Friday, October 27, 2006

just say "no" to computer voting

An IT consultant writes about the insecurity inherent in computer voting -- even absent intentional manipulation of the zeros and ones that will determine who will next be President/Governor of Ohio/County Commissioner.

As the consultant writes, no, a computer voting machine is NOT like an ATM. An ATM requires two forms of identification (card and PIN) and has a record of exactly what happened where with the card and account, and remembers the outcome of a specific transaction, which can be corrected or even reversed if necessary (ie, a stolen card is used, or the bank accidentally debits your account $20,000,000 when you made a $20 withdrawal). None of that is possible with the vote!

There is no place for such an insecure technology in the most important act of a democracy -- voting.


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