Electronic Voting: Your vote at risk

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votingmachines.jpgWith elections just around the corner, it is very possible that your vote could either not be counted or changed without your consent. Eight out of every ten voters will be using the e-voting systems in the November election. The e-voting system is plagued with machine failures, staff that cannot operate the machines, new regulations and the possibility to an outside attack. It is as simple as this, if you want to ensure victory in any election, control the votes!

Has anything changed since the 2000 election? We are still a country that has mass amounts of doubt in terms of election fraud. Persistent voting frustration has opened lawsuits seeking to prohibit the use of e-voting machines in Colorado, California, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia. If you live Maryland, you should certainly be aware as this is one state that has massive problems with e-voting. Maryland’s governor had suggested that all voters cast paper absentee ballots rather than use electronic voting machines. According to a report done by electionline.org, a Princeton University computer science professor released a report that described how a Diebold TS machine — the same kind used in Maryland — could be compromised by loading a malicious program that can be spread from machine to machine. Johns Hopkins University professor Avi Rubin, also a poll worker, said tamper-resistance seals on the machines could be easily removed and replaced, unnoticed by election officials. A company spokesman said the accusations of security flaws were “exaggerated” and that the kind of tampering that was successful in the lab at Princeton could not be replicated in a polling place because of newer software and security procedures. The Diebold company is so far from reality it’s an outrange.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Are you worried that your vote may not be accurately recorded?

 

Additional Links
Electionline.org —- is the nation’s only nonpartisan, non-advocacy website providing up-to-the-minute news and analysis on election reform.

Verifiedvoting.org —- making sure that our election systems are reliable and publicly verifiable enfranchises voters and increases public confidence and participation in our political process.

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