Sunday, October 23, 2005

GAO Confirms Security Flaws in Voting Machines

Kos picks up this tip from Congressman John Conyers, concerning the GAO's recent report (.PDF) on current electronic voting schemes. Some highlights:

1. Some electronic voting systems did not encrypt cast ballots or system audit logs, thus making it possible to alter them without detection...
3. Falsifying election results without leaving any evidence of such an action by using altered memory cards...
7. One DRE model was shown to have been networked in such a rudimentary fashion that a power failure on one machine would cause the entire network to fail...

...Their report divulges that, despite the many official assurances that the problems of the past elections were isolated and few, the election system is indeed riddled with problems and flaws.

The bottom line is until we make a serious commitment to address the significant security and controls concerns we have regarding our voting machines, American citizens have no reason to have complete confidence in our democracy.


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