By wyllys on Sep 19, 2005
I read two articles today, both of which relate to the topic of electronic voting. The first was from the Washington Post about the Carter-Baker panel that has several recommendations for fixing the voting system (including adding MANDATORY PAPER TRAILS), the other is from Brad Friedman and it claims that Diebold is aware that their software is open to hacks and that they are suppressing any dissent on the subject internally by threatening to fire people. Yeah, that'll work. The story is already all over the internet. Noone from Diebold has ever really explained exactly why they are so adamantly opposed to paper trails and an open review process. The sad thing is that the government is not squeezing them on this matter and they are allowed to continue doing business with no oversight or scrutiny.
BlackBoxVoting.org has lots of intresting reports on that sad state of electronic voting systems in America. What really gets ones blood boiling is the fact that this is 2005. A full 5 years after the 2000 election debacle and we STILL DONT HAVE anysort of security standards for these boxes. There is no mandatory verfiable paper trail, there is no oversight of the security of the systems being used, and we have no more reason to trust the system today than we did 5 years ago. I would rather go back to paper ballots and "hanging chads" than to trust the future of our country's elections to software that has not been rigorously examined and thoroughly vetted by software security experts, not just by the software engineers at the company that builds the systems.
This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue, it is something that should concern anyone with an interest in the future of the country. Write to your congressman about this issue - support Rush Holt's HR 550.
Instructions on just how to hack the Diebold code are all over the internet, its not as if this is a theoretical issue. Yet, here we are, 5 years later, and still no closer to a real solution. The next presidential election is 3 years away, congressional elections are coming up next year. It's infuriating that our government is so completely inept that it cannot address this issue in a timely manner.