September 25, 2006

Maryland E-Voting Confrontation: Governor Wants Paper Ballots in November

Filed under: Business Moves,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:51 am

The state’s governor and paper-ballot advocate is Republican Bob Ehrlich; the people who want to stick with the troubled e-voting systems, which had significant problems (link is to one blogger’s detailed in-person observations; HT Techdirt) in Maryland’s most recent primary, are Democrats.

Those who believe e-voting can still be used and trusted have to pretend that the Princeton IT study, which demonstrated that an easily installed virus can alter vote totals without being detected, and e-voting vendor Diebold’s incredibly weak response to it don’t exist. Oh, and besides that, you can get into the voting machine with a hotel mini-bar key.

This ought to disabuse anyone that the credibility and integrity, or lack thereof, of e-voting is a partisan issue, but it probably won’t.

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UPDATE: RG Combs notes a Colorado judge acknowledging that E-voting doesn’t work well, but deciding that for November they’re stuck with it.

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this. For me no issue is more important than the integrity of the vote counts.

    Comment by Ohio 2nd — September 25, 2006 @ 10:43 am

  2. Paper ballots…

    Bizzyblog noted that concern about electronic voting machines cuts across party lines, citing Maryland as the latest example: The state?s governor and paper-ballot advocate is Republican Bob Ehrlich; the people who want to stick with the troubled ……

    Trackback by rgcombs.blog-city.com — September 25, 2006 @ 11:10 am

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