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Saturday, December 02, 2006

US NIST recommends scanned paper ballots

Slashdot reports

"Paperless electronic voting machines 'cannot be made secure' [pdf] according to the [US] National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In the most sweeping condemnation of voting machines issued by any federal agency, NIST echoes what critics have been saying all along, that due to the lack of verifiability, 'a single programmer could rig a major election.' Rather than adding printers, though, NIST endorses the hand-marked optical-scan system as the most reliable."

(in case you're wondering, Internet voting counts as a "paperless e-voting machine")

I wonder how many experts have to say that electronic voting sucks before people will listen.

Of course, crazed luddite that I am, I would eliminate the machine-based counting as well, and just have humans count the paper.

Slashdot - NIST Condemns Paperless Electronic Voting - December 1, 2006 /.
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