Computerized Voting Machines: Who is Counting your Vote?

November 4, 2008

Google has a “tech talk” that is very interesting.  Barbara Simons, prominent computer scientist, explains the whole electronic voting machine problem, from cost to vulnerability and lack of transparency and much, much more.   And here’s something I learned: California Elections Code specifies that no voting system may be purchased or used in a California election until the Secretary of State approves that system. Additonally, all direct recording electronic voting machines used in California must have an accessible voter-verified paper audit trail. If they don’t, they can’t be used.  Now isn’t that sensible?

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