[E-voting] Brennan Ctr for Justice issues major report on electronic voting vulnerabilities

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Wed Jun 28 19:40:13 IST 2006

In case you haven't heard, the Brennan Center for Justice has issued a 
major report following extensive investigation into various forms of 
electronic voting.  There are numerous links for it.  It is being picked 
up by many major media.  It was reported by Reuters. 

Links to both the full report and the summary can be found here: 

The following is from an email from Kathy Dopp (of National Election 
Data Archive), and it will give you a feel for the content and the 
extent of media coverage this is receiving.


The three major U.S. voting systems that the Brennan Center task force 
report discusses are:

1. DRE voting systems (touchscreens without paper),

2. DRE voting systems with VVPT (voter verifiable paper trail), and

3. Precinct-based Optical Scan voting systems

The Brennan Center Press Release has now been reported in dozens of 
major nationwide and international news articles.  State newspapers in 
places like Utah have yet to inform their citizens with the exception of 
Ohio, Massachusettes, and Washington DC.  Even the very conservative 
Washington Times reported on the security threat to U.S. voting 
systems.  Here is the list of newspapers which have now reported on this 
with links to all these articles available here: 


*Press *

    * Washington Post (USA)- A Single Person Could Swing an Election
      (June 28, 2006)
    * The Beacon Journal (OH)- Report Cites Flaws in Electronic Voting
      (June 28, 2006)
    * The Globe and Mail (UK)- Many e-Voting Systems Flawed: Report
      (June 28, 2006)
    * WWMT (MI)- E-voting Gets Thumbs Down from Report
      (June 28, 2006)
    * Free Internet Press (USA)- Cybersecurity Experts Say Voting
      Machines Have Security Flaws
      (June 28, 2006)
    * Reuters (USA)- Study Shows US Electronic Voting Machines
      (June 27, 2006)
    * USA Today (USA)- Analysis Finds e-Voting Machines Vulnerable
      (June 27, 2006)
    * Fox News (USA)- Report: Many E-Voting Systems Flawed
      (June 27, 2006)
    * Boston Herald (MA)- Report: Many e-voting Systems Flawed
      (June 27, 2006)
    * Guardian Unlimited (UK)- Report: Many E-Voting Systems Flawed
      (June 27, 2006)
    * Business Week (USA)- Report: Many E-Voting Systems Flawed
      (June 27, 2006)
    * Fox News (USA- Study: E-Voting Systems All Flawed, but Also Easy
      to Fix <http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,201272,00.html> (June
      27, 2006)
    * ABC News (NY)- Report: Many E-Voting Systems Flawed
      <http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=2125396> (June 27,
    * Computer World (USA)- Studies question e-voting security
      (June 27, 2006)
    * Canton Rep (OH)- Report Rips Security of Electronic Voting System
      <http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=294038&Category=23> (June
      27, 2006)
    * Newsfactor Magazine (USA)- Report: E-Voting Machines Are
      (June 27, 2006)
    * Playsful Magazine (Romania)- Study Says E-voting Machines Pose
      (June 27, 2006)
    * The Washington Times (DC)-Study Says e-Voting Machines Pose
      <http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20060627-124125-1266r.htm> (June
      27, 2006)
    * Pierceland Herald (Canada)- Report: Many e-Voting Systems Flawed
      (June 27, 2006)
    * Short News (Germany)- Electronic Voting Flawed, Report Finds
      (June 27, 2006)
    * ZD Net (USA)- E-voting Gear at Risk of Hacking, Study Says
      <http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6088464.html> (June 27, 2006)
    * Monsters & Critics (USA)- Study Says e-Voting Machines Pose
      (June 27, 2006)
    * The Post Chronicle (USA)- Study Says E-Voting Machines Pose
      (June 27, 2006)

As reported in Germany's "Short News":

    The task force also said that a paper trail is ineffective if
    routine audits through random checks are not performed. Other
    recommendations included banning wireless technology and checking
    random machines the same day they are used.


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