Why Isn't There A Central Database Of E-Voting Problems?

from the seems-like-a-no-brainer dept

For many years, we've been reporting on stories of e-voting malfunctions, mainly from Diebold/Premier, ES&S and Sequoia. For a sampling of such stories click on any of the following links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. And that's just the first 25 I found (there are lots more), and only cover stories that I actually covered. I'm sure plenty more glitch-infused elections have happened. Given all these glitches and errors, and a seeming lack of followthrough to make sure they don't happen again, a group is asking Congress to authorize a public national database of e-voting election problems.

The really scary part is that the researchers who wrote the report note that many of the problems are repeats -- a problem happens in one location, but another voting district uses the same machines configured in the same problematic way in another election, totally unaware of the problems it will cause. It's still amazing that after nearly a decade of examples of problems with e-voting, just how little has been done to fix these machines.

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    insiderlogic (profile), 18 Sep 2010 @ 1:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Why are voting machines still treated as free enterprise?

    The voting machines are equip with 3 and sometimes 4 highly sensitive scanners. They are calibrated to detect the shade of black to white. black is a vote white is a no vote. this is why a certain marking device is used, so the scanners know all the shades that marking device will make from the heaviest shade of black to a determined amount of gray that will still indicate a vote. They are unbelievably accurate.

    I'm just discussing honestly when I say this but, everything written so far indicates that you all are blaming the companies and are against the "free enterprise" of the voting system, yet not one argument has been made that in any way validates that the fault lies with the system as it is. That is not to say there are faults in the current system but rather none of you have a clue what they are and who is responsible.

    1)running out of ballots is the fault of the local elections supervisor. They are responsible to insuring every registered voter has a ballot to vote. in most cases the county prints their own ballots.

    2)"...require the honesty of people in business to make money? Ultimately these voting machines are nothing more than specialized computers that serve a specific purpose, and yet they are sold and acquired more like the latest all-in-one kiosk for the local mall. In this instance the problem is with the government; there should be contract bids and independent standards testing with a specific predetermined pattern of voting style."

    This is exactly how it is done. Contract bids, independent standards & pattern of voting style are all currently in use. And who are they not being honest to? As far as "free enterprise" we should review the economic handbook. This is a strictly controlled arena in which the policy and law makers control what is or is not. (just look back through some of the articles in the listed in the original post. i.e. U.S. Federal Court makes ES&S forfeit its legal claim to the acquisition of "election companies".

    The issues of repeated failures. the machines are configured to the specs of each individual county and district. What the author of the mentioned article probably didnt understand is electrical components fail. And yes, there is little time wasted in reporting and repairing. Most Poll workers come from an age or four back before the technology boom. When more gen Xer's Volunteer to be a poll worker and utilize their computer efficiencies, then we might be close to righting

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