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Coalition Supports Improvements for Troop Voting; Rejects Risky Internet Ballot Proposals

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its companion SB 5522, permitting internet voting without providing

adequate security and privacy, are being pursued seemingly to meet the requirements of the 2009 federal Military and Overseas Voter

Empowerment Act (MOVE). The Act requires the provision of voter

registration applications, absentee ballot applications and

transmittal of blank absentee ballots by mail and electronically.

However, MOVE specifically avoids calling for the electronic return of

voted ballots. According to the GAO: "...[Internet and email voting

are]more vulnerable to privacy and security compromises than

conventional methods now in use...[and]...available safeguards may not adequately reduce the risks of compromise."

"There's a clear distinction between using electronic means for

outgoing ballots and information, which we strongly support, and using

it to receive incoming voted ballots," said Pamela Smith, President of

Verified Voting, a national organization researching election

reliability issues. "Because secrecy and security simply cannot be

assured, transmitting voted ballots electronically would dishonor the

very men and women serving to protect us. Fortunately, there are

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