Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Rights Groups Seek E-Vote System Source Code Access
Civil rights advocates and computer experts today urged all counties planning to use DRE (direct recording electronic), or touch-screen, voting systems to immediately implement security precautions, including independent expert access to the systems' source code.
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law issued a set of minimum essential security steps recommended by Eric Lazarus and a team of IT security experts, including Howard Schmidt, former cyber-security advisor to the White House.
Report - Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Brennan Center for Justice
Recommendations for Improving Reliability of Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems
Full Report - Improving Reliability of Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems (PDF, 245KB)
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
E-vote directive has counties upset, concerned about costs
Election officials in 14 California counties are busily piecing together plans to bring paper ballots back to polling booths for the November presidential election.
Under orders from Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, counties that had leaped to electronic voting must backtrack. Some must abandon their touch-screen systems for now; others can keep them if they supplement the electronic balloting with paper versions.
It's part of Shelley's mandate to ensure an accurate vote count so California isn't branded with the ignominious reputation that plagued Florida after the 2000 presidential election.
This blog is about preventing a change to electronic voting systems, which have tremendous disadvantages.
If you want to discuss the election itself, you can try BlogsCanada E-Group Election Blog.
If you want basic info on the election, check out CanadaInfo: Election 2004.
Monday, June 28, 2004
There is no electronic or Internet voting at the Federal level.
See summary link in sidebar on the right for more info.