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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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    bob, 17 Sep 2010 @ 2:25am

    Might I Suggest

    Someone make a site and call it eGrok-Vote.
    Use with no requirement for attribution.

    NY just had it's roll out of it's new system, where you have to fill in an ocr oval. The voting ballots were about the size of a sheet of legal paper.
    As this was only a primary, there were still lots of problems mostly with the newness about it.

    Some of the polling places ran out of ballots, and there were a few reports of machine problems, just in my area.

    It will be interesting to see what happens this November.

    At least there is a paper record of the ballot, vice the old machines where you pulled a lever and it added to the count.

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