E-Voting: Not so much

Paper Ballots Touted as Most Secure
The Denver Post (12/02/08) Ingold, John

Colorado’s Election Reform Commission discussed the reliability of electronic-voting machines during a recent meeting. Voting-machine expert and Rice University professor Dan Wallach addressed the state officials, county clerks, and elections experts charged with improving the state’s elections policies and said e-voting machines are vulnerable to tampering.

“In terms of the systems that are available today, hand-marked paper ballots counted by scanners are the best technology,” Wallach said.

Some of the largest counties in the state are using e-voting machines, but many counties still rely primarily on paper-ballot voting. More county clerks have begun to make security an issue, said Paul Craft, an expert in voting-machine certification.

“You simply cannot continue to operate systems out there that cannot be secured,” Craft said. U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairwoman Rosemary Rodriguez said her agency is in the process of creating stronger voting-machine security standards.

2 thoughts on “E-Voting: Not so much

  1. Here in King County, we only have a few e-vote machines, for disabled voters. They always ask me if I want to use them. Nope, I don’t. And now I’ve changed to absentee ballots. Scanners, while perhaps more secure, are also vulnerable to tampering. But I’m willing to go with them, because the votes can be hand counted if necessary.

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