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RESEARCHER TO DEMONSTRATE TO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE HOW ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES CAN BE HACKED, VOTES ALTERED
Committee Hearing to Review Nation's Electronic Voting Systems
WASHINGTON -The Committee on House Administration will conduct a hearing on verification, security, and paper records for our nation's electronic voting systems at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 28, 2006, in room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building. Dr. Edward Felten of Princeton University will provide a live demonstration for the Committee of how electronic voting machines can be hacked and votes switched from one candidate to another without leaving any evidence the software had been manipulated and the votes altered.
Immediately following the hearing, there will be a press conference featuring Members of Congress, civics groups and Professor Felten will again demonstrate the switching of votes and answer questions. Civic organizations will discuss why Congress needs to pass HR 550, the "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act," which would require a paper trail to ensure the integrity of elections.
Who: Congressman Rush Holt
Dr. Edward Felten, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Princeton University
What: Live demonstration of how an electronic voting machine can be hacked and votes altered without leaving a trace.
Where: Hearing--Committee on House Administration Hearing Room, 1310 Longworth