Hawai'i's Instant Runoff Legislation -- Veto Needed
Hawai'i's legislators have passed a bill that would allow Instant Runoff Voting to be used in some elections in the state. This method will increase their dependence on proprietary and unexaminable computer software for generating vote tallies, and will remove the oversight needed by the county clerks. This op-ed is a call to action to encourage the Governor to veto this bill.
Monday, November 8, 2010(1 comments)
Trust the vote? Not in DC!
Despite a massive and successful hacker attack (during the pre-election trial) of the Washington DC Internet voting system, the officials decided to allow remote votes to be cast using this highly vulnerable product. This problem is as much one of election integrity advocacy as it is of election administration.
Panel Discussion on Voting at Columbia U. -- Monday Nov. 12
I wanted to let you know about the panel session on the Effects of
Technology on Voting that is being held by the Columbia Political Union
(yes, this is the same group that brought the President of Iran in to
speak earlier this semester) on Monday, November 12, at 7:30PM.
Friday, July 27, 2007(11 comments)
Open Letter to CA Secretary of State Bowen
California has received its voting system reports and, not to much surprise, the equipment is insecure and doesn't satisfy the needs of the disabled. Those hand cast, hand counted paper ballots are starting to look real good.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Electric Kool-Aid Voting Test
When it comes to voting systems, "you're either on the bus ... or off the bus" and if you need to have it spelled out for you, then you were off the bus in the first place.
COTS and Other Electronic Voting Backdoors
In response to the growing concerns regarding H.R. 811, particularly with regard to the inspection of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) voting system components, I wanted to provide this previously published article. It is important to understand that COTS software products can include both open and closed source, and that neither paradigm necessarily guarantees security.
Thursday, October 5, 2006
DRE Voting -- Designed for Failure
A loophole in the Federal voting equipment "standards" can explain the high equipment failure rate being observed with some of the new DRE and VVPAT products. Other serious security risks are detailed. This comment was entered into the record in the U.S. Congressional Committee on House Administration's hearing on "Electronic Voting Machines: Verification, Security and Paper Trails."
Saturday, September 9, 2006(1 comments)
Urge Governor Schwarzenegger to VETO AB 2948
The National Popular Vote Proposal, now being considered for adoption in California, stands to remove the state as a decision-maker in Presidential elections. By requiring that the state's electors all be awarded to the US popular vote winner, a candidate may be supported who was not approved by the state's voters. The risk of contaminated vote totals from other states being used to determine the election outcome is dangerous.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Comment on the PA State HAVA Plan
Rebecca Mercuri's submission to the PA Department of State "call for comment" on their State HAVA Plan points out that uniform standards are not being applied in the PA certification process for voting equipment and that the State has failed to be proactive in working with vendors to obtain acceptable VVPAT equipment for their "black box" DREs.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Pull the Plug on Touchscreens
Aviel Rubin's 9/4/6 Forbes article, titled "Pull the Plug" endorses touchscreen voting while ignoring viable methods that don't use electricity.