Thursday, May 29, 2003

e-voting interview reveals serious risks to election integrity

This scares me as a security professional. This especially scares me as a resident of Washington State.

Some gems from this interview with representatives from Sequoia systems:

Miller: "On the touch screen -- we do have the hand recounts of close races too."

Harris: "On a machine with no voter-verified paper trail?"

Miller: "Well, there's no way to do a hand recount on a DRE."


Harris: "But the positive, which can be proved, is that every election system that's ever been used in the USA has, at one time or another, been tampered with. And what we do know is that $800 million has gone toward contributions to candidates. So certainly we can predict that someone will try to tamper with a programmer. And therefore, what I'm asking, is what safeguards do we have in place to make sure that, if someone tampers with a program or a CD update --"

Miller: "I think we've gone as far as we can go."

Black Box Voting: Ballot - Tampering in the 21st Century - Interview with Paul Miller & Kathryn Ferguson (Sequoia)

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