Category: E-Voting

Voting Machines

Here are a couple of video links vaguely related to the mechanics of voting, without getting into the question of how well our elections are enabling democracy. Mr. Rogers uses a mechanical lever voting machine: In New York, we still use the lever machines. There is something especially satisfying about casting a vote by pulling the lever to record a… Read more →

Democracy, Shmerocracy

Ariel J. Feldman, J. Alex Halderman, and Edward W. Felten, Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy: Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine: “Analysis of the machine, in light of real election procedures, shows that it is vulnerable to extremely serious attacks. For example, an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card… Read more →

Late E-Vote Challenege in NJ

NY Times: New Jersey Lawsuit Challenges Electronic Voting At its heart, the complaint… will ask the State Superior Court in Trenton to block the use of nearly 8,000 electronic voting machines, because they “cannot be relied upon to protect the fundamental right to vote.” Read more →

In my country, there is e-voting

LawMeme reports that Kazakhstan held a successful e-vote. In its parliamentary elections, Kazakhstan adopted e-voting in 10% of its polling stations. International observers from the OSCE noted some drawbacks to the e-voting system: Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions The State Commission responsible by law for making the decision to establish e-voting was not formed until five days before election… Read more →

OPG v. Diebold

Diebold, the controversial developer of direct-recording electronic voting systems, sent takedown notices to ISPs who hosted copies of a series of leaked internal memos documenting various flaws in the company’s e-voting systems. Non-profit ISP Online Policy Group (OPG) and two Swarthmore students sued Diebold. A Federal District Court judge ruled in favor of the ISP and students while granting summary… Read more →

EFF: Deep Links

EFF: Your Vote Is Safe – We’ve Got Paperclips Approximately five minutes into the audience participation portion of the Election Systems & Software (ES&S) demonstration, the iVotronic machine inexplicably froze; no amount of touch-screen prodding could elicit a response. Not a problem, the ES&S presenter assured bemused observers. All that was required was a system reboot, a bit of technical… Read more →


Black Box Voting: Look at this — the Diebold GEMS central tabulator contains a stunning security hole By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus… Read more →

Wired on the E-Vote Beat

Wired News: : E-Vote Recount Rule in Dispute Florida officials will not require any recounts of votes cast on touch-screen voting machines during Tuesday’s state primary, despite a ruling by an administrative judge that counties using electronic voting are not exempt from laws requiring the re-tabulation of votes in close elections. Election Overseers Want Big Win State and county election… Read more →

Paper Trail Chase

One way to increase the accuracy and transparency of direct recording electronic voting machines may be to require a voter verifiable paper trail. Wired News reports on a new survey which finds that voters want their electronic voting machines to serve paper trails, while earlier surveys found that most voters were unconcerned about the reliability of e-voting: Poll: Voters Want… Read more →