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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Filed Under: database, e-voting, problems
Companies: diebold, es&s, premier, sequoia


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    Overcast (profile), 16 Sep 2010 @ 11:46pm

    Something like that would be a "to-do" list that would be hard for the developers/government to fix.

    The assumption may mistakenly be - that they want them fixed.

    It would be much safer on a legal basis to for a party with an agenda to 'caress numbers' on devices with a history of improper operation than on something that works close to flawlessly; like an ATM for instance.

    Odd how some of the same companies make both devices; and really, both have the same function - to keep a tally/balance.

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