Re: FCC asking for comments about internet voting

From: <dr-jekyll_at_att_dot_net>
Date: Mon Nov 23 2009 - 07:32:57 CST

Unfortunately, there has already been an end-around on this. HR 2647, the Defense Authorization Bill for FY 2010 got some other stuff slipped into it. If you want to read the bill for yourself, go to Thomas' and download the final version of HR 2647.

Sections 575 through 589 deal with absentee voting and really don't belong in an authorizations bill even if they enhanced the security of our voting, which these don't. Electronic transmission of ballots and voter registrations are in this bill and no mention of a paper trail. It essentially authorizes Internet voting with Internet voter registration. The worst section is Section 589, which authorizes the Presidential Designee to implement any technology he wants for military absentee voting as long as he calls it a Technology Pilot Program.

This is the exact opposite of verified voting and we should do everything we can to see this portion of HR 2647 repealed or declared unconstitutional.

--
Kurt 
Nor yet, O Freedom! close thy lids 
in slumber for thine enemy never 
sleeps. -- The Antiquity of 
Freedom By William Cullen Bryant
-------------- Original message from "Brent Turner" <brent@trealestate.net>: -------------- 
Turning America into American Idol is a scary thought. I hope our big brains 
> respond vehemently. 
> -----Original Message----- From: ovc-discuss-bounces+brent=trealestate.net@listman.sonic.net [mailto:ovc-discuss-bounces+brent=trealestate.net@listman.sonic.net] On Behalf 
> Of Edward Cherlin 
> Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2009 11:24 PM 
> To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list 
> Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] FCC asking for comments about internet voting 
> 
> I think we all agree that trustworthy Internet voting is presently a 
> practical impossibility, because of the general problem of identity. 
> We cannot simultaneously have a system that reliably guarantees 
> identity over the wire and allows people to opt out and still vote, 
> unless we propose to maintain the polling places or conventional 
> absentee ballots alongside the electronic system. Short of a national 
> identity system based on cryptography, I don't see a solution. 
> 
> Given the current level of identity theft, I am not clear that we 
> could create a sufficiently reliable identity system even if everybody 
> agreed to cooperate. 
> 
> Are we interested in making a formal response? 
> 
> On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 08:49, wrote: 
> > The FCC is the Federal Communications Commission. 
> > 
> > If you go to the FCC web site and download the document, read the following 
> > 
> > In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), 
> > Congress directed the Commission, in its development of a National Broadband 
> > Plan, to include "a plan for the use of broadband infrastructure and 
> > services in advancing …civic participation." While civic participation 
> > takes many forms, two processes provide the most direct and regular 
> > interaction opportunities between government and citizens: 1. the election 
> > process, and 2. public hearings and town hall meetings. The election 
> > process and voting are essential to maintaining a functioning democracy and 
> > are also the civic processes in which the most Americans participate. 
> > Public hearings and town hall meetings allow citizens to provide government 
> > representatives direct input on specific concerns and provide government 
> > representatives a direct means to gauge citizen sentiment. Accordingly, we 
> > seek tailored comment on how broadband can help to bring democratic 
> > processes-including elections, public hearings and town hall meetings-into 
> > the digital age, thereby encouraging and facilitating citizen opportunities 
> > to engage and participate in their democracy. 
> > http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/index.do?document=294676 
> > 
> > ...... 
> > 
> > 3. Voting. Voting is the most fundamental of civic acts. As technology 
> > transforms all aspects of society, could voting be transformed as well? 
> > a. With existing technology, is it possible to enable and ensure safe and 
> > secure voting online today? 
> > b. What can we learn from other nations that have considered or implemented 
> > online voting? 
> > c. What can we learn from pilot projects that have tested online voting? 
> > d. Have localities or states enabled online voting either domestically or 
> > for citizens abroad (such as military personnel stationed overseas)? 
> > e. Do government jurisdictions at any level, domestic or foreign, allow 
> > online voting for any citizen? Have there been quantifiable impacts tied to 
> > online voting, including impacts on the number of citizens that voted? Have 
> > there been qualitative impacts tied to online voting, either positive or 
> > negative? 
> > f. What are the security and privacy risks that government jurisdictions 
> > must consider when considering the implementation of online voting? 
> > g. What are the history and current state of play of online voting 
> > technologies? 
> > h. What are best practice processes concerning online voting? 
> > i. How would enabling online voting impact overseas military personnel, 
> > overseas diplomatic personnel or other Americans living overseas? 
> > 
> > .... 
> > 
> > An article and online poll about this are here ... 
> > 
> > http://government.zdnet.com/?p=6219 
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> 
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