by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jan 7th 2008 4:41am
Clive Thompson has a fairly thorough NY Times Magazine piece on the problems with e-voting. For those who read our regular coverage on the topic, there may not be much new, but a key point that comes across is just how mainstream this issue has become. Not just the fact that it's being covered by the NY Times Magazine, but throughout the piece you recognize that the concerns that the e-voting companies could brush off just a few years ago as "fringe" are now pretty widely felt by the populace. In fact, it's actually reached the point that a Diebold (er... Premier) representative actually admits that the company is considering open sourcing its next generation of e-voting software to make people feel more comfortable. That wouldn't just be a huge step forward (though not enough to calm all concerns), it would be a complete about face for the company, which has a long history of both stonewalling and ridiculing any critics. Dan Wallach, who works with Ed Felten, points out that the article seems to give a pass to optical scan e-voting systems, even those have also been shown to have serious security problems. However, on the whole, it's good to see that this issue has become a truly mainstream one.
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