07 May 2004
Expert: E-Voting Vulnerability 'Terrible' AP via Yahoo! News (May 5, 2004)
Touch screen? Someday - Sacramento Bee (May 4, 2004)
Touchy Touch-Screen Voting - Christian Science Monitor (May 4, 2004)
Well Connected Computerized Voting Companies Hack Democracy
A state's troubled foray into electronic voting - Christian Science Monitor (May 5, 2004)
The Computer Ate My Vote - PC World
May 5, 2004
Anush Yegyazarian, PC World
"The computer ate my..." sounds like the setup for a bad excuse you'd hear in grade school. But the headline of this column, which appears on T-shirts from the activist group True Majority, points to not-so-funny problems that some voters encountered in past elections, and that may affect others in November.
Flaws and Laws
Over the past year e-voting's flaws have been glaringly highlighted, with critics pointing to glitches that have occurred in elections, insufficient securityof the machines and their data, questionable conduct by some e-voting vendors, and clear violations of federal and state certification guidelines--all of which make suspect the supposedly reliable machines' vote counts.
There are now at least three bills in the Senate (S.1980, S.1986, and S.2045) and another in the House of Representatives (H.R.2239) that address the problems with e-voting by advocating some sort of voter-verified paper trail. That won't get rid of the problems per se, but it will help voters spot a miscount of their votes as they're cast, and will raise confidence in case a recount is needed.