eVoting: hackable, inconsistent, still in beta

“This is not going to be a legitimate election, and there’s nothing we can do to change that,” said Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org, a group critical of some election law changes.
Others also are nervous, if less apocalyptic. “We’re not expecting a 2000-like meltdown,” said Dan Seligson of the nonpartisan Electionline.org, which has surveyed the country’s electoral preparedness. “But we do have the ingredients for some serious problems.”Those ingredients are widespread, Seligson’s group found. In Maryland, some polls failed to open on time in the September primary. Arkansas and three other states have had problems getting the voting machines they ordered. In Ohio, the regulations for absentee voters’ ID changed three times — in four days.

Read this story from the Kansas City Star with commentary from ZDNet and Ars. Plus, Voting Problems Could Spark Legal Challenges to Results from the Washington Post, IN could face perfect storm of Election Day trouble and MO could be the next OH – or FL from ZDNet’s Blog, and Web hackers mar DuPage election site (free reg. req’d) from the Chicago Tribune.

Three Princeton University professors designed and tested software to hack a Diebold electronic voting machine. Watch the video…An election could easily be stolen, either through malicious hacking, or plain ol’ stupidity…In the upcoming ’06 elections, 80 percent of voters will cast their ballots on electronic voting machines. We better hope these videos and results are not a precursor of things to come.

Read this item from the Nation’s blog and watch videos from the Princeton hack and Prof / blogger Marty Kaplan who purports to hack the Diebold voting machine using only a screwdriver and a flash drive.

Updates: Pre-election e-voting news round-up from Ars and the HBO film Hacking Democracy (google video)

Previously from WNM: Jon Stokes “How to steal an election by hacking the vote” and Hacking Diebold

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