Voting in an election is very important as it will influence the future governance of your state and country. It therefore has to be carried out under scrutiny with none of the votes being tampered with. Ballot papers in a locked box are quite easy to keep secure, but how about voting digitally on a machine whose sole purpose it to allow for secure votes to be placed? (Source)
It’s easier to rig an electronic voting machine than a Las Vegas slot machine, says University of Pennsylvania visiting professor Steve Freeman. That’s because Vegas slots are better monitored and regulated than America’s voting machines, Freeman writes. (Source)
Freeman lists below how Americans protect their vices more than they guard their rights, according to data he presented at an October meeting of the American Statistical Association in Philadelphia. (Source)
Join me and say, “I do not condone this, I do not consent.”
How secure are our electronic voting machines?
Researchers J. Alex Halderman and Ariel J. Feldman, from the University of Michigan and Princeton University, purchased a Sequoia AVC Edge, a touchscreen voting machine that was originally going to be used for the Williamsburg, Virginia primaries. It has apparently also been used in a jurisdiction with 9 million voters. Importantly, the tamper seals on the machine were still intact.
They tested the Sequoia touchscreen voting machine to see if it was possible to tamper with the machine without breaking the seals. They decided to try and install a working game of Pac-Man while leaving the machine free of tampering evidence. (Source)
They did it! They were able to reprogram the voting machine without breaking any seals–as the video above shows.
Electronic voting machines are notoriously buggy and hackable. Even the manufacturers of DRE (direct recording electronic) voting talliers have admitted so much. Some states have even gone as far as to ban the touchscreen devices. (Source)
- Why is security on our voting machines so lax?
- Why aren’t voting machines at least required to meet the security standards of Las Vegas slot machines?