Re: NPR Show on e-voting, Raba report

From: Jan Karrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Wed Feb 11 2004 - 16:11:23 CST

On Tue, 10 Feb 2004, Alan Dechert wrote:

> Raba Technologies was hired to review the Diebold touch screen system.
> Among other things, they hacked the smart card using a PDA! So much for the
> one person one vote concept.
>
> http://www.raba.com/text/press/TA_Report_AccuVote.pdf
>
> Doug Jones was on NPR last Friday talking about it.
>
> You can listen to it by going here:
> http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=1648406
>

Very interesting. I agree fully with what was said about internet voting
not being possible at this time.

I'm sorry for being a bit off-topic, but when I have told people about
this project, I have gotten this question more than once: "We can do our
income declaration over the internet, or using the phone; can't we vote
in the same way?".

My answer has been no, primarily because of the security problems. But
even if those can be solved, I have said that it would be unlikely - at
least if it means remote unattended internet voting. The primary reason
would be that this could make it possible for a voter to prove to someone
else how the votes have been cast. Implications of this may be:

 * It can create a market for politically uninterested people to sell
   their votes.

 * It opens up for pressures and threats: "Vote for me as Dog Catcher,
   or you'll get your knee caps broken!"

>From what I have read about the problems with internet voting, it only
concerns the usual security problems, and not the ones I mentioned above.
It would be interesting to hear the view of Douglas Jones, or other voting
experts, about this.

/Jan
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