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This year, the U.S. will pick a new president using electronic voting machines that can be hacked, security experts said Thursday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

As the November election approaches, the question before officials is not how to fix known bugs in their e-voting systems, but rather, how best to check them for fraud, said David Wagner, an associate professor with the University of California, Berkeley's computer science department.

Wagner was part of the team that audited California's voting systems during the state's review of electronic voting, and the problems his team found affect counties across the U.S. "The three systems we looked at are three of the most widely used around the nation," he said during an e-voting panel discussion at the show. "They're going to be using them in the 2008 elections; they're still going to have the same vulnerabilities we found."


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post #2 of 56
What do you want to bet that the losing candidate will claim "teh v0t1ng w4s h4x0r3d"?

Hooray for virtual dangling chads...
     
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The whole electronics voting machine thing is messed up. The companies like Diebold designing these machine must have absolutely no analysts....

Is touch screen necessary?
No paper trails?
Removable flash cards?
Closed-source code?
Spoof-able records?
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In NY we use mechanical voting machines. Not chads. Not electronic. Mechanics. Unhackable and this is old technology.
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The whole electronics voting machine thing is messed up. The companies like Diebold designing these machine must have absolutely no analysts....

Is touch screen necessary?
No paper trails?
Removable flash cards?
Closed-source code?
Spoof-able records?
Honestly makes me think of the movie "Firewall". If you make it so conveniant for someone to do something then someone with the power to will. Take away the convenience and you might take away the problems.
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This reminds me of this video from a little while ago:

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The whole electronics voting machine thing is messed up. The companies like Diebold designing these machine must have absolutely no analysts....

Is touch screen necessary?
No paper trails?
Removable flash cards?
Closed-source code?
Spoof-able records?
Yeah, I have read into the topic before. It just seems really sketchy. 3 companies control all of the voting machines in the US, now that is power.

I think there needs to be a constitutional amendment banning electronic voting. It should all be done by hand. People are going to have to be patient for once and wait for legitimate results.
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Whats the big deal? All this does is make it easier for the republicans to rig the next election...

I would love to see it get hacked though...

Reporter: "And the next president of the United States is... Leeroy Jenkins?"
    
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Here in Cuyahoga County, Ohio we've gone from punch card ballots, to electronic voting, to fill in the bubble (like on grade school tests) voting. I'll tell you the punch cards and electronic voting were a lot faster then having to fill in each bubble completely.
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Here in Cuyahoga County, Ohio we've gone from punch card ballots, to electronic voting, to fill in the bubble (like on grade school tests) voting. I'll tell you the punch cards and electronic voting were a lot faster then having to fill in each bubble completely.
I'd rather spend 20 minutes and have the president I want elected voted in, than spend 10 minutes voting electronically, only to have some republican hacker change the ballots and give the victory to the next GWB-esque leader...
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