Electronic Voting - A Non-Partisan Issue
There May Be Problems With Hart InterCivic
ELECTRONIC VOTING
DANGERS of E-VOTING
--- Warnings
--- Democracy at Stake
--- Report from UK
"BLACK BOX VOTING"
--- Work of Bev Harris
------ Get Book Free!
VOTER-VERIFIED PAPER BALLOTS
--- Bev Harris's Sites
Or -- "Voter-Verifiable Paper Trail"
HELP FROM HR 2239
--- Republican Sponsors
--- Legal Support
--- Bev H. Comments
... INTERIM SOLUTION
WHY PRIVATIZE VOTING AT ALL?
WHY NOT RETURN to PAPER BALLOTS?
DIEBOLD WARS
------ Diebold Gives In!
------ Bev H.Comments
--- Diebold for Bush
NOT JUST DIEBOLD
IS eSLATE BETTER?
--- Potential Problems
NEW POSSIBILITY-- VOTING with "FROGS"

"Hart InterCivic’s eSlate3000 had four high, one medium, and five low potential risk areas.  ....
Machines from Hart InterCivic and Sequoia could allow unauthorized people to gain supervisory control and close polls early. ...
Critics say that the companies should open their software to outside examination and provide a paper trail that can verify votes."

Muslim American Society

Can the 2004 Elections Be Taint Free?

Date Posted: Monday, February 09, 2004


By Ekram Haque

 

The complete article - well worth reading - is currently (3/28/04) available on the M.A.S. website at-- http://www.masnet.org/views.asp?id=925

 

The following excerpts should give an idea of the material it covers--

 

As George Bush and the Republican Party go into full gear in hopes of clinching a landslide victory in 2004, many Americans will be looking for a comprehensive solution to the 2000 Florida voting fiasco. Three years and millions of dollars later, doubts remain if all states will have the necessary legislation and systems in place in time. Despite an extensive investigation of Florida election irregularities by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the passage of the federal landmark Help America Vote Act (HAVA), states have not implemented all of the mandated corrective actions, the high-tech voting machines being offered have security flaws, and their vendors are allegedly quite close to the Republican Party. ...

 

Many Problems Remain Unfixed ...

 

 

New Requirements ...

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Problems with Vendors

A major problem area is the development and adoption of smart, efficient, and tamper-proof voting machines. On Dec. 2, 2003, Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell ordered four companies that have built new electronic voting devices to resolve security weaknesses uncovered in two comprehensive examinations. ...

 

The Vendors

The four companies whose voting devices are being considered for adoption – Diebold Election Systems, the Election Systems & Software, Hart InterCivic, and Sequoia Election Systems – are alleged to have close ties to the Republican Party. ....

 

The products of all four have flaws, according to Compuware, one of the two companies hired by Ohio to test and analyze the equipment. ... 

 

The Testers

Compuware, based in Detroit, MI, conducted a thorough technical analysis of each electronic voting device vendors’ software and hardware. ...

 

Security Issues

Researchers from the testing companies “identified several significant security issues” with Diebold’s product. According to the report, this product allows an attacker to disrupt the election process or to throw the election results into question. For example, the cards used by supervisors to take charge of Diebold machines all had the simple PIN code of “1111,” which could leave the machines open to tampering. In the case of Election Systems and Software, its tally program could be tricked into gathering information from one machine many times, thus overcounting votes. Machines from Hart InterCivic and Sequoia could allow unauthorized people to gain supervisory control and close polls early. ...

 

Conclusion

After the 2000 crisis of confidence in Florida and the ensuing bitterness, the public’s trust in the electoral system must be restored. While electronic machines would be efficient and fast in recording and reporting elections results, they must be free from technical defects and political blemishes. Election 2004 will be watched very closely to ensure that it treats all voters with the same respect.

 

http://www.masnet.org/views.asp?id=925

 
 
 
 
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