When the e-voting companies respond to all of the security holes that people like Avi Rubin and Ed Felten point out, one of the popular claims is that for any of these attacks to work, someone would need to be able to spend a fairly long time examining the machines -- and since they're kept locked up and protected, that would never be an issue. Of course, in years past we've seen reports that the voting machines are often left out in the open for days before an election, and indeed, that's exactly what Ed Felten found. He wasn't even looking for it this weekend when he came upon a bunch of e-voting machines left out in the open in preparation for Tuesday's election. Once again, this doesn't do much to raise the level of trust anyone has with these machines.
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