Saturday, October 23, 2004

necessary physical security for e-voting machines

So here's the thing about "saving money by using electronic voting machines".
If you actually put in place the necessary security measures, they cost way more than some humans and paper ballots.

Check it out:

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Jesse Durazo is not taking any chances with this year's presidential election.

After weathering months of criticism of the county's new touch-screen voting system, Durazo in July installed 24-hour surveillance cameras in the warehouse where the voting machines are stored and are being tested this week.

``Voters deserve to know we have done our best to maintain security,'' Durazo said.

Durazo also tightened an internal badge system that limits access to the warehouse. And expensive bar-coded tamper tape will protect the machines during the days leading up to the Nov. 2 election, an upgrade from the primary election, when flimsy plastic tags were used.

The steps taken by Durazo and his staff have won praise from critics of electronic voting, like David Dill, a professor of computer science at Stanford University, whose warnings about the reliability and security of touch-screen voting helped galvanize a national movement of voters demanding modifications to the machines.

``They are bending over backwards to be responsive,'' Dill said.

The Mercury News - Oct. 22, 2004
E-vote security is tight
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