Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 8th Nov 2012 20:12 UTC
Editorial In the United States, state and local authorities are in charge of voting and the country uses more than a half dozen different voting technologies. As a result, the country can't guarantee that it accurately counts national votes in a timely fashion. This article discusses the problem and potential solutions to the U.S. voting dilemma.
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Howard Fosdick nailed it
by djohnston on Thu 8th Nov 2012 22:27 UTC
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Except for the hand counts, (paper ballots, too few and far between), the votes are "counted" by machines. Machines which use closed, proprietary software, unavailable for audit. The potential for cracking the results of those machines has been demonstrated over and over again, locally and nationwide, and is well documented at the http://www.blackboxvoting.org/ site.

What Mr. Fosdic refers to as a "miscalibration of some machines", I call vote tampering. To quote from the article, Mr. Fosdick writes:

"Most computer scientists argue that only 'evidence-based systems' can prevent stolen elections in the United States. As Bruce Schneier explains, 'Computer security experts are unanimous on what to do... DRE [Direct Record Electronic] machines must have a voter-verifiable paper audit trail and... Software used on DRE machines must be open to public scrutiny.'"

Bingo. Without a clear and verifiable audit trail, there is no accountability.

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