Judge Voids Election Results Over E-Voting Results That Couldn't Be Audited
from the nice-work dept
Apparently a judge in Alameda County, California, has voided some election results after the e-voting tallies from Diebold machines couldn’t be audited. The vote was on a controversial ballot measure, where the end result was quite close. Some activists went to court to demand a recount, but elections officials had already sent the machines back to Diebold, who had conveniently erased 96% of the necessary audit information. The issue will return to the ballot in the next election. Either way, this highlights one of the problems of e-voting machines that have no verifiable audit trail, and it’s nice to see a judge actually recognizing that. Of course, this time it was for a ballot measure that can wait until the next election. What about cases where these machines were used for electing officials?