Sunday, September 24, 2006

Does This Mean I Can Vote at a Hotel Minibar?

Check out this video and be glad that today's New York Times article, "The Big Gamble on Electronic Voting," is reporting that election officials are finally reacting to concerns aired in a voting study done by the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. Kudos to Professor Edward Felten of the EFF advisory board and the Freedom to Tinker blog, who has made a compelling case for paying attention to security vulnerabilities in the machine that could be exploited in a voting booth by easily concealed devices like hotel minibar keys and commercially available memory cards. Videos of Professor Felten's Mission Entirely Possible scenario, along with the center's correspondence with Diebold, have been widely distributed on the Internet. I like the fact that Felten's hypothetical election is between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

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