"If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see what happens."
--Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) suggesting policy alternatives for the Iraq occupation, 10/29/2003...,
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poor bugger, can't install
into the blackbox - rob-georgia.zip:
and the voting habits of 310,000 Texans. I'm reading Bev Harris' book on blackbox
voting. Some very astonishing stuff, "being able to end-run the database... I know our dealers do it. King County is famous for it. That's why we never put a password on the file before." That's terrific security. Diebold, the voting machine company that had the aforementioned voting habits of 310,000 Texans sitting on a public ftp server, has been issuing cease-and-desist letter to sites hosting internal memos that revealed their software's illegal, uncertified patching prior to elections, many of which had highly suspicious election results in favor of the horses the company owners were betting on.
Scoop, a New Zeland website, has started a news reel on the unfolding of all this, with the latest being that yet another electronic voting software company has left sensitive files on a public FTP server.
The long and short of it is that anybody with physical access to the voting machine can rig the election in under 10 minutes, before, during, or after the election, and that there are numerous security flaws even without access to the box.
Lisa English, who stays on top of these sorts of things better than I do, suggests supporting HR2239, which would at least mandate a paper record for verification of election results and ban the use of wireless technologies in voting systems. It doesn't legislate that voting software be open source, which I think is also necessary, but it's a good start.
PS: Happy Voting Day.