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Black Box Voting : Latest News -- (NEW) with BBV analysis: International News Reports: (NL) 9/07 - Dutch voting computers will be decertified shortly

Posted by Bev Harris on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 06:45 pm:

(From admin) When I spoke to Harri Hursti this week, he indicated that
voting machines may be on the ropes again in Great Britain as well. At
least a few people in Europe seem to be coming to their senses. By the
way,Nedap voting computers are being marketed in the USA under vendor name "Liberty" - Sept. 29, 2007

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Dutch voting computers will be decertified shortly

'We do not trust voting computers' demanded that every single vote
would be retained on its own piece of paper in the polling station.
And that is what will happen from now on. On September 27, 2007 the
Korthals Altes Committee issued its 'Voting with confidence' report.
The state secretary for the interior immediately announced that
'Regulation for approval of voting machines 1997' will be withdrawn.
As a result all Dutch voting computers will be decertified. Elections
in the Netherlands will be held using paper ballots and red pencil for
a while. After that, likely using 'vote printers' and optical scan
counting computers.

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We, the proponents of verifiable election results, are winning across
the globe! The Netherlands has joined the growing group of countries
and US states that require a paper copy of each vote. California has
basically rejected voting computers altogether. The UK election
council wants to stop all electronic voting pilot projects. Ireland
has rejected the Dutch voting computers for being too insecure. Quebec
and Italy decided to forego the use of voting computers. In response
to our research into the Nedap voting computers, Germany has begun to
question their use as well. In many countries people are protesting
against voting computers. Elections without paper ballots are on the

Quick tour:

The Nedap hack October 4, 2006: Dutch TV-news program EénVandaag
reports about the Nedap voting computer. With English subtitles.

Nedap/Groenendaal ES3B voting computer, a security analysis October 5,
2006: 'We do not trust voting computers' presents an analysis of the
vulnerabilities found in the Nedap voting computers.

Breaking secrecy of the ballot with a radio scanner October 10, 2006:
a short clip demonstrating a tempest attack against a Nedap voting

Final Report on the 22 November 2006 Parliamentary Elections in the
Netherlands March 12, 2007: Organization for Security and Co-operation
in Europe (OSCE).

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Changing the ROMs of a Nedap e-voting computer in 60 seconds June 9,
2007: Chaos Computer Club.

Studying the Nedap/Groenendaal ES3B Voting Computer: A Computer
Security Perspective August 6, 2007: 'We do not trust voting
computers' presents a paper at the 2007 USENIX/ACCURATE Electronic
Voting Technology Workshop, Boston, USA.

90% of the of the votes in The Netherlands are cast on the
Nedap/Groenendaal ES3B voting computer. With very minor modifications,
the same computer is also being used in parts of Germany and France.
Use of this machine in Ireland is currently on hold after significant
doubts were raised concerning its suitability for elections. New York
State is seriously thinking about buying 28.000 voting computers from

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