Saturday, September 01, 2007

Securing (Or Not) Your Right to Vote

Steven Levy writes in Newsweek:

It was the most devastating confirmation to date of what security experts have been saying for years: vulnerabilities in election machines are so severe that voters have no way of knowing for sure that the choices they enter into the touchscreens and ballots will actually be counted.

"The studies show that these machines are basically poison," says Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins computer-science professor and voting-security expert.

More here.

2 Comments:

At Sun Sep 02, 03:59:00 AM PDT, Blogger granny6x said...

I just sent this to the author, Steven Levy, of the Newsweek article: Mr. Levy, thank you for the article in Newsweek on the results of the tests done by Sec. State Bowen on computer systems used for voting.

I am delighted to see an important part of the Main Stream Media recognize, finally, the hazardous nature of these machines, but dismayed that the solution you seem to advocate would be the Holt Bill.

Many of us see the Holt bill as HAVA 2, which brought us these diabolical machines in the first place. It also was passed as a "solution".

Because voting is a unique transaction, being anonymous, the process MUST be totally open to every citizen. Period. We can never see what a computer is doing. Ergo, computers must never be used for voting.

If America can face that obvious and simple fact, then we have a hope of saving our precious and fragile democracy. But never will that happen if we continue to fall into the trap of believing that computers can be made safe for voting. They cannot, and we are wasting vital time and election cycles thinking that they can.

"Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity" - Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

 
At Sun Sep 02, 06:00:00 AM PDT, Anonymous John said...

I agree with this completely, thanks for the post.

 

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