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Electronic voting systems hold promise for improving the efficiency,
accuracy, and accessibility of the elections process, and many are in use
across the country today. The American public needs to feel confident
using these systems—namely, that the systems are secure enough and
reliable enough to trust with their votes. However, this is not always the
case. Numerous recent studies and reports have highlighted problems with
the security and reliability of electronic voting systems. While these reports
often focused on problems with specific systems or jurisdictions, the
concerns they raise have the potential to affect election outcomes. The
numerous examples of systems with poor security controls point to a
situation in which vendors may not be uniformly building security and
reliability into their voting systems, and election officials may not always
rigorously ensure the security and reliability of their systems when they
acquire, test, operate, and manage them.
These concerns have led to action. Multiple organizations have compiled
recommended practices for vendors and election officials to use to
improve the security and reliability of voting systems, and EAC has
initiated activities to improve voluntary voting system standards, system
testing programs, and management support to state and local election
authorities. However, important initiatives are unlikely to affect the 2006
elections due, at least in part, to delays in the appointment of EAC
commissioners and in funding the commission. Specifically, key security related
improvements to voting system standards will not be completed in
time, improvements to the national system certification program are not
yet in place, and efforts to provide management support to state and local
jurisdictions through a software library and information sharing on
problems and recommended practices remain incomplete. Further, EAC
has not consistently defined plans, processes, and time frames for
completing these activities, and as a result, it is unclear when their results
will be available to assist state and local election officials. Until these
efforts are completed, there is a risk that many state and local jurisdictions
will rely on voting systems that were not developed, acquired, tested,
operated, or managed in accordance with rigorous security and reliability
standards—potentially affecting the reliability of future elections and voter
confidence in the accuracy of the vote count.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Personally, I think the conclusions of this study are a long way from confirming that the 2004 election was stolen. The authors certainly confirm that there are problems with the various systems in use that can lead to abuse and a loss of confidence by voters, but no where could I find even so much as a hint that the 2004 election was in any way compromised by any of these problems. This just more whining by sore losers.
Originally posted by Whompa1
Grover its people like you that make my day. Here it almost 06 and your still bitching about the fact Kerry lost. Hell even his own party questioned his ability. Perhaps they should have slipped him a micky so he would'nt change directions every time the wind shifted. Whether you like it or not you LOST. So suck it up man good god.
Originally posted by grover
You are crude. There is no point in voting for a third party candidate when they don't even have a passable chance of winning.
Originally posted by Whompa1
Maybe the third party canidates would actually be able to pick up some steam if people would stop voting for either the reps or dems even when neither of those two agree with the voter.
Originally posted by apc
Personally, I never had any doubt Bush was going to take the office for a second term. Kerry was put in place as a safety net... a just-in-case plans didnt pan out. [conspiracy] Skull and Bones people... Skull and Bones[/conspiracy].
Anyway... I didn't even bother voting this term. Actually, I've never voted. And I never plan to. Waste of time to even show up these days, if you ask me.