Saturday, October 23, 2004
necessary physical security for e-voting machines
If you actually put in place the necessary security measures, they cost way more than some humans and paper ballots.
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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