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By now, it's pretty difficult to deny that most of the e-voting equipment out there has problems. We've covered so many stories of e-voting problems, covering all of the major e-voting machine suppliers, that there's a pretty major problem out there. So what are election officials doing about it? Not much, apparently. A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) notes that the Election Assistance Commission hasn't bothered informing election officials around the country about all of the problems associated with e-voting machines. And, to make matters worse, a separate report from Common Cause claims that 10 states that had problems in the last election haven't done anything to fix those problems. Given all of the stories we've had recently about e-voting problems, this is hardly a surprise, but one more reason to wonder who's actually in charge on these sorts of things?
by Mike Masnick
Tue, Aug 5th 2008 1:22am
from the questions,-questions,-questions dept
Ed Felten raises a rather important question concerning the lack of knowledgeable computer scientists or other voting technology experts on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Board of Advisors. As Felten notes, the EAC is in charge of setting voting technology standards, and four slots (out of 39) on the board are specifically allocated for "members representing professionals in the field of science and technology." Already, only 4 out of 39 seats seems rather low, considering how important the technology choices are -- but it's even worse when the people filling those slots aren't actually technologists. Yes, Felten points out that three of the four slots are held by folks who are:
accomplished people who have something to offer on the board. But as far as I can tell they are not "professionals in the field of science and technology," so their appropriate positions on the board would be somewhere in the other thirty-five seats.So, basically, as it stands, the group in charge of setting voting tech standards appears to have only one technologist on board, and that person, Barbara Simons, was only recently appointed.