News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Voting Machines Must Include Paper Trail
PT. II - HOME PAGE
PT. II - CONTENTS
BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

Please see our new site--
        
  "Electronic Voting - A Non-Partisan Issue"
              at  http://home.earthlink.net/~acisney4/.
 
(The information there will show that the question of a "voter-verifiable paper trail" is absolutely crucial for Democrats.  Without the possibility of checking our ballots on paper and having them available for recounts, we can count on Democratic votes being lost.)
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See also the New York Times collection of ten full-text articles called "Making Votes Count," currently (4/13/04) available at-- http://www.nytimes.com/ref/opinion/making-votes-count.html?pagewanted=all

E-voting: Democratic or dangerous?

By Richard Black
BBC Science correspondent
 
The complete article is currently (3/28/04) available on the BBC.com website at-- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3169706.stm [found through a Google search by article title on the same date]
 
Quotes--
 
... In the wake of the fiasco in Florida during the last presidential election in 2000, [electronic voting] machines are seen by many in the US as a way of ensuring a fair vote. They are slowly being introduced across the nation. ...

But some computer experts believe e-voting could actually make fraud much easier. ...

One is Avi Rubin, technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Earlier this year, through a chance discovery, he was able to examine the computer programme, the source code, used in a voting machine made by Diebold, one of the largest manufacturing companies.

"The source code was very poorly written, it didn't have the kinds of controls in place that you would expect from a high-assurance system," Prof Rubin told BBC News Online.

An ordinary voter could alter the outcome of an election, he believes. ...

"Even more serious would be a rogue or malicious programmer working at Diebold who could put in some hidden functionality that could cause the outcome of the election to be later determined by the attacker," he says. ...

The complete article has much more background information, quoting arguments for and against electronic voting machines.

Christian Science Monitor
from the November 03, 2003 edition -

A better ballot?

Electronic ballots, hailed as the antidote to hanging chads, will make a mark on Election Day. But critics warn of risks to democracy.

By Mary Wiltenburg | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

The complete article is currently (3/28/04) available on the Christian Science Monitor website at-- http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1103/p11s02-uspo.html [found through a Google search by article title on the same date]

Excerpt--

...  A growing number of computer scientists are now warning that the new technology, far from solving America's voting problems, may actually make things worse. Electronic ballots can be miscounted too, they say - or the machines that tally them tampered with and traces of sabotage erased.

"If you look at the consequences for democracy, it's terrifying," says David Dill, a Stanford University computer-science professor who has led the charge to raise awareness about the machines' potential security flaws. "If we had a way to make [computerized voting] safe, believe me, we would. There's no way to run a reliable election without a verifiable paper trail - that's what these machines don't have." ...

The complete article includes  "From quill to touch screen: a US history of ballot-casting"

www.csmonitor.com | Copyright 2003

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