The recently signed "Military and Overseas Voter
Empowerment Act" includes a mandate to establish pilot programs to study
Voting News gives the following link for the text of H. R. 2647:
http://tinyurl.com/y9qj9co or http://www.votelaw.com/blog/archives/006328.html
* Section 589(c)(3) "The transmission of ballot representations and scanned pictures..."
* Section 589(c)(4) "Capturing, retaining, and comparing electronic and physical ballot representations."
* Section 589(e)(1) The pilot project is to conform to the "electronic absentee voting guidelines" which shall be provided by the Electronic Assistance Commission.
This is not the first Federal attempt to sidle up to Internet voting. In 2004, the Pentagon established just such a pilot program. But they wisely deep-sixed it after a panel of respected computer experts deemed Internet voting to be folly, barring a radical redesign of the Internet. http://tinyurl.com/yktpecv or click here
Here are some other disturbing links relating to Internet voting.
U.S. Steps Up Effort on Digital Defenses
"We have seen Chinese network operations inside certain of our electricity grids," said Joel F. Brenner, who oversees counterintelligence operations for Dennis Blair, Mr. McConnell's successor as national intelligence director, speaking at the University of Texas at Austin this month. "Do I worry about those grids, and about air traffic control systems, water supply systems, and so on? You bet I do."
"The fortress model simply will not work for cyber," said one senior military officer who has been deeply engaged in the debate for several years. "Someone will always get in."