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Why Voting Systems Must be as Secure as the U.S. Power Grid

Authors: Karen Hobert Glynn and Pamela Smith This oped was posted by Reuters on August 17, 2016. Every American has the right to have their vote counted. The Department of Homeland Security is weighing steps to help safeguard that right. The agency is considering actions to secure the voting process against cyber-threats by designating voting…

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Why Online Voting is a Danger to Democracy

Author: David Dill InterThis article was originally posted at The Stanford Report. If, like a growing number of people, you’re willing to trust the Internet to safeguard your finances, shepherd your love life, and maybe even steer your car, being able to cast your vote online might seem like a logical, perhaps overdue, step. No…

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California’s Internet Voting Initiatives

Author: David Jefferson and Barbara Simons This article was originally published in Communications of the ACM on February 24, 2016. California, home of an underabundance of rain and an overabundance of ballot initiatives, may be confronted with one or two initiatives on this November’s ballot that, if passed by the voters, will mandate the establishment…

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All Election Integrity is Local: Remembering John Washburn (1962-2016)

Author: Warren Stewart We were saddened to learn of the untimely passing of election integrity activist John Washburn at the age of 53. John was a fiercely independent thinker – disarmingly honest and contagiously cheerful – and a passionate advocate for transparent election administration. Verified Voting President Pamela Smith noted that John “was actively engaged…

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What if Volkswagen made Voting Machines?

Author: Barbara Simons Volkswagen stock plummeted today, because of accusations by the Environmental Protection Agency that VW uses software that turns on its emission control device when the software detects that one of its diesel cars is undergoing emission testing. When not being tested, the software disables the device, thereby causing the car to spew…

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How Not to Measure Security

Author: Jeremy Epstein This article was originally posted at Freedom to Tinker on August 10, 2015. It is reposted here with permission of the author. A recent paper published by Smartmatic, a vendor of voting systems, caught my attention. The first thing is that it’s published by Springer, which typically publishes peer-reviewed articles – which…

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Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box

Authors: Pamela Smith and Bruce McConnell While most voters will cast their ballots at polling stations in November, online voting has been quietly and rapidly expanding in the United States over the last decade. Over 30 states and territories allow some form of Internet voting (such as by email or through a direct portal) for…

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A Valuable Resource for Election Recounts

Last week Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota released Recount Principles and Best Practices, a document providing recommendations on key recount matters such as counting methods, transparency, voter intent and challengers. The document is especially welcome as it was produced through the cooperation of election officials and citizen activists and it is the first comprehensive set…

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Post Election Audits for New Hampshire

The following testimony was presented by Verified Voting President Pamela Smith to the New Hampshire House Election Law Committee on January 21, 2014. No voting system is perfect. Nearly all elections in New Hampshire, as in most of the nation, are counted using electronic vote counting systems. Such systems have produced result-changing errors through problems…

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