Government Accountability Office Trashes E-Voting Machine Testing

from the yet-again dept

The latest evidence of problems with the electronic voting actually comes from the government itself. John points us to the news of a report coming out of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) slamming the process of e-voting testing. In January, the story broke that the company that had supposedly certified approximately 70% of the e-voting machines used in last November's election had actually lost its own certification back during the summer due to some serious questions about whether or not it was really thoroughly testing the e-voting machines (if it was testing them at all). When this was pointed out, people who supported reform on e-voting machines were called wild-eyed activists even as they were being proven correct. Some industry insiders then stopped by Techdirt to claim we had no idea what was really going on and insisting (a) that the machines had been tested and (b) letting security researchers look at the machines would be somehow irresponsible. Yet, the GAO seems to find the opposite -- noting just how problematic these machines have been: "We concluded in 2005 that these concerns have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes." It's all pretty damning again, but we fully expect the e-voting companies (at least the ones who aren't looking to sell their e-voting units, as both Sequoia and Diebold have explored) to continue to deny there are any problems.

On a related note, can we give a public hand to the GAO, which seems to be the one government agency that doesn't seem to toe the party line all the time? From telling Senators that blaming file sharing system for porn is bogus to slapping down the FCC over its bogus broadband competition numbers to noting that pharmaceutical patents prevent the development of new drugs to this latest report, it seems like the GAO actually is one government organization that's more focused on what's actually happening, rather than what the lobbyists and politicians want to happen.
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    Adam, 12 Mar 2007 @ 4:50pm


    Where's Jo now?

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