Have You Heard? E-Voting Machines Can Be Hacked

from the shocking,-I-know dept

There have been more than enough stories over the last few years (hell, over the last month) to make you question just how secure and reliable e-voting machines are. So, it should come as no surprise to find out that the voting machines (made by Nedap) used for e-voting in Holland and France are easily hackable. Turns out that anyone with "brief access" to the machines can "control the election results." According to the story, 90% of votes in the Netherlands use these machines, and the election is a month away. Well, at least we know that the US isn't the only country facing this issue. It still makes you wonder, though, why election officials were so eager to get these machines up and running, knowing that there are so many problems with them.
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    Blue, 5 Oct 2006 @ 2:24pm

    E-voting

    First off, voting on the internet would be about as insucure as using cardbord boxes in the middle of the world's most crowded city to store $50,000,000. Secondly opendourcing the voting systems would mean that someone who wanted to hack the system would just have to study the opensource/avalible to the public code. Thirdly not allowing a neutral party to test the code means that hacking will be eaiser, and the lack of a paper trail makes fraud eaiser.

    Though you may not have to show I.D. you do need a valid social security number... Admitidly there are some problems with that. In chicago it was discovered that there was a person who had voted in every election since 1975... He had died sometime in 1950. On the other hand a ID costs 20 some dollars, (Depending on state) and may require loops to be jumped through.

    All in all Electronic voting was not a bad idea, it was just missaplied. Perhaps we will get it right next time. And don't accuse people of cheating in elections. We all know it's just a farce anyways, and that it is our duty to vote, and proudly think that it counts while the state and county officials make up numbers for fun and profit, and pull mean tricks with the district lines, and disbalance how much power states have. (California, Newyork, Florida... Take all three of them and the election is practicly in the bag.). I personaly think that we should either re-draw state lines so that it's less unbalanced, or we should split state votes by percentage, not winner takes all.

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