Shame on Shamos, again (Re: ...Why We Fear the Digital Ballot)

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Thu Sep 30 2004 - 16:10:50 CDT

On Monday 27 September 2004 03:58 pm, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
> The fear that electronic voting represents a corporate
> conspiracy is probably overblown, experts say. Too many
> people would have to cooperate on too many levels - from
> the programming labs at each company to the warehouses
> where machines are stored to precinct floors on election
> night. "It would be a heist on the order of 'Ocean's
> Eleven,' " said Michael I. Shamos, a professor of computer
> science at Carnegie Mellon University who spent 20 years
> testing the integrity of election systems. "It would make
> for a fascinating movie, but it's not reality."

And shame on the NY Times for quoting him as an authority. One
programmer could rig machines to tilt every election toward one
party just slightly, with no special access required. And the
idea that there is no collusion between the industry and
election officials is laughable. If I were conspiracy-minded, I
would suspect Shamos of being in on the deal. I assume that he
gets paid for his work as a shill--pardon me, lobbyist.

Edward Cherlin
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