Monday, July 30, 2007

Hackable Voting Machines

Here's video of CNN's Situation Room discussing the report released Friday by the state of California in which computer scientists from California universities hacked into the three largest electronic voting systems used across the nation, Diebold, Sequoia, and Hart-Intercivic, and found several ways in which vote totals could potentially be altered.

While the report tries to downplay the possibility of tampering because it did not take into account physical safeguards that may be in place to keep potential hackers from gaining access to the machines, and even had one idiot (Paul Herrnson?) on to say that "anyone can steal a box of paper ballots, blank or completed, and switch them for another one, and that's much easier to do than to hack into a computerized voting system." Really? "Anyone"? how easy is it for "anyone" to steal and replace enough paper ballots to alter the outcome of any election like a single hacker could? Talk about ignoring "real-world safeguards".

CNN and their "experts" they had on to downplay this study are ignoring the widely reported lack of "real-world safeguards", the ease at which these systems have been hacked, and the fact that an entire election's results can be manupulated by a single person on these e-systems.

There currently is a house bill, H.R. 811 sponsored by Rep Rush Holt (D-NJ) that is likely to pass that will address most of these issues (it's not perfect, but it is a step in the right direction), but as the NYT reported last week that it seems all but doomed to fail in the Senate. WTF?

When, if ever, is Congress going to anything about securing the integrity of our elections?