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October 2, 2004

Election Frolics

Stunning Security Hole, Seemingly Designed In!

Just to add to the ongoing controversy over electronic voting (I wouldn't trust it as far as a pig can fly), I received an input regarding Diebold's central tabulators that I hadn't noticed in the general hubbub going around, which talks about voting machines. The central tabulator is the node that collects the counts from 4,500 individual voting machines. For anyone with mischief in mind, such a target would clearly be the more desirable.

It appears that entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location will enable a second set of votes to be created, which can be changed to no longer match the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. The program was designed and tested over a series of a dozen version adjustments and so can hardly be a result of "stupidity" or sloppiness. Full story at Black Box Voting: Consumer Protection For Elections.

So maybe we're in for some more comic opera this coming November -- except that it isn't so comic. Personally, I don't consider either of the candidates fit for office.

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