Newsflash: Electronic Voting Machines Not Tested Thoroughly
from the now-what dept
If you ever wondered how pathetic e-voting technology gets approved for use despite having fatal design flaws, wonder no longer. It appears that the laboratory tasked with testing most of the nation’s electronic voting systems has, shockingly, done a miserable job at it — resulting in Uncle Sam barring them from further machine approval until they clean up their act. Not only was Ciber Inc. not following proper quality-control procedures, the company couldn’t actually document that it was conducting all the required tests. Worse, the company was banned from further testing last summer, but we’re only finding out about their incompetence after the elections. The government seems to have deemed the lab dysfunctional and stopped there — raising questions about what exactly the government plans to do about machines already approved and in circulation. There’s a continuing theme of Uncle Sam realizing these systems suck years after we’ve begun using them to elect politicians, but then stalling in bureaucratic gridlock any time there’s an effort to actually do something about it. But hey, don’t worry — take solace in the fact it could be worse.