[E-voting] NON-PARTISAN GAO REPORT CONFIRMS CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY
OF ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES!
cansbro at eircom.net
Fri Oct 21 20:42:00 IST 2005
BREAKING: NON-PARTISAN GAO REPORT CONFIRMS CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY OF
ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES!
REPORT: 'Loss and Miscount of Votes in Recent Elections'!
House issues BI-PARTISAN Press Release: Report 'A Wake Up Call',
'Foundation of Democracy Rests Upon Security, Integrity of our Voting
"[C]oncerns about electronic voting machines have been realized and have
caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and
miscount of votes."
That's just one of the chilling revelations from the non-partisan
Government Accountability Office's (GAO) 107-page report on the security
of Election Voting Machines in America as just released moments ago. The
report confirms many of the greatest concerns expressed by those who
have called for Election Reform since the deeply flawed 2004
The report "analyzed over 80 recent and relevant reports related to the
reliability of electronic voting systems." The results confirm a range
of security vulnerabilities and violations in Electronic Voting Machines
in recent elections and the accompanying systems used to administer
elections in the United States of America. It goes on to say that the
issues brought to the attention of the GAO by elected representatives,
activists and other concerned citizens, "merit the focused attention of
federal state and local authorities responsible for election
The GAO report (download complete report here [PDF]) was created in
response to a request by several members of the U.S. House Judiciary
A joint bi-partisan press release touting the findings of the report has
just been issued by three Republican and three Democratic Congressmen
including Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) and
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Judiciary Committee Chair F.
James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), and
Science Committee Chair Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and Ranking Member Bart
While The BRAD BLOG is still perusing the details of the extensive
report, some of the key findings are listed right on the front page:
Examples of Voting System Problems and Vulnerabilities.
# Cast ballots, ballot definition files, and audit logs could be modified.
# Supervisor functions were protected with weak or easily-guessed
# Systems had easily picked locks and power switches that were exposed
# Local jurisdictions misconfigured their electronic voting systems,
leading to election day problems.
# Voting systems experienced operational failures during elections.
# Vendors installed uncertified electronic voting systems.
[The full article includes the complete GAO press release and a link to
the ecomplete GAO Report. It seems almost unbelievable that the full
extent of the problems is finally being publicly admitted. I hope this
report doesn't get buried in coverage of Hurrican Wilma, or by Special
Investigation indictments that are due next week. --Catherine]
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