail for all elections. If they can rig the voting results, progressives will never win another major election. Why aren't the Democrats making this their top priority? This is serious business with a lot of people's lives at stake. Wake up people! (Do you hear me Howard Dean?)
Posted by: Michael Prah at May 13, 2006 9:43 AM
No, no, no, no, no, NO!
Not a "paper trail" -- but paper ballots. If you don't know the difference, find out. I'm a very lazy person and I'm sick of writing these notes.
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