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The Democratic Party's Dangerous Experiment PDF  | Print |  Email
By David L. Dill and Barbara Simons   
February 02, 2008
As most of us now understand, paperless electronic voting is a really bad idea. But there is a still worse idea: voting over the Internet.

Voters may worry about whether voting machines were hacked by programmers or poll-workers who have machines stored in their homes prior to an election. But with internet voting, we must also worry about whether the system has been hacked by a teenager in Eastern Europe, organized crime, or even an unfriendly government. We must worry about network failure, "denial of service"attacks that shut down selected machines on the internet, counterfeit Internet websites, and spyware and/or viruses on the computers used to cast votes. And we must worry about whether the people running the system are engaging in electronic ballot-stuffing.

Like whack-a-mole, internet voting proposals have reappeared in different guises in the U.S. for much of the past decade. When an extremely ambitious Department of Defense proposal for internet voting in the 2004 presidential election was reviewed by computer security experts, it was terminated because of security concerns documented by those experts - the same concerns that should cause all citizens to view any proposal for internet voting with extreme skepticism.

Nonetheless, on Super Tuesday the Democratic Party is going to deploy internet voting. Democrats living outside the country will be treated as a 51st state, called Democrats Abroad, and will elect delegates to the convention. This approach adroitly side-steps almost all regulation on election technology, which typically are matters of state, not Federal, law. Internet voting won't even be subjected to the notoriously inadequate certification process that applies to almost every other voting system in the U.S. The organizers apparently maintain their confidence in the security of internet voting by not consulting anyone who might, as happened in 2004, warn them of risks. (We know most, if not all, of the independent experts in internet voting in the U.S., and none of them has been asked to examine this system).
Sample VVPB and Audit Legislation PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart and Ellen Theisen   
April 21, 2005
This sample legislation for vvpb and machine-auditing was prepared for Vote Trust USA by Warren Stewart and Ellen Theisen of VotersUnite.Org. Please feel free to use any of the language that you find helpful.

Summary: Requires a voter-verifiable paper record of every vote, to be preserved in accordance with laws governing the preservation of ballots; defines the paper record as the true and correct record and the official record for recounts and audits.
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