Electronic Voting - A Non-Partisan Issue
Privately Owned Systems Mean "Black Box Voting"
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"

'The digital voting machines offer no independent way of double-checking the results they spit out at the end of the day. Election officials must simply take the machine's word for it. They're what engineers call a "black box," a device whose function isn't understood by those who use it.'

Boston Globe
UPGRADE

It's the computers' turn to mess up elections

Nearly a year before the presidential election, concerned citizens are already crying foul. But nobody's arguing over butterfly ballots or punch cards this time, as they did during the interminable Florida recount of 2000. After all, it's the 21st century now. All future elections will be screwed up with the aid of computers. Various local elections throughout the United States early this month provided worrisome hints of the woes to come. ...

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Replacing punch cards with digital touch screens was supposed to deliver the accuracy we've learned to expect from computers.

Now that you've stopped laughing, you're probably all thinking the same thing. Anybody with a PC knows that computers can be wildly unreliable. What's being done to ensure that computerized voting systems are trustworthy?

Not nearly enough, according to the activists trying to force major modifications in digital voting systems. Bev Harris, author of the book "Black Box Voting," is the godmother of the movement. Harris said she's in favor of computerized voting, but not the way it's usually done. ...

Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company.

 

 

 
'Maybe the software shouldn't be secret. The Australian government has developed a digital voting system based entirely on open source software. All of the code is published so everybody knows exactly how it works. Voters who happen to be computer programmers can quickly identify glitches that could ruin an election.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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