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…

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…

Internet Voting for Overseas Military Puts Election Security at Risk

Author: Pamela Smith Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation to allow military voters to cast ballots over the Internet. The intention of this legislation is well-meaning — Connecticut does need to improve the voting process for military voters — but Internet voting is not the answer. Every day, headlines reveal just how vulnerable and insecure any…

Dangers of Internet Voting Confirmed

Guest Author For years, computer security experts have said that casting ballots using the Internet cannot be done securely. Now, after a team from the University of Michigan successfully hacked the Washington D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) public test of Internet voting, we have a visceral demonstration of just how serious the threats…