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'Daily Voting News' For February 14 and 15, 2009

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org "Replacing trusted people with computers doesn't make the problem go away; it just moves it around and makes it even more complex. The computer, software, and network designers, implementers, coders, installers, maintainers, etc. are all trusted people. See any analysis of the security of electronic voting machines, or some of the frauds perpetrated against computerized gambling machines, for some graphic examples of the risks inherent in replacing people with computers." Bruce Schneier in the first of our 'Featured' articles. Bruce is one of the foremost experts on network security in the world.

In our second 'Featured' article we have an editorial from The Olympian of Olympia Washington that discusses the newest threat to Washington State and national elections; Internet voting. The staff of the Olympian correctly warns the state legislature and the Secretary of State to take a deep breath and actually consider how to ensure the security of whatever scheme they decide to use. They recommend that actual experts, and not vendors, be brought in to review and comment on the security of any Internet voting scheme....

  • Featured - National: Thwarting an Internal Hacker LINK
  • Featured - WA: Editorial - Online voting system would require scrutiny LINK
  • National: How SysTest Lost Its Certification to Test Optical Scanners LINK
  • MN: Recount trial: Coleman dealt blow, but no knockout LINK
  • MN: Minnesota Recount: Court limits absentee-ballot categories LINK
  • MS: Opinion - Voter ID: Another 'passion play' down LINK
  • NJ: Opinion - New machines are needed LINK
  • PA: Tunkhannock election worker faces charges LINK
  • **"Daily Voting News" is meant as a comprehensive listing of reports each day concerning issues related to election and voting news around the country regardless of quality or political slant. Therefore, items listed in "Daily Voting News" may not reflect the opinions of VotersUnite.Org or OpEdNews.Com**

     

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