723-1941 - Pam Smith, President, Verified Voting, (760) 613-0172
January 26th, 2010
OLYMPIA: Voting rights groups Voter Action, Common Cause, FUSE
support Washington's desire to improve voting opportunities for
military and overseas voters. However, all warned that the proposed
voting technologies for returning voted ballots via online electronic
transmission are fundamentally insecure and do not fully respect the
rights of voters deployed overseas to a private and secure ballot.
"It's critical that we ensure our brave men and women serving overseas have adequate time to vote in a trustworthy manner," said Holly Jacobson, Executive Director of Voter Action, a national election
integrity organization based in Seattle. "In spite of good intentions,
pending WA State legislation will NOT provide a trustworthy mechanism for these voters, as the recent internet based attacks of the Google corporate infrastructure and other major corporations dramatically illustrates. Indeed, it is no less than a matter of national
Pending bills HB 2483 and its companion SB 6238, allowing for a ballot
to be returned by inherently insecure email and fax, and HB 1624 and
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