[E-voting] Dills quotes on need for paper

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Wed May 4 22:07:52 IST 2005


  Commission weighs reforms for nation's electoral system


    The panel also is looking at a proposal to create a paper trail for
    electronic voting machines by retrofitting them with ballot
    printers. The electronic machines are generally considered more
    accurate than the lever-operated leviathans, but the obvious
    potential for fraud is cause for great concern.

    They "are almost totally opaque," Stanford University computer
    science professor David Dill told the commission at its first
    hearing, on April 18. "Voters have no means to confirm that the
    machines have recorded their votes properly."

    Moreover, voters have "no assurance that their votes will not be
    changed" on the machines, Dill testified.


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