Fwd: CVF-NEWS roundup: recall, voting

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Jul 24 2003 - 23:13:51 CDT

> >Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 09:13:49 -0700
>>To: "CVF-NEWS" <CVF-NEWS@lists.calvoter.org>
>>From: CVF-NEWS@lists.calvoter.org
>>Subject: CVF-NEWS roundup: recall, voting software flaws, NASS conference
>>Sender: <CVF-NEWS@lists.calvoter.org>
>>Organization: California Voter Foundation
>>Reply-To: kimalex@calvoter.org
>>
>>Hi Folks,
>>
>>In this CVF-NEWS roundup:
>>
>>* Davis recall effort certified by Secretary of State
>>* "Stunning flaws" found in Diebold voting software
>>* Dan Gillmor column calls for voter verified paper trail
>>* NASS conference this weekend in Portland, Maine
>>
> >* * * * * * * * * *
> >* "Stunning flaws" found in Diebold voting software
>>
>>The New York Times today carries a story about a team of
>>highly-respected computer scientists finding "stunning flaws" in
>>Diebold's touchscreen voting machine software. The computer
>>scientists obtained the proprietary code after it was discovered by
>>Bev Harris, who has been researching problems with computerized
>>voting systems for months and in January discovered and downloaded
>>thousands of Diebold election software files from a public, Internet
>>FTP site.
>>
>>According to the computer scientists who inspected the code,
>>Diebold's touchscreen voting machines could allow voters to cast
>>extra votes and pollworkers to alter ballots without being detected.
>>Here's an excerpt:
>>
>>"The systems, in which voters are given computer-chip-bearing smart
>>cards to operate the machines, could be tricked by anyone with $100
>>worth of computer equipment, said Adam Stubblefield, a co-author of
>>the paper.
>>
>>""With what we found, practically anyone in the country - from a
>>teenager on up - could produce these smart cards that could allow
> >someone to vote as many times as they like," Mr. Stubblefield said."
>>
>>The 24-page code analysis by the computer scientists is online at
>>http://avirubin.com/vote.pdf.
>>
>>The New York Times story, "Computer Voting is Open to Easy Fraud,
>>Experts Say" by John Schwartz is online at
>>http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/24/technology/24VOTE.html
>>(registration required).
>>
>>* * * * * * * * * *
>>* Dan Gillmor column calls for voter verified paper trail
>>
>>Sunday's San Jose Mercury News featured an eloquent appeal by tech
>>columnist Dan Gillmor calling for a voter verified paper trail to
>>back up digital ballots. In light of the flaws recently discovered
>>in Diebold's software, the need for a voter verified paper trail
>>could never be greater. In his column, Gillmor urges California
>>Secretary of State to implement a voter verified paper trail
>>requirement. Gillmor writes:
>>
>>"The companies that make these machines, and their supporters, insist
>>all kinds of safeguards have been built in and that the systems will
>>work as advertised.
>>
>>"So it gets down to what and whom to believe.
>>
>>"I believe Bruce Schneier, founder and chief technology officer of
>>Counterpane Internet Security in San Jose, who says he's
>>``terrified'' about the prospect of voting with the current lineup of
>>paperless DRE machines. ``Building technology that allows people to
>>untraceably rig the vote seems like a bad idea,'' he says in the
>>understatement of the year.
>>
>>"I believe Ed Felten, computer science professor at Princeton
>>University, who calls these machines ``black boxes'' -- opaque to
>>scrutiny and potentially subject, as Schneier notes, to tampering.
>>
>>I believe David Dill, a Stanford University computer science
>>professor who has worked hard to bring this issue to public
>>attention."
>>
>>Gillmor's column is at
>>http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/business/6344554.htm
>>
>>Meanwhile, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley is still seeking input
>>from the public on this issue as he considers the recommendations
>>made by his Ad Hoc Touch Screen Task Force. Comments may be
>>submitted through August 2 to: Secretary of State Kevin Shelley,
>>Attn: Touch Screen Report, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
>>,taskforcecomments@ss.ca.gov, fax (916) 653-9675.
> >
> >The task force report is online at
>http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/taskforce.htm
>>
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