Re: NPR Show on e-voting, Raba report

From: David Jefferson <d_jefferson_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Feb 11 2004 - 16:20:39 CST

Check out the recent report on the security of US Department of
Defense Internet voting project (known as SERVE). You will find
that it addresses both the coercion and vote selling issues you
bring up.

The report is at

As a result of this report, the Defense Department actually
cancelled the SERVE program for this year.

David Jefferson

--- Jan Karrman <> wrote:
> 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.
> >
> >
> >
> > Doug Jones was on NPR last Friday talking about it.
> >
> > You can listen to it by going here:
> >
> >
> 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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