November 15th, 2003

Voting Machine Roundup.

Avi Rubin testified before Maryland's House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, saying, the report on Diebold's software flaws should be released, if those flaws have been fixed as Diebold claims. In response, he was called an enemy of democracy: "They're telling the public: Don't trust them, don't trust the voting equipment." That's ridiculous. Thankfully at least one Maryland state delegate agrees: "I was disappointed the [election] administration didn't come forward with stronger and more focused responses to what his complaints had been since day one."

The RISKS forum has a collection of articles on voting machines in digest 23.01, 23.02, and 23.03: Grant Parish, Louisiana has an absentee ballot mixup in a close race, WinVote machines not counting one in a hundred votes (exactly what you'd expect from sophisticated ballot fraud; WinVote is run by former Diebold principals), also replaced machines in that election (earlier article) (Fairfax County, VA); the Boone County, IN overvote (MicroVote machines); a surprising risk even of voter-verified machines (Vote-Trakker machines, Southington, CT); two articles on the uncertified Diebold machines in Alameda County CA (earlier); risks of lever machines; incorrect instructions given on touchscreen machines in Pleasanton, CA; Irish Labour Party demands e-voting be suspended; and the Electronic Privacy Information Center's alert on the Congressional Research Service's report on Electronic Voting.

EPIC is also one of the sponsors of the conference, titled "Claim Democracy: Securing, Enhancing and Exercising the Power of the Right to Vote". It's in Washington, D.C. on the weekend of November 22-23.

In university round-up, we've got articles on the Diebold files from MIT (this article was on the front page of the student paper and brought me quite a bit of notoriety), Duke, UC Berkeley, and Harvard.

Gore Vidal weighs in on voting machines (scroll down).

I was also mentioned in the Washington Post on Thursday.

The EFF has archives of the Online Policy Group v. Diebold case; you should read especially their application for an injunction against Diebold.

Finally, my cease-and-desist letter from Diebold is now up on